TALKS may be held to try to save a long unused riverside crane in York from demolition.

York Sea Cadets have applied to City of York Council for permission to tear down the iron gantry attached to their Skeldergate building next to the River Ouse.

They say the old crane is now considered dangerous and the move would save maintenance costs.

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But Micklegate planning panel has now written to the authority saying the loss would be “deeply regretted” as it is “a reminder of the industrial past of the area”.

The panel has asked for discussions to be held about whether the gantry can be preserved in any way..

The crane, believed to be more than a century old, stands in Queen’s Staith and the council is expected to decide early in the New Year whether it should be removed.