Sadly, it looks like once again, the man (HWS) is showing his true colours - which lets face it, shouldn't be of much a surprise to those who know of his endeavours!!!
All evidence would suggest, that he's not a 'people's' person, and although he would probably be in favour of the bridge restoration (as that seems to be the one positive thing about the man - sympathetic conservation) he would most likely, want it done on his terms, probably sourced from his quarry, and no doubt on his time scale - which would of course be totally impractical for the the townsfolk.
He has been used to getting his own way - for a very long time - at any expense, and with total disregard to the cost of the local council - which of course is acting on behalf of the local tax payer - the residents of Tadcaster. Also, remeber the time not too long ago, when he objected to the cycle path - which would have made it much safer for school children cycling too and from school? There are many other examples of his 'control' over the residents of Tadcaster, and other areas where he owns property - which seem to have little sympathy, understanding, or consideration of people other than himself!!!
As the brewery is a business which survives solely on having a profitable customer base - it isn't very good PR when your business CEO is apparently anti-people - well that's to say, the likes of most of us lower class / 'below stairs' (his opinion) citizens!!! But of course - as most of us are aware, it's most likely that HWS isn't that bothered about how the business appears to the public - and recent events have certainly demonstrated a comple lack of consideration or compassion towards his staff.
Maybe it's time for the Government to finally get tough with the man, and start making some compulsory purchases. There is currently a new parliamentary bill being put forward, which would give the Environment Agency much more powers, with regards to being able to seize control in such situations as this.