Plea over home 'improvements'

NOW that a new company has taken over the work of Connaught, I hope they'll inspect Connaught's work to see if everyone was satisfied and are ready to put right work that's not been done properly.

Mine certainly wasn't done properly.

Before Connaught did the improvements, I had a lovely, warm house but not any more. The windows and doors are definitely not draught-proof. I have to keep radiators on day and night, even then the atmosphere does not get warm until curtains are closed.

My kitchen was altered and now I can't use top or bottom shelves. All plugs and switches were moved, not one is easy for me to use now and the switch for my outside light is up near to the ceiling. How do I reach it if I need to switch the light on?

When I asked why such alterations were being done the reply was, if the next tenant is in a wheelchair they would manage, but I can use the improvements.

How would someone in a wheelchair manage?

I have complained time after time. Workmen came, fiddled around, said that should be right now and left. I gave up in the end and try to fix extra plugging of windows and doors myself.

But if our winters are going to be like this last one, I think I'll be trying to move into sheltered housing; at least I don't think I'll be snowbound for at least three weeks at a time.

Last winter, and this winter already, I have been unable to leave the house because no-one has cleared a pathway.

There is no community spirit around to help the elderly to maybe get out to day centres, instead of being all alone.

O Twist, Whinmoor, Leeds

BBC was right

LEEDS United chief executive Shaun Harvey is wrong to suggest the government should consider stripping the BBC of the right to show games at the 2018 World Cup.

He attacks the BBC Panorama programme for claiming that three members of world soccer's governing body FIFA, had taken bribes in the 1990s.

The BBC displayed investigative journalism at its best, something sadly lacking in some sections of the media.

A decade or so ago the author David Yallop, in his book They Stole Our Game, echoed the same sentiments as the BBC.

Let us look at some other factors much closer to home that may have affected the decision.

The night before the vote there was trouble in the crowd at the Birmingham game against Aston Villa. Hooligans still haunt our game.

Ex-Leeds United legend Norman Hunter says the Europeans don't like us, perhaps he should ask why?

Norman played in the 1975 European Cup final in which Leeds United fans rioted after the game and which led to Leeds being banned from European competition.

Most fans would rather their players play for their club than country.

David Cameron, whilst pleading for the World Cup to come to England, is planning to reduce sport in our schools. Many of his MPs are hostile to Europe.

David Beckham makes a fortune playing his football in America. Prince William may be a future king but he is no Bobby Charlton.

Let's also not forget the staging of the European Championship of 1996 in this country and the xenophobia that accompanied it.

I remember particularly well the front page of the Daily Mirror attacking the Germans before a ball had even been kicked.

It was the last time I read that newspaper.

JOHN APPLEYARD, Liversedge

Do your duty

A MESSAGE to all you sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, nieces, nephews, yes even so-called friends. Why aren't you keeping an eye on your elderly relatives? If not, they won't be here before long.

Some of you can't be bothered to visit them, even if you live in the same area. How do I know this? By visiting their houses for repairs, their eyes light up when you call after not having visitors for days, sometimes even weeks on end.

Some good neighbours do their shopping for them if they are lucky. Others are frightened to put the gas or electric fires on, as the cost is out of their reach. They sit there with their coats on. Others lay in bed fully dressed, trying to keep warm.

I made sure my parents were taken care of. I called every day, doing their shopping etc. They wanted for nothing. They looked after me and brought me up with love, now I did the same for them.

I hope this awakens some of you to do your duty to the elderly.

A BRITT, Dewsbury Road, Leeds

Get digging

ONCE again the weather caught everyone by surprise, except the weathermen. Once again, people were slipping and sliding, breaking bones, freezing to death. Pavements like glass, binmen sat in their depots getting paid for it.

What if we did not pay our council tax? All hell would break loose. Six months in prison, yet we still have to pay it, even if we are not getting a service.

What is the matter with the unemployed getting a shovel and getting stuck in, like years gone by? Or would it hurt their bed sores?

Mr Taylor, Belle Isle

In the spring of 1947, after being demobbed from the Army and unable to find work straight away, my father was given a shovel and told to clear snow and ice from the village streets to earn his dole money.

They really were the "Good Old Days".

G Edwards, Rothwell, Leeds

Late buses

RE D S Boyes' letter about the buses. When we wait at 4.30pm for the No.12 bus sometimes we have to wait for quarter of an hour. Either the 13 or the 13A comes first then the No.12. Or sometimes three buses comes together.

Valerie Baum, Alwoodley