‘Shabby’ airport needs investment

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EVERY time I use Leeds Bradford Airport it seems to get shabbier and shabbier.

When Bridgepoint Capital bought the airport in 2007 they promised to spend £70m on improvements and expansion. Despite having got planning permission for a £28m terminal expansion in 2008, so far they only seem to have tinkered with the car parking and increased the charges, so when are they going to get on with the development?

On a recent visit, the terminal looked to be run down, dirty, cluttered and untidy.

In addition, some of the buses used to transfer passengers between the aircraft and the terminal were old and battered and even the clocks on the aircraft stands were inaccurate.

Whether or not the owners are prepared to continue with the expansion plans, they could at least give the place a good clean and tidy up, a coat of paint and some new furniture.

At present “Yorkshire’s Premier Airport” does not give a very favourable impression of Yorkshire.

Bridgepoint Capital are, of course, a private equity investment company and not an airport operator. Maybe they should sell Leeds-Bradford International Airport on to someone who is!

Paul Midgley, Selby

Dire situation

IN response to the article published in the Yorkshire Evening Post on July 5, regarding Morley festival lights.

As a proud Morleian, I’m absolutely thrilled to bits that a £4,000 grant from the council’s Outer South Area Committee has meant that the Christmas lights can go ahead as planned this year. However, I found the piece about people flocking to the nearby areas of East Ardsley and Rothwell as a result of increasing football a little hard to digest.

The costs of running a local football team have risen astronomically over the years and this is definitely a deterrent within senior clubs.

In their wisdom, Leeds City Council have once again increased their pitch hire charges from £438 to £506 and hire of changing rooms from £328 to £338 for the 2011/2012 season.

The situation is dire as regards costing in the future for local level football pitches and changing rooms as there is a strong possibility that the subsidy allocated to the Parks and Countryside for outdoor sports facilities may have to be removed entirely or reduced by increases in charges to users.

Changing room facilities could well be closed down completely due to lack of funding towards running costs.

Noel Bullock, Secretary, Morley Town AFC and Morley Celtic FC

Euro in peril

WHAT was the point of the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties if they can just be violated at will?

Under the terms of these treaties the European Central Bank cannot bail out other EU/eurozone countries that are in financial difficulties. Yet they have violated that international agreement on several occasions, bailing

out Greece, Ireland, and Portugal and the ECB is now preparing to do the same again.

Greece will never be able to pay back its debts and the Greek population knows it.

Why prolong the inevitable bankruptcy by forcing them to borrow more?

The Greeks have had no say in the matter. The bully boys in Brussels are dictating the amount of the loan and conditions. It is these dictators who caused the problem, by allowing these countries to join the euro when their economies were not strong enough.

If the Germans were to block the rescues for European banks exposed to debt from Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, which they could legally, then the euro-zone risks disintegration within days.

Tony Blair still insists that Britain will join the single currency one day. We all know to disregard anything The Liar In Chief says after the damage he has done to a once great country, and press our Government to give us a referendum on our future in Europe.

Terry Watson, Adel

Just deserts

THE News of the World got what it deserved and, to a great extent, so did the British public, for as long as I remember, this paper and The Sun have tried to blind the working man with ill-informed, muck-stirring rubbish, whatever political party colour they were organised to attach themselves to.

We have a huge problem in the shape of politicians’ influence upon the tabloid media directors. They ignore real issues, instead preferring to dwell on baiting public sector workers against private ones, spying on your neighbours, who may have lost their job and become instantly stigmatised, the stirring of clan rivalry and promoting the ascendency of the millionaire class.

Kendal Wilson, Tadcaster

Clean-up time

BECAUSE some top people working at the News of the World wanted more powers in the world of journalism, a whole paper has been closed down, so presumably that has put many workers out into the ever-growing dole queue.

Surely all the top people responsible should have been given instant dismissal – without a golden handshake – and the paper cleaned up and taken over by responsible editors etc – and Mr Murdoch held personally responsible for any payments due to be paid out to all whose phone messages were hacked into.

O Twist, Whinmoor

Data protection

MY sympathies are with the couple who “fell foul of car parking rules” (YEP, July 12), having been in the same situation myself.

Apart from the insult of a company, in this case KFC, penalising their customers, there is a far more serious side to this story.

How can a government agency, i.e. the DVLA, divulge ‘offenders’ names and addresses to a private car parking company when confidential information is supposed to be protected by the Data Protection Act?

G Waite, Beeston

Friendly rivalry

IT was with great interest and amusement I read your paper’s explanation of Pom in ‘Poms in Paradise’ (YEP, July 7) i.e. they turn the colour Pom-egranates in the sun, or our gentlemany cricketers used to like a drop of Pom-eroy champagne. Could you imagine the late “great” Freddie Trueman drinking a glass after bowling and fielding all day in the Aussie sun? A gallon of Tetley’s would have been more appropriate.

I served out in the Far East in the Royal Navy during the 1950s and we had many a “friendly” shindig with the Aussie sailors in the local hostelries in Singapore and Hong Kong.

They used to call us POHMs (without a birth certificate) and Kipper Face (two faces – no guts). In return we asked them to pick up their ball and chain and work and give it back to their ancestors!

In other words, POHM means Prisoner of His (or Her) Majesty.

J McHale, Horsforth

Topical clichés

I LIKED Richard Kimble’s recent broadside on infuriating clichés. Here are a few more rather provocative, or even offensive ones, but which of the three P’s (politicians, press and police) would you associate with each, or perhaps several?

l “I’m hacked off with you” (very topical)

l “Economical with the truth” (also topical)

l “How much?”

l “You cannot be serious” (courtesy of John McEnroe)

l “I simply don’t believe it” (courtesy of Richard Wilson)

l “No way can it be” (think BSkyB)

l “It’s a non-starter”

l “You must be joking”

and my favourite:

l “He/she resembles one of nature’s No.2s”

Because of their current resonance, maybe we should spare them from being deposited in the dustbin of grammatical garbage – sorry (American) – rubbish!

GRAHAM BRANSTON, Rawdon

Missing athletes

HAVING watched the IAAF Youth Games last week from Lille, France, the absolute scarcity of young athletes from this country was totally disappointing.

In view of the money supposedly being put into British athletics from various sources, it is even more surprising that countries such as Iran, Iraq, Romania and many of the so-called third world countries were far better represented.

While it must be admitted that we do seem to do better in open age competitions these days, one cannot help but wonder if we have put nearly all our eggs into the Olympic Games basket but forgotten the hens for which they are staged.

If only the most promising of our athletes are given financial support, which seems to be the case, there is bound to be a shortfall.

Many young hopefuls, with the right kind of support, could turn out to be the lifeblood of our future ambitions in athletics; failing that, they can easily become disillusioned and drop out.

Furthermore, any amount of help given to the youth of today in encouraging them to take up sport can only be money well spent; the dimwits, the criminals and the indolent get more than enough already.

If indeed our young hopefuls in athletics are obtaining the right kind of support and encouragement, why were they not in evidence in Lille last week?

E A Lundy, Leeds

Measly increase

IN a few days time I am due to receive the princely sum of 25p increase on my retirement pension, due to me reaching the age of 80.

My problem is how to spend it, what will it buy? Not very much at today’s prices. Surely it is time to upgrade this component.

K Hewitt, Leeds

YEP Letters: August 18