‘Streets of Harehills are a shame on the city’

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I would like to ask fellow readers living in Harehills whether they have ever considered what effect litter may be having upon their quality of life and general well-being?

The reason I have felt compelled to write this is because every time I return to my house in the Luxors, I notice just how revolting and disgusting the streets are and it’s just because of litter.

That’s all that makes the difference between a respectable area and a horrible one.

The streets of Harehills make me sick. They are neglected, depressing, filthy and a shame on the city.

It affects the mood of the residents, increases stress levels, depression, aggression, anxiety.

All of these things I feel as soon as I walk into the area. My heart sinks, my blood pressure rises.

Four years ago I bought a house in the Luxors, Harehills but last year I had to relocate to South East London for work, so have left my house in the capable hands of trusted lodgers.

The fascinating thing about where I live now (Peckham) is the similarities one can draw between this area and Harehills with regards to a high density, mixed population who are mainly renting.

It is the subject of rubbish that has mostly affected me because wherever you go, people drop litter. That’s life and unfortunately this probably won’t change.

In the case of Peckham, the local council keep on top of this problem.

Peckham’s residential side streets are serviced daily by a team of road sweepers, some carrying bags and some with dust carts. Whilst the main shopping street is visited at the end of each working day by a pair of sweepers, one on each side of the road.

Then, finally, a council refuse truck follows through picking up piles of empty boxes and refuse sacks.

Together they do an amazing job of keeping the area reasonably clean.

When I lived in Harehills, we had a twice yearly whip-round from a single-seater road sweeper which only briefly glanced at kerb sides when a car wasn’t parked there (which was rare). Pavements remained untouched.

I’ve even noticed the same pieces of rubbish remaining in place from last year.

Would anyone like to live among all that? Thought not!

But crucially, people do live here and the council need to show them due respect, if not for my sanity, but for their general right to a pleasant and happy life.

Philip Steel, London

Burial should be in the North

IF SOMEONE dies at a location that is not their home, does that mean that they have to have the funeral there? It seems to be the case for King Richard III, who is going to be buried at Leicester where he just happened to be at the time of his death.

Having been to Middleham Castle recently, of course he should be buried in the North, either at York or one of the castles that he was associated with.

Judith Harris, Moortown

Labour past its sell-by date

WATCHING Prime Minister’s Questions recently, Ed Miliband was once again reduced to a mumbling wreck by David Cameron.

The row was about the meltdown of the NHS in Wales under a Labour administration.

It seems under Red Ed, the Labour Party is disintegrating hilariously before our very eyes.

Why should we be even remotely concerned about who leads Labour, a political party that’s concerned only with its own lust for power for power’s sake and has no proper role in modern politics.

Labour has passed its sell-by date and its brand of politics has impoverished the nation, with welfare dependency a way of life for many of its supporters.

The only surprise is that it has taken this long for its death rattle to be heard

Whether it’s Tweedledum or Tweedledee at the helm of this sinking ship doesn’t matter.

It’s still the same old fomenting of perceived class division with Marxist undertones and will be as long as it lasts.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Development is vitally important

I am writing with regards to your front page story (YEP, October 21) on the roll-out of free wi-fi to public buildings in Leeds.

I welcome your report on this story, especially in such a prominent place in the newspaper, for recognising the importance of this move to bring the city into the 21st century.

Since taking responsibility for IT matters in May this year, I have worked hard with council officers to ensure that free wi-fi comes to the city and we are proud that this will be happening in the New Year.

This development is vitally important for providing equal access to the internet and the opportunities that come with it to as many people in Leeds as possible. It will also help support local businesses to connect with their customers.

It is for both of these reasons that free access to public buildings is one of our key priorities.

I am also pleased to have seen the positive reaction to this story from readers so I am happy that it has spread the word to people in Leeds and that they can look forward to this happening next year.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon,

Executive Member for Digital & Creative Technologies, Culture and Skills, Leeds City Council

Just what point is he making?

I read Mike Harwood’s letter (YEP, October 16) about the House of Commons vote to recognise the Palestinian state and simply do not understand the point he is making.

Watford and Gaza? I am not sure how the people of Watford would think about such a comparison.

Everyone can understand the Palestinian yearning for statehood and I am sure everyone wants them to have it, so why not?

Well, why not may be the reason why many MPs abstained from the vote. I cannot comment for Rachel Reeves.

There is no Palestinian state, there are no borders, there is no settled government, Hamas are international terrorists and Fatah is a corrupt and cruel regime.

We deal with cruel and corrupt regimes everywhere but we don’t fund them all to the extent the UK, US and EU fund the Palestinian Authority.There is no democracy, journalists are not free to report and anyone who disagrees with the ruling regime is treated with brutality.

It would have been better if the time and energy better spent on this motion were spent encouraging Hamas to change their charter and stop calling for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jewish people.

If they recognise Israel and stop their hatred of all things Israeli and Jewish I am confident many people, MPs included, would be more willing to support their long term goals.

Diane Saunders, Moortown

His views are out of touch

It’s a sad fact of life that those who shout the loudest get the most publicity, even when there views are in a minority.

Brian Johnston’s anti-European comments (YEP, October 27) is a case in point.

National opinion polls have put support for the EU at a 23-year high, with 56 per cent wanting to stay in the union compared with 36 per cent against.

Mr Johnston’s right wing views are out of touch with the silent majority of this country.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Phyllis Bentley with her novel Inheritance

YEP Letters: March 25