YEP Letters: April 16

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Stick to limit and everyone will pass you

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

The recent changes in speeds for road users, from 30mph down to 20mph, is no doubt beneficial.

It’s perhaps good to be reminded that there may be vulnerable people in the vicinity of schools – even though it’s frustrating to have to drop to 20mph such a long way from some of the actual buildings, and even more so when it’s during the school holidays.

Mind you, I see many motorists who always seem to ignore the speed limit, whatever it is, wherever they are.

So it’s with mixed feelings that I note the possibility of a 20mph limit throughout the city centre. I question the necessity for this, as when I travel through the centre of Leeds I’ve never been able to get up to 30mph. Too many other cars and traffic lights!

Until this is settled, which ever way, I have a question about the new piece of road that was recently built from the Willow Road traffic lights to just before where the old Evening Post building used to stand.

It looks like a dual carriageway, so I asked the Highways Department, who assured me that the speed should still be 30mph. And in fact which ever road you use to approach it, you should be travelling at 30mph anyway, and it’s still a built-up area, so why would you expect it to go up to 40mph-plus?

I use it every other week, and it’s a rare time when I am not passed by everyone behind me, as I travel along under the speed limit, 30mph. Just because it looks like a dual carriageway, apparently it isn’t.

We need a sign at both ends, and perhaps one of those infamous cameras.

I’d prescribe some manners

Sandra Morris, Moortown

THE other day I had to call the doctor, who suggested that she should call and see me.

I was reluctant but as I was in considerable pain I agreed.

She was kind and helpful and said she would get a prescription to the chemist for me and ask for it to be delivered – probably not that day as it was late, but the next morning.

Morning came and went and by the late afternoon I made my way (on foot and painfully) to the chemist where I was told they had not received a prescription for me. I was sure this was not correct.

Fortunately, the surgery is opposite the chemist so I went there and explained what had happened. The receptionist rang the chemist and said the prescription was definitely there.

I returned to the chemist. No word of explanation or apology was offered. They merely said they had it.

At that, somewhat annoyed, I asked if I was then to wait half an hour for it to be dispensed.

“No”, the young lady replied, “just five or 10 minutes.”

She probably thought, “Game, set and match to me.”

If the game was for rudeness and arrogance I agree she deserved the accolade.

No smiles for these cameras

Liz Goodwill, Leeds

Quite frankly, these bus lane cameras (YEP, April 13) are being used as a cash cow to yet again make money out of the long-suffering motorist.

Personally I would never dream of driving anywhere near Leeds city centre, or any other for that matter, but I do wonder what this “windfall” is being spent on?

I believe there’s a request waiting to be made under the Freedom of Information Act.

It would be interesting to know where the extortion, sorry money goes!

As my dear old late father used to say “at least Dick Turpin wore a mask”.

Any old space cadets reading?

R Bates, Shadwell

WITH MEMORIES stirred by recent mention of Star Wars, Episode VII (YEP, April 11) I am now wondering if any ex-members of the old Yorkshire Evening News Space Club (1955-60) ever went on as adults to work professionally in the field of astrophysics?

I remember, by the way, all us junior space cadets meeting at the Tower Cinema in Leeds for a special showing of the film On the Threshold of Space – what a swizz!

It proved to be little more than a deadly, dull and boring semi-documentary about high altitude and test flights – with not one single rocket shop, robot, or ray gun in sight. Perhaps even more disappointingly, the film did not feature any scantily-clad Martian princesses!

Our money’s going abroad

Roger Watkinson, Halton

DAVID CAMERON and his government are traitors to this country. They are sending billions in aid abroad while this country is in dire straits.

People have to visit food banks and medication desperately needed for cancer is refused. It is a disgrace.

Why would we want this man in power again? He needs to help this country, not keep upping the amounts of aid sent abroad. We need to look after the taxpayers of this country.

The summer of my discontent

R Kimble, Hawksworth

A COUPLE of sunny days and out they come, the Sunshine Supermen. Ludicrous shorts reveal lucky legs – lucky they don’t snap. Bare torsos that make even me look like Johnny Weissmuller.

Children go on to grass play areas and proceed to demolish trees. Very young children are placed on mini motorbikes, without helmets, and are allowed to ride in the middle of the road. Someone churns up the grass with a quad bike.

Roll on winter.

Lottery funds could help NHS

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

The NHS has become a political football with most parties promising greater spending but with sketchy explanations of how they intend to finance it.

I have contacted them to suggest that the National Lottery is ‘nationalised’ so that all the profits could be used to help finance the NHS.

They all rejected this idea without any explanation.

As it stands, much of the profit from the Lottery goes to the shareholders with the rest going to ‘good causes’, many of which are rather dubious.

I can’t think of a better ‘good cause’ than the NHS – at least then people know where the money is going.

Phyllis Bentley with her novel Inheritance

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