S SLEEMAN is right to challenge the Plans Panel’s decision to approve the destruction of sports facilities in Hyde Park on the site owned by the Grammar School at Leeds.
The five local primary schools have no playing field and Hyde Park has no easy access to a Sports Centre (Kirkstall and Armley both involve two bus journeys each way).
Woodhouse Moor is not an alternative. It is the most intensively used park in Leeds (especially in university term time), across a busy road from where children live, and local schools cannot take pupils there for sports due to Health & Safety issues.
The business plan produced by SPHERE (Sport for Health and Recreation) could have delivered indoor and outdoor sports activities all year round and in all weathers if they could have bought the Victoria Road site at Playing Pitch price.
If the Council can use Compulsory Purchase powers to buy a listed building in Kippax (YEP, April 7) why couldn’t it CPO this sports site (empty and unused for seven years) for use by local schools and the community to improve public health and possibly nurture future Olympic Champions?
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Should be proud of Cathedral
PAUL KILROY’S irreverent invective ‘Culture Lost In The Cathedral’ describing the interior of St Anne’s Cathedral, Leeds as no more than a ‘carpet warehouse’ is offensive and deserves a reply. Would the same tirade be hurled at a non-Christian place of worship, I would ask?
Leeds Cathedral is ranked as one of the finest arts and crafts buildings in the country, and considered one of the best Catholic Cathedrals outside that of Westminster - and gracing this City of Leeds.
The Liturgical round is rich, Catholic and ‘cultural’ embellished by fine professional choirs - lay clerks, choristers, scholars - recognised nationally by the highest church musical authorities, to magnify our glorious Latin music hertitage, especially plainsong and polyphony.
Mr Kilroy’s ‘aesthetic objections’ are aimed mainly at the re-ordering of the Sanctuary, and the position of the Bishop’s cathedra (throne). All liturgical re-ordering causes acute ‘heatache* - for versus against. We all have opinions, but surely voiced in charity and moderation, not confrontation.
We warmly welcome Mr Kilroy to the great day. when we joyfully install our next Bishop of Leeds, and his ‘warehouse’ jibe laid to rest - a mere heat of the moment ‘slip of the pen, forgiven and forgotten.
Come, see, share.
Brian Johnston, Rigton Drive, Burmantofts
Tram loss fault of government
I FEEL it is necessary to correct the statement that NIMBY’s were responsible for the withdrawal of Supertram (YEP, April 18). This was done by Central Government when Leeds had already spent £40m on route preparation.
His attempt to belittle Nimbys’ objectives shows just how ignorant he is of the fact in this case also. There are thousands of Nimbys no just in Leeds but right across the land whose residences have already lost an average of £50,000 in value overnight. They are what are called justifiable Nimbys but there are thousands more of non-Nimbys who are objecting for many other reasons, mainly the massive expenditure and environmental damage caused for such small “gains”. One “gain” would be giving a Birmingham to London commuter an extra half hour in bed!
If HS2 is to go ahead in its present form, it would not be completed until 2033. At this time, fares will be 20% higher than ordinary lines, as is now the case with HS1. Also, a round trip from Leeds to London via Birmingham would be 80 miles longer than via the East Coast mainline for which very few people would be able to afford the fare.
This would mean that future generations would be forced to use the East Coast mainline which is already overcrowded. They would be packed like sardines, strap-hanging all the way with “noses in armpits” as on the London Underground at present!
I say, all power to the NIMBYs. Please keep up the good work to help prevent this horrible situation happening!
Jack Waring, Coniston Way, Woodlesford, Leeds
Why reward Moyes’ failure?
CONSIDERING WHAT is happening in Ukraine, the ferry disaster in South Korea and even the controversy over a UKIP poster (and isn’t their very visible rise in popularity worrying Cameron and Miliband), I fail to grasp why the sacking of a football manager is the main news item of the day, just as I fail to grasp why he is going to get a compensation payment for failure.
Another sign of the times: reward for failure.
R Kimble, by email
I see no sign of recovery
I THINK that the Office of National Statistics should be renamed the office of propaganda. Running scared of UKIP the official line is that we are at the start of an economic recovery, what recovery?.
I am employed by an international British company that is in the FTS top 100, boasting an annual turnover of £10bn a year.
Neither I or any of my colleagues, in spite of having more work given to us have had a pay rise for almost two years, and so far there is no mention of one being on the horizon.
Statistics can be manipulated and spin-doctored to make them look better than they actually are.
I don’t know anyone personally who can see any improvement in their own circumstances, but I only move among the ordinary people, the workers.
D H Barker, by email
How Christian are PM’s values?
IN MAINSTREAM media, there are, at least anecdotally, what the professionals refer to in the time honoured fashion as “slow news days“. The British tabloid press in particular, though the broadsheets too, succumb to “the silly season”. Offbeat, eccentric stories are magically conjured up out of the ether to occupy vast acreages of otherwise empty news space.
And here’s the latest such non-event, non-news even by petty bourgeois corporate standards and all its vacuity.
The British Prime Minister has taken to asserting his attachment/allegiance to the Christian faith rather more volubly than heretofore has been the case. I could resort, legitimately to recounting the ongoing austerity measures and persecutions of the socially and economically marginalised. Because clearly they are manifestly anti-Christian. Then again, comedic irony is a much subtler weapon to deploy against the likes of Cameron in situations such as this. And Cameron has proven the best destroyer of his own, if he ever had any, credibility. He’s a Christian? Then One Direction are talented musicians.
There, that wasn’t too harsh was it - not for Easter.
Louis Kasatkin (Christian), Pinderfields Road, Wakefield
I’m alive, well, and very real
SOME of my humble letters to the editor over these past few weeks certainly seemed to have ruffled a few feathers from the usual suspects.
We even had two almost identical letters printed from the genderless correspondents R Kimble and D MacFadyen believing that I don’t exist.
Well, here I am. And to quote a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth I am not about to shuffle off this ”Mortal Coil” just yet.
Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet