YEP Letters: August 11

Underhill in Holme, West Yorkshire, newly listed at Grade II. Built by Arthur Quarmby in 1975, this is Britain's first modern earth-sheltered home and has been described as a luxury hobbit�"s home because of its captivating design. Quarmby said of its design, nestled into the moors of the Peak District National Park: "you turn your back on the north and east, and pull a blanket of earth over your shoulder". Copyright James O. Davies/Historic England
Underhill in Holme, West Yorkshire, newly listed at Grade II. Built by Arthur Quarmby in 1975, this is Britain's first modern earth-sheltered home and has been described as a luxury hobbit�"s home because of its captivating design. Quarmby said of its design, nestled into the moors of the Peak District National Park: "you turn your back on the north and east, and pull a blanket of earth over your shoulder". Copyright James O. Davies/Historic England
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Congratulations to inspirational tutor

Roger P Brown, Sandal, Wakefield.

AS an ‘old boy’ of Leeds School of Architecture (when it was part of the Leeds College of Art), Arthur Quarmby was one of our more inspirational tutors.

Therefore it is pleasing to learn that his innovative earth-sheltered dwelling has been recognised as a building of architectural interest, and listed Grade II.

Many congratulations from one of your former students.

County deal on devolution will not work for us

Lionel Pyrah, Normanton

IN regard to the Yorkshire devolution issue, we now hear that Leeds’ politicians intend to create a ‘coalition of the willing’ with the majority of the county’s leaders.

I therefore pray they all now receive a swift infusion of common sense instead.

In my view, a single devolution agreement, with or without a mayor, would be an unmitigated disaster.

Firstly, there is no guarantee that a Yorkshire deal would lead to the county’s economic output doubling over the next 30 years.

On the contrary, any Government allocation will no doubt have to be spread rather thinly to accommodate the likes of York, Hull and Scarborough, for example, leaving Leeds with a much-reduced share of the butter.

I firmly believe that Leeds will do itself irreparable economic damage if it takes the risky ‘county’ route. To stand aloof and alone for the sake of misguided county loyalty would be folly indeed – and totally unforgivable.

No improvement to bus services

Ian Brindle, Leeds 13

With reference to YEP Letters August 8, as a bus service linking Leeds and Bradford - the performance level of the 72 has plummeted to such a degree that it has become no longer fit for purpose.

Cancellations on this route are frequent (another one yesterday) and despite changing my working hours, it has become increasingly impossible to get home during peak periods without an encyclopaedic knowledge of ‘work-around’ routes and being prepared to walk.

Rachel Reeves MP was promised improvements in west Leeds some time ago but these have not happened.

The hideously unreliable bendy-buses (ditched by other parts of First’s network) were thankfully junked but service frequencies have been dropped as those of the X6 were increased.

I asked First what the logic was in increasing a service that can only stop at a very limited number of stops (and is often not full) and decreasing that of one that has far more passenger demand at peak hours.

Whilst I did get a response, it did not actually answer my question!

With nobody having the power to remove First from the franchise, I see very little likelihood of change.

Trying times for Trinity if they leave their roots

Gerry Wright, Bradford

I REFER to the views of Bill Rees (Letters, August 7) re the proposed new community stadium for the Wakefield district.

The alleged failings of the local authority and the proposed developer are certainly worthy of comment and investigation.

However, there are other issues here involving the status of Wakefield Trinity vis a vis the rugby league authorities. The club has a ground which many Trinitarians of a certain age cherish, despite its so-called unfit for purpose tag from the aforesaid authorities. It has been wilfully neglected by respective club administrations over a number of years.

It requires refurbishment like Wheldon Road and the political will to do it. The RL authorities bought Odsal to help secure the future of the Bradford Bulls.

Why couldn’t Belle Vue be bought to secure the future of Trinity? The history of the game is full of clubs experiencing inexorable decline having left their roots.

Create empathy for animals

Carol Lee, Cookridge

I was pleased to see the YEP giving front page coverage stating the statistics for punishments for convictions for animal cruelty (‘Time to get tough’ on animal cruelty, YEP August 9)

The figure of six per cent for jail sentences is low but we have to remember that the cost to the taxpayer of any jail sentence has to be considered.

On the other hand for all these convictions for animal cruelty to have been made in the first place, the crime must have been very bad.

The RSPCA have the power to bring prosecutions but there are many cases of cruelty to animals which are not against the law. For example if a dog is chained up all the time then it is not against the law as long as it has food and shelter. The owner just has to say that it is a “guard dog”.

Most people who know dogs know that this is cruel, as dogs need stimulation and exercise. When this happens to a dog it can completely lose its spirit with its tail constantly between its legs. I have seen this and it has broken my heart.

We need to educate children more and try to create an empathy for animals.

To anyone who does not have empathy for animals I say think of this: each one of us has entered this world as human beings . But what if some of us had entered this world as animals?

Imagine then being an animal which is under the control of an uncaring human being. Animals feel pain the same as humans and I have heard that they feel emotions and fear perhaps even more than us.

It does not surprise me that perpetrators of cruelty to animals are more likely to commit physical crimes against people.

I always find that people who are especially kind to animals are especially kind to people and I have many such lovely people amongst my friends.

Jayne’s article made me smile

Tony Winstanley, Castleford

I have always found Jayne Dawson’s page in the YEP entertaining and amusing.

In this week’s column (YEP August 9) Jayne has excelled even her funniest offerings of the past.

Her article about the onset of electric cars and her droll sense of humour in describing conspiracy theories had me laughing out loud.

So often Jayne is right on the button regarding some of the absurdities of life and she has a wonderful way of making us smile at life.

Keep it up Jayne and thanks for another smile for another day.

Scout challenge

Helen Glover, Double Olympic Champion and Scout Ambassador

This time last year I was in Rio winning my second Olympic Gold medal. This year I’m taking on a new challenge, I’m volunteering with the Scout Association as a Scout Ambassador.

In Yorkshire there are hundreds of Scouts who are spending the summer having adventures and learning new skills. We have challenged Scouts in Yorkshire to learn 50 new skills over the summer holiday. But we think every child in the UK should have a go too.

The Scouts across Yorkshire are doing amazing things, but none of it would be possible without our amazing team of volunteers. Some of the most influential people in my childhood were my Scout leaders, who I’m still in touch with now.

In Scouting, young people develop independence, resilience and initiative - in short, essential life skills, employability skills and practical skills that will help them enjoy a brighter future.

To take on the challenge yourself visit https://summerofskills.scouts.org.uk/

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