YEP Letters: August 27

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Leadership process is ‘complete farce’

Andrew Wilkinson, Headingley

So Harriet Harman says its not funny or clever for people of other parties or non-Labour supporters to have tried to get a vote for the Labour leader.

I would argue it is not funny or clever for the main opposition party to carry on like Fred Karno’s circus.

A system which allowed non-members without any period of membership standing was always going to lead to chaos and anybody with an ounce of common sense or political nuance could see that opponents would try to get who they see as a liability elected and that this process was going to be a complete farce.

Having witnessed how totally unfit for purpose the Labour party is just three months after losing the election, we should all be relieved that they did not win – what chaos would have ensued?

It is clear that whoever wins, the Labour party will rip itself apart. Let’s hope that this spells the end of this outdated and bad for Britain party once and for all.

More concerns over cycleway

C Wheatley, Bramley

Whilst agreeing wholeheartedly with everything that P Spence wrote about the problems caused in Stanningley by the installation of the cycle superhighway, I believe there is another even more serious concern to be addressed.

Raised kerbs are being put in place instead of painted lines, which means that it will be impossible for cars to move over to allow emergency vehicles to get through. This will result in significant delays that may cost lives, especially during rush hour. I can also imagine that there will be quite a few smashed wing mirrors as buses and lorries try to pass each other on opposite sides of the road, as clearance will only be a few inches.

Unfortunately these problems won’t only affect the Stanningley area as I understand the cycle path will run from Leeds to Bradford.

And don’t get me started on the mayhem that will no doubt ensue around Kirkstall junction when the new shopping centre opens in October!

The surrounding roads can barely cope at busy times as it is, and there is no additional capacity being 
put in place for all the extra traffic that the complex is expected to generate.

Track not value for money

B Leonard, by email

I could not agree more with what P Spence had to say about the Leeds to Bradford cycle track, all we hear from the council is how they want to get rid of all the gridlock on the city roads. Never have we seen so many roadworks. Gridlocks from the A64 right over past Dawson’s Corner, Stanningley bottom a complete shambles. When, if ever, will it be complete, £29 million spent for people to use, no way to recoup money spent as the people who use the cycle track do not pay road tax. After all the talk last year of how the council could not afford to repair all the potholes after the winter, the motorists had to cope best they could. Maybe it’s time to charge to use the cycle track but pay or not I can’t see it will ever be value for money.

Scheme is ‘innovative’

Graeme Tiffany, Bramley

P Spence of Stanningley makes a number of comments about the City Connect cycle superhighway, suggesting “most people are disgusted at the cost” and the “general opinion is that it is a waste of money” (YEP letters, August 25).

No evidence is offered to back up either claim. It should be noted that this project has been subject to one of the most rigorous consultations ever. Furthermore, the comments made disregard the facts laid bare in Paul Robinson’s recent article ‘Commuters pay high price for slow travel’ (YEP, May 11) which outlines a city in the grip of a transport crisis, and the prospect of even more congestion in the future if nothing is done.

Leeds City Council and their partners should be complemented for coming together to deliver this innovative and timely programme of cycle improvements in the Leeds City Region. I for one enthusiastically support it.

Cycling past its sell by date?

P Hill, Lancaster

I AM amused by the recent letters regarding cyclists, I can tell you as a Yorkshire man presently residing in Lancashire the problems relating to cycling cannot be resolved.

There is what amounts to a war going on in all locations of the country, unfortunately unless you are a cyclist you can’t possibly win. It is a fact that in the 21st century we have evolved into a motor vehicles society and cyclists no longer have a safe place in it.

I note letters of complaint from both motorists and pedestrians, cyclists purposely positioning themselves in the road so as to hold traffic back, cyclists colliding with pedestrians on footpaths, and cyclists taking over stretches of the roads for racing. Even ratepayers are complaining about councils spending large amounts of rate payers’ money on producing cycle paths on both roads and paths, the list is endless.

There is a place for cyclists, on purpose built race tracks away from the road and pedestrians, that is if cyclists are prepared to pay the costs of building them. For those who cycle to exercise I suggest it may be prudent and much safer to purchase a good exercise bike.

It’s obvious that cycling and pedestrians along with motor vehicles and cyclists just don’t mix, however we now seem to be in a titanic struggle for the space on our roads and paths.

Some may ask the question, has cycling past its sell by date and really belongs to the age of mills, clogs, allotments, whippets, pigeons and ferrets.

Memories of The Fab Four

N Snee, Bramley

I WAS also in the Queens Hall the night The Beatles supported Acker Bilk.

My future husband and I had been to the Fforde Green pub to see the resident singer, Pete Hurley and his band. At closing time we caught the bus into Leeds to an all night dance at the Queens Hall. The Beatles had just released Love Me Do so it was late 1962 or early 1963. I sat on my boyfriend’s shoulders for a better view, it was worth it as they were fantastic.

The main act was Acker Bilk and also supporting groups but none as good as The Fab Four.

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