Check out today’s YEP letters
How about a prize for recycling?
N Bywater, Morley
It was reported that Leeds City Council chiefs are saying that enforcement action resulting in fines of £60 or £100 could be carried out if people continue to fail to use their green and black bins properly.
I am a very keen recycler myself, but I am not sure fines are the best solution. In 2015 Eric Pickles announced government money totalling £11.1 million for reward schemes; residents of four London boroughs (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, and Wandsworth) stand the chance to win a £20,000 prize.
What about a prize for the good recycling citizens in Leeds? If you take commercial waste to any of the Leeds recycling sites, you get charged depending on what the waste is. If it’s easy to recycle it is cheaper.
Why not charge people extra if they have more than one black bin?
Sensible policy to improve city’s air quality
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability
I have read with interest Mr Lundy’s recent letter (YEP August 1) and the article on clean air zones.
Mr Lundy asserted that there is an intention “to make charges on all vehicles entering the city centre”.
There is also the suggestion that the charge will be £8. I don’t know where this information has come from, because this level of detail has not been discussed yet.
Leeds is one of the areas where central government is insisting we have a Clean Air Zone.
The size and shape of this hasn’t yet been agreed (let alone the cost!) but I have to be clear that private cars are not included in this.
The charge (whatever that ends up being) will be for commercial vehicles, vans and other transport, but not the private car.
The cost of the cameras will be provided by central government and the charges will have to be set at levels designed to reduce pollution, not to raise revenue beyond recovering the costs of the scheme.
I’d be happy for residents to contact the council directly and seek clarification on matters like this as we know how important it is for accurate information to be available.
The council is very aware of the challenge of improving air quality and I hope we will come up with real, sensible and realisable policies to achieve this.
Cost of BBC’s visit to Rio
T Neville Balmer, Sicklinghall
I was watching the BBC early evening local news on Monday, August 1 when suddenly Tanya Arnold the BBC’s local sports correspondent in Yorkshire appeared briefly on my screen - all the way from Rio.
Then it occurred to me, have all the BBC’s regional sports staff nationwide gone to Rio together with cameramen, make up artists and the like?
Can I suggest that the total cost of Tanya’s party’s visit to Rio along with all the other BBC regional parties is made available and divided by the precise number of minutes and seconds of actual screen time ignoring any repeat footage.
Only in this way will the British licence payer be able to decide whether or not they are getting value for money. A comparison with ITV’s Rio bill could also be quite revealing!
Decision is a step too far
Judy Goodwin, Altofts
That the National Aids Trust (NAT) has won a court ruling that the NHS has to pay for a drug that helps prevent someone from contracting HIV should they have unprotected sex is, I feel, a step too far.
The NHS is on its knees and meant to help anyone who is ill, not to pay £400 a month for medication to supplement lifestyle choices, be it having unprotected sex, being obese or getting out of your head on drink or drugs.
We as adults make choices and it is up to the individual to suffer any fall out from the choices made.
Children should be watched over
Denise Marsden, Cookridge
Well, it’s here again, the annual six-week school holidays.
I read somewhere that it was instigated so that children who lived on farms could be free to help their parents bring in the harvest, without missing out on their education. If so, then it’s somewhat obsolete nowadays, most people having moved away from the land, and farmers using machinery.
So now the children can enjoy this long holiday, but even if they own some sort of electronic “babysitter”, sooner or later they have to go outside.
I was in the Valley Gardens at Roundhay Park, when two young boys on their own ran past, and for a moment I thought they were going to run straight out onto the busy Roundhay Road.
A young couple, following some distance behind them, called out to them, and the boys did slow down a little, but still so engrossed in their play that they were drifting closer and closer to the exit.
Children have no concept of danger, they’re just busy having fun – as it should be.
It took some moments, but eventually the young couple were rounding the stand of foliage which must have blocked their sight of the children, but were still so deep in their conversation that even then they did not even appear to look at their offspring.
Recently we have seen some awful things, in America where an innocent rare gorilla had to be killed (to save the zoo’s face) after a small child fell into its enclosure. And then recently here, when an unfortunate child’s body was found under water.
I know there are accidents, as children rush about, but how many times are parents so engrossed in other things that they lost sight of their children, fortunate that nothing happened – this time. Sometimes it can be too late, and then it’s a tragedy which changes lives forever.
My mother always knew where I was, and I know it was a slower pace of life then, with less distractions, but maybe today’s parents should think about that. Surely children are treasures, and like any other valuable should be watched over to keep them safe.
And perhaps the parents, instead of taking their children for granted, could try to remember what it was like to have fun, and join in. Then they could all enjoy the six-week holiday.
Supermarkets should label vegan food
Ben Martin, Animal Aid
Veganism is becoming increasingly popular, with more than 500,000 people having gone vegan in the UK according to a recent poll.
Yet despite this growing popularity, most supermarkets fail to label food that is suitable for vegans, forcing us to laboriously check ingredient lists to find out which products are suitable.
That is why Animal Aid has launched the ‘Mark It Vegan’ campaign, calling on all supermarkets that don’t already do so to label their vegan-friendly own-brand products in much the same way that they already do for vegetarian goods.
In just one week 5,000 people have signed our online petition and support continues to grow.
If there are any readers who would also like to see all vegan food suitably labelled in supermarkets, they can sign the petition at www.animalaid.org.uk/go/markitvegan or they can request campaign postcards to send to each supermarket by calling 01732 364546 ext 223.
Not tunes to sing in shower
Edna Levi, Leeds 17
I am sure some of your mature readers will remember that when they went to a show or concert they were often asked to join in the chorus or come out humming the tune.
Rarely is that now possible! We have aspiring composers playing or (worse) singing these dirges which, thanks to our younger population, go to number one on the hit list.
The worst examples I have heard this week in particular was last weekend, when the miserable tune had lyrics that included “my heart is bleeding” “there is blood in the corner” and during the week, another “concrete” title.
Try singing these in your shower to cheer yourself up!