So First Bus have decided that they can now reduce fares in the New Year? Rather a slap in the face for all those customers who recently fought so hard to save their bus services from disappearing or being reduced to a handful a day.
As a daily bus user, top of the agenda for everyone is reliability. If the service isn’t reliable, and it seems plenty of First routes are not, then it doesn’t matter whether the fare is £2 or £3. Once you have been late for work two or three times in a month or stood in the cold and wet for 30 or 40 minutes (or longer) on a regular basis, the cost of your bus ticket becomes secondary.
Yes, the bus fares are not cheap, but perhaps most of us would have preferred to see some money spent on newer vehicles and retaining services. I just wonder if in six or 12 months time we shall again see more bus service cuts, due to not enough money in the kitty.
Mrs Carol A Gannon, Barwick in Elmet
Curb gambling industry ads
Currently there is much discussion on the adverse side of gambling in all its forms; by any and all means of advertising, particularly on TV, where those of the gambling industries and money lenders continue to proliferate.
So much so they are becoming tedious, and only serve to illustrate just how much money they are making.
While for those who either indulge in a flutter or borrow on a short term basis as a means of solving a temporary difficulty, there is no long term ill-effects; and many thousands of sensible people indulge, and know when to stop.
But for an addict, in pursuit of a golden pay-out, or repetitive borrowers, not thinking of its effects, the result can be untold misery.
When these days the advertising of tobacco products has been barred, which government regards as being a necessary procedure on the grounds of health, doesn’t it seem strange that the ‘pay-day ‘loan business and the adverts of bookmakers continue unchecked?
Not only that, but for many they obviously have an hypnotic effect on so many who are unable to control their need of the quick solution of a debt or in the hope of a pay-off bonanza; and their problems only worsen.
Although with a number of my associates in the past we very often had an enjoyable spell on one club bandit or another, but always knew when enough was enough.
Don’t readers think that the time for some kind of government intervention, perhaps a curb on the number of persuasive offers from the gambling industry, is long overdue?
We all know that the community at large is rebelling against control by ‘big brother’ in so many other fields, but those who are unable to control their gambling addictions definitely need some help. And even if restrictions were to be imposed, bookies and money lenders would still be laughing all the way to the bank.
Ernest Lundy, by email
Nightmare of warring Eds
After Labour’s 1997 election win, the country had a Prime Minister and a Chancellor who hated each other.
This led to a permanent civil war in the government and ended up almost bankrupting the country.
Now it’s not Tony Blair and Gordon Brown but the two Eds.If Ed Miliband thinks Ed Balls is a “nightmare” he should sack him.
After having to endure Gordon Brown for so long Miliband must be living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks that Britain will put up with another nightmare.
Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet
Time to reduce parking charges
It was interesting to see the letter from Steven Simon (Council is milking the motorist over parking, YEP December 5) on the subject of Sunday and evening parking charges introduced by Leeds City Council in the run-up to Christmas.
The proposal is bad enough, but introducing it in the run in to Christmas must add further salt to the wound for Leeds businesses and shoppers during the busiest shopping period of the year.
The ruling administration’s policy will see charges of £2 for evenings and on Sundays £1 for up to 4 hours and £4 all day. It is not surprising to see that over 1,100 people have signed a petition against the plans, which are clearly out of place with a need to encourage growth in our retail sector as the economy continues to recover. This is just another example of the increasingly anti-car policies coming from this administration.
There have been plans for charges on resident permit parking, now thankfully abandoned, along with cameras spying on motorists’ every move.
Furthermore, what about those businesses that have battled through the recession?
Don’t they now deserve a break? Instead they are getting the exact opposite. I for one would be looking at ways to reduce parking charges not increase them. One only has to look at the increased usage at the council’s very own Woodhouse Lane Car Park since charges were reduced to see the possible benefit.
It is interesting that on top of the 1,100 signatories of the petition, during consultation 65 percent rejected the plans. The ruling administration recently boasted about how they listened to people over their equally baffling proposals to introduce resident permit parking charges, I wonder will they listen to public opinion again? Will they reverse these charges and get behind businesses and shoppers or will they put their own coffers first and continue with this unnecessary policy?
Coun Andrew Carter, Leader of the Leeds Conservative Group
Warning of telephone scam
I would like to warn others of what I think is a phone scam. I received a phone call obviously from abroad asking me to do a short survey on health, which I did.
The following day I received a further phone call thanking me for taking part in the survey and offering me, as a reward, £20 worth of petrol vouchers.
All I had to do to get the vouchers was to send them £1 admin costs and they would take the money through the bank details they expected me to give them.
Needless to say I refused but it could catch some others out and it would cost them a lot more than the £1 asked for.
Malcolm Shedlow, Alderton Rise, Leeds 17
Different ideas on dress sense
At one time women wore only dresses and skirts, also feminine shoes.
Now I have noticed the general female attire for some is drab trousers, dark jackets, big ugly boots and woollen caps.
From a distance you can’t tell the gender of the person.
Now for men. In the warmer weather you have the middle aged ‘I am athletic’ look – Nike shorts and T-shirts, designer trainers, designer trainers, but a big fat belly hanging over their belts.
Say what you like about youths. At least they like to be trendy and the majority set a good example of dress sense.
H Ibbetson, Broom Nook, Leeds 10
The Mandela media circus
I wish to add my tribute to the many millions that will be paid (quite rightly) to Nelson Mandela (RIP).
The media are already embarking on the hysterical “circus” of over-reaction.
Do they not understand that this would probably have been the last thing that this man of true dignity would have wanted?
Jack Banner, Leeds