YEP Letters: February 9

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Drinking and rivers are a dangerous mix

K Smith, Guiseley

WITH reference to the recent correspondence concerning the drowning fatalities in the River Aire, could the council planners perhaps bear some responsibility for passing the siting of clubs and licensed premises in the vicinity of a river?

Is it not obvious that people are going to be inebriated when leaving these establishments, people who will not be capable of walking in a straight line with the inevitable consequences?

Also, could bar staff be more aware and stop serving further drinks to people who are obviously incapable of their own actions?

Short of providing barriers all along the river (at further cost to the taxpayer) these fatalities will continue to occur.

Is it perhaps time that it was recognised that drinking and rivers don’t mix.

Vicious circle of care home costs

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council

Vernon Wood (Your Feedback, February 3) makes some important points about the council’s need to consider better, more cost-effective alternative accommodation for residents in some of our homes.

We all know that our homes are reaching the end of their useful lives without major refurbishments to bring them up to modern standards. This is investment we cannot afford for reasons made clear on the front page of the YEP last week.

Because our homes appear down at heel when compared to what is on offer in the independent sector, new entrants to the residential care system are choosing the better appointed, newer homes and as a result, occupancy levels in our homes are falling.

This leads to rising costs per person, per day, as Mr Wood rightly points out.

However, it is a little too easy to question the ratio of staff to residents and imply that our staffing levels are unreasonably high.Perhaps I might explain. Running a care home is a 24/7 regulated operation and therefore a complement of day and night care staff is required.

In addition there are domestic, laundry and catering staff – and they all need managers to ensure the safe running of the establishment.

I mentioned above that our occupancy levels are falling – to as few as 21 residents in two of the homes currently under consideration.

Contrast the economies of scale enjoyed by our competitors in the independent sector, whose homes accommodate 60 to 70 residents.Readers can draw their own conclusions.

Water rescues waste taxes

R Kimble, Hawksworth

M BOND (Your Feedback, February 5) questions my humanity following my comments about river deaths.

I am actually a very humane person.

What I questioned was the validity of a rescue service 24 hours a day on a river in which people, including drunk ones, might fall. If they are drunk, this is entirely their own fault.

What next? Rescue services everywhere to “mop up” the sort of selfish morons you see on You’ve Been Framed riding quad bikes on sandy beaches, people in speedboats pulling others on water skis towards crowded beaches on which children are playing or those riding up on to beaches on jet skis?

These are also people who potentially bring injuries on to themselves by their ridiculous behaviour. Why should my taxes pay for their treatment if they are hurt?

People complain about the “obese” getting treatment on the NHS; some people can’t help being obese but these idiots can behave more carefully, if they gave some thought to their pursuits and the dangers

I also object to be called inhumane by someone who doesn’t even know me. Incidentally, the chances of being given a “spiked” drink are pretty small, I would have thought?

Real story of Asda’s name

Arnold Bradbury, Leeds

In the “Did you know?” section (YEP, February 6) you state that the Asda name was derived from the initial letters of Asquith and Dairies.

It is not true. I was a senior executive of the parent company when this was discussed and it was decided that it should be the initial letters of Associated and Dairies.

Having said this it is true that Peter Asquith was the brains and drive behind the creation of ASDA.

I was at Lofthouse when Peter Asquith came to see Jack Harris to negotiate the supply of sausage and pies 
from Farm Stores to his Queens Supermarket in Castleford.

He was then building a new store in South Elmsall and was running out of capital. The parent company entered a joint venture to finance him. He worked long hours and had meetings with store managers on Sundays.

He and Jack Hewitt fixed their selling prices by adding seven per cent to the cost price of everything which made them much cheaper than their rivals, and caused crowds to flock to ASDA.

He had a principal that all stores must have a large car park which was level with the store so that shoppers could wheel their trolleys to their cars.

This idea was copied by Tesco and Sainsburys, but the idea came from Peter Asquith.

Years later an OBE was awarded to an academic called Peter Firmston-Williams who was then the chief executive of the ASDA subsidiary for his services to retail.

The main board directors were pleased to be recognised, but they all agreed that the OBE had gone to the wrong man. It should have gone to Peter Asquith.

If you want to know more about the early days of ASDA go to Amazon e-books and look at The Bradburys of Leeds.

This bunch don’t deserve my vote

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

A CATCHPHRASE by one of the Grumbleweeds – “You’re getting right up my nose 
mate” – strikes me as really apt when I view party political broadcasts.

The politicians never give a direct answer to questions put to them.

I always use my vote, the Suffragettes fought for us to do this.

But parties “sniping” at each other certainly provides food for thought, most of which is hard to digest!

Ut quis dolescim sequam escipta

Joe Bloggs, Leeds

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