MY wish list for 2014:
1. Re-pave Millennium Square in multi colours, with fixed seats and benches and floral decor, as permanent pedestrian space.
2. Convert Headingley cricket ground to partly-roofed sports arena, lease or sell rugby pitch.
3. Demolish Kirkgate Quarter.
4. Landscape proposed Eastgate Quarter as park.
5. Connect the airport.
6. Build a conference centre.
7. Abandon trolleybus project and introduce park and ride mini bus service to connect rail links – which may simply be “steps” not stations.
8. Establish a northern cities alliance and a regional assembly; meeting at various venues.
9. Local MPs to report every six months, to update general audience in Town Hall of their work and developments. Abolish councillors and replace with volunteer community representatives. Retail executive board to enact proposals and to liaise with Westminster (12 persons paid £75,000 pa).
10. Research EU funding sources, also other city sources. In other words Manchester’s Mysterious Machinations, Sheffield’s Slippery Side, Liverpool’s Lorra Largesse and Tyneside’s Trick and Treat.
Paul Kilroy, Spennithorne Avenue, Leeds
Excellence in NHS highlighted
I AM delighted to see your newspaper covering the positive news that the Paediatric Neuromuscular Disease Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital has been recognised as a Centre for Clinical Excellence.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign carried out a rigorous assessment of the neuromuscular service in Leeds, as part of an investigation of muscle centres and clinics across the UK, to ensure that high quality care is provided to families with devastating, life-limiting conditions. Access to specialist services, such as those available at Leeds, enables families to receive expert guidance on diagnosis and management, including specialist therapies and support. This can make a life-changing – or life-saving – difference to patients, helping to keep them off emergency hospital wards.
As stated by your reader Martin Schweiger (YEP, January 8), it is important to recognise and highlight the excellent specialist work that is carried out by people working in the National Health Service.
Bobby Ancil, neuromuscular outreach manager, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, 61A Great Suffolk Street, London
Cameron’s false promises
WHAT DAVID Cameron is now doing is giving false promises to the elderly for their vote for him.
He has failed on the younger end.
But he needs votes for himself so the next best thing is the elderly.
But more false promises are due, don’t you worry about that. He has been in office now for four years and what you have to ask yourself is, what has he done for the people?
He needs your vote! You give it to him and I can assure you that you will regret it. We need a government to see that law and order is carried out but to those in government, in my book, means them.
You cannot have a law for one and another for others. But that has been happening for a long time now.
And at last the full papers are available now of how the Tories acted in 1978-1997. One thing I am sure of is that they were born into luxury and it is only when they are in power can they live off those who elected them.
That is why you do not support them.
N Knott, Gamble Hill, Leeds
Pilgrimages to battlefields
EACH YEAR the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Battlefield Research Section, organise pilgrimages to the battle areas of the First World War.
The tours are in August and September covering France and Belgium.
This year we plan to visit the Somme battlefields, The Ypres Salient, Arras, Vimy Ridge, and Loos battlefield areas if requested.
The trips specialise in visiting specific cemeteries or memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested, and an experienced Battlefield Guide will accompany each trip, to commentate on the various battles and the many historic events that occurred in the areas that we visit.
We can also assist people in the tracing of war graves from the First World War.
The Battlefield Research Section was formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the First World War battlefield areas of France and Flanders, and we support a variety of ex-service charities and institutions.
These trips are open to anyone who might be interested, and we welcome all enquiries.
We are a not for profit organisation.
Please write to me at the address below or telephone me on 01977 734614. For all postal replies, we ask for a medium sized SAE.
John Battye, Rhodes Street, Hightown, Castleford
Charity’s plea over Great War
AS WE enter 2014, inevitably thoughts will turn to those terrible events of 1914 and the start of the Great War.
Often referred to as “the war to end all wars”, history has taught us that was not the case.
SSAFA was one of the few military charities to have provided care and support to our troops and their families during that terrible conflict.
Back then, as now, SSAFA had a team of volunteers working throughout West Yorkshire to care for the wives and children of those sent to the front.
We were also there to deal with the consequences when the men did not return.
The West Yorkshire Branch of SSAFA is seeking to discover more about the people we supported to help us mark our contribution to the nation’s war effort. If you have memorabilia, a diary or a family connection to a client or volunteer during the Great War, then SSAFA West Yorkshire would like to hear from you.
We continue to be as relevant today as we were then and SSAFA is still providing our Forces and their families with lifelong support.
In West Yorkshire alone we helped in excess of 600 people last year.
If you have any information regarding SSAFA and the Great War then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org of at Carlton Barracks, Leeds LS7 1HE.
Terry Grayshon, county chairman, SSAFA Forces Help, West Yorkshire
Remembering 1944 landings
BETWEEN MONDAY June 2 and Saturday June 7, I will be leading a group from the North of England to attend events in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Normandy campaign in 1944.
There will be an opportunity to pay respects to a relative at the Commonwealth War Cemeteries and Memorials as well as attending special ceremonies in Caen, Bayeux and the landing beaches.
We will also visit significant areas associated with the Normandy Campaign.
En route we will visit Bletchley Park where the Enigma machine was used to significant effect in the campaign.
We still have a few places left and convenient local pick up points can be arranged.
I will be happy to supply details when contacted at the address below or telephone me on 01768 341060 or 07710 270640.
David Raw, Eden Gate, Warcop, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria