YEP Letters: January 27

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I REFER to the article published regarding the shocking burglary at Moorside Community Centre in Bramley (YEP, January 21).

This centre provides a wide range of services and activities for a very active and supportive community to enjoy. It has been my great pleasure and privilege to work with the Moorside Tenants and Residents’ Association in the wide range of community fun days, sporting events, lunch clubs for the elderly and children’s activities that they provide.

The Tenant’s and Resident’s meetings are lively occasions where the local community certainly don’t hold back in expressing their views about everything going on in the neighbourhood, often calling for solutions from myself and my two ward colleagues, Councillors Hanley and Taggart as well as from the local Police and Housing officers who regularly attend along with many representatives of other Council Services.

How appalling then, that anyone could cause such misery and disruption to this lively neighbourhood which is taking responsibility for its environment and the wellbeing of everyone living there. People care about one another in the Moorside area and this has been disrespected and cast aside by someone who is out only for themselves.

I know the centre will recover and get back to all its good work, and I am heartened to hear about the offers of help and donations that are already being received to help Moorside get back on its feet. We local Councillors will do all we can to help and I would particularly pass on the Association’s thanks to the Police who provided a prompt and decisive response to the burglary and as ever were there when they were needed.

Let’s hear it for Moorside!

COUNCILLOR CAROLINE GRUEN, Bramley and Stanningley

Betrayal of the working man

WITH REGARD to the proposed withdrawal of funding for PCSOs by Leeds City Council, surely this is an ideal opportunity to impose a tax on all the late night opening establishments in Leeds City centre, to contribute towards the mayhem that the police have to deal with at weekends. Bars, nightclubs, lap-dancing clubs, takeaways, taxi firms etc all could contribute.

Why should ratepayers’ money be wasted on policing this problem which has been created by Labour’s Tony Blair and his ridiculous ’24 hour cafe culture’. Anyone with an ounce of common sense could see what would transpire. Leeds City centre has become a no-go area for any sensible person after 10.30pm on any weekend.

Why shouldn’t the people and businesses who created and are benefiting from this chaos, pay for its policing and also the hospital time wasted with these drunks and people injured in fights etc. Aren’t our emergency services stretched enough?

Three New Labour masterpieces contributing to hardworking peoples’ misery: 24 hour cafe society, casinos and de-restricted gambling and betting and Blunkett’s plastic policemen. Getting policing on the cheap! Get more proper police.

Another illustration of Labour in the pockets of the Big Brewers and the Gambling Industry.

True Labour idealists must be turning in their graves at this betrayal of the working man.

B DUFFY, by email

A fine idea over appointments

A LETTER of mine was published (YEP, February 26, 2013) regarding missed appointments at Doctors’ surgeries. In it, I agreed that a fee (say, £5) should be paid in advance and deducted for a no-show. Also, before another appointment can be made, the fee has to be paid.

With your front page story (YEP, January 21), this should certainly also apply to hospital appointments, the fee to be paid at the time of appointment. The “fines” collected from both sources should be passed on to deserving medical charities.

AUBREY, by email

Making a point about snooker

In the first frame of the Masters snooker final I counted 30 times Mark Selby chalking his cue while considering a shot.

Is it nerves or has he got shares in a chalk supplier?

MALCOLM NICHOLSON, Barwick-in-Elmet

How can I find my old friend?

HAVING RECENTLY read a letter from LE Slack asking people not to forget friends of yesteryear who are now maybe sick and elderly, I have been trying to contact an old work friend I have known for 50 years. We lost touch before Christmas, as I understand he has been taken into social care.

His name is Richard Wilkinson, and he is now 83 years of age. As I am not related and as I believe that he has no living relatives, neither Social Services, Age UK or his Housing Association are able to provide details of his whereabouts. They quote Data Protection as their defence.

The YEP printed an article before Christmas concerning the number of elderly people feeling lonely over the festive season. I visited his home several times during thistime, but found his home in darkness. I wonder if I should have informed the police? At least I would have known whether or not he was there. It would really be a shame if through bureaucracy my friend lost his contact with the outside world.

LH PYE, Leeds

I had a hand in the clock tower

ON JANUARY 6 AE Hague mourned the soon to be lost clock and temperature tower on the Yorkshire Evening 
Post building and then proceeded to give his formula for converting Celsius readings to Fahrenheit.

This was rather complicated and as one of the engineers who installed this equipment some 40 years ago, we had a much simpler method.

Using Mr Hague’s figures of 15 degrees Celsius, all you have to do is double it and then add 30.

Just one last thing. I well remember at the time that my wage was 50 pence an hour. How times change!

DENNIS LEMMON, Broadway, Leeds.

Big changes if Scotland leaves

NIGEL Boddy’s letter (Mail, January 20) recalls some 
little-known history about the UK.However, if Scotland does leave the UK after the referendum there will be large consequences for the remaining parts of the UK too.

For a start, the political complexion of the House of Commons will alter radically without Scotland.The Conservative Party would lose one MP and the Liberal Democrats 11.But how many Labour MPs does Scotland have?

Arthur Preece, Spalding Road, Hartlepool

Romance was well publicised

IN RESPONSE to the letter (YEP, January 23): Kathy Kirby’s then boy friend was Geoffrey Gee who lived on Street Lane, Roundhay. He rapidly became a tycoon selling ladies fashions, starting from a shop in Harrogate Road. Later he opened premises on York Road near Stokes and Dalton’s; but went into liquidation a short time later. Their romance was widely publicised at the time.

ERNEST LUNDY, by email

My street looks like a car park

I HAVE been reading the letters regarding parking outside schools.

You should come here and see what we have. When it gets to 2.30pm the cars start arriving. By the time it gets to 3 o’clock the cars are parked on both sides of the street. This street looks like a car park or a taxi rank. Heaven help anyone needing an ambulance or the fire brigade. They would never get up the street. If there is anything on at the library or the dance studio we have cars parked here too.

MARGARET MATHESON, Holtdale Road, Holt Park, Leeds.

I WOULD like to say a big thank you to the people who commented on the article about me and my support of Leeds United.

On Saturday my friend and I were invited to the Lord Harewood Suite where I and a 92-year-old gentleman were presented with lifetime season tickets.

We had a wonderful time.

EDNA NEWTON, Leeds United fan

PEOPLE ARE complaining about the Channel 4 programme Benefits Street.

This government has made people live like this. Instead of looking after our own, we are sending billions abroad in aid. What is wrong with this government? Can’t they see what they have done?

They are making ghettos in our towns and cities by not looking after the citizens.

Let’s look after our own and cut down on benefit aid abroad. We need the money in this country so we can stop food banks and poverty.

Pull your finger out Mr Cameron and the Government and look after the British people.

ROGER WATKINSON, Oak Road, Leeds

YEP Letters: May 26