YEP Letters: July 20

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School needs more play space for pupils

Councillor Bill Urry, Roundhay Ward

Your report (YEP 13 July) “Fury over bid to fence in Field” at Gledhow School, says little of why this is necessary.

We need more primary school places, and more children, most living within a half mile of the school, need more space.

In 2015 there has been a severe shortage of primary reception places in the Roundhay and Moortown area. Ninety additional places have had to be created locally, including a permanent expansion at Gledhow by 30 now brought forward to September 2015. The size of the school will increase eventually from 420 to 630 children making it the largest primary in the area.

The Triangle Field has always been part of Gledhow’s school ground. Until the 1996 Dunblane disaster, although the school leased the Triangle pitch to a local Rugby Club, it continued to share its use.

After Dunblane, a steel fence was built across the field to protect children. This was not the boundary, which follows the much deteriorated chain link fence along the field’s edge.

The school stopped using the Triangle for sport simply because it could not satisfy the new safeguarding standards outside the security fence.

Physical security, broken glass, needles, fouling and general littering have all been issues as they are everywhere. The school has, though, always mowed, maintained and used the area – see the many trees planted by the children over the years.

But the expanded school needs new buildings to the rear on current hard play areas, and needs more space for the extra children.

Despite the claim by the Friends: “We feel it’s wrong that the school should end up with more than it needs and the community should be left with nothing”, the school cannot actually satisfy current outdoor play standards without using more of its field.

It already shares its space with a Nursery and Children’s Centre, and much of its outside space is not usable. And aren’t schoolchildren as much members of the local community as anyone else?

It is disappointing that the Friends have continued to imply on their webpage that the school has been interested in an all-weather playing surface.

This claim is based on a rejected approach from a private company that was never part of the expansion plan. And users of the nearby Gledhow Sports and Social Club field on Gledhow Lane, Allerton Grange Field, and land on Allerton Grange Way would be surprised to read that this “is the last green space in the area. There isn’t anything else other than this.”

With so much misleading information, it is not surprising that a petition has attracted many signatures.

Clearly there is a real loss for people accustomed to using the field, and council officers, the school and councillors are anxious to ensure as much preferential local access under City Letting arrangements as possible without compromising safety, and we will carefully study the constructive comments made by respondents.

But we must also ensure that we have enough school places for local children, and that they have the play space they need for a great educational experience.

Modern words and phrases

R Kimble, Hawksworth

Though not hugely important, don’t some modern words and phrases say a lot about our culture?

Ball boys and girls at Wimbledon are now “ball persons,” a tennis coach is now a “mentor,” engaging in an activity such as clearing country paths is now a “journey” (courtesy BBC News this morning), acting on behalf of a charity is being an “ambassador”, teaching is now “facilitating” a course or module is now a “learning pathway”.

Don’t get me started on “council speak”.

Response for other students?

Edna Levi, Leeds

I am sorry to read (YEP July 16) of Miss Analogbei’s financial problems to enable her to graduate and my sympathy on the loss of her father.

However it appears she has benefactors donating to help her with the funds required.

I may sound cynical, but it got me to thinking about the hundreds of other students who will be leaving university in the future and have also to find hundreds of pounds to repay their student loans.

Maybe they should try their luck on this GoFundMe website. Would they get the same response?

Poor people need support

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Successive governments have allowed loan companies to take advantage of the poor that they have created.

If you are in a corner you will resort to whatever is available to you. How on earth can these companies be allowed to charge interest rates in excess of 1000 plus per cent APR? Poor people deserve support from our government but we get just the opposite. Regulatory bodies have a duty to protect poor people and they are failing miserably! Who’s supposed to be regulating these people? Clowns of all parties deserve our utter and absolute contempt.

PM should stand up to Brussels

Terry Watson, Adel

The farcical situation in Calais should have been sorted years ago.

If thousands of illegal immigrants were trying to get into France from England, the French would close the borders and the channel tunnel until the problem was solved. The French soon take decisive action if something doesn’t suit them.

Cameron should do the same , but he has no backbone for such measures, and would not wish to upset his beloved EU. The French are assisting illegals to come to England providing them with food and accommodation until they make a successful crossing to “barmy benefits Britain”.

The laws on asylum state clearly that asylum seekers should seek asylum in the next friendly to the one from where they are fleeing. The French should send them back, but but prefer the easier option and send them on to Britain. This problem is caused by stupid EU regulations and Cameron should stand up to Brussels and take the appropriate action instead of meaningless “tough rhetoric” which no one takes seriously anyway.

YEP Letters: August 18