YEP Letters: July 3

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Further to your article in regard to concerns about staffling levels at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s (YEP, July 1), unfortunately these problems are also affecting outpatient clinics.

I had an operation for bowel cancer in February 2010, followed by six months of chemotherapy.

After this I had six-monthly check-ups with the consultant in his clinic at LGI.

Following my appointment in May 2013, which was over three months’ late, the consultant said he would see me again in six months’ time following a CT scan, for which an appointment would be sent by post.

Thirteen months down the line I have had neither – and nobody can tell me when I am likely to get an appointment due to them being so far behind with their lists.

Would anyone agree that this is an acceptable situation for cancer patients, or indeed anyone waiting for appointments?

Barbara White, Bramley

Tour strike is a disgrace

The comments by Tracey Moore (YEP, July 1) in defence of the decision by ambulance workers to strike during the Tour de France are wholly unfair.

The Grand Depart is the biggest event to come to Yorkshire in a generation.

For the Unite union, and a small number of their voting members, to strike on such an important weekend is a disgrace.

They are putting the safety of good Yorkshire folk and the huge number of visitors to our wonderful county at risk by their selfish actions. Hundreds of thousands of people will enjoy the Tour. If they really have to strike, do it next week.

Tim Reeve, Alwoodley

Let down over tram system

Yet another delayed decision on the likelihood of trolleybuses for Leeds (YEP, July 1).

For 60 years, the city has been lumbered with the cut-price compromise of what were the ‘state-of-the-art’ buses of their day.

First Group continue to assert that, with more of the same, they can do the job on the cheap. It sounds so drearily familiar.

I recently took the bus to Cross Gates and, as it juddered along a concrete trough, youthful memory recalled that this was where shrub-bordered tram tracks once ran, segregated from other traffic.
These were the early stages of a late 20th century mass transit system, envisaged by the city’s far-sighted transport department. Their political masters thought only of the cheapest way of getting through the next election – and we know the result.

As a means of mass transport, either type of bus cannot compete with the tramways of mainland Europe in providing an attractive option to the private car.

Leeds has been let down badly, by both Tory and Labour governments, in the funding for a new tram system.

With all the Westminster talk of northern investment, is it time for another and more urgent go?

ME Wright, Harrogate

as the trolleybus inquiry rolls on, I trust someone will bring to its notice this week’s decision by the city council in Wellington, New Zealand, to abandon its trolleybuses?

This is despite them having renewed the fleet with the purchase of 60 new buses as recently as 2008.

If it makes economic sense to abandon a long-established trolleybus service, where the infrastructure is already in place, one has to question the wisdom of investing in a new service with expensive and unsightly overhead wiring, expensive vehicles, and questionable benefits to one cross-city corridor in Leeds.

There must be better ways of spending £175m.

Stewart Brown, Hebden Bridge

It was good to read the balanced piece by Paul Robinson on the public inquiry into trolleybus (YEP, July 1).

It is important for democracy that the people of Leeds understand just what it is that they are being asked to sign up for.

It was also interesting to see the report on Optare’s new buses. Do you expect anyone on our council to do the joined-up thinking required?

Margaret Thompson, Headingley

Theatre wins...golf course loses

Shame again on Leeds City Council. The Grand Theatre is to receive a £653,000 bail-out (YEP, June 30).

I quote Councillor Andrew Carter: “I absolutely want to see the long term future of the Grand ensured.”

Well, what about ensuring the future of Middleton Park Golf Course? At a fraction of the cost!

Silly me, Middleton Park Golf Course is on the wrong side of the river.

And what about consulting the council tax payers before ploughing our money into the Grand?

No we’ll consult the council tax payers over Middleton Park Golf Course in the hope that they can justify its closure.

The Grand is a major asset, it is said. Well, so is Middleton Park Golf Course.

Do the right things first Leeds City Council. Save Middleton Park Golf Course and put some investment and support back to the south of the river. Shame on you. Another smack in the teeth for the common man.

Simon Wardle, Middleton

Driven mad by loud music

Further to the recent letters complaining about men wearing often unflattering shorts in hot weather, the ones that really bug me are the car drivers who drive round with their windows down blasting out that awful modern dance music.

Leaving aside the very obvious Freudian implications of their behaviour, what on earth makes these men (and it is always men) think we want to listen to their dreadful taste in music?

If you think you’re being a ‘babe magnet’ then you’re wrong. Your taste in music speaks volumes about you, not least your intellect.

If you challenged them, you’d get the usual ‘what’s your problem?’

Well, I’m not the one with the problem, you are. It’s called lack of consideration for others.

The phrase ‘dance music’ explains it all really – you dance to it in a club, not play it in the car. How distracting it must also be for careful driving.

I know this is the age of selfishness, but think about other people for once.

Terry Maunder, Leeds

UK citizens fighting abroad

British citizens returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq are being arrested and imprisoned.

What is the difference between what they have done and, say, people who went to Spain to fight during the civil war there in the 1930s?

Or Jesuit missionaries in Latin America with the bible in one hand and a sword in the other?

Or the young men who joined the Crusades and went, in the Middle Ages, to the Holy Land to fight the infidel?

Mhic McGlashan, Headingley

Bean Ing Mill

With the YEP building being demolished, isn’t it a shame the Bean Ing Mill was never kept?

It was a beautiful building and could have been renovated to house everything that the newspaper needed. It would also have been suitable for flats and so on. It’s a pity buildings were only listed in recent years.

Judith Harris, Moortown

Harris PR stunt

I was pleased to see that Rolf Harris’s cynical PR stunt failed to influence the jury and hope that come Friday’s sentencing, the judge’s first consideration is for the victims.

Leslie Pye, Leeds