YEP Letters: July 7

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Mayor decision is going to be foisted on us

A Ward, Leeds 8

I agree with D S Boyes when he comments that all political parties are making a mockery of the democratic process.

There was another example of this in Wednesday’s YEP when the leaders of Leeds and Sheffield councils are quoted as saying that the local electorate’s rejection of elected mayors in the 2012 referendum may have to be “set aside”.

So, even though we voted against this imposition, the opinion of the electorate can be ignored if it suits those in power.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, says that it’s not something to be desired but “if it’s the offer on the table we are certainly going to explore the option.”

Recently the Sunday Times wrote that Alan Johnson MP is being suggested as the prospective elected Mayor for South and West Yorkshire, so it seems to me that the wishes of the man (and woman) in the street are being ignored again, and this decision will be foisted onto us come what may.

So much for democracy!

More control from Whitehall?

Martin J Phillips, Leeds 16

Regarding your article “Elected Mayors are a price worth paying” (Wed July 1 YEP), Judith Blake, as always, is talking a load of tosh!

We have already seen – within weeks of the General Election – David Cameron do a U-turn regarding improvements to railways in the north of England.

Once Cameron has got his mayors in place there is a strong chance he will renage on all the promises he has made regarding extra funding etc.

He simply wants mayors in place to have more Whitehall control over local authorities.

Concerns over city cycling

M McGlashan, Headingley

Leeds is rightly proud of its involvement in cycling over the past couple of years.

However I would like to raise some issues.

Firstly, the cycle super-highway from Leeds to Bradford utilises part of the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Consequently, these sections of the towpath have been asphalted.

Unfortunately this has resulted in a few selfish riders cycling even faster along these sections and so causing significant inconvenience, if not actual danger, to children and their parents, dog-walkers, other pedestrians, even other bike riders, who use the path.

Secondly, when will the council realise that simply painting a line along the side of a road does not constitute a proper cycle lane?

Thirdly, this year’s Tour de France starts today in Utrecht. The main station in Utrecht has parking spaces for 12,500 bikes.

Does the main station in Leeds have any?

Have motorway rules changed?

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

The husband of a friend of mine used to tell her that the inside lane on the motorway was for lorries, the centre lane was for cars, and then one overtaking lane. Maybe that’s why it’s nothing new to find that the centre lane always has the most traffic.

Personally I always understood that traffic on a motorway was supposed to be in the inside lane, and that the other two lanes were both just for overtaking, when you were getting too close to the vehicle in front.

Then, as soon as possible, you were supposed to return to an inside lane.

Has this rule changed, or was I misinformed?

On my many bi-annual journeys down south, taking my friend to see her mum, I would stay in the inside lane as long as possible, because it felt safer to have an enormous space in front of me (everyone else it seemed was trying to get “there” faster), and subsequently were all bunched up together in the centre lane.

Needless to say I could also keep just under the speed limit with ease, with a huge “thinking” space in front of me (my instructor’s word!).

It’s also very definitely scarier in the centre lane, where there are always heavy-goods vehicles on the inside continually leap-frogging each other, suddenly coming out in front of you without warning.

Perhaps the government should re-commence those TV ads, where the public were reminded of the various “rules”, and common sense advice was issued, on how to conduct yourself safely behind the wheel!

Once you’ve passed the test, is there any further information for new drivers, especially on motorways?

I wonder how many of today’s drivers have been taught by family members and friends, instead of trained driving instructors.

None of us are perfect, and experience takes time, we have to be careful not to pick up bad habits, if only those of impatience.

Our roads are so much busier now, and tailgating so prevalent, as it seems everyone is so desperate to be the car in front.

Something needs to be done before the NHS is overwhelmed, and more families are left grieving.

Health and safety question

Tony Alderson, Horsforth

My wife and I were shopping at Morrison’s Yeadon the other day when we noticed that the display of potted plants were not in the best of conditions. They were bone dry and in dire need of watering.

There was a young female assistant nearby, who was fiddling around with the pots, and I pointed out that the plants required watering if they had any hope of them surviving and subsequently selling them.

She gave out the most stupid reply by saying that they were not allowed to water them for health and safety reasons.

I asked her to explain this and she obviously could not.

I would be pleased to learn the reason for what appears to be a ridiculous excuse.

Donne shows need for silence

Mike Harwood, Kirkstall

I did observe the one minute’s silence on Friday; but I did it not just for the some thirty Brits killed on a beach in Tunisia, also for the nine blacks killed by a racist in a church in Charleston, America and the at least 500 children killed during the Israeli attack on Gaza last year.

‘No man is an island,

Entire of itself,

Every man is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.’

Bernard Kenny, the man who tried to save Jo Cox from her attacker.

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