YEP Letters: June 18

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I am proud of my city of Leeds. It is therefore with great regret that I have to say how disappointed I am with Leeds-Bradford Airport.

On a recent trip we were forced to wait for wheelchair assistance for my wife for up to 35 minutes on both legs of the journey.

On each occasion the operative from OCS, a company employed to assist disabled passengers, said they had been taken by surprise at the number of wheelchairs needed as a number of planes had landed at around the same time.

Are there not departure and arrival monitors? Has OCS decided to rely on telepathy rather than technology?

There has also been a dramatic loss of seating in the departure lounge for those who don’t want to have to use the numerous food and drink outlets.

In terms of arriving from abroad, this should be made as stress-free as possible. The airport is a gateway for our region and should make passengers feel welcome.

What is the Leeds-Bradford management’s reaction? If you want a trolley for your luggage you had better find a £1 coin.

Leeds calls itself an international airport – is that the behaviour of an international airport?

This trolley tax must be abolished now – before overseas visitors start arriving for the Tour de France.

I also believe a local Leeds-Bradford Airport independent ombudsman should be appointed with responsibility to report directly to the public.

He or she would publish an annual report on the airport, commenting on its services and highlighting its successes as well as its shortcomings.

This would allow comparisons with other international airports and show how well it serves the Yorkshire region.

Of course, Leeds-Bradford airport is an independent company and could refuse.

On the other hand it could embrace the concept so that the public, the region and the management could feel that working together we all had an asset of which we could be proud.

Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, Alwoodley

We need more help to recycle

AS your leader column says (YEP, June 16), food companies are not doing enough 
to help us recycle packaging.
The majority of the contents of my black bin are plastic 
but without the numbers 1, 2 or 4, and therefore can’t be recycled.

If they could be recycled, they would be in the green 
bin and wouldn’t go to landfill.

Cynthia Foster, Cookridge

Thank you Asda for the fun day

MANY thanks to the new Asda at Middleton for the Fun Day last Saturday.

The children were in their element with the footballs and T-shirts.

Mums and dads enjoyed it because, apart from voluntary donations to Martin House, everything was free.

Good on you Asda – and welcome to Middleton.

M Naylor, Middleton

When will this madness stop?

How can extremism ever be stopped when the likes of Anjem Choudary can devote their lives to preaching hatred because they’re allowed to live on benefits and don’t have to work?

They mock British values and the hardworking families who fund their handouts – it’s an obscene waste.

They don’t want integration, they want Islam and Sharia law and use intimidation to gain positions of authority in our society.

And, to make it worse, they’re protected by the barmy European Union laws.

For the billions we pay into the EU, we get a raw deal. It has created mass immigration and has turned the UK into a haven for violent criminals, terror nuts and extremists that we can’t get rid of.

We want control of our own destiny, we don’t want EU mass immigration, and we don’t want barbaric and medieval beliefs like Sharia law in Britain.

Will this madness ever stop?

John Moore, Bridlington

Leeds needs more bus lanes

Bob Green claims bus lanes create congestion and impose harsh fines on the motorists who stray into them (YEP, June 16).

Perhaps Mr Green should use the bus, then he wouldn’t be sitting in his car grumbling about them.

Bus lanes are there for a very good reason.

We need more of them in and around Leeds to encourage bus use, along with cameras to penalise those who fail to adhere to them.

And I would make the fine £100 – similar to that imposed in London.

Bus lanes are here to stay, Mr Green. Get used to them.

Nick Keer, Cottingley

Back to trams after 70 years

When I was a boy of 11 and needed to be transported to Meanwood, Headingley, Roundhay, York Road, or in 
fact most areas of Leeds, I caught the tram.

As the public became a little more affluent, cars started to appear on the roads.

The council then decided to dig up or fill in the tram lines and do away with a perfectly good tram transport system.

Seventy years later, the council are considering a tram system for Leeds which will cost millions of pounds to put into place.

That’s what I call progress.

Malcolm Shedlow, Moortown

Leave Ed alone

I have recently seen several reports in the media castigating Ed Milliband for holding
 up a copy of The Sun newspaper.

They must know, as I do, that it was not a copy of the newspaper.

It was a supplement printed and distributed for free urging people to support England in the World Cup.

I suppose this is another example of inaccurate reporting.

Walt Emsley, Oakwood

Evidence bid

I am trying to trace people who may have worked at the Headingley Telephone Exchange in Leeds in the 1950s and until it was demolished some years later.

My husband worked there 
as a ‘Youth in Training’ (I imagine another name for apprentice) in the mid-1950s and vividly remembered stripping cables and seeing white powder flying everywhere.

He commented several times over the years whenever mesothelioma or asbestosis was mentioned in the press or on the news, that if he was ever diagnosed with one of these conditions then it was at the Headingley Telephone Exchange that he contracted it.

He died three years ago following surgery from which he could not recover and it was at his post mortem that he was found to have an ‘industrial disease’, namely mesothelioma or asbestosis.

This is a condition for which compensation is expected to be claimed so I wondered if any of your readers had knowledge of other people who may have worked there and contracted the disease?

Obviously it is difficult to remember names from so far back, but his supervisor – of whom my husband spoke very kindly – was from Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.

I realise this is a long shot, but perhaps one or more of your readers may remember the circumstances and would be able to write to me at the address below.

It would be very useful because insurance companies need as much evidence as possible.

Thank you in anticipation of an outcome.

Anne Keat, 1 Clift Close, Rudloe, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0JS

Leeds City Train Station. Picture Tony Johnson

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