YEP Letters: June 25

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Errors in housing plan document

D Jones, Leeds 6

It’s reported that this Friday, Leeds City Council’s Development Plans Panel is to discuss the Draft Site Allocations Plan which the council is using to decide the location of 70,000 new homes to be built by 2028 (YEP, June 22).

It’s also reported that the majority of these homes are to be built in inner city wards such as Hyde Park and Woodhouse.

The Draft Site Allocations Plan says that an area’s ability to sustain new development is based on the amount of open space that would be available to new residents.

This is why it provides calculations of the amount of open space in each ward based on the following categories: “Parks and Gardens,” “Amenity Green Space,” “Natural Green Space” and “Outdoor Sports.” The Draft Site Allocations Plan states that Hyde Park and Woodhouse ward has a surplus in all these categories of open space. But when errors in the Draft Site Allocations Plan are corrected, Hyde Park and Woodhouse is shown to have a deficit in all categories of open space.

Here are just a few examples of the errors contained in the document.

The Draft Site Allocations Plan includes the former Grammar School cricket pitch as Amenity Green Space, even though most of this land was built on years ago. It includes an area of open space by Mount Preston Street as Amenity Green Space but this was entirely built on in 2010.

It includes a rugby practice area as Amenity Green Space, even though the area is fenced off and locked up. It also includes under Parks and Gardens an area that last year was given to City of Leeds Academy. There is double counting of open space and there is even an arithmetical error which results in the area of “Natural Green Space” in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse ward being overstated by a factor of ten!

The Draft Site Allocation Plan’s errors aren’t restricted to Hyde Park and Woodhouse. So if you don’t want more houses to be built in your area than your existing open space can sustain, it’s important that you check the Draft Site Allocations open space allocations for your ward and report any errors you find to your local councillor.

All the Draft Site Allocations Plan open space calculations can be found by copying the following URL into your web browser: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Site-Allocations-Plan-–-Issues-and-Options-Documents.aspx

Trials of public transport

D Angood, by email

It was quite refreshing to read the report from H Sugden on the trials of children and public transport.

He is right when he says the designers have not given a lot of thought to children. His comment about the mother with two or three children and travelling by bus and the difficulties she encounters is quite true.

The fact that a driver may have to brake harshly and the consequences of such action can be imagined.

Picture a child stood in the aisle whilst the mother organises herself onto the seat and the bus driver braking suddenly, if at the rear of the bus, the momentum of the buses forward movement is transferred to the child and consequently that child heads down the aisle at the speed the bus was travelling at before the brakes were applied.

The child’s forward motion is only halted by its connecting with the edge of a seat or the front bulkhead.

Believe me that is a frightening experience for the mother, the child and also the driver, but where does one begin to apportion blame.

The car driver who caused the driver to brake, the driver for braking too harshly, the child for not holding on or the poor mother for not seeing to the safety of the child?

What if the car driver is long gone?

Well done H. Sugden for highlighting the issues from the eyes of a child, let us hope that the designer take some notice of his viewpoints.

Praise for city care home

Mr and Mrs Dean, Leeds

I would just like to put on record some praise for Berkeley Court Care Home

We all too often seem to read and hear about some very sad and distressing stories regarding the care of our elderly people, but I would just like to say that there are some very good and caring homes out there.

My husband’s mum has spent the last two and a half years living at Berkeley Court Care Home which is situated in Harehills where she was cared for with kindness and laughter and where all her needs where met.

When she was capable, she would often say how much she loved living there.

A big thank you to all the staff who work so willingly and so hard and who take the weight of the relatives shoulders.

Sadly she passed away last week, and the kindness shown both to her and to ourselves at that time will not be forgotten.

Beauty is only skin deep

Ernest Lundy, by email

An early glance at tonight’s YEP (June 22) lists photographs of beauty parlours, all vying for the title Salon of the Year 2105.

Now down to a short list. I’m sure we all like our women to look beautiful and assured in their daily lives, but sometimes it becomes difficult to recognise one 
from another, after so 
much make-up has been applied.

Mostly by the very young, creating the look of Barbie dolls; clones and to the extreme.

In TV adverts for hair products models also say ‘because I’m worth it’, as if others are not!

Personally, although it’s everyone’s choice, most 
prefer the natural look, what we call English beauty, with little or no make-up whatsoever.

Beauty after all is only skin deep, and while make-up may improve the looks of both men and women, applied sensibly, nature did not intend it to be that way.

Of course the beauty industry is worth billions, and will no doubt continue to produce its products for as long as people buy them.

But give me the old –fashioned kind of natural beauty, uncluttered and genuine, not masked in a disguise put on daily.

Everyone to his or her choice of course, but that’s mine. I expect to be metaphorically ‘shot down 
in flames’ but that’s how I see it!

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