I READ with interest the recent remarks of angling correspondent Dennis Lemmon (YEP, March 11) on the subject of Sports Council and Lottery funding.
After learning that a few Olympic hopefuls (winter and summer games) have obtained millions in support, as have others competing in the Paralympics, it must be said that the whole business is totally unbalanced.
When sports such as angling and crown green bowling continue to suffer due to the economic climate and other causes, it is totally unjustified that individuals competing in certain sports get the help they do, merely because they are featured in the Olympics.
While most sport lovers do, of course, like to see our athletes succeed in their chosen events, I’m certain they must agree that where greater numbers of participants are concerned, as in angling, bowling and many other so-called lower profile sports, funds could be better spent in supporting and ensuring their survival, something which, in crown green bowling, in particular, is in no way certain.
Only a few days ago a letter from YEP reader Mrs Pat Summers extolled the virtues of the sport, remarking on the friends she has made within the game and the pleasure of competing outdoors; like the many thousands who have loved and played the game for most of their lives.
But for the short time this lady has played she has also come to realise that the game never gets the recognition it deserves.
She is absolutely correct!
But were the powers that be to make some effort to preserve a game that is one of the oldest and most British of British sports, at only a fraction of the cost awarded to Olympic hopefuls, handled correctly it would ensure its survival.
Ernest Lundy, by email
Many cyclists ignore the law
I AM prompted to write on seeing the photograph which accompanied Martin Phillips’ letter (YEP, April 30).
Firstly, while agreeing with the contents, I would mention that I am not anti-cyclist, in fact before retiring I cycled to and from work on a regular basis. My issue, as has been discussed on many occasions, is the attitude of many cyclists towards other road users and blatant ignorance of the law, or worse still contempt. Yes of course there are dangerous motorists, however it is rare to see one driving on the pavement or “jumping” red lights, and of course for every cycling idiot there are far more who are sensible and considerate.
But, if I may, I would like to comment on the picture: assuming this does not show a “race” with road closure and police control, what on earth are clubs or groups of friends doing riding five abreast and taking up all of one carriageway at, I would guess, a slow speed given the incline and nature of the road. I would expect better from serious cyclists but sadly this is becoming less and less the case.
I am not completely au fait with the law but understand two abreast is the maximum allowed, but please feel free to correct me.
Sadly I speak from experience as I often use the B6160 Bolton Abbey/Kettlewell road and have on many occasions experienced a group as depicted in forementioned picture.
My apologies to the majority of you sensible ones and I try to show you as much courtesy as I hope to receive.
Robert Rand, Swinnow Crescent, Pudsey
Concern over St Aidan’s site
I READ with interest the article by Alison Bellamy on the growing problems of the St Aidan’s site.
I am very concerned with the way things are going.
It was chaos over the Bank Holiday, particularly with dogs running free all over the place and jumping into the lakes (see the Yorkshire Birders site on Facebook for a heated debate).
The original idea was for this to be a Nature Park with areas set aside for wildlife and dog owners, horse riders etc sticking to other designated sites.
As there is no-one to enforce this, the signs already in place are being ignored.
The problems for anyone finally taking over the site will be to enforce these areas, after years of unrestricted access and protect rare birds such as bitterns and black-necked grebes nesting there.
Avocets also bred there last year but there is no sign of any this year, probably due to the increasing disturbance. And the others will be gone before long.
Unless something is sorted out soon Leeds faces losing what is potentially one of the best wildlife sites in the north of England.
Martin Robinson, by email
Don’t put homes on flood plain
THE letter by Councillor Barry Anderson (Yorkshire Evening Post, April 17) regarding plans to build on Moseley Bottom in Cookridge, Leeds 16, raises very important points that will in years to come prove themselves to be right.
The area in question is known locally as Soggy Bottom for good reason: it floods.
Any homes built on this known flood plain will cause havoc for their unfortunate owners.
Indeed it isn’t cars they will need so much as boats to get them out of the valley and off to try and find a place for children at one of the already full local schools.
The only schools they are likely to have access to are those created by the fish that will be appearing at the bottom of their gardens each day to take a look at who has been so unwise as to ignore nature and try to control the uncontrollable.
The area must be left to serve as a natural soak away, and the developers should do the honourable thing and build their new homes on one of the many brownfield sites around Leeds that cry out for development.
Why not turn over the site to the local community to develop an education and wildlife facility instead?
Come on, Leeds planners, and let’s show the community that you have vision enough to stop the coercion by developers and do what we residents really need.
Mike Lowry, Moseley Wood Gardens, Cookridge, Leeds
Take a break from politics
I THINK it will be obvious to a number of YEP readers that Malcolm Nicholson from Barwick knows very little about politics and even less about the unions.
He will probably know that during Mrs Thatcher’s infamous reign of power we had the highest percentage of unemployment ever in this country. She was nothing but a menace. Why do you think her own party stabbed her in the back and got rid of her?
Incidentally Malcolm, if these old Etonians don’t stop fiddling expenses there will be no Etonians left. They will all be in jail.
Mind you, with them all being old Etonians plus the backing from David the Dunce from Downing Street they will all probably get away with it as usual.
Anyway, you are probably very good at gardening. Forget about the politics and the unions, concentrate on your garden and give us all a rest.
T Valentine, Leeds
Use of cliches is insulting
I HAVE been watching on BBC News Channel a number of people conducting a press conference outside the school where the teacher was sadly stabbed in Leeds. Do people like these realise how grating and irritating it is to listen to people using jargon like “partnership agencies”, “generic agencies” and “investigation strategy” when something like this is being discussed? Can they not speak straightforward language? Then, of course, we got the appalling “lessons to be learned” cliché that is just insulting.
R Kimble, by email