How very disappointing that the Leeds Civic Trust in its annual report seeks to perpetuate the myth that the impact of the trolleybus scheme has only “limited adverse environmental impact on the A660 Headingley Corridor”.
Maybe its officers and members should do some more research.
The NGT promoter’s own evidence details the impact of the scheme on 10 conservation areas located in north and south Leeds, including the one which covers Leeds’s historic city centre.
It shows that the trolleybus route falls within 500 metres of 591 listed buildings across the city.
Its wires would be directly attached to an unknown number of these and the scheme would visually affect the historic setting of many more.
It would adversely impact on too many unlisted buildings and structures which positively contribute to the character of the conservation areas for the promoters to count.
It would affect two registered historic parks and gardens, an uncounted number of important non-designated historic buildings outside conservation areas, and two public open spaces which have been historically important for over 200 years (Woodhouse and Monument Moors).
It would impact on a number of known sites of archaeological value and areas of previously unrecorded archaeological potential across Leeds without any predetermination on-site work being done in advance to prevent damage.
It would colonise and intrude into a significant amount of open green space and require the destruction of at least 453 trees plus 22 tree groups across the city many of which are protected by being located in conservation areas.
The trolleybus’s wires and gantries would adversely intrude into the city’s historic landscape.
How can the Civic Trust describe all this as “limited impact”?
The cumulative impact of the scheme would hugely damage the historic environment of Leeds.
The Civic Trust recommends leaving the decision to an inspector from outside the area.
It is the citizens of Leeds who should determine the future of the scheme.
They have repeatedly said they are against it and it should be scrapped.
Helen Pickering, Far Headingley
Bus service not the way forward
I am pleased that the Redrow development at Horsforth Vale on the former Sandoz site has been recognised at the UK Property Awards (YEP, November 20), but I doubt it was for the transport initiatives associated with it.
A sign states that £1.76m is being invested in a local bus service to Horsforth Station.
I don’t know which of James Lewis’s transport planners will have come up with this nonsense but the new 30 bus is running empty round Horsforth seven days a week.
Quite why anyone would believe that residents of this new development will sit on a bus for up to 40 minutes a day in order to get to Leeds via Horsforth station is beyond any comprehension when an electrified rail line runs right by the development.
A new station here should have been constructed as an integral part of the development.
Yet when I suggested this at consultation stage I was greeted with derision and condescension from our local transport planners.
These are the same people who veto a station at White Rose, situated right by a soon to be electrified rail line, and who thereby improve the fortunes of centres like Meadowhall at the expense of White Rose.
Just what is our crime to have such inept and out of date transport planners who cling to the unpopular, outmoded and despised, third-rate trolleybus project?
James Bovington, Horsforth
Get me out of watching drivel
Last night I had the misfortune of watching part of the latest episode of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
This was mainly due to my 14-year-old son, who said he had heard it was great.
It began with an introduction by the hosts, the odious schoolboy-like grinning duo Ant and Dec with their unfunny rhetoric and inane quips.
There then followed an introduction of the “celebrities” – who were Z-list to say the least. I can honestly say that I had never seen or heard of most of them or knew where they hailed from.
Among these was someone I did recognise, Michael Buerk, the respected newsreader and journalist, which got me wondering why such a man would take part in such a grim, mindless show as this.
Surely he must have a few bob tucked away after all those years on TV, so the mind boggles as to why he is prepared to humiliate himself in this way.
The answer is obviously money and it shows what some people will stoop to for it.
If this is entertainment I am frightened as to what we have become.
Thankfully after about 20 minutes my son turned round to me and said “Dad, this is awful.”
Even a youngster can see what banal rubbish it is, says it all really.
Jon Schofield, Leeds
Service to block the cold callers
FURTHER to recent letters (Your Views, November 21), some of your correspondents may not be aware that there is a way of cutting down on cold calls.
It is the Telephone Preference Service and it’s free. The system doesn’t stop calls from abroad unfortunately, but it does cut out unsolicited calls from the UK.
All the information can be found on their website: tpsonline.org.uk.
Alternatively their phone number is: 0845 0700707 and the address is: TPS, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS.
I hope this information is helpful.
Anne Ward, Oakwood
Headlights help other drivers
I wonder how many of your readers remember those old TV adverts giving motorists advice on the “polite” or “safe” way to drive.
These included tips like dipping your full-beam headlights for oncoming traffic or when clearing the brow of a hill, leaving a large space between you and the car in front and so on.
I certainly used to watch them, long before I ever thought I might get behind a wheel.
Considering all the extra vehicles on the same roads today, perhaps it might be a good idea to reinstate them.
I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon, though, so in the meantime could I make a plea on behalf of both motorists and cyclists?
People automatically switch on their lights when it gets dark, but now November is here, those lights are also very useful in the daytime.
They may not help you to see further down the road, but perhaps more importantly they will enable other road users to see you!
And I don’t mean sidelights, which are a waste of time as they are almost invisible.
November is well-known for its fogs, both day and night!
And the weather is only going to get worse as winter approaches.
Let’s save lives where we can. Remember, it could be yours!
Denise Marsden, Cookridge