YEP Letters: November 29

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I fully agree with John Davey’s assertions about traffic chaos in Crossgates (Your Views, November 26).

He did, however, fail to mention that as well as many cars and numerous buses throughout the day, there are also a high number of articulated lorries going to and from the warehouses off Manston Lane.

Not only is Crossgates choked with traffic, these lorries are particularly dangerous when pedestrians are crossing the road, as it is often difficult for the drivers to see them.

It is a tragic coincidence that on the very day Mr Davey’s letter was printed, another accident between one of these lorries and a pedestrian happened on Austhorpe Road outside the Crossgates Centre.

Sadly, this time the pedestrian did not survive. This is the second such accident in the past few weeks.

When are the council going to wake up and realise that the link road to Junction 46 of the M1 is an absolute necessity?

They have been making empty promises about its construction for a number of years and nothing ever happens, yet they allow more and more houses to be built on both sides of Manston Lane.

I also believe that applications have been made for coal extraction on the old Barnbow Factory site.

If allowed, this too will be transported on massive trucks through Crossgates.

Our councillors need to sort this out – and quickly!

C Whitworth, Crossgates

I echo John Davey’s concerns regarding Austhorpe Road.

The road is too narrow for all the traffic and parking should not be allowed near the bus stops. With all the extra traffic it is becoming very dangerous.

On Thursday morning an elderly lady died after being knocked down by a lorry. There have also been several other accidents on the road, even some on the zebra crossing.

Where is the link road which was supposed to take traffic away from the centre of Crossgates?

Why have the house builders been allowed to build before the road was finished? Something needs to be done before someone else gets hurt or dies!

Maureen Devlin, Crossgates

Station should be in the plans

I would like to comment on the letter from James Bovington regarding the new housing complex on the old Sandoz site in Horsforth (Your Views, November 25). He stated that the planners derided him for suggesting a new train station should be built there.

In the late 1950s I worked on the site when they were constructing the Sandoz complex.

The work there went on for a least a decade and during most of that time I used to catch the train.

The journey from Leeds City Station to Rodley Station, which was next to the existing road bridge, a wooden structure containing the ticket office and waiting room spanning the railway line, took 15 minutes with stops at Lower Wortley, Armley and Newlay Wood stations.

So I agree with Mr Bovington that the planning people in Leeds have not got a clue.

They should have insisted that the station was part of the development. Instead we have got road work to alter the roundabouts at Rodley and Rawdon ring road, which I presume is to cater for at least 350 cars coming off the Sandoz site.

Not much planning or thinking ahead there.

Derek Hall, Leeds

Turbulent past of the Catholics

REGARDING PAUL Kilroy’s contribution concerning the use of the word ‘terrorist’ as specifically applied to Guy Fawkes (Your Views, November 20), putting aside the definition and its relevance to certain historical individuals or events, the main thrust of Mr Kilroy’s argument appears to be the assertion that if the Roman Catholic conspiracy of 1605 had been successful our nation would now be happier, superior and more hopeful.

How Mr Kilroy can even suggest this utopia based upon history and the Catholics’ track record is quite mind boggling.

Prior to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, and within the quoted 1,000 years, the world, among other events, had four Popes embroiling Europe and the Middle East in crusades (from which we are still getting the backlash), the destruction of Central American civilisations by the conquistadors (in the name of Catholicism), the Inquisition and the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

Truly wonderful adverts for the Catholic tradition of tolerance and humanity. Superiority, however, features heavily!

Could Mr Kilroy enlighten us all as to which present or indeed any major country since 1605 has been, or is, happier, superior or more hopeful due to the major influence of the Church of Rome?

C Watson, Roundhay

High premiums for older drivers

David Green’s experience of the way car insurers are ripping us off (Your Views, November 26) is just the tip of the iceberg.

I have been complaining about their methods to all and sundry, including MPs, motoring organisations, the offices of fair trading and trade descriptions, and anyone else I thought might influence what is an unregulated industry that leaves us open to what I consider to be unfair practices.

The MPs I have approached, by email and letter, including one MEP, seem totally disinterested, even though they did once accept that age discrimination comes into premium calculations for young and old drivers.

I once had a quote of £19,500, with others being around £2,000 to £3,000. How ridiculous is that?

The best I could do this year was £685, which I still consider to be well over the top for a vehicle now over five years old.

How long will it be before something is done to make insurers toe the line in their prices for covering older and younger drivers, especially for those who are accident free?

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

Strangled by EU red tape

ED MILIBAND said recently that he would not leave the EU at any cost and he is not alone. Why are these so called educated politicians so obsessed with staying in the worst trading block in the world?

The majority of member countries are in so much debt they will never be able to pay it off.

Britain’s contributions have quadrupled in the last five years. The latest demand for £1.7bn should have been the final nail in the coffin.

Cameron went to Brussels “full of venom” determined we were not going to pay, but came back claiming victory but we are still having to pay the full amount.

That £1.7bn could have paid for 50,000 nurses and their pensions or the £8.7bn annual subsidy paid to French farmers for two and a half months. The single market we were conned into joining is a joke.

Forty countries outside the EU have trading agreements which enable them to trade with Europe without the strangling red tape and stupid rules and regulations we have, and they don’t pay £55m a day as we do.

When asked what benefits we get from EU membership, the lofty view from Whitehall has always been that the benefits are so self evident that they don’t need to name them.

In other words they can’t because there aren’t any.

We need a referendum now, not in three years’ time.

Terry Watson, Adel

Leeds City Train Station. Picture Tony Johnson

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