YEP Letters: November 30

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All of Yorkshire should be consulted

D Angood, by email

Is there a strengthening of thought towards a rail link to the airport, instead of the proposed road fiasco, as MP Greg Mulholland puts forward a motion to apply the money for the road project to a rail link instead?

The local council or the WYCA have never given a coherent reason for dismissing such a link and one wonders why. I think people are now beginning to look at just what the road project will mean to the area- the disruption, the demolition, the destruction etc, that will be incurred by the construction let alone the inherent raising of air pollution by all the extra traffic.

They are looking at a picture of what a blight upon the area any of the three options will bring.

Everyone knows a great deal of investment is needed to upgrade the rail network in the area. The electrification of a number of lines and an increase in and modernisation of rolling stock is a must and the airport link should be incorporated into any such scheme.

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Why then does the authority that oversees transport in the area maintain an interest in schemes that are more liable to cause more detriment to the network than benefits.

Is this because they are more concerned about short term measures rather than long term benefits? Yes it is agreed that the rail link will be more expensive but the benefits mean that the difference in cost will be worth it.

The whole consultation that is taking place is flawed as its results cannot be relied upon to provide an accurate measure of the opinions of the electorate. They are asking the residents of Horsforth and Yeadon, 
what about the rest of Yorkshire?

The idea of providing a link is to make the airport (Leeds Bradford International 
Airport) as accessible as possible to the whole of Yorkshire, so ask the whole of Yorkshire.

Reports suggest that the road network is virtually at saturation point now so any road scheme by the time of completion will more than likely be inadequate to cope with demand.

On the other hand the rail link would after completion 
be capable of functioning without any improvements (apart from rolling stock and services) for the foreseeable future.

Has anybody else, apart from two local MPs and a couple of contributors to this page any thoughts about a rail link, further to that how many would prefer the unobtrusive and less disruptive rail link.

Let’s not return to bad old days

Olga Twist, Leeds 14

THERE is a lottery win standing at £152m. Just half of that donated to the NHS would still leave a good win for someone.

Runs for charities are held all over the country and collection boxes are everywhere for different causes – but not a single thing is done to help out our own NHS.

If it folded for lack of funds where would we all turn for help – after all even if we are very lucky and only need the NHS at the beginning and end of our lives what would we do without their care?

Some of us can still remember the days of no NHS when we had to rely on the elderly lady down the road or the overworked local doctor who had to be paid for his services.

God help us if those days ever returned. I can remember when my mam paid the doctor’s collector man a few pennies a week so that we children and our parents could be treated when accidents happened.

If anything was very serious one got sent to the local infirmary but one was kept waiting hours before one got help.

Pharmacy wait causes delays

RH Marshall, by email

My late wife was in LGI in January this year. Her treatment was first class! However getting out is a joke.

She was told late morning to go home. I went to collect her at 1pm. And we sat on the bed till 4.30pm along with at least three other people in the small ward all waiting for medication from the pharmacist

Multiply that up and see how many beds could be freed up sooner for someone else.

Europe’s reality is a sobering one

A Stubbs, Bridlington

THE greatest effect of the refugee crisis is the way it is causing Europe to shed its post-war veneer and return to its past.

Right now Europe is a place where dreams are beginning to meet reality.

Harsh realities are forcing Europeans to substitute post-war values with basic human urges.

Tolerance is being replaced by prejudice, multiculturalism by patriotism and the community spirit with greater determination for self-preservation and self-advancement.

The demons of the past are returning and they are provoking the most 
significant transformation in Europe since the Second World War.

After the Paris slayings many Europeans are finding it hard to remain multicultural and tolerant.

The popularity of far right parties advocating anti-immigrant policies is soaring.

The sobering reality is that Europe is in deep trouble, 
the alarm bells are ringing 
and nobody has a clue what to do.

Respite for carers vital

Stephanie Stone, Revitalise

This month we celebrate Carers’ Rights Day and I’d like to take a moment to tell you why it’s essential we support unpaid carers right across the UK.

I work for Revitalise, an amazing national charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and their carers. We understand the significance of being able to leave the stresses of everyday life behind, if only for a short while.

Most carers are entirely devoted to their loved ones, often working relentlessly to provide care and companionship for those they support. It is a sobering thought that as you are reading this, there are carers up and down the country who each day are edging ever closer to breaking point but are simply too fearful to let go of their loved ones, even for a few days.

That’s why we want to shine a light on the enormous benefits of respite breaks and remind carers that help is at hand!

To find out more call 0303 303 0147, or visit www.revitalise.org.uk.

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