We in south Leeds are surrounded by some of the busiest motorways in Yorkshire, which does nothing for the local environment.
Since the Second World War the area has been subjected to many changes, supposedly in the name of progress.
But what has really happened is that the heart of the communities of Hunslet and Holbeck has just been torn out, so much so that it now seems to be a dumping ground for things unwanted elsewhere.
A new police headquarters has been built in Elland Road, where new park and ride facilities have also been established, and nearby a new ice skating rink is to be built.
Not far away in Holbeck village we are told that a drop-in counselling centre for prostitutes is also on the cards.
And while we have a travellers’ site at Cottingley Springs, and until recently a smaller one in Holbeck, permission for others in Morley and Hunslet Carr has been refused.
Now we have been told that councillors have approved the establishment of one at – guess where?
Why, in Hunslet, of course, near the Crown Point shopping centre where retailers are already up in arms.
Why is it that we who live in the district could have forecast this further imposition?
Hate them or love them, travellers have to be catered for somewhere, but why is it always in the south of the city?
The time for other parts of Leeds to take their share is long overdue.
We already have enough to put up with.
Ernest Lundy, Beeston
Enforcement is key to success
FURTHER to the recent letters concerning the state of streets in parts of Leeds, the problem of litter is the council’s responsibility as it falls to them to enforce policies.
Strict enforcement would soon change people’s attitudes and the streets of Harehills and Headingley would no longer be blighted by the mindless few who throw food cartons, plastic bags and cigarette butts away with impunity as they know that they can get away with it.
Around us people – students, schoolchildren and business folk – buy their goodies at the local garage, take a carrier bag and then proceed to decant everything into school bags or stomachs and throw the litter down.
Of course they shouldn’t do that but until they learn otherwise then the council’s duty lies in enforcement.
My killer line is “unless your mother is coming to clear up after you please take your litter to the bin” – sometimes it works!
Margaret Thompson, Headingley
Apologise to Gross family
I HAVE been watching the Alice Gross memorial service for this young lady who lost her life at such a young age.
Her killer was allowed into the country by the inefficient morons at the Home Office and their so-called border control.
No letter of apology had even been sent and it would have been appropriate if the Home Secretary had read the first lesson.
No wonder Ukip are making such strides when we have such basic incompetence that led to this tragedy.
Our hearts go out to her parents but “too late, too late” is the cry.
Brian Fleming, Adel
Thanks to the campaigners
AS THE public inquiry into “Follybus” comes to an end, can I record my gratitude and thanks to the campaigners from north and south Leeds, who have devoted most of their free time over the last six months or more to opposing the scheme, not just for their own communities, but for the whole city.
The evidence they submitted, after countless hours of tireless research, left the ‘experts’ with egg on their faces, and shows the scheme up as a ludicrous waste of money.
Everyone in Leeds owes them one!
Ian Harker, Burley
How you sow, so shall you reap
THE problem of a lack of jobs in this country was brought about when manufacturers and retailers realised they could have their products made at a fraction of the price abroad and make far more profit than employing staff here in the UK.
One cannot blame them for wanting to pay less for goods and make bigger profits.
But it is at the expense of people in this country that now find it hard to get employed.
The saying comes to mind, “how you sow, so shall you reap”.
It’s all very well for the Government to say “we are getting thousands of people off the dole and into work”.
What work? The jobs are not there unless you are qualified or specialise.
The days are over when you can leave school on a Friday and walk into a job on Monday as I did.
The good news is that we have a body of men and women who are paid to sort things out when they go wrong, this is loosely called “the Government”.
I am sure in time with a few more 10 per cent pay rises they will sort the mess out.
Malcolm Shedlow, Moortown
Know the facts before spouting
ONCE AGAIN a person with little knowledge of what goes on in schools is complaining about teachers.
Christopher Tyne (YEP, October 30) seeks to compare pupil unauthorised absence with school closure for staff training days.
Is he unaware that pupils are required to attend school now for the same number of days as they have always done?
While the training days are five extra days which were imposed on teachers many years ago.
J Huntington, Garforth
Stop all these nuisance calls
I fully agree with Oliver Cross (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 31) regarding nuisance phone calls.
Like him I received (among five that day) one from a charity which I willingly support but unlike him I did stop the charming young lady in the middle of her ‘script’.
I pointed out that they seem to spend so much money on writing to existing donors (although I do not mind the odd information pamphlet) sending sheets of stick-on address labels, pens etc.
It seems that too much of their much-needed funds are being spent in this manner.
She was a little non-plussed for a minute, but then returned to the same script (which was being recorded for training purposes!)
Needless to say I let the boiler sellers carry on.
Edna Levi, Leeds
More info on photograph
MY THANKS for publishing a photograph of my grandfather Walter Thomas Castelow in the Memory Lane slot (YEP, October 30).
The caption mentioned a date of November 13, 1970 when grandfather would have been 94.
He was described as “Britain’s oldest practising pharmacist” on the death of Frederick Butterfield of Harrogate in 1967 at the age of 103. My grandfather served in his shop at 159 Woodhouse Lane from 1907 until he passed away to be buried at Lawnswood Cemetery.
The entire shop was rebuilt at Wilberforce House Museum in Hull, opening in 1976 and was transferred to the new Streetlife Museum in 2002.
Grandfather was indeed the archetypal Victorian dressed with a high starched collar and a cravat with a pearl horseshoe – I retain this pin as a momento of a true gentleman and a loving grandfather.
John Gilleghan, Whitkirk