After reading Jayne Dawson’s article about the end of the traditional milk round (YEP, October 1), I would just like to say that I have been a self-employed milkman now for 32 years, like my father and grandfather before me.
My grandfather started in the milk business in 1934 when the milk was delivered by horse and cart.
Things have moved on a little since then, I’m glad to say, but the principles of the milk round remain the same.
Some of my customers have been with me since I started in 1982 and, in some cases, I am now delivering to the third generation of those families.
I also deliver to small businesses and offices and my milk round is as busy now as it was when I first started 30 years ago.
You mention in your article about Dairy Crest closing their last bottling plant, thus signalling the end of the glass bottle – this is not the case at all.
I still buy my milk in glass bottles from a dairy farm (Dales Dairies) who are in Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales.
They use milk from their own cows and from other farms within the Dales. The milk is processed and bottled on the farm and is delivered by refrigerated lorry direct to my outdoor fridge.
Dales Dairies also supply to five other private milkmen like myself within my local area. Dales Dairy milk is also available in plastic for those customers who prefer this to glass, so the customer always has a choice.
You also mentioned issues you had regarding payment of your milk bill, of having to ransack the house looking for cash when the milkman called for his money.
The majority of my customers still prefer to pay for their milk by cash, however some pay by cheque, and as time has moved on, can now even pay by BACS.
So, no, the milk round has not gone the way of the high street post office or pub.
We private milkmen are still alive and kicking, and hopefully will be for a long time to come.
Michael Hough, Garforth
Labour pains with Miliband
After returning from holiday it was good to see that John Appleyard has not lost his sense of humour (YEP, October 4).
After Ed Miliband’s conference speech when he conveniently forgot to mention the financial mess and catastrophic immigration problem Labour left for the Conservatives to clear up, he attempts to paint a rosy picture.
A You Gov poll puts the Conservatives in the lead, just months away from the next election, following four years of austerity, with more cuts to follow, to clear up Labour’s mess.
Even that towering Labour intellect John Prescott is berating Ed Miliband’s and Labour’s woeful performance.
On the Riot Club film, I read a story on holiday about the antics of working class students from Leeds Met University’s rugby club, which was posted on the internet, proving that bad behaviour is not confined to toffs.
Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire
In a mess with buses and jams
Reading the letters page (YEP, October 6) showed that nothing changes, with complaints about late or non-existent buses, queues of traffic and dog mess on the paths.
Think about it. All these complaints are interconnected.
Buses would run on time and more often if there was less other traffic on the roads.
People would walk to and from bus stops if it was a pleasant environment away from dog mess, rubbish and traffic.
The answers are complicated because few can see things objectively.
Andrew Pickard, Leeds
Unhealthy food a hospital pass
The letter from Steve Mason (YEP, October 1) took issue with my comments about the need for hospitals to serve healthier food in their onsite cafes and shops.
He accuses me of not appreciating the difference between food served to patients and the food and drink available for visitors, arguing the latter is driven by what is popular.
I think we can all agree there is a difference, Mr Mason. The question is: should that difference be so extreme as it is currently?
To argue that the food and drink available to visitors should somehow be of no concern, and that “popularity” is a defence for serving such unhealthy options, is, in my view, to seriously misjudge the scale of the challenge we are facing.
Does he really see no contradiction in a hospital treating conditions caused by obesity in one wing, whilst at the same time serving burgers and fries to visitors in the café down the hall?
Is it really right that these unhealthy options should be incentivised through meal deals?
Unless and until we are consistent in encouraging people to choose healthier options, we won’t make progress on this issue.
Scrapping the high fat, high sugar meal deals in our hospitals would be a step in the right direction.
Councillor Neil Buckley, Shadow Spokesman for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds City Council.
Darko must be left to do job
In the brief period that Darko Milanic has been at Elland Road I believe we are seeing signs that he is a first class coach.
Although he has not had time to assess all the staff, the defence is already much improved.
I think that Mr Cellino should tread very carefully with this man.
I suspect the President is a man who is inclined to have favourites.
Darko is no fool – he has not yet uprooted his family.
The man who is responsible for the team performance is the coach and he should be left to do the job.
It seems to me that Darko Milanic is a man who is not too proud to admit he has made a mistake.
If he is allowed to walk away from this job it will be a very big mistake.
Walt Emsley, Gipton
Let’s invest in a total rethink
Now that the CEO of Leeds and Partners has announced she is leaving her post, it is time for the council to completely rethink how it spends council taxpayers’ money on this policy.
At a time when local authorities are being systematically starved of central government funding, we must question whether the £1.93m the council spent in the last financial year on Leeds and Partners is a good use of public money.
Unison believes the council should now bring Leeds and Partners under the direct control of the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Leeds and Partners have operated as an autonomous body, despite being publicly funded, with little or no accountability.
The cost of the investment agency is a huge additional drain on scarce resources.
This is an opportunity for the council to completely reassess how investment is attracted to Leeds and how much money is diverted to it from elsewhere.
The Local Enterprise Partnership would be the best body to deliver new investment, promote Leeds in a good light and to secure future jobs for the city.
We believe that Leeds and Partners should not recruit a replacement chief executive, and that the council should take a far more hands-on approach to organisations which they directly fund and who spend such large sums of public money each year.
Dean Harper, Unison Regional Organiser in Yorkshire and Humberside