YEP letters; October 26

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From the route of the Flying Scotsman as it went to York for it’s winter overhaul to the issue of beggars around Leeds’s St James’ hospital, our readers give their views.

Tracking route of the Flying Scotsman

Geoff Hall, The View, Alwoodley, Leeds

With regards to the photo of steam locomotive the Flying Scotsman (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 19) You state that the journey from the East Lancashire Railway to the National Railway Museum in York, included a crossing of the “dramatic Ribblehead Viaduct”.

This is incorrect, as the Loco did not travel along the Settle-Carlisle line.

The ciruitous route was Castleton, Manchester, Wigan, Preston, Carnforth, Bentham, Settle Junction, and thence, via Leeds and Castleford, to York.

Join call to stop outsourcing of mental health

Kendal Wilson, Leader of the UK Yorkshire Socialist Alliance Party

We at The UK Yorkshire Socialist Alliance, are to launch a campaign to stop the outsourcing of services for youngsters with mental health difficulties, to volunteer groups.

We will highlight within this the more specialised treatment of those with autistic spectrum conditions, who often in relation to children’s social care services are wrongly dealt with and can be wrongly identified and put into the troubled families agenda. This must stop.

If and when this Government moves the bulk of the mental health outsourcing to volunteer groups, the more specialised cases such as the autistic spectrum conditions will be a disaster waiting to happen and an increase in misunderstanding will ensue.

Tory cuts to mental health professional positions and the lack of protection for the most vulnerable mental health cases are other disasters waiting to happen.

Please join with us in a national campaign to stop the outsourcing of mental health services to volunteer groups.

May’s broken promises

N Bywater, Oak Grove, Morley

B DUFFY (Your Say, October 20) criticises Tony Blair for high immigration and expensive PFI deals.

Both polices that David Cameron has copied and wasted even more resources.

Our present Prime Minister was the Home Secretary responsible for sky high immigration, which the Conservatives promised to reduce to 100,000 in 2010 and made the same promise in 2015; and we are still waiting. Had they kept their promise, perhaps people would not have voted to leave the EU.

Theresa May is our worst ever Prime Minister, being responsible for broken promises on immigration, even before she became Prime Minister, and she announced a policy of more Grammar schools that no-one, except UKIP voters, has voted for.

Common sense on the roads

A Hague, Bellbrooke Grove, Harehills

At Coldcotes Avenue to Bellbrooke Avenue, in Harehills, there is double parking and cars have to wait each way, as only one car at a time can get through. They should either ban parking on one side or make it one way.

On a different note (but still on roads) this week I saw an ambulance zoom along Burmantofts Street then cross over onto the opposite lane, facing oncoming traffic. This was very dangerous, when it could have turned right into Stoney Rock Lane then left to St James’s Hospital.

Ed’s beyond a joke now

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

What is wrong with people? Lesley Joseph at her age showed the same sort of spirit that Petula Clark did the other night when we saw her live in Leeds.

That politicians are narcissists is obvious, but the narcissism of Ed Balls seems to know no bounds.

“I am improving” he asserts. “Next week will be even better” he predicts. Such lack of insight borders on the illogical. And yet viewers have voted him back.

It might be mildly amusing for one week to make fun of him but when Lesley and Daisy Lowe end up in the dance-off it just becomes irritating. On a serious level I think the BBC should question the practice of the “idiot dancer”.

It is a dance competition and people who can’t dance and clearly demonstrate that they will NEVER be able to should be cleared well beforehand and not included in the first place.

Yes, I know there are more important issues but come on!

Begging at the hospital

This week we reported that extra police were patrolling around St James’s Hospital after several reports of visitors being approached and asked for money.

A number of the incidents appeared to involve the same woman, who regularly asks people to help her pay for parking, food or travel to Leeds General Infirmary.

The story brought a lot of comments on our Social Media. Here’s a selection of what you said:

City centre is getting worse

Andrea Zubrzycki, via Facebook

The city centre is getting worse, when you work there every day it can get quite scary. I must pass at least five or six beggars each way and when it’s dark it’s very intimidating for a woman on her own.

Sounds like a familiar story

Sara Horsman, via Facebook

There was a woman who used to use a similar story in the area surrounding Leeds Town Hall too, that she had just come from the hospital and needed money to get home.

Always the same amount too, 80p.

Beggar made me nervous

Annemarie Lomax, via Facebook

I WAS very nervous when I went to pay for parking to see a man sitting at crotch height right in front of the machine.

Being short there was no way I could have put money in the machine without leaning right over him.

I felt very intimidated. I used the parking mobile app on my phone instead.

We are all just a few steps away

Mark Allan, via Facebook

If they are homeless how are they supposed to get back to work? The majority of people are only three paydays away from where these people are!

Glad action is being taken

Ruth Greenwood, via Facebook

This happened to us on Saturday with our little granddaughter. She was waiting by the car park crossing and she followed us to the car.

It was very unnerving.

She then went and knocked on a lady’s car window, who looked really shocked and drove off. Glad something is being done.

It is very intimidating

Jayne Uren, via Facebook

At last. It’s very intimidating when the lad is sitting on the floor where you pay for your parking ticket, especially when they have a lookout person over the road on the corner!

When you’re visiting critically-ill relatives you can do without that.

I empathise and will support genuine people that are homeless.

However I don’t support drug addicts.

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