It’s a great shame that the Elland Road Park and Ride Scheme has been so under-used.
For the most recent month for which figures are available, it was operating at just 12 per cent capacity, meaning many drivers are so far simply choosing to stay away.
Why? If you look at the facts it’s actually no great mystery.
The site doesn’t open early enough. It doesn’t stay open late enough. Buses are getting stuck in traffic.
It’s being run in a wholly unsatisfactory and unsuitable manner.
None of the lessons from the 15-year-old King Lane park and ride scheme have been learnt, despite repeated assurances from those in control that they would be.
Park and ride schemes have the potential to be a real congestion busting weapon in the city’s armoury.
But they need to be run properly, taking into account the local circumstances.
Coun Lewis’ recent claim that the scheme is under-used because of the summer holidays does not explain away the scale of these woeful figures.
A daily average usage of just 94 cars out of 800 potential spaces speaks for itself.
There’s a big problem here and the scheme needs a rethink if it’s to really make the kind of impact it should.
Councillor Paul Wadsworth, Guiseley and Rawdon Ward
Money wasted on chicanes
Why do Leeds City Council waste so much money on unnecessary traffic calming measures while neglecting so many other more urgent jobs that have needed doing for years?
Why do we never see drains being cleaned any more? Every drain on Long Causeway in Adel is blocked solid with grass growing out of some of them.
Adel is not alone , we only need a good downfall of rain and we see standing water everywhere.
Money has been wasted for years on chicanes, speed humps, platforms and those ridiculous mini roundabouts which seem to have been placed on any T junction they can find.
Twenty one speed humps and three speed cameras in less than a mile on Otley Old Road is just ridiculous.
Overhanging trees and bushes are just ignored while speed humps seem to appear overnight like molehills.
Ken Clarke, the Conservative MP who was responsible for introducing speed humps, admitted it was a big mistake.
It’s time Leeds City Council did the same and spent our money on important work neglected for so long.
Terry Watson, Adel
Tenant gardens are an eyesore
I was interested to read the letter about overgrown hedgerows by roads. The same is true of a lot of gardens where tenants live in council/social housing.
Near where I live there are overgrown gardens with mattresses, sofas and doors left in them.
Privet hedges grow out over the pavement and cover gates, some growing 15 to 20 feet high.
Some people only cut the upright part of the hedge, leaving huge sprouting bits at the top.
Many cut their hedges and then leave the cuttings to rot on the pavement, where they, of course, become slippery and a hazard.
Lovely living next door to that, eh?
When I was young my parents would have been evicted for letting a garden get in that state.
I suppose now you have a human right to let your garden be a nuisance and eyesore?
I’ve seen perfectly young, able couples let the garden get to such a state that eventually, of course, the council come in and do it for them.
Happy, though, to walk their expensive dogs who they allow to mess all over the pavements and green play areas.
I suppose one benefit is that, if hedges are growing over the pavement(s), it stops cyclists from using the pavements instead of the road.
Always a silver cloud?
Terry Maunder, Leeds
Club lease of life is welcome
I WAS pleased to read that Holbeck Working Men’s Club has been given a new lease of life (YEP, August 19).
It is said to be the oldest club in Britain at 137 years.
I have played there in snooker matches over the years and it has always been a very cosy and friendly place.
When my parents ran an off licence shop (about 1942) on Beverley Street my dad often took us there to sit outside with lemonade and crisps. Unfortunately, my own local club had to close this year with money problems.
AE Hague, Harehills
Blame Labour’s obsessions
WITH REGARD to the recent tragic events in Rotherham, is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the common denominator seems to be Labour?
Mass immigration and enforced multiculturalism by a ‘New’ Labour Government – a former, recently jailed over expenses Labour MP and Labour councillors apparently turning a blind eye to everything in case they lost ethnic votes – and even a Labour Police Commissioner in post!
This cannot be just a coincidence.
The mindset of Government, MPs, councillors, council staff even the police, seems to have been distorted by Labour’s twin obsessions of ‘diversity’ and so-called multiculturalism, to the point where many obviously felt unable to do a proper job in case they were denounced as ‘racists’.
It’s all very well for David Cameron to promise an ‘inquiry’, but how many others, for example Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday or Dr David Kelly’s mysterious death, or the invasion of Iraq have ever seen the true light of day after over a decade.
Also, Bassetlaw (North Notts) MP John Mann’s call for ‘criminal’ proceedings over possible misconduct in public office by various individuals, looks to me anyway, like sanctimonious hypocrisy designed only to divert attention from the past failings of the Labour party.
That is what really needs investigating when you realise the collateral damage it has done to the interests of our country and its people.
DS Boyes, Rodley
Bradford must be supported
ARE OTHERS like me tired and disgusted by the arrogance and mean-mindedness shown by those championing Leeds, towards Bradford?
Here is our sister city, sorely tried and badly used over the years, far removed from its position as Yorkshire’s premier city between the wars.
Then it earned worldwide fame for its wool industry with its scientists, artists and self-confident prosperity.
Leeds meanwhile was a rather squalid backwater, known for its spivery and ability to avoid German bombers.
As a Loiner, I have found Bradfordians more friendly, high-minded, culturally aspiring and interesting than my fellow Loiners.
This may tell more about me than them, of course. We have been more fortunate, socially, economically and geographically than Bradford.
If we don’t stop abusing and kicking Bradfordians when they’re down, God, life, fate or whatever you believe in, may return the compliment.
The lion and the lamb are eventually to lie down in peace together. That also means the rhino and the bull.
Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood