YEP Letters: September 13

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I must congratulate Howard Bentham for winning his case against the council for going into a bus lane when the signage ordered him to do so and he was told that the cameras were switched off (YEP, September 1).

The delay in issuing the fine sounds about right for Leeds City Council. Were they hoping he had forgotten?

As Mr Bentham says, how many other people have been caught with this trap? It seems you are guilty until proven innocent with this lot.

I remember that Leeds City Council used the slogan that they are ‘firm but fair’ but as people are realising, nothing could be further from the truth.

The word ‘fair’ shouldn’t be in their vocabulary. The public continue to get an appalling deal with the council tax, the price increases and the service decreases.

Leeds City Council will always act swiftly and are good at enforcing things when money is involved, but are not quite the same force when money is taken out of the equation.

How long was it that someone was waiting for the potholes to be filled in, in the Burley Wood area of Leeds? Around five years?

Also it was good to see the allotment holders win their day in court in relation to the council’s proposed increase in rents, but as one letter stated the money will be found from cutbacks elsewhere.

It’s a while since we’ve heard about their team of litter detectives with their cleaning up the city centre – a venture we were told wasn’t a cash cow despite having raised over £44,000 in three months.

I wonder if straying into a bus lane is also considered a non-cash cow by the council.

Peter Haddington, Eccleshill

Priced out of football

I used to be a supporter of Leeds United when I started watching them in 1932. I was 12 years old at the time.

Much has changed. Nowadays you can hardly tackle. I remember seeing Dave Cochrane, the Leeds United forward, and his legs were black and blue in places, but I don’t remember anybody being sent off.

I went and saw John Charles many a time and when he came back from Italy, paying 4s and 6d to get in. That was extraordinarily dear and the prices soon went back.

The price of football now is out of this world – £2,000 for a seat at Arsenal?

Elland Road is bad enough and Leeds are not even a Premier League club.

The true fan is not getting a look in now, all the players and their agents are cashing in.

How these footballers can get thousands of pounds an hour is beyond me.

I used to see better football in the local park on a Saturday afternoon.

At 94 I don’t go to games these days, I watch football on television.

Sometimes I am glad as the football and the missed chances are pitiful to watch.

Stephen Cocker, Seacroft

Scots burden the English

As the Scottish Referendum approaches, the campaign has become more bitter, especially from the ‘Yes’ side.

The SNP leadership often speaks in an anti-English ‘codespeak’, sneering about ‘bullying Westminster’ or the ‘Tory South’ when what they mean is the English.

It is outrageous that the English side – the biggest partner in this divorce – has been denied any say in the matter.

However, if the Scots break with the Union, to many of us it’s a case of ‘let the erring sister go’ and have done with the moaning Scots.

England will then be free to pursue her own destiny, unencumbered by the financial drag and burden on the English taxpayer.

Even if the canny Scots stay, it’s still ‘win-win’ as they will be rewarded with more devolution and even more subsidy for Edinburgh to splash around, with the bill sent down to London.

A Scotland always addicted to massive State spending, any financial meltdown would see the catastrophe land at the door of the Bank of England to bail Edinburgh out.

A post referendum Scotland in the Union should signal a fresh start.

This should begin with the subsidy to Scotland being reduced, the Scots made to raise more of their own taxes, and an end to the grossly unfair situation of Scottish MPs (mostly Labour) able to vote on English only affairs.

There has always been an anti-English element in Scots culture, but this must not stop Scotland being weaned off their addictive dependency culture, to the relief of the long suffering English taxpayer.

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts

Won’t miss the Scottish MPs

SO at long last our Scottish cousins are being given the chance to take control of their own country once more.

As a patriotic Englishman, I wish them every success in their fight for independence.

I will be particularly delighted when all those Scottish MPs who sit in our Parliament pontificating on our affairs are no longer able to influence the affairs of England.

I presume they will they lose their seats immediately following a successful independence vote.

As they are mainly Labour MPs, it will reduce the chances of Ed Miliband and his mates ruling over England and the English for the foreseeable future, I hope.

I find it rather ironic that this Tory-controlled Government has allowed the Scottish people a democratic vote on their independence while at the same time refusing the British public the right to vote in a referendum for our freedom from the EU until some unreliable time in the distant future.

Dick Lindley, Normanton

Justifying the atrocities

I AM coming to the conclusion that man created God to justify the atrocities that we inflict upon ourselves.

Derek Barker inadvertently pinpoints the root cause of wars and atrocities (YEP, August 25).

However, people who consciously put into practice the teachings of Jesus Christ are easily able to identify the cause of such troubles as being human nature.

Indeed, anyone who understands Christianity knows that this particular faith provides the means to combat and overcome this flawed nature of ours. In the past, genuine Christians were often put to death for speaking this truth.

Today in Britain, a country which has been heavily influenced by Christianity, we can be thankful that our nature is only used to mockingly compare an expression of truth to a belief in fairies.

AI Stubbs, Bridlington

Home’s 9 years without consent

Neighbours of a house built in 2005 without proper planning permission and whose owners face a string of fines and costs are demanding it be demolished (YEP, August 10). The four bedroom house in The Drive, Cross Gates, has taken almost a decade with the council still not sorting it out.

Spokesman Coun Peter Gruen said the owners will have to undertake work to ensure the building complies with the original planning application, after they expanded the building without permission.

Meanwhile whoever let it go on for nearly 10 years like this obviously can’t do their job and needs sacking.

And their boss who allowed it to get this far should also go.

Or are our planning laws so feeble they are just a waste of time?

AE Hague, Harehills

Leeds, Briggate, 5th December 1971

pedestrian crossing.

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