YEP Letters: September 7

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It’s action that is needed, not procrastination

D Angood, by email

For two consecutive days the “Comment” in the YEP has focused on the “Northern Powerhouse” reiterating what is needed to create the momentum to carry the area forward to where we all want it to be.

As is the norm for things in this area we are once again treated to the conclusion of one study or another. Again we are hearing words, words, words but we are seeing no action. We have meetings of this group, this committee discussing what they think is the best way to foster some action. Some of these groups comprise local councillors in their mix who all seem to know what is needed yet the only action evident is procrastination.

They are supposed to represent the people who live and work in the area and have to suffer greatly from the non-existent transport infrastructure that all say is a necessary requirement to achieving the aforementioned goals. It is still all too apparent that nobody is prepared to take that first step because talks are set to continue into the autumn.

It appears that the devolution of power from central government is going to be the stumbling block as different areas and different groups vie to be the pre-eminent region in the race for funding.

Today we have the argument about the North South divide and the differential between monies spent per head. I can see the a similar situation developing in Yorkshire unless we start acting as Yorkshire folk and stick together and support our county, as every Yorkshireman does the cricket club.

Does anyone think it is possible to revert to the old county boundaries and unite as such to create an area that has control over itself. We will still spend more money per head in the areas of large conurbations but a county with county wide infrastructure may be more beneficial than any number of city wide ones. Ease of travel within the county should be by main routes between major cities like Leeds-Sheffield-Manchester- Hull- Middlesbrough and arterial routes connecting the other areas with a rail/road network.

Restore some of the old railway routes and use modern tram/trains that could traverse between the rail network and new and existing tram systems. Make it easier to use brown sites rather than green for building, either housing or business.

One could go on writing voicing ideas but they are only words and I can only repeat the words I used to conclude a previous communication... just geronwi’it.

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Fuss over a bus service

Nick Keer, Cottingley

In response to the item on page 22 (YEP 3 September), I am pretty surprised the regular users of service 213 are glad to have Arriva back running it again!

I seem to remember all sorts of complaints about it when they last ran it. The problem is its low priority service because it makes zero profit and is therefore heavily subsidised. I was under the impression Tates were being paid a lower subsidy than Arriva hence them running it for the last few years.

On the one occasion I used it I happened to get chatting to a driver from Tates and he told me, with a smirk: ‘It’s a total waste of time and fuel! I’ve yet to exceed £20 in takings in shift!’ It was early afternoon when I travelled from Morley, via King George Avenue, to Batley and to be honest there were never more than five other passengers on board. Not only that no-one got on or off at the stop pictured.

These people should be very grateful for what they have currently got. I note most are pensioners hence drivers taking so little cash. If they started paying again they might have some say as I’ve said before.

First’s 51, 52, 55 and 87 pass King George Avenue running along the main A643 Victoria Road; that’s a total of 13 buses per hour at that point! Arriva run two other services, the 220 and 222 past the Toby Carvery so there’s plenty of alternatives if it’s ever withdrawn; it just requires a little bit of walking. Either that or a taxi!

It’s not all about the money...

Alan Freeman, Bramley

I note that Scot_8 has joined the ranks of doom and gloom prophets regarding the survival of Rugby League (YEP, Wednesday 2 September). This particular train of thought has existed since ... well, about 1895 probably, and in this case is mainly based on what was, admittedly, a particularly one sided cup final.

I most certainly did not expect such an easy ride for the Rhinos despite the bookies odds. Hull KR had removed Bradford (at Odsal), Wigan (at Leigh), Catalans (rarely easy to beat) and Warrington in an exhilarating display at Headingley. They fully deserved their place at Wembley.

It should be remembered that Leeds turned on a particularly strong, clinical performance and seemed to catch HKR a bit cold. Wembley is probably the worst place for this to happen to a team who have not appeared in a major final recently.

With regard to the dominance of four clubs I do think that there is a problem with funding available to all clubs and this needs to be addressed - easier said than done. Without competition for top class players from cash rich Rugby Union and the NRL in Australia, the development of top players would hopefully produce greater numbers playing RL in Britain for their whole careers and with a greater spread within the game. This is what the governing body and individual club management need to resolve. It’s not all about money but the game cannot exist on a relative shoestring as it used to, if it is to remain competitive. I do not believe that we need to raise the white flag and give up anytime soon.

Emotions come from the brain

A Hague, Harehills

A recent letter that defended Jeremy Corbyn from Tony Blair’s insults remarked that Lord Prescott said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that politics is about the head and heart.

Why do the majority of people not accept what was discovered over 200 years ago, that our emotions come from our brain. Even a commentator on TV last year tried to convince us otherwise (his theory). Of course a birthday or love card showing a heart with an arrow through it is appealing to the eyes, but it’s been fiction for over two centuries now so why do we continue with this farce?

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