YEP Letters: July 11

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Memories of home of Yorkshire Relish

E Newton, by email

The Yorkshire Relish story in the YEP (‘Home of relish’ put up for sale’, YEP June 26) caught my eye as I worked there from 14 years of age until I finished as Hammonds took over.

There was more than sauces made there. I worked in the part that packed spices and herbs.

Another building made tins from scratch. We had big orders for jars of curry powder to go to Ghana. They did send some with its own label of their sauce to Migros in Switzerland on a regular basis.

Free parking is secret of high street success

Joan Moss, by email

We are told that high street shops are just not viable because business rates are going up and people don’t want to go into town centres because they prefer to shop online.

It is certainly true there are many empty shops in Leeds and Harrogate but go to Wetherby, Horsforth, Ilkley and Otley and these small towns are busy.

There are no empty shops, on the contrary they support a wide variety of shops including clothes, accessories, books, delis even butchers and drycleaners; they have a wide range of cafes and restaurants. Go there any time of day and see people browsing, buying and relaxing with their friends over food.

The secret of these towns is obvious – free parking.

All these small towns allow you to park for a couple of hours, the perfect time to let you shop, meet and snack. The short term parking allows a good through flow of customers during the day and people visit several times a week and spend.

Compare Leeds and Harrogate where it requires a huge effort and cost to visit, people can’t just pop in and spend, they have to plan a trip to make it properly worthwhile so when they do go in they feel tired and rushed.

We used drive into Leeds a lot to have a meal and then go to the theatre or cinema now we never go to Leeds, we go to the small towns instead.

If we want city centres to thrive we have to maximise the thoroughflow of potential purchasers, we can only do that by making it possible for people to pop in “little but often” the best way to do this is to have free short stay parking this encourages people to come but not to stay for too long, allowing their free parking space to be taken by another eager shopper.

Cyclists ignored code of conduct

Ivan Kovacks, by email

I like a walk by the canal and usually go in the afternoons for a bit of exercise.

On Friday I went for a stroll from Kirkstall to Bramley Fall Woods and back, on the outward journey I noticed that the types and number of cyclists were totally different from those I’m used to, today I saw the fanatic early morning commuter cyclists dashing in to work.

On the way out walking away from Leeds things were okay as most were coming towards me and easily seen but on the way back it was horrendous and their behaviour severely spoilt what would have been a pleasant walk. Surprised at the numbers I saw, I decided to count them on the way back to the car park. Of the 28 that passed me from behind only two sounded a warning bell and one chap shouted a “passing to your right” warning. All the rest just sped past me with no reduction in speed and two even passed close enough to brush up against me.

The Canals and River Trust code of conduct for cyclists makes it clear that they have to give way to pedestrians, sound a warning, slow down and give them a wide berth.

So only three out of 28 behaved well, while the rest ignored the code, put their heads down and acted like cycling hooligans.

Cyclists will never change unless action is taken against them.

Hypocrisy of estates names

Jane Adams, Harrogate

HAS anyone noticed how developers name their new estates after what they have just destroyed?

Presumably in a cynical attempt to sell their purchasers a piece of imagined rural idyll.

Please could they be a bit more honest – Three Dead Badgers, No More Skylarks or Goodbye Lapwings would be much nearer the mark than the Meadows, Fields and Pastures we are being offered locally.

Doctors are doing their job

Harry Brooke, Meanwood

In the week the NHS marked its 70th anniversary, the BBC devoted hours to celebrating the ‘heroes’ of the health service.

The theme, as far as I could see, was how these incredible professionals actually saved people’s lives.

Well, I don’t want to pour cold water on the party, but they are doctors and nurses and that is their job.

What was completely missing in the coverage was the fact that the NHS is not actually free.

Last month Theresa May promised an extra £20 billion every year, that money comes from the tax-payer.

Is it any wonder the BBC is such a cheerleader for the NHS? After all, it, too, requires us to keep coughing up money unconditionally to keep it afloat.

Upset over state of verges

Bob Simpson, by email

on our return from holiday we were upset to see the state of the verges in our area (Wensleys LS7 ).

The edges had been sprayed with weed killer which destroyed a third all the way round them . This left about a third running down the centre which was already in need of rain to keep it alive.

What was the point of this? Weeds generally were not growing out of the edges of the verges and it was a waste of money in both manpower and weedkiller, which was also sprayed near to the drains in the gutter. Surely anyone with any idea about plants and vegetation would have the sense to see that this was just doing more damage to that caused by the drought conditions that we are going through.

The cost of this damage to our environment could have been used in a more useful way.

Democracy is a falsehood of highest order

Dr David Hill, CEO, World Innovation Foundation, Huddersfield.

FROM the start, the Establishment knew that real Brexit would never happen, even though the majority of the British people voted to ‘leave’ the EU, as the strategy all along from the start was to simply do nothing.

So the Government and Whitehall just did just that and tried to make it appear to the British voters that they were serious in leaving the EU and things were progressing as they should. Therefore what the Government expressed to the people were just mere words in the end as the Brexit blueprint has clearly shown.The Cabinet policy is a sad day for the British electorate, as future votes by the people will to all intents and purposes be meaningless, just like the EU referendum has shown to be the case. Indeed, ‘democracy’ as they say is for the people and by the people, but in reality the decisions of July 6, 2018 will reside in UK political infamy and as a great example that democracy for the people is a falsehood of the highest order.

Waste permits ridiculous idea

Shaun Kavanagh, by email

WHAT does Leeds City Council think? There can be no sense in LCC incurring cost to introduce permits for ratepayers to recycle domestic waste.

Then, to add insult to injury, LCC wants to limit visits to LCC’s waste disposal sites by those wishing to recycle, to just 12 visits per annum. How crazy is that? LCC openly encourages recycling then, in the next breath, they want to limit those who comply. Permits are a ridiculous idea and a waste of public money.

Backing Walk Together

Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and co-founder of walking site The Outdoor Guide

As a keen walker I’m delighted to be supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s Walk Together to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by the disease.

My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer and is thankfully now recovered, so I know how important it is to raise awareness.

Walk Together is a perfect opportunity to bring people together from all “walks” of life, to show our support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and help stop people dying from bowel cancer. It’s a sponsored walk for people of all ages and abilities.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer and the second biggest cancer killer. Every year almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 16,000 people die from the disease. However it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Sign up to the walk in London on Saturday September 15 or to receive a fundraising pack with everything you need to hold your own memorable walk, visit If you need inspiration on walks in your area, visit The Outdoor Guide:

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