On the road to total gridlock

THE planners are doing a wonderful job of blocking up the A65. Just a few thousand more houses/flats and it will be impossible to move.

I understand that there are contingency plans to deal with motorists who cannot move at the Ring Road/A65 roundabout.

Food and drinks will be provided and a couple of portable toilets. Everything possible will be done to make the motorists comfortable, and some might stay there indefinitely, alive or dead.

A fleet of ambulances, a doctor or two (and a discreet undertaker) will be in the park to cope with the ageing drivers who do not wish to abandon their cars for ever, and paramedics will assist those who are stuck to their seats.

But this is only the beginning.

One thousand houses are planned at Kirkstall Forge, and 500 more at Sandoz. Add those to the many thousands at Westfield, Green Bottom and the former Guiseley pram works, not to mention the thousands to be built on the former hospital sites at Menston and at Burley-in-Wharfedale.

I believe a TV programme is planned to find a motorist who can get from Leeds to Burley-in-Wharfedale in under 24 hours without a crash. Bumping other cars is not permitted. Neither are cars fitted with wings, nor helicars etc. In a dummy run, several motorists were disqualified for leaving their cars in a traffic jam, and proceeding on their electric scooters.

Planners, you must forget a new motorway in the Aire Valley, or an overhead carriageway on the A65.

Motorists are now addicted to being boxed in, and the conversation is terrific.

J HEMINGWAY, Horsforth

Give houses to the homeless

I READ of a scheme to build 400 new council homes in central Leeds and refurbish 1,200 homes with some demolition included (costing 180m).

Say the new homes cost 200,000 each (over twice the average for Leeds Council houses) and the refurbishment are a generous 50,000 each, it would total only 140m.

In place of the plan to demolish some houses, give them away to tenants or housing charities so less people are homeless, and save 40m of tax payers' money.

A HAGUE, Leeds 9

Setting a fine example

TODAY my daughter came round and, as she does, gave me the news, what she had done, what others had done.

Being disabled and housebound because of the weather, this can be very interesting. One story she told me really took me back to the old days.

Going home she saw a gentleman clearing snow, without thought she got tools and came out to help.

Before long they were joined by others and children, who all joined in, result the paths and roads were made safe, and they were all feeling warm and happy.

This in a street of different nationalities, it reminded me of my childhood when we went round with our shovels and brushes, earning our pocket money shifting snow, making fires for Jewish neighbours, helping people clearing gardens and many more odd jobs. That's all gone now because our children are given too much pocket money or have turned into couch potatoes or left to join gangs on street corners.

We got plenty of exercise in school activities and carried this on by helping others to earn our pocket money following the examples set by our parents.

I remember the winter of 1947 and having to push sacks of coke from Meadow Lane to Camp Road just to keep the house warm. I was very lucky coming from a large family with a very hard-working mother who loved us and set a good example.

Does anyone remember the Slacks of Railway Street on the Bank Skinner Lane the Leylands, Leeds Terrace, North Street and St George's Terrace, Camp Road? Merry Christmas to all that do.

LE SLACK, Leeds 17

Time to share the good fortune

RE Sue Stebbings, who won the lottery recently, well done, it is always nice to hear of ordinary folk having such good luck. But I do have to ask why she did the lottery in the first place, as she says she will not be giving up her job at Asda.

I understand she enjoys her job, so did I, but it is unfair to hold on when there are so many people needing a job, and willing to work.

Sometimes you have to sacrifice a little for the good of others less fortunate, and step back, and give the deserving a chance.


Distinguishing us from Little Britain

ONCE again someone (Letters, December 4) makes the error of misinterpreting the word "Great", as in Great Britain, as being akin to a boast in this context.

Ever since my long ago schooldays I have understood it to be a mere geographical description. Its purpose was to distinguish our country from Little Britain, that part of France once settled by the English and now known as Brittany.

Mr J T Crawford, by email

Lost nation

ENGLAND'S bid to host the 2018 World Cup and only receiving two votes, and the previous Eurovision Song contest with the lowest votes, show the conspiracy and vendetta against our country.

Britain should only support countries which support Britain. We are becoming a lost nation.

J Shedlow, Fir Tree Vale, Leeds

Hey, good-looking

A report says that good-looking couples are more likely to produce female offspring. I have to say that my wife and I fully agree with this. As do our daughter and her two daughters.

E FIRTH, Bradford

YEP Letters: March 16