Trolleybus opponents see it as a costly failure

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I feel I must respond to BA Anderton’s letter (YEP, July 28) in which he accuses objectors to the Leeds trolleybus scheme of being ‘Luddites’.

The Luddites had a perfectly reasonable point, which was that mechanisation would deprive them of a living, 
destroy a craft and critically disrupt communities and a way of life.

That is exactly what it did, leading directly to the horrors of the Industrial Revolution and its accompanying urbanisation.

We objectors are not opposed to attracting greater use of as advanced a public transport service as is possible and one that is commensurate with civic pride.

Our points are that trolleybus will not achieve these aims, it will lose money which will have to be found from local taxes (across West Yorkshire, not just Leeds) and the accompanying roadworks will destroy a unique segment of Leeds.

Dr John Dickinson, Weetwood

Ignorant of the situation in city

In criticising the inhabitants of Leeds who oppose the current trolleybus scheme, I regret to say that BA Anderton does little more than reveal his ignorance of the situation here.

He bases his argument on a quite unsuitable comparison with the Manchester tram which has enjoyed success for reasons that cannot be replicated everywhere.

Having witnessed the quality of the arguments brought up in the cross-examination of the proponents of the scheme during the public inquiry, I don’t think he has the right to try and close the debate with an all too facile use of the word ‘Luddite’.

Christopher Todd, Headingley

Get real - and give us a pay rise

In response to Councillor Alan Lamb’s claim that the public sector is well-
rewarded (YEP, July 28), 
I am a public sector worker and have only received a one per cent pay rise in the last five years.

Could he therefore please arrange for my missing 6.5 per cent to be paid to me and my colleagues as soon as possible?

His poor grasp of reality only highlights his ignorance.

Martin Steele, Beeston

Heartache due to postal issue

I have to sympathise with David Green and his 
problems with Royal Mail (YEP, July 25).

I had a similar experience, only it was double agony for me.

In May last year I posted two parcels to exactly the same area in Australia for my twin daughters’ birthdays, as I have done for the last 21 years.

The following month, one of these parcels was returned to me by Royal Mail.

Both contained perfume, which I’ve sent many times, but unbeknown to me it was a banned item.

There were other items I’d sent – all wrapped beautifully – and a card to the cost of £13.25 each in postage.

To my shock when I opened the package all of my gifts and the card had been ripped open. I was so upset I’m not ashamed to say I cried.

This was the first time in all the years that my daughter wouldn’t be having her birthday parcel.

After several phone calls and letters I was eventually sent a cheque for £13.25 but with no explanation. No one seemed to care, just as in Mr Green’s case.

Jacqueline Rose, Beeston

Given up poorly plotted soaps

I agree entirely with Brian Thurling (YEP, July 26) and others about Emmerdale.

The actor who plays Paddy Kirk reckons the stories are much better these days instead of ‘boring’ episodes, as he put it, about someone losing their slippers.

What he means is that in order to garner viewing figures this ‘serial drama’ has sunk to the level of EastEnders, the worst programme on TV.

They’ve adopted the highly questionable approach of addressing ‘issues’ – with the usual dreadful results.

The Zak storyline was such an inaccurate portrayal of mental illness that it did more harm than good.

Who on Earth advised them? Surely not a mental health nurse or other professional.

The stereotypical behaviour on display was damaging to say the least – shouting at people who aren’t there, eyes rolling in the head. It’s a wonder they didn’t have him foaming at the mouth.

The soaps all show utter disrespect for their audience. They copy storylines or rehash them in the obvious belief we’re too stupid to notice. If someone returns to Coronation Street, such as Dennis Tanner, you can guarantee the same will happen in the others (Donna in Emmerdale and Sharon in EastEnders).

I know there’s such a thing as artistic licence but most of these stories are just 

Yet another wedding where someone might not turn up. Yet another teenager binge drinking.

Yet another murder. Yet another affair.

I’ve given them up for good.

Terry Maunder, Leeds

Keep 10k run off our city’s roads

In regard to the recent 10k run in Leeds, it struck me that this distance is the same as the athletic and Olympic distance of 10,000 metres and often takes place in an athletics stadium.

Leeds has at least two of these – at South Leeds Stadium in Beeston, and Leeds Metropolitan University in Far Headingley.

So how about in future Leeds City Council enables such events to take place at one of these instead of blocking up the highways unnecessarily?

Then everyone’s a winner, including bus and car users who are attempting to do something else.

John Turner,

Great to see our car-free streets

LAST Sunday’s Otley Food Festival was a wonderful demonstration of how our town centres could be if 
traffic was excluded and they were returned to the people, not just for one day but permanently.

A section of Boroughgate was closed to vehicles, creating a wonderful, relaxing environment to enjoy.

People and children could amble in leisure without fear of injury and delays by having to cross roads.

I have observed a similar change in atmosphere in Ilkley when roads are closed and it was particularly noticeable when the Tour was here.

Cars are like a drug and it is time we learned to limit our use of them, especially in towns.

For some considerable 
time I have advocated the closure of Otley town centre to vehicles but it has fallen on deaf ears.

However, councillors I have talked to enthuse over the prospect, so why is this not done?

Towns are for people, not motor vehicles and if other similar towns can do it then why not Otley and Ilkley?

The whole atmosphere of our towns changes when roads are closed, so why not make these closures permanent?

Malcolm Naylor, Otley

Council should get a pick-up

Today, July 25, I contacted the council requesting the collection of a large object
 that was not suitable for charity.

I was informed that the first collection date available was August 27.

I didn’t expect instant collection, but this time period is ridiculous.

Maybe the council could direct a few quid from the eyesore that is being built at Cross Green and purchase an extra pick-up truck? It might reduce some of the fly-tipping around Leeds.

Neil Taylor, Leeds