YEP Letters: April 15

Have your say

WITH REFERENCE to the article on April 7 regarding the regeneration of Kippax High Street, I was most disturbed by the statement Coun Wakefield made about the millionaire recluse who sadly is in need of help because he will not talk to anyone and they cannot get access to his land and building.

Does Coun Wakefield not feel that he has put this person in the forefront for thieves and vagabonds?

The person owns the land and building and can be a recluse if he so wishes. Being a millionaire has nothing to do with it. Leave the individual alone and get on with more serious matters and apologise.

With regard to the £230,000 spend on the street, please could we have published in the near future an itemised list of expenditure because people in Kippax would like to know who has spent £230,000 and who else is on the hit list of eyesores?

The thriving high street declined when Ledston Luck Colliery closed and will never be thriving again due to high rents and lack of money within the community. All in all, the people of Kippax find it hard enough to survive on a daily basis due to the economy and lack of work locally.

I believe you should be helping the worse off in the community and should open a food bank with council money and do something worthwhile, instead of having an eyesore list.

Mrs Hartley, Kippax

League acting like spoilt child

IT SEEMS that the Football League is acting like a spoilt child, even the decision of an independent QC to allow Massimo Cellino to take overall control of Leeds United still rankles with the League, stating “we are disappointed” at the result.

Leeds fans will never forget the Football League deducting 15 points, five points over the maximum given to previous clubs going in to administration on the 2006-2007 season. There are too many members on the committee who have personal interests in Championship clubs and would wish harm on Leeds at every opportunity.

M Meeson, Leeds

Jumping the gun on NGT

MY UNDERSTANDING is that we have a properly constituted public inquiry starting on April 29 in front of an independent assessor who will listen to evidence for both sides before making a judgement. Why then, is Holt Park being marked up with yellow paint exactly in the places where infrastructure will be put into place? Surely this is not a coincidence. It seems that NGT are jumping the gun a bit and I would welcome some response from them or from our elected representatives.

Margaret Thompson, Drummond Road, Leeds

Crackers over food prices

I AM wondering if the supermarket giants think all their customers are crackers?

First it was buy one, get one free and now they are opening convenience stores, with higher prices than their larger outlets. If I purchase branded clothes or shoes in London the prices are the same in Leeds, so why is food any different?

Name and Address Withheld

20mph limit will add congestion

LEEDS CITY Council are making a lot of 20mph zones for motorists. Why don’t they go a step further and provide a policeman walking in front with a red flag like the old days?

Speed limits should be 30mph not 20mph. This is going to cause more congestion in Leeds than anywhere else.

I always knew LCC was a few sandwiches short of a picnic but now this is proving it.

Roger Watkinson, Oak Road, Leeds

Flatulence in the Lords

RECENTLY I listened to a Radio Leeds report that the House of Lords were having a debate on flatulence.

These people make very important decisions about this country, get paid £300 a day for the privilege and they are discussing flatulence.

But, let’s face it, the House of Lords is full of ....

Terry Watkinson, King Edward Avenue, Allerton Bywater

Clive will be a great loss

THE SUDDEN death of Clive Fox, the well known North West Leeds councillor, comes as a shock to those who knew him.

I have known Clive for a number of years and over that period became familiar with his friendly and often humorous way he could express himself. His pieces in local publications always rose above just being a list of ‘what I have done’ to a wider expression and explanation of tasks undertaken for the benefit of the community.

Although a Conservative in politics, he was dedicated to use his elected position as a councillor to ensure that people in various parts of the Adel and Wharfedale Ward were served conscientiously, no matter what their political allegiance might be.

Clive had no pretentions and was well known for his ‘waste not want not’ approach to life and he contributed little by way of atmospheric pollution from over-use of motor transport. The pavements of the ward were well tramped by his feet and those of his family who often helped him as he went about the task of communicating with the people.

Clive was really just a very nice man, a gentleman, and will be a great loss to his family as well as to the people he diligently served for many years in his sadly curtailed life.

Raymond Curry, Adel Grange Close, Leeds

Signs of danger on the streets

STREET CLUTTER such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs (A-boards) and pavement cafe furniture can obstruct and hamper a person’s progress on the street.

Keeping pathways clear is particularly crucial for the independence of people who are blind and partially sighted. A recent Guide Dogs survey for their Streets Ahead campaign showed A-boards and cafe furniture are both in the top ten most common street clutter items, acting as a real barrier to a person’s independence. Shockingly, 65pc of those with sight loss have been injured by street clutter too.

Several local councils have already introduced measures to reduce unnecessary clutter. For example shops can use window adverts instead of multiple A-boards to entice customers and improve the street for pedestrians. I would like your paper to join me in a campaign to ask the council to introduce measures to tackle unnecessary street clutter and ensure that our high street is fully accessible to those who are blind or partially sighted. Please email campaigns@guidedogs.org.uk for more information about their campaign and survey findings.

Linda Myatt, Lower Wortley, Leeds

Labour in fear of UKIP rise

NIGEL FARAGE’S populist message in his two debates with Nick Clegg resonates strongly with those neglected or marginalised by the political establishment. All the points Farage made against Clegg could have been directed against Miliband.

“Red Ed’s” ideological stance shows how Labour has abandoned its grass roots. Labour tries to cover its attacks on the working class with endless anti-Tory toff bashing rhetoric. But this class war is hypocritical. Ed Balls went to private school, Miliband, who was born with a silver hammer and-sickle in his mouth went to Oxford. Labour can no longer claim to be the party of the people, they’re terrified of UKIP’s rise, especially in Miliband’s constituency.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet