YEP Letters: August 12

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More on the rails, less on the roads

James Bovington, Horsforth

I’M always delighted to read of major investment in Leeds and therefore it’s pleasing that £162 million is being made available for expansion at Thorpe Park.

I totally agree with the quote from Sir Michael Bear that the UK is ‘an attractive place to invest in large scale infrastructure projects’.

Thorpe Park is an ideal location.

I’m disappointed however that although quite a lot is made of a new dual carriageway sweeping around the north-east of the city, no mention is made of including a rail station as an integral part of the development which is adjacent to the Leeds-York line.

A station would clearly reduce the need for car journeys and open up employment possibilities to those who don’t have private transport.

Rail stations are about equal opportunities in transport. Of course I shouldn’t be surprised. This in a city that refuses to evaluate a central area underground railway and can’t see the need for a rail station at White Rose - yet such a station could remove up to half a million car journeys a year.

By the way who is in charge of local transport now, is it Coun Lewis or Coun Wakefield? Both are east Leeds 
councillors - I should have thought that electrification of the line to Garforth and a new station at Thorpe Park would be high priorities for their electors.

And if you have a moment, perhaps one of you could tell me after years of asking in this paper why White Rose doesn’t deserve a station when major competitors like Meadowhall and Metrocentre Gateshead do?

Why does Leeds settle for a poor transport network that is inferior to that of many similar sized cities in the developing world?

A hypocritical world...

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Robert Mugabe enslaves an entire African country and kills thousands of people without a peep from any international celebrity or Left-wing politician.

In that same country Zimbabwe, some idiotic American dentist kills one semi-tame old lion 
living past its normal 
lifespan and suddenly he becomes the world’s most hated figure.

What a hypocritical world we live in.

Shut the gates or help people?

Paul Hill, Morecambe, Lancaster

I READ with interest Paul Kilroy’s letter (YEP August 10) regarding the overcrowding and distribution of immigrants entering the UK. At first it sounded like a farce then it became depressing. Why? Because farce or tragedy I for one believe it to be short of the mark.

Our Government, along with our European partners, are involved in a humanitarian mission to rescue migrants in danger from the Mediterranean. The result of this policy may well have consequences, in my opinion the Golden Gates to the promised land of Europe where it may seem that the streets are paved with gold become far more tempting.

I also believe that if it was possible to survey the 
peoples of Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub continent, on how many would like to live in Europe, I suspect it would run into the tens of millions.

However if then you told them that Europe would help them over the last hurdle of the Med, then I would guess you would be shocked with the totality of the figures involved.

I make no judgement on this mass migration, I think that Europe has to decide, do they adopt a Australian type policy and stem migration.

Or do we carry on and possibly find that the European economy can no longer support the numbers involved?

If we do decide to stem migration and adopt a policy of helping those problematic countries at source we may find that helping them is just too complex and there are no viable solutions.

Change starts with small steps

R Kimble, Hawksworth

I am a little bemused by B Duffy’s letter today (YEP August 11), calling me an “arch denier”. The implication seems to be that I have stood up both for Blair and Brown’s governments.

The only political letters I have written recently have been about the current cruel, specious, mendacious and hypocritical Tory government. You cannot deduce from
that that I am a Labour supporter.

Hypocritical because of their cuts when several of them were caught up in the expenses scandal ; specious because of selling health care contracts to poorly performing companies ; cruel because of tax credit cuts which will hurt the very people they mendaciously claim to care about.

Those letters should not be taken as implying current support for Labour. I did not vote for them at the last Election and will never do so again because, primarily, of Blair and Iraq.

He is, to me, an evil person, hungry for historical significance and I am glad Iraq has made him so hated and that it is all he will be remembered for.

He has blood on his hands and caused the deaths of innocent women and children. I would love for him to be tried as a war criminal. As far as I am concerned, he brought 7/7 to our streets.

I did not approve of Brown, either, politically.

Neither will I vote for any “major” party again; we are sold a myth that votes are wasted for the other Parties but I no longer believe that - sometimes change starts with small steps that gather momentum. I

did have a period when I voted Labour without question but that stopped when John Smith died, essentially.

Have they got money to burn?

A Hague, Harehills, Leeds

WAKEFIELD has just started using the new £750m waste recycling plant.

It’s cost 25 per cent more than the plant for Leeds will cost yet Leeds has many more people residing.

I notice in the news that Wakefield has many more improvements on the go costing millions more than Leeds.

Not a week goes by without at least one or more of these expensive plans in 
Wakefield. Have they acquired a backlog of catch-up, which might be the reason for the difference?