YEP Letters: August 29

Former MP David Hinchliffe. (W512A327)
Former MP David Hinchliffe. (W512A327)

Check out today’s YEP letters

Union calls for end to ‘PFI rip off’

Adrian O’Malley, Branch secretary of Unison Mid Yorkshire Health

I read with interest former Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe’s concerns over the ever growing cost of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals PFI scheme.

As the largest Trade Union within Mid Yorkshire Trust Unison has publicly opposed the PFI deal from when it was first being discussed as a method of financing the new hospitals to the present day. Sadly our pleas in 2001 fell on deaf ears and the PFI was signed as it was described at the time as “the only game in town”.

Now, 16 years on Unison is calling for end to the great PFI rip off. We support Jeremy Corbyn’s call for an end to PFI and to bring back our hospitals under public ownership. The PFI experiment has been an expensive failure which should be abolished once and for all.

It’s time to ‘make Britain great again’

Mrs G Lancaster, Featherstone.

I never wanted to join the EU when Ted Heath took us in.

When Harold Wilson gave us the vote, I voted to come out due to the ‘milk lakes’ and ‘beef mountains’ drying up, which I knew they would do so. My many friends voted to stay in for fear of their jobs in local factories, not many left despite their votes.

The Channel Tunnel has been a target for illegal immigrants even though we were told ‘not even a fly could get through’.

Of course our money had to change to decimal, a rip off due to everything before being much better, then we had to go metric. I still ask for feet and inches and stones and pounds, I don’t understand litres, so ask for a pint of milk or half-a-dozen eggs.

A farmer was on TV to say a directive from the EU was not to dredge rivers or streams to remove silt, so every time it rained heavily his fields flooded.

A fisherman told us they could not fish in EU waters but they could come here to fish, so slowly their livelihoods have disappeared.

Since Brexit I understand this has been stopped. I voted for Brexit, I just wish they would get on with it because it is getting blamed for everything, and nothing has happened yet.

Let us get back to how it was before the EU. We had decent hospitals and roads fit to drive on.

Make Britain great again, instead of our millions going to the EU.

MP keeps ‘quiet’ on big issues

Judy Goodwin, Altofts

Yvette Cooper finds it a disgrace at the way Kellingley miners have been treated by this government.

It was a pity she did not show her disgrace when her old boss Ed Miliband signed this country up to the Kyoto agreement in 1997 thus putting the final nail in the coffin as far as mining was concerned and making us dependant on others for our energy needs.

Why did she not ask for money to make Drax and other power stations burn cleaner?

Also she complains about the NHS perhaps she should have shouted louder when her other old boss Tony Blair opened the floodgates for millions to come into this country without making provisions of more houses,schools, hospitals et cetera, she kept quiet on both these issues when it suited.

Sympathy for residents

Edna Levi, by email

Although I have no ill-will towards the women who work in the red light area of Holbeck, I have every sympathy with Ms Goodwill (Letters, August 25) and other residents who have to daily face the unwelcome problems and sights now prevailing because of this situation.

I wonder why Holbeck was designated to allow this profession to be legalised compared to various other parts of the city and also, are the users of the “managed” area subject to tax?

Didn’t MPs read what they were voting for?

B Leonard, by email

after watching the news on TV over the last few days, it seems like most of the MPs are saying they did not know that they were voting for Big Ben to be shut down for four years.

Do they not read what they are voting for? These are the MPs who tell us who voted to leave the EU we did not know what we were voting for.

Well all of us that voted to leave knew exactly what we voted for, these MPs are the ones that are sorting out leaving the EU.

I bet there are a lot of people up north who have never heard Big Ben, me included.

Back to school asthma warning

Sonia Munde, Head of Helpline and Nurse Manager at Asthma UK

The school summer holiday has sadly almost come to an end, and when children are back in school it’s important that parents of children with asthma keep an eye out for the early warning signs of an asthma attack.

Children are at a much greater risk of having an asthma attack when they’re back at school, partly due to exposure to triggers such as cold and flu viruses.

In fact, the latest hospital admissions data showed children were 1.7 times more likely to be rushed to hospital following an asthma attack in September than in August.

Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack in the UK, and three people die from asthma every day, so it’s important for parents to spot the signs of an asthma attack early.

You should book an urgent appointment with the GP or asthma nurse if your child is: using their reliever inhaler (usually blue) more than three times a week; coughing or wheezing at night; feeling out of breath and struggling to keep up with their friends.

Parents who have any concerns about their child’s asthma can speak to our expert nurses by calling the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800 (Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm), and can find more information on how to protect their child when they’re back in school this August by visiting

Carney is not fit for purpose

C S Heaton, Leeds

HOW did we convince ourselves to appoint Mark Carney as ‘Governor of the Bank of England’?

Of paramount importance to the future of our great country, he is not fit for purpose.

Appeal for old photographs

Jane Burrows, York

This is an appeal to readers of your paper asking for information and old photographs of Wesley Street, Morley.

I am particularly interested in how the street looked in the 1930’s up to the 1960s.

If you have a snap taken in the street I would love to hear from you as I am compiling a house history of one of the properties.

Anything borrowed would be carefully copied and returned.

You can contact me at 17 Oakland Avenue, Stockton Lane, Heworth, York, YO31 1BY, tel: 01904 345942, email:

Rail users are ‘totally let down’

Denise Sangster, by email

I am writing to add my voice to the many northern rail users who feel totally let down by this government.

When you see all the hype about the new rail services being implemented and proposed for London and the south, it makes the decision to delay or cancel proposed improvements for the north all the more galling. Is this just another reflection of the famous “North/South divide”? I lived in Greater London until two years ago and find it incredible that such marked differences in expenditure on our infrastructure exist between the south east and the rest of the country.