YEP Letters: December 12

Have your say

It’s been well documented in the YEP that Leeds City Council, in common with some, but not all, local councils introduced evening and weekend parking charges at the end of last year.

That’s as may be and it’s obviously a huge revenue earner and one which they’re not likely to relinquish any time soon.

However, the situation in the 400-space Quarry Hill car park is deplorable and some of this revenue needs to be used to improve facilities.

I attended a performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse on December 2 to find one of the two machines out of order and a queue of 18 people waiting to pay at the other.

Luckily I was half an hour early for the show so I managed to take my seat in time – I’m sure others were not so lucky.

I was back there again this Wednesday. Just as I put my £2 in the slot a fellow motorist told me it was out of order again but it was too late, my coin was stuck and I had no way of retrieving it.

Again I had to trek up to the only other working machine in the car park and pay a further £2.

I’m sure this situation is as annoying to the playhouse as 
is it for their visitors as box office staff have to bear the brunt of frustrated theatre-goers’ anger.

Julie Savage, Wakefield

Trolleybus far from fare deal

After a long and expensive public inquiry, a decision on the ill-conceived Leeds trolleybus scheme is now not expected until September 2015, nine long obsolescence-inducing years since its conception.

Many letters have been published in this newspaper and others, mainly against the scheme and mainly the concerns of residents along the A660 route who see much of their way of life at risk for no convincingly put forward advantage.

This is understandable and perfectly valid.

But there is a greater dimension that affects the Leeds area in total if the wider view is taken.

For our £250m we would have, by 2021, 20 right-hand drive trolleybuses, unique and unusable anywhere else in the world with no resale value, plus an unspecified amount of very expensive dedicated infrastructure. It is this cost that really makes the eyes water.

That same £250m spend would be equivalent to the cost of any of the following:

1. 750 hybrid/electric Routemaster-style double decker buses, enough to replace 75 per cent of the present total Leeds fleet, or 600 fully electric double deckers from any of the three major UK manufacturers.

2. 50 to 60, 100/110mph four-car inter urban electric trains, enough to resolve TransPennine and Northern’s current fleet problems at a stroke.

3. 90 to 100 five-section 80kph trams.

4. 20 to 25 trams plus seven miles of tramway from the M1 at Thorpe Park with a park and ride facility to John Lewis etc in Eastgate.

5. 10,000 executive cars (eg. Vauxhall Insignia etc).

6. Paying the wages of 1,000 council employees for 10 years.

Makes you think, doesn’t it? It’s not too late for Metro to reconsider in the light of 
recent technical and other advances.

Don Townsley, Whitkirk

Disabled don’t deserve priority

I write in view of the recent decision by the Court of Appeal regarding the rights of disabled users to space on buses.

Thank goodness they made the right decision! No one has a higher priority over any other passenger.

And bus operators can’t expect their staff, drivers that is, to get into a potentially confrontational situation with someone who refuses to fold their pram.

The best solution to this problem would be to bring back the old style buses from 20-odd years ago.

And as far as disabled people go, what’s wrong with access buses? Isn’t that a service exclusively for them?

Nick Keer, Cottingley

An alien vision of immigrants

In response to Bernard Duffy’s comments in support of Ukip and Nigel Farage (Your Views, December 9), I am a European immigrant who has lived in this country for 26 years and this is also the number of years I have paid tax in this country. I don’t get to vote in national elections so I have no say at all in how my taxes are spent.

I find the view offensive that I am “depriving all the British people of jobs, schools, hospitals, houses and benefits”.

It is in fact my taxes alongside those of other taxpayers that fund these very hospitals, schools and pay people’s benefits.

With an ageing population, immigration is the only way there will be enough taxpayers to keep Britain running.

Barbara Kempf, Leeds

Farage riding EU gravy train

When I read letters from Bernard Duffy and his views on immigration it doesn’t surprise me that former BNP leader Nick Griffin says he will vote Ukip at the next general election.

Mr Duffy refers to the EU as a corrupt self-serving gravy train.

Well Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been an MEP since 1999 and in that time he has pocketed £4m in salary and expenses – a nice little earner for someone who claims to be against the EU!

The Conservative Sir Bill Cash recently stated that 200 Tory MPs agree with Ukip on wanting out of Europe. You couldn’t put a fag paper between these two right wing parties.

But Ukip is already facing problems, their general secretary has been suspended for alleged impropriety and members are leaving due to the way potential Ukip MPs are being selected.

In essence, Ukip are no more than a bed and breakfast party that checks in and then checks out the following day.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Wetherspoons welcome here

I have long thought that Headingley would one day have its own Wetherspoons pub. Now, finally, it looks like it may become a reality.

Perhaps I am in the minority here, but I am all in favour of this development.

I do accept the arguments about the number of pubs in the area.

However, on the plus side, it will create over 50 jobs and for those people living inbetween the main Headingley area and Woodhouse it will be a nice place to have a pint and a meal on the way home from work.

Another plus for me is the Wetherspoons policy of TVs being on silent all day and no background music. Surely that will alienate certain groups of punters?

At the very least the area will have pubs that suit all in their own distinct ways.

Peter Keighley, Headingley

Ferrero Rocher a dog’s dinner

I note that there appears to be a hazelnut shortage due to bad weather in Turkey. This means that there may be a shortage of that favourite, the Ferrero Rocher.

I had my own shortage problem with this confectionery last year at the Christmas party I gave at home.

Trying to spoil my guests as the advert suggests I put out a large box of them on a small table so people could help themselves.

However shortly before anyone arrived my daughter’s boxer dog, who was technically a guest, got in the room alone and scoffed the lot, wrapping paper and all. Fortunately he showed no side effects, nor the slightest sign of remorse.

He would not understand, I am sure, that a tin of Roses does not have quite the same allure.

David Gibbs, Leeds