YEP Letters: December 16

Have your say

It is now some time since a missive or article appeared in your paper with regard to any progress made in the proposal to effect a rail connection with Leeds and Bradford airport.

Many suggestions and ideas have been mooted and some have been voiced by organisations but nothing has materialised from the fog. Is there anybody with the strength and fortitude to make more of this suggested connection and other relevant ideas for the rail system of the area? Let us not waste any more time and money on the much-maligned NGT which will not benefit the whole area nor bring about the dream solutions envisaged along its route.

HS2 is also in a state of flux with the many objections and questions being raised about the cost and route. Some of that cost will be incurred by the new entry into Leeds and the new terminal.

Is it not possible to envisage another route into Leeds that uses the existing station instead of building a new one? That would eliminate an awkward transfer for many intending London-bound passengers.

Looking at the map of the impact the new line and station would have, would it not be better to re-route the line down by the river from the M1? The route could then utilise the branch line south of Cross Green, then run river side to near the Calls, and branch in overhead to a new junction just east of the station entrance.

This junction, if utilised properly, could provide another eastward exit from the station along the HS2 line to the Cross Green branch and so onto the main line again at Neville Hill, therefore easing the severe congestion regarding trains to and from the east.

The costs and expenditure are there to be calculated but the benefits of such an alternative would be far greater than a new terminus and all that that entails.

Isn’t it time somebody took hold of the reins and started to make things happen instead of staring into space?

D Angood, by email

Solutions not protest needed

I am very much in agreement with the Rev Robin Paterson, when he castigates the people who seem to complain about any major project that seeks to improve the transport system in Leeds.

Like most people that I know, I have never written a letter to the paper before but enough is enough and it’s about time something was done.

The latest half-baked idea is the proposal by anti-trolleybus protesters that we should have even more bus traffic priorities than have been planned by the NGT scheme itself. This is despite the fact that many of these same protesters have claimed that these priorities will cause congestion!

According to their document, they are calling for “severe restriction of general traffic” in Headingley. What good would that do?

It seems obvious to me from this mess of a document that the protesters know only how to protest. They have little, if any, idea of how to create a proper solution to the traffic problem in Leeds. If they can’t come up with anything better than this, then really they ought to just hold their tongue and let the people of Leeds get on with constructing something worthwhile.

R Greenley, by email

Public money on cow barn

So Leeds City Council is to raise council tax by £26 per year due to Governments cuts in funding.

The council have already made refuse collection on a fortnightly basis (with bins already top heavy after one week) but we are to pay more, for less.

If the council is counting the cost, why then are they spending public money totalling £255,000 on rebuilding a cow barn at Temple Newsam? If, as they state, “the farm generates income from its entrance fees” then use this money, not from the public purse. And isn’t the property insured, if not, why not?

M Meeson, Leeds

Pay issue shows MPs’ contempt

It’s astonishing how some MPs are displaying their complete contempt for voters apropos their recommended pay rise.

Some are against it, admittedly, but only for vote catching reasons. Those in favour, and the review body itself, say that the increase will not cost the taxpayer anything because a) perks are being reduced and b) the increase will cover increases into their pension payments.

Firstly, how many “hard working people” have these perks in the first place and, if they do receive them and they are suddenly removed, how many would get a substantial pay rise to fund them?

Secondly, many recent disputes between the public sector and the government have been about increases in pension fund payments and retiring later. How many public sector workers are going to get their pension contributions funded by the taxpayer? Their (MPs and the review body) rationalisations are breathtakingly specious. Some have said that they shouldn’t refuse these recommendations because otherwise there wouldn’t be any point in having the review body and if they had recommended a pay freeze then that would also have been accepted. Yeah right. Given how often that chamber is almost empty when debates are taking place and given how unqualified some of them are to even be MPs, they’ve got a damn cheek. I will not be voting for a mainstream party again.

T Maunder

GP hours have A&E impact

There has been much discussion lately in TV programmes and the pages of the YEP about the “over-use “ of A&E facilities.

Might I venture to suggest that if “out of hours” services by GPs were more readily available, particularly for patients in the latter years of life, then many of the demands on A&E would be diminished.

Am I imagining it, or did GPs in the past regularly visit elderly patients on a routine basis?

I have a couple of friends who are doctors and it pains me to oberve that they appear to be receiving more remuneration for doing less work! Perhaps private medical insurance is the only way to avoid the gradual but increasing destruction of the NHS. Just what Maggie always dreamed of!

We once had a morning and evening surgery and one on Saturday morning for “urgent” cases, we now enjoy a morning surgery only, and trying to get a visit arranged for a lady in her 90s meets with resistance. Privatisation is a (last) breath away!

Name and address supplied

Festive windfall from the EU

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we would share the recent good cheer delivered to region by the EU. Universities and businesses across the region, and indeed, from across the UK, can now apply for £12.5billion worth of European funding – part of the EU’s latest research and innovation programme which will release over £65 billion over the next seven years. In total the UK has received almost £4billion of EU research funding since 2007 and in Yorkshire alone, the region’s universities have received over £300m. We would urge those Christmas Scrooges throwing insults at the EU to look again at the hard facts about the value – and money – the EU brings to this region.

Edward McMillan Scott and Rebecca Taylor

Elderly disgust

Responding to the question: What is it like to be getting old? When one gets to 80 and receives 25p extra pension a week, you are not getting old, you are old – and disgusted.

Ernest Lundy, byemail

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