YEP Letters: December 16

Have your say

With regard to JD Wetherspoon’s plan to turn the Elinor Lupton Centre on Headingley Lane into a pub (YEP, December 8), their spokesman must be on another planet if he seriously thinks this would create “an asset to the area”.

Indeed, you have to wonder whether he even knows where Headingley is. Regardless of Wetherspoon’s track record of converting old buildings elsewhere, this is a completely inappropriate proposal for what is a residential area, and moreover one that is covered by a Cumulative Impact Policy which recognises that there are enough pubs and bars in the area already.

The building is enormous, so this would not just be some nice local pub, as people might imagine. No, it would be a mega-pub and the only possible reason they could be interested in this location is that they want to capture some of the trade from the notorious Otley Run.

In other words if this proposal goes ahead, then as far as the local community is concerned it would just be yet another source of excess drinking, late-night noise and anti-social behaviour, not to mention the significant traffic hazards that would be caused by large groups of drunken pub-crawlers drunkenly crossing what is, outside rush hours, a rather fast-moving stretch of Headingley Lane.

This proposal is no more acceptable than it was in 2007 and it should have no more chance of succeeding now than it did back then.

Richard Norton, Headingley

Pub could well be the last straw

Your story (YEP, December 14) highlighted that 778 night-time crimes were reported on Call Lane in 2013, up from 228 the previous year.

Not only is that 15 crimes a week (and those are only the ones that got reported), but that’s an increase of 550 in a single year.

Meanwhile, in Headingley, the Grammar School at Leeds have sold the Elinor Lupton Centre to Wetherspoon’s. There’s already a big problem with drinking in the area, as people do the ‘Otley Run’ into Leeds – by no means all students, they come from around the country.

If Wetherspoon’s get licensing approval from the council, then the example of Call Lane shows how quickly things can degenerate.

A huge pub on Headingley Lane could well be the last straw. I hope councillors will bear this in mind when considering the application.

Ian Harker, Burley

Take pity on Nick

Well, we all knew Nick Kerr would be rubbing his hands with glee at the news of disabled people no longer having priority to use the designated areas for wheelchairs on buses (Your Views, December 12).

This in a week when we saw on local TV about a lad being ignored at a taxi rank 
simply because he was in a wheelchair.

Take heart Nick, you’re not the only sad person in the area.

Mick Robinson, Guiseley

Poles apart...

John Wainwright writes about climate change, with one pole melting and the other getting more ice (Your Views, December 13). This is true. But there is more melting than freezing, as can be proven by the rising sea levels.

He says that there has been no statistically significant warming in the past 18 years; but we should not consider UK climate on its own, but the climate of the earth, and that has been getting warmer since 1920.

As for the Arctic being ice-free, it’s not a question of “if” there will be ice-free summers, but “when”, probably some time before 2050.

There are no serious scientists that dispute that the earth is getting warmer and sea levels are rising as a result of melting ice.

Nigel Bywater, Morley

Memories of Church Farm

REGARDING the memories items (YEP, December 9), I would like to correct it.

My husband and I were both born in Garforth. The land and farm where the Podger stands belonged to Mr AD Atkinson. They called it Church Farm not Moorhouses Farm.

My husband worked there from leaving school and when Mr Atkinson sold it we moved to his new farm in 1963.

V Todd, Wetherby

Sweeping costs

HOW can any authority justify the gloom of the grim 
budget cuts report (YEP, December 9)?

In Headingley, over 90 per cent of houses are zero-rated and owned by wealthy student landlords with their very costly overflowing bins and road sweeping getting done as a free service.

If they paid some business rates it would cover the cost of extra services and there would be no more cuts!

Thank you again for our Yorkshire Evening Post and the Your Views section, both of which keep us in touch.

Robert Holman,Headingley

Not all of us watch Corrie

We came late to TV, and when it arrived at last, the three main channels were already in place, so we watched pretty much everything, to see what we liked or disliked. Coronation Street seemed interesting so we watched it for a long time, until early in 1961.

We understood that as well as entertainment, the programmers were trying to help people in the real world with their problems, as at the end of an episode there would be contact points for those who needed help in some particular area.But there seemed to be an increasing lack of balance between light and shade in the storylines and they became downright gloomy and somewhat depressing, and eventually we gave up.

Then came the Equity strike in November of that year and we began to watch it again, out of curiosity for which actors didn’t belong to the union, and how the programmers could continue with not so many characters to choose between.

Imagine our delight to find that the stories were now exactly what we’d been used to, tight dramas, with humour sprinkled here and there, the acting great as usual.

We watched it for some months until the strike ended, and then we were back to the doom and gloom, and scenarios like when a character tells someone “don’t tell anyone this...” and you knew that within a few moments the secret would be divulged.

And such minor problems as appeared could be sorted in the real world with a small amount of common sense, obviously lacking in the writers’ experience.

Originally, in America, these daytime “reality” dramas were shown round TV adverts for soap powders, which is why they’re still called “soaps”.

I think we would prefer to watch the adverts now, which have become little dramas of their own, and infinitely more interesting.David Watson (Your Views, December 5) suggests Liz Goodwill is “fibbing” when she says she doesn’t watch Coronation Street because she has heard of Steve McDonald.

He must know that names of both actors and characters are freely available in most TV listing magazines.And he is wrong in his count of those who watch Corrie by at least one – me.

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

Getting your bishops in a twist

Since 1878 the title Bishop of Leeds has been held by the Roman Catholic leader of the diocese of Leeds.

Since that title is also now being used to refer to the Anglican Bishop of West Yorkshire and the Dales, could your paper now avoid confusing readers by 
referring to Bishop Marcus Stock as the Catholic Bishop of Leeds and to Bishop Nick Baines as the Anglican Bishop of Leeds?

Christine Feetenby, Leeds