YEP Letters: December 30

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Regrading ‘Councillors Lash Out at Kirkgate Market Lobbyists’ (yep, December 20)

Councillors Dobson and Lewis should show a little more circumspection and respect in relation to the valiant and honest campaign of the Friends of Kirkgate Market. Convincing discourse rather than cheap sneering would be more acceptable from our elected representatives.

It is arguable that the failure of the council to give proper financial, etc, support to the market for years in the past is at least in part responsible for its present difficult situation. It is also possible that some of us out here do not particularly trust the council and its ambitions. Whether the stance of the Friends is, as Councillor Lewis would like us to believe, ‘negative’, depends of course on whether the view of the council can properly be seen as positive – and that is open to debate.

It is perhaps significant that the opening paragraph of your report, echoing the council’s words, refers to the Friends as “a ‘stumbling block’ to the much anticipated redevelopment of the historic shopping hub.” We already have the Trinity hub (we also have the Core in the Headrow which seems rather to have been forgotten).

We are going to have what now has to be called the Victoria Gate hub. No longer is it ‘shopping arcades’; now it is ‘shopping hubs’. As Victoria Jaquiss warns in your letters pages, Leeds is becoming ‘a centre of shopping centres’. A sequence of hubs joined what? And this is what worries me, where in the intent (never mind the tongue) of the council does Kirkgate Market fit into this? If, as the above quote implies, it is being seen as just part of yet another hub, to be fitted into the plans of yet another grandiose developer/hubster, then I am worried.

Kirkgate Market is not just another shopping unit, part of some bigger shopping unit. It is part of our living culture (not to mention a lifeline for those who need cheap food to survive).

Mike Harwood, De Lacy Mount, Kirkstall

Kind and caring hospital staff

I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Hackney, Mr Ismail and team at Chapel Allerton Hospital for the wonderful treatment I have just received after a shoulder operation.

The staff from reception and the nursing staff on the post-op and C3 wards were so kind and caring, they just could not do enough for any of us. It was so eask to ask the consultant, doctors, sisters and nurses about anything and they were all friendly to each other.

I like a bit of a laugh and nobody took offence (I don’t think!). The domestic staff do an excellent job. The wards were lovely and clean and they were always friendly and cheerful.

Once again many, many thanks to you all.

Barbara Simpson, by email

Memories of life at Royal Park during war years

Ask not for whom the bells toll – they toll for you Queens Road School.

I read about the demolition for Royal Park School I attended during WW2, cod liver oil and orange juice, and malt extract. Then food parcels from Australia, I will never forget the Aussies and their kindness. We had a victory garden doing our bit, then they came and cut all the railings down for the tanks and shells. When I think back on those days I realise now the times shaped who we are now and gave us a grounding for appreciation for what we have now. I like a line from ‘The Four Yorkshire Men’ - ‘We ad nowt but we were appy with ole in ground.’

Tony Sunley, Los Angeles, California

YEP Letters: February 19