YEP Letters: February 4

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I would like to thank Paul Kilroy for his acknowledgement of my courtesy (YEP, Your views, January 29) when I responded to his ideas for Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

I take on board his points regarding the under-use of the cricket ground and would support any feasible suggestions for increasing usage and income streams. But not for rugby, and not at the expense of cricket. I should mention at this stage Paul’s ‘reminder’ that I attributed ownership of the cricket ground to the Rhinos. I did not, I pointed out that Leeds Rugby Club sold it to Yorkshire CCC a few years ago – 2005 I believe.

The cricket ground is wholly unsuitable for any football code, which includes both forms of rugby. There is a history in Australia of club sides playing on ‘ovals’ and RL test matches used to be played on Sydney Cricket Ground. In Britain rectangular pitches with spectators close to the action has long been the preference. And it is probably no coincidence that many Aussie or NZ players, used to the NRL, praise the great crowd atmosphere at matches over here despite the often bigger attendances at matches down-under.

There is no reason, and I would think no possibility, of Leeds Rhinos moving onto the cricket ground, which would kill their current support stone dead. That includes me.

And Yorkshire have a huge cricket tradition at Headingley which should not necessarily pander to today’s younger sports fans of limited attention span.

Alan Freeman, by email

Wrong site for park and ride

With regard to the park and ride at Elland Road, it is in the wrong place for most travellers into Leeds. Who in their right minds will pay to park out there and then pay a rip-off price of £3 per person to get back into the centre when it’s cheaper and more convenient to park in the centre in the first place?

Economics of the madhouse.

MGB, by email

Deportation disgraceful

IT IS an absolute disgrace that an Army veteran who has given 22 years of loyal service to this country now faces the decision that his wife and family are to be deported back to Canada.

Both parents are hard working, Mr Coulson as a telephone engineer, and his wife a teaching assistant. They are not benefit scroungers and live peacefully in the UK with their three teenage children who are doing well at school.

Why can we allow non-English speaking scroungers from the European Union, whilst denying a British-born ex-serviceman and his family a permanent residency in the UK?

M Meeson, Leeds

Hayley’s story is unique

REGARDING the Coronation Street critics – contrary to the opinion of your correspondent, R Kimble, actress Julie Hesmondhalgh was perfectly justified in saying that Hayley’s story was unique.

Hayley, (formerly Harold) was a transgender character who contracted terminal pancreatic cancer. Under normal circumstances she would receive excellent palliative care from our NHS, but such care does have its side effects, one of which is memory regression. In some people their thoughts and memories go back to early life, even back to childhood.

Hayley had already begun to have nightmares about this and they terrified her, which is why she planned to end her own life whilst her mind was still in the present. She didn’t want to go back to thinking she was Harold as all the happiness she’d ever known was as Hayley, married to Roy.

This has had an unexpected knock-on effect on Roy, who is a brilliant character touched with more than a hint of autism. He now feels she has cheated him out of the last part of her life. His feelings for Hayley were such that every single second of her life was important to him and he’d been cheated out of many of those seconds. Not only that but he feels she’s emotionally blackmailed him into condoning her early death. This has left him with an anger he’s struggling to understand, much less cope with.

If this story has been done before I’d be interested to know where.

Ken McCoy, by email

Labour should dump Miliband

BANKER’S wages and bonuses are in the news again. And envy is still one of the seven deadly sins.

Ed Miliband may have thought taking a swipe at the banks was clever. Not so. Whenever he opens his mouth billions of pounds are wiped off the stock-exchange and he’s not even in office. If Labour were serious about winning the 2015 general election they would dump him and replace him with a more appealing figure.

However the party seems curiously sentimental about failed leaders. They allowed serial loser Neil Kinnock to remain in charge for nine miserable years. The Tories will be relieved that Mr Ed will be shown the same leniency.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Church Fenton’s ideal for airport

WITH reference to the discussion about re-locating Leeds/Bradford Airport.

In the 1970s, I well remember the then Minister of Transport, Peter Walker, visiting Yeadon Airport and having a flight around the area, looking at transport links, etc. in anticipation of the runway extension.

He said only an idiot would consider extending the runway in this location. He highlighted the poor infrastructure, lack of roads, rail links etc, as well as the airport being, I believe, the highest in Europe and very susceptible to fog for at least three months of the year. Yet it was still carried out.

At this time Church Fenton was being mothballed by the RAF. I wrote to the Minister stating that this was an ideal location for an international airport, due to its existing runway, close proximity to Leeds, York, Hull, Doncaster etc.

It was close to excellent road networks, A1, A64 and the east coast mainline railway. It is still available, ideally situated and crying out for expansion and providing much-needed jobs in the local economy.

These would help re-deploy the miners from the Selby coalfields area, railway workers from York. The list is endless and could help to re-balance the North’s economy at one fell swoop!

It might also trigger an earlier start to the Northern section of HS2.

Bernard Duffy, by email

Collect green bins weekly

WE have heard for a couple of months now that Leeds City Council want to reduce the amount of refuse put into landfill and increase the amount of recycling. That’s a very noble sentiment isn’t it?

While I agree that the average person could recycle more than they currently do, I don’t see how reducing the frequency of our bin collection is the right way to go about it. If you want people to use the green bin more, then collect it weekly rather than fortnightly. My green bin is usually full after five days and what am I then supposed to do with the next nine days worth of recyclable material – get on a bus and take it to the recycling centre in bags?

What actually happens for most people is that they have to put it in the black bin, thereby wasting the materials that we want to go in the green bin.

If the Labour council are serious about recycling then collect our green bins weekly, or are we to assume that this is just another ploy to save money by cutting down on collections? Not forgetting the extra income from the proposed fines for having extra refuse bags beside your bin, despite the collection routine being woefully inadequate!

Craig Sweaton, UKIP, Middleton Park ward

YEP Letters: February 19