Whilst looking through back copies of the YEP I noticed a letter about the old Cross Gates to Wetherby railway line, which was written by J Bovington of Horsforth (January 16) in reply to an earlier letter by someone in January.
I agree that the Wetherby line should be re-opened for rail services, and it certainly should not have been closed in the first place as it was once used for Liverpool to Newcastle services (via Harrogate) as well. It is funny that housing projects appear on parts of closed rail routes in order to make it as difficult as possible to re-open them!
Now that the population of Wetherby is on the increase, and local people in the villages of Scholes, Bardsey, Thorner and Collingham would also probably like a rail service again, it would be a good idea to reinstate the line. The A58 road is too much of a bottleneck!
It has been conveniently forgotten about that after World War Two, the public wanted to use the railways again (like in the 1930s), but the railways were not ready for them to use as they had been damaged during 1939-45. There was also a plan for cheap motoring after the war too, which did not help matters.
I also read recently that Harold Macmillan (Prime Minister) did not care much for the railways (hence the arrival of Beeching & Marples?). The destruction of the arch and former station at London Euston being a good example of that!
The Wetherby route was part of my childhood when I lived at Lulworth Crescent, Whitkirk, in the 1950s.
Mike Horne, Cockshott Lane, Leeds
Shovelling out the middens
IN REPLY to M Ferguson about middens, here in Garforth they were emptied by shovel. Anyone like myself that lived here in the fifties will remember Johnny Lodge as he was the bloke who did the shovelling.
Then, when it was breakfast time all the dustbin men would come to my mother’s house for their meal. The reason being because most of them also worked at Garforth picture house where my mam was cashier. At that time I was working at Throstle Nest Farm so any decent boots or warm clothing that had been thrown away were passed my way, for which my mother and I were grateful.
Ken Norrie, by email
Demolition will crush aspiration
I WAS saddened by the irony of the double page feature (YEP, January 24) launching the YEP’s latest campaign for a Child Friendly Leeds.
It came a week before the scheduled demolition of a much-loved building that was once the beating heart of the Hyde Park community and an asset that if retained would guarantee the future and well being of a whole generation of Leeds children. I am talking of course about the former Royal Park School.
The move by Leeds City Council (if it goes ahead) will be the final, crushing blow to the hopes and aspirations of the Hyde Park community, its children and the campaigners who have worked tirelessly for 10 years to hold LCC to its word that the building would be retained for the community.
There is such a strong will to make this happen, if only there was the political will to work with local people and businesses towards this shared goal.
Those living and working in Hyde Park who dare to dream of a better future for themselves and their children beyond a life of ‘shopping’ and ‘TV’ are consistently knocked back, told that their aspirations are ‘unrealistic’ and that they should live in the ‘real world’.
Once this building is gone, it is gone forever. It would leave a permanent scar on everyone’s conscience along with all that unrealised potential and creativity, denying our children the chance to better themselves and opportunities to get involved in something in their own community.
Chris Hall, Headingley
Struggles of the 1930s
THANK GOODNESS for P Johnson and John Appleyard (YEP, February 3) for setting the facts straight.
How on earth can Malcolm Nicholson consider the 1930s in such a perfect light? Presumably he was one of the fortunate ones born into a family with no experience of unemployment, poverty, worry about paying for doctors’ fees or numerous other daily struggles.
A nice house, inside toilet and pretty garden were only dreams for so many.
Why don’t privileged people think about others and not just themselves?
Roll on 2015!
Pauline Brearley, Chapel Allerton
St Gemma’s is brilliant
HAVING HAD first hand experience of Saint Gemma’s Hospice as a visitor I can say that everything about the place is brilliant.
When you first arrive at St Gemma’s you are made welcome, from all members of staff without exception – nothing is too much trouble for them.
The care that they deliver is beyond first class, the meals are better than some hotels, even visitors can get a meal and it is the same as what the patients receive.
If St Gemma’s was an hotel it would be ten star. I myself could not find fault anywhere.
Ken Tuke, by email
Restricted view at Leeds Arena
REFERRING to Mrs A Ramsden’s letter we had a similar experience when we went to see André Rieu at the Leeds Arena.
We had seats block E row C seats 7 & 8 for which we had paid £99 and could only see the drums which affected the view of the orchestra and singers. We think the arena should either get rid of the seats or at least reduce the price of the tickets.
Mrs P Milner, Pudsey
Roundhay Hall built in 1841-42
I was interested in your report (Yorkshire Evening Post, January 31) of the reunion of nurses who had trained at Roundhay Hall in 1964.
However, two errors have crept into your account. Roundhay Hall was not built by John Goodman but by William Smith and the years it was built was not the 1820s but 1841-42.
A detailed account of the history of the hall may be read in an article by Margaret Plows in issue 13 of Oak Leaves.
Anthony Silson, Whitecote Gardens, Bramley
Quango had flood warning
PROSPECT, THE union which represents workers at the Environment Agency is taking the opportunity of flooded Britain to protect job cuts.
“The Government must call an immediate moratorium on 1,500 job cuts in the light of flooding that has swept the UK this winter”.
The Environment Agency already employs more than the Canadians, Danish, French, German, Swedish and Austrians combined and is the most bloated quango in the world.
Only the US Environment Agency employs more: 15,913 compared with our 11,200, hardly surprising given the US is 80 times larger than the UK with six times its population.
These clowns are totally responsible for flooded Britain. They were warned last year by the farmers that unless the rivers were dredged and made deeper they would not cope with the heavy rainfall we are becoming accustomed to.
The problem is that most of the dredgers were sold as scrap for a pittance. Blair and “Heir to Blair” as Cameron called himself both vowed to rid the country of these parasitic quangos and they both increased them. Oh, for a Prime Minister with a backbone and a little common sense.
T Watson, by email