YEP Letters: February 6

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Air ambulance football injury response right

Stephen Adams, Leeds

I WOULD like to take issue with Keith Barber (Your Feedback, February 3) who seems to have an issue with a the air ambulance going to the assistance of a professional footballer.

He clearly has not looked at all the facts or engaged his brain. Yes, road ambulances were dispatched to last Saturday’s game following the injury to Huddersfield Town’s Tommy Smith, as would be expected. But if Mr Barber had given it some thought he would have realised that this was a young man with a possibly very serious head injury.

So serious that he was given nine minutes of treatment on the field of play and was unconscious when placed in the air ambulance.

This injury occurred right at the very end of the match, therefore the surrounding roads in the vicinity of the ground would have been crammed with supporters streaming out of the match preventing quick passage for the ambulance.This delay in getting the patient to hospital, after suffering such an injury, could have been vital in making the difference between life or death. It seems to me that Mr Barber is using this incident to attempt a veiled attack on football and accuse footballers of receiving preferential treatment.

Well Mr Barber, that is not true, the same service would have been given to any member of the public with the same type of injury in the same situation.

I am a Leeds supporter but in these situations your loyalty and allegiances go out of the window. I was more concerned for the welfare of Tommy Smith, which is far more can be said for Keith Barber.

This was not unnecessary or an over-reaction, it was the correct course of action.

Taxpayers cash being wasted

Margaret Thompson, Far Headingley

Waste and incompetence need to be addressed at many levels in view of cuts imposed on various services. Personally I find it mind blowing that ambulances can be filled up with the wrong fuel so many times (YEP, February 4) – these are competent people! Also Leeds City Council sent out leaflets after changes to bin collection dates in our area before Christmas – a total waste of money. Our money.

Today I have attended a hospital appointment with a family member to be told exactly what I was told last time by someone different – and still no action. The NHS has many sterling qualities, but it is not free, we do pay for it and I often wonder what the costs would be if it were to be run differently.

Cut councillor numbers in half

Roger Watkinson, Halton

Leeds City Council needs to save £45.4m which means job cuts for council workers, raising housing rents and increasing council tax.

Another way to do help the situation in my opinion is to cut the number of councillors by half so the council in effect will be a lean, mean, fighting machine council.

That would save a lot of money, surely?

Hopefully if this action was taken, the job cuts could be decreased. The councillors are paid far too much. Get rid of half of the council.

Clock costing more than semi

A Hague, Harehills

WHILST I agree that the Oakwood clock is a wonderful piece of architecture and deserves to be saved, how can it cost over £200,000 when you can buy a semi-detached house for less?

I’ve had my fill of empty bins

N Harrison, Morley

IS IT just LS27 or is the rest of Leeds also suffering 
(more than is necessary) the effects of winter due to empty grit bins?

In recent weeks I have found it extremely infuriating to have submitted requests via the council website, only to be informed that ‘bins will be refilled when resources become available’.

I understand that budgets are tight in every department and that major routes are the priority.

However, for me there seems little point in clearing the major routes if I can’t access them because I’m unable to negotiate the first 300 metres of my journey on minor roads due to the lack of salt.

My latest request to have the bins refilled has met with the answer that I can expect a response within three weeks (forgive my cynicism but ‘response’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘refill’), by which time spring will be on the horizon! Meanwhile we continue to spin, slide and skid through the streets.

I, along with my neighbours, am more than willing to share the burden of clearing the streets; I’ve got the shovel, 
I’ve got the energy and I’ll make the time, I just haven’t got the salt – just ornamental containers.

For now I find myself gritting my teeth, but not the roads!

Did you know my grandad?

Fred Roberts, Cornwall

I wonder if any YEP readers could provide some information on my grandfather William Thomas Roberts. Born in Dublin in 1883, he served with Leeds City Police from September 1912 until his retirement in 1937. His collar number was 125.

He married Annie Poole in 1915 and they had four children – Frederick George (my 
father), Alice, Gordon and Elizabeth.

He was injured in 1921 while apprehending a shop breaker, and was commended by the city justices for his bravery and vigilance.

I don’t know whether or not he received a medal.

In 1928 my grandfather was made Resident Constable in Shadwell and the family lived in the Police House on Main Street, known as Schoolview,
 it had a prison in the back garden.

Sadly his daughter Elizabeth died at the age of two in 1929, and his wife Annie died in 1935. Both are buried in St Paul’s Cemetery in Shadwell.

My grandfather was re-married shortly before his retirement to Elsie J Foster and I believe they lived at Schoolview.

My grandfather died in 1940 and is also buried in St Paul’s Cemetery.

I am researching my family history and wondered whether there were any living relatives/friends who remember or knew my grandfather.

I would be most grateful for any information anyone may have.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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