A COUPLE of weeks ago I took my family to see Raymond Briggs’s Father Christmas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
My enjoyment of a brilliant production was marred only by the irritation of being overcharged by the unfair and inflexible system adopted by Leeds City Council with regard to the car parking charges at the Quarry Hill car park.
The advertised charge for a two-hour stay is £3.70. But, surprise, surprise, the ticket machine does not give change.
There must be hundreds of visitors who find themselves in the same position as I did, who, without sufficient coins for such an unreasonable exact amount, end up over-paying (in my case, by 30p) to the next pound.
The fact that the machine states that no change is available surely does not remove the legal liability on the council to provide the advertised service at the advertised price, as a matter of contract.
But who will bother to take the trouble to write to the council to request repayment of the excess amount?
Why should the council be entitled to retain the extra money which motorists, without the right change, are compelled to contribute?
Thirty pence may not seem much in itself, but cumulatively this daylight robbery must produce thousands of pounds of extra revenue for the council, taken from the hundreds of motorists who do not have the exact change.
Why can’t the council play fair and either provide ticket machines which do give change, or charge more sensible prices in multiples of 50p or whole pounds in the first place?
Could it possibly be that the council would rather gain a few thousand pounds in extra revenue than play fair with its residents and visitors?
John Easton, Cottingley Wood
Too many face poverty struggle
SOMEONE once wrote, “I am not a historian, but at 91 I am history.”
Those are my thoughts as I write this letter, for I fear that history is repeating itself once again.
In 40 short years the tsunami of capitalism unrestrained has washed away a hundred years of sweat and tears that led to industrial workers’ rights.
Austerity, along with the politics of fear, is being used in this country like an economic martial law. The present government assisted, by a right-wing media, has sold fear to the people on a Black Friday scale.
Too many people are struggling with food poverty, fuel poverty and rent poverty.
How dare politicians talk about “a booming recovery”.
Can they fail to understand what their actions are doing to so many?
To any MP, or newsreader, to claim that, “We are on the mend” is about as reassuring as someone who is colour blind telling you the light is green.
The corporate top dogs in parliament should bow their heads in shame.
R Pearson, Burmantofts
Festive TV was a load of tripe
I WONDER how many people watched TV over the festive period?
I never saw such a load of tripe – Only Fools and Horses, Wallace and Gromit, Open All Hours and Carry On films.
I saw all of these 20 years ago and they do not rate in my books.
Where is our licence fee going to? Perhaps to Mr Ross and Mr Brand and the like, the wastes of space.
F Lennon, Beeston
Hard to read Saturday Walk
COULD I please ask that you return the Saturday Walk (which we enjoy) to its former setting?
All on one page – smaller and bigger print please. It is not easy reading the small print whilst walking.
Having done Wilkinson Walks since they first started, my group of 10 have enjoyed 385, going every three weeks.
If you could consider this it would be of assistance to many walkers, I am sure.
J Benton, Rothwell
Get tough on corrupt MPs
GEORGE Osborne launched a major crackdown to stamp out corruption in the City by saying anyone caught will be jailed for seven years.
Why not stamp out corruption in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and get the MPs that claim fraudulent expenses jailed as well?
It seems he is making one law for one group of people and one law for another group of people, the MPs and the House of Lords.
Roger Watkinson, Halton
Trams were a great pleasure
THE picture of the London tram in a recent edition of the YEP would have evoked fond memories for many readers, especially if they had experienced the pleasure of travelling in one of those superb vehicles.
During the summer and autumn of 1959, my wife and I occasionally travelled on one of the trams, when visiting relatives who lived in Middleton.
We were accompanied by our two-year-old daughter and baby girl and boy twins, who were ensconced in their impressive Silver Cross twin pram.
Prior to commencing our journey from York Road, the tram driver would ensure that the pram was placed in its designated space, and secured by a retaining chain for stability during the ride, which terminated at Middleton.
However our outings on the tram were soon to come to an end, with the decommissioning of all Leeds trams at the end of 1959, leaving commuters with no other option than to use the local bus services.
It is questionable whether the proposed Leeds trolley bus system, if approved, will ever be able to emulate the comfort, reliability and spaciousness of the highly regarded London tram.
V O’Donnell, Osmondthorpe
Act for majority, not just the rich
ACCORDING to the YEP, the city council have to make cuts of some £76m in the next financial year.
Perhaps it would be easier to close the few remaining leisure centres, old peoples homes, the arena, civic centre, libraries and similar buildings.
Why not let central government run Leeds –albeit at very high cost? At least we, the electorate know who to blame.
Come next May I hope that very few Conservative candidates get elected. At least it will be a hung parliament. No trouble with that.
Let us hope that we can get the cuts of the last few years reversed. If necessary increase the higher levels of income tax – people earning £100,000 or more can easily afford it.
If I as a pensioner can afford to go away each month with a local coach company all it needs is good financial planning. Still I wish the councillors lots of common sense in making the required decisions in the best interests of the majority of the electorate not just the rich.
M Burbage-Atter, Rothwell
Councillors must pay price
I hope councillors who vote to penalise workers and staff by threatening to take away their protective pay and conditions and threatening them with compulsory redundancies also give up their own salaries, expenses, bonuses and exorbitant pay increases.
Remember what this discredited government said, “We’re all in it together”, this should apply to the councillors.
Do we need all these councillors cutting the workforce? Surely we don’t.
P Bagnall, Alwoodley