YEP Letters: January 20

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The problem of inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside schools is not new but it is certainly getting worse.

I am a governor of the primary school that my children attend and many people couldn’t care less how they park. They park across residents’ driveways, on the grass verges next to the zig-zag lines and even on the tight bend, meaning buses can’t pass, thus blocking the entire road and causing the traffic to back up a few hundred metres.

A couple of parents are occasionally aggressive and verbally abusive if asked to move their vehicles and the police have been asked to patrol and intervene on a number of occasions, but have seemed largely ineffectual.

Staff have taken positive steps and stand outside school and ask people to move inappropriately parked cars, and have taken photos of non-compliance to pass to police. This is far from ideal though as staff need to be helping children inside the school, and it foments ill-feeling between all concerned. It never takes long for the whole cycle to start again with the same culprits though.

We all understand that life is hectic and people are very busy nowadays but parents need to realise that it is their children and ours that are at risk of serious injury or death if this persists. It’s not just about residents and school having a moan, it’s about our children’s safety and plain good manners.

Craig Sweaton, UKIP Middleton Park Ward

Headingley ground plan

I READ Paul Kilroy’s 10-point wish list for Leeds in 2014 (YEP, January 13) with some bemusement. I will say right now that I agree in principle with some of his ideas, specifically points 5-10 inclusive. Of the remainder my eyes almost popped out at point two, namely conversion of the Headingley cricket ground tied in with lease-out or sale of the rugby ground. What is Paul’s overall objective in this?

For Paul’s information the entire complex was owned for over a century by Leeds CF & A Club, principally Leeds Rugby League, the cricket side being sold to Yorkshire CCC only in relatively recent years. The rugby ground continues primarily as the home of Leeds Rhinos and is still owned by Leeds Rugby Club. The Rhinos team are arguably the most successful Super League side of the last 10 years.

I would welcome further clarification from Paul on this suggestion.

Alan Freeman, Heather Gardens, Bramley

Laughing at ‘capital’ Leeds

THE RECENT problems with Bridgewater Place and the ongoing controversy regarding the trolleybus scheme only serve to illustrate that Leeds still has some way to go before it can be truly recognised as a major city, let alone “Capital of the North.”

Yes, we now have an arena but other cities built theirs years ago. Similarly others also have efficient rapid transport systems. How do other cities manage their high rise buildings? Aren’t there any windy days in Manchester?

In a recent TV quiz programme contestants were asked to name the 20 busiest railway stations in the UK. Not one of them named Leeds despite it being the second busiest after London. Once again, outside of Yorkshire we are not considered to be that important.

I suspect that our ‘friends’ across the Pennines will be laughing up their sleeves when ‘Leeds’, ‘capital’ and ‘north’ are mentioned in the same sentence.

Brian M Westerman, Sanderling Garth, Leeds

Costs outweigh the benefits

AFTER READING the letter from Councillor Lewis (YEP, January 15) my first thought was: “Has he and his colleagues given leave of their senses?”

They have an offer of £173m towards the cost of a trolleybus system by the Government, the shortfall to be made up from the rates. They have already spent £5m of ratepayers’ money in planning. Did someone not do a cost/benefit analysis on the plan?

Any right-thinking person can see immediately that the costs far outweigh the benefits. You have a plan to introduce a nine-mile trolleybus system set out from north to south and in doing so cause all manner of disruption to the whole area and this to save a supposed eight minutes?

Not only that, there will only be a daily maximum of 10,000 people out of a population of half a million who will have access to the system but those half a million people will have to contribute through the rating system to pay for it.

Mel Smart, MCIT, Farsley

Trio who came to the rescue

WE WOULD like to express our sincere thanks to the lady and two men who came to our rescue on Christmas Eve.

My wife and I were on a four day Christmas coach holiday to Bradford, and had been taken to Leeds for shopping. On our way back from Leeds market to the coach we were walking along The Headrow, when my wife tripped on an uneven paving slab. I tried to save her and also tripped on the same slab. My wife had got her left arm in a plaster cast and sling from a cracked bone in her elbow, which happened the day before we came to Bradford. She badly bruised her right hand and cracked her plaster cast. I hit my head and broke my left arm. The three people mentioned (we did not get their names) took control. One man kept a pad on my left eyebrow to stem the blood. The lady put her padded coat over me to keep me warm. The other man phoned for an ambulance. They stayed with us until it arrived.

We cannot thank these three people enough, and hope this letter will go some way to show our appreciation for their kindness. Also we would like to thank the two ambulance men and the A&E staff at Leeds Infirmary for their care and attention.

Betty and Gordon Day, Benville Road, Weymouth

Collins – a true United legend

I WAS working in Glasgow in 1970 aged 22 and travelled to Leeds to watch the 1970 FA Cup Final.

I boarded the 2am sleeper train back to Glasgow on the Sunday/Monday morning after the match. The sleeper compartments were for two people and often I would have to share with strangers.

This early morning I had the compartment to myself as the train pulled out of Leeds City Station. Not for long as there was a knock on the door and the steward introduced my cabin companion the “wee man” Bobby Collins who had travelled down to the final and was making his way back to Scotland and his job as manager of Morton. We talked football for hours and I was enthralled by his stories and experience of playing for Leeds and particularly the changing fortunes from a near Third Division club to FA Cup finalists.

I am sure he got back to Glasgow much the worse for wear having indulged a young Leeds United fan with his stories and views on football, when he would have been better off with his head down getting some sleep. A true gent and a great experience for me.

Goodbye to one of Leeds United’s true legends.

Graham Teed, by email

Privilege to see him play

I AM saddened to hear of the death of Bobby Collins as will be anyone of my age who supported United through the ‘Revie’ years and had the privilege to see this man play.

His will to win permeated through the Leeds team, and Jack Charlton described him, quite correctly, as ‘the man who made the difference’.

If you were too young to see this man play I am sorry for you; you have missed the experience that only a Ronaldo or a Messi seem likely to come anywhere near giving.

Robert Hanson, Sarasota, Florida, USA