YEP Letters: January 28

Have your say

So now you can’t take your household waste to the council-provided waste sites unless you can fit it in a car!

If you want to take it in a van (under 3 tonnes GVW), a 4x4 pick-up or in a trailer you now need a permit. If your van is over 3 tonnes gvw (gross vehicle weight) which mine is, it’s banned altogether.

This I found out recently after I decided to save the council a job (and money) and take my old cooker to the waste site on Kirkstall Road. On arrival I was told about the above ban by the assembled jobsworths. I explained that my van is for personal use only and that I only had household waste in it, but to no avail. So I said I would park on the street and drag the cooker in to the tip myself and the reply: “No you can’t do that – ‘no pedestrian access’”. I did it anyway to much shouting and barracking from the aforementioned staff.

You really couldn’t make it up! What do we pay our council tax for?

Some people would probably turn around, find the nearest quiet lane and dump the cooker on the side of the road. So, Leeds City Council – what a great way to encourage fly tipping!

Bob, Armley

Motorway pub is a crazy idea

OF ALL the crazy ideas I hear about, this one tops the lot. Don’t drink and drive we are told time and time again.

Very sensible too, so why, oh why, open a public house on the M40 where possibly nine out of ten customers will have to drive to and from the pub on the motorway.

Malcolm Shedlow, Leeds 17

Peril of idiots on bicycles

I RECENTLY read in the EP how cyclists repeatedly complain about how little attention motorists pay to the plight of cyclists. Let me just put the case from the motorist’s view.

In the last few weeks I have seen all the following happen which could have ALL had fatal or serious consequences:

More than a dozen cyclists totally ignoring traffic lights and going across junctions on the red;

A similar number ignoring the red at a pelican crossing causing others (including the elderly) the risk of serious injury;

Various cyclists weaving in and out of queues of traffic to the point I saw more than half a dozen cars having to swerve and/or break suddenly into the path of other cars to avoid hitting the “poor cyclists”;

Cyclists damaging wing mirrors on cars as they barge their way through;

Several pedestrians jumping for cover away from cyclists riding on footpaths.

And they say that we drivers pay “little attention”. We do pay attention but are foiled by the idiots on bicycles who have little or no regard at all for anyone else.

Now I know some of them are “in the minority” but why is it that I see them every day?

They don’t pay a road tax; they do not have any insurance and thus don’t have to bear any consequence for their stupidity. And if you try to pull them up you get a load of foul-mouthed abuse. Why don’t other cyclists police them and then they will see what we have to put up with?

Gordon Mayne, by email

Counting cost of council plans

I WOULD be greatly obliged if someone from the council can assist in some calculations. Leeds City Council (ratepayers) are in debt at the moment of £1.443bn which we pay interest of £4m a year. Add to this the £14m for the incinerator for the next 25 years, and add to this the £70m for the ‘Folleybus’ scheme. All this will have to be paid by the Leeds residents – 752.000 of them.

When the council advertised the advantages of the incinerator in which they saved £8m a year for landfill they forgot, or did not want to mention, that it cost £22m a year to operate it and this is for the next 25 years. Through this debt we have lost leisure centres, East End Park, care homes etc. There are no street cleaners and Leeds has the worst potholes in the UK.

And the council want to spend £270m on 10 miles of road on buses that will have to go over these potholes?

Is my logic at fault? Or do Labour councillors who voted for this know something I don’t?

G Geapin, by email

Looking for cousin Karen

I’m looking for a cousin called Karen. I’m unable to remember her last name. My mum and Karen’s mum, Christine, were sisters. Christine and my mum fell out over 35 years ago and I have never seen my cousin since. Karen’s dad was called Brian and used to run a bakery somewhere in Yorkshire. My mum had an older sister called Evelyn, a younger sister who was Christine and a younger brother called Malcolm.

Unfortunately my mum, Christine and Evelyn have passed away. I would be grateful if anyone has any information if they could contact me on Thank you.

Adele Saxon, by email

Lack of nursing care money

I HAVE been in ward J21 of the Gledhow Wing at St James Hospital since December 30.

On New Year’s Eve the staffing ratio on this ward was initially one nurse and one health care assistant to look after 30 patients. The site matron managed to “borrow” a healthcare assistant from another ward.

Every night bewildered elderly patients are moved from ward to ward and even from hospital to hospital in an attempt to find beds so that people waiting on trolleys in Accident and Emergency do so for as short a time as possible.

This is obviously bad for those who are moved around and ensures that the other occupants of the ward do not get a good night’s sleep.

And whilst hospitals struggle to fund adequate nursing care it was announced two days ago that MPs have just spent £250,000 of taxpayers’ money on having their portraits painted!

All this amounts to is a slap in the face for hard-pressed taxpayers and elderly patients.

Name & address supplied

Plight of young jobless in Yorks

FROM JOINING the gym to learning a language, this New Year many of us will have resolved to make positive changes in our lives.

But, for each of us who feel hopeful about the future, there are thousands of young people feeling desperate about theirs.Earlier this month we launched The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index, which was a particularly sobering read. It revealed that almost one in four young people in Yorkshire and the Humber (23 per cent) have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment.

With 12,260 young adults in Yorkshire and the Humber claiming job seeker’s allowance, the emotional toll of their unfulfilled ambitions and the region’s loss of their potential is tragic.

Having supported 4,717 disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire and the Humber last year, we’re delighted that more than three in four moved into work, went back to school or took up further training. This speaks volumes about the importance of second chances and also offers hope to a generation who think the New Year has nothing to offer them.

Jonathan Townsend, Regional Director, The Prince’s Trust

Crossflatts Park

Thank you for printing my letter headed ‘Other side of the park for rink’ (YEP, January 18).

However, I would point out that it is the Aspiring Communities development (which I believe includes a mosque) that will be more suitable on the other side of Crossflatts Park and not the rink, which would be popular with young people in the area.

Miss P Johnson,