On the subject of parking in Leeds, my wife and I visited Leeds on December 10 to spend what seems like a fortune on presents for our beloved family (we like Leeds normally).
We decided to park in the Edward street car park to be central to the shops. However, the ticket machine would not accept our credit card and there was indeed a queue of people who were not having any success with the new technology.
We eventually found the ticket machine which allowed us to pay with good old-fashioned cash and duly paid the £7.00 for a four hour slot, (we were back in 2.5 hours with time to spare).
The week after, on December 14 we received a letter from the car park operator demanding £60 to be settled in 28 days or it will be increased to £100.
We were given 14 days to reply over a busy Christmas and New Year period, thus causing a lot of unwelcome anxiety!
Luckily I had kept the ticket (how many unfortunates didn’t save their ticket) and sent it (after copying) to them by registered, signed for post with next day delivery (at a cost of £6.22).
We received a “reply” to our “appeal” where their decision was to cancel the pending action stating that “this is a one time gesture of goodwill and will not be repeated on future occasions” and the matter is now closed.
I would like to reply to this through the pages of our Yorkshire Evening Post letters.
The parking issue will never be repeated as the UKCPS has so ungratefully pointed out, because we will never be coming back to Leeds to spend a single penny, nothing, now’t, so it’s goodbye from her and it’s goodbye from me.
Old Yorkshire saying: Brass spends anyweer.
Oh yes, nearly forgot to say: Leeds, sort out your car parking, it will cost you more than you think in the long run, eventually.
There must be more than us affected by this.
STUART A WILBY, Peel Close, Horbury, Wakefield.
Soldier let down by his country
I WAS just reading about the former British soldier who will have to move to Canada if he wants to remain with his family, and must say that I’m appalled.
Any member of the EU can enter this country without work, without a place to live, and without ever having contributed anything to our system, yet this man will have to leave the country that he has served for 22 years if he wants to be with his wife.
He has paid tax and NI contributions and he has been involved in the wars that our government started, but his Canadian wife who works in one of our schools isn’t good enough to stay?
If the Government want to know why there is such outrage about migration, then look no further than this poor family’s predicament. We can’t even deport foreign criminals without amending treaties, but we can deport the family of a veteran soldier of 22 years’ service as easily as rubber stamping the paperwork!
CRAIG SWEATON, UKIP Middleton Park Ward
Harsh reality of polio syndrome
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29 will see The British Polio Fellowship mark its 75th Anniversary. While joining our members in celebrating this milestone, our birthday is also a reminder that seven decades on, we still have a fight to see Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) widely recognised as a medical reality.
Despite over 120,000 people living with PPS, this devastating neurological condition that occurs in approximately 80% of people who have Polio is still being missed or mis-diagnosed by the medical profession and only government recognition will change perceptions.
To mark our 75th birthday, an Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament by Andrew Love MP. The reporting of this news has seen new people step forward to tell their story and while we want to do all we can to help them, each person who comes forward strengthens the case for action so we call on readers affected to do likewise. Meanwhile our work goes on. Volunteers are performing all sorts of fundraising activities throughout the year and readers are very welcome to get involved, or perhaps organise some of their own. For details visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call us on Freephone 0800 018 0586.
TED HILL MBE, CEO, The British Polio Fellowship
Time to bin this prisoner plan
IT’S NOT right giving prisoners a job collecting rubbish bins.
I live where there are a lot of old people. I look out for people near me and we don’t want those kind of people in the area. It just gives the inmates the chance to look in our bins and to look around to see what houses they can break in to.
It is just plain wrong. What are they thinking of? It is mad to give people more things to worry about. If they want to change things round why not make prison tougher?
Kirsty, by email
Let us prove we can change
I THINK it’s a great idea to get prisoners into work. I am an ex-prisoner from Newhall Prison locked up for assault in 2009 and it’s so hard to find a job once you are put back out into society.
Luckily, I had a job in telesales on release but since leaving have found it difficult to find other work with a criminal record. I currently work in retail.
It’s very hard trying to persuade employers to give you a chance to prove that people do change.
KR, by email
Having a ball on the dancefloor
I HAVE just read the letter sent in by Graham Hawkridge about the Capitol Ballroom in Meanwood and the other ballrooms. He missed out at least three others in Leeds, the Mortimer in Basinghall Street with Johnny Addlestone and his band and the other popular one, the ‘101’ Dance Hall in the Westminster Buildings near the Leeds markets. This was my favourite dance hall with George Adamson and his band.
STEPHEN COCKER, Redmire Court, Leeds
No Street cred in cancer story
IF KEN McCoy (YEP, January 29) would read the letters about Coronation Street and Emmerdale that myself and another reader wrote about them properly, he would have seen that what was being challenged mainly was the assertion by the actress concerned in Coronation Street that the cancer story was “unique” when it wasn’t. Thus, the story concocted on the announcement of her departure was itself lacking in imagination: indeed, it was rather predictable as this tends to be what happens to “characters” in soaps/serial dramas when an actor/actress leaves. It’s one of the reasons viewing figures for each of the three main ones have apparently dropped.
We’ve all seen variations of these stories over and over again. Neither letter commented on the quality of the acting or the script as I recall, just the utter predictability of the story line and its development.
R KIMBLE, by email
Ed Balls peddles politics of envy
IF VOTERS voters were in any doubt that the Labour Party is all about peddling the politics of envy, then Ed Balls has put that to rest.
His pledge to restore the 50p top rate of tax for anyone earning more than £150,000 will appeal to those who would welcome a return to the class war of the 1970s. Ed Balls has been wrong on every economic issue for the past decade.
MALCOLM NICHOLSON, Barwick-in-Elmet