As a club cyclist of the 1940s and a road marshal for the Grand Départ, I was delighted to learn of the three-day Tour de Yorkshire taking place from 2015 onwards.
But why, oh why is Whitby not on the tour route? It isn’t as if it is too distant from the scheduled run, and its exclusion suggests that some of the most testing terrain of the North York Moors will be missing.
What a spectacle it would be to see the peloton tackling Blue Bank, Rosedale Chimney and even Sutton Bank. Ascending or descending these and other notorious gradients would provide prime highlights of the event. Remember Buttertubs last summer?
Even more regrettable is the absence of the coastal run along the cliffs.
There are so many opportunities to show the world TV audience magnificent jewels such as Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes, and inland, the Hole of Horcom, Helmsley and Rievaux, Pickering, Goathland and the spectacular North York railway. I am sure many would-be spectators will support me in proposing that this wonderful opportunity to publicise a virtually unknown region of Yorkshire should not be allowed to pass by default.
Please, Mr Verity, ask your route planners to take cognisance of these considerations.
Vernon Wood, Garforth
Priced out of owning a home
in the middle of the festive season came news that will wreck the hopes of many young couples looking to buy their own little ‘Chez Nous’ in 2015.
House prices have risen by £42 a day over the past 12 months; and three or four times more in London.
The housing market has come almost full circle since the crash a few years back, but for different reasons.
That was created in the first place by greedy bankers and buyers who, believing the so-called housing boom would go on forever, extended their ability to meet payments. Unfortunately to their cost and the rest of the population.
Now, with interest rates lower than ever before, it seems we have come to a situation in which, while lower deposits and repayment rates have supposedly been made easier, the average couple is still unable to afford the ridiculous cost of houses today.
On the other hand, if the alleged increase in house prices is genuine and a reflection of supply and demand, the middle and upper classes must be awash with money to be able to afford them.
Heaven help our grandchildren in the future, as there seems to be little hope of ever owning their own home; and with council house building at an all-time low, the only choice is the private sector, where rents have risen proportionately.
Ernest Lundy, Beeston