YEP Letters: January 9

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So Leeds City Council are going to allow house building companies to build 60.000 new homes on green belt land in Leeds and the surrounding area (YEP, January 6).

Have they thought about where the people who can afford to buy these houses are going to come from?

As a full-time worker with little history of claiming benefits in my 45-year working life, I personally don’t know anyone who can afford to save up a deposit to buy a house.

That includes my grandsons and my youngest daughter who are in their twenties and have professional careers.

I have recently been quoted the monthly rent on a private house that is to let on the outskirts of Leeds as being £700 for a three-bed ex-council house.

If I could afford that amount of rent I could afford a mortgage to buy a house.

The private landlords are crippling the would-be homebuyers by keeping them trapped in a situation that does not allow them the opportunity to save for a deposit to buy a house.

Because of this, most private tenants – even those with reasonably well-paid jobs – have very little disposable income left to enable them to save money.

The people in Parliament who lecture the rest of us by saying that if we work hard and save we can secure a better future by investing in buying our own homes are all hypocrites.

They have never done a day’s work in their lives beyond opening their mouths, and most of them were either born into a life of privilege or married into it.

Until private landlords are forced by legislation to charge reasonable and fair rents I fail to see where the money will come from to enable people to buy their own property.

Derek Barker, Moortown

Make Leeds City Station the HS2

I welcome the fact that a working party is to examine the rail station planning strategy for Leeds to be able to derive the most benefit from future HS2 and HS3 trains.

In the light of other recent studies which have shown that only fundamental improvements to the local rail network will enable cities like Leeds to get the most out of the massive investment that is HS2 I have suggested redeveloping the present Leeds City Station as the HS2 station.

This station is more conveniently situated for public transport access than the proposed New Lane station which comes with a massive price tag.

Avoiding the cost of building New Lane would cover much of the construction costs of an east-west Crossrail tunnel to which the bulk of the Leeds suburban network could be transferred with new central underground stations at Leeds Eastgate, Leeds City Square (for HS2) and Leeds Westgate/Wellington street.

While the HS2 journey time might be a couple of minutes longer most users would make much greater time savings by not having to walk to the inconveniently sited and expensive New Lane station.

A twin tunnel central area Crossrail scheme centred on a revamped Leeds Station with interchange at City Square underground would bring enormous access and environmental benefits to our city and region and allow future high speed services to reach their full potential as passengers would be able to make their journeys from local station to capital city with seamless interchange in Leeds.

The new developments on the southern bank of the Aire would get their own Crossrail metro station.

Similar systems serve Liverpool, Glasgow and Tyneside and of course what is good enough for London is good enough for Leeds.

This is a carefully thought out plan which makes the most of HS2 while promoting a metro system for the Leeds City Region.

Hence I look forward to being invited on to the working party.

James Bovington, Horsforth

Grand Depart’s lack of interest

Certain people are creating a bit of a fuss over Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity not being recognised in the new year honours (Your Views, January 6).

They should remember a couple of things first.

While the Grand Depart had many admirers locally, the ‘silent majority’ of people took little or no interest in it.

Also, the new year honours are a nationwide concept.

People from the rest of the country will barely have noticed or cared that the Tour de France visited Yorkshire for a couple of days in summer 2014.

B Carr, Hunslet

Drivers paying unfair price

I wonder how many people realise how wide the laws on age discrimination spread?

Yet people like insurance companies break them daily by the ridiculous charges they impose upon young and old drivers.

Paragraph 3.2 of the Age Discrimination Act defines “indirect age discrimination”.

This means having a policy or practise that puts people of a certain age to disadvantage compared with others.

Both groups, in spite of having clean licences, are pre-judged as likely to be involved in accidents on account of their age. Yet a young driver, having passed the appropriate test has been proved competent to drive.

Older drivers, with years of experience behind them, are also hammered with the cost of cover, regardless of being accident free and on full no claims bonus.

MPs please note and take some action against what has to be the unlawful practices of insurance companies.

Otherwise in this instance the laws are totally ineffective; and where else is one likely to be pre-judged, condemned and effectively fined, merely because of age?

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

Stop fiddling EU export figures

The Government’s official figures claiming that 44 per cent of our exports go to the EU has been exposed as a complete fabrication, but we are used to those aren’t we?

The figures are fiddled by including all the exports from Britain – although they are going to countries outside the EU, go via ports in Belgium and the Netherlands and are considered to be to the EU.

A ploy to fool voters into thinking we could not survive outside the EU when just the opposite is the truth

Exports to countries outside the EU have far exceeded those to Europe and are now twice as big.

Europhiles like the “three stooges” Cameron, Clegg and Milliband choose to ignore the facts insisting that leaving the EU would cost us thousands of jobs when just the opposite is the truth.

We could do a lot with the £55m a day we pay to those unelected morons in Brussels.

Then there’s the £5bn overseas aid which Dopey Dave gives them annually with no audit trail whatsoever.

All this money could be used to finance the NHS, armed services, border control, policing, and a decent pension for our own people.

At the moment we have one of the lowest pensions in Europe.

Terry Watson, Adel

Top columnists

CAN I just wish a very happy new year to all your columnists who help to make the YEP a brilliant read.

I have always been a big fan of Oliver Cross (one of these days I will pop into his local and meet the man in person!) but Jayne Dawson’s recent article “How are the festive fireworks in your house?” about women coping with Christmas was the article of the year for me!

I am still laughing!

Carol Lee, Cookridge