YEP Letters: July 16

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Airport parking charges are excessive

John H Skewes, Wetherby

As a regular user of Leeds-Bradford Airport I have become increasingly concerned at the state of cleanliness, the level of charges at the ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ zone, the lack of protection from the weather when walking from this zone to the terminal building and similar from the walkway to the plane steps and the length and state of the unheated covered walkway.

This covered walkway from the terminal building to the plane parked areas is also disgracefully untidy. It has items of litter disposed of on the ground which have laid there untouched for weeks.

When planes are parked adjacent to the covered walkway exit 13 the length to walk to immigration control is excessively long and very uncomfortable in cold weather.

With regard to ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ zones, these should, in my opinion, always be free.

To charge £3 for up to 30 minutes or £9 for up to one hour to cover an arrival ‘pick up’ and even £3 just for a ‘drop off’ is excessive and I consider these charges unfair.

The provided free one hour parking area with an even longer walk to and from the terminal building is hardly a suitable alternative, particularly in inclement weather.

The airport authority has thought it well worthwhile developing an expensive and well-designed shopping area that passengers are forced to walk through to the gates by a circular route.

On the other hand, spending money to prevent passengers possibly getting soaked by rain or chilled by cold weather appears to be of much less concern.

I trust the management of the airport will review the situation based on the listed concerns.

Let teens enjoy their childhood

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

I understand that at present the age for a young person forced to leave care, and perhaps the only home they’ve known, is 18, and it is being proposed to raise this to 25, arguing that parents wouldn’t throw out their own children at 18, so why should the state.

It must indeed be daunting to be cast out into the world before you’ve had a chance to learn more of its rules.

Imagine then the age of voting being brought down from 18 to 16.

Scientists have determined that the human brain isn’t fully formed until at least 21. I think most grown-ups could have told them that – it isn’t rocket science! How many times do you think a teenager has been warned of a situation, which they seem to understand, only later to do exactly what they shouldn’t? When asked why, they usually reply vaguely “I don’t know”.

Adults are trying to teach, teenagers trying to learn, but if the brain isn’t fully formed – well then. Commonsense comes from experience, and although each generation probably has more information than the previous one, it doesn’t necessarily mean they know what to do with it.

Witness those unfortunate children groomed online, and what about the young people targeted by extremists, encouraging them to go fight, and be willing to die, in a war far away from their home.

I think everyone gets confused by the PR of politics, so what chance has a young person with no experience of the world. I take note of the information available before I vote, and even I have to hope that I’ve chosen the right man/woman.

At 16 I wouldn’t have had a chance! Would any of us, at that age? They’re teenagers, let them enjoy their remaining childhood, people live longer nowadays, so they’ve got plenty more years to worry about what to do about the fate of Britain, and the world.

Mind you, the politicians would probably love it, just imagine how easily they could manoeuvre all those young minds.

No respect for environment

Name supplied, by email

After reading the above story that 1 in 15 have tipped house waste illegally (YEP, July 14), I can not believe the attitudes of these people.

A quarter of those were not aware it was illegal. Clearly not educated people if they think that. Them pleading ignorance on that makes it okay? I think not.

To blight the area they live in, or if they travel out of their area to blight the areas of other residents, clearly shows that they know what they are doing is wrong.

Fifty per cent said they did it because there was nowhere else to take it. What rubbish, there are eight household waste sites in Leeds that are free, ( you need the permit you received in this year’s council tax bill ).

All the info is on the Leeds City Council website and every so often leaflets are delivered to households from refuse giving advice on how to dispose of waste.

Twenty five per centsaid it costs too much. For large furniture you can book a bulk collection with Leeds City Council or if your items are good enough (some are) you can give to numerous charities.

People don’t bat an eye when they pay an average of £7 for a pack of cigarettes x 10packs a week is £70, a small skip is cheaper, an average £40/£50.

The fine is vast and you get a criminal record, is it worth it? I think not.

£45.2 million on clearing flytipping, where do these people think that money comes from, yes you’re right council t.

If it weren’t for these arrogant people maybe the council could save money and put that money into front line services like child services, resident homes etc.

It’s down to laziness, not caring about their area and lack of respect for the environment.

Attack on working people

Alan Thorpe, Whitkirk

It seems a long time ago since the General Election but the Tories are not wasting time in attacking the working man and woman’s rights.

For example, slashing working tax credits whereby three million working families will be worse off by between £1000 and £1400 a year.

Then there are the anti trades union laws they are to introduce which would mean any union would have to reach 50 per cent of its membership voting to have a legal ballot to strike action.

Perhaps Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne would want to consider that they would have a more legitimate stance if they too had been elected by 50 per cent of the electorate?

No, I wouldn’t think they would want that, would they?