YEP Letters: June 12

Have your say

WITH REFERENCE to the ban on pushchairs being taken into Seven Arts café in Chapel Allerton (YEP, June 7), I agree that they should not be allowed in such places.

Pushchairs take up too much room and I once had my ankle cut open due to the presence of one.

I also think it is time they banned pushchairs from buses, especially when there are bags of shopping on the handles which makes it very difficult to get on and off the bus, especially for pensioners such as myself.

It is time the bus companies did something about them – perhaps people should have to pay for prams and pushchairs to be taken on board.

M Simpson, Beeston

It was great to read about the pram ban at Seven Arts café. I’ll eat there soon.

It’s about time someone took a stand against the pushchair wielding mentalists who think they are holier than the rest of us because they have sprouted a tribe of often uncontrollable brats.

And don’t get me started on breast feeding in public.

Bob Green, Armley

Talent show losing its way

The eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent was won by Collabro, five singing blokes dressed as if they had just ram-raided their local branch of Top Man.

“You have steel in your eyes when you sing,” a thrilled Simon Cowell told them as they matched the whirling pound signs in his.

Violinist Lettice Rowbotham, her quiff wilting like a wet haystack, had clearly run out of hairspray.

But the big question is, has BGT run out of steam?

Lucy Kay warbled her way through Nessum Dorma as if it was a power ballad that had been rejected by Mariah Carey.

“Arguably the world’s hardest song to sing,” said Cowell, displaying his total lack of musical knowledge outside the narrow world of boy bands.

For a start it’s an aria, not a song.

Then there was 79-year old salsa dancer Paddy with her partner Nico strapped into a silver headscarf that made him look like a ball bearing.

She did her little fishnetty scissor kicks and clambered up and down him like a lizard on a hot rock.

David Walliams was keen to say it was ‘sexy’ but the word I would use is ‘disturbing’.

As for Collabro, the heart sinks at the thought of another quifftastic quintet storming the world merrily singing to beefed-up backing tapes.

I hardly think Andrea Bocelli will be quaking in his boots.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Britain’s Got Talent is a complete con trick.

Those little set-up conversations that result in contestants talking about their broken hearts, experiences of being bullied and so forth. You can tell it’s all scripted.

The most revealing moment was when the ‘classical’ singer Susan Kay didn’t even know, when asked, who the composer of the piece of music she sang was.

It’s an exercise in cynicism toward the viewing public.

Terry Maunder, Leeds

Congestion’s getting worse

Could someone please tell me the magic route that the buses are going to use from the new Elland Road park and ride to reach Leeds city centre within six minutes?

For the past two mornings, and several times last week, I have queued from the park and ride site to the A643 roundabout leading to the Armley Gyratory for 20 minutes.

The traffic congestion is becoming worse each day as the traffic cannot go through the traffic lights on the roundabout due to the lights only allowing enough time for four vehicles to pass through.

If they do manage to get through, their exit is invariably blocked by the traffic on the roundabout.

I can only see the park and ride adding to the congestion problems and it’s of no use for motorists like myself who have to travel further than the city centre.

Angela Dale, Tingley

Investing in Leeds transport

I am delighted that the Department for Transport has recognised the need for new stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge (YEP, May 29).

Thanks to government funding of almost £10m, the region will get some much needed infrastructure to help ensure the economic recovery continues to grow and benefit everyone.

This investment is not the only government funding that will help Leeds to be at the forefront of the economic recovery.

There’s the £17m south entrance for Leeds City Station, and the Quality Bus Corridor on the A65 which cost £22m.

This government has invested heavily in Leeds to ensure we’re well on the way to getting the kind of transport infrastructure that the city needs and deserves.

Councillor Andrew Carter, Leader of the Conservative Group, Leeds Civic Hall

Spuds and the general election

BEING a member of Ukip, I should have known.

Having bought Jersey Royal potatoes from supermarkets and been disappointed with the lack of their very special taste, ‘her indoors’ suggested I went to the local ‘proper’ greengrocer and tried theirs.

I told the lady in charge about my experience with the so-called Jersey Royals.

Immediately she said: “It’s the EU, there’s a directive. The growers are now not allowed to put seaweed on their crops.”

Apparently seaweed has been used for hundreds of years and this is what gives the potatoes their unique taste.

The EU now controls almost everything we do, say, think and even eat; it’s a year to the general election, a long time in politics but please voters, start to think.

Don’t vote Lab, Lib, Con again, help us to get some Ukip MPs into Westminster and bring some sanity back into government so that we can once more govern ourselves and make our own laws.

There was a happy ending to my story – the lady greengrocer recommended Cornwall new potatoes and they were absolutely delicious.

V Platt, Harrogate

Rail’s priority is people not bikes

It has been interesting to note customer feedback on the rail industry’s approach to carrying bikes when the Grand Départ comes to Yorkshire in July.

The race symbolises everything that is exciting and brilliant about cycling; the speed of the riders, the thrill of the crowd, the sprint to the finish.

We understand this and have worked hard to develop a plan which will allow us to carry thousands of passengers to spectator points around the region. For that reason, people will take priority over bikes.

Adding dozens of bikes to our trains would not only reduce the on-board space for spectators but also jeopardise the tight timetable we will be running to, as passengers put on, secure and take bikes off busy trains.

Some have asked why we haven’t added additional carriages to carry bikes but we are restricted on the size of trains we run by platforms lengths.

We believe the majority of our customers would be happier with additional passenger carriages as opposed to a carriage for bikes.

In partnership with organisers and other train operators, we’re asking cyclists to take a sensible approach, think before travelling and try to avoid bringing bikes onto busy trains.

Alan Chaplin, Service Delivery Director, Northern Rail

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