YEP Letters: June 19

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I don’t play golf and don’t particularly like the game. But my father loved it and, on becoming a golf widow, my mum took up the sport herself.

It means the planned closure of Gott’s Park Golf Club (YEP, June 12) is a subject close to my heart. I also live opposite the course and bought my house on the strength of it.

Yet Leeds City Council has now come up with yet another tinpot idea to close a sporting facility in one of the deprived areas of the city just to save a few thousand pounds a year.

This from a council which is sitting on millions of ‘rainy day’ money.

When there are NHS campaigns promoting a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise, why does this shambles of a council want to close the two golf courses?

Has it considered how much it would cost to clear up the litter, contaminated syringes and flytipped rubbish left behind by the great unwashed of our society?

Has it wondered how it will be policed? Has it plans to deter the travellers from setting up camp and then costing us thousands of pounds in clear-up costs?

Has it even thought of the impact on the traffic flow up and down Armley Ridge Road, where the idiot drivers think they are at Le Mans?

The Highways Department is planning to make some 20mph zones. This is to be welcomed.

But how much are they spending on installing one on Gott’s Park View – a cul de sac no more than 100 yards long?

Given the number of cars there at most times of the day it is virtually impossible to go faster than 10mph. What a waste of money.

They would be better off spending it on a speed reduction on Armley Ridge Road but no, let’s close the golf course instead and turn it into a ‘country park’.

It sounds good on paper but, as usual, has been ill thought out.

This golf course and club provide a means for old and young to keep fit, meet other people and to get them into the fresh air.

For goodness sake, Leeds City Council, use your common sense for once.

Joan Kaye, Armley

Reaping what Blair sowed

THE saying goes that you reap what you sow.

This has never been truer than in the case of Tony Blair and George W Bush.

These two war criminals led our countries into an unnecessary war with Iraq.

Hundreds of British troops killed, thousands of Americans, and up to three million Iraqis.

Yes, Saddam was a dictator, but not an enemy to us. These two conspired to remove him, and by doing so they let the genie out of the bottle.

Al-Qaeda now rules the Middle East, and they are an arch enemy of ours.

Blair, with all his smoke and mirrors, reinvented himself as a peace envoy. Don’t make me laugh.

All of our dead soldiers died in vain and still the carnage goes on.

When the time comes for retreat from Kabul, the Taliban will take over and everything will go back to how it was before.

Yes, Blair and his awful wife have made their millions, but they will find in time that blood money is hard to spend.

J McCormack, Woodhouse

Way to resolve fire dispute

HOW to solve the firefighters dispute (YEP, June 12)? Integrate the fire service into the armed forces.

I’m sure that there are many redundant soldiers who would make excellent firefighters and would more than welcome the pay and pension.

B Ellison, Bradford

Trolley folly

IS it not ironic that the latest news on the public transport front should reveal such a dichotomy of policy decisions?

In York, we have an historic medieval city which has chosen to expand its modern park and ride transport system with two new locations and electric buses. Brilliant.

In Leeds, we have a modern industrial city whose leaders are persisting in pursuing a single route medieval transport system powered by 14 miles of ugly overhead lines, gantries, control boxes and so on, superimposed on a choked commuter route. Madness.

Let’s hope and pray that the current public inquiry can inject a modicum of common sense into this dispute.

Jermaine Wood, Garforth

Summer’s midpoint

IT would appear that geography was not one of Canon Michael Storey’s strong subjects at school (YEP, June 11). The summer solstice, June 21, marks the point where the sun reaches its most northerly point relative to the earth – hence the longest hours of daylight. As such, it actually marks the middle of summer, not the beginning.

On a related note, it would appear that First Bus and Northern Trains have yet to grasp the fact that we are approaching this point.

Many buses and train carriages still have their heaters turned on full blast.

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

Piling up debt

The Government keeps trying to convince us that the economy is improving and we have turned the magical corner. What they don’t tell us is that they are piling up more and more debt.

Thatcher’s Government left New Labour with an economy which was the envy of Europe. Gormless Gordon soon altered that.

When Cameron and Clegg took over from the worst government in history, they were left with an £800bn black hole. Since taking power, however, the coalition has borrowed £500bn. Add to that the £900bn given to bail out the banks and it comes to a total of £2 trillion pounds.

This debt is costing the taxpayers £50bn a year in interest alone.

Yet Cameron carries on regardless, spending £12bn a year on overseas aid, £50bn (and you can be sure it will be double) on that white elephant HS2 and £52m a day to be in the failing EU.

Dave keeps on talking about getting the deficit down. What he means is the annual deficit between what we collect in taxes and what we have to pay out.

At the moment all the income tax collected doesn’t even pay for our ridiculous benefits system.

It’s time to come clean and admit we will never be able to pay back such an horrendous debt unless really drastic steps are taken.

Unfortunately, the present Government just haven’t a clue where to start.

Terry Watson, Adel

Father’s Day traffic queues

It is to be hoped that the traffic for the Grand Depart is better controlled than it was at Harewood last Sunday for the Father’s Day event.

Long queues on Harrogate Road in both directions, no marshalls, no police enforcing restrictions on Church Lane and no adjustments to traffic lights for altered flow.

Margaret Thompson, Headingley

Thanks for wonderful care

MY wife and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Lincoln Wing Ward 54 and 53, and later on the 
Chancellor and Gledhow Wings of St James’ Hospital, for all their wonderful care and attention to Neil Dixon during his illness. Neil is now back home and is recovering gradually. Again, many heartfelt thanks from his very grateful parents.

Mr & Mrs Dixon, Beeston, Leeds