YEP Letters: June 19

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Thank you George, a great statesman

Roman Rozycki, Gipton

Now that George Mudie MP has retired, do the people of this great city of Leeds know what they have lost?

This man was not a son born of Leeds but he made it his home and adopted the people of it.

If you had any trouble with the council or governing bodies people would say George Mudie is the man to see and they were right.

He has helped my family and myself. When my five-year-old grandson fell 15 feet off the climbing frame at Temple Newsam park and was rushed to hospital I telephoned George and he said he would see me at the park the next morning.

He was horrified to see children could fall from that height and had it, within a day, blocked off and then altered so a child could not fall from such a height.

George does what he says he will do. I am sure there are many thousands of Leeds people with such stories over the years.

So from myself and my family and the people of Leeds thank you George and enjoy your retirement. Let’s hope Leeds can honour our great statesman with at the very least the freedom of our city.

Memories of golf club

Ron Davies, Yeadon

D Angood is correct in saying Headingley Golf Club was formed in 1892 and was sited on land off Spen Lane.

I have a reproduction 1906 Ordnance Survey map of the area in question, this map in the text attached to it, sites the club at Moor Grange Farm.

This farm was on land near what is now Latchmere Close. According to the text, the bungalow-type clubhouse adjoined the farm, the course apparently had a pond and one bunker forming its hazards.

The club was responsible for improving West Park’s transport at the time, with both the tramways manager and chairman of the tramways committee as club members, the Corporation was persuaded to divert some of the Far Headingley/Adel buses to the course. It is said members requests for a speedier service may even have prompted the change to a petrol bus in 1906. The club agreed to underwrite any losses on the service up to £65 per annum.

Extension to an 18 hole course using land at Old Oak Farm, which was situated at the junction of Spen Lane and Butcher Hill, was thwarted due to the expected further housing development in the area, for this reason the cub moved to its present site in Adel in 1906.

Even though this plan fell through, there is evidence of some golf holes having existed on Old Oak Farm land.

I say this because in the 1950s as kids we used to play on the West Park School playing fields, this once having been the land attached to the farm.

We often chatted to an old man who I reckon was in his 80s and had worked on one of the local farms. He told us much about the area and how things used to be, the existence of the golf holes was one of his nuggets of information.

Offenders’ ‘career’ choice

Roger Bates, Shadwell

Edna Lovy (Your Feedback, June 13) draws attention to repeat offenders Sean Iceton and Nathan Furniss, opting for housebreaking and burglary as their chosen career/profession/trade.

And for social inadequates like these two their choice is, I’m sorry to say, perfectly understandable.

Indeed, just look at the attractions of such a choice:

a) The thrill of causing lasting fear and distress in their innocent victims.

b) if arrested and appearing in court Legal Aid pays for the defence

c) when spending time in prison they enjoy free food, comfortable accommodation, excellent medical care, like-minded companions, educational opportunities, fitness programmes and in the meantime their wives and families are looked after by the state.

Oops! I could be accused of putting ideas into people’s heads.

Cycleway cost ‘profligacy’

Vernon Wood, Leeds

Mr Hague of Harehills posed the question, is ‘Cycleway money well spent?’ (YEP, June 12).

The answer is indisputably no. ike Mr Hague I have also been a cyclist (since 1946), yet I find the £30m East Leeds-Bradford Super Cycleway a monumental example of public sector profligacy.

Was no research into potential usage undertaken?

Did the promoters not take into account that the A65 and A647 route corridor comprises long climbs out of the cities as bikers journey home to the suburbs, often against wind and rain ?

How many public transport users will be persuaded to take that option ?

Readers may recall that in February 2014 I undertook a road survey of ingoing and outgoing cyclists at morning and evening rush hour on both the east and west sides of Leeds city centre.

The result was salutary. I recorded only 93 cyclists for a total of four hours of peak traffic observations. The results were published months before the decision to go ahead was given, yet it seems no question of cost-benefit was raised, and no estimate of potential extra usage was proposed. So we have a £30 million fait accompli.

I understand that at all points along the corridor where road and cycle track come together, priority is given to the solitary cyclist at the expense of all other road users, who are restricted to 20mph.

Is this not the ultimate madness of municipality ?

Consideration for walkers

Linda Pearson, Pudsey

I quite agree with the letter about the canal towpath (YEP, June 18).

My husband and are walkers, my husband has bad lungs but he can manage to walk on the flat and the towpaths are ideal. Since the resurfacing of the towpaths from Leeds to Shipley the speed of the bicycle riders and the sheer number of riders have made walking the towpaths quite an unpleasant experience. My husband is also partially deaf so doesn’t always hear them until they on top of him, they make you jump, some are downright rude and laugh when they have made you jump. All you seem to do is move out of the way for cyclists.

The towpaths were never made for bicycles, I am not saying they shouldn’t be there, but speed limits should be imposed and a lane for walkers and another for bikes would be ideal, or a great deal more consideration for walkers.

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