YEP Letters: June 24

Leeds, Briggate, 5th December 1971

pedestrian crossing.
Leeds, Briggate, 5th December 1971 pedestrian crossing.
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Happy times from city’s bygone days

Tarquin Holman, Farsley

I would like to praise you for the busy Briggate photograph taken before the out of town supermarkets killed off in-town shopping.

Just a picture, but so many wonderful memories for me, Empire shows, Bill Cotton’s band, Frankie Vaughan gave us the moonlight, Littlewoods store grand opening by singer David Whitfield from Hull with a large crowd there. Youngmans gorgeous lightly battered plaice and chips with a slice of lemon, Lewis’s queuing for carved ham off the bone, so many golden memories and treats, I am sure many of your readers would also have had much pleasure from just a picture in our Evening Post.

Please keep up your perfect efforts with more photographs of happier bygone times of our Leeds.

Our transport strategy will fail miserably

Martin J Phillips, Leeds 16

It is blatantly obvious that members of Leeds City Council do not use buses to travel around.

If they did there is no way they would devise a transport strategy based around the bus network.

First Bus are quite simply a joke. Buses that are supposed to have a daytime frequency of “10 minutes or less” tend to turn up once every 30 minutes on a good day. At night and on a Sunday passengers are lucky to get one bus an hour.

There is no way on earth that people who have their own cars would ever consider leaving it at home to use the bus while the present incumbants are running a service aimed solely at lining the pockets of shareholders.

I would also be interested to learn exactly how many members of Leeds City Council cycle to work since they clearly know absolutely nothing about the needs of cyclists.

It is no use creating cycle lanes if there is no infrastructure in the city centre for securing bikes and provisions for showering and getting changed after people have either cycled through heavy rain or sweltering heat.

The council’s transport strategy will fail miserably just like their previous ‘monorail’, ‘supertram’, and ‘trolleybus’ schemes.

Use car parks not the market

William Clark, by email

re parking in Pudsey, we have a market in Pudsey on three days a week. On the days the market is not in use people use the market to park their cars.

I use the ramp into the market with my wife in a wheelchair there are also mothers with children in prams.

There are times when you have a problem trying to get past the cars parked there. At times there are as many as eight and ten cars.

I have spoken to a warden who told me he could not take any action.

Also my local MP Stuart Andrew. We need these people to start using the car parks, there are plenty of them in Pudsey.

Where has the money gone?

K Nicholls, Pontefract

I was just thinking, a good hundred or so years the British empire was building railways , canals, bridges and generally industrialising a whole raft of countries.

The Victorians embarked on their own astounding building, engineering and public works programme, which by today’s standards were spectacular. You have to ask where has all the money gone?

What a sorry state of affairs we are in now having to close swimming pools, hospitals , severe cutbacks in social welfare, pothole filled roads and whole raft of other activities mainly selling off to private companies.

The British public have been done up like a kipper, all thanks to a succession of intellectually bereft politicians and bureaucrats local and national.

Those in power have bankrupted us and syphoned off the wealth to themselves and buddies by way of privatisations from the country and expect us to pick up the bill for their ineptitude by way of years of austerity .

Meanwhile the bankers, political elite carry increasing their wealth and generally carry on as normal as if nothing has changed.

They can find £13bn 0.7 per cent GDP to send in foreign aid ( let’s have a referendum on that) which has been enshrined in law .

The political system needs to change and the people in power who are clearly incapable need to be made to pay for their part in destroying this country.

Even now they are bickering and in fighting over who should govern the country instead of tackling the serious issues at hand.

The politicians’ interest put before country

DS Boyes, Leeds 13

TWO mentions in the YEP 
June 19 caught my imagination, as both concerned voting rights.

YEP Retro – the universal male franchise at age 21 came in 1918 – but for women only at age 30! This equalled 10 years later in 1928.

Mr Berger (Letters) was correct on some universities having their own MP - this was abolished under Attlee’s 1945 Labour government by amendment to the Representation of the People Act in 1948. In addition, plural voting by business proprietors who had a vote both where they lived and in the constituency where their office, factory or warehouse was situated, also ended.

However, the worst case scenario is the failure by political party leaders to implement the Boundaries Commission recommendation to equalise voter numbers across constituencies and reduce the number of MPs down to 600 from the current 650. This only resisted to protect their personal vested interests. It was planned ten years ago, rejected by David Cameron in the 2010 Coalition because then deputy PM and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg also wanted House of Lords reform. David Cameron then suggested it might be done at the 2020 election due under the ‘Fixed Term’ Act of Parliament, yet his successor Theresa May in calling an earlier snap election this year chose again to ignore it.

As ever, the interests of politicians and political parties are being put before those of this country and its people. Why?

Time for tolerance

Alan Shipman, Leeds 13

NOW that the Republic of Ireland and Serbia have both appointed gay people to serve as their respective prime ministers, and the leader of the Scottish Conservatives is also gay, is it not time that some of this tolerance spread across the water, to Northern Ireland, the only country in the UK not to allow same-sex marriage?Its outdated laws on abortion also need relaxing, and if the NI assembly will not adopt changes, voluntarily, the Westminster government should consider stepping in and impose reforms on the province.

Fitting memorial to nurse Nellie

Christopher Brady, Stanley

I’m sure many people would support commemorating Nellie Spindler, the Wakefield-born nurse who died in the First World War, with a Wakefield Star, particularly on the approach of the 100th anniversary of her death.

However, I’m unsure whether people are actually aware there is a grave in Wakefield Cemetery
bearing her name and brief details.

From the inscriptions it would it appear her mother and father are buried within this grave, and, as they survived the untimely death of their daughter, it may be that the headstone was intended as a memorial to their daughter in their home town.

The grave is in the older section of the graveyard and fronts the main pathway leading from the Doncaster Road entrance, about two-thirds of the way along.

It is in rather a state of disrepair, with letters missing from the inscriptions, so perhaps a little tidying-up and refurbishment would contribute to a fitting memorial to Nellie.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

YEP Letters: December 9