YEP Letters: March 10

Have your say

WHILST I welcome your cycling tips to new cyclists, can I point out (as someone who cycled everywhere in his youth on a Dawes D’Artagnan) that you missed some essential points: do not cycle on the pavement. Pedestrians do not walk along the middle of the motorway so stop doing this on pavements meant for them.

Do not yell verbal abuse at pedestrians who ask you politely to get on the road.

Do not cycle through red traffic lights – red means stop.

Do not cycle at pedestrians who are walking along canal side paths where you have no right of way.

Do not make mobile ‘phone calls or text while you are in motion – this is dangerous to other people.

We don’t care if you kill yourselves in an accident but invariably it is some innocent person who suffers because of your selfish lack of consideration for others. We don’t have the “problem”, you do: lack of said consideration. And remember: many pedestrians are getting very sick of the behaviour of an increasing number of you and may react accordingly.

It would be good also if police officers would say something to cyclists who pass them on the pavement (which I have seen many turn a blind eye to) instead of pedestrians having to with the aforesaid –abuse being the usual result.

R Kimble, by email

Threat to trees in Roundhay

WHEN READING the recent planning applications in the YEP I noticed that for Roundhay alone there were five applications marked “tree work” on Oakwood Lane, The Drive, North Grove Rise, Davies Avenue and Foxglove Avenue.

If I lived in any of these areas I would look into it as it could mean we are going to chop down those picturesque trees, mainly for more parking space I presume.

The days when trees were classed as a beauty to behold seem to be on their way out.

AE Hague, Bellbrooke Grove, Leeds

Rickets and the bad old days

Recently in the press there have been reports of the return of rickets in young children, a disease that has not shown its ugly head for many years.

Some of the blame lies at the door of lazy parents who cannot even boil a kettle let alone cook a real meal and instead stick a pizza in the oven along with some hideous objects called chicken nuggets and then chuck it at ‘little Johnny’ sat on the rug watching TV. However, parents are not all to blame for this.

In December 1913, just over a century ago, a report by the then Chief Schools Medical Officer, Sir George Newman stated that state elementary schoolchildren were suffering from diseases due to the effects of poor diet.

The Chief Schools Medical Officer Sir George Newman, reported that of six million schoolchildren, more than half needed some form of dental treatment and a third were ‘unhygienically dirty’, one child in ten had serious eye defects, approximately three in 100 were hard of hearing, two in 100 had heart disease, one in 100 had tuberculosis, one in 100 had ringworm and one in 10 needed surgery for inflamed tonsils.

Makes exhausting reading doesn’t it?

Yes, this was over a century ago, but judging by the way this nation is heading what with all the cuts that are affecting those that can least afford it, we may well see a return of these kinds of medical issues.

A return to the ‘good old days?’ I don’t think so.

Peter Thorpe, Parkway Grange, Leeds LS14

Wasting money on road humps

Due to over ten years of neglect, Yorkshire authorities have informed the BBC that it will take over £1 billion to put the county’s roads back into an acceptable state. With the Tour De France coming to us in July they have said that roads en route will be put right in time for the illustrious event. But what will visitors think when they use access roads in order to view the riders?

And yet as usual, and a bit like putting the cart before the horse, the addition of those infernal road humps and other so-called traffic calming measures has never stopped.

Also as many of these hindrances to motorists are already failing, due to the weight of vehicles crossing, they too are in bad repair. As many people doubt the effectiveness of these obstacles and that money is not available to maintain them either, resulting in an even worse state of roads, one has to conclude that money could have been much better spent elsewhere.

Ernest Lundy, by email

I know four Denises

I’m Replying to ‘Growing up as a Denise’.

I am amazed that the name Denise is thought to be almost unknown! I know four!

I have a cousin living in the Leeds area named Denise.

Plus a friend I have known since the age of about six and is still a close friend.

I met up with two Denises (who I am still in contact with) whilst living in Gibraltar... one originating from Huddersfield and is still living out there. The other one is a Geordie and is now back in the UK and living in the Cornwall area.

Have to admit though their ages (plus mine) range from around 50 and 65!

Now my own name is also a problem... even the spelling of it but it is a “common” name in Wales.

Great to be different ...

Dilys Halliday (new subscriber), Station St, Pudsey

Lots to gain by volunteering

EACH YEAR we celebrate National Student Volunteering Week and I’d like to tell your readers about the many benefits of volunteering for young and old alike.

I work for Vitalise, an amazing national charity that provides essential respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers. At Vitalise we believe in giving our guests not just a holiday but an experience, and thanks to the invaluable help of our volunteers we are able to do just that.

Vitalise volunteers are from all walks of life, but no matter what their age or background, each and every person is united by the desire to make a difference to the lives of others.

What’s more, volunteering isn’t just a great way to gain personal fulfilment, it can also provide a fast track into working life, just as it did for 84% of the 16-25 year old volunteers we surveyed, who said that volunteering with Vitalise had improved their prospects of gaining paid employment.

Whether fresh out of university or embarking on life after retirement, there has never been a better time to get out there and see what volunteering has to offer.

So I would like to invite your readers to join our wonderful volunteers and help our disabled guests enjoy much-needed breaks. No matter how much time you have to spare – the odd day, a week or two, or perhaps a few months – there’s so much to gain!

For more information call 0303 303 0147 or email

Stephanie Stone, Vitalise,

Sick of Dave’s ‘inheritance’

I AM fed up listening to the Prime Minister. When he is speaking about a present problem he is experiencing he says: “It’s a situation we have inherited from the previous government”.

Oh, that’s OK then Dave, no need to do anything, nothing to do with us, problem solved!

Malcolm Shedlow, by email

YEP Letters: March 16