YEP Letters: March 17

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Hero’s statue deserves better site in city

Alan Myerson, Royal British Legion.

I WAS interested to read the letter from Bob Lawrence (Your Feedback, March 11) following the recent YEP article about the siting of the statue of Arthur Louis Aaron VC.

The Major Clive Behrens Branch of the Royal British Legion has been heavily involved in the discussions concerning the removal of the statue from its present site and the search for a new and appropriate site.

Others concerned in these discussions included Mr David Marshall, the Chairman of the Leeds Group of the RBL, and representatives of many other ex-service organisations.

The committee was chaired by former Lord Mayor Alderman Ronnie Feldman and the views of many prominent councillors and others were sought.

The recommendation of this committee was that a prominent and appropriate position for the statue would be close to the steps of the City Museum, where Arthur Louis Aaron’s VC medal is on display.

This would mean that many people, Loiners and visitors alike, would be able to see the city’s tribute to Leeds’ only VC of the Second World War and to discover his story.

In addition, it would be close to the College of Art, where he studied.

Although the suggestion that the statue could be placed at Oakwood has many merits, and we should support this idea if the museum site proves to be impossible, this would be very much “second best”.

The man who gave his life in getting his aircrew back to safety deserves prominence in the city centre.

Move goes from best to worst

Dave Thorpe, Wellington Hill

I READ with interest and amusement the recent report of increased visitor footfall in Leeds city centre, given that Leeds City Council has chosen this precise moment to close the excellent tourist information centre housed within Leeds City Station and to transfer a part thereof to an obscure basement in The Headrow.

I went to the new so-called visitor centre last week, only to have my misgivings confirmed; to describe the vastly reduced facilities as minimalist would be to give minimalism a bad name.

There is a marked dearth of tourism information on display and at the time of my visit 
there was only one member of staff in attendance and no visitors.

Gone are the useful displays of public transport information (a policy decision, I’m told), along with material relating to the wider Yorkshire region.

Neither is there any publicity for other parts of the county, which was extensively used at the former location and which, in my experience, is standard in all tourist information centres.

It would appear, moreover, that the visitor centre no longer provides an accommodation/booking service, with inquiries being directed to tables with iPads attached to them, which in my view represents a complete negation of any concept of customer service.

The former TIC was heavily involved in bookings and enquiries relating to the Leeds Festival, amongst other events.

We are constantly reminded of the requirement for economies in the Leeds City Council budget, but to replace one of the best visitor centres in the UK with arguably the worst is ill-advised in my view and represents a massive false economy.

Sick of hearing about Clarkson

Shaun Kavanagh, Leeds

Regarding Jeremy Clarkson, I am sick and tired of hearing about him and totally agree with Jack Banner and Terry Maunder (Your Feedback, March 12).

He seems to generate controversy wherever he goes or when opening his mouth.

“Mr Gobby” should take a look at himself, as he comes across as an arrogant, obnoxious and thoughtless overpaid idiot.

Take him off TV, because surely better programming can be found with a decent presenter.

If the latest suggestion that he set himself up to be fired from the BBC is true then that says everything about him.

Let’s see money spent on roads

Denise Best, Halton

Leeds City Council says the £3m in bus lane fines collected from beleaguered motorists is ring-fenced for highways spending.

All I can say is they had better start spending it.

Half of the roads I regularly have to drive along are more like Third World dirt tracks.

For some peculiar reason the council’s highways department seem happy to cause endless chaos while the kerbs are replaced but don’t do anything about the parlous state of the roads in between.

Unions would ruin railways

Nick Keer, Cottingley

In reply to the letter from Mel Smart (Your Feedback, March 14), renationalising the railways of Britain is simply not going to happen.

Anyone who thinks this will happen is living on a different planet.

Contrary to what Mr Smart says about a lack of investment in the 80s under Mrs Thatcher; were there not a lot of new stations opened at that time?

Granted more could have been done.

Brighouse for one could have been opened a decade or two earlier.

And look at it now, with over a third of a million passengers a year using it and direct trains to London!

If the railways were to be re-nationalised the only major stumbling block would be the unions.

A national strike in this era of rail boom would be seriously damaging for the railway as a business.

Strikes are what crippled many businesses in the 70s and 80s.

And although I’m not quite old enough to remember lefty fools like Red Robbo (Derek Robinson) I have been told many times that he ruined British Leyland.

British businesses and the railway need people like this like a slug needs salt!

Indicating a lack of thought

Amanda Waite, Otley

Please could someone tell me at what point car drivers no longer deemed it necessary to use indicators?

Was it around the same time as shortest stopping distances were apparently abolished?

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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