YEP Letters: May 20

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Fine litter louts and pay the cash to litter pickers

Samuel Moore, Todmorden

FURTHER to the launch of your campaign calling for an end to littering (YEP, May 16), I work as a volunteer at two Yorkshire Wildlife Trust sites. Plenty of this is litter picking.

How about me getting paid a good wage for doing this instead of having to volunteer my services for free?

Litterers could be caught and severely fined to cover the wages of myself and many others.

When the criminals stop littering there will be no income from fines to pay our wages... but then there will be no need for us to pick up the litter that isn’t being dropped will there?

It’s money-where-your-mouth-is time. Stop expecting us to do it for nothing; that makes the authorities as bad as those littering by condoning its continuation.

The laws making littering an offence have existed for a very long time. So how about enforcing them?

Let’s see, two-and-a-half million pieces of litter, fined at £100 each, that would make around £250m, give or take a bit for multiple offenders and those escaping justice.

It is time for action on this as it was many years ago; that is why neglect has led us to this dire situation.

Money-where-mouth-is time was a long time ago. No better time to start than now. Please keep publicising this issue and pushing for effective action.

Home buying in 1950s a dream

D Boyes, Rodley

I HAVE no idea how old Nick Palin of Garforth is (Your Feedback, May 12), but he’s clearly too young to remember as I do, the 1950s.

Then, as now, home ownership was just a dream for the average worker, as few of those ‘hourly paid’ heroes of British industry had a high enough basic wage or perceived ‘job security’ to satisfy the criteria demanded by lenders – mainly the building societies.

Bank clerks, school teachers, managers and business people all qualified.

We and the families of most of my school contemporaries, were housed by Leeds Corporation. Others were in back-to-back or terraced privately rented homes, with only about two in 10 of their parents being home owners.

My parents only made the move to ‘private’ when a relative coming to live with us put up the deposit money.

But even then dad found it hard to keep up with the mortgage, rates, maintenance and repairs, especially during the six-week national printers’ strike of 1959 when he received just £5-a-week dispute benefit.

After the never-had-it-so-good 1960s and right to buy social housing in the 1980s, it has come full circle.

But the real problem with housing and a lot more besides in the UK is over-population by mass immigration and the associated higher birth rate.

Conference can create a boom

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

IS THERE a reason for Leeds not hosting conferences?

Again, I note, Liverpool hosts the National Union of Teachers, following the Lib Dems.

We have the Arena, town hall and the Armouries – but where is the will?

We might also use Temple Newsam and, by permission, Harewood House. What venues could be more impressive and conducive to our renown?

Is it indicative of the leftover “can’t be bothered” attitude of the 1980s/90s when we foreswore ambition by declining the West Ham United v Manchester United semi-final (after being begged by West Ham to comply).

The reason? Police operation costs.

Harrogate built a dual conference/entertainment centre (original estimate £6m, final cost £26m) in 1975.

One can hardly exaggerate the benefits from such a facility. Just watch the Euro News business feature every night.

We already have German and Spanish-made rail rolling stock on the Airedale Line and currently the London-Oxford electrification project is funded by a German company.

A rental or profit-sharing scheme, or an agreement to allocate permanent free advertising and display space, or a straight loan, in return for construction (local labour) and maintenance are all possibilities.

After the Tours de France and Yorkshire our euro currency value is good. As a progressive city our credit is good. We could easily and quickly repay a loan (£50m) and create a local boom in the retail and hotel sectors.

The business sector fall-out is incalculable.

Remember: we’ve not been asked to host another football semi-final since.

Aid for Nepal is not an issue

T Thompson, Beeston

What a nasty letter Terry Maunder (Your Feedback, April 30) wrote. He cruelly twisted Nigel Farage’s statement about overseas aid.

The devastation in Nepal and other countries has nothing to do with that statement. None of us resents any help directed to these causes.

Don’t be malicious!

Tidy solution to bin bag problem

Olga Twist, Whinmoor

LAST WEEK in this area was black bin week. As many households have large families, they also fill a bin bag as well as the bin.

Both are put out for collection, the men take the bin but not the bag so they end up torn apart and then the rubbish is left strewn everywhere.

After a few phone calls to the relevant department at the council it is eventually cleared away. Surely the answer is to place in strategic places in the estate those large containers that are delivered to hotels and pubs so the bags could be deposited in them and then collected by refuse collectors. It would keep the estate clean and tidy.

Seal change has wrecked roads

Peter Siney, Birkenshaw

THE ROADS are obviously in an appalling state, but the situation would be vastly and permanently improved if repairs were sealed with tar around the edges and if the joins between lanes of highway were similarly sealed with tar.

Sealing used to be the norm, but since the practice stopped, the roads have quickly disintegrated.

If I can see a solution to our shabby crumbling roads I wonder why the Highways Department/utility companies cannot also see the answer?

Perhaps they could enlighten us?