YEP Letters: November 12

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Leeds Community Foundation should be congratulated on trying to raise £50,000 by Christmas, to help local charities, support their members’ (older people), during the winter months.

The Yorkshire Evening Post should also receive praise, for keeping the plight of older people on the agenda, at a time of rising fuel and food costs.

I am manager of Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London. We are one of the 37 neighbourhood schemes, offering support and services to local older people.

Last winter, we received a welcome £500 grant from Leeds Community Foundation and we purchased 50 snugglies (blankets with arms) to distribute to our frailest members.

In addition, and also via Leeds Community Foundation, we took delivery of 50 emergency food boxes. How well I remember the atrocious winter weather in early 2013, and what a god send the snugglies and food boxes were for our members. Literally life savers for some and even our staff struggling (on foot) to deliver these vital winter warmers.

It truly is shocking that 4 older people from Leeds, could die every day, during the winter months.

Energy providers and Government should hang their heads in shame. Thank goodness, there are excellent initiatives in Leeds, to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.

I hope people will dig deep and help Leeds Community Foundation raise the £50,000 by Christmas.

Cherril Cliff, manager, Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London

Publicly hanged for explosion

In yesterday’s paper (Thursday) you stated that the last public hanging in England, was in 1783 at Tyburn, London.

The last person publicly hanged in England was Michael Barrett, born in 1841 in County Fermanagh, Ireland.

He was hanged, in front of a vast crowd, on the 26th May 1868, outside of the walls of Newgate Prison, London.

The hangman was, William Calcraft. Michael Barrett was hanged for his participation in the deadly explosion, set off outside Clerkenwell Prison in London in December 1867. The explosion was so big, it badly damaged a row of terraced houses, resulting in the death of 12 people, a further 50 injured.

The Clerkenwell bombing was the most serious terrorist action, by Irish Republicans, in Britain, in the 19th century.

Roger Brookes, Upper Armley

Saying sorry is not enough

I know Colchester Hospital is not in Yorkshire but the revelations there concern everybody. Yet again we have a CEO, Gordon Coutts, saying “sorry” as if that is enough and that he did not know this was happening. Echoes of David Nicholson.

No doubt he will be allowed to keep his job by Cameron, Hunt et alia and then they expect us to trust that the NHS is safe in their hands. What a joke.

R Kimble, by email

Wrong number for locomotive

There is a glaring mistake on page 13 of this evening’s YEP (09-11-13).

The photo of the steam train gives the locomotive number as 210090. This is incorrect, the number would have been 40090, a locomotive that was allocated at the time to Manningham, Bradford. Ilkley was a sub-shed of Manningham.

Gerry Firth, Westgate Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield

Transit route quite unsuitable

Faced with our Councillors’ long-held obsession of wanting to force a rapid transit system down the quite unsuitable A660 corridor, it is difficult not to feel that they have not looked seriously at better alternatives, and have thus neglected the transport interests of our city as a whole.

This feeling becomes all the stronger when one sees the transport plan that has just been announced for Birmingham (see The Birmingham Post, November 7, 2013).

At its centre is the intention to have a city-wide network of flash-charging electric buses. As far as possible, trams follow the routes of old disused railway tracks, as in the case of the one existent line, which goes to Wolverhampton. It is hoped to build a similar line to Coventry.

This is planning on a regional basis, and, above all, the whole scheme aims at a properly integrated system, far from what is currently envisaged here.

When I see other towns embracing modern electric and hydrogen fuel technology, and planning to use it intelligently, while NGT still insists on trolleybuses, I wonder if am I alone in thinking that the citizens of Leeds have been seriously let down.

Christopher Todd, by email

No post down to the dog owner

Well.....I must admit as I am a postman, not from the area concerned, I don’t email letters regarding Royal Mail and related issues. However, I felt like I had to on this occasion.

This is in response to the latest dog attack in the Greenthorpe area of Bramley, in which a postman was badly bitten. And as a result, deliveries have been suspended until it is safe for deliveries to re-commence.

This year in particular, I can tell the public that the employer...Royal Mail, increasingly are taking dog attacks extremely seriously, than ever before. In previous years, like all companies, health and safety is a number one priority, and rightly so. The work involved before and during delivery hours have enough hazards as it is, and loose dogs are one hazard that we can do without.

And it is not just postmen that are affected by this problem. There are doctors visiting patients, newspaper boys/girls, pharmacy drivers taking medication to homebound patients, etc, etc.

I was particularly annoyed reading that local residents of Greenthorpe were actually blaming Royal mail for suspending deliveries, when in actual fact, they should be blaming the owner of the roaming loose dog for why they were not receiving their mail.

This dog could easily attack a young child in a street, and if a dog can cause major injury to a postperson, think about what it could do to a young boy or girl.

There recently had been a fatal attack in a family situation.

A potentially unpredictable dog and a young child don’t go together...or anyone for that matter.

As far as I am concerned, Royal Mail’s actions are fully justified, and I am not just saying this because I am an emplyee, but it makes common sense.

By the time this is published, perhaps deliveries have now resumed. If not, action must be taken against the owner of the dog

If he/she is unable to control the dog, this person is who is to blame for why you have to collect your post from your local delivery office

If he/she is unable to control the dog, this person is who is to blame for why you have to collect your post from your local delivery office.

Peter Keighley, via email

Band hope dead in the water

Like Kevin Wilson & Juliette Bains I can think of some major bands from my youth I would like to see at the Leeds Arena. The first one I thought of was The Grateful Dead, who I first saw at the “legendary” Hollywood Music Festival, Newcastle - Under - Lyme, 1970 (their first European appearance).

My wife says there is one problem with that thought: most of the band already are.

T Maunder, by email