YEP Letters: November 12

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Make sure you’re seen in the dark

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

may I once again remind motorists that when driving in November mists, it’s alright to put on your headlights, even in the daytime!

It’s not against the law, and the power the lights use is replaced by the engine as you drive – so it doesn’t cost you any extra! Remember, it’s not so that you can see any better, it’s so that oncoming cars know you are there.

Whilst we’re on that subject, it’s also a good idea to check that both your headlights are working. Recently I’ve seen more than one car with only one headlight, from a distance looking just like a motorbike. Just imagine someone overtaking you, thinking they’re only passing between your car and a bike, suddenly to find that there isn’t enough room, because they’re trying to get between two cars! Ouch!

And a word of warning for pedestrians. Yesterday, around 4.30 pm when I was coming into Cookridge from Bramhope, I slowed down to the 30 mph speed limit, (with the usual desperate motorist trying to get into my back seat,) when suddenly I spotted a dim figure ahead of me. A pedestrian was crossing the road. He/she was wearing dull-coloured clothing, and I had to slow down even further. I’m sure the person behind me was cursing, but fortunately didn’t hit me.

Can I put in a plea for people to wear something light, a scarf or a hat, now that the dull days of November are here? In headlights he/she might have been instantly visible, but at that time lucky not to get hit. If the person behind me had been in front of me – I shudder to think what damage could have been done. Some motorists are impatient, desperate to get to their destinations before the world comes to an end!

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Where are new council homes?

Jaimes Moran, Seacroft

In response to John Davies’ letter ‘Council should fund housing’ (YEP letters November 3) I couldn’t agree more.

There is a ridiculous amount of land that the council already owns, yet neglects. Take Seacroft, for example. They demolished houses on South Parkway many years ago now, with the promise of building new (still waiting.)

Some houses have been built on North Parkway but to my knowledge these are private and definitely not for homing anyone who is unemployed.

It seems this is the case with many new homes built, only for private let and workers, unemployed are paying bedroom tax but not able to move to smaller homes and some families overcrowded.

Where are new council homes? New high rises would also be adequate and solve many one bedroom problems. Seacroft has maintained a lot of its greenery and prides itself on its small community but housing is needed desperately.

Leeds is poor relation

A Shipman, Leeds 13

Why has Leeds always been a poor relation to other major cities when it comes to transport provision?

LBA is in totally the wrong place, nowhere near motorway and mainline train links. Leeds is the largest city in Europe without a rapid transit system, something which Sheffield and Manchester have had for quite some time.

Traffic queues worsen by the day yet Leeds City Council just goes on installing more and more traffic lights, often in locations where they are not needed or could be at peak time only. As we all know, traffic lights are a main cause of congestions in our towns and cities.

County’s transport needs

D Angood, by email

I have read the letter from James Bovington regarding the transport needs of the area and how the money for such investment will not easily be forthcoming. I agree with his proposals as to what should happen but feel he has missed an area that is in need of the same.

He has focused only on the east and north of Leeds as a priority and fails to mention Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford which are still a functioning part of West Yorkshire.

The priority that he places on employment, business and tourism would be far more greatly advantaged by the provision of a rail link between the two Bradford stations and furthermore by a rail link to the airport joining the Wharfedale and Harrogate lines.

One could then envisage his proposal of reopening the line north of Harrogate to Northallerton and beyond providing a more realistic alternative to the ECML.

The new stations, as he says, and future ones would provide a solution to some of the problems of commuter and other travel but they would have to be accessible with space for the cars of commuters that would otherwise clog up the main arterial routes.

What does cause concern is the parochial infighting of local politicians in all areas of Yorkshire as a whole, vying to outdo each other and so belittling everyone’s chances of obtaining funding for their schemes.

Unfortunately such is the nature of elected politicians these days that they seem reluctant to pursue any such scheme that they feel beyond their capabilities. Schemes such as those proposed by Mr Bovington, the airport link favoured by MP Stuart Andrew and even some proposed by my humble self.

Priority to people in need

A Hague, Leeds 9

I am in agreement with M Whitehead’s letter (October 30) about why is money needed to spend on the Grand Theatre when it has recently been refurbished at great expense.

How come money seems to be always available for pleasures etc but sadly lacking for the most serious things, hospital staff and homes for the elderly?I remember reading years ago that each department was allocated a certain amount of money to spend. It’s time that this system was changed so that the priority goes to most in need with pleasures at the end of the queue.

Private Hire Driver Protest through Leeds City Centre...11th December 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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