YEP Letters: November 16

Have your say

NGT project director Dave Haskins extols the success of the hugely successful Cambridge guided busway stating that it received over 2,700 objections and within a year of construction had achieved 43 per cent above its forecast for passenger use.

The Cambridge scheme uses conventional buses in the town and a guided busway on disused railway lines for rapid transit to outlying areas.

Most objections were from those who wanted the railway reinstated.

It is totally different to the trolleybus that is proposed to run through Hyde Park and Headingley.

The Cambridge scheme is a good idea and I wonder if it the trolleybus money would be better spent developing a connection from the York Road to a guided bus route on the old Leeds to Wetherby line, with a Park and Ride where it crosses the A64.

Richard Park, by email

Poor grammar, you know...

Never having been a man to put on airs and graces, I hope, I sometimes have to smile when certain people, obviously better educated than myself, complain in despair about language and grammar imperfections, of we who use dialect and incorrect English through ignorance.

I make no claim to absolve myself from such inadequacies, but believe that if I can make myself understood, I have done more than enough to make my way in life and in the field of literary accomplishment.

However, a few short phrases, words or utterances, drive me also to distraction, even though I admit to being equally as guilty as the rest who use them.

What makes it worse is that the so-called intelligencia also fall into the trap of their use as much as we ignoramuses.

The speeches and deliberations of many who, due to their education and other qualifications should know better, are littered with the following: “Er”; “Humph”; You know”; “Mmm” and others similar. Used, according to some dictionaries, to fill in pauses in speech or to allow time to think.

But I warn any who read these words, which to me are equally as irritating as poor English and grammar, that having done so, they will be unable ever to go through a day without their ears being assailed by one or all of these repetitive utterances.

With the first being: “You know”?

When we do not know, and it is patently obvious we don’t.

As for the rest, they also are continually put to use in the speech and conversation of the educated as often as in the literary failings of the rest of us.

If you know what I mean.

E A Lundy, by email

Breast is best, but no bribery

There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best start in life a baby can get. But is offering mums a £200 bribe the right approach?

I think not.

With breastfeeding rates one of the lowest in Europe I am all in favour of new mums being encouraged to do so but I suspect the pilot scheme in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire is doomed to fail.

How is it going to be possible to check that they have done so unless a midwife is present every feeding time?

And we all know there aren’t enough midwives to go round as it is, without them having to engage in this box ticking exercise.

And the same researchers behind this idea were those who oversaw an NHS scheme to pay obese patients money to lose weight, which was abandoned.

Jane Collins, UKIP Yorkshire & North Lincs

NGT would spoil suburbs

What a pity that R B Stewart sees fit to brand the people who are working so hard to preserve an historic part of our city as “Little Headingleyites”.

A very brief trawl through the discussion in the pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post, both letters and articles would reveal a roll call of educated people who have studied transport and the environment as well as tree loss and its effect on air quality-never mind visual amenity.

NGT accepts that congestion “will worsen” at certain points – hardly a trumpet call for efficiency!

I’m afraid he is severely misinformed if he believes that NGT will have conductors and safe passage for wheelchair users – the inside of the bus will be “airport like” buses with the majority of passengers asked to stand.

And – of course – many passengers will have further to walk to the stops.

The consultation document is long and difficult to take in – be glad that people are giving their time and effort to make sure that Leeds gets the transport it so sorely needs and deserves – not an outdated system that will spoil our suburbs.

Margaret Thompson, Drummond Road,

Leeds LS16

Have a say on neighbourhood

Many Drighlington residents attended a meeting in October and listened to a talk by Ian Mcshane on the merits and benefits of the installation of a Neighbourhood Plan by our parish council.

Introduction of such a plan would give every resident a say in how they wish their village to be developed and much more.

The proposals by Leeds City Council to allow the building of almost 1,000 dwellings on greenfield land in the village is impractical and unsustainable.

This Neighbourhood Plan is for the people, by the people and is a means of passing power of decision from Parliament to local people.

Further debate and discussion need to take place with the parish council and residents. Residents are invited to attend the next meeting in Drighlington Meeting Hall on Monday November 18 at 7.30pm, where you can give your views and opinions and hopefully help the process along.

Mervyn Crabtree, Moorside Rd, Drighlington

Bedroom tax increases debt

I AM IN a situation that poses a question for me upon where I live.

Recently I have talked with a private landlord, who owns a property exactly like mine with an attic room.

However the maximum amount of payment by the council would allow me to move to this property, even though the rent is more than the rent for the council property I live in, this would in effect unleash the burden of ‘means and wicked bedroom tax’ and I would be moving across the road from me, silly as it is.

However, I am 61 years old and struggling to pay this extra money for a bedroom.

I am on the sick which does not make it any easier, and hence I am in arrears, like most people who have to pay this, tax or fine, many people are moving into private property, as the alternatives are not realistic.

This will of course cost the councils and government, proving it does not make sense economically.

This government needs to wake up and realise that it is needlessly putting more and more of the poorer people in Britain in debt with their mean draconian methods of taxation on a bedroom.

This controversy will go on and on and more and more people will think how irresponsible, incompetent and complacent this government really are as this has become farcical.

At the moment I don’t know whether to stick or twist.

David Lister,