YEP Letters: November 21

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Emergency services need support

Joyce Aveyard, Leeds 7

FREQUENTLY, we are hearing about our gallant emergency services being attacked by mindless morons. I describe people who are guilty of this behaviour accurately.

The wonderful people who aid us all in our hours of need, most importantly they save lives, and require all the help we can give them. Their chosen profession is not an easy one, full of dangers, they are heroes one and all.

It is up to the general public to give them maximum support, that’s exactly what they give to us.

Allow councils to borrow to build homes

Coun Martin Tett, Housing spokesman, Local Government Association.

IT is vital that the Government lifts the cap on the amount councils can borrow to build homes and remove that borrowing from contributing to the national debt.

That is essential to provide a sustainable long-term financial framework for councils to invest in desperately-needed new homes.

All social housing must be treated the same and council housebuilding must be part of the solution if we are to stand any chance of solving our chronic housing shortage.

As a nation we need to build more than 300,000 homes a year, and we’re currently building roughly half that. The last time this country hit that number, in the 1970s, councils built more than 40 per cent of new homes.

We have no chance of housing supply meeting demand unless councils can build again. For that to happen, the Chancellor needs to use the Autumn Budget to let councils borrow to build again.

It is also important that housing associations continue to work with councils to provide the genuinely affordable homes our communities desperately need.

Overpopulation is basic problem

Paul C Thompson, Scarcroft

A breath of reality from the city council regarding the headlong progress towards the 70,000 new houses?

Each producing two-four people plus a couple of cars.

This number has been questioned by a number of people. For some time now concern has been expressed regarding congestion in Leeds itself and the surrounding district. The dictionary defines ‘congestion as overcrowding’. Together with the pressure on the infrastructure, green belt, NHS, education, jobs, energy, large amounts of immigration and the existing increase in the population.

Over my lifetime huge areas have been built up. The continuing unsustainable demand artificially increases the house values and puts the prices out of reach of many. Builders merchants can supply the materials but not the land.

No doubt if the 70,000 get built, the future following generation will then require yet a further 70.000 to satisfy continuing demand. Will anybody ever say ‘the bus is now full’.

Overpopulation is the basic problem.

Brexit putting up cultural barriers

James Bovington, Leeds

At a time when Leeds is seeking to be the city of culture in 2023 Brexit is putting up cultural barriers when we need to be making more opportunities for our young people to work with other young Europeans.

I am talking about the fact that the internationally acclaimed European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is having to relocate from London and that talented young musicians from this country, including possibly some from Yorkshire, will no longer be able to take advantage of the career launching opportunities provided by the EUYO.

Perhaps a price worth paying in order to be free of the Polish plumber? And of course Leeds will surely have a far better cultural scene when all the non-English serving staff in our city’s restaurants have been replaced by barely literate feral youth from the less salubrious housing estates that ring our glitzy centre won’t it? The sort who regularly throw bricks and stones at buses and fire crew on estates such as ... we can all name them, the heartland of Brexit?

Well that might still be a price worth paying for the hardline Brexiteer. I wonder how they will react though on realising that a loved one’s cancer treatment has been complicated because Britain has withdrawn from the Euratom agreement which allows free movement of material needed in radiotherapy and which has worked successfully for 60 years all because there might be some theoretical role for the ECJ at some remote future time.

And I, the remainer, am supposed to be the fanatic.

The one small crumb of comfort as I contemplate the quasi-racist dystopian Ukipanian nightmare cultural desert future that the leavers have unleashed on us and which rubbishes the 25 years in which I have striven through teaching languages to bring young Europeans together is that Leeds did at least vote Remain. Well done Leeds.

Unlock the EU shackles

Alex Gillies, Leeds 14

Three million EU citizens work and reside in the UK.

The UK Government have guaranteed them the same protection and benefits as every man, woman and child born in the UK.

No guarantees forthcoming from the EU on the one million UK citizens working and residing in the 27 other EU countries.

£18 billion has been offered in the so called divorce bill on the UK departing the EU, that is like paying a dodgy builder cash up front to build you a house. PM Theresa May is trying to carry out the democratic vote of the majority of the UK electorate, her hands tied negotiating with the EU and treachery in her own party threatening to join the opposition in upstaging her at every turn.

The UK have no chance in reaching a fair agreement as long as Germany and their poodles France are running the show and help from Southern Ireland who threaten the first veto.

If nothing is offered from the EU in December to start negotiating trade deals, then 2018 will be a new beginning for the UK as we walk away from the shackles of the European Union.

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