I refer to ‘NGT and environmental benefits’ (RB Start, November 15) and would make the following comments. I live in good old working class Beeston and am not a little-Headingleyite.
I oppose the trolleybus for the following reasons:-
1) It has much in common with the route of the Edinburgh tram which has been a joke for the Edinburgh Fringe for years, though no laughing matter for those who live there or have lost their businesses. It has cost billions and caused years of disruption.
2) Trams and trolleybuses work when they go out in all directions and are used by everybody, eg European cities and Christchurch, New Zealand, or are on disused railway lines, eg Wimbledon to West Croydon, London, but not combined with buses. Leeds is unsuited because the roads are too narrow and I shudder to think of what would happen in the city centre if we were to get it.
3) It would not be good for the environment if there is widespread felling of mature trees.
4) Students are moving out of Headingley and into apartments close to the university so they can walk there and to the arena.
5) Otley Road enjoys an excellent bus service. It is people who live off the beaten track who are “transport poor”. Also, I cannot see that it would be possible to run existing services if there were the trolleybuses which are bendies on wires. There would be problems with double deckers.
6) Trolleybuses are supposed to accommodate 200 people. They would be like cattle trucks when busy. Would motorists use them? They could be a white elephant.
7) Technology is moving on and both trams and trolleybuses will be phased out with new electric buses taking their place. Leeds could lead.
8) Opposition to the trolleybus is massive. There needs to be a public enquiry.
Miss Pauline Johnson, Cross Flatts Grove, Leeds 11
Majority verdict on trolleybus
One question, regarding the NGT (no good transport) trolleybus saga, that needs to be asked.
Do the majority of the citizens of Leeds want such a system?
The majority of opinions expressed in your letters column seems suggest that a negative answer would prevail.
Should this be so, why are the council pressing on with the scheme and incurring further unnecessary costs?
The citizens of Leeds are of no doubt that the transport infrastructure is in dire need of improvements in order to provide a more integrated system. There have been many suggestions and ideas put forward to bring about the necessary and none of those have included NGT.
Has anybody taken time out to study these proposals to ascertain their viability or is the council so preoccupied with the ante-natal care of their NGT baby that nothing else is considered worthy?
NGT is a step back in time, a time when people with weird ideas built their follies. The people of Leeds do not required another folly, Roundhay Park Castle is enough for the present.
D Angood, by email
Parking ticket for ‘obstruction’
I write in response to Jem Lee’s letter about the devious ways Leeds City Council are trying even more methods to squeeze money out of motorists.
As a retired octogenarian I give four days a week to local charities and never claim any expenses.
Working in Otley two of those days I endeavour to park in the free Walkergate car park saving me or the charity £4 per day. Immensely popular (being free) and although marked for about 60, it regularly accommodates nearer 80.
Last week I received a parking ticket not for an established offence but for, in the opinion of the CEO, causing an obstruction. My appeal was dismissed so now the situation is that anyone of us can be fined because the CEO has made his mind up. Unbelievable.
As a matter of interest which produces most revenue for the council – legitimate on street parking charges, or fines and penalties?
Geoffrey Ternent, Holt Park Gardens, Leeds LS16
Too many enjoy UK’s hospitality
HAVING read Paul Sykes, I fully agree with the message he is trying to give out.
How can one continue to be a Conservative when the Government are doing such ridiculous things as allowing gay marriages, bedroom taxes and worse still allowing the borders of Romania and Bulgaria to be opened up?
We are a small island and already have too many people from other countries enjoying our hospitality.
The health service has a job to cope, jobs are difficult to find, schools are overflowing. The police have a hard time to keep law and order and every day we read of murders. Also the housing situation is not very good.
We have many people in our country who should be sent home but get away with it and benefit from our facilities, at taxpayers’ expense.
Here’s hoping common sense will prevail and things will improve very soon.
Mrs Joan Almack, Bedale
NHS comment a complete insult
Yesterday Jeremy Hunt stated in the House Of Commons that “cruelty had become normal” in the NHS, a blanket statement that in no way applies to the majority of RNs.
It is, in fact, a complete insult. I think he should make a public apology. Who does he think he is?
What is just as insulting is Norman Lamb stating that there is open, transparent accountability right to the top of the NHS when the likes of the CEO at Colchester Hospital get away with saying “sorry” over serious lapses in standards there. Shades of Nicholson. Again. Attack the RNs but leave incompetent managers who don’t know what’s happening under their noses alone.
T Maunder, Lea Farm Drive, Leeds 5
Why risk deluge of migrants?
So Immigration Minister Mark Harper has dismissed forecasts of a tide of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants hitting our shores from January.
How on earth can he be so sure? Answer is, he can’t, he’s just trying to put a lid on a boiling pan and pretend everything will be fine.
Well I very much doubt that it will and Migrationwatch estimates 250,000 over the next five years.
However many, it will be too many, and why should we risk such a deluge when frankly we’re full?
Jane Collins, UKIP Yorkshire & North Lincs
‘Singers’ today don’t match up
I cannot believe they call most of the acts we see on TV singers.
First of all if it is a live concert they are performing with the microphone half-way down their throat.
Going back a while, singers used to stand within range of the mic and the choreography was going on around and behind them.
Now, they start off and before they finish there are a dozen or so scenes of them all over the place, which I think means they are miming and the original number has been polished up with modern technology.
I know even years ago not all singers were perfect.
I used to go most weeks to the Empire to see the stars live on stage and most of them were good, but a few without the backing of the studio were unrecognisable, but on average they were better than today’s so-called stars.
H Ibbetson, Broom Nook, Leeds 10