I read with amazement your recent report of the plan to create 20mph speed limits in the majority of residential streets across Leeds by 2020 at a cost of £6m (YEP, November 20).
Why bother? If the deterioration of the road surfaces on most of the roads that I drive on continues – particularly if, as forecast, we have a bad winter – fast speeds will become a thing of the past, as no driver will be prepared to risk his or her tyres or suspension on them.
I can think of other ways that such a sum of money could be utilised for the benefit of the community.
One obvious one is to cancel the “no lighting between 12 midnight and 5.30am” areas and use this to fund the cost of the electricity.
Much of this restriction is on high speed roads such as the ring road, where drivers do not hesitate to exceed the speed limit at any time, day or night.
If the reinstatement of the lighting prevents even one fatal accident it will have been worthwhile.
However, as pointed out in your editorial comment, how is this proposal to be monitored?
In the same way as those drivers who one sees every day breaking the law, driving through red lights, tailgating and so on are prosecuted, by our understaffed police force?
I suggest that if our council has such funds available it is used to employ more police and thus kill more than one bird with one stone.
Percy Stern, Alwoodley
Happy homes plan refused
Following your article (YEP, November 18), I attended the hearing on the application to build 200 houses on Soggy Bottom in Cookridge.
I was pleased that the plans panel voted unaminously against it.
Even though the application was recommended for refusal, there was so much discussion among the panel members about flooding and drainage issues that the hearing lasted over 90 minutes.
Let us hope that at the next hearing for the application for 135 houses these flooding concerns for the “poor beggars” (to quote one member) who might buy these houses will be raised again.
Carol Lee, Cookridge
Well done for bus response
I wish to congratulate Robert Chippendale (Your Views, November 20) on his response to yet another venomous attack on some of the weakest but most dignified people in society by Nick Keer (Your Views, November 17) in which he questions the right of disabled people to expect a place on a bus. Mr Chippendale said eloquently what many people obviously think about these poisonous contributions.
If Mr Keer was true to form and consistent then he would be admonishing the sleeping child in the buggy for not paying a fare and asking for it to be thrown off, rather than questioning the right of a disabled person to be found a place on a bus.
Like Robert, I hope that, as he ages, Mr Keer gets all that he asks for others.
I would just add that I hope he also gets the maximum longevity to enjoy them for the longest possible time.
Derek Goodman, Morley
I pity the man for his views
My first reaction to Nick Keer’s latest outburst was one of anger but on reflection that changed to pity.
I have a picture of him in my mind having a chip on his shoulder probably caused by him being beaten as a child by an old lady in a wheelchair and his only means of escape was to jump on a bus. Poor boy.
Mick Robinson, Guiseley
Secure gates not the answer
WHAT is A Hague on about, saying that ‘secure gates’ will keep bin thieves out (Your Views, November 18)?
I don’t think so and with regards to bags being picked up I have not had a black bag for 12 weeks.
Mr Hague always seems to complain about anything, including cycling antics. I thought he was meant to be a safe cyclist.
Keith Ward, Boston Spa
Silly practice drives us away
I’VE ALWAYS believed it’s the small anxieties that cause one the most stress.
This may explain why shed loads of shoppers feel harassed by tedious Christmas songs being played on a loop in Leeds city centre and the White Rose shopping centre.
Don’t the people concerned realise this moronic practice drives us away from their stores?
For goodness sake, it’s still November.
At least give the firework deadbeats time to wean themselves off their worm rot pleasure!
Maybe Ukip can also help us get our seasons back in their manifesto.
Zack Jolarky, Rothwell
Car insurance quote is crazy
My estate car is 25 years old, a quality car that has done a lot of mileage and is getting tired.
I found another one – same make, age and details except it is a saloon, but it does have a lot fewer miles on it. In August my renewal was £158.
I rang my insurance company to change over and was told it would be another £253. I told them it’s not a Ferrari, but the same make as before.
It seems to me that rip-off Britain has struck again.
I think the reason for this is that I have committed the very serious”crime” of reaching 70 years old and need to be punished for that.
I have been driving for 50 years and have had a clean licence throughout, with only one small insurance claim of £70 ,30 years ago.
The man on the phone seemed surprised that I was annoyed (livid) when he told me,but hopefully his turn will come in time.
I have now found another company who will do it for £187.
David Green, Thorner
Deal on EU bill is no victory
I’M NOT sure how David Cameron and George Osborne can claim some sort of victory by paying only half of the £1.7bn bill to Brussels.
If the Government can afford to give away £850m why didn’t they give £1,000 each to the 850,000 poorest families in the UK?
The poor have borne the brunt of the austerity measures so it would be nice if they had been given something back so they could at least have heating and food over the festive period.
I’m still not convinced that the remaining £850m of the EU bill won’t be subtracted from the UK rebate.
Martin Phillips, Cookridge
It’s time to stop this bottleneck
When are the council’s highways department going to do something about the bottleneck that is Austhorpe Road in Crossgates?
A quarter-mile stretch of this road from the ring road to Manston Park is constantly gridlocked due to parked buses and cars, pedestrian crossings, and cars trying to get on and off the road from several adjoining roads.
As well as this, the traffic lights at the ring road junction usually only let at most four cars through at a time.
With more and more cars likely due to ongoing housing developments on the Barnbow and Optare sites, the situation will only get worse.
I was surprised that the housing development permissions were granted as it was obvious what the extra traffic on the road would cause.
I would like to see the council’s Traffic Impact Assessment at some point and I might even request this under the Freedom Of Information Act.
John Davey, Crossgates