YEP Letters: October 19

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Why are these dangers being ignored?

DS Boyes, LS13

WHAT a disappointment the revised Rodley Roundabout has turned out to be.

Compared to the Thornbury Barracks junction, which is as good a layout as I have ever seen in driving through 16 countries in Europe as far apart as Finland, Hungary and Spain, Rodley’s alterations seem poorly designed and badly executed!

The approach from Rodley is an acute angle resembling the big dipper. It has more lights than Blackpool illuminations - one lot has already been knocked down last weekend - all with diffusing grilles making the change form red to amber and green difficult to see. I saw a serious pile up only narrowly avoided when an out of town car apparently never saw one red light.

Turning right on or off the Ring Road there is only room for two cars when the lights go to read, so the back end of any third vehicle is stuck out in the main traffic stream of the Ring Road or A657 causing oncoming traffic to swerve violently to avoid a collision.

Maybe the sequence of the traffic signals can be adjusted to overcome such problems, I hope this will be given some consideration.

But that’s not all, as the problem of traffic entering or exiting two roads by Calverley bridges, ie rail and river-canal, by turning across the main traffic stream including access to the former Clariant 500 new homes building site is still not addressed and is a serious accident waiting to happen.

All these concerns over this danger have been raised by many concerned people over 20 years but they have always been ignored or rejected – why?

Prime speed limit?

Geoff North, Leeds

AS a driver who has often had to queue in the roadworks on the M1 south of the M62 junction near Leeds in recent years, one gets to pondering on the small nuances in life and I have been particularly intrigued by the site speed limit in the road works area of 11 mph.

An interesting figure this, being a prime number, as we are so used to speed limits being numbers divisible by two, five or 10. So why 11mph? Is it a conversion perhaps from km/hour? No it doesn’t appear to be. So how do you get to a figure of 11mph?

My thoughts then imagine a group of road safety engineers meeting to decide on such a matter. One group, perhaps including the little boy and girl whose Mum and Dad work there, are adamant that 10mph is absolutely fast enough, while an alternative, more pragmatic group, feel that 15mph would be perfectly safe.

The two sides debate the issue for some time but the 10mph group are adamant so the 15mph group, trying to achieve a compromise, suggests 12mph (13, being a prime number and unlucky, is ruled out).

The 10mph group stick to their guns.

The debate goes on for a little while and, as time is running out, the old British compromise is reached and the two groups decide to meet half way and decide on 11mph. I may be wrong and there may be a more logical reason for the 11mph figure.

Perhaps any of the road safety engineers involved may care to enlighten us.

Why the change of mind PM?

Barrie Crowther, Wakefield

IT cannot get any clearer that whatever David Cameron promises on Europe is a promise too far.

Take as an example the £1.7bn which Europe said we owed. We will not under any circumstances pay this, says Dave.

What happened on September 15? We paid the full amount.

So what were the circumstances that changed his mind? This is our money.

Damaging to the economy

Samuel Moore, by email

THE last time I phoned British Gas, I was speaking to a man who told me he was in a centre in Cape Town and good luck to him for having found a job he can live from. Is that why we have so much unemployment?

In their scrabble to give customers the cheapest possible prices, UK companies exploit employment centres in cheaper economies as paying UK wages would make their running costs higher, hence the employment/wealth imbalances so very obvious in our populations.

Had the call centre been in West Yorkshire the dole queue would have shrunk by a few hundred. No wonder so many economies are irreparably damaged.

Air quality used to be worse

Alex Gillies, LS14

Leeds one of the seven worst cities in England for poor air quality?

They’re having a laugh, poor air quality was in the 20th century in Leeds when you couldn’t see a hand in front of you whilst walking to work.

The Aire was devoid of fish and even the the rats found it hard going to survive the proverbial being spewed from the thousands of industrial factories along it’s banks.

So everybody blames the motor vehicles for today’s pollution?

I don’t think the new Waste Incinerator at East End Park will benefit the air quality in Leeds City Centre being less than a mile away as the crow flies.

Being leased from Leeds City Council for the next 25 years the proprietors will want to make as much profits as it can for it’s non domicile share holders.

With it being situated beside a network of major roads, will see it working to full capacity 24/7 accepting waste from other boroughs i.e. NIMBYs.

Then when the lease is finished, probably prior to 25 years, our grandkids will foot the bill to have it safely dismantled.

Party window is now bare

Don Burslam, Dewsbury

THERE is a perfectly simple explanation why Labour seems to have run out of electable leaders.

The absence of credible runners is because the party no longer has a viable position or policies.

They have just run out of steam.

Harold Wilson once said the Labour movement is a crusade or it is nothing.

I am afraid their shop window is now bare except for a few faded and outdated displays.