YEP Letters: October 21

Have your say

I welcome the action of the council that you have reported, against students who took no notice when they were told to turn the noise down (YEP, October 18) and have been given anti-social behaviour orders.

I only wish that the council had more resources that it could devote to problems of this kind.

I enjoy living in North Hyde Park where there is a mixture of students and more permanent residents.

We all need to be aware of our neighbours if we are to live happily together.

At the start of term before teaching begins, students can afford very late nights, but they need to remember that their neighbours will include young children, the elderly and sick and other people who need a good night’s sleep before getting up early to go to work or to school.

How would they feel if they were kept awake by noisy neighbours the night before an important exam?

Alan Slomson, Chairman, North Hyde Park Neighbourhood Association

I find it sad that some students have so little regard for others that we have to use this sort of measure but I do hope some of the others might actually take note and move away from these behaviours.

It doesn’t help that companies are using students and their love of wild parties to make money in a way that, while it may not be illegal, is definitely unethical.

We have ads in local letting agents offering “party security” to students – if a party is not at risk of getting out of control and becoming a public hazard, if it is within reasonable bounds, then there should be no need for security and the very fact that companies offer such a service encourages young people to think it’s ok.

We also have posters springing up everywhere advertising party sound systems.

The systems offered by this company are designed to provide sound levels that are well outside the realms of what is necessary or reasonable in a single house or garden party and they do nothing but encourage unreasonable noise levels.

Because a company offers this young people will see it as acceptable.

Adele Beeson, Hude Park

No one wants an ASBO. No one wants to upset their neighbours. Instead go somewhere else like a club where there’s no risk of offending when you want to party.

You can’t seriously imagine you can hire commercial equipment and get away with it.

Universities need to explain this to their students so they don’t get in trouble.

Although to me it’s obvious that you can’t make noise and not affect others in dense communities like Headingley. Of course the council or police must enforce this.

Louise Combes, Headingley

Thank goodness something has been done about rowdy and drunken students.

The name ‘student’ has become synonymous with ‘lout’, which is unfortunate for those who do behave themselves and are not at university solely for the social life.

Now that going to university has become a lifestyle choice as much as, or more than, an opportunity to work hard at a chosen subject, some students think their transient presence is more important than the long-term residents of an area (if they think about it at all).

I notice that the student interviewed had no apology to make beyond admitting things had got out of hand.

I think the ASBO should come with a demand to apologise to the neighbours.

Sue Powell, Headingley

It is interesting that the comments made by the students do not offer any sort of an apology or regret at being too drunk to realise that their behaviour was way out of line.

They go on to quote that other such parties in the past were a justification for their behaviour, not maybe that these parties were not acceptable or reasonable for the rest of the neighbourhood. Maybe they don’t care.

Derek Cockerham, Leeds

All too many of us have suffered from all-night parties at student houses.

Earlier this year my family were kept awake on a weekday night by the students in the house opposite.

The problem was worsened by them and their guests setting of the burglar alarm at regular intervals.

None of us want to stop students enjoying their time in Leeds, but the problem is that a substantial anti-social minority demonstrate their contempt for the local community through their bad behaviour.

I support the council in their action and hope this leads to a curbing of the most outlandish behaviour.

Derrick Joad, Headingley

Lord Sugar has worked hard

I AGREE with all the views expressed by Howard Richman (YEP, October 20) in regard to Martin Phillips’ comments on Lord Sugar.

I have a few points to add – Lord Sugar started in the East End of London and worked hard and long hours to achieve what he is today.

The candidates who apply to be an apprentice know about his attitude and the remarks that he makes and are confident enough to face up to them.

The money the winner is awarded is his own money – not the taxpayers’. He donates generously and gives his time to various charities and obviously is considered a suitable recipient for the honour bestowed on him.

He may not be to everyone’s taste but at least he does not pretend to be anything else.

Martin Phillips should watch a few cupcake programmes which may suit him better.

Edna Levi, Leeds

Nurses don’t live in poverty

Can we finally dismiss the left wing myth that nurses in this country are poorly paid – nay, living in poverty?

According to NHS payscales, a basic grade nurse, fresh out of college and working outside of London, gets £21,388 per year starting pay. The basic grade payscale outside of London rises to £27,901.

They can also get normal time plus 60 per cent overtime pay for working on weekends or public holidays (unlike most retail workers, for example).

Junior management grade pay grades start at £30,764 per year, with management pay grades rising to nearly £100,000 per year.

With London weighting added to the salary in the capital, the pay is considerably more.

A few years ago, my local GP in Yorkshire advertised for a community nurse on a salary of about £31,000 to nearly £34,000 per year.

If any nurse is indeed living in poverty, perhaps they should take lessons in money management.

John Martin, Leeds

Bury the dead in upright position

Not for the first time, the YEP recently reported on the problem of lack of burial space in our cemetries.

Yet there is an obvious answer that is so simple it must surely already be used at least somewhere. Namely, to inter the dead in an upright position. This would also make grave digging an easy task, contractors using the same equipment they use in planting telegraph poles.

Trevor Crawford, Pudsey

Plea over car theft Chihuahua

Recently there was a report of a car being stolen in Otley (YEP, September 10). Inside the car was a tiny Chihuahua.

Please could someone tell us whether this little pet has been reunited with its owner? I cut the picture of this dog out as it looked so sweet and it has bothered me ever since as to what has happened to it.

M Whitehead, 
Chapel Allerton

Kirkgate Market, Leeds

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