YEP Letters: September 1

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I have read much lately on the Your Views pages about bus lane fines.

I received a penalty charge notice on August 14 for driving in a bus lane on June 15, that is some two months after the alleged offence.

I appealed and won. Why? Because on the day of the ‘offence’ I was following diversion signage due to the Skyride event on that day.

The signs directed me into bus lanes and informed motorists that the bus lane cameras were switched off (which they obviously weren’t).

How convenient then, that the council wait two months to issue the penalty notice.

Maybe they thought that I had forgotten and would just pay up as it was a long time ago. They thought wrong and I didn’t.

But how many more readers and visitors to Leeds have fallen foul, and paid up without question because it was a while ago, and they have forgotten about the event on that day.

If you were fined on that day, then take these mercenaries on and get a refund. Motorists pay far more than their fair share into the council coffers without being conned as well.

From now on my trade goes elsewhere, and the city centre is off limits just in case they try it on again, and they will for sure, and as usual you are guilty until proven innocent.

Howard Bentham, Morley

Why do cyclists use pavements?

Yesterday I drove from a friend’s house in Kippax to my home in west Leeds and just for fun I counted the number of cyclists I saw on the trip, as this was something that cropped up in a conversation with my friend.

Well the answer was 15 and 11 of them were illegally cycling on pavements. As this is a criminal offence one asks oneself; are all these criminals on the pavement aware of the law? If so, why do they still ride on the pavement?

If they are not aware of the law, how do we make them understand?

I’m sure the readers of the YEP can come up with some ideas and pass them on to the police as they frequently choose to ignore this crime.

I know riders are very vulnerable on the road but that is how pedestrians feel when cyclists belt up and down the pavements all the time.

In the course of my work I have attended Leeds hospitals on three occasions to photograph pensioners 
who have been knocked down by cyclists and received 
injuries from bad cuts to a broken hip.

It is people like this the law about not riding on pavements is supposed to protect.

I will always try and engage riders I see on the pavement and politely ask them to move on to the road – on one occasion the man actually did.

However, the vast majority give large amounts of verbal abuse and aggression.

This is technically assault so a pedestrian could exercise their right of citizen’s arrest, now wouldn’t that be fun?

The council has done some great work in constructing many dropped kerbs on our streets for the use of people in wheelchairs, but this has resulted in easier access for bikes to the pavement.

Perhaps the council should place some form of ‘no cycling on the pavement’ sign at each of these dropped kerbs.

Ivan Kovacks, Leeds

Shame that film wasn’t made

I agree with Edna Levi’s comment regarding Richard Attenborough and his contribution to stage and screen (YEP, August 28).

Years ago Richard Attenborough approached playwright Trevor Griffiths with a view to making a film on the life of Thomas Paine who in 1791 wrote one of the most famous political pamphlets in British history, The Rights of Man.

Paine was against the monarchy and oligarchy. He was dismayed at the unrepresentative nature of Parliament.

Andrew Marr recently presented a TV documentary on Tom Paine’s life and Richard Attenborough believed that his views should be aired on the big screen, but it was too much for Hollywood to stomach and the film was never made, which is a great shame.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

School reunion is cancelled

I’m writing to inform all the former Parlington School pupils who were going to attend our reunion that it has had to be cancelled.

The reunion was to be held in the Libby’s@37 club at Garforth on Friday, September 26 September, but sadly the club shut down on August 24.

Owing to the time scale between the club’s closure and the event we don’t have enough time to re-organise for that date.

Therefore our only option has been to cancel. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, but as things stand at the moment cancellation and re-schedule for a later date is all we can do.

Dennis Best, Leeds

Voice opinions on proposals

OPEN CAST mining in Crossgates with 20 lorries a day passing through.

Not fiction but fact if the developers of new housing at Manston Lane in east Leeds get permission.

I read the articles by Councillor Peter Gruen and 
the property developers who both want new housing in Leeds to go ahead,
 but at what cost to the community?

There is plenty of land at Thorpe Park with the entire infrastructure in place, roads built and easy access to the motorway and main roads, without using land with only one exit.

Manston Lane is a dead end country road to two farms. The main road out is Austhorpe Lane which passes a park and a busy shopping area with two pedestrian crossings and slow traffic lights onto the A6120 ring road.

Needless to say, lots of cars rat run at speed through the local areas to save time at peak periods.

Hundreds of local people have signed petitions and voiced their concerns to their councillors over the past four years about the developments and the new proposed link road to the motorway.

This has to be built before any more development or mining goes ahead.

If you can voice your 
opinion to your councillors it may stop the developers extracting coal before the road is in place.

S Hughes, Crossgates

Who is behind this scheme?

YOUR CORRESPONDENT who rightly wants to know who are those behind the trolleybus scheme, is likely to be disappointed.

Chasing down these political chimeras will be like Joseph Cotton’s pursuit of Harry Lime in The Third Man.

Now appearing in the shadows of a Headrow doorway, now on the Valentine’s Day funfair, alongside the rushing underground torrent at Granary Wharf – the momentarily illuminated faces enigmatically smiling at us.

One place they won’t be, of course, is on a Viennese style tram. That would be stretching fancy too far.

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

We’re too soft

Why do courts name people who are accused of rape and sexual abuse?

Until they are found guilty by a court this should not happen.

A public school teacher has been accused by a pupil of misconduct. His life is in ruins.

He has been cleared, but mud sticks and he will have problems getting a job as a teacher anywhere in 

This is ridiculous. They should not be named unless they are found guilty. If the defendant is cleared the accuser should be taken to court for wasting police time and making false allegations.

We are too soft in this country. People can accuse anyone of rape or assault.

Roger Watkinson, Halton

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