YEP Letters: September 13

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It has been claimed that NGT puts transport back under the control of Metro but actually it does the reverse.

Whichever company runs these trolleybuses would want at least a medium term contract, to which Metro and the citizens of Leeds would be tied for the foreseeable future - a massive risk since it is unlikely people would use them, and with bus numbers generally on the decline, this would make the trolleybuses even more costly to run, and so Leeds would be dammed both ways - tied into a new contract but also forced to step in if the company running them went under and required saving.

The only way to solve Leeds’ commuter problem is to take the bull by the horns by severely restricting the ability to commute directly into the city centre (parking restriction/charges, congestion charge etc) and taking steps to transport people by means other than the roads as in other major cities in Europe, most which use underground systems. If London can get Crossrail 2, surely we can get “baby of Crossrail”.

K Cowell, Ring Road, Farnley

Better ways to spend BBC cash

A great deal of fuss is currently being made on the subject of retirement and/or redundancy payments being awarded to top executives of the BBC and other large institutions.

To the average man-in-the-street these payments amounting to a king’s ransom in most cases bear no relation to the jobs they performed, often not well enough to be retained at their posts.

With regard to those paid recently at the BBC, the sums in question seem way over the top for the jobs they did. Could it just be that other top executives, with that in mind when awarding such sums, have eyes on their own future pay-offs, hoping to obtain no less? Whatever might be the reason it is certain that the BBC could have spent licence holders’ money on better things.

E A Lundy, by email

Sad way to treat blind centre

A RECENT report of a centre for the blind under threat (for the Dewsbury and Batley Society for the Blind) with almost a thousand members, says it’s faced with closure and a bill of £300,000 after losing a council contract.

They provide rehabilitation services to visually impaired and partly-sighted people across Kirklees via the local council.

However, following a review of services it’s work might be done by a centre based in Birmingham.

Society member and volunteer member Martin Eatherley said we found out at the end of May that this had been awarded to Birmingham Institute for the Deaf after they lost the contract after having a 100 per cent record for client satisfaction.

It also means opting out of a public pension scheme and having to pay out £300,000 (the deficit)

What a way to treat a local organisation and to transfer so far away to Birmingham.

A HAGUE, Bellbrooke Grove, Leeds 9

French car now Turkish delight

AS AN enthusiastic owner of French diesel vehicles for many years, I was greatly surprised on taking delivery recently of a new car and van from one of the main French manufacturers to find that not only most of the components carried “Made in Turkey” labels - but the actual vehicles themselves had been assembled there.

It’s one thing for a global US company like Ford to source manufacturing anywhere in the world, and also for others in the EU to open plants catering for local markets eg in South America etc, but when a French firm relocates production outside the EU to make vehicles for sale back in Europe after previously cutting back production in France itself it seems a very worrying trend for both car assembly workers and component suppliers.

Maybe some French car workers have achieved what our domestic motor industry did years ago, ie priced themselves out of a job by demanding too much.

DS Boyes, Rodley Lane, Leeds 13

Hedge looks like a coconut shy

ON MONDAY 9 September the West North West council offices on Bramley Town Street Leeds had their hedges cut by at least three gardeners.

They cut the front and backs of the hedges but left the centre, I assume they could not reach this. They now look like coconuts.

There are also steps from the path at the back of the bus stop leading to what looks like a ‘fire exit’ door these steps also have hedges at either side which have not been cut and are overhanging the steps.

Could this be that some cut in parts are because of ‘cut backs’ and some not cut are because of ‘no cut backs’?

B Edwards, Bramley

Invest in cycling to boost health

Most people wouldn’t choose to cycle along a busy main road like the Moortown Ring Road.

But alternative, safer routes for cycling need to be direct and convenient if they are to be well used. Jeremy Harris (Letters 9/9) will be pleased to hear that a new, high-quality cycle route, alongside the ring road but separate from it, is included in the long term plan for cycling in Leeds.

Physical inactivity costs the NHS about £1 billion a year and the UK’s safety record for vulnerable road users is worse than the European average. We need to invest in cycling and walking to help solve both these problems.

Lizzie Reather, St George’s Avenue, Rothwell

Those painfully obvious signals

I AGREE with R Kimble’s letter (stating the obvious YEP 3 September).

When it’s raining, an announcer at Leeds station will warn you that due to the wet conditions, the platforms may be slippery.

I was down in London during the August heat wave. Whilst waiting for the tube to London Bridge on the underground, the announcer warns me that because of the hot weather, we should drink more water!

Then there is the warning when there is no danger. People have been getting on and off trains at Bramley station with no problems or danger for over 130 years. Last week as my Halifax train approached, I was warned to ‘mind the gap’. Whilst this would have been fair comment on London’s curved underground, not however on Bramley’s straight platforms where you would have to deliberately try to squeeze yourself between the platform and carriage. Now returning to a proper warning - to pedestrians trying to cross a busy road, be very careful it could be dangerous.

Roger Cliff, Park Rise, Leeds

Slow down and don’t splash out

WE WOULD like to thank all the inconsiderate drivers who speed along Chapel Street and Cross Green Lane, Halton and saturate any pedestrians when we are having a torrential downpour.

Slowing down would not come amiss, but then again “I’m alright Jack springs to mind”.

H Harrison, Halton, Leeds 15

Dozy duffers in Parliament

WHEN I tuned in the tv to “Live from Parliament” I thought correspondents Gallagher and Danie had attained their suggestions of less MP’s.

A very serious gentleman was holding the House enthralled! At least six of the eight members present were listening, the other two were dozing!

Perhaps it was the coffee break!

Edna Levi, Leeds