YEP Letters: September 16

Have your say

On Saturday night I watched the Last Night of the Proms. As usual Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia brought a lump to my throat.

I was proud to be British and all that Britain stands for.

It gave me joy to see all those people all over the country standing shoulder to shoulder and singing their hearts out and I suspect having the same feelings as me, proud to be British.

And then I thought about the Scots and Alex Salmond who want to divorce themselves from us and why? So they can be a few pounds a year better off and have a greater say in what happens to Scotland.

Sounds like a petulant teenager who wants to leave home so he can stay up late and drink and not have to wash and not be told what to do.

I wish them all the best for the future and hope that come Thursday they all realise that if they vote yes it is a once and for ever deal – there is no coming back.

Steve Fodden, Garforth

Salmond can’t expect a bail-out

I wonder sometimes if Scottish independence is based on what happend 800 years ago when Edward I subjugated the Scots and later what happened at Culloden.

We have been integrated as a nation for many years now, by commerce and trade, so why still live in the past?

I also wonder if Alex Salmond was influenced by his father whom I understand was so disenchanted with England that he never crossed the border in his lifetime.

Independence is a matter for the Scottish people but if they vote yes and it all turns pear-shaped they should not expect the rest of the UK to bail them out in the future.

Keith Brooks, Wakefield

Send the bill for past 300 years

Hard-pressed English taxpayers see Scottish families enjoying all the benefits of free education, health care and state funded care for the elderly and wonder why they don’t get the same.

England has done all it can for Scotland and the Scots. Their vindictive and ingratitude towards the English - especially if you are a Tory - now seems to be a way of life.

If they really do feel the English so toxic for them, there is nothing left to say except clear off, good riddance and tell Mr Cameron where to send the bill for more than 300 years of subsidy.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Who will pay for lost oil revenue?

Malcolm Nicholson asks ‘What will be the difference if Scotland votes for independence?

£95 billion in lost oil revenue that’s what will be the difference Malcolm.

Revenue that will stay in Scotland and won’t flow down to Westminster.

That’s why the the Three Stooges, Cameron, Clegg and Milliband all charged up to Scotland in a blind panic. The real question will be; who will pay for this deficit?

The millions in the rest of the UK or the millionaires?

I’ll leave that for you to work out yourselves!

Kevin Wilson, Cottingley

Bogey of golf course closures

It is sad to hear that the council are planning to close Middleton and Gotts Park golf courses.

This I believe is short-term thinking by Leeds City Council given the success of the 2012 Olympics and very recently the Grand Depart.

These proposals fly in the face of a national drive to improve the nation’s health and reduce the demands on the National Health Service posed by a sedentary lifestyle.

I would urge Leeds City Council to reconsider closing these golf courses.

This is yet another decision which is eroding the much needed sporting facilities in this city.

Golf provides a low-cost and healthy pastime for many middle-aged and senior citizens and I am surprised that a Labour-run authority could stand accused of making golf an elitist pastime.

Bear in mind also that east and south Leeds have lost sports facilities in recent times.

If these golf courses are closed I would hope that we will not be seeing planning applications being submitted for housing development.

Alan Thorpe, Whitkirk

South Bank’s no council scheme

Further to your articles on one man’s ‘vision’ for the South Bank and James Bovington’s consequent letter (YEP, September 9), I feel I must clarify a few issues.

The ‘plan’ outlined in the YEP does not have any involvement of the council and does not fully align with the council’s ambitions for this area of the city. Indeed, I was extremely disappointed to see that the council’s role in leading the development and regeneration of the South Bank did not feature at all in the coverage.

Sadly, this is not the first time such an omission has been made in the reporting of major issues for Leeds – the British Cycling proposals for the Headrow and Hunslet Stray are examples that come to mind.

Although both interesting ideas, both come from special interest groups and not the council.

However, at least it has brought what happens on the South Bank onto the front page.

It is no exaggeration to say that the South Bank is the biggest change to the city for over a century – bigger than the coming of the motorways.

And the area is already changing, with the council’s PFI housing scheme transforming Beeston Hill, the City College, the College of Building and the Tetley.

This presents an opportunity to make a different kind of city, less car-dominated and more pedestrian-friendly. Can we also bring family housing back too?

There is a need to generate a debate amongst Leeds’ citizens about this. As a council we want to incorporate the ideas of 750,000 people, not just those of one.

Coun Richard Lewis, Executive Member for Transport and Economy, Leeds City Council

Pub’s not in last chance saloon

Further to your editorial comment (YEP, August 27) regarding pubs being easily demolished or converted to supermarkets and so on, I am the new licensee for a great traditional Leeds pub, the last pub on Kirkstall Road incidentally.

The Cardigan Arms is one which has survived the trend, so far, of pub closures.

I totally agree that we need extra special support from the community and the city of Leeds.

To this end we are not just awaiting closure or a regular winning the lottery.

We are committed to keeping the spirit of Leeds pubs alive, even if we lose the main sector of last standing proper pubs in the city centre.

We have plans to host live gigs, comedy nights, Northern Soul nights, reggae nights, Irish-themed bacon, cabbage and traditional music nights.

There is also a regular quiz night, the longest running in Leeds I believe, which takes place every Tuesday at 10pm, while Leeds Chess Association meets here every Wednesday and both welcome new players.

We are seeking ladies darts, dominoes, pool and football players to reform our teams.

All these things, as well as holding fast to great Yorkshire values, those being a warm, friendly welcome and a great atmosphere, stand us in good stead for the future.

So our pub, for one, is not in the last chance saloon.

Mickey Thompson, The Cardigan Arms, Leeds

Kirkgate Market, Leeds

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