Examiner letters, March 3, 2012

TODAY’S Local Development Framework (LDF) demonstration will see many anti-LDF activists including myself and ordinary members of the public, attending a peaceful rally in St George’s Square, Huddersfield.

TODAY’S Local Development Framework (LDF) demonstration will see many anti-LDF activists including myself and ordinary members of the public, attending a peaceful rally in St George’s Square, Huddersfield.

Through membership of such organisations as the Kirklees Community Action Network (KCAN) the Lingards Community Association over the past three years has been totally opposed to the council’s ill-advised plans for Slaithwaite and the Colne Valley.

In Dewsbury, these plans will see great swathes of our Kirklees greenfield and green belt land gone forever under the developers’ concrete.

The Lindley Moor planning controversy was a typical example in which the public’s wishes were totally ignored.

Can I respectfully remind all Kirklees politicians that there are still planning alternatives on the table, so let us go forward and obtain a ‘cross-party’ consensus (within the LDF)?

Without true democracy emerging there will be an imperative for radical electoral change on May 3 so that the wishes of local people are taken on board.

Alan Knight

Lingards Community Association

Concrete ‘disease’

I CAN’T understand how Kirklees Council, who I thought were supposed to listen and support their local communities, can allow developers to persistently seek to build on our local green belt land.

Why isn’t the brownfield land being used for further development?

Why aren’t there more laws to help us protect our local green belt land? How come we can be relentlessly threatened by these developers?

We don’t need these houses, we certainly don’t need industrial units – we have existing ones standing empty.

Our roads are too busy – try crossing Wakefield Road at peak times – our schools are full, our doctors’ surgeries are full.

Please stop these developers and keep them away from our countryside. Stop them spreading their concrete disease. Their greed knows no bounds.

Miss J L Hodgson

Huddersfield

Warm approach

PATRONISING language used by hospital and care home staff towards older people should be banned, the Commission on Dignity in Care has recommended.

Yes! Why don’t we keep things very formal when speaking to patients and clients? Let’s keep it, unfeeling, cold, and very politically correct!

I have never heard anything so ridiculous.

We’re Yorkshire folk, friendly, warm and welcoming. Everyone is called ‘love’, and we say it as it is.

Having worked for the NHS for 37 years, I call all my patients ‘love’ or I ask their first name and call them by that, so what is so very wrong with that?

Not everyone who works with the elderly or in a hospital patronises patients. It’s called being friendly, welcoming, putting people at ease.

Can you imagine the communication in a politically correct hospital: “Sir, your arm is broken, may we have your permission to relieve you of your suffering?”

In communicating with people, it’s speak to people the way you would like to be spoken to. Simple.

These PC do-gooders are trying to change the world. Just because they may have issues with communicating with people doesn’t mean we all have,

How on earth did we ever communicate with each other before these PC tree-huggers came on the scene and told us we’ve been doing it wrong all these years!

Alan Parkinson

Upper Cumberworth

A good forecast

I AM so pleased that Mr H Barrowclough’s weather forecasting has been spot on. He told us on the telephone we would have little snow, if any.

His forecasting is great. He also told us only last week when I telephoned him, we would have a very easy spring, with good dry weather and warm.

We enjoy his forecasting because we know he won’t be far wrong.

MRS COLLINS

Lindley

Combined services

THE possible discontinuation of some or all of the bus services to Scape seems subject to the ‘all or nowt’ philosophy.

Sometimes we need to be innovative and coordinate things.

There was, not too long ago, the question of keeping the subsidised bus which runs from Slaithwaite station to Pole Moor.

If everybody who lived there used that service it would still be a waste of good money.

My wife uses this service regularly and I use it occasionally. We would miss it if it were to go altogether, and would miss the excellent service given by the drivers of K Line during the day, particularly to older people with their shopping.

There are ways to combine services involving Scape, Golcar and Slaithwaite, linking to train times, which don’t seem to have been explored.

The greatest number of users of a combined service would be concessionary passes and a maximum fare to and from Golcar church of say 50p at all times would be fair to all.

The service could arrive back at Golcar church, and use the bus stop there to leave at a scheduled time, so that people travelling from Huddersfield would be able to coordinate to arrive back at Scape or even Pole Moor. I feel sure this could be achieved comfortably within an hour.

It is the job of our two councillors to be fair to all ratepayers and taxpayers and make the most efficient use of their money.

Clr Turner lives on the bus route and must have seen how few people use the service after 6.30pm. Nothing much is going to change there.

The name of the game is efficient use of resources.

JAD

Golcar

Formidable sisters

I READ with interest the letter from Mrs N Clarke (Mailbag, February 29) about rent collections in Fernside, Almondbury.

A sister of Miss Sawyer, chief housing officer in the old Huddersfield Borough Council, was chief children’s officer for Halifax Borough Council.

They were very different times for many families in the 1950s. They had to look for help wherever they could find it.

In those times there were not the social security benefits that people take for granted these days. I can say that however that I’m sure that both sisters were held in high regard.

ANTHONY SMITH

Springwood

Views spoiled

ALTHOUGH I do not live in Holmfirth, I am a regular visitor who appreciates the beauty and tranquility of the area.

I would be horrified to awake in the morning, look out of my bedroom window across the Holme Valley – where I normally stay – and witness the destruction of a once beautiful panorama by a hideous superstore surrounded by a multitude of cars and delivery lorries. Not to mention the obvious increase in traffic volume along the main road.

From my own experience living in North Devon, I know that these so called ‘out of town’ superstores have one very devastating result: they are the ruination of many small local shops, which just cannot compete.

I have seen this myself here in North Devon: once profitable and friendly little shops closed down and boarded up. A truly sad sight. Please do not allow this to happen in Holmfirth.

Finally, whenever I visit, I cannot fail to notice the hundreds of tourists milling around and enjoying the numerous attractions you have to offer.

It is without doubt a popular tourist attraction and it is surely in your cultural and economic interests to keep it as such.

So I pose the question: how many tourists will you lose as a result of this proposed new development which will lead to shop closures and certain gridlock on the roads?

ALAN DAVIES

Devon

River tales

FOLLOWING your article on February 25, (Mandarin duck on the River Holme), I would like to shed some light on its origin.

Connected to the Holme Valley Funeral Home in Woodhead Road, Holmfirth is a dam which we are in the stages of developing as a quiet corner for bereaved families.

A pair of black swans, when nesting last year became very aggressive towards the Mandarin ducks and drove away five pairs.

Rather than try to recapture them I hoped they would form a breeding colony in the Holme Valley.

I do know the ducks have been a talking point for tourists and residents alike for quite some time.

IAN BIRKS

Holmfirth

 

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