CHRIS Marsden, of Huddersfield Civic Society, is quoted in the Examiner (July 7) as saying: “The society encourages the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the town.”
I must ask him: whose public interest? A few self-appointed guardians of the past who want the built environment to remain preserved in aspic?
What about the young unemployed, young families, those on low incomes who want to better themselves? Are their futures to be sacrificed on the altar of preservation for the sake of preservation?
In the past, Huddersfield prospered because its inhabitants and the political elite understood that changes in the built environment were a necessary part of encouraging the growth of the town.
This town has a surplus of listed buildings lying empty. Those that are unfit for renovation at a reasonable cost should be demolished and replaced with modern buildings that blend in with the built environment but are attractive to inward investors.
The majority of the villages and small townships around Huddersfield are already little more than dormitory areas for people employed in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.
They rarely visit Huddersfield town centre which is fast becoming the haunt of the old and students.
Preserving monuments to the past just because they are old but have no economic value will not encourage inward investment.
It’s time politicians both locally and nationally started to ignore the siren calls of these unelected, backward-looking societies and began to plan for the development of Huddersfield’s future.
Paying to park
IT seems Richard Huddleston (Mailbag, July 5) is having his yearly dig at the residents of Springwood.
We who live near Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the town centre don’t mind paying £30 to park on our street as long as everyone else pays to park on the highway outside their homes.
On Spring Grove Street we have 11 parking spaces for 62 properties. Three are taken up by the Grove pub. The other eight are fought over, and usually we have to park on Merton Street, Water Street or Bow Street.
Mr Huddleston, the secretary of Huddersfield Civic Society, didn’t help us when we were fighting to keep the sports centre from being built on our street.
Indeed, after a quibble about a section of rendering, he gave his blessing to the proposed building.
So when he has to pay to park on the small Springwood car park he will have to be up early to secure a space – or use public transport.
Radiation in the air
DR Aguirre (‘Someone will get cancer from this body scanner’, Examiner, June 30) ought to have spoken to radiological staff at the Royal Infirmary before his trip.
They could have reassured him and explained that his flight would incur a radiation dose in itself.
Car insurance scandal
I SEE in last Wednesday’s Examiner (July 6) that someone driving without insurance was given an absolute discharge. Hmm...
It makes you wonder if we are stupid to bother paying the annual insurance charge.
Despite 54 years of accident-free driving, keeping my vehicle in my locked garage at night, covering less than 2,000 miles annually (and having passed the Institute of Advanced Drivers some time ago), my renewal has rocketed by £80.
Looking on the internet, I see that no insurance company quotes less than £320.
So much for all those adverts telling us that we can save hundreds of pounds. Is there any justice?
Elsie M Eva
ON Wednesday at about 8.40pm we drove past Greenhead Park down Park Drive and as we passed a parked-up maroon 8-seater taxi, the driver threw the wrappers of what looked like a takeaway meal over the railings into the park.
It would have been bad enough for him to throw them on the pavement but actually making the effort to throw them into the park astounded me.
I couldn’t get his cab number as we were driving around the bend and I had no pen. I was really annoyed and couldn’t believe the mentally of someone doing this.
I FEEL prompted to respond to Barry Gibson’s recent column about the current rush towards academy status by some Kirklees schools.
He is right to say that headteachers do welcome positive reports in the Examiner which celebrate school successes.
To suggest, however, that headteachers’ reluctance to speak to the press and ‘hide behind the Council’ is due to weakness and fear of accountability is just wrong.
Headteachers become headteachers because they have vision, principles and strength of character.
The reason there is often no direct contact with the media is that when a wide range of contentious issues arise there needs to be a point of contact and a consistent response.
A headteacher’s view may not reflect the views of the community they serve – governors and families.
Headteachers also have to respect their families and their confidentiality.
There can also be legal implications with regard to what is said to whom.
As for the good news stories? How empty your newspaper would be without reports and features from schools and sports teams involving thousands of children and young people in Kirklees.
Mrs Thelma Walker
Headteacher and Chair of Kirklees Primary Heads
Thanks to helpers
I WOULD like to thank the four people who stopped what they were doing to come and help me when I fell over on June 30.
A very special thank you to the man who drove me home and to Mary who came back with me to clean my wounds and support me through the shock.
WITH plans for the new Tesco supermarket on Southgate going to a public inquiry, who will pay the cost of this inquiry which could cost tens of thousands of pounds?
Will it be the Government, Tesco, Kirklees councillors, Kirklees council tax payers or Barry Sheerman MP and will the inquiry reveal how much Tesco paid for the Southgate site?
I TOTALLY support your letter writers who want to see Lindley Moor saved from
I worked for many years with Lindley Lib Dem Councillor Barbara Allonby; who along with her colleagues Christine Stanfield, Cahal Burke, Tony Woodhead, the Lindley Moor Action Group and many others have fought hard over the years to preserve Lindley Moor.
Many of us remember Barbara was a leading force in stopping the application years ago and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to stop the development this time around.
Indeed it was a Lib Dem Councillor who, at the meeting, gave the Planning and Highways Committee the legal reason to turn down the last application for a data centre.
Clrs Stanfield, Burke and I spoke against the application and thankfully the committee listened to us and turned it down.
Now that the new applications for housing and industry have been lodged with the Council Lib Dem Councillors will continue to work with residents to persuade the Planning Committee to turn down the applications and preserve Lindley Moor for future generations to enjoy.
Clr Nicola Turner
Litter picking fines
FURTHER to a recent letter about litter.
Why on earth doesn’t the council employ a couple of litter patrollers? Instant fine for offenders they would cover a good weekly wage by Monday teatime.
Marsh via text message
Mine’s a pint
HOPE you are right Mr Vant, (‘A glass half full’, Mailbag, July 6) because I’d hate to lose my pint and chinwag.
HONLEY via text message