MOST Huddersfield people can see the need for new affordable housing, but fail to see why we need so many thousands over the next 17 years, as stated in the LDF.
This doesn’t include outlying areas, such as the 400 planned for Milnsbridge, 800 in Linthwaite, 300 in Golcar... the list goes on.
If Lindley Moor, Clayton Fields and the Northern Gateway will take only 1,200 between them, where will the other thousands be built? It can only mean the loss of most of our cherished green spaces.
Already there are residents in threatened areas trying to sell up now before their house becomes ‘more affordable’ after being surrounded by new houses. This must surely include carpet layering in the Hall Bower area, despite reassurances to the contrary. There must be residents of Gernhill Avenue, Fixby harbouring similar fears.
Children may soon be growing up in Huddersfax, Fixtrick and Kirkerloo, aspiring to one day live in either Meltherton, Brockley Brow or the very upmarket Thurston Tyas.
Although the latter three may be a long time coming, I could easily imagine a great swathe of housing linking Outlane to Robertfield, taking in the Northern Gateway, Fistrick and Brigley, before continuing on to Ravensbury and Cleckmondwike.
Besides the big landowners, there will be no shortage of subsistence farmers eager to not let sentiment stand in their way, as they cash in their fields for £750,000 an acre, and then retire to New Zealand as multimillionaires.
I think it is about time that an official from KMC Planning Department states clearly in this paper exactly where these many thousands of new houses will be built, and why we need them.
Failing this, I can only share the view of very many Huddersfield people, that we don’t need that many new houses.
It’s just that central government has told KMC that we do, and is slashing its grants to the councils to drive the point home.
Just one vote
HAVING now read all the press releases and objections on the decision regarding Lindley Moor I am at a loss as to understand why no-one seems to have mentioned that this crucial vote was lost by a majority of one.
Over the past 12 months or so the Conservative group and individual councillors have been vilified in the press by Liberal Democrats over our stance towards green belt issues.
The criticism seems to become more vociferous nearer election time in May.
Clr Cahal Burke (Lib Dem) keeps telling us what a terrible thing this decision is and what he is going to do about it.
Perhaps he would enlighten us as to why his Lib Dem colleague, Clr Linda Wilkinson, voted in favour. If she had not done so we would not be in a position we are now. The silence is deafening.
Clr Christine Smith
Chairman, Planning and Highways
Trouble at the tills
ONCE again Tesco are making an attempt to please the planners and the Holmfirth doubters that we need a decent major supermarket in Holmfirth.
Having downscaled the plan I must say my worry is that we will end up with one that is the same size as Morrisons in Meltham.
For anyone who attempts to shop there at the peak shopping times (Thursday/Friday afternoons and evenings and at weekends) it has become even busier lately.
Since closing two tills to accommodate ‘self-service’ tills one finds the queues for the tills down through the middle of the aisles! Trying to select your purchases and avoiding people in the queue is not good.
That’s providing, of course, you can park in the car park in the first place which is no mean feat itself. What it will be like around Christmas heaven knows. Tempers will fray I think.
The people who say we do not need another supermarket in the Holme Valley/Colne Valley area must either not shop at a supermarket there or are lucky to be able to shop at ‘off peak’ times.
I have now taken to trailing into Huddersfield as I used to do but this takes extra time and fuel. How green is that?
I have said before that we should welcome the competition and the jobs that will be provided by the store, particularly part time jobs to fit in with school hours which are hard to come by in the area.
Having said that, I have been a regular Tesco customer over the years, and find the town centre store is becoming really tacky.
I guess they will not invest in it as they are planning a new one but again the experience on a Friday evening was not pleasurable.
Half of the fruit and vegetables shelves were empty, things not priced up, abandoned ‘changed mind’ purchases on shelves where they shouldn’t be and a car park full of litter!
Come on Tesco, your new town centre store is not yet open. Do you want to end up sending your customers to Sainsbury’s as I did the following week? They might not come back!
Joyce M Jones
Who’s the boss?
PM David Cameron is quoted as saying: “I cannot repeal the Human Rights Act because Deputy PM Nick Clegg will not let me.”
There is an easy answer to that. Get the Lib Dems out of the Cabinet and call an election, before you lose one from lack of guts.
And get us out of the EU or at least back to where it was at the start.
Poor deal for drivers
THE government has admitted 84% of journeys are made by drivers, but targets undue investment at High Speed Rail, which is only a priority for about 3% of the public. Meanwhile, under-investment in fixing potholes persists.
Whereas we are pleased to see concern expressed over the rocketing level of parking charges, some action to stop this would have been preferred.
Our roads minister deserves some credit for noticing that where speed camera partnerships published data, most cameras seemed to be cash cows rather than safety measures, and even highlighted a possible cause of accidents.
However it is now two years since his predecessor promised to abolish the camera quangos and champion better and more cost-effective approaches to road safety, like vehicle activated signs.
Little wonder that this summer, a RAC survey recorded 99% of drivers as feeling that the ‘War on the Motorist’ was still very much going on.
Many anti-motorist measures are still in place, and the government must announce a clear timetable for scrapping them. We are taxed five times over for the services we get.
With many families under financial pressure, next year’s potentially above-inflation rise in fuel duty should be the first to go.
Association of British Drivers
Letter of complaint
SURELY I cannot be alone in deploring the now absolutely awful postal delivery service here in the Holme Valley, where we no longer see a postman in a morning but any time in the afternoon.
It’s no longer Royal Mail but Rotten Mail.
Just what is the explanation? I’ve heard it suggested that the object is to get so many complaints that the mail service can be privatised.
But then privatisation, as initiated by the awful Thatcher, has proved to be an absolute costly disaster – just look at our railways and energy suppliers which are now mostly foreign-owned.
I say to all Holme Valley Kirklees councillors – please tell the mail delivery bosses in Holmfirth to get their act together and provide us with a decent system as they had a few months ago.
They’ll still rob us
NO-ONE should be taken in by the Government’s freeze on council tax for the next year.
For many of us the benefits of this will be negated by the effects of rising food and fuel prices and vast increase in travel costs as corporate interests continue to rob the country blind.
I WOULD like to thank all the people who attended the event organised by Dave Wenzel at Deighton Working Men’s Club, which raised a fantastic amount of about £3,300 for Kirkwood Hospice.
It is the largest amount raised in one day at Deighton WMC in the past 20 years.
A Huddersfield Town football alone raised £260 and the club was rocking like anything I have seen in the last 30 years.
The Marks Brothers were the best group the club has seen in the last 30 years – and Janet Jackson should be supporting them on her tour, not the other way round!
The saxophone playing of Brandon and his dad, Robin, was phenomenal. Brandon also showed his skills on the drums and a fantastic solo singing performance – obviously another Deighton WMC star of the future.
Old favourite Dezzie Dee sang until he could sing no more and Miss Fish and Foxy also sang and played brilliantly.
I would like to thank all the old members who turned up, some who have been missing for 20 years, as well as the people from Dewsbury, Wakefield, Birmingham and all over Huddersfield.
Have the good times come back to Deighton WMC? On the evidence of this performance, yes they have!
Vice-president, Deighton WMC