Let’s make sure Roy Castle’s name lives on in Huddersfield

THE BBC Town programme – wow, what a cracking advert for Huddersfield!

THE BBC Town programme – wow, what a cracking advert for Huddersfield!

Why is our council not portraying our town in the same enthusiastic way the presenter of the programme, Nicholas Crane, did.

But not a mention of Roy Castle – the father of the no smoking ban!

When is the council going to celebrate and name something in the town after this life changing man?

How about the Roy Castle roundabout or the Roy Castle sports centre?

Come on Kirklees!

Honour the guy who is responsible for the smoking ban in this country

Julian Hirst

Huddersfield

Protect green land

THOSE of you who watched Town with Nicholas Crane on BBC Two on Tuesday night will have noticed that one of the scenes most repeated was the view of our town from Castle Hill beyond the green fields of Newsome that our council has plans to build 324 houses on.

In fact, the closing summary made by Mr Crane, who identifies Huddersfield as a hidden gem, was made from the same spot on Castle Hill that has been photo-featured in the Examiner many times in protest against spoiling this view.

If our council will not listen to the people of Huddersfield, then they should take note of professionals in the travel and tourist industry who know a good thing when they see one and leave our Castle Hill fields alone.

Maybe someone with a high social standing and the necessary influence should enlist Mr Crane in a national campaign to protect this view?

Let’s make it so!

Lynn Heeley

Newsome

Unused bus lay-by

APPROXIMATELY two years ago our wonderful council spent a fortune on re-arranging the bottom of Taylor Hill Road and built a bus lay-by there.

However, for some reason no buses that I have been behind since the day it was built have ever pulled in!

Furthermore, a bus stop post has been placed at the bottom of the lay-by and I’m assuming that if drivers were ever asked why they didn’t pull in that this would be the reason that they would use and also that the lay-by is of a terrible design.

I would ask a few questions of Kirklees Council and the bus companies:

A: How much did it cost to build this lay-by and change the road design?

B: Why build it when there was no need for it?

C: Can the bus companies tell us why their drivers stay on the main carriageway instead of pulling in and using the lay-by?

It appears to a few of us around here that this is yet another complete and utter waste of money. Another Kirklees white elephant where they should have just left it alone and spent the money elsewhere.

However, if it was for the bus companies benefit, then they should be told use it or fine drivers for not using it as it is there to allow traffic to flow while passengers are boarding or alighting the vehicle.

Scott Reid

Taylor Hill

Recycling policy

HAVING seen Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan being interviewed on BBC Breakfast defending and promoting recycling, quoting statistics and all the positive aspects of recycling and urging one and all (residents and councils) to undertake recycling while further stressing the economic benefits and also the danger to the environment of dumping extra refuse into landfill – I wonder why has Kirklees Council ceased to collect separately all items of glass for recycling?

I can only assume that the loss of revenue and the extra dumping of tons of glass into landfill in Kirklees is OK with the leader and is really just a question of, for publicity purposes, saying ‘do as I say, not do as I do.’

Linda Wild

Huddersfield

Search for film-maker

I’M trying to trace filmmaker James Stead who made a film about Jake Mangelwurzel in the 1990s while studying at university.

His mother is an author called Jennifer Stead and I believe they are both from Huddersfield.

I’m currently in the middle of a five-year project to produce a feature length documentary about Jake and his life story and would like to include sections of James Stead’s archive footage in my film.

This will then be sent out to festivals so it’s very important to get his permission.

If anyone has any information please contact me at mheighway@i4visuals.com

Michelle Heighway

Mental health

I READ Andrew Hirst’s article about Storthes Hall with interest.

As Storthes Hall was opened in 1904 and closed in 1991 it must have had an interesting history but to label it as an ‘asylum’ must be a bad reflection on patients there who were treated for mental illness.

Mental illness has always been little understood but these days charities like Sane and Mind must mean that someone is wanting to make progress with it. I’ve known mentally ill people being called ‘nutters’, which to me is pure ignorance and these people don’t have the intelligence to know the brain is, like other organs, a part of the body like the heart, lungs, liver etc, but yet illness of the brain is not physical and can’t be seen.

Mental illness can affect anyone at anytime and when it does, help should be sought quickly as it’s a difficult illness to beat.

Once it gets a hold suicides have occurred due to depression, yet people have failed to see the warning signs which could often prevent it.

It is important GPs are briefed on mental health as I think many fail to understand it. We have moved forward with mental health and it’s treatment so asylums are no more.

Colin Vause

Marsh

Great celebration

LAST Sunday the Polish parish and community celebrated the traditional Corpus Christie procession.

It was the 66th since it’s creation in 1948. Before the ring road was built it was held together with St Patrick’s.

Four altars were decoratively and artistically arranged in the church grounds by organisations and willing volunteers. It was held after the second mass in which the church was full with people standing outside.

The procession was led by Fr Stanislaw Wachala with the assistance of the deacon and 30 children in their traditional dresses.

The big crowd was singing with a gusto, harmoniously singing hymns without previous rehearsals and instrumental accompaniment.

Tony Sosna

Huddersfield

 
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