PERHAPS Thursday June 6 will go down in history as the day which signalled the beginning of the end of unwanted onshore wind turbines across England.
I welcome the announcement made by the Government, who at last have recognised that local residents who oppose inappropriately sited wind turbines are not NIMBY’s (not in my back yard) but people who believe passionately in the area they live in and do not want to see it spoilt by inefficient monsters.
Although I have nothing against renewable energy, I have fought hard in the nine years that I have represented residents of Denby Dale against a number of large wind turbine applications that were more to do with the applicant and developer making a profit than providing green energy.
In particular today’s announcement must bring a huge sigh of relief from the villagers of Birds Edge who have campaigned against the large turbines proposed within 600m of the village.
Clr Jim Dodds
Denby Dale Ward
Teaching jobs please
I READ that the Government is planning on fast-tracking ex-military personal with no degree or experience into teaching with training lasting only two years.
What about the thousands of aspiring teachers, such as myself, who had to go to college twice, re-sit GCSE papers to attain a higher grade, spend over £20,000 undertaking a degree, have a variety of experience in different schools, and are still turned down for a PGCE place?
If the country is that desperate for teachers, employ us!
OH DEAR, once again someone has come up with a cunning plan worthy of a TV sitcom. But then we have become used to such things.
Other readers (Letters June 5) have already pointed out the problems with the timing of the lights and the Waterloo retail park/fitness centre traffic preventing a free flow of traffic.
Perhaps the person who has come up with the scheme will explain how traffic travelling to Dalton, Kirkheaton and the motorway will be able to do so without creating problems further along Wakefield Road, when of course our planners will be able to design yet another solution.
Perhaps it is a job creation scheme in operation.
Many years ago the policy was to create a free flow of traffic, not only into the town, but for those travelling through.
Then Kirklees came up with the idea of preventing such things and so encouraged people to shop in places such as Wakefield where they have a much more enlightened policy. The result of course can be seen in the number of empty shops.
I personally find I can travel to Wakefield to shop just as quickly as Huddersfield, with a better selection of shops and cheaper parking.
I know I am not alone in this so perhaps there is a message to be gleaned from this proposal. Please keep out.
Frank W Healy
More loos needed
I AGREE with the writer (Examiner, June 1) when he or she says Huddersfield is very short of toilets.
Since our council came up with the bright idea of doing away with those in the market place, 80% of people have found it a problem to find a toilet, especially the elderly or people taking medication.
So let’s have more toilets, this is a necessity in a big town like Huddersfield.
Postcard from ....
HAS anyone else tried to find a nice postcard of Huddersfield?
I like to send cards to friends both in England and abroad, but all I can find at the moment are postcards of the University.
Where are the cards of the imposing railway station with the statue of Harold Wilson in front, and the lovely old buildings in that area, plus Greenhead Park which has lovely views?
We don’t seem to promote Huddersfield all that well and I like my home town.
I READ the article EDL Tribute to Lee Rigby (Examiner, June 3) with sadness.
The horrific murder of a soldier in his own country is being used like a propaganda football kicked from all sides.
The main effort from all sides should be to prevent it happening again, and that the freedom for everybody for which many thousands of brave people gave their lives in the WW2, is maintained within the law of this country.
Deeds before words should be the motto.
Check on MPs
BARRY Gibson makes very good points in the Examiner (June 5), regarding the possible introduction of a system allowing a set percentage of voters to force a one-off vote about an MP.
The Chartists had a six-point charter, one of which was the call for annual parliaments, so that the people’s mandate should be regularly and frequently renewed.
If implemented this would go some way to keeping our MPs in check.
Similarly it’s almost 30 years since a Tory government abolished West Yorkshire County Council.
The result is that every four years the electorate in Kirklees is denied the right to vote on council decisions that affect our lives.
This anomaly should be remedied by councillors facing election every three years instead of the current four years.
Lets re-open museum
YOUR report about the proposed new Library and Archive in Halifax refers to its location beside the “former Industrial Museum”.
May I point out that the Calderdale Industrial Museum is not “former”.
Calderdale MBC closed the museum 13 years ago but it is still there and most its the artefacts are still inside.
In the last couple of years a very active association has been formed with the objective of re-opening the museum.
Discussions with CMBC are proceeding and we have been holding Open Days at the museum since last year. The next is planned for Sunday, July 14.
For more information about the association and the work we are doing in the museum, please visit www.calderdaleindustrial.co.uk.