FURTHER to a recent letter written by Vivian Rayner, of Derwent Road, Honley, about horse muck.
It is interesting that Vivian writes to complain about horse muck on the pavements of Derwent Road, but in my opinion this is not the biggest peril encountered in a stroll on this road.
On a recent foray on this ‘hazardous’ semi-rural street with my daughter and my granddaughter in her pushchair, the biggest hazard was not horse muck but the number of vehicles parked on the pavement.
Some were so far on the pavement that it became almost a paint-scraping exercise to pass with the wheelchair.
I am certainly not going to walk in the middle of the road unless I am absolutely bound to. Even in the middle of the afternoon there were numerous vehicles parked on both sides of the road.
Derwent Road is not the widest of roads and, heaven forbid, a fire engine may need to get on one day.
But every house on this street has its own driveway and garage. One or two may have a caravan or a trailer parked there and one or two may have incorporated the garage as a living space, but they all have driveways.
They evidently cannot be bothered to use them or could it be because some of them (but not all) slope quite steeply and the owners can’t be bothered to take the extra bit of care and skill needed to park their vehicles on these driveways.
Whatever the reason these vehicles create a hazard twenty-four hours a day and I wonder if the owners are aware that parking on the pavement is against the law.
Also, when these people insure their vehicles do they insure them for parking on the roadside?
I think it’s a very safe bet that most of them will be insured either for parking in a garage or on the driveway.
Where have I read recently that the insurance companies are now sending people out to check on this? Oh yes they are!
Don’t wreck Castle Hill
I WRITE to comment on Kirklees Council’s proposals to utilise quality green belt land at Newsome for a housing estate.
Is the council aware that the foothills surrounding Castle Hill – the very places they propose to develop – are featured time and time again in their own tourist publications and help promote Huddersfield as a place to visit?
The hill attracts thousands of tourists and local each year.
All go to enjoy the spectacular panorama. The Newsome/Hall Bower plateau and open fields are an intrinsic part of this panorama.
Together with the tiny hamlet of Hall Bower they form the mantle of our famous Huddersfield landmark.
This is a place of natural beauty and of historical importance dating back to the Neolithic period. The hill itself is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
In their LDF Summary Booklet, Kirklees Council invite residents to suggest alternatives to Options one to four. So here is Option 5:
Option 5 (a) – In addition to a housing development on quality green belt land at Newsome, Castle Hill could be used for industrial and commercial purposes. McDonalds would certainly be interested in this prime site.
Option 5 (b) – A mini-town could be created on land running from Newsome over to Farnley Tyas. This plan would encompass all housing requirements for Kirklees in one go.
The massive revenue gained from this plan would provide new council housing. These properties could then be left empty and/or vandalised as required.
Ludicrous isn’t it? So are the plans to spoil the beautiful surroundings of Castle Hill forever.
Finally, dear Mrs Millington (Examiner, Letters, April 11) you are far from alone in your deep concern about our area. The troops are rallying fast.
Mrs G Allan
Teachers ‘having a laugh’
I CANNOT understand why, when council workers are earning up to £60,00 per year, that low-paid private sector workers are having to contribute towards public sector workers gold plated pensions?
Then we read that the National Union of Teachers are demanding less working hours and more pay for teachers. Having a laugh aren’t they?
These greedy teachers should understand Joe Public does not have a bottomless pocket full of wonger, like this money-grabbing Government believe we have. Things need to change big time, a total new political party who will put our country and people first, not forgetting our homeland security.
I WAS disturbed to read that two arrested suspects in the latest terrorists plot were employed as security guards.
It is time that the security firms ought to check on their employees, otherwise our security will be diminished. In the old times my friend worked as a security guard, but before he was employed even his military records were checked and the security firms were vetted.
TO SELLARS International Youth Band in becoming National Youth Brass Band Champions of Great Britain at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
A round of support for Mark Bousle for his hard work and dedication. I think to all parents who encourage their children to partake and most of all to the kids who work so hard for perfection.
Well done to all.
Wash your hands!
ON a recent visit to HRI both dispensers of hygienic hand rub in the lobby were empty.
I reported this and to their credit two new packs arrived in the next few minutes.
I watched people entering and counted only one in 10 actually using the dispensers.
Everyone should have used them and anyone could have reported them empty.
How can we bemoan the NHS and other services when we cannot do the simplest things to help them help us?
What is an MP?
THE 1997 definition of an MP or Member of Parliament is a representative of the voters to a parliament.
The 2009 definition of an MP or Member of Parliament is a parasitic creature which lives off the endeavours of others.
Just how much more of this do we have to take? Is there any way of getting these overpriced incompetents out of office before the next General Election as it may be then too late to save the country.
Every time Pinocchio told a lie his nose grew. How these in office can manage to turn around without knocking anything over amazes me.
I always thought crooks went to prison? Just goes to show how times have changed.
R J Bray
Caught in web of deceit
YETanother New Labour spinner is caught in his own web of deceit.
Recent police operations in the North West seem to underline the fact that our national borders are nearly as watertight as a kitchen colander.
Gordon Brown talks of his help for the unemployed at the same time as Job Centre staffing is cut.
The Governor of the Bank of England has warned that the Government is, effectively, bankrupt – the response to this is to ‘print’ more money with the inevitable longer-term effect of making each pound worth less – or in the Zimbabwean extreme, worthless.
In the shorter term, this is simply another way of increasing Government borrowing. Rather, it seems to ignore the fact that the present ‘credit crunch’ arose because individuals, companies and nations have lived on borrowed money for far too long.
Looking further back, we have seen serious questions raised about the ennoblement of New Labour supporters.
We have seen the cynical dumping of a manifesto commitment to hold a referendum on the EU. We have seen the deliberate promotion of economically unsupportable mass immigration. We have seen the increasing politicisation of the Metropolitan Police.
Above all else, we have seen many thousands of people, combatants and civilians alike, die in Iraq on the basis of a dossier of ‘evidence’ which was, to say the least, dubious in its provenance.
Do we need any more evidence that the thoroughly unscrupulous New Labour project constructed in the mid 1990s by Blair, Brown and Mandelson as a vehicle for their own ambitions, is rapidly reaching the end of the road?
It is widely leaked that Darling will be introducing a scheme to remove vehicles over nine years old from the road.
This is one 14-year-old clapped-out banger which should be scrapped immediately.