Letters, January 2: Don’t demonise all Huddersfield New College students for bus rowdyism
Jan 2 2010 by Sarah Bull, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
WHEN the Student Union at Huddersfield New College read the letter by Fed Up Bus User published on December 2 we were keen to offer a response as we feel this is an important issue.
Now in my second year, it saddened me greatly to read of the way in which Huddersfield New College students were being portrayed by members of the local community as the college and its students are most undeserving of the poor reputation such letters create.
I take the 370 or 371 route every morning and evening and am fully aware of the behaviour to which you refer.
But I would like to stress that although the conduct of some individuals shows room for improvement, this is not a reflection of the majority of the 2,300 students at the college as has been asserted.
The truth is that in many cases the large groups of students scrambling to get onto the buses often have little alternative.
The buses are often late and this causes a rush of students desperately trying to ensure a place on the bus to avoid being late for college or missing their connection and being unable to get home.
In addition to this, due to the enormous number of students who rely on the service, the buses are so full that there is often nowhere to move to when other passengers need to move past.
As for getting ‘our own buses,’ the college management has discussed extra buses on this service with First Bus which now runs an extra bus (K75) on this route, as does the Halifax Joint Committee (bus number 536) to help to cope with the demand.
A partial solution to the problem could lie in an internal campaign raising awareness of these issues to students.
This is certainly something that the Union will investigate. Perhaps an additional method of tackling the problem could be for students to work with members of the public to request that West Yorkshire Metro provides a more frequent and reliable service on the route.
However, on behalf of my peers, I implore you to show us the same level of respect you would wish to receive.
I’m tired of being ejected from shops, demonised in the media and being told that if I succeed in education it must be because A-levels are getting easier. The problem lies far deeper than simply the behaviour of my fellow students.
HNC Student Union
The right direction
THE plan by Chief Supt John Robins (reported on Page 14, Examiner, December 28) is certainly a move in the right direction in beating local crime.
Local police for local areas is bound to throw up more success in bringing more confidence to the public in these areas.
Confidence in the police has dipped due to our police being too far away and not being available quickly enough on the crime scene.
If these investigators know the area and are familiar with the local inhabitants then this will bring confidence that when a crime happens something is being done and not lost in a mountain of paperwork.
Foot patrol officers see much more of what is happening in a local area than officers in police cars can ever see.
I hope this plan is a success, I hope it is carried out to the letter and I hope the public gives its 100% support.
WHILE I am sad to see Very,Very Disgusted of Deighton (Examiner Mailbag, December 31) is disappointed with their delivery service, I would like to ask a few pertinent questions.
The person does not state which carrier it was. Was it Royal Mail or a private courier such as DHL or TNT?
If it was Royal Mail I totally refute the allegations that the postie did not knock on the door. Do they really believe that he/she would want to stand there writing out a card in the freezing cold when all they want to do is deliver the item and be on their way to the next drop?
Post deliverers, if it was Royal Mail, will always knock but very rarely ring a bell because we don’t know if its working from the outside. They don’t want to carry an undeliverable item around for the rest of the day.
Likewise the van drivers. All they want is to deliver said item so as not to block up the back of the van.
Disgusted states he/she is disabled. How are we to know that? How long do you expect us to wait when we have hundreds to deliver?
If it was Royal Mail, pick up the phone and request redelivery. You don’t have to get a lift to toddle down and pick up in person.
The final statement in the letter states: “How long does it take to ring a door bell?’’
Not long, but it all depends how long it takes to answer the door. Once again, we don’t know you are disabled.
Finally, there was an edition of Panorama on TV which claimed items are simply left in the office and a card sent out.
That definitely does not happen in the Huddersfield area.
Politics of spin
IT IS impossible not to admire the dark arts of the spin-meisters in the way they can ignore, twist and manufacture facts to suit their arguments.
In an article on Page 19 in the Examiner, December 29, after a statement that 21 accidents occurred over five years it is said that 34 people were injured, six seriously and 16 were pedestrians.
Since the majority of the accidents involved vehicles only, these figures are definitely suspect.
Later in the article, mention is made of speed humps beginning outside Meltham C of E School “after it was realised that two pupils had been involved in collisions outside the school.” That is incorrect.
In the batch of 21 accidents, only one, involving a person alighting from a bus which was going towards the centre at 3.45pm, was near the school.
The person then tried to cross the road to the same side as the school from behind a Transit van and walked into the path of a moving vehicle.
They were, obviously, not a pupil of Meltham C of E.
In order to find an instance of a Meltham C of E pupil being hurt (by crossing in front of a stationary bus/coach outside the school and running into the side of a passing vehicle) the period covered had to be expanded to six years, not five.
Had all the ‘improvements’ been in place, they would not have prevented a single one of the accidents in the list, over five years, or six. This exercise is all about politics, not facts.
A L Jones
A change of policy
ONCE again Kirklees Council neglected to clear pavements and footpaths during the snow.
What about the taxpayers who have no cars or use one only occasionally? Do they deserve to be ignored or risk life and limb to walk in the road?
This degrading treatment of pedestrians also seems to have spawned the practice of digging out the car and piling the snow onto the pavement.
If this is not illegal, it is at least immoral.
These culprits must think this is acceptable behaviour because the council sets the example.
Come on Kirklees, change this policy and where footpaths have been covered with tarmac provide some grit in a place where the selfish cannot drive up and fill their bags, buckets or whatever for their own private use.
Man with a bomb
WE have just celebrated Christmas with the proclamation ‘peace to all people in the world.’
What did we have in the news? A well-off young person, highly educated in London, trying to blow up a plane carrying people unknown to himself, sacrificing his own life in the process and almost succeeding.
What result would there have been if he carried weapons of mass destruction and succeeded?
What is amazing is how little co-operation there was between the nations to prevent it as he was well known, according to the news.
Let’s hope lessons are learned of the gravity of danger to humanity that could happen in the present system.
Global warming is the politicians’ present theme and it is a scenario which would endanger humanity in the years to come.
But little thought is given to the fact that terrorists with nuclear power could blow us to smithereens at any time.