CONGRATULATIONS to all the volunteers who work so tirelessly throughout the year for trying so hard to make this year’s Honley Show possible, right up to the last minute.
I was at the show ground on Friday night and early Saturday morning putting up a display (and taking it down!) in the Countryside tent.
To see people battling with the wind and rain on Friday night trying to complete final preparations was just mind blowing.
To realise the motivation and determination of so many people working so hard to give pleasure for others was quite inspirational.
The ground was a quagmire. Vehicles were being rescued constantly by the tractors on the field. People were wet through, exhausted and hopeful. They still carried on.
Finally, the decision had to be made, after consistent rain throughout the night. By Saturday morning the field was mud, no other word for it.
Our thanks must go to all involved as I know they will be back again next year.
I only had a small glimpse of what was involved and realised the tremendous hard work involved in putting on such an amazingly well organised show not just on show day.
Thank you for all your efforts. See you next year!
Rain didn’t stop them
IN SPITE of the rain you all came up trumps and once again helped me to raise £738 for Kirkwood Hospice.
This was fantastic and I offer a very big thank you to all my dear friends and family.
Sorry we were unable to use the garden this year but you all made the most of it and I hope you enjoyed it.
Thank you for all the wonderful donations and excellent gifts for the raffle. All the gifts unsold at the end will be sold at Kirkburton Kirkwood Shop, so they will still benefit the hospice
Party political problems
COUNCILLOR Sokhal’s attempt at apologetics (Letters, Thursday June 7) on behalf of the Labour Group, or more exactly its leadership, only reinforces in my mind the problems with political parties today.
It is a letter of nonsense arguments and incorrect information drawn from meetings Clr Sokhal did not attend. But significantly he does not seem interested in policies that affect the people of Kirklees, (dismissal of the concerns over libraries), but sees the world darkly through the glass of ‘party political’ manoeuvre.
The nonsense is that Clr Sokhal tells us the Lib Dems don’t like the Conservatives on one issue, so will never support them on any other. A rather silly statement.
The Lib Dems are not sulking schoolboys (or girls), but will be concerned about issues and this influences their support.
The most obvious answer to this is that the Lib Dems actually voted against Clr Khan as leader at the annual meeting — an action which Labour spokespersons at least, (See Clr Khan’s twitters) interpret as “wanting the Conservatives”.
Although I think this is a false argument, as a non-confidence vote against the leader is not a positive vote for the Conservatives. But hubristically, Clr Khan would like us to think otherwise.
We then have in Clr Sokhal’s letter what is called an “argument from authority” where we are presented with “as a fact” the supposed actions of the Green/Independent Group.
The problem begins with the fact that Clr Sokhal was not present at the meeting he refers to, so his information must be second-hand, and it is not very accurate.
In relation to the Green/Independent Group and positions on the Council, having actually been at the meeting, I can provide a direct quote from a written document sent to Clr Khan during that discussion, to clarify a similar confusion, where I stated: “We have no issue with positions or chairs, our concern relates to policies.”
That seems clear enough and is a somewhat different from the situation that Clr Sokhal seeks to paint. It highlights that our concern was over policies; but Clr Sokhal (and in the shadows, Clr Khan) only see the world through power-politics and manoeuvre, so everybody else ‘must’ be like them.
In the end, Clr Sokhal’s presentation of answers on this issue falls through the gaps left by the questions he has not asked.
Why did the Conservatives “sit on their hands” knowing this would defeat a vote of no confidence in Clr Khan (and had nothing to do with putting them in “control”)?
Then, within the next 30 minutes why did the Labour Group vote en-block to give the Conservatives a disproportionate number of paid positions (35% of the total, although they only represent 22% of councillors)? This was an action in contradiction to normal Kirklees practice.
Some people might think the Conservatives were being “rewarded” for services rendered. But you would only think that if you thought there was a problem with political parties today. Manoeuvre, manoeuvre. But what about policies and services for people?
Clr Edgar Holroyd-Doveton
(Holme Valley North, Independent)
At the party’s expense
RECENTLY issues have been raised concerning the misuse of public funds by councillors to attend party political events.
Now I don’t know about you but I take great exception to my money which should be used for public services being used to attend party political events.
If our councillors wish to attend these types of events then they have the option of paying for them out of their own pocket or getting the appropriate party to fund their attendance.
Our council tax payments to my way of thinking – disregard Clr Khan’s take on this – are not meant to send people on away days to talk to other like minded party people.
Funds are tight and we must make our money go as far as possible.
In this hi-tech age we do not need to meet people face to face. This can be done on the internet where you can have a face to face meeting.
To be honest I do not see why, for example, Clr Khan needs to have a face to face with MP Ed Balls. Our Labour-led council seems to be able to cut and chop our services but when it comes to their party politics then it becomes another matter.
It is time that the councillors who are using public funds for these events started to become more accountable to the electorate. I would like to see an annual account of where our money was going.
I would say to those that claim for these party conferences, use your own money not the electorate’s. I could not give a fig as to what happens at these party conferences my priorities are Huddersfield as those that have been elected to office should also be.
Maybe we should start to prune the number of councillor we have and at the same time revert Huddersfield to two areas again ridding ourselves of the Kirklees tag.
The tax payer has merely become a meal ticket for some.
R J Bray
Works in progress
DO KIRKLEES Highways Department measure time differently to other people? Listed below are examples of roadworks in progress.
1) Moorside Avenue, Crosland Moor – work was scheduled to start April 26, 2010 on pavement and road resurfacing, completion time four weeks. Work finally started April 23, 2012 completion time two weeks?
2) Colne Road, Folly Hall similar work to Moorside Avenue plus new drains. Start date April 1, 2011, completion time six weeks. Sixty-two weeks later this work is still not finished.
3) Replacing the traffic lights and islands at the junction of St Thomas Road/Manchester Road Longroyd Bridge. Start date February 5, 2012, completion time 10 weeks.
Why has repair work not been completed on time? Because the Chapel Hill pedestrian crossing is not in use.
I walk to the town centre via St Thomas Road, Colne Road and Queen Street South and notice that the road surface on Queen Street South, Milford Street and Chapel Street in this high profile development area have not improved much over the last three years.
What’s amazing is that Kirklees Council charge people to park on the worst one, Chapel Street.
Coming back nearer home the road surface on Oldfield Street is now almost non existent.
College Street is showing its heritage with numerous areas of cobbles showing through. But the most serious is the lane linking Lightcliffe Road and College Street East.
This lane is a well used short cut for motorists and taxis and now is rutted and losing its tarmac surface at a fast rate.
Will the above two streets and lane be resurfaced soon or will the norm for Kirklees Highways suffice ie a few blobs of tarmac here and there?