THE green fields around Huddersfield were created by our ancestors before Stonehenge was built, and have been used for the same purpose ever since. Cows munching the grass.
Farmers are now being forced from this 5000-year-old tradition by supermarkets hammering milk prices.
Their plight is similar to the miners, in 1984, when coal could be supplied to Drax power station cheaper from Australia than Doncaster.
Like it or not, with some container ships half a mile long, carrying 5000 containers, it costs less than 1p to bring a banana from Honduras to Huddersfield.
The awesome buying power of the big supermarkets is supplying us with cheap food sourced worldwide but unfortunately, world food prices are steadily rising.
Climate change is giving us new opportunities. We are not quite ready for olive groves at Meltham and rice paddies at Cooper Bridge, but we’re getting there.
We now have a vineyard at Holmfirth. Hardly surprising.
The furthest northerly vineyard in the Roman Empire was at Magdale, and our climate is now more Roman than two millennia ago.
Local job creating agricultural projects can match supermarket prices with some commodities.
Growing bananas at Kirkburton is not one of them, but a 50-acre Nordman plantation between Linthwaite and Crosland Moor is.
This would create jobs and inject £1m per annum into our local economy.
We live in a changing world. Let’s not be left behind but rise to the new challenges.
Bristol has recently created the Bristol Pond to stimulate the local economy. A bit OTT, but I would prefer that to the Euro.
I am not a bright spark with clairvoyant powers, but merely writing what I learnt while playing with my new toy. It’s called smart phone Google search.
Hopefully, brighter sparks can use the same toy to formulate even better ideas than myself. Did I hear fish farming in Newsome Mill ponds?
How about asparagus at Honley or even artichokes at Aspley? It’s all worth considering, and if unworkable rejecting, but if proved viable, adopting.
For our young people, their future starts now.
Backing the Giants
I WAS very disappointed to read the letter from Allan Ainley saying he is not buying a Giants season ticket next season.
If all supporters were like him there would only be a small nucleus of professional sports clubs.
Fortunately there are two kinds of supporters, those who support Huddersfield Rugby League Club and if there were more like us, who are there through thick and thin, success would come more often.
I will be investing and backing Mr Davy. I’m in.
IN REPLY to Allan Ainley (July 24) re his comment on investment returns.
What financial return does he think Ken Davy has had on his (on going) investment? Mr Ainley is I’m afraid typical of some so called supporters in Huddersfield.
It’s easy being a fan when your team is top of the league, but now is just the time when our club needs support and encouragement. Not though it would seem from Mr Ainley whose investment is conditional, a proud fan but only if they are winning.
Let’s hope we have enough true supporters who will back their team back to success.
I READ in the Examiner (July 24) about a man bitten by a rat after picking it up in a Huddersfield pub.
He should never have done that as not only do rats bite when they are touched or cornered, they carry a disease called Wiel’s Disease.
This disease is easily passed on to humans though the animal’s urine and if the person who picks up the rat has any broken skin then it will quite easily enter the blood stream.
Rats have a high intelligence and over the years they have got used to various poisons which people put down with the exception of Warfarin which thins their blood out and stops it clotting.
One of the reasons rats enter premises is because people leave food cartons out and this again encourages the animal which is why waste bins need emptying regularly and streets need cleaning of food cartons that people throw around.
When James Cagney was quoted to say “you dirty rat” one could say dirt and rats go together but never pick one up, it’s a large risk to do so.
Figure this out
I FIND it amazing that Kirklees Council officials are having to check how many homes in the area have only one occupant, and that tenants who don’t comply could face a fine of between £70 and £280 for failing to supply information (Examiner, July 25).
This information should already exist via Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, from the latest census figures which cost the tax payer millions of pounds and the local electoral register office which also wrote to households recently.
I estimate the cost to Kirklees in writing to 64,000 households in the district will be around £30,000.
The council needs to explain to the public why these figures are not already available.
REGARDING the story on parking signs which were hidden from view (Examiner, July 26). Mr Craggs says he is going to write to the manager of the Co-op in Holmfirth re his parking fine.
I can tell him now that this will be a complete waste of his time, as I found out when my coins were taken by a machine but no ticket issued.
I complained to the Co-op and was told that the car park is nothing to do with them and I was told to ring Kirklees Council about it.
This would have cost me more than the parking charge so I went to a different machine and paid again.
I too have yet to see a Pay and Display car park outside any other supermarket.
Perhaps it is what “keeps Holmfirth special!”
Holmfirth resident but not proud of it
Smelling the roses
UNLIKE Linfit Joe (Letters July 25 ) I would like to congratulate Kirklees Council for all the hanging baskets of flowers which they provide, and also for the refurbishment of our local parks, which are becoming a glory.
Joe suggests that places of natural beauty such as woodlands, grassy hills and criss-crossing waterways ought to be enough, and that public provision of flowers in towns is a luxury we can’t afford.
This is a false distinction: nature is responsible for great beauty but all of it has to be nurtured by people’s work and skill. That applies in town and country alike.
Joe is right that sometimes if an individual household is short of money we might be forced to save and miss out on some of the good things in order to provide the more basic essentials.
But our society as a whole is not in that position: there remains great wealth, and a vast amount of new wealth is produced every year (about £1.4 trillion’s worth in the UK alone).
Unfortunately the world banking crisis is providing the motive and the excuse for a big offensive by our governments, the bankers and their class to protect and increase their massive share of this wealth by imposing austerity on the rest of us, our councils and our public services. We should resist this offensive on every front.
Society can well afford lamp-post flowers, libraries, Surestart and many other services, and the wages of the workers who provide them.
That will be the spirit behind the national TUC demonstration in London on Saturday October 20 “A Future that Works”. I urge Joe and all your readers to join it.
Even 100 years ago, in a much poorer age, workers rightly insisted “We want bread, but roses too”.
Huddersfield Socialist Workers Party and a supporter of Huddersfield Save Our Services
IT IS indeed tragic when two people have their lives cut short in such a horrible way.
Everything reasonable has to be done to find the cause. But closing a motorway for 11 hours is chronic excess.
It could have been possible to get two lanes open in two hours, four hours at most, without losing any evidence.
The number of police tied up at these incidents should be employed patrolling the motorways to improve driving habits.
Bureaucracy is now serving itself, not the people who die on the motorways.