ANDY Macdonald was pleased that Andrew Cooper issued a rebuttal to my recent letter regarding renewable energy and global warming.

As they both sing from the same song sheet that was of no surprise. The Greens do not like the thought of shale gas, gas, oil, nuclear or any other form of fossil fuel as energy. So what forms of energy does that leave us with, remembering it has to serve the country and not selected individuals?

Mr Cooper stated in his recent letter that all the negative news on climate and renewables was to be found in right wing newspapers. Ergo everything written in left wing newspapers is correct?

How condescending can you get? Right wing or left wing I cannot tell the difference in their news bias although I could with the Morning Star. Clr Cooper, try the Met Office database Hadcrut 4. These figures were issued by the Met Office and the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University.

We now have globalists telling the general public that this recent wet weather is down to global warming? Please give it a rest. Why do the globalist always roll out the same photo of the same polar bear sitting on the same piece of floating ice? If people were more honest with the facts then you may get people such as myself on board.

Andy Macdonald touched on solar energy which is a different monster that we have to pay for.

If renewables were the magic bullet why are these alternative forms of energy production not built into new homes? Why a scatter gun approach with land-based turbines.

Lastly, I am not on my own when it comes to thinking that wind and solar energy is not the answer to your prayers. I am a realist and I realise that these types of energy manufacture are not the future. I do, however, think that we have to protect our environment.

Andy if you wish to look and listen to an iconic wind turbine please feel free to share the monster which was recently erected some 300 metres from my home.

R J Bray


Checking the Met

I WAS intrigued by R J Bray’s claim (Mailbag, December 18) that the Met Office had said that global warming had peaked and was now declining, so I checked their website.

Under the heading ‘the state of the climate’, they state the following:

"The evidence continues to accumulate, strengthening the link between man’s activity and a wide range of indicators of a changing climate, both globally and regionally.

"Changes have now been observed in many different climate variables, in addition to temperature, the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, continuing sea-level rise and a decreasing Arctic sea-ice extent.

All are consistent with a long-term warming trend. The period 2000-2009 was warmer than the 1990s that, in turn, were warmer than the 1980s.

In fact, the average temperature over the first decade of the 21st century was significantly warmer than any preceding decade in the instrumental record, stretching back 160 years."

Mr Bray is entitled to dismiss the evidence, but he should not pretend that reputable scientists agree with him.

David Griffiths


Closing public loos

GIVEN the closure of the remaining public toilets, due to the unanimous vote by Kirklees councillors, I would like to voice my concerns for the dire consequences for public health.

Is there anybody else who has been prescribed diuretic (water) tablets, or even suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

If you can answer one or both, like me, then there’s an increased need to use the toilet, not less. There’s no prior warning to where or when this will happen. At the present, I will not visit any town or shops where there are no toilets.

I have found out that landlords and cafe bar owners only allow you to use their facilities if you are patronising them.

There is no excuse not to have public toilets. If you are still unconvinced, then let’s hear from other sufferers and their experiences.

Alan Robinson


Hill needs its pub

I SHOULD like to congratulate David Lockwood on his first class article in support of the rebuilding of the pub on Castle Hill. He speaks from experience of how things used to be.

That is the real tradition of the hill which I believe is remembered by a majority of local people.

A few weeks ago there was also an excellent letter from Mr Alan Wise which detailed again the history and tradition of the hill as it really matters to people of the town.

The rebuilding of the pub would enhance, not diminish the value of the hill as an asset. It could once again provide some pleasure for local people as it did in our youth.

It seems strange that suddenly exploration of the hill’s ancient past has become such a sacred and urgent feature. The pub need not be seen as restricting that desire. The two can continue side by side as they did for the last 200 years.

David’s final comment is, in my opinion, very true that "the objections appear to come from a vociferous and must be heard minority."

I would agree with him that probably the majority of people are in favour of the pub.

The Thandi Brothers ran an excellent hostelry in the past providing both good food and drink, in addition to other essential services. I say, give them a chance to do it again.

Kenneth Greenwood

Berry Brow

Tower a ‘vanity project’

I ENJOYED reading the article written by David Lockwood (Examiner, December 22) regarding his days as a DJ at the old Castle Hill pub.

He clearly knows what he is talking about on this issue of whether there should be a pub on Castle Hill.

I was not a regular visitor but I did go occasionally and always found it to be an enjoyable experience.

The pub was far older than the tower as pointed out by Mr Lockwood and more historically interesting.

I remember feeling cheated when I was old enough to discover that the tower was not much more than a century old and, in my opinion, nothing more than a vanity project for Queen Victoria.

I had originally assumed that it went back many centuries.

Liam McParland


A tiresome debate

HOW tiresome the debate has become regarding the should we shouldn’t we rebuild the public house on top of Castle Hill.

How tiresome it is reading all the letters droning on about our heritage, complaints about the landscape etc.

I note that numerous letters are from people who don’t even live in Huddersfield, let alone have a view of it. What concern is it of theirs can I ask?

The pub was there before the tower and was used by everyone who wanted to appreciate the views of or town and beyond.

There never was a problem regarding traffic as there are passing places.

Mick and Barry Thandi have bent over backwards to redeem themselves and while everyone is judging them on their folly, surely shouldn’t the council take some responsibility for this ever being allowed to happen?

Where were the building inspectors when all this was happening? It wasn’t built overnight. It’s amazing how when one minute the land is available to build on and the next it isn’t because it’s been turned into green belt land.

This debate must stop and the Thandis should be allowed to build their pub and I think that if this was put to a public vote there would be a very different conclusion.

Susan Moorhouse


Hotel for sale

ISN’T it baffling that the Thandi Brothers think they can build a pub/hotel on one hill and make it pay while a pub on another hill, the Scape House, closed because it didn’t.

A new landlord has taken over whom we can only hope succeeds where others have failed.

Similarly the Hey Green at Marsden, a hotel in pleasant country surroundings, has gone into administration because it was losing money and is only being kept open in the hope that the administrator can find a buyer.

Perhaps the Thandis could think of buying it.