TODAY I met a woman in a wheelchair. She was in the road in her wheelchair because the pavement was clogged with parked cars.

These cars were so numerous and parked so inconsiderately that passing them on the pavement was a virtual impossibility and the woman in question was forced to take her chance on the open road.

On this particular road there is an uneven surface and it is full of potholes which the woman in the wheelchair had to negotiate as best she could. This was in addition to the obvious danger of being hit by a car!

This has left me absolutely furious. Why is it that a wheelchair user seemingly has no rights to use a pavement, designed as it is for pedestrian use?

Her wheelchair is unsuitable for the open road, having no lights, indicators or protection for the user. People exercising their perceived ‘right’ to park their car anywhere they like strip away the rights of the disabled, mothers with prams or pushchairs and the visually impaired from walking or using the pavements which are designed specifically to keep people off the roads.

Parking your car on the pavement or even half on the pavement is an antisocial act which seriously compromises the safety of pavement users and exposes the most vulnerable members of our communities to direct danger from vehicular traffic.

My message to those people who park their cars on the pavement is this – if you can’t park your car outside your house because the road is too narrow then park it where it doesn’t inconvenience pavement users and take the trouble to walk a few yards further.

Ms Helen Wood

Denby Dale

Mixed legends

IN ANSWER to Stephen Flynn’s letter in Wednesday’s Examiner about St George, from what I know he was the son of Lord Albert of Coventry. He fought in the Crusades.

He was a soldier of the 3rd century who lived in the Middle East and was persecuted for his Christian beliefs. He was apparently beheaded about AD303 by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at Nicomedia (now Izmit) in Turkey.

About 1348 Edward III dedicated the Order of the Garter to him. His position as patron saint of England stems from about this time. Within a few years his feast day, April 23, was being regularly kept.

P Makin

Berry Brow

No sporting chance

SO another Wimbledon goes by without any British success. No surprise there.

My seven-year-old son was spotted by a visiting tennis coach at his school and asked to attend lessons at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis Club in Edgerton. Even to me it was obvious that he had far more natural ability than his peers.

We carried on attending the sessions and to my surprise I was landed with a bill for his lessons and told I would have to make myself a member of the club and pay a joining fee.

Somewhere in an inner city estate I am sure is the next Nadal but as long as tennis persists with its elitist attitudes we as a country are second-raters at best.



Hospital moves

WE are told by the health bosses that all services would be moved out of the Crosland Moor hospital by December.

They say they had looked in Huddersfield for suitable premises, but decided to move them out of the town to sites in Dewsbury and Calderdale.

Could I ask what is wrong with St Luke’s Hospital with its massive grounds? A suitable place is there right under the noses of these health bosses.

My guess is they want this land to sell for house building like they did with Mill Hill Hospital.

H Barrowclough


In the wrong band?

IN response to Kevin Core’s article on Monday, July 5, about the Council Tax Review:

We provide a service to clients who frankly are being ridden over roughshod by a government agency and local authorities.

With respect to Valuation Office Agency (VOA) officer Niall Walsh, we have clients who have been refused a reassessment and review/refund with no explanation why. They have neighbours in the same street with identical houses and similar circumstances who have been successfully reassessed and refunded.

We have the knowledge and expertise on how banding was determined and how to seek reassessment if it is incorrect. We collated the evidence necessary to prove when bandings are incorrect.

This is something which the VOA expect people to do who very often do not know how to deal with these government agencies or are frightened to do so.

We would add there are strict time limits involved which can lead to claims failing. Again this is something VOA is often reticent to advise people about.

If the VOA was prepared to help people with rebanding we ask why have they refused our invitation to meet and discuss agreeing a process to deal with cases which are clearly wrong? People are suffering an injustice.

This is an open invitation to them but to date they have refused our invitation.

We agree that there are companies that operate scams. However, we have a proven track record of successfully acting for clients. We have the knowledge and expertise that is necessary in seeking redress against these government bodies.

We charge for the service we provide and our clients are happy to pay when they realise they have been wrongfully subsiding local and central government by overpaying taxes.

Jack Darrell Henry

Council Tax Review

Hands on hearts

I AM writing to thank all your readers who have put their hands on their hearts and signed up to volunteer with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) this June.

For the second year running the campaign has been a resounding success and the BHF couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.

Volunteers play a vital role in the lifesaving work of the BHF and their dedication helps save and improve the lives of those affected by heart disease.

Your readers can still sign up to the BHF and volunteer in whatever way they like from placing collection boxes and volunteering in a BHF Shop to organising their own event, such as a coffee morning. Or if they already volunteer, they can enlist a family member or friend to give them a hand?

People only have to give the time they can afford – whether it’s a regular day a week or a few hours a year. Whatever people choose to do, they’ll be able to take pride in the fact they’ve taken time to help the charity’s work in saving lives and fighting heart disease.

Giving a hand to the BHF is easy and fun as well as being extremely rewarding. It is a great way to support the nation’s heart charity. Find out more by visiting, email or call 0300 456 8353.

Lorraine Kelly

TV Presenter

In plain English

I READ with interest the concerns of Grange Moor villagers regarding the building of two 150ft wind turbines near their homes.

It was, however, with even greater interest that I read the justification for putting them up given in the plans for the development, namely “the turbines could be accommodated in the visual context of the wind energy development. This is largely due to the scale and characteristics of the receiving environment and other built influences of a vertical nature ...’’

I can only suppose that the authors of the plan do not have English as their first language because their jargon is almost as incomprehensible as their desire to vandalise the Grange Moor area.

I would suggest they consider attending one of the widely available English as a Foreign Language courses which, while not improving the validity of their arguments, would at least make them more understandable to those who prefer plain English.

Roger Logue