WHY is it such a shame we are losing the ‘high street’?

Is the high street such a loveable institution it must be preserved at all costs? When did you last visit one of the honourable names on our shopping streets and perhaps encounter a shop assistant suggesting you’ll need not just the object you went for, but an expensive warranty and half a dozen add-ons you never realised you needed, and actually don’t.

The way that made you feel is nothing to the way it made the sales assistant feel. They’re on the dole now.

You didn’t buy what they were desperate to sell you and they didn’t meet their sales targets.

So the next time you feel like buying a new camera or TV or refrigerator or whatever, have a look at the internet.

No-one is going to try to coerce you into ‘our three year protection plan’ or ‘this amazing cable’, you’ll buy exactly what you want to buy.

The internet is killing the high street, of that there is no doubt. In my opinion half the companies operating on the high street deserve to go under.

Until these companies start to treat their customers and (to an even greater degree their employees) like intelligent, informed, and important people, good riddance to them.

M Brunskill


Disintegrating town

I AGREE with Mrs Johan Peters (Mailbag, July 9) regarding the shabby state of Holmfirth’s shop fronts.

I return to Holmfirth three or four times a year from the Northern Isles and every time I notice a deterioration in the appearance of the town.

When you are familiar on a daily basis with someone, it is difficult to recognise the onset and progression of physical decline.

However, when you see the same person only a few times a year such changes either disappoint the perception you have or prompt the reaction that this deterioration could have been avoided. This reaction questions the degree of pride people have in their town.

When Tesco was seeking planning permission to build one of their shops on the outskirts of Holmfirth a cry went up that its presence would spoil something special, important and vital about the town.

Those wanting to preserve the alleged special nature have failed as the garish and vulgar coloured plastic and perspex signs have succeeded in cheapening the appearance of Holmfirth.

Where now your special rural enclave? Where were you when someone could have complained to the planners in the council?

S J Seymour Clancy


Permits – for everybody

THE road outside my home is permit parking and I do have a problem with parking – students given up to six permits per house, free.

Some students hand out the permits to their friends so they can park free all day.

So parking for residents is at a premium The only time I can park outside my own home is when the students have gone home or are on holiday.

Would I pay? Yes – as long as I was paying for that space 24/7, and students had to do so as well.

Not all people have a drive way to park in.

Brian Allen


The horse has bolted

ON leaving Holmfirth Art Exhibition on Sunday I had to smile at the display in the foyer of Holmfirth Civic Hall inviting me to go along to a meeting on July 21 to save our Adult Education Centre.

Once again our councillors have missed the boat.

The centre has closed. It is an ex-Adult Education Centre. The staff have had their leaving party.

The ex-users are making their own arrangements for the future which do not involve this building.

What I can’t understand is how our councillors missed this! The council have loaned money to Kirklees College to help them complete the building of the new college in town so wouldn’t Clrs Sims, Firth and Patrick have known about this?

Once again they have leapt on the bandwagon along with the MP to save something once it is too late. This is beginning to be a habit.

Cath Ingham


Teachers disrespected

I AM writing some 7,000 miles away in Bangkok. The recent teachers’ strike reminded me that in my experience, the quality of teaching in the UK is somewhat depressing and in my view, it is getting worse.

At first hand teaching overseas, you see the quality of students from countries like Finland and China, you soon discover how backward our teaching methods are especially in English and maths.

No wonder we as a nation are being left behind. One teacher commented that children did not want to be taught by 65-year-old.

A 65-year-old would certainly have more experience and better classroom discipline than a timid, inexperienced 24-year-old.

So come on teachers: once you have proven how good you are at teaching and cut your holidays down and upgraded the exams, and start contributing more to your pensions, then the rest of us in the UK may respect you more.

At present there are a lot of us that do not – and that will remain so as long as teaching and school discipline remains as it is.

David Seale

Siam university lecturer, Bangkok

Help from our ‘Friends’

THE LINDLEY Methodist Church Wednesday Fellowship wish to thank the Friends of Greenhead Park for their kindness and attention on our visit to the park.

We did not realise the amount of work they had put in. This work has not only been in organising but also in manual labour.

The guided tour was much appreciated and the members who were not fit enough to walk were given an illustrated talk.

The versatility of the new regime was shown by superb high tea served by the cafe in the park. The Friends of Greenhead Park and the cafe deserve every support from all of us.

L Wood


Best hospital in England

I AM writing about recently visiting Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for some outpatient appointments and also A and E with both my sons who had accidents.

I would like to say that Huddersfield is the friendliest, most efficient and caring hospital in England!

I have been to hospitals in Barnsley, Portsmouth and Plymouth and none of them match up to Huddersfield. They don’t even come close.

I went to the endoscopy department and the staff there were amazing. I felt so relaxed that I forgot to be nervous about my procedure.

I got the results of the test straight away and everyone was so helpful.

A few weeks ago I had to take my son to A and E after a small accident at home. I was not made to feel like a burden whilst there despite the injury not being extremely serious.

The nurse who bandaged my teenage son’s foot confessed to not really liking feet too but she was still friendly, approachable and gentle – I can’t say I would have managed to be so forgiving if I had had to bandage someone’s disgusting big toe – even if it was my job!

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Huddersfield. They are amazing and do an amazing job.

Helen Cope

Clayton West

Time to shop around

I WAS interested in the letter in the Examiner (July 11) regarding parking.

Here is another case in point. Perhaps two years ago Aldi set up a store in a new retail outlet on the Wakefield Road.

At the time there was nothing else there and parking was easy enough.

I would go there and spend maybe 45 mins if I was doing a monthly shop.

Along came a McDonalds but parking was still OK and that particular McDonalds was not one I use.

M & S opened and eventually Pets At Home. To be fair I do not use either of them although now and again I have a look inside Marks.

All of a sudden there are parking restriction signs there. Two hours only.

It seems to me a stupid decision which will lead to people going elsewhere and bear in mind, it is Aldi and McDonalds that attracts people there.

If you are a family and have children/pets or both how long might you be there? Forty-five minutes in Aldi, 20 mins in Pets At Home and your kids want a burger. You could easily break the two hours.

These private parking companies make their money fining people. I know what I am going to do and I probably would never have a problem.

M Fletcher