I WRITE with regard to the axing of the flat green rinks from the facilities planned for the new Sports Centre, leaving hundreds of bowlers without any local alternatives for their enjoyment.
A great one-off opportunity will be lost. It is not as though bowling is a free service – all facilities have to be paid for by the bowlers themselves.
Clr Mehboob Khan blames the revised plans on ‘the Government’s attack on local authority funding’. I beg to differ.
The plans for the centre were made well before the present Government took office, and it was stated that the centre would be part of the financial deal made with Tesco in relation to their proposed new supermarket.
If insufficient funds are now available, does this not suggest that Clr Khan has failed to negotiate an adequate agreement with Tesco, in which event it is he and not the Government who should accept the blame?
It seems Clr Khan is trotting out ‘Government cuts’ at every opportunity. Has he forgotten it was his profligate Labour masters at Westminster that landed us in our current financial mess?
As for putting forward the crown green at the Leeds Road Dome as an alternative bowling venue, it shows that Clr Khan and his officers don’t know their forehand from their backhand – nor probably their thumb from their finger.
Despite the proposed changes to the centre, Clr Khan concludes that it will still provide a tremendous scheme for all the family – but omits to say providing the family does not include any bowlers!
Will protests about bowling cut any ice? That must be open to some doubt. Clr Khan leads a council which has developed a huge reputation for ignoring public opinion at all costs: St George’s Square, bus lanes, LDF, Tesco etc.
Tesco ‘full fat’ not ‘lite’
IF I were to sum up the campaign run by Kirklees Council in support of the closure of New Mill library I would say it was characterised by misinformation and misdirection.
Surprising therefore to read comments regarding Tesco’s proposal being labelled as unstoppable or unalterable (Examiner reports) from a council adept at ignoring public opinion.
In making such statements those responsible are possibly trying to misdirect attention away from the fundamental question: Is this a good deal for Huddersfield?
The answer has little to do with Tesco and everything to do with the council’s handling of the issue.
Tesco simply present their plans for approval and claim that any significant deviation would ruin their corporate image. That Tesco need to regenerate their existing premises is beyond doubt. That should be the council’s trump card.
In the initial announcement Tesco were to build us a new sports centre and Tesco could have the old one for redevelopment. Was a contract signed? A memorandum of understanding? Apparently not.
Now it would seem that Tesco will be making only a contribution to the cost and at this stage that contribution is not fixed. One thing for certain is it won’t get any bigger.
What’s also lacking is an order of work. Nothing should be done to demolish the old sports centre until the new one is built and open and most importantly, Tesco’s contribution is in the bank.
Housing developers are subject to an extraordinary range of up front charges before they can ever turn a sod, and because the council realise the developer must develop in order to turn over the cash invested in the land they know they will pay up through gritted teeth. So it should be here.
Tesco are never going to leave town. If they want the old sports centre then let them build us a new one to the full specification. Tesco’s contribution should be full fat, not Tesco lite.
Or is it that this council don’t have the muscle to bully big companies in quite they way they can bully their own voters?
Route to cheerfulness
KIRKLEES Council has taken a bit of a bashing lately with the failed ‘consultation’ process on the LDF, potholes, insensitive and unimaginative cuts to frontline services and a lack of awareness about the new Sports Centre, all demonstrating the ineffectiveness of our elected representatives.
Their response to this is to try to cheer us all up by announcing another bus lane! You’ve got to laugh!
Deal or no deal
NOTE to council: if Tesco are such ‘hard-nosed successful business people who are difficult to deal with’ – don’t deal with them!
Menace of litter
THERE has recently been a lot of publicity on the dog fouling problem, and I agree our streets are disgusting.
I for one always pick up my dog’s fouling, but I would like to make a point here about other forms of fouling on the pavements. When I am out with my (greedy) little dog I am constantly having to tell her to ‘leave it’ when she spots food on the floor. I have seen discarded food on the pavements only yards away from a litter bin.
Why do people think it is OK to make their environment so ugly and unhygienic? Apart from attracting vermin some foodstuffs are positively dangerous for dogs. I just stopped my dog today from picking up a big piece of chocolate that someone could not be bothered to find a bin for, or even take home to discard. Chocolate is poison to dogs! That would have been my vet bill, not yours, so come on Colne Valley, it’s time to start taking a pride in your environment and to get rid of your litter in a civilised way.
We live in a valley that is attractive to visitors so let’s try to keep it that way – what is so difficult about finding a bin or even, shock horror, taking your rubbish home with you?
Fines for the foulers
I FEEL I must join the loud complaints from Marsden over the dog fouling on our streets.
Over the last few months I have regularly trailed dirt into my home from the pavement outside my house. Station Road is used regularly by commuters and I’m sure they must also have a problem when walking down the street and through the village centre.
I’m a dog owner and don’t find it a problem to pick up after my dogs, so why do others feel it’s beneath them? It’s time Kirklees Council took these people to task and started issuing fines!
Bus lanes don’t work
GRAHAM Beaumont (Mailbag, March 1) clearly drives along Wakefield Road at different times from myself. I find that outside the ‘buses only’ times, the road is used as a car park for the properties on that road.
One can travel for short stretches along the inside lane but then have to pull out into the outside lane to pass parked vehicles which is not always easy. I have also driven during ‘buses only’ times and seen very few buses using it. The ones which were there seemed to be exceeding the 30mph limit – does that not apply to them?
REGARDING unlit traffic islands on Manchester Road, I can confirm to Rob Pearce (Mailbag, February 28) that Kirklees has the repairs in hand.
I know this because they told me on November 25 last year that they would be repaired within a week.
These islands were installed to enhance road safety.
What we really want
THE replies to the questionnaire sent by Kirklees to ascertain if people agreed with cutting day care for substantial needs showed 98% against.
A rally was staged in the Town Hall by carers and disabled people against the cuts. Many more, physically unable to attend, were there in spirit.
Many letters have been written to the Examiner against the cuts, depicting the despair of those whose lives will be greatly affected by the lack of day care.
Clr Khan said on February 24: ‘The new vision for adult social care ... (is) what people have told us they want’.
Clr Molly Walton calls the despairing objectors to the plans, ‘loons’.
The Examiner reported on March 1 that Kirklees care cuts were the deepest in the region. I think Charles Dickens would have had a field day with this council.
I AM 85 years old but I don’t need care of any kind. However, there are other people who do need care.
I think it’s absolutely atrocious that Kirklees Council spent £100 on a couple of chuckers-out at last week’s meeting where cuts to care were decided. Councillors live in their own little world. They forget where they come from and who they are supposed to be representing.
Thanks to ward
I HAVE just been discharged from Ward 19 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and would like to thank the staff for making my stay so comfortable and for their unfailing kindness, care and reassurance.