AS people who regularly walk the canal towpath between Slaithwaite and Linthwaite know, a lot of work is being done through the Regeneration Programme to improve and fix the locks along this stretch of water.
The men, engineers who are working in this scheme, have had to put up with difficult conditions mainly from the weather and the leaky locks but also, and most recently as last night, mighty and mindless vandalism.
This morning a number of stretches of the canal were drained except for the stretch immediately in front of one of the locks which had been drained last week so that work could continue.
Also, at about this time last week and, I suspect at some additional expense, the fish were humanely removed from this area and placed upstream so they would not die.
Seeing the canal this morning there could be a few fish, if any surviving in the puddle which remained of the canal water where they had been placed last week.
In addition, the locks themselves and the machinery left there overnight were vandalised for at least the second time since the work began.
Who perpetrates these senseless and malicious acts of vandalism and criminal damage and why?
The men working along the canal have been courteous, informative and helpful, even trying to scrape away the mud so walkers and cyclists are not too badly inconvenienced while the work is continuing in all the awful weather we have had since the work started.
The perpetrators of this deliberate act of what can only be described as vengeance against the engineers surely realise that the work will continue, but now will take much longer and cost a lot more.
What was the point?
I am not alone in wondering why people do these horrible deeds which inconvenienced others and make the job of workers so difficult.
I had hoped that in a semi-rural community like ours, respect would be given to both wildlife and other users of the canal, not to mention the workers. I despair.
I HAVE just received a letter from Kirklees Active Leisure informing me of the decision by the council not to incorporate an indoor bowling provision in the new Huddersfield Sports Centre.
I am dismayed at this decision. It is like building the new Olympic Stadium without a running track.
As usual, the decision will have a more adverse effect on the elderly as they are the main users of the bowling facility.
Teams include a Ladies, Men’s and Mixed Veterans League plus the Owls, not to mention Men’s evening and Representatives’ Leagues, all well supported with as many as 32 players at any time.
Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre was mentioned as a possible alternative but who wants to be trekking to Cleckheaton?
Most teams bowl under pseudonyms or nicknames. I bowl with teams called The Luddites and the Moonrakers.
The names Ludd and Lune spring to mind regarding the names of the people who made this foolish decision.
I AM desperately disappointed that Kirklees Council has decided to remove the proposed indoor bowling facility from the newŠ Huddersfield Sports Centre project.
We were led to believe that the Tesco proposal was to provide new enhanced leisure facilities and that the council wished to ensure that the sports centre appealed to as wide a section of the local community as possible. Empty words.
The present bowling green is widely used by Veterans Leagues, Evening Leagues, Huddersfield Indoor Bowling Club, the OWLS and a disabled group.
I don’t have official figures but I would estimate that it is the second most used facility behind swimming.
I play there two afternoons each week and it is full to maximum capacity with 64 players each day. To be told by the council that we can go and play at Whitcliffe Mount which, I understand, is somewhere near Cleckheckmondsedge, shows their uncaring thinking and lack of common sense.
How long would it take to get there and which bus do you catch? We live in Huddersfield, one of the largest towns in the country.
Various groups are organising petitions, pleading for a rethink but will it all fall on deaf ears as usual? I haven’t enough puff left for squash, climbing or martial arts.
Bowling is the perfect activity for both competitive action and social friendliness. So please think again Kirklees and cater for more ofŠ your citizens.
AS one who came to Huddersfield shortly after the war I can answer Arthur Quarmby’s letter “Is this real Estate” (Mailbag, February 23).
At that time the people of Huddersfield were very proud of the fact that Huddersfield was the only town that bought itself, cherished the way it was done and tried to continue in the same spirit.
The mayor and elected councillors were not paid big money for their work. They did it, as they say, for the love of it.
People were working hard for less pay, the industry was thriving. While taking photographs of weddings, boroughs and mutual events I could see the closeness of the communities.
Anybody reading the Examiner from that time will understand what I am saying. Even the Examiner photographers were more like a family with the professionals helping each other, as was the Examiner to Huddersfield.
When taken over by Kirklees all these values were made redundant. A different criteria was adopted. The power and responsibility were moved further from the people and heritage was forgotten, except in the museum.
AND another crackpot scheme is approved by the so-called councillors of Kirklees, namely the Tesco development which will result in extensive damage to the town’s infrastructure and worsen traffic congestion which has already caused major disruption and damage to Huddersfield.
What will it take to get rid of the people who are systematically approving schemes that are destroying Huddersfield?
The broad masses of the people of Huddersfield need to use every means at their disposal to get rid of these councillors.
In this time of cuts to essential services who needs an overpaid council leader?
Let’s just have a Chief Executive and half the present number of councillors and elect some with some sense.
PLEASE would you help me thank all my friends.
I go to Cowlersley Community Centre and across the road there is the Cowlersley Court Nursing Home. We got together for a quiz. What a good time we had. A big thank you to the two ladies who lead the teams.
AFTER the licensing of our new priest in charge for Christchurch Woodhouse and St John the Evangelist at St John’s Church Birkby on Thursday, February 24, I would like to thank Dr John Marsh, of Thornhill, Dewsbury.
He was licensed as curate in charge of both churches from August last year when our previous vicar, the Rev Sue Clark left and held services at each church every four weeks until the arrival of our new priest in charge, David Carpenter, on Thursday, February 24.
His availability for wedding, christening and funeral services, help with Sunday services and support for social events held at both churches during this time was appreciated by the congregations of both Christchurch Woodhouse and St John’s Birkby.
Our grateful thanks are also due to local retired clergy who provided cover for the other weekly Sunday services held at both churches during this period.
MR A CLARKE
THE other day I called in at our local shop to be asked if I would like to sign for a taxi service run from there.
We already have between five and seven taxis parked at the bottom of Malvern Rise. How many more?
Also where can any cars park on Stile Common Road? From Newsome Road, the cars park both sides at the end of the road, then all along. You can’t pull in because of all the daily parkers who won’t pay in the large car parks at the bottom of Newsome Road.
So please no more. Please leave room for the residents who can’t even park there during the day.
Resident with no car space