AFTER enjoying town on Saturday; a good look around the Second Hand Market and an enjoyable walk around the Festival of Light, I found myself in the Head of Steam for a pint while I looked at the football results on the big screen in the back room.

I found a chair at a table which I shared with a group engaged in a stag do and well on the ale trail.

The atmosphere was great and I overheard them debating whether to move on.

They stayed and I heard the conversation.

“What a buzzing place Huddersfield is. Full of atmosphere and character.”

As I left I saw the fans coming up from the match. Friendly, good natured crack with the police.

I went for my bus up to Marsh and looked at the new building on Westgate. Got home glowing. Well done Huddersfield.

Richard Booth


Taking responsibility

I DO NOT have a problem with Kirklees councillors being issued with iPads, so long as they are signed for and the councillors have to pay for any damage or loss.

The issue of these iPads comes at a very sensitive time with all the cut backs Kirklees are implementing.

I don’t go along with the point of view that the issue of these will improve services; they are issued with a phone, so they are contactable.

I think £25,000 is a lot of money at this time and some councillors may end either up leaving their iPad on a bus, train, or even a park bench, or end up with it getting damaged at some point!

When I was in the army we were issued with all sorts of kit and equipment, all this had to be signed for on a form that was known as an AFG 1033 and the signatory was liable for any loss or damage caused.

So if it was good enough for me then, and it’s good enough for the military personnel that are currently serving on operations, it should be good enough for the councillors of Kirklees.

Keith Bagot


Market success

HONLEY and Brockholes Branch of RNLI would like to thank all who supported them at Honley Market this year.

The winner of the remote controlled Land Rover was ticket No: 90 won by a lady from Meltham and the winner of the large teddy was ticket No: 120 won by a girl from Honley.

Thanks also to the church for organising such a wonderful market, the much better layout made for a better market that all appeared to enjoy.

Roy Meakin

Press Officer Honley & Brockholes Branch

Hill concerns

APART from the addition of a public house detracting from the existing skyline and in my view potentially blowing greenbelt and historic area regulations out of the water, the major and uppermost reason for refusing planning permission must be the total unsuitability of the access road.

To suggest that installing traffic lights at each end would solve this problem totally ignores the chaos that would result from traffic backing up on Lumb Lane which would inevitably lead to accidents due to the narrow width of this road and restricted visibility.

In view of the considerable amount of lobbying going off I would suggest we all support Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman in taking this matter to the House of Commons as this historic site is not only a local, but also a national heritage.

It also pains me to recall some of the disastrous decisions our council has made over the years, St George’s Square being a prime example.

Should we really leave the future of Castle Hill in their hands?


What problem?

WHY are there so many objections to a pub\hotel being rebuilt at Castle Hill where it was before?

The pub was there for many a year and I don’t remember people wanting it to be pulled down back then saying it spoiled a landmark. So what would be different now?

Gary Skaczkowski


Road comparisons

I AM currently travelling over to Manchester to find employment.

I am disgusted at the state of the roads in Kirklees compared with the roads in Manchester.

I travel early in the morning and notice a marked difference at the border between the two counties.

It concerns me that Kirklees are not committing the necessary resources to maintaining such important transport links within the region.

Whilst I have identified my particular business as a primary concern we mustn’t neglect the local economy, the education of my children, healthcare, local business who are all affected by the lack of gritting/snow clearance within the region.

Dave Ewart


Call to MP

I WAS disheartened to see my MP Jason McCartney “demand David Cameron reject any proposals for the statutory regulation of newspapers”.

Over 70 years of various reports, recommendations and proposals have passed without implementation, and now comes a once in a life time opportunity to change the face of our press.

I for one do not understand Mr McCartney’s reasoning for rejecting the findings of the inquiry. The recommendations are not, as the Tories make out, suggesting any Government should be given the right to preside the content of the press, nor is it suggesting there should be a body set up to directly regulate the press.

In fact the report calls for Government to protect the freedom of the press by validating the independence and effectiveness of a new regulating body, responsible for dealing with complaints and arbitration.

I believe that the Leveson Inquiry gave way to something more serious than party politics, with Ed Miliband and Conservative-Lib Dem coalition partner Nick Clegg fully backing the report and its sensible and achievable outcomes, and David Cameron claiming to back the principles of the report.

I call on Mr McCartney to reconsider his position while there is still time to push for a fairer, regulated media to be enjoyed by Colne Valley constituents.

Mr McCartney, you are either with constituents and back us over your leader, or against us.

There is no middle ground when it comes to debating fairness.

Georgia Power