I AM writing regarding the car accident on the junction of Kirkwood Drive and Kirkwood Green.
I agree with Mr Bill Blackburn regarding drivers using Kirkwood Drive as a rat run.
I live on the estate and that bend must be approached with caution and the high conifers in residents’ gardens do not help either.
The council refuse to introduce any traffic-calming measures. It was only a matter of time before a serious accident occurred.
What I am surprised at is ClrŠChristine Stanfield’s quote that the high volume of traffic is due to the number of homes on the estate.
Perhaps she should walk down in a morning or early evening, then she will see these are not residents of this estate.
As she pointed out, there are also several different cul-de-sacs and the traffic problems end up there as many drivers will use them as turning points.
On my cul-de-sac, this can happen at least 15 times a day, also late at night.
I chose to live here thinking it would be quiet location and the children would be safe to play out. How wrong I was!
The residents drive down slowly as they know children are out playing, but others speed down at a ridiculous speed.
I’m sureŠI will be wrong on this and that it’s my eyes deceiving me – after all I only live with this everyday.
It would be nice if our high council tax banding on this estate could result in some traffic-calming or some signs on the cul-de-sacs to discourage the use of them as turning points.
Also, at each end of Kirkwood Drive, there ought to be a sign telling people to slow down.
Other councils have signs on streets to discourage drivers as there are children playing out.
Public voice not heard
HERE we are again – politicians of every rank and hue, both at national and local level, stand accused of incompetence and venality.
Nothing new there then. They seem incapable of understanding that just because they can do something without breaking the rules it doesn’t mean they should.
Here in the lost land of Kirklees, we can see their handiwork in St George’s Square and the furore over the plans to despoil sections of the district with unwanted and unnecessary construction.
I don’t know which of them are worse – local politicians hiding behind central Government dictats or MPs claiming ridiculously inflated expenses.
It seems that not a day goes by without a local group responding negatively to the consultations regarding the plans to build 37,000 houses in Kirklees.
I have not read anything in support of the scheme as yet. This surely tells them something.
Why don’t they accept the responses of their own surveys? Or will they move ahead regardless? I think we know the answers.
I WOULD like to respond to George Howling (Letters, April 3) who suggests that it is arrogant for Labour to claim the choice of an all-women shortlist is purely the business of the party.
It isn’t arrogant – it is a statement of fact. Political parties selecting candidates to further their aims is a part of their existence.
John Bercow, the Conservative MP entrusted with finding a cross-party solution through the Speakers Conference, is suggesting that the Tories should follow suit as they only have 17 women MPs.
No-one can deny, surely, that Dewsbury Conservatives lost a brilliant candidate when they failed to select Saeeda Warsi – now a baroness.
In the Labour party, every branch member will get a vote to choose their candidate. They then have to do the hard work to try to get their candidate elected.
Obviously in the General Election each voter makes their own choice from those already chosen by the respective parties, but the selection of the party candidate must be carried out by those who believe in the principles that the party values.
Labour party values include ensuring women have an equal voice in Parliament.
WHEN I lost my job a couple of years ago, I took the chance to indulge in some writing based on my love of history.
Just a couple of weeks ago this resulted in my work being published in a short history of the French involvement in Indochina (modern day Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia).
While I won’t make a fortune out of this volume, it is a start. You never know where it may lead.
I now am back in full time employment, but in a time of recession I thought I’d share my experience.
If I can do it, then so can anybody else and, at the very least, it will give other would-be authors an outlet to take their minds off the frustrations associated with job-hunting.
You never know if your work will make you the next JK Rowling!
The kids aren’t all right
WHAT a dreadful world we live in. Two children have been brutally attacked by other youngsters in Yorkshire.
What will happen to the culprits? Possibly a short stay ‘in care’, secure or otherwise.
Certainly not a slap on the hand, because we aren’t allowed to touch the little dears.
No doubt when they are released they will be given new identities, new homes and permanent protection.
Something is badly wrong somewhere. How do children become like this?
I was in a local supermarket the other day when I saw two ‘wonderful’ pre-school children creating havoc.
You know the sort of thing, because we’ve all seen its like – running wild and bumping into people, rolling on the floor, playing on an unoccupied till, trying to open fire doors.
Meanwhile, mummy was totally oblivious, chewing placidly on her chewing-gum with not a care in the world.
Maybe at this point I should rest my case.
No votes for prisoners
AS a member of the Women’s and Gender Equality Committee in the European Parliament – and contributor to women’s group activities in the region – I am horrified at the proposal to agree to prisoners voting.
I see it as a direct insult to women who worked so hard to get the vote at the beginning of the last century.
Ironic that it was spawned by the “European court of Human Rights”. We must learn somehow to run our own country again.
UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire
ALAN Willington suggests that an accommodation block should be built for MPs.
Is not such accommodation already being built in the form of the Olympic village?
After 2012, simply turn the village into accommodation for MPs to stay in when they are required to be in London and save the taxpayer having to fork out on MPs second homes and all the expense that goes with that perk.
A housing headache
WITH reference to Mrs Lee Millington’s letter entitled Newsome’s Raw Deal which appeared in the Examiner April 11 2009.
Has Kirklees Council gone mad? Surely after the debacle of the Castle Hill hotel and, of late, St George’s Square, now they wish to wreck our well-loved and appreciated beauty spot of Castle Hill by building between 700 to 1,000 houses at its base.
Apart from this, do they realise the historical value of this area?
The roads around this area could not cope with the influx of traffic – both High Lane, New Laithe Hill have already had their share of accidents due to the fact they are little more than country roads.
Plus, so many houses could create up to 3,000 more people to the area. Can the schools, doctors’ surgeries etc cope?
What type of houses are to be built considering the top builders such as Bovis and Persimmon have cut back up to 80% of their scheduled building plans?
I can only assume it will be low rental or council property, but perhaps KMC should attempt to fill the numerous empty council houses around Lowerhouses and Newsome first?
I can only imagine if this somewhat lame-brained idea goes forward, KMC will once again have the proverbial ‘egg on their faces.’
ANNOYED LOCAL RESIDENT
Loss of libraries
I WAS interested to learn that Birmingham is to build a new public library costing £193m.
This comes as we hear 34 local authorities have plans to close libraries.
Figures are quoted about declining library and that may be true of our New Mill library too.
Everything has a price, but the value of a library to those who use it is nothing to do with millions or whether 20 or 2,000 people visit.
Well-known writers have said books and libraries are part of civilised society.
Where will our cultural and communal heart be when the mobile library drives off ?