THE LETTER from A W Wise (Examiner, November 12) presented additional facts, in a clear and informed way, regarding the debate about the rebuilding of the Castle Hill Hotel.

It pointed out that for over 80 years the only building on the hill’s skyline was such a hostelry. The tower was added to this landscape and the pair were in harmony together for over a hundred years with the hotel fulfilling a much needed social amenity.

A further and perhaps more relevant point was made regarding the position of toilets in the new scheme of things.

Is the proposal to incorporate these within the Tower itself, a reasonable solution? There is the initial cost of installation and the continuing need to see that these amenities are kept to an acceptable standard, which implies regular supervision and therefore more expense on Kirklees funding.

It appears that the satisfactory provision for the toilets and the Visitors Centre could be included in any terms and conditions in the lease of an hotel.

I have to congratulate the group who have worked hard to defeat this scheme. They presented their facts very clearly.

What has been lacking is a similar attitude in the advocates of rebuilding this hotel. Is it now too late to generate this?

I sincerely hope that when the planning application is fully considered that there is a need to avoid unnecessary expense on our limited financial budgets and that to rebuild the hotel will not degrade this historical site but will be a huge asset to the area.

R Chambers


Parking concerns

I READ in the Examiner that the former Roberts Castings foundry on Colne Road used as a large car park was to close down for over 12 months and that there was lots of parking places nearby.

Do they mean all on the left-hand side of Colne Road, which would cause havoc part on the road, part on the pavement, a little dangerous.

Plus it is quite a busy road with lots of traffic all day, every day. Surely this cannot be safe parking. It should be double lines all along this road.


Helping Auntie

MY BBC licence fee has just dropped through the letter box.

I wonder how much will be taken out of it to pay for all the compensation claims and the £450,000 severance pay for the Director General?

Will this mean the BBC showing more repeats as their revenue falls? Auntie Beeb is going through a rough patch so all donations will be gratefully received.



Hard times

I FIND it saddening that in these difficult financial times, as we approach the festive season, the supposed ‘season of goodwill’, many of the poorest in society will fall prey to the legalised vultures offering easy money in the manner of short term loans at exorbitant rates of interest.

These people are on the high street, on TV, online, etc, masquerading as a ‘sugar sweet’ solution to money problems.

In past years I worked for some of the door to door cash loan companies. They were bad enough, but today’s techniques are even worse.

Then we have the high street stores offering low weekly payments, no credit checks and so on, on furnishings and white good electrical goods.

What they don’t say is if you are unable to meet a weekly payment, then they will add insult to injury by adding ridiculous late payment fees, along with repeated phone harassment.

Much of the above probably originated in the USA but something else which came from there, that would be worthwhile for many to consider, is the ‘Credit Union’, who offer their members loans and financial assistance at far below any of the above. Seasons greetings.



Wartime memories

I WOULD like to thank Jason McCartney MP, the president and the Royal Air Force Association for the invitation to the Remembrance Day luncheon at the George Hotel.

Talking to the old veterans and one younger one, who serves in today’s forces, away from his own country just like myself in my prime, it brought back memories of when in Normandy as a radio operator, I assisted the pilots to destroy columns of tanks hidden under the trees with their pilots wireless dropped to me previously.

Also I remembered the warm reception when I stayed in RAF quarters in London on my leave and visits to Stage Door canteen, the entertainment for all forces during the war.

After Normandy I was posted to a RAF station to collect information on V2 rockets which were passing every night over our heads and to find the best defence against them.

I witnessed a pilot deflecting one which fell only a quarter of a mile away shaking the ground.

On the VI it was easy as an RAF Dakota bought one already defused from occupied Poland, a present from the Polish resistance army with all the specifications, obtained from an insider scientist who the German’s employed in the research as he had perfect credentials. He also gave all the information to destroy Peenemunde.

During my work I came across information in which LB Holidays and ICI were marked for bombing. My late wife Carol told me that at school they heard what the called doodlebug passing over Huddersfield.

To my knowledge some VIs were released from Heinkels from the northern waters. The attempt by German planes were squashed by the guns at Stirley Hill, Huddersfield.



Art or cash asset?

‘OLD FLO’ the nickname for Henry Moore’s sculpture in Yorkshire Sculpture Park is being re-claimed back to be sold for Tower Hamlets council, at an expected auction price of £4-17m.

How many other councils who are cash strapped are looking at their assets to offload to balance their books? Is this the thin edge of the wedge?

Personally the sculpture does not ring my bell and I think it is ugly, but works of art by famous people cost outrageous prices. A bit like the formation of bricks on display a while ago at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Another man’s meat is another man’s poison so I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



Making a difference

IT’S such an honour to say thank you to the tens-of-thousands of people in the UK who took part in this year’s CSV Make a Difference Day at the end of October.

Although we are still doing the number crunching, it looks like we’ve beaten the 70,000 who took past last year to strengthen communities and share their skills and passions to benefit others.

Activities were both large and small from litter picking parks, rivers and streets and talking about sexual health to young people in Wales through to the world’s biggest magic show and packing shoe boxes filled with presents for children.

Elsewhere more than 100 MPs and MSPs showed support, many inspiring volunteers in their own constituencies or volunteering at local charity shops.

If you’ve caught the volunteering bug and want to continue benefiting others then there are lots of other ideas for people of all ages to volunteer all year round at

Hopefully we’ll be welcoming you to the 18th Make a Difference Day next year!

Pete Waterman

CSV Make a Difference Day

Speaking up

I WAS pleased to read that a top magistrate has publicly said what the rest of us have been thinking for a long time. That serious criminals are escaping justice by being let off with cautions and on the spot fines.

John Fassenfelt, chairman of the Magistrates Association, has said serious crimes are being punished “inappropriately” by such means. How right he is.

More than a million offenders have escaped court since on the spot fines were introduced in 2004 and half of all fines are unpaid within the 21 day limit.

The public are fed up to the back teeth as offenders blithely get away with their misbehaviour, both major and minor, and quite frankly this situation must change.

Well done to Mr Fassenfelt for speaking up for all of us.

Godfrey Bloom

UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.