I WRITE regarding the work taking place at the top of Chapel Hill on the ring road in Huddersfield where all the crossings have been closed to allow for upgrade work to take place.
Large signs have been put in place, barricades and wire fencing has been installed to ensure these crossings are not used.
I walk past these every day and every day I see people risking their lives to cross the road at this point even though the crossing is obviously closed.
The next crossing down takes a couple of minutes to walk to and yet women with young children, pensioners, pregnant women and what seems like everyone else just walk into oncoming traffic to cross this road.
People do not seem to accept that crossing a major road with five lanes of traffic without any form of crossing is highly dangerous. I have seen quite a few near misses and in one case a woman with three children dragged them across the road and narrowly avoided going under a lorry – and she laughed!
It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured for the sake of saving a couple of minutes. Come on people, have some sense!
COULD I, through your column, express my sincere thanks to the NHS for all the support I have received from them.
I suffered a nasty accident at home and was admitted to Ward 20 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where the staff nursed me for a month before I was discharged.
On going home I was visited by Louise Wilcock’s wonderful short time urgent support team.
What a lovely bunch of ladies. Tracy, Angela, Pauline and Sue could not do enough for me.
They were absolute angels who gave me so much confidence and help it was unbelievable. Also the surgeon Mr Walsh and his team who, for want of better words, put my body back together.
Many thanks to each and every one of you.
MRS I BURGON
Limited town view
Why has the Kirklees Art Collection of 700 paintings only got seven of Huddersfield ?
The Collection, which includes over 100 paintings by unknown artists, can be viewed online at www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings .
Happy days at Shaws
I WAS very interested to see your photograph of the Ben Shaw’s delivery wagon (Examiner, May 5).
Until I joined the company in 1970 I had never been to Huddersfield. When I telephoned them to find out where Willow Lane was the chap at the other end said: “will you be coming from Waterloo?” to which I replied: “No, I’ll be driving over.”
There was a long pause. I realised that the chap was thinking: “And he wants to become our chief accountant!”
The directors then were two pairs of grandsons of Ben Shaw and Alderman Clifford Stevenson.
They were always very forward thinking and we installed one of the first computers in the area.
Shortly afterwards, under the subsidiary company’s name, Suncharm and the enthusiastic leadership of Terry Shaw, a large factory was opened at Honley. They undertook the very difficult production of carbonated (fizzy) drinks and one of the first customers being Air France.
I retired in 1987 (I’m 90) as Group Company Secretary and Director of Suncharm and after having had several jobs, mainly in the south, I look back at my time at Ben Shaws as by far my happiest.
Leading by example
I OFTEN wonder what makes an individual decide to go into politics.
I realise that the remuneration both at national and local level is not to be sneezed at but surely this alone can’t be the reason?
Perhaps they have a genuine need to serve the community.
That would work as a reason if they did only positive things and, of course, the key word here is ‘serve.’
Some of our local politicians might do well to remember this when next they decide to close libraries or cut funding to essential services or impose massive developments where they are not needed or asked for.
To be elected council leader the individual must be the ‘best’ councillor one would think.
It goes without saying they should be keen and positive about what they do and not be blinded by political ideologies where the needs of the party come before the needs of the community.
Other personal qualities must surely include statesmanship and self control.
Perhaps our council should bear this in mind when deciding who will represent Kirklees as leader.
We have the right to expect the best from those who stand for public office.
I fear we are not getting what we deserve.
WHEN cycling in the Lindley area I witnessed what could have been a nasty accident between two motorists as the main culprit was on his mobile phone while driving.
People simply never learn until it’s too late. I know there are heavy penalties for drivers caught doing this but the fact remains many still do and aren’t caught.
I can remember years ago my best friend in the 1970s was driving when he was watching a young lady in a mini skirt and as a result he crashed into the back of an ice cream van.
He was distracted but mobile phones are a distraction as well aren’t they?
The roads can be death traps. All road users, motorists, cyclists and motorcyclists, need to be focused with their eyes on the road.
Nothing should distract them.
Accidents can be prevented if we all play a part in doing so and put more thought into it.
I READ the story in the Weekend Examiner about the new group being formed by councillors from the Green Party and those who were elected as independent councillors.
Having lived though many decades and seeing politics and politicians go from respected business people to those fiddling their expenses, I can only see this as a good thing.
The Labour Party, Conservative Party and Liberal Democrat Party are all much the same now. They weren’t when I was younger, but they seem to be now. It’s as if they’re all in the middle sticking a toe out every now and then to make a point against another.
I have the impression of politicians who either don’t listen to what the community wants or are too arrogant to care.
I stopped watching Prime Minister’s Questions because it was no better than sulky children in a playground.
Maybe a new style of politics is what is needed.
If this new party listens, then they’re on the right track.
I’m 89 now and may not see if they prove their worth over time, but I can only hope.
Dealing with dementia
THIS week is Dementia Awareness Week and I would like your readers to spare a thought for the 750,000 people in the UK who are struggling with the relentless, debilitating advance of Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as those who care for them.
To commemorate Dementia Awareness Week we have produced a video in which carers talk candidly about their experiences of living, coping and coming to terms with the devastating effects of dementia. We think everyone should see it. It can be viewed on our website, www.vitalise.org.uk
We support many thousands of disabled people and carers each year through our essential respite breaks, but there are so many more in dire need of help.
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