SADLY bus cuts means more cars on our roads. All the shouting about getting more people to use the buses have failed.

Buses to many are an essential way to travel, but the companies only want the lucrative routes that pay their way, bad and sad news for our villages.

Bus services are going, post office gone, village shops extinct, even the village pub where you drowned your sorrows have disappeared.

When Huddersfield was a hive of industry each bus had a conductor and driver, not so now. One person does the lot.

So what is the reason for the demise of what used to be a public service of which our town was proud?

Simply the motor car has changed our travel habit. One bus when full can carry a large number into town on one of the lucrative routes, instead of 60 cars, resulting in clogged up roads.

T Smith


Different theatre view

A RECENT contributor to your letters page suggested that, “half the side seats at the Lawrence Batley Theatre are not really suitable for sale due to their restricted viewing”.

If an analysis by the theatre management of the sale of tickets for these side seats over the past few years reveals that the seats in question, more often than not remain unoccupied, then why not consider an alternative approach?

Having clearly identified the unpopular seats offers them to all comers at every performance on a first-come-first served basis at a nominal sum of £5 each.

Hopefully this price would tempt a segment of the non theatre going members of the public, along with students from the next door university, to sample an affordable night out in a warm cosy theatre without breaking the bank.

The additional revenue derived from the sale of these reasonably priced tickets would surely be a welcome addition to the coffers of the LBT and would have the additional benefit of uncovering a new generation of theatre goers, many of whom may well become loyal supporters of the theatre for years to come.

Ken Kaye


Helpful tip

TODAY I took my garden rubbish to the tip, a job I hate as it is so hard for we older women to do since Kirklees stopped collecting our garden waste

My experience today was so different. When I arrived a young man came and asked if he could help.

We see so much against the young today but this young man was a credit to his parents and I hope to see him there again.

Thanks again. You made my day.

Jean Boothroyd


Let’s ban Halloween

ISN’T Halloween great fun? Well actually no.

Apart from the inconvenience of having to keep answering the door to begging, scrounging kids who intimidate by the threat of giving you a treat, there are also the squad who leave a treat irrespective by throwing eggs at your windows.

As the window in question is some 15 feet up and can only be accessed by ladder it will now cost me £15 to call in the window cleaner.

Halloween? Personally I’d ban it.

Tim Radcliffe


Disillusioned voter

WE SHALL be away from our home address during the voting for the district council elections on the November 15.

So my wife and I (having never missed casting our vote at any election in the last 50 years) decided to take advantage of the postal ballot.

As soon as we received our ballot papers we applied by telephone for a form to vote by post.

These forms were duly filled in and returned by first class post the same day as we received them. We received “confirmation of allowance of an application to vote by post for a specific election” on the morning of November 1.

In the letter it was stated that postal ballot papers would be sent out by November 7, too late for us as we will be away.

I telephoned the Electoral Services Office minutes after receiving the letter and was told the deadline for any changes was 5pm on October 31, 18 hours before we received the letter.

I asked if the postal ballot papers could be sent to a different address. (Where we would be staying for a week). Could they be sent out earlier?

Past the deadline I was told. So we have lost our vote in what will probable be a very low turn out anyway.

What is the purpose of a postal vote?

yours disillusioned

Road to patience

FOR MOST of this year the A629 Wakefield Road/Penistone Road out of Huddersfield has been plagued with roadworks.

We have had:

The rehashing of the pedestrian crossings between Almondbury Bank and Broad Lane.

The current resurfacing work between Ravensknowle Park and Waterloo.

Gas mains works in the vicinity of Greenhead Lane.

Gas main works between Morrison's and Rowley Lane.

The current resurfacing work between Reliance Engineering and White Gates Grove.

Surface dressing between Kirkburton Town Hall and Reliance Engineering.

While accepting that some or all of the work was necessary, after all this traffic disruption and delays and disturbance to frontages, I think Kirklees Highways should arrange to provide all vehicle owners who live east of the Somerset bridge at least a glass of champagne for their forbearance and patience.

Frank L Appleyard


Trading memories

IN Denis Kilcommons’ column (October 26), he reports on street traders.

I am 92 years of age and can remember as a child the Rag and Bone man coming round.

My mother would send me out with a few rags. In exchange he would give me a balloon. Apparently the bones were melted down to make glue.

Another man used to come to sharpen blunt knives on a revolving leather strap. How it worked I do not remember, perhaps somebody can enlighten me on this.

There were no bottles of milk in those days. The milkman would come with his horse and cart carrying larger churns of milk.

We would then give him the largest jug we had and he would fill it with milk costing a few pence.

Doris Farrar


Drivers thanked

PLEASE convey our thanks to John and his team at JRT for running the 357 Quamrby/Mount service, which has now been taken off.

It was always a pleasure to us this bus as the drivers were always pleasant and helpful.

Nothing was too much trouble for them as they helped the elderly passengers on and off with their shopping. They will be missed!

Margaret and Dennis Connolly


Dance delight

WE WOULD like to thank all who supported the fund raising dance for the St John’s Church, Birkby, window restoration fund, held at the Polish Club on Saturday, October 27.

The excellent dance exhibition, the highlight of the evening, was really appreciated by everyone on the night. The event raised £650.50p, including donations.

Once again, many thanks to all who helped make this fund raising event such a big success.

A Clarke


Singing is infectious

WHAT a joy to watch The Choir: Sing While You Work on BBC television.

It was lovely to witness the infectious exuberance of Gareth Malone and to see that joie-de-vivre transferred to all the members of the workplace choirs.

It was clear to see that everyone found it a joyous experience – all those lovely smiling faces! Well done to all of them.

Elsie M Eva