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Letter of the Week: Mr P Rhodes, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

Having read Paula Sherriff and Jo Cox writing in The Press over the last few weeks, I find nothing fresh, inspiring, or original; only a biased re-hash of what we’ve been hearing lately.

The same old Labour Party platitudes and criticisms, designed not to upset the party big-wigs.

Last week, they inevitably covered the same subject in a fault-finding way – ‘refugees’.

No mention that a hefty proportion of those searching for Utopia are illegal, economic migrants from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa and wherever.

No mention that UK taxpayers are stung for £12 billion in foreign aid, and multi-millions on refugee camps; just selected criticism!

It will be interesting if their heroine Yvette Cooper accepts ‘refugees’ into her own home, or was it just a ploy to get votes in the Labour leadership fiasco?

Everyone in Dewsbury and Batley deserves a chance in life, but how have they when there are 30 or 40 people applying for a single job?

Please, Paula and Jo, walk around the area with your eyes open, and see what you can do to improve the quality of life for your constituents.

Stand outside our schools at school-run time, and see the hordes of children pouring out.

Ask yourselves where the jobs will be, without adding them to the 800,000 young ones who already have a life on the dole.

Action, not propaganda!

Why don’t you try to persuade the people who vote Labour to have fewer children?

Prevention is better than cure. Why not?


Our libraries are used by all

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

The literacy of the working class was advanced considerably by the Public Library Act of 1850.

There was much hostility to the bill when first introduced, the Conservatives claiming that the upper and middle classes would be paying for a service that would be used by the lower class and that “the more educated people get, the more difficult they are to manage”.

Today the Government is cutting local authority budgets, which is leading to library closures, reduced hours and job losses.

Some children are reliant on library computers for doing school homework, and the unemployed for job applications.

Poorer people who cannot afford to buy books will be discriminated against and parents reading books to their children is essential to their child’s development.

The BBC cameras recently went into the House of Commons library in Parliament, where MPs have a vast range of books alongside up-to-date information and research by the library’s staff.

These services for MPs are provided for by the taxpayer. How would they feel or manage if the House of Commons library was closed?


My only option is to resign

From: Gary Bunton, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

It was a real honour to be elected in May to represent the people of my home town.

That’s why it is with great regret that I am writing to let you know I will no longer be able to continue in the role of town councillor and unfortunately have to stand down.

Over the last week I’ve had confirmation of a job offer for a position that I’ve been working towards for a number of years.

It’s a difficult decision to make, but with it being the culmination of a long-held ambition, it really is an offer that I can’t refuse.

I’ve considered whether it would be possible to combine both roles – however, being based in the south of England and combining full-time work with study would make it impossible to do both positions justice.

If I were to keep the seat, it would be depriving someone who has the time and ability to get stuck into the role the chance to contribute.

Therefore, I feel the best – indeed, the only – option in this situation is to submit my resignation.

Having grown up in Mirfield, and with many friends and family still living here, it’s a place that will remain a big part of my life.

I wish the town all the best going forward and will continue to help where I can – although I’ll moving to the south, there’s definitely one vote for Mirfield in the Great British High Street in the bag!


Better ways to promote town

From: R Greenwood, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

Making Mirfield’s high street the best in Britain, is not going to be accomplished by fastening bunting onto lamp post and awnings.

I commute to work by rail, along with hundreds of other residents. As I live at the top side of Mirfield I use my car to get to the rail stop one and a quarter miles from my house.

I park where I can, often in the car park behind our threatened public library.

The initiative to close this area to commuters for promotional purposes for shoppers is not very well thought-out.

If we can’t park to use the train, we’ll drive instead, causing more disturbance on our roads.

Mrs Lees-Hamilton was in the news the other week stating the absolute obvious regarding congestion caused by roadworks; it was the cars and other road vehicles that were causing the congestion.

What’s it going to be like with all the extra former commuters back on the road, total chaos, further impeding people wanting to come to Mirfield?

There is an initiative to expand parking for the railway station, but that’s ages away.

I cannot help but think that this library car park nonsense is a gambit, badly dressed up to impress the high street judges when they arrive.

If I wanted a day out shopping Mirfield would not be my place of choice, mainly due to the lack of choice, rather than lack of parking.

If monies had not been wasted on the recent Battyeford fiasco, there might have been a bit more cash spare to spend on promoting our town centre in a better and more visible way.

What about promoting Halloween this year because our ‘elected leaders’ are turning out to be more than the odd one or two nightmares.


Mixed up ideas

From: Michael Hutchinson, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

It appears that Mr Scatchard (The Forum, September 11) has mixed up Kirklees Council and Mirfield Town Council.

Kirklees Council is strapped for cash. That is because of the government’s grant cuts and other restrictions. Kirklees also has heavy responsibility for service provision.

Mirfield Town Council receives no government grant, no money from business rates and it is not subject to government restrictions.

Also, its only statutory responsibility is for allotments. Its budget should have included provision for the cost of any by-election. If it did not it can draw on its reserves which have been provided from the rate levied on Mirfield residents.

I notice Mr Scatchard writes from Batley. If he lives there, he can relax because none of the town council’s income comes from ratepayers outside of Mirfield.

If the abysmal ignorance he displayed about local government finance was shared by some Battyeford electors, it may have played some part in the outcome of the recent by-election.

The by-election was un-necessary but it arose from decisions taken by Conservatives on the town council. Perhaps their party should pay for the by-election.


Once a unit is gone, it’s gone

From: Ann Jones, Heckmondwike

Dear Sir,

Re: Dewsbury Hospital. I agree with Wendy Senior’s response regarding services disappearing at Dewsbury Hospital, however, the coronary care unit at Dewsbury has not transferred to Pinderfields Hospital! It has disappeared, gone, vanished!

Let me explain: Coronary care at Dewsbury had 11 beds, coronary care at Pinderfields has 11 beds, and still has!

You don’t need to be good at numbers to know 11 beds at Dewsbury coronary care have not been transferred to Pinderfields.

Admittedly, some of the staff have got jobs there.

CCU at Pinderfields is situated on the ground floor with 11 beds. Gate 11.

Cardiology is situated on the third floor, gate 31a. This used to be G38 with nearly 40 patients, and not enough staff to run it.

At present Gate 31a has about 28/30 patients, always staff shortages.

Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury, should inform Jeremy Hunt just how big an area Dewsbury Hospital serves.

I hope she can put a stop to other services being axed, such as intensive care/high dependency, maternity and children’s. As we have seen with coronary care; once it’s gone, it’s gone!


Our working time debate

From: Tony Kelsall, North Kirklees Green Party

Dear Sir,

Since my wife was discharged from hospital in June (after having been admitted seven months earlier) we have been very grateful for the twice-daily home visits from carers which have enabled her to return home.

That is why we are pleased that journeys made by workers with no fixed or habitual place of work at the beginning and the end of the day are to be considered as working time, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on September 10.

However, the ECJ ruling could enter the wider debate on EU-UK relations ahead of the UK referendum on EU membership to be held before 2017.

Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre said that the ruling “should ring alarm bells”.

“We do not need a straightjacket law imposed from Europe. That just shackles employers and workers alike and puts a dead hand on job-creation and growth,” she said in a statement.

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