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NHS cash should be used for us patients

Letter of the Week: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

Two weeks ago this newspaper featured a full-page advertisement by Locala, inviting community groups to bid for up to £1,000 of Community Fund money.

Apparently Locala has £10,000 per year to donate to such causes.

According to the Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, Locala is solely funded by the clinical commissioning groups of Greater Huddersfield, North Kirklees and Calderdale.

This means that its funding is coming directly from the NHS budget.

Why, at a time of a nurse and front-line staff wage freeze and the biggest reduction in funding the NHS has seen in its history, is NHS money being shelled out for ‘community’ projects?

Surely a better use for the money would be an additional child seen at speech therapy, or a longer or extra home visit by a district nurse.

Locala is funded by the NHS. Its money should surely be used for patients, not projects, however worthy.

Come see our new facilities

From: Thornhill Tennis Club

Dear Sir,

Thornhill Tennis Club is marking its 20th anniversary this summer with an open day on Saturday June 28, from 9.30am to 5pm.

This will also be the opening of our three floodlit courts, which have just been resurfaced and painted, and our newly-refurbished clubhouse .

We would like to thank the SITA Trust and Dewsbury Area Committee for their generous funding and support which financed the work which was carried out.

We would also like to thank Hammerton & Waring Ltd, who resurfaced the courts, and Sports & Courts Line Marking who painted them.

The open day is for everyone, beginners and experienced alike, and coaching, rackets, balls and refreshments will be provided free.

The times are: Juniors aged 4-8 9.30am-11am; ages 9-16 11am-1pm; adults 1pm-5pm.

The afternoon will finish with a barbeque to which all are welcome.

New members who join this year will get a 50 per cent discount on the cost of their first year’s subs.

For more information, please phone Tee on 07966 987744 (juniors) or Wade on 01924 462888 (adults).

Area will be hell in 10 years

From: Nigel Melrose, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

Anyone who puts quality of life high up on their agenda will be very disappointed if they insist on staying in this area.

We see teenagers wandering around aimlessly, while 20 or 30 are applying for every mediocre job.

My heart bleeds for them.

If things carry on, there will be continuous traffic jams all day in 10 years’ time, and the pressure on schools, nurseries, hospitals and doctors will be enormous. Many of my friends have fled to places like Tingley, Morley and Ossett.

The proposed plans to flood the area with houses will ruin completely what was once a desirable area to live.

Certain sections are having far too many babies. It won’t be fair on them as well as others.

It’s a wonder taxpayers, who are being bled dry, don’t have rallies in protest.

It’s politicians that cause most of our problems. Let them sort the mess out, and quickly.

Running out of resting places

From: Safiq Ali Patel, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

Some time ago your newspaper, with Khizar Iqbal, exposed the scandal about unpaid rents for the Muslim burial grounds at Dewsbury Moor cemetery.

I would like to draw attention to a  related crisis facing the Dewsbury Muslim population.

The burial grounds available to Muslims in North Kirklees are running low on space. In fact there are only a few metres of space left in the areas designated for Muslim burials before room for more resting places runs out completely.

On behalf of the Dewsbury Muslim community I would like to ask Kirklees Council for more burial space.

And particularly burial space for Muslims that is legal, above board, led and regulated by Kirklees from the outset.

I completely understand that this issue is complex but it does need resolving.

We cannot allow people allegedly prone to poor management to handle the resting place of Muslims in the future.

Courses should have been kept

From: Harold Laycock, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

A leading think-tank has recently warned: “Major improvements are required in vocational education as the majority of jobs in future willneed workers with practical qualifications rather than degrees”.

In my opinion one of the gravest mistakes over the past years has been the demise of secondary technical schools, together with the excellent vocational education which they provided.

Nigel Farage is mistaken in his demand for a grammar school in every major town.

Not everyone is suited to a grammar school education, neither are their career prospects necessarily enhanced.

In the 1940s Dewsbury Secondary Technical School offered a number of excellent pre-vocational courses.

The course which I chose was in building. In addition to woodwork, brickwork, plumbing and painting and decorating, the curriculum covered, English, history, geography, maths, building drawing and geometry, chemistry, physics and mechanics.

Although at that time it wasn’t possible to study for the School Certificate or O levels, my first-class leaving certificate enabled me to be selected for an apprenticeship in competition with grammar school boys.

On leaving Dewsbury Technical School many of us went on to do very well in the professions and teaching by  studying either at night school, on day release or by correspondence courses.

I reiterate it was criminal to abolish vocational education courses.

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