Khan and Sheard should spend pennies
Letter of the Week: Marlene Lees, Thornhill
With regards to â€œMore anger over loo axeâ€ (P5, The Press March 22).
The only public toilets in Mirfield town centre serve the community well. Many people will be put off shopping in the town if these services are withdrawn.
There are many shops and small businesses that rely on local people to support them.
I and other members of my family and friends have used the facilities on a regular basis.
We visit local events and this includes Mirfield Show and bonfire event. When disabled visitors are denied use of the facilities, does this contravene the Disability Discrimination Act?
Kirklees are not interested in local peopleâ€™s wishes and needs. If the vulnerable get caught short who cares?
I suggest the extra cash being paid to councillor Mehboob Khan (Â£25,155) and deputy leader David Sheard (Â£18,866) along with other council members getting extra cash, be given up to support local facilities like loos in Mirfield.
If that isnâ€™t enough, get the bailiffs out and collect Â£30,000 in owed rent from Abdul Patel and Ghulam Maniyar. They have raked in large sums of money, was that Â£800,000 in the past 25 years? They have Â£300,000 in a private bank account and paid no tax. We need to claim interest as well on the debt.
When is Kirklees going to recover the money owed? They are quick to collect from the unemployed and low income families.
The cuts taking place in April along with the bedroom tax are a disgrace.
We should all shout out as loud as we can to protect our local services and stop giving cash to other people that do not live here.
Our young people cannot get a job or a home. Have the local councillors looked at the job vacancies in our local areas lately?
There are three generations in one family unit that are unemployed and they will have further concerns when the benefit cuts come in April â€“ these people will be in the depths of despair. Where is the money going to come from? I bet there are many families sat in the cold because they canâ€™t afford to put the heating on. Many will fall into debt and some will fall so low in the poverty trap they will end up homeless.
Three million migrants have decimated our labour market and overwhelmed our benefit system. The 12 billion foreign aid budget paid for on borrowed money and given at the expense of our own venerable people.
The cuts to our local hospital services and job losses all tell us to fight back and use our vote wisely.
John Sheen commented in The Press that Â£88 million is going to Zimbabwe Â£102 million to Somalia and Â£1.5 billion to other African nations. Shocking isnâ€™t it?
High Street may be a death trap
From: Stephen Crossley, Hanging Heaton
A couple of weeks ago you published a letter from a resident in High Street, which highlighted an accident that had occurred at this location and also the movement of traffic in the area.
I also witnessed this accident and, over the last few weeks, have become increasingly concerned about the movement of traffic along High Street.
It seems that this route is becoming increasingly popular on the rat-run route.
The speed which vehicles are travelling, especially at school opening and closing times, should alarm not only residents that live on High Street, but parents that have children attending the school.
The speed bumps seem to have had little effect, in fact vehicles travelling towards Dewsbury donâ€™t encounter the first bump until they are outside the school.
What use is that?
Itâ€™s a shame the council couldnâ€™t provide the safety measures that they have provided in other areas of Dewsbury.
If the Chidswell development gets the go-ahead, it seems the rat run will only get worse.
It seems a traffic report undertaken by Leeds City Council has highlighted High Street as a key area, which will suffer a substantial increase in traffic, should the plans be approved.
I have not heard the (Kirklees) council mention this. I wonder what pile of paper itâ€™s buried under?
One thing, if the Chidswell development will bring an increase in traffic, the Grange Road development would be catastrophic.
The police will use Grange Road as a money-gathering fund, when they pull people up for speeding, after theyâ€™ve gone through a more potentially dangerous area.
It would be nice if they could show a presence in areas where the safety of our kids could be in jeopardy.
The next accident may not involve people walking away unscathed.
Coun Patel serves community well
From: M Patel, Savile Town
Your editor clearly delights in banging the drum against our excellent Labour councillor Abdul Patel with his non-existent story about the money that he claims is owed by the Muslim Burial Committee (p1, March 22).
This is money that has been raised and paid by members of the Muslim community of Dewsbury, Batley and Heckmondwike for the sole use and purpose of assisting our loved ones in bereavement. It is no one elseâ€™s business what we do with our money.
In Kirklees Councilâ€™s own report their chief director highlighted that the councilâ€™s own staff were to blame for historic failures going back many years.
This is not the fault of anyone from the Muslim community. Kirklees should make up the money lost by their own mistakes.
The people of Savile Town and Thornhill Lees spoke loudly when they elected Coun Abdul Patel to represent them, a man with a proven record of serving the Muslim community for many years.
He will continue to serve his community for many more years whether your editor likes it or not.
Jack recalls the good old days
From: Jack Bunn, Hanging Heaton
Do not read this letter if you are under 40 years old.
I wonder if people of my generation, like I do, miss the everyday happenings of our youth; for instance, the rag and bone man who used to come around the streets shouting â€˜rags, bones and bottlesâ€™.
We rushed home to get some old rags to exchange for a goldfish.
Another was Caddyâ€™s Ice cream â€“ a wooden barrow pushed by a man in a white apron, prices were haâ€™penny a cornet, one penny a sandwich and, if you were lucky, he would put you a little red strawberry juice on.
Another sight was outside a garage on the forecourt, Dewsbury Weights & Measures Department, with their different measuring buckets testing if the pumps were giving the correct measures of petrol.
Another sight would be the horse-pulled coal cart with the man shouting out how much a bag of coal cost.
Another was the milkman with his horse-drawn trap carrying the big milk urns from his own farm, and little tin measures to put a gill or a pint into the customerâ€™s jug.
Another was the baker, selling loaves of oven-baked bread, tea cakes and pikelets for toasting on the open fire.
There was also a man with a horse and cart selling pots, pans, plates, chamber pots and also â€˜oky koky penny a lump â€“ thatâ€™s the stuff to make you jump!â€™ It was just a block of ice.
There was also the lady selling ruddle and donkey stone for housewives to put on their steps and toilet floors.
She dug the ruddle up in Caulms Wood and then put it in a round basket, which she carried on her head, selling around the streets of Dewsbury at 1d a lump.
I lived in Peep Street, Earlsheaton, and could buy a 2d Sports Echo at 7pm on a Saturday night with all the football and racing results in.
I could buy chicklings, tripe, savoury ducks, pigs trotters and mucky fat from one of Earlsheatonâ€™s four butcherâ€™s shops.
I could also buy, in my own jug, pie and peas, all hot from the man who came round with a milk canÂ for a few coppers. The peas were usually grey or brown.
I could buy a pint of beer in Earlsheaton WMC for four old pennies, or tent wine for two old pennies, or a fish and a penâ€™orth oâ€™ chips at Henry Hargreavesâ€™ fish shop, at the top of Ossett Lane.
We took the oven plate out of the open coal-fired oven and wrapped it in an old bit of blanket and took it up to bed, because we could not afford a hot water bottle.
I could go on reminiscing for hours about those days.
Thank God I do not sit watching a computer, I have not got a mobile phone, laptop, fax machine or any of these new-fangled machines they use today, instead of using your common sense to work things out.