Your Letters – Friday August 16, 2019

Street food might only be a novelty

Letter of the Week: Veronica Booth, Birstall

I’ve got to say I admire the plans for the urban street food market, it shows the kind of ambition that we haven’t seen in Batley town centre for many years. 

But the idea that this market could compete with those in Leeds and Doncaster doesn’t sit right with me. 

Sure, the plans might have interest now. But what happens once it’s not the new thing any more?

I reckon the novelty of it will wear off after a month or so, and then what? 

It’s just not realistic to think that given the chance, if they’re not from the area, people are going to visit Batley’s food market over the one at Trinity in Leeds. 

I hope I’m wrong, because Batley is a great town and this plaza could take it to another level. 

But I just fear that we might be putting too much pressure on this to be a success, let’s hold back and see what the end product is first!


Neutral ground would be better

From: Michael Holmes, Mirfield

I have just been entertained by a close local Jim Brown HW Cup derby, well fought, and a good result for Batley Boys. 

I was a little bit uncertain as to why the game wasn’t played on a neutral ground, where a collection could be taken instead of depending on the vagaries of a fickle public.

There must have been upwards of 150 non-paying supporters, whereas a closed gate could have got a bit of money in, with a raffle, programme etc.


Don’t entangle my campaign

From: Bruce Bird, The Dewsbury Partnership

Oh dear, Danny.

You must have been seriously short of inspiration on August 9. 

I’ve been away a few days so was just catching up when I came across my smiling mug in the midst of your editorial and wondered what I had done to get on your wrong side.

But as I read through I realise that it’s not about me, or the campaign to make the best use of the riverbanks that run through the town – no, it’s just padding to give you a convoluted link to state the obvious that the Riverside development is likely to have a high proportion of Asian, Muslim, house-buyers.

As you described it yourself, the Riverside development is ‘much needed’.

A few quick measurements tell me that you spent 29 per cent of your word count on your daydream, then 20 per cent about your dog. Leaving just 50 per cent to meander towards your point about the ethnicity of the local housing market. Not exactly Pulitzer Prize journalism.

You ask why people pretend that Riverside is something that it isn’t. And who did that? Certainly not me. 

My suggestion is all about pedestrians and cyclists – with not a word about religion.

I’m happy to be described both as well-meaning and a campaigner. I’m trying to do something to contribute to this town. But please don’t try to entangle my campaign with yours.

Vacuous, Danny. Not your usual standard.


Let this sad case rest

From: D Parker, via email

The death of anyone is a great shock to friends and family, it is a sad time for all with grief lasting years. 

The sad case of Jo Cox left everyone saddened how it could happen on our own doorstep. 

Ever since her death, local papers have run stories week after week. 

With years going by and by I think many readers would like this sad case to come to an end. 

Local news, put this case to rest.


Companies are ready

From: Name and Address Supplied

The version of Article 50 invoked by the Parliament of the UK in 2017 stated that if agreement wasn’t reached at the end of the transition period(s), the leaving member would cease to participate in the EU, including the Single Market.

Since the EU continued to dictate rather than negotiate, the UK leaving without a deal is entirely due to them.

Those companies trading with the rest of the world in addition to the EU soon realised that treating both under WTO rules was better than having two sets of rules to consider.

Those companies are now ready to operate without much difficulty on November  1, 2019.

If only the politicians and Whitehall Wallies had shown a similar degree of intelligence, the UK would be well on the way to benefiting from our independence and sovereignty!


Great, but not at that price

From: Kate Black, Mirfield

In reference to the article ‘£100k Calder clean-up’.

As a Mirfield resident I am delighted that the eyesore that is the River Calder is finally being cleared of all that rubbish!

However, why is it going to cost £100,000? That seems a bit steep for a bit of removal work. 

All you need to do is get a group of hardy volunteers together every weekend for the next however many months and it will be clear in no time.

I understand that it is a fantastic initiative, but surely it can be done at a lower cost. The money saved could then go to other projects in the town – for example Mirfield in Bloom.

I am all for making Mirfield more attractive and appealing but, for heavens’ sake I don’t want it costing an arm and a leg.

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