Your Letters - Friday August 4, 2017

I’m proud of Dewsbury Hospital

Letter of the Week: Carly Senior, via email

Luckily I have not had to visit Dewsbury Hospital for any treatment in over 18 months, until this week. 

Being honest, you never want to have to visit a hospital unless you’re having a baby.

On Wednesday I had an ophthalmogy appointment for a stye on my eyelid.

I was pleased to see there are now barriers at the car parks as it frustrated me how many people dodged paying.

From there I was greeted by a fantastic fruit and veg stall, which is a fantastic ideas for patients and visitors.

In the entrance a kind-natured male volunteer gladly directed me to where I needed to go. 

Next, whilst holding my appointment slip a man on the electric floor cleaner stopped his vehicle to check I knew where I was going.

I arrived 10 minutes early and sat down, delighted to see Wi-Fi and the password available.

I had just logged in when my name was called. This initially took me by surprise as I was still very early. 

Claire conducted the initial consultation, introducing herself in an incredibly friendly and bubbly manner. A few minutes later she escorted me down the corridor and told me she was passing me to Michelle and wished me a great day.

Michelle then conducted the eye procedure with a very reassuring and warm manner, making me feel as relaxed as can be.

To finish my experience I went to the coffee shop with very friendly smiling ladies who gave me the best and cheapest latte I have tasted.

I am truly proud to say Dewsbury Hospital is my local hospital! Keep up the great work.


Spread a little joy around you

From: Samantha Lloyd-Gray, Liversedge

Do something good in and for your community over the school holidays. 

My three-year-old and I baked some chocolate chip cookies and then took them to our neighbours and a local care home. 

Caring is sharing. Spread a little joy. The simple things make a difference in this ever-growing selfish and mean world.


Access to justice is restored

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

Well done to seven of Britain’s most senior judges, who have ruled that the Tories’ system of employment tribunal fees ‘effectively prevented access to justice’, must be quashed and that it infringes upon peoples legal rights.

The government will now have to fork out £32million to people who have been denied their right to legal aid.

Concern had also been expressed by tenants who survived the Grenfell Tower fire in London that they were unable to access legal aid to challenge safety concerns because of these unfair government cuts.

Thankfully this has now been overturned and hopefully now justice can be seen to be done.


Whistle while you spell...

From: Peter Clarke, Batley

My friend and I were discussing a recent article in The Press about Yorkshire and Southern accents, and he told me a tale from way back.

Over 30 years ago he went into Hartshead Working Men’s Club for a quick pint and he was stopped by the character who was the colourful chairman of the committee at the time.

He said to my mate: “How do you spell whistle?”

My mate spelled it out for him, w.h.i.s.t.l.e, and asked why do you need that?

The chairman said: “I’m writing a notice for the notice board as me and the committee have decided that if anybody is heard using bad language in this club in future, whistle bar ‘em!’”

You won’t get this down south!


This would have been dealt with

From: D Hirst, Dewsbury

Recently a seaside town started to charge 40p for the use of a public toilet. It’s such a pity that some of the local dog owners don’t have to pay when they let their dogs use the play areas as a toilet.

Bywell Road playing fields has a car park, and a lovely grass area. My home overlooks the fields and I often look out to watch the children and the football matches, which attract spectators.

I also see dog owners arrive in their cars, and others with dogs on a lead.

The dogs are released onto the field, use it for a toilet, then return to their owners to be taken away.

Recently, on one sunny day I counted 30 dogs. The field is rapidly becoming a giant toilet.

In the Dewsbury Boro’ days, we had byelaws and a caring council who would have dealt with the problem.

I believe ‘The Royal Family – Kirklees Council’ think this is a matter outside the realms of the kingdom of Huddersfield, so it it ignored.


Double the price? On your bike...

From: John Scatchard, Batley

Re ‘Buy your own pills’ featuring Dr David Kelly in The Press, July 28.

Having just purchased a packet of 30 antihistamine tablets for £7, Dr Kelly informs your readers that pills cost half the price paid by the NHS.

If the NHS pay £14 for the same, then someone should receive their P45 promptly.


We’re still fighting to Save Mirfield

From: Cheryl Tyler, chairman, Save Mirfield

As a regular reader of your paper I was very interested to read the article in The Press regarding Balderstone Fields in Mirfield and the imminent planning application by Bellway. 

Project Mirfield were not alone in opposing the previous Bellway application. Save Mirfield first opposed building on this area of green space almost 20 years ago. 

The planning application for 90 homes was refused by Kirklees Council and although Bellway took it to appeal, we were able to convince the inspector that the planning refusal should be upheld. It was. 

More recently we also opposed the building of 135 houses on the same plot of land, and although at the last minute it didn’t go before the committee, it was going to be refused.

We are now gearing up for our third fight in almost 20 years because we believe that this is unsafe and unsustainable.

I would like to make it clear that Save Mirfield Committee members in conjunction with our professional consultants (planning, highways and a planning lawyer) worked hard last time on opposing the Bellway plans and will do so again this time. 

We do a lot of fundraising and are also very grateful for the donations and financial pledges from supporters and local people. They recognise the importance of getting professional advice and support to fight the developers who have enormous resources at their disposal in what is a complex planning process.

Save Mirfield was formed in 1997 as a spin-off from the ‘Sink the link’ campaign and is a formally constituted community group with officers and a committee. 

We have almost 1,000 fully signed-up members. Our slogan is ‘Save Mirfield, fighting to keep the field in Mirfield’ and as we are not against all development nor do we have unlimited resources, we focus on those sites which we consider to be dangerous or particularly unsustainable.

At the moment we are also focused on the Kirklees Local Plan where we were told, in an official pamphlet from Kirklees circulated to the public, that Mirfield was set to have 400 additional houses whereas actually there are more than 1,000 in the plan, some of which are the western end of the so called ‘Dewsbury Riverside development’.

We hope to be speaking to the inspector about this and other matters at the hearings on the Local Plan due to start in October.


Some of us still do care

From: Name and address supplied

Following on from my letter last week concerning the changes in Westborough over the last few years. 

A neighbour has mentioned to me her concern that it sounds as though no-one in Westborough cares about their environment. Obviously that is not what I am saying. 

There are many people who have immaculate gardens, well maintained houses and who take their garden waste to the council tip.

However, I still say that these people are fast becoming the minority, and it is unpleasant for them to have to live alongside neighbours from the opposite end of the spectrum, who don’t care at all.

On my latest walk through Westborough I saw several broken bottles on the roads, dog faeces on the pavement, a fence that had been set on fire and a large tree branch that had been dumped in Back Brunswick Street ... a hurdle for people to negotiate on bin day! 

Also, can I point out that when people order a bulky item or garden waste collection from Kirklees, they are supposed to leave the items WITHIN the boundaries of their own property, and not on the pavement or on Back Brunswick Street; which resembles a tip at the best of times ... thank you.


Electric plan won’t work up here

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

Another week and another Government policy hatched from that parallel universe which is Westminster. 

It would appear that thanks to past Government policies, we rank as number one in the EU for the per-capita ownership of diesel cars.

Because the EU emission standards bear no relationship to real world driving, we are all in fact choking to death on diesel fumes.

So, our Westminster policy makers in their infinite wisdom, have decided to ban the internal combustion engine in favour of electric cars.

Possibly all fine and dandy if you live in the leafy suburbs of the south-east with a garage and driveway where you can securely charge your car.

Or indeed if you live in London, like all our legislators, policy makers and their army of Civil Service advisors. They don’t need a car because they have Uber and a properly integrated public transport system, the latter funded to the tune of five times the funding granted to the North.

But, not such a good idea if you live oop north in a row of terraced  houses, or a 1940s council estate with no garages, or a tower block, and where you have to travel miles on out-of-date infrastructure to Manchester just to see some decent bands or shows.

Also, where does the extra electricity come from?

Environmentalists don’t like coal, oil, fracking, wind turbines, the Severn barrage, nuclear, the latter viable only if our preferred contractor ever manages to build one which works (the jurys currently out on this one).

Are we then left with Russian gas or turning the lights out when we want to charge our cars?

Does anyone know what they are doing? The jury’s currently out on this one too.


Losing their integrity and confidence

From: Alec Suchi, Bradford

Danny Lockwood writes an amusing caricature of how the Conservative Party has effectively abandoned its traditional values in favour of what is understood to be progressive ones, as evidenced by its support for transgenderism.

In marked contrast to the Democratic Unionist Party, the Conservatives have been rapidly surrendering its core values in the wake of the ‘Progressive agenda’ which masquerades as tolerant and inclusive, but its primary intention is to undermine traditional western society and traditions. 

The promoters of this agenda, the liberal-left, are not in the least concerned with the personal distress and difficulties encountered by those affected by these issues: their objective is to make political capital and cynically exploit those most vulnerable of people. 

It is disconcerting that the Conservatives have lost all integrity and confidence in their traditional values that they feel compelled to appear ‘modern’ and ‘progressive’.

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