Spending more by spending less
Letter of the Week: D Johnson, Mirfield
Here follows the business model for Kirklees Council as I see it:
Don’t carry out road repairs until they are critical. This leads to more expensive repairs and more claims, which leads to more cuts, which leads to less spent on roads – ad infinitum.
Stop the treatment of weeds and grass etc growing along road verges.
This leads to roads breaking up, more expensive repairs and more claims, which leads to more cuts, which leads to less spent on roads – ad infinitum.
Substitute pavements for roads in the previous two paragraphs.
Stop council tax payers from taking rubble etc to local tips, which leads to more flytipping, which the council are obliged to clear, which leads to more expense, which leads to more cuts – ad infinitum.
I could carry on, but I am sure readers get the idea.
Yes I am aware that funding from central government has been drastically cut, however the idea was to force councils to think clever and stop waste and inefficiencies.
This point is lost on councils like Kirklees, who simply cut front-line sevices, perhaps to make a political point at our expense.
Conclusion – KMC not fit for purpose?
OBE should be taken away
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
I don’t know what Sir Christopher Chope MP has done to deserve the OBE and a knighthood but I do know in the past he supported the much-hated Poll Tax, opposed the minimum wage, voted against tougher laws to prevent police dogs and horses being stabbed and was named in the Parliamentary expenses scandal of 2007/8.
Now he has derailed plans to criminalise upskirting, which would make it illegal for offenders to take a picture under someone’s clothing without their consent.
He should be stripped of his titles.
No joy in writing this
From: Name and Address Supplied
My submission is a response to the letter on June 15, ‘What exactly did my dad fight for?’
I was born in 1935 so didn’t have any part in the 1939-45 war but I did live in Thornhill Lees for my first 23 years when I married a girl from Ravensthorpe.
Consequently we have seen, over the past 50 or 60 years, both areas transformed beyond recognition in most aspects as a result of poor control of the avalanche of immigration and unnecessary suppression of many of our Christian traditions so as not to offend the newcomers. So much for integration!
Local schools in the two areas mentioned, along with Savile Town, have had to cope with many pupils with little ability to use the English language; other community services experience this problem along with the stress of increasing pressure of increasing population demands.
We can now see the same outcome throughout the Heavy Woollen district.
I fear demographic figures might easily show from present trends just when we UK citizens will become the minority. That four letter ‘F’ word, FEAR, is very real when I try to imagine what the future holds for our family’s future.
The nasty incident you reported from Thornhill Lees involving the circus, near to my former home, might give Baroness Warsi some indication why Islamophobia exists in our country in 2018.
I have no joy or satisfaction from putting these few words together but I am convinced last week’s letter deserves support, as does your paper.
In the public service?
From: Anthony Doyle, via email
Reading your lead article last Friday regarding the police not attending a call to the circus at Thornhill after a group were attacking the circus people with stones etc.
I have only one question – why?
Surely this was a public order issue with danger to people and property.
The job of the police must be to protect the people within their area be they resident or visitor.
Maybe again there was no resource to send, although I would have thought people being attacked was a priority.
West Yorkshire Police’s motto is ‘in the public service’, poor service in this instance.
It’s also worrying that attacks on the person not deemed urgent enough to attend.
No surprise at the response
From: John Kellingworth, via email
Well, knock me down with a feather.
Should I be surprised at the lack of enforcement by police regarding the running out of town of the travelling circus? Frankly, no.
It appears that certain members of the local area deemed it fit to cause a disturbance, including the use of fireworks and intimidating innocent people, including children.
It appears that, like Kirklees Council planning, some people are allowed a kind of exemption from the rules, giving them the brash confidence to trample all over law-abiding citizens.
It will no doubt exacerbate the situation in future, much to the annoyance of the local populace who finance the authorities on the pretext that we can live a peaceful day-to-day life.
Towns need so much work
From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge
I agree wholeheartedly with Danny Lockwood on his views of Dewsbury and the blame game politics of it all.
The sitting MP(s) should do more, though I do believe Labour in Government are fairer from the bottom up rather than the current top-down shower.
I worked in Dewsbury for 20 years, the sad site the derelict Bailey’s restaurant where our family once enjoyed many a happy time sums it up to a tee.
Meanwhile, the renovated shops are very well presented by the market, but the nearby closed-off Market Arcade could be a scene from a modern-day Clint Eastwood Western duel, with rubbish replacing tumbleweed!
I can see the next “make it look better cheaply and involving the community without opening it ever again” idea will be a 3D artwork on either entrance of how the arcade “used” to look (think matchstick men etc) painted by local schoolkids no doubt, rather than really enthusing and getting behind this site and the others in the town.
The same can also be said of Heckmondwike in places, namely Woolworths and the closed indoor market hall.
Also, with all the focus on Dewsbury this week perhaps it’s time for self-governance, ie Dewsbury borough council, Heckmondwike, Batley, Mirfield, Cleckheaton et al plus a whole host of places such as Morley, Ossett and Horbury and see if local management would work.
I bet the Conservative government would jump at this, finding loads of money for these ‘exciting’ local decentralised initiatives which alas should be available right now, regardless of what borough you live in!
Time for tough measures?
From: JF Murphy, via email
The non-attendance of the police at the incident at Lees Holm Parks is no surprise.
It is entirely symptomatic of the wider malaise affecting the community, if not the whole country.
Earlier this year there was a notable police presence after the furore raised in The Press with regard to lack of police action over a number of incidents.
It is time to bring the UK’s armed forces home from fighting America’s illegal oil grabbing wars, declare martial law, disband the useless police and put the army on the streets.
It is immaterial whether people respect the law, they should be made to fear it!
Huddersfield’s suffering too
From: Christine Sykes, Mirfield
I’ve read The Press every week since it was first published, and particularly enjoy Ed Lines.
Danny Lockwood is without doubt a Marmite character; but I like Marmite and I like him.
However I must take issue on his assertion that all the Kirklees money goes to Huddersfield.
I’m Huddersfield born and bred. When we were morphed into Kirklees in 1974 we owned our own town. Now even the Civic Centre has been sold off.
I think I’m right in saying that Huddersfield Town Council paid for Scammonden Dam before Yorkshire Water reared its ugly head in 1973.
We were told that we’d never want for water again. Three years later it was being sold to Manchester and we were in danger of having to use stand pipes. I seldom visit Huddersfield now because, like with Dewsbury, there’s little to go for.
Apart from the university I don’t see anything new. The town centre and the market are as scruffy and run down as Dewsbury. It’s so sad.
Sick of their approach
From: Mr G Dennis, Birstall
When are PM Theresa May and UK chief negotiator for Brexit David Davis going to tell Michael Barnier EU chief negotiator for Brexit to take a running jump?
All we hear in the current news from the latter is what the UK can and cannot do, despite the EU still wanting our money.
The same applies to the farcical threats from the SNP, namely Nicola Sturgeon and her sidekick Ian Blackford. The UK public in general are sick to the back teeth of hearing the same old diatribe.