Your chance to remember and say thank you
Letter of the Week: The Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Christine Iredale
Through your newspaper, could I please appeal to local people to once again support the Poppy Appeal this year.
The link between our local communities and the sacrifices those in our armed forces make for us has been brought into sharp focus in recent years.
We are currently marking 100 years since the Battle of Paschendaele, and the coverage starkly brings home the message about the suffering soldiers went through.
Present conflicts involving our local soldiers continue, and Kirklees has its own stories of sadness and suffering.
The families who suffer loss in conflicts across the world rely on support they get from the British Legion’s appeal fund.
Welfare services linked to the Poppy Appeal spend more than £1 million a week, with services ranging from helping bereaved families through an inquest, to ensuring an elderly veteran can stay independent in their own home.
This is our opportunity to say thank you to those who have served in the past and also those serving in conflicts now, and wearing a poppy is a visible sign of our gratitude.
So, I would urge people to be as generous as they can with both time and donations in support of this year’s Poppy Appeal.
It’s easy to use the tip!
From: Steve Brahan, via email
Further to last week’s letter regarding the Kirklees Household Waste and Recycling Centres, I write in support of the service.
My son has been refurbishing his own home over the last six months and I have had no trouble disposing of a wide variety of materials.
To dispose of plasterboard, I pre-booked each visit using my car which is registered to use these sites, notified the staff on arrival and used the designated skip.
I have also taken wood, metal, cardboard, stripped wallpaper, electrical goods, carpet and garden rubbish.
For general building debris we have hired small skips, it’s not at all difficult, and certainly no reason to resort to fly-tipping.
Keep up the good work
From: Norman Backhouse, via email
Since we moved to Roberttown 23 years ago we have purchased the Spen Guardian every week.
However, it has now morphed into a paper covering much of West Yorkshire except Bradford and Leeds, with scant information about the Spen Valley area, whereas you remain faithful to this area and we cull more information of relevance than the rival paper!
Keep up the good work by sticking to the locality!
Labour policy not to blame
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
In 2015 the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, argued that the 2008 financial crisis was a ‘banking crisis pure and simple’.
The Tories up to now have never accepted this and continually blamed Gordon Brown and the Labour Government for this in a desperate attempt to make political capital.
However on Monday I read in a national newspaper that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has now congratulated Gordon Brown’s handling of the financial crisis, finally conceding it started in the US. This nails the lie blaming Labour’s spending.
Thank you to taxi drivers
From: Jean Hodge, Dewsbury
May I through your Forum page thank all Rex and Oakwell taxi drivers.
I am a 74-year-old disabled lady and if it wasn’t for Rex and Oakwell drivers I would never get out or be able to do my shopping.
I appreciate every one of them. God bless you all and thank you.
Planning woes for me too
From: D Johnson, Mirfield
I have read with interest letters in the last two weeks from Kirklees residents regarding planning applications.
The first one outlined the disinterest that the planners showed in two outbuildings that should have had planning consent but where allowed to remain without.
The second asked the question how many others are allowed to slip through the net?
Well, judging from my own experience, I imagine quite a few.
A couple of years ago I complained to Kirklees planning that two (yes, two) of my neighbours backing on to our property had both built multiple extensions onto the rear of their properties without any planning consent whatsoever.
The extensions were ugly, poorly constructed and did not use materials matching the existing.
When the Kirklees planning officer inspected the buildings he admitted that all the extensions were illegal and if they had applied for planning then they would have been refused.
However as it would cause too much distress to the owners to reverse the ‘shanty town’ of extensions then they would not do anything about it!
I firmly believe that the decision was made in order to avoid distress and work for themselves and if any Kirklees planners should read this letter then I would like to hear a response.
Reason for Batley Library
From: JM Nimmons, Liversedge
As an ex-Batley person living in Liversedge I keep reading about the ‘Friends Of Batley Library’ and wonder how many are aware that Batley should be proud of having a Carnegie library.
In 1902 Councillor Ineson wrote to Andrew Carnegie who, after looking into the idea agreed to fund a free library in Batley for £6,000.
The building was opened in 1907 by the Mayor, Coun Ineson, on the understanding that the town would keep the library restocked over the years.
How things change!
Briefly, Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835, the son of a hand weaver.
In 1848 he emigrated to the United States of America and educated himself at evening classes.
His rise in the industrial world was phenomenal and by the age of 30 his annual income was 50,000 dollars.
In 1900 he sold his personal share of the profits of 25 million dollars and retired to devote himself to philanthropic activities.
Hence Batley Library.
Will barriers stop public?
From: Ray Rowbottom, Dewsbury
After reading in The Press recently regarding installing automatic ticket barriers at Dewsbury Railway Station, I wonder if this is crafty move for the permanent closure of the top entrance to the station from Eightlands.
Unless this is the case barriers will have to be installed at both entrances which will stop the public using the walkway as a shortcut to the town.
As a retired railway employee and having been involved with the running of the station, I believe that years ago before privatisation the gate at the top entrance was locked every Christmas Day.
I understand this was to ensure that this could not be classed as a public walkway.
In the 1980s platform staff who also collected tickets were made redundant, but now it seems it will have gone full circle as all automatic barriers at stations have to have someone in attendance to allow in prams, cycles and heavy luggage.
So if there are two entrances it will need two members in attendance.
It will be interesting to see how all this works out without major alterations to the station layout.
Memories of White Bear
From: Caroline Spillane, Tingley
It has been sad to see the New White Bear on the Tingley roundabout gradually reduced to a pile of building debris over the last week or so.
Although not before time, it has been empty for a while and had fallen in to substantial disrepair; it still feels like the end of an era.
There has been some form of pub on the site since 1854 and older Morleans remember the most recent 1930s building before it was refurbished in the 70s with the wooden cladding.
There are not any published plans for the use of the site, previous applications for a fast food restaurant and petrol station with a shop have been either refused or withdrawn.
I think the site deserves a landmark building, something that lets you know that you have arrived in Morley and Tingley, and like the New White Bear once was, is welcoming.
I have enjoyed reading locals’ stories of memorable occasions at the White Bear on social media, for me it reminded me of my father in law, Frank, who always treated us to a meal there when he visited.
I do hope the site is not left vacant for too much longer.
It’s all a form of bullying
From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge
I’ve been reading the revelations regarding the modern-day take on the Hollywood ‘casting couch’ in my favourite leftie rag, and the endless column inches written about this.
It occurs to me that in reality sexual harassment is just one of the many facets of bullying, which is all about one individual or group exerting control over another.
As a society we have numerous examples of of disparate groups exerting undue control over others.
In addition to the more obvious form of bullying, that of the physically strong bullying the weak, we also have the rich bullying the poor (social cleansing / gentrification); the educated bullying the illiterate (religion, political) and the idealistic bullying the masses both socially and politically (Stasi, Momentum, the class/caste system).
Anyone brought up in the real world (before the advent of political correctness) knows that one of the first lessons to be learnt in the playground is that bullying is best confronted by direct action.
Any amount of meaningless platitudes, policies, or counselling sessions just does not work. People bully because they enjoy it.
All the hashtags in world will not stop bullying, these are just the modern way of moaning and telling ‘Miss’.
Endless legislation against unpleasant human interaction just provides lucrative work for claims lawyers.
We really do need to teach modern kids how to be assertive and look after themselves.
Perhaps as a start they could be mindful of the old adage: “The meek shall inherit the earth, if thats all right with the rest of you”.
Is all this current problem with bullying yet another legacy of Blair’s Nanny State mentality?