Your Letters – Friday September 15, 2017

One is streets ahead of the other

From: Patrick Dennehy, Dewsbury

Boothroyd Lane, in Dewsbury West, has a school, a church, a park and lots of houses.

West Park Street, in Dewsbury West, has a school, a church, a mosque, a block of flats and many houses.

Boothroyd Lane has just had speed bumps installed to complement existing traffic calming and parking measures.

West Park Street has neither traffic calming nor parking measures.

The same three Dewsbury West councillors, who oversee both roads, have stated they are unable (unwilling) to install any such measures on West Park Street. 

This is despite ambulances struggling to access the road and the council, themselves, previously withdrawing winter gritting services for the same reasons.

Despite this there is a proposed large-scale expansion of the current mosque on West Park Street. 

This will only make these matters worse; a decision on the application has already been deferred once because of inadequacies in the plans relating to both parking and traffic management.

Residents are concerned that the lack of equity in these two decisions has not yet been satisfactorily addressed by our elected representatives.

Tough times for the retail sector

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

I reckon I’ve been shopping at Greenwood’s Menswear for over 40 years so I am dismayed to see the business going into administration.

The rise of the Greenwood family fortunes began in Bradford during the 1850s and became Britain’s largest privately-owned chain of men’s outfitters.

By the end of 1928 branches opened in Sunderland, Middlesborough, Darlington, Shipley and Heckmondwike, and by 1935 there were 50 Greenwood shops.

In 1948 Greenwood’s had 87 branches open and trading.

Incredibly no fewer than 17 of these were in Bradford.

Brian Greenwood, chairman of the group, played rugby during the 1950s for the AVRO Works XV which had a large aircraft factory adjoining what is now Leeds Bradford Airport.

He moved on to play for the ‘Headingley Old Boys’ and his playing days came to an end at Cleckheaton when he was up against Yorkshire and England’s Geoff Butterfield, where he sustained damage to his right shoulder.

In 1971 Greenwood’s had 259 well-equipped units as far apart as Newcastle and Torquay.

The 1980s proved to be difficult years, and the tailoring business was starting to decline

Today Greenwood’s have 63 stores employing 300 people. It is indeed a challenging time for the UK retail sector.

Ideas to improve our country

From: Mr R Hemingway, Hightown

If standards in public and political life aren’t going to sink any further, we need serious fast action.

The wheels of government and law are running at a snail’s pace.

With all the construction work in the Palace of Westminster (Parliament), a start could be made there – close the House of Lords ‘social club’. 

I’m sure taxpayers would be pleased to see their hard-earned cash spent on more police, border guards and prisons.

What’s happened to the promised ‘bonfire of quangos’? Most are useless anyway.

We need a complete blitz on NHS waste and health tourism.

Get rid of Brexit ‘remainers’ in Cabinet; Philip Hammond, Amanda Rudd and Damian Green. 

Their hearts aren’t in Brexit. My opinion is that Theresa May was a remainer, certain they’d win the referendum, and Cameron would give her a top job.

She failed miserably to deliver her promise on immigration. Her time will come, one way or the other.

Speed up the repatriation of foreign criminals, illegal immigrants and any EU citizen without a job for two years.

We can’t afford to accommodate all-comers. Charity should begin at home, especially in times of austerity.

More ‘direct politics’. People voting on many important issues.

Stop ‘mockery’ wages paid to the BBC’s so-called entertainers like Evans and Norton, charity bosses, failed company directors and failed NHS bosses.

This is just a start. It would be very interesting to see what other readers think.

The market is coming here soon

From: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

Mid Yorks Hospital Trust has contracts with Barnsley CCG and treats their stroke patients. 

Barnsley now has a publicly-funded, fixed-budget ‘Accountable Care System’ for healthcare. 

The system is ‘the market’. ‘The market’ is like a voting system where the votes are cast in pounds sterling. 

The rich have more votes and can sway the outcome of any new decision in their favour. 

At the extreme, they can deprive the poor of the essentials of life. 

In Houston, where bottled drinking water is needed, without regulation the price of those bottles can be exorbitant and a child in poverty could die of dehydration. 

Multinational companies have more money than public providers/ commissioners, therefore ‘more votes.’ 

There are multinational  providers in the South Yorkshire Accountable Care System, running services and care homes in an environment where the budget is fixed. 

Potentially, public funds may flow away from publicly-run services to failing for-profit providers with opaque financial arrangements in tax havens, because they have created a scarcity. 

Accountable care puts an accountant between our doctor and our treatment, between our need for a care home and that place. West Yorkshire is next.

Tell your MP!

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