Everyone knows the devil is in the detail
SHOCKED, devastated, angry and empty, it’s unusual to feel all these emotions at once but that is the effect that HS2 has brought to me and my community in Church Fenton, Barkston Ash and Ulleskelf.
The proposed link from Leeds to York will decimate our environment with viaducts, electric cables, sub-stations and embankments which will tower over the entire landscape.
Please take the time to look at the plans and see how detrimental this will be to our surrounding area. This is not a legacy I want to leave behind for our children and future generations.
We have a young child and the equity we have in our home was planned to be used for his university fees in the future when we would downsize our home and release the money.
As the line runs close to our property on Sandwath Drive this has now made our home unsellable and worthless.
We have had no contact from HS2 Ltd and like many people we have very little experience navigating around government red tape and vast documents where as everyone knows the devil is in the detail.
Many MPs and HS2 directors keep broadcasting that there will be a fair compensation scheme, this as it appears only seems to be if they are demolishing your home to make way for the proposed rail line.
We are no clearer to any deadlines enforced, forms which need completing or how to correspond and object in the specific ways a government led project requires.
Our local MP Nigel Adams appears to be toeing the party line and I envisage not very much help from him going forward as he is in favour of the proposal.
I know this seems a long way away for us at the end of the HS2 line but can only feel that we need to fight this from the very start of this project until common sense prevails and it’s stopped.
It appears our government have very little regard for the hard working people of England and quite wrongly believe will unite the North and South but in reality creates a surgical scar right through the centre which will blight our countryside for generations.
We can’t live in fear of the plans going ahead for the next 15 to 20 years it’s impossible to even think this can be the only option, being trapped in your own home which you have worked so hard for just leaves you and your family completely devastated.
Lisa and Paul Haslam
We should leave the EU today
While our hard-working PM David Cameron is beavering away in India selling off more of the UK family silver - all euphemistically called “exports” or “inward investments”, our electricity supply is about to be substantially reduced or even cut off at times! His time could be better spent at home, here!
This “coalition” government are systematically bringing our nation to its knees and I, for one, would like to know why?
Our power stations are being closed only “on orders from Brussels” and through our lack of investment in some new power stations.
We will soon be required to rely even more heavily on imported gas supplies just to keep the lights on, gas for which we can be blackmailed over the price – and will be!
We could invest in our own power stations if we stopped sending £54m per day to Brussels. We should leave the EU today!
History is not all about the past
Let me be amongst the first to congratulate the Riccall Archives Group on it being awarded £6,000 by the Heritage Lottery fund to record their village’s past, and would urge more village groups to follow their example.
I have despaired so many times when shown old photographs with no information on the back to be told why bother to write on the back when no one is interested.
I have also been hinted at by some as living in the past so sincerely hope the Riccall Group will not meet the same response from some quarters and say to themselves, why bother?
If the Doomsday book, or the Anglo Saxon Chronicle had not been written our country would have little history to refer back to, and in my view the same criteria applies to village histories.
One must realise history is not all what happened in the past, it is also any event that happened yesterday.
Mr R Chilvers
Selby Times History Columnist
Brayton farm shop welcomed
I was absolutely amazed at the front page story last week (This Has To Stop, Selby Times, February 20 - campaigners Councillors Judith Chilvers and Jude Thurlow pictured above).
What we have here is 20-30 people complaining about a farm shop opening on their street.
I wonder if these same residents gave any consideration to the people living on Doncaster Road near the Tesco Express when it was announced they were locating there?
No, I would imagine they all rubbed their hands at having the facility so close to them but not having to have the disruption those residents had to (and still) endure. The disruption they encounter daily is far greater than any farm shop deliveries will ever cause the residents of Mill Lane.
Before anyone suggests, no I do not live on Doncaster Road, I am merely using that as an example. I do however live in Brayton and I whole heartedly support the farm shop as it will give us a greater choice of quality goods with a local service.
The residents of Mill Lane have reacted in such an outrageous manner, anyone would think it was a halfway house for recently released convicted offenders being built on their street! It is a farm shop, get a grip!
The article goes on to talk about ruining their quality of life! Please can someone explain how a farm shop opening would do that? Would that cause those residents to stop using Brayton Barff?
They complain about increased traffic using their roads. Well, they are public roads to be used by the public so the residents do not have the right to bar anyone from using them. I am at a loss at why they believe this will return their area to pre-bypass traffic levels, as this seems to be what they are suggesting?
I also do not understand why increased traffic would cause a danger to people using the roads in that area for recreational purposes.
Are we suggesting that in order for a road to be safe for recreational purposes it cannot have vehicles using it? No, both parties have a duty of care and this road is no different to any other.
Might I suggest that it will increase traffic levels but not to the levels experienced before the Selby Bypass was built. I would also like to point out that in an age where new businesses struggle to start up, these residents should be supporting the venture as it will bring money in to the area.
Might I finally suggest that if they really can’t stand the thought of having a few deliveries using their street and customers visiting the shop they could always move? Failing that, I would quite happily welcome a farm shop on my street, which is also a quiet cul-de-sac!
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Workers right to rest
The state and mentality of those in power in this country becomes ever more bizarre.
Nationally this coalition government still continues to propagate the hoax of the last Government’s overspend as cause of the worldwide banking crash and uses it to further vandalise the remnants of any public service left, thus turning potential growth to a deficit.
Locally and regionally we have the present administration showing it’s unfitness to govern.
Internally the tories are riven, the local county councillors remonstrating with the district councillors (of the same political colour) about the direct and indirect rises in taxes.
The district councillors now gerrymandering the electoral configuration of the District to effect “savings”, while at the same time placing a greater emphasis on leisure services than flood defences (see the spending proportions in the budget) despite the situation we have had in the south of the District since November.
Nationally the Government wants to see Working Time Regulations repatriated to Great Britain:
These regulations determine a workers right to rest after six hours of work, govern maternity and paternity arrangements, give workers part and full time rights to paid leave and ensure that doctors work (that is on their feet at the hospital bed) for no longer than 48 hours (I worked the 128 hour weeks under a Thatcher government).
Is it those much over estimated “Victorian values” we are being returned to?
Deregulation of food standards has led to all sorts of rubbish appearing in our foods (why picked up in Ireland??) no wonder as the advisors of this government are the fast food and fizzy drinks industry.
Locally when the need is greatest public transport is abandoned by the county council (see recent local press headlines) While nationally billions are committed to an expensive questionable development 40 years too late, while locally here, in the 7th richest country the world, roads decline to standards of a developing country (recent highways sign spotted in my village: ”Road closed due to pot holing”!!)
The publicly financed free health service is under threat (I see it daily) while bankrupt carpet baggers are encouraged to take a slice of tax payer’s money.
Why is it, while pretending to govern, that these people try to destroy anything of value in the country?
The publicly funded health service, public service, state education( both higher and lower), public transport, food standards, vestiges of employment protection, agriculture, defence, enfranchisement, democracy, good beer, are at present in the hands of those with the reverse Midas touch: anything of gold they come into physical contact with and they can’t flog off for profit, automatically turns to excrement.
Let’s hope they go soon, because there will otherwise be nothing left for the vast decent majority in this country who at present are really suffering this regime.
Mr Rodney Price FRCS(G)
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