Behaviour as crucial as haircuts
AFTER all the publicity concerning the hairstyles of pupils perhaps schools could also instruct their pupils how to behave on buses.
I was always told at my school that once you left the school grounds you were still a representative of the school and should behave properly. The noise and crowding at the front of the bus I got on last week on Chorley Road was deafening and is “move down the bus please” no longer in the bus drivers’ manual as adults are just as guilty of crowding near the front making getting on/off difficult at times?
One pupil did give up his seat for which I thanked him for but I later moved to sit with someone I knew who said that she would probably have a stiff drink once she got home as she had been subjected to the noise for a greater length of time.
I had a similar experience getting home from Salford Royal Hospital when another school’s pupils descended on the bus on Eccles Old Road, I am not saying all the pupils on both occasions were like this and many thanked the driver as they left but I won’t make the mistake of being on a bus at home time in future.
Perhaps schools can address the bus behaviour as vigorously as they are the haircuts! Marie Falzon Swinton
JOINING FEES UNFAIR TO US
I READ with interest the piece by Graham Stringer (Advertiser, November 20), where he puts forward the view that people who live and pay council tax in Salford should get the city’s services cheaper than those who live outside of Salford. Salford council appears to have the exact opposite view, and does, in fact, charge Salford residents more for some Salford city services than some people from outside of the city. I refer, specifically, to the joining fee levied on those wishing to join the monthly payment scheme for membership of the leisure centres.
The £20 fee is payable by anyone joining, regardless of where they pay their council tax. We therefore have the ridiculous situation where a Salford resident pays the fee, yet an employee of, for example, HM Revenue and Customs, is exempt from the charge, despite the fact they may be resident outside of the city of Salford, and do not contribute to this service.
I have complained to the leisure service and was told that this discount is offered on the basis that a large volume of people from these organisations have subscribed to the membership. Maybe if they offered the same terms to Salford residents, then more people would join. Name and address supplied
NO SUPPORT FOR BUSWAY
I WOULD like to reply to Coun Roger Jones of Irlam and his letter in the Advertiser, November 27.
In response to the points he makes, the guided busway may well be supported by all 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester and TfGM. It may well also be supported by all three major political parties. But it isn’t supported by the majority of people in Salford. I thought your job was to work for the people and what they want?
I honestly cannot see 1.5 million people a year using this bus. Have you seen the prices these days? Especially on First buses.
If you want to encourage more people to leave their cars and use public transport then why not improve what we already have? Make the cycle lanes safe and well maintained and provide more of them.
All this money has been spent lengthening train station platforms yet there are no extra carriages at peak times. Buses, as I’ve said, are expensive and far too unreliable.
Perhaps TfGM should be thinking about re-nationalising local transport. Joseph Hickman Swinton
UKIP NO FRIEND TO WORKERS
REMARKS made by Salford UKIP in their regular diatribe (Advertiser, November 20) reveal another disturbing aspect of UKIP policy. They want less representation for the electorate.
Add this to some of their other ideas revealed recently, and then denied, such as selling off the NHS, a single rate of tax for all earners (rich and poor),and repatriation of settled immigrants.
Now the voters of Salford and Eccles can see that UKIP are not the friend of working people. They are in fact turbocharged Tories. Bruce Thompson Clarendon Crescent Eccles
TIME FOR SOME NEW FACES
QUOTING Gordon Brown: “It’s time for a new person with new ideas”
I would suggest it’s time for new people in the town hall, these present ones have been too long in their ivory towers and it is bad for local politics. A Clarke
Marie Falzon had a noisy experience coming back from Salford Royal Hospital