More new car parks will mean more cash

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

WE are, ap­par­ently, in a pe­riod of aus­ter­ity where cuts to many bud­gets are se­ri­ously af­fect­ing our pub­lic ser­vices.

Could some­one please ex­plain to me why a Labour con­trolled coun­cil (93 Labour and 3 Lib Dems) can jus­tify spend­ing £250m on a cy­cle scheme for Manch­ester that will pro­vide ben­e­fits for very few peo­ple and de­liver no in­come.

Driv­ing into Manch­ester re­cently I have on av­er­age seen five cy­clists, over my whole 20-mile jour­ney, among with the 100s of cars stuck in traf­fic jams.

To im­prove the city and the lives of its in­hab­i­tants here are some ideas.

1) Build more car parks – both in the city and near out­ly­ing tram and train sta­tions. They would pro­vide in­come on the in­vest­ment. I have tried to use the trams but have great difficulty in park­ing the car.

2) Re­pro­gram traf­fic lights to stop the stop/start char­ac­ter of ev­ery jour­ney. Make get­ting in and out of the city a pri­or­ity by keep­ing the ra­dial routes flow­ing bet­ter at peak times. Surely if I can switch my home cen­tral heat­ing on from my car, the trans­port author­ity could al­ter the traf­fic lights from their nice warm of­fice.

3) Get rid of the cy­cling Tsar, Mr Board­man, who has the cheek to tell us that cy­cle lanes are in need of re­pair! Does he ever drive a car on the main roads around the re­gion?

4) On my last visit to A&E with se­vere chest pain in the late evening the NHS care pro­vided to me was world class. I had by­pass surgery two years before but in this in­stance it proved to be acute peri­toni­tis.

How­ever oth­ers present, tak­ing up the re­sources of A & E, were suf­fer­ing from in­juries ap­par­ently at­trib­uted to drink­ing too much al­co­hol. At one time there were 12 po­lice of­fi­cers deal­ing with eight drunks, most of whom were not sit­ting qui­etly. If the in­jury is al­co­hol-in­duced they should be iso­lated in a hold­ing area un­til sober. So if we do we have prob­lems with our ser­vices they are not al­ways solved by just throw­ing more money at them! Some­times the ap­pli­ca­tion and al­lo­ca­tion of that money is just as im­por­tant. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

A woman of in­tegrity

AS a par­ent of a fast-track civil ser­vant who has worked in the of­fices of high-pro­file sec­re­taries of state, en­sur­ing they are briefed and their in­struc­tions are im­ple­mented, I know they take neu­tral­ity and loy­alty se­ri­ously.

They are not loyal to the per­son of their po­lit­i­cal mas­ter, they are loyal to the of­fice the politi­cian holds in Her Majesty’s Govern­ment. They may speak truth to power but are tight-lipped about what is go­ing on and do not whisper when the wheels are com­ing off.

They have to be pre­pared for in­stan­ta­neous changes, per­haps caused by res­ig­na­tion and reshuf­fle, per­haps by rad­i­cal change of govern­ment. They breath deeply and do not rush into things.

They are con­sum­mate pro­fes­sion­als, ded­i­cated to pub­lic ser­vice. The fig­ure of Sir Humphrey Ap­pleby (so mem­o­rably played by Nigel Hawthorne in Yes Min­is­ter) may be com­pla­cent, ob­fus­ca­tory, and en­joy­ing a gravy-train of en­ti­tle­ment, in re­al­ity many se­nior civil ser­vants are well aware that they could be paid twice or thrice as much in the pri­vate sec­tor.

So we should take no­tice when a

Alexan­dra Hall Hall, the se­nior Brexit coun­sel­lor at our Washington em­bassy, re­signed re­cently and ac­cused the govern­ment of not be­ing hon­est with vot­ers about the im­pli­ca­tions of leav­ing the EU.

In her res­ig­na­tion let­ter she com­plained of: “...the way in which our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers have tried to de­liver Brexit, with re­luc­tance to ad­dress hon­estly, even with our own cit­i­zens, the chal­lenges and trade-offs which Brexit in­volves; the use of mis­lead­ing or disin­gen­u­ous ar­gu­ments about the im­pli­ca­tions of the var­i­ous op­tions before us...”

She con­tin­ued: “I would pre­fer to do some­thing more re­ward­ing with my time, than ped­dle half-truths on be­half of a govern­ment I do not trust.”

She will have known this ends her ca­reer which has pre­vi­ously seen her as Am­bas­sador to Ge­or­gia.

No­body has sug­gested her hav­ing any party po­lit­i­cal mo­ti­va­tion; per­haps, un­like some, she trea­sures her in­tegrity. Par­ent of a civil ser­vant

Shame on you Sal­ford

SO sad to see the news of the im­mi­nent de­mo­li­tion of the Adel­phi lads club for yet more apart­ments and no af­ford­able hous­ing in the deal in an area that’s des­per­ate for it. Sal­ford’s so-called Labour coun­cil should hang its head in shame. Ken Jones, Sal­ford

Don’t scrap red but­ton

IT has been an­nounced that the BBC red but­ton news ser­vice is to cease in the new year. This is a ser­vice very-lit­tle talked about, but a life­line to many peo­ple.

These are of­ten peo­ple with no ac­cess to in­ter­net or 100 chan­nel TV’s.

The bril­liant ser­vice gives con­cise, easy to read (even for dyslexic suf­fer­ers) news of in­ter­na­tional, na­tional, sport, health, busi­ness, tech­nol­ogy, en­ter­tain­ment and even the front pages of the na­tional news­pa­pers. You can even get lo­cal news from all over Bri­tain!

I still do not know if the weather and travel re­ports are to be re­tained but the TV keeps telling us to take heed of the lo­cal weather warn­ings. Where from?

These peo­ple can­not make their voices heard and will not com­plain. They will just be more cut off from the world. Out­cast.

I ap­peal to the BBC, you are get­ting the Li­cence fee from the over 75s next year. Please do not stop this most wor­thy ser­vice.

Please could our lo­cal Coun­cil­lors give them a voice? S.C. Ward, Booth­stown

View at Star­mount Lodge Rad­cliffe by Keith Ry­lance. If you have a stun­ning pic­ture, then we’d love to see it. Send your pho­tos to us at view­[email protected], mark­ing them Pic­ture of the Day

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