What’s not to like about this idea?

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I was really surprised to read in your paper last week that some of your readers are opposed to the Council saving money. (“Anger at £400k salt barn plans”).
After all, as the Cabinet report clearly spells out, investing in some proper protection for the Council’s vital road salt supply will actually save somewhere between £40,000 and £110,000 per year - depending on the severity of the winter. So the barn will pay for itself over just a few years. And that’s not the only advantage. Looking after the stock a bit better also means quicker loading, so the gritters can get back out sooner, and less environmental problems from excessive use of salt.
The suggestion from one reader that a large tarpaulin might solve the problem is no doubt innovative and well meant, but perhaps shows a lack of understanding of what 10,000 tonnes of salt actually looks like! As the photograph I’m sending in with this letter shows, the current salt stack is some 4-5 metres high and covers an area of several hundred square feet. A tarpaulin large enough to cover that might prove quite a challenge in windy weather!
Joking apart, this is a sensible proposal that will save money and means our salt stocks will last longer. What’s not to like about that?

Coun Tim Swift

Labour, Town Ward

Calderdale MBC


I’d sacrifice

£29 to quit!

Councillor Battye says each of us pay £100 per year to the European Union, and get back £0.5bn over 7 years (Courier, Nov. 15).
She thinks this is a good deal, but it works out, according to my reckoning, at only £129 per year each.
How many of us would gladly sacrifice that £29 to be rid of the wasteful bureaucracy and strangling control of the EU ?

Alan Shaw


manor heath

Was this

I am writing to complain about the new parking arrangements now in place for the Royal Calderdale Hospital. The installation of parking charges at 40p per hour has only had the effect of moving the parkers to beyond the places where they apply. My own road (Manor Heath Road) is now fully parked up every day. 
The parkers have spread onto Heath Gardens, up Skircoat Moor Road, onto Broomfield Avenue and across the Moor. In the case of Manor Heath Road and the “triangle” at the park gates, this parking has traditionally been free for park employees, users of Manor Heath Park and weekend footballers. Indeed the road has been fully parked up on busy days since improvements were made to Manor Heath a couple of years ago. Now there are no free places left – so the only places available without crossing the busy road are those few below Manor Heath, where the new charges apply. So it is that instead of hospital parkers paying, it will be park users. Also, there is now no parking for our visitors – for example tradesmen who normally park in the road. 
Is this the intended effect? It was certainly very easy to predict. The result is that there is little revenue from parking charges, because almost all the paying places are empty. Roads where parking was safe – particularly the wide Skircoat Green Road through the big Dudley cutting, where the parking never bothered anyone – are now empty of parked cars. Some of those have moved to areas where the parking is much less safe – Skircoat Moor Road, a main and busy thoroughfare, and Manor Heath Road, which has four roads coming into it where view is now permanently obscured by parked cars.
I believe the correct solution would have been to build a multi-storey car park on the hospital site, as was done at St James Hospital in Leeds. This is not cheap either but I am sure it paid for itself fairly quickly. In the shorter term the obvious thing would be to reduce the parking charge to 10p an hour.
 Then someone working at the hospital would pay 90p a day instead of the current £3.60. This would still yield more revenue than 40p as very few people are paying that. Also Manor Heath Road, Broomfield Avenue and Skircoat Moor Road should have parking restricted to four hours. This policy has been applied to many roads in the area but obviously it did not spread far enough.

John Priestley


Raising cash

Thank you for the recent article raising the Corporate profile of Overgate Hospice in Elland.

For clarification I would like to mention that the founders of “Overgate” were Dr Brian Quinn and Mr Geoffrey Hyman, two doctors who identified the need for a Hospice in Calderdale in the 1970’s and the ones who began raising monies.

Mrs Graucob kindly donated the house known as “Overgate”, which allowed the Hospice to become a reality.

A Day Hospice was opened in 1995, was extended in 2005 and a further extension built in 2011 to offer patients more space and better facilities.

We in the Community currently have to raise £6,900 per day to keep the Hospice open.

Michelle Taylor

Corporate Consultant