Plans are in hand to combine A&E

exterior pic of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
exterior pic of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
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Your reporter Olivia Morley (October 25) asks “Is Calderdale’s A&E future in jeopardy?”

My enquiries of clinicians employed by Calderdale NHS Foundation Trust have suggested that this is indeed the case. I am reliably informed that plans are in hand to amalgamate A&E services situated at both Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Infirmary onto a site of the current Huddersfield Infirmary facilities on Lindley road, opposite the old Acre Mill which is to be converted to house an out-patient department for other services now provided in both Calderdale and Huddersfield.
This would entail long journeys by ambulance for cases of serious injury suffered in Calderdale, Given the increasing traffic congestion and hold ups due to motoring accidents etc, this will inevitably lead to a dangerous delay in the treatment of some Calderdale casualties, which could prove fatal in some cases.
I call on Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust Chief Executives under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, to make public full particulars of proposals for future A&E provision in their districts so that the citizens affected can pass judgement on them.
I am forwarding copies of this letter to the leaders of Calderdale and Kirklees Councils and the CEOs of their respective NHS Trusts for their comments on issues raised.

Dr Robert Heys

(Chair, Ryburn Liberal Democrats)


Rises will make us all go green

I thought it was a remarkable coincidence that the Halifax Courier should publish information about reducing Calderdale’s carbon footprint (“Our energy future green event, October 11) as the announcement of a new wave of massive energy price increases. Apart from some supporters of the Green movement I imagine most people will be dismayed by this news. If prices continue to rise at this rate there may not be a need to tackle the carbon footprint problem as most ordinary people will not be able to afford to use any energy.
It is a good job that the gas and electricity industries were privatised in the 1980s. Imagine what the cost of energy would have been today without the restricting influence that competition has brought to the market.
Can we expect that the recent privatisation of Royal Mail will have the same effect on postal prices?
I must check on the latest Royal Mail share quotation. My investment may have made enough profit to buy a bio-ethanol burning stove to keep me warm this winter.

Peter Holmes

Old Bank



Caring staff doing a
great job

A few weeks ago I was taken into Calderdale Royal Hospital where various tests were carried out. The treatment I received was first class from the Paramedics who took me there and the nurses and Doctors in the A & E and Assessment Units. 
 Although the departments were very busy they gave time to each patient and kept everyone informed about the situation.
 We read so much in the press and media complaints about the NHS so I wanted to say that the staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital are very caring and dedicated. They are doing a wonderful job.

Sheila Holroyd

luddenden foot

All we want is to get
to work

I must complement Calderdale Council on their excellent planning of the wall repairs above Booth and the road repairs up Stocks Lane. 
Which person in a suit and carrying a clipboard organised this? I bet it took plenty of meetings to coordinate the maximum inconvenience to the people of Luddenden, Luddenden Foot and Booth. Both routes over to Keighley Road at Ovenden blocked.
To be fair a diversion was signed in Luddenden. Hey, wait for it, the diversion was blocked on Tuesday morning by a tipper wagon and lads repairing the road. I managed to pass with my wing mirrors folded in. 
Cars behind me did not even try after watching my pioneering efforts to get past. They reversed, turned round and tried, I assume, to find another way or maybe they pulled over somewhere and sat quietly sobbing.
 We want our roads maintaining and I understand that they are repairing walls near Booth but don’t they talk to one another at the Town Hall? The private companies who dig everywhere up nowadays including the wonderful Amey and British Gas who seem to have take up residence on Burnley Road must be raking it in while we sit in our cars and wait and wait. 
All we want to do is get to work and earn a living and try to get home again at the end of the day. Why aren’t these works done at night? 
You couldn’t make it up.

John R Armitage

Tillotson Holme


Make cuts then waste our money

In these time of austerity our councils country wide are having to rein in spending so as to minimise the cuts to services. However I noticed today that Halifax council is different, its flush with cash in fact so much so it can use it to carry out pointless works. Let me explain. At this time of year leaves fall from the trees and generally get wet and therefore slippery. Do the council clear them? No! They send out teams to blow them about on to the pavement so they can paint white lines on the road for cars to park inside of. See Lawrence Road Skircoat Green. These bays thus reduce the with of the road preventing a free flow of traffic, ie Dryclough Lane, a busy road at all times.
However witnessed today was the “uphill” flow being obliged to stop as cars where descending and there was no room for two cars let alone larger vehicles to pass. 
Further to this, pavements have grown appendages thus reducing the width of the road, again restricting the flow of traffic. I draw attention to the junction at the top of Godfrey Road where a bus wishing to turn left cannot if there is a car waiting to turn right, blocking traffic through Skircoat Green. What if this were an ambulance with a dying passenger on-board? If your family’s services have to be cut, rest assured that this council will spend/waste the money on pointless works.

John Shoesmith


Tour de france


Its been two weeks since the route of the Toure de France through the Elland area was announced, the announcement greeted with astonishment by many people and I have been waiting for comment from organisers,representatives and councillors about the route chosen.

There are many disappointed residents and traders in the town of Elland who were making plans to welcome the Tour and the Tourists, but the Grand Depart has departed the centre of town in favour of the back streets of West Vale.I feel the cyclists will easily negotiate the chosen route, but what of the following entourage?

The expected route through Elland via Long Wall,Victoria Road and Huddersfield Road or Bank Bottom, Brigate and Huddersfield Road would have provided better vantage points for spectators, and less road disruption than the chosen route. If after the long free wheeling decent from Upper Greetland,the idea was to give the cyclists a stiff climb, I would have thought Dewsbury Road to Upper Edge would have proved more challenging, they could have then turned right into New Hey Road to Ainley Top this would have caused less disruption at Junction 24 of the motorway,and roads leading from Stainland and Greetland. Halifax from the west will become a “no go” town for much of the day. The town has lost out once again, a world famous sporting event unlikely to be repeated ever again in these parts, would have put Elland on the worlds stage. The bunting and the flags will still be flying, and visitors fed and watered but the euphoria has been diminished .

Joe Braithwaite



Bonfire parking problems

I would like to express my disgust at the way The Hobbit have organised their bonfire tonight 5/11/13.

They had made no preparation for the amount of traffic it would cause. Cars were parked on both sides of the already narrow roads, one car ended up in a ditch and unable to move, another woman obviously got bored of waiting and gave up and locked up her car and abandoned it in the middle of the road which meant nobody could get past. People were sat at a standstill for hours due to the sheer amount of traffic and cars parked up on pavements and infront of people’s drives with no thought to the people who live there.

Not only is it a disgrace that nobody running this bonfire even considered employing people to control the traffic, what on earth are people thinking parking wherever they want, especially when there are already road works on this particular road?

Imagine if an ambulance or fire engine needed to get through.

Lucy Greenwood