Memories of canal in its
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From: John Duckett, Sykehouse, near Goole.

MY Picture Post (The Yorkshire Post, April 18), page 12, shows the New Junction Canal, South Yorkshire.

This canal, which was built about 1900, linked the Aire & Calder Navigation, Goole to Leeds, with the Doncaster to Kinsley Canal.

In its heyday coal was transported by containers from Hatfield Main Colliery to Goole to be loaded onto ships to be taken to Britain’s south coast power stations.

Seventeen containers, each holding 40 tonnes of coal, 
were towed behind a tug boat nearly every day. These containers were known as Tom Puddings.

The picture shows the bridge in Sykehouse village where the canal is built over the top of the River Went.

A short distance further north is where this canal joins the Aire & Calder Navigation.

The bridge over the canal was known as the horse bridge.

This enabled horses to cross over the canal so they could pull from either side.

Too young for streaming

From: John Finch, Stannard Well Lane, Horbury, Wakefield.

WHAT planet is Michael Gove on if he thinks that he can start streaming children from three years of age?

I am 70-years-old, a father of a boy and a girl, a grandfather to three boys and one girl and a great grandfather to one boy.

I have seen them all develop differently and I know from experience that children of three are not anywhere near ready to start streaming.

At that age all they want to do is play and they have to learn how to interact with other children, learn how to share, learn how to go to the toilet, learn how to fasten their shoes, learn how to eat properly, etc.

The teachers will have plenty of time to “stream” the children as they will probably be at school for at least another 15 years!

Cycle critics wrong on tax

From: Bob Simons, Rowborn Drive, Oughtibridge, Sheffield.

MOST of your correspondents (The Yorkshire Post, April 19) complaining about pedal cyclists trot out the old chestnut about them not having to pay “road tax”; there is no such thing as “road tax”, it’s actually excise duty which is calculated by the amount of emissions discharged by the car engine.

The revenue raised goes into the big pot with everything else and is not set aside specifically for road building, road maintenance etc. Obviously, by not having an engine, cyclists wouldn’t be liable, under this system, to pay “road tax”.

Some modern vehicles with low emission engines are officially exempt from “road tax”, and can legally be driven on 
the road, while still causing pollution and damaging the infrastructure, but without the driver having to contribute to the “road tax” kitty; is that an acceptable situation?

Yes, there are lots of idiots riding cycles on our roads, and pavements, just as there are 
lots of idiots driving round in cars and they should be dealt with appropriately by the authorities, but don’t hold 
your breath.

Challenge of
Christianity

From: Chris Schorah, Gascoigne Avenue, Leeds.

SO David Cameron is calling on Christians to speak their minds (The Yorkshire Post, April 17). I wonder if he’ll like what we might say.

He seems to think that we should be talking about responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility and tolerance of other beliefs.

Yes, this social Gospel is at the heart of the faith, but so is loving God. What’s uniquely central to Christianity is the close relationship with God that accepting and following Jesus brings into our lives. It’s begins a spiritual rebirth which, amongst other things, enables us to ‘love our neighbour’ much more sacrificially than we could without God’s transforming presence within us.

This is where Christians should be speaking our minds because it encourages us to actually do something about loving our neighbour rather than just spending time talking about it.

Ukip policies to come later

From: Terry Morrell, Prunus Avenue, Willerby, East Yorkshire.

I READ letters stating that Ukip is a ‘one policy’ party. Exit EU, but I wonder that if they had governmental influence at the 2015 election whether that policy would influence a number of other far-reaching changes.

Deporting illegal immigrants and criminals, establishing trade with the Commonwealth, US, China and the rest of the world, freeing businesses from draconian EU legislation, repealing the Humans Rights Act and many more aspects of our society.

The action of one policy would have a domino effect, so do they need to spell out any more detail at the moment?

Sacrifices to keep coal

From: Ron Firth, Campsall.

IT is all right for Bishop Stephen Platten to say (The Yorkshire Post, April 19) that there are decades of supplies of coal available at Kellingley and elsewhere locally, but the nonsense is that we are having to switch, by Government policy, from burning coal to biomass and black bag waste as fuel sources and gradually close down coal-fired units.

In this regard, Ferrybridge and Drax are making good progress, with a carbon capture plant at Drax the only likely outlet for coal burning in the area in the near future.