Times letters: Bus crash remembered and youth funding

Bus crash in Harlesden, May 2016. Picture: HETTY LOS

Bus crash in Harlesden, May 2016. Picture: HETTY LOS - Credit: Archant

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

Bus crash memories

Bix Curtis, from Aylesbury, Bucks, writes:

Seeing a picture of a bus crash on kilburntimes.co.uk from May 2016 brought back memories.

I was born in Harlesden in 1941 and became a bus conductor. When I was 18 there was a crash at the same spot in 1962, when a Routemaster skidded in the ice and crashed into the butcher’s shop, trapping some customers inside. A woman was injured when she was struck on the head by a piece of timber.

Shortly after, another Routemaster from Cricklewood Garage on an icy rode went around the bend on its way towards Willesden Junction skidded and crashed through the telephone box outside the exchange, killing a man making a phone call.

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Government must follow GLA’s lead

Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, writes:

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It has been very positive to see 11 organisations based or active in Brent and Harrow – Centrepoint, BANG Edutainment, Bollo Brook Youth Centre, Each Counselling and Support, Key4Life, PLIAS Resettlement, QPR in the Community, the Royal Society for Blind Children, Step Up Hub, WAC Arts College and Young Roots – awarded funding from City Hall’s Young Londoners Fund to deliver key local youth and early intervention projects. This should be seen as a testament to all the crucial work they do to support young people in our community.

It is vital we properly invest in the next generation of Londoners to ensure they have equal access to all the opportunities our city has to offer, and to prevent the most vulnerable in our society from becoming caught up in crime.

We now need the government to follow suit. For too long, charities and community organisations have had to plug the gaps left by the complete lack of investment being made into key services.

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