SIR - Bradford Council can suddenly find several hundred thousand pounds more than anticipated to fund additional repairs and health and safety issues at Ilkley Lido.

Strange then that they cannot afford a few thousand pounds to repair Buck Mill Bridge connecting Thackley and Baildon, and which has therefore been closed, possibly for up to six months (T&A, November 5).

This bridge is a heavily used pedestrian and cycle route with no easy alternative, and that our Council cannot get on with the necessary repairs as a matter of urgency simply confirms once again how totally useless they really are.

Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon