Letters, April 7, 2011

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JUST to pass on my gratitude to the Doncaster Council department responsible for completing the pot hole repairs on the A614 entering Hatfield Woodhouse.

Although the surface only recently became hazardous (post Christmas) the repairs were done promptly and the works have been completed to a good standard.

Whilst we are very quick to criticise for either poor or complete lack of action by the council it is probably rare to receive a positive response. So well done.

Paul Summerfield, Hatfield Woodhouse

We don’t need elected mayor

I WRITE in support of the young golfer Andrew Mee who asked the question “do we actually need a mayor”.

That question will be answered next year when we have a referendum to keep or do away with the position.

Mayor Peter Davies had the promise of a referendum in his manifesto, but surprise, surprise, he now thinks it is too expensive.

Fortunately the council members have overruled him and the vote will go ahead and rightly so.

When we look back on the two mayors we have had I think it is obvious that the post has been disappointing for Doncaster. Let’s hope the referendum will sort that out.

As for Andrew’s point about Doncaster Common being spoilt due to the Mayor having hundreds of trees chopped down to supposedly provide a better view of the horse racing, I defy anyone who was at the Lincoln meeting to comment on how much better their view was. I would ask mayor Davies to hold back on any further work.

John Anderson, Sandbeck Road

Old mayoral system is better

YOUNG Andrew Mee asks do we need a mayor? The answer is no, not an elected one.

We are supposed to live in a democracy, yet an elected mayor has almost total power, he can do as he wants.

His small cabinet is hand picked and are unlikely to disagree with him.

The old mayoral system made sure that the person elected mayor was experienced in council work and procedures.

In other words they knew what they could and could not do.

In a meeting with the mayor he stated that he wanted the trees down so that people can see racehorses start.

So in the region of 1,500 trees are to be felled, many of them mature native species.

Town Moor Golf Club is a great welcoming club. It needs and deserves facilities worthy of its members and course. Well done Andrew for putting your club’s case forward.

Kath Lightfoot, Axholme Road, Wheatley.

Get your facts right Andrew

WITH reference to your letter last week from Andrew Mee re: ‘Do we need a mayor?’

I am a 65 year old who attended Doncaster Grammar School. I am in complete agreement with him about the axing of the trees - it is a complete disgrace.

My issue, however, is regarding the ex Rovers club house. My father Reg Norman built that and he was born in 1910.

He must have been a brilliant builder to do this before or just after he was born,

I left home in 1968, and to my knowledge it was after that it was built. Circa late 1968 to 1970 approx. Andrew get your facts right.

John Norman, Church Lane, Balby

Light at the end of the tunnel

I AM writing in response to Mr Neylan’s letter (Freeviews, March 31).

As a fellow Balby Bridge Estate resident and chair of the Tenants and Residents Association, I sympathise with what Mr Neylan is going through. My flat had decent homes improvements and the mess and disruption sometimes had me in tears.

However, I would encourage My Neylan to look forward to the end result. My home now looks great and is a much better place to live. I would also encourage Mr Neylan to make the most of the support to residents that is on offer.

Wates Construction have two liaison officers Karen and Marie and there’s also Penny from St Leger Homes who is on the estate, local councillors are frequent visitors too.

There is a drop in centre every Monday in the Boughen Centre and I also invite Mr Neylan to come along to the TARA meetings held on the third Wednesday of every month - again at the Boughen Centre on Shotton Walk.

There are lots of tenants going through the same experience and it often helps to meet others and the people involved in the work.

Decent Homes work is difficult to live through but there is lots of support out there for people who need it.

Sue O’Connell, Chair of Balby Bridge Tenants and Residents’ Association, Balby Bridge Estate.

What happened to civil society?

AM I alone in thinking that the morals of some people today have slipped so far that common decency and respect to other people and their property no longer exists?

I am asking this question because all I can see around me is people disrespecting other people through uninhibited verbal abuse and actual physical violence, and I am not just talking about a Saturday night out in town. What is wrong with these people nowadays?

A prime example that recently occurred was several children playing football in a small cul-de-sac which has open-plan front gardens, (football bouncing off cars and kids running across the gardens).

When the children were asked, politely I might add, to move to a playing field not two hundred metres away, an adult then launched into a tirade of verbal abuse, including expletives I hadn’t heard since watching a documentary on tourettes some time ago.

The point I am trying to make is, he did not want to listen to why the children had been asked move to the playing field, he did not understand the meaning of respect to other people and their property, he was right and everyone else was wrong.

I have been taught to respect other people, their point of view and their property, but it would appear that this is not the case for some of the people in society today.

What has happened to them, why have they lost the common decency and manners that once prevailed? Maybe we could ask this question to the people of Doncaster?

‘A smile costs nothing and hurts nobody’.

Mr Johnson, Armthorpe

Dog dirt is a serious problem

I HAVE recently had an operation which has left me unable to use my car so I am now having to walk with crutches.

I recently complained to Doncaster Council about the amount of dog dirt on the pavements I had too use and the difficulties it caused me.

My children are seven and nine years old and I had to constantly tell them to watch where they were walking. There are obvious health issues.

I know the council have tried to tackle this problem before but now there seems to be nobody checking for dogs fouling the paths or parks nor does there seem to be any warning signs, stray dog patrols or cleaning of the paths taking place.

I understand also that the council are making cuts but should the children’s health be put at risk because of this.

The school in question is Armthorpe Shaw Wood Primary school located on Mere Lane, Armthorpe.

The paths I had to use from my house were Laurel Road, Bevre Road, Mere Lane, Briar Road, Chestnut Avenue.

Are there are any volunteers who would be interested in helping the council clean the mess from the pavements before the school children start to use the paths until the problem has been resolved.

Maybe this could be a model for the rest of the country to use if successful.

Nigel Curtis, Laurel Road, Armthorpe

Punishment is load of rubbish

AM I missing the point here? When someone has been caught shop lifting (DFP court reports) they get put on tag between the hours of 6pm and 7am. Well, either I’m missing the point or that means they are grounded when the shops are closed but legally allowed to go out when the shops are open, to carry on offending.

Surely it would be more of a punishment to keep them indoors whilst the shops are open or is that against there human rights?

Annie Buckley, Askern

You can’t make it up sometimes

SOMETIMES one reads a newspaper report of events so astounding you feel like checking the date to ensure it isn’t April 1.

I thought I’d read of the worst contenders recently when the collection of firemen and police wouldn’t wade into a three-foot deep lake to rescue a drowning man, but this week’s gem even surpasses that.

Apparently several police bodies in the country are prepared to issue shot gun licences to seven year old children. My 11-year-old cousin was shot dead in 1945 by a lad armed with simply an air rifle whilst playing football in a field near his home in Balby.

The tragedy was no doubt accidental but it proves that any gun can kill and none should ever be in the hands of young people of any age.

It really makes you wonder what thoughts go through the minds of our judiciary to even let such a proposal see the light of day.

Frank McKone, The Boulevard, Edenthorpe

Flower thief spoils big day

TO the florist who left my mother’s Mothers Day bouquet under the hedge, shame on you. And to the person who stole it, I hope you mother liked it.

Tina Foulston, Intake

Thanks for saving holiday

WE booked a holiday with a coach company. At the beginning of March we learnt that they had gone in to liquidation.

A few days later we got a letter from Wilfreda Beehive offering to take our holiday over at no extra expense.

So we, and I am sure lots of other holidaymakers would like to thank Wilfreda Beehive and Ken Clarkson, who has helped arrange the transfer of our holidays very much,

Mrs M Bailey, St Mary’s Road, Dunsville

The mysteries of Thorne Road

ON my bus journey into Doncaster along Thorne Road I cannot fail to notice a mysterious modern building called Town Moor Pavilion.

For what purpose is it intended since it never seems to be in use?

Further along at the corner of Lawn Road there is another mysterious building, which used to be a sandwich bar popular with Hall Cross pupils, now closed with whitewashed windows.

Rumours are rife on our bus as to its future use varying from trendy taverna to local chippie bar.

Is there a Sherlock Holmes out there to help us solve the Thorne Road mysteries?

Mr H Santiuste, Coningsburgh Road, Edenthorpe