Letters, August 30, 2012

Josh Clegg, from Rossington, sent us this picture of Bawtry Forest in the early evening light.

Josh Clegg, from Rossington, sent us this picture of Bawtry Forest in the early evening light.

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IT would be great if the euphoria that invaded London during the Olympics, the kindness, help and respect and discipline, came to Sandall Park.

To the person or persons who think it is kind to lay snares in the golf course area, to those who can only enjoy sitting at the new picnic tables if they can have a blunt instrument to purposely damage the seats and tables, to those juveniles who think it is fun to knock down the bird boxes, with no thought of damage to our wildlife, and lastly to those that enjoyed stealing plants from Marshalls Garden, an area that brings a lot of pleasure to that young man, he enjoys doing it for the pleasure of visitors.

And not forgetting the dog owners who repeatedly refuse to accept responsibility for them.

The words respect and discipline seem to have gone from so many of the public, they should be happy that Don and Sandra and helpers give up so much of their times and energy.

Marianne Downing, Lowfield Road, Wheatley Hills

Six towers 
all now gone

ONE, two, three and four they allwent down with a great big roar,

Five and six went yesterday with a growl that said goodbye to all,

Bye my friends I hate to see you go, but old and tired your time had come,

You were my friends for 45 years,

Through thick and thin and all my fears.

I have seen you happy brightened my the sun,

Or so so sad when the the days were glum.

The sunsets behind you were second to none,

Those wonderous skies from far beyond,

You are now gone, doomed forever,

But in my heart you will live forever

Ann Matters-Angel, Marlowe Road, Barnby Dun

Why spend £1m on the markets?

WHY oh why is the council going to spend £1.3m on the market area when there are other priorities that want attention before the market place.

The pavements around the town centre are in a filthy and dangerous state, surely this should be the number one priority.

To clean and repair this would make more sense than erecting more and new stalls as the ones that are there now are hardly used.

P Cassidy, Nutwell Lane, Armthorpe

Who’s got fast broadband?

I WOULD like to ask digital region boss, David Cowell, exactly which homes and businesses he suggests has benefited from his superfast broadband, I can’t find anyone who can substantiate this claim, in my area we would be happy with average speed broadband.

I get less then half a Mb from a possible 20Mb package, at the moment I am getting just 360kb, it’s us that should be compensated for the poor digital service in this area, not charged for supplying a select few.

Dave Croucher, Pinfold 
Gardens, Fishlake

Parking and price are a problem

WHY are Doncaster people not supporting Doncaster 
airport?

The reason why is that Doncaster airport give us the impression they do not want us.

We arrive at the airport and are unable to drive down the original drop off/pick up lane where we could comfortably get out of our cars and enter the building.

Instead we are directed into the main car park where we have a tiny little area to drop off that is between all the other parked cars.

We have to get out of our cars or taxis quickly because we are more than aware all the other cars are doing exactly the same thing.

We then have to squeeze past the parked cars, walk across a wide road, which no longer has cars on it and then into the building.

The same thing then happens on the return journey where we then have to wait for our taxis in the rain, as there is no cover and try to search out our taxi because they are not allowed in until we are outside the terminal building.

On top of all this the Thomson flights from Doncaster are a lot more expensive than other comparable holidays from e.g East Midlands.

I was originally a Doncaster convert but am seriously thinking is this hassle really more convenient? Doncaster airport management, PLEASE LISTEN.

Karen Wade, Pasture Close, Armthorpe

Power of letter to the editor

I WONDER if your readers realize just what power a ‘Letter to the Editor’ has.

Local newspapers right across the country, recently printed a letter from me seeking those who had served in the Royal Navy, at the massive 197 acre Shore Establishment H.M.S.Collingwood at Fareham in Hampshire, and who would like to be reunited with their old shipmates through the H.M.S.Collingwood Association, possibly meeting up again at one of the reunions we hold every year or even joining one of the visits to H.M.S.Collingwood to see the changes.

Well they came out of the woodwork, which was what was hoped for, because I doubt if there is a single hamlet or village in the UK, which has not had someone serve there since it was commissioned in January 1940 and up to the present day.

The power of the Letter to the Editor has even brought responses from those who volunteered their services back in World War II, to ‘Serve for the duration of the present conflict’ as it was expressed on their Service Documents.

Lots of them wondered how many of their trainee shipmates survived the war.

For example, the 91-year-old sister of one of those killed when a bomb dropped on an accommodation hut in 1943, killing 31. He had only been in the Royal Navy for 17 days and under early stages of training.

The stories include the cook who met the Wren in the Pay Office and has now been married to her for 54 years, and the daughter of one of the Captains who was challenged when she tried to ride her horse through the main gates.

Any reader who didn’t see my first letter, or put it to one side to be dealt with later and would love to ‘swing the lamp’ again can contact me, Mike Crowe at 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8PG or on mike.crowe1@btinternet.com (that is crowe number 1) for either the H.M.S.Collingwood Association or the Royal Naval Electrical Branch Association. When did you serve and who are you looking for?

Knowing the ‘power of the press’ and the response from Letters to the Editor, I look forward to receiving many interesting topics and the prospect of reuniting many shipmates.

Mike Crowe, Sandown, Isle of Wight

Lorries are still a worry 8 years on

MY name is Charlotte Head and I am 14 years old and a student of Armthorpe Academy.

I wrote when I was about six years old to complain about the big lorries going around the tight corner in front of St Lawrences Church in Hatfield.

Since then conditions have worsened even more, many more lorries are going around this corner on the wrong side of the road and the barriers on the pavement are often knocked down, it is only a matter of time before a person is hurt or killed here.

I witnessed yet another lorry struggling to fit around the corner this morning and I have decided that this problem has been ignored for too long.

These roads were not designed for motor vehicles, they were built in a time of horse and carts.

If a vehicle cannot get around the corner and remain on the correct side of the road and not mount the pavement it should not be allowed. I am looking to find a way of banning heavy good vehicles from going around this corner.

We have a great deal of history around this corner, St Lawrences, our beautiful Norman church dates back to around 1150 AD and opposite there are grade II listed buildings, yet we allow heavy good vehicles to go past several times an hour. What damage are they doing to the foundations?

My biggest concern is the close proximity of a large primary school on two sites, hundreds of school children walk on the pavements that these lorries are often mounting. Do we have to wait until someone is killed before something is done?

I am intending to start a campaign to do something about this and I would be very grateful for your support.

I am hoping to study medicine but then I would like to study politics as I feel very strongly about looking after our community.

My family has been in this village since at least 1550 so Hatfield is very important to me, as is the whole of Doncaster.

I feel I have to do something to raise awareness of this danger before something dreadful happens but I need your help, the voice of a 14 year old girl is not big enough.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to your response.

Charlotte Head, Hatfield

Fond farewell as Barry hangs up pen

SO sorry to hear Barry Crabtree has hung up his pen.

Thank you Barry for the many years in which you brought back memories and nostalgia of times past.

I sincerely hope Symeon Waller will continue in similar vein. He has a hard act to follow.

Maurice Headland, Rowena Avenue, Edenthorpe

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