Letters, June 30, 2011

THE electricity problem which hit the town centre early on Friday last must have caused many a problem for those who were caught by its effects – not being able to get on to Facebook for some time must have been pretty traumatic for addicts.

But there was at least one interesting and beneficial effect which I witnessed. I had cause to be driving at around 9.30am and none of the traffic lights were working, I gradually realised.

What kind of chaos will I find as I negotiate Waterdale, the junction at the top of Hallgate, and then getting into Thorne Road, I thought.

Should I have had a bigger breakfast to cope with the delays and frustration? Had I better lock the car doors in case road rage becomes rampant? Will my wife be worried if I’m not back soon?

Lo and behold! I sailed through it all. Everybody was considerate and even-tempered; and we all managed to make our various ways through town with sweetness and light all around. Congratulations to all involved.

All right, it wasn’t the rush hour, it wasn’t raining, and all the kids were in school by then. But the message is that those traffic lights were proved to be totally unnecessary – there were no hold-ups, no crashes, no altercations, and no policemen needed to keep the world moving.

Think of all the electricity saved too – but I’ve always wondered why we need a green light (if it’s not yellow or red, then it’s all right to go surely). Maybe we should try turning all the traffic lights off between 9.30am and 3.30pm and see how we get on?

Colin Jeynes, Axholme Road, Doncaster.

Grand day for Armed Forces

THE Armed Forces/Services Day went well on Saturday, with crowds expected and arrived.

Good job that Kay, the organiser knew what she was doing and kept everyone in order, she even ordered the police commander about and all of the distinguished guests, well done.

Disappointed that Ben Parkinson’s mum was stood all forlorn on the footpath outside the Natwest Bank, she should have been stood with the councillors and other military personnel, after all Ben is our local hero, and probably the most severely injured soldier ever to survive. Ben was in the main parade at 10.30am.

There were several cameramen and women about with video/photo equipment, their movement was unhinded with no signs of security passes or being questioned, despite getting close to the mayoral party and VIPS.

I was there to pay my respects as part of the military contingent, especially to honour the passing a month ago of Drummond (Spike as we all knew him), the most decorated and experienced serviceman in the UK, never mind in South Yorkshire. I donned the white beret to remember him, as a fellow RAF police serviceman.

To the misguided person who booed Mr Davies when he signed the covenant, perhaps you shouldn’t have been there, everyone attending in whatever capacity was entitled to some dignity.

The displays inside the Mansion House were very informative.

It was nice to see some top brass there, to emphasise and enforce what the new Covenant was all about. A lovely day. We owe it, to all our service personnel.

Melvyn Wildman, Wheatley Hills.

Petition to get out of Europe

I WOULD like to congratulate Mr Shaw of Grange Farm, Old Denaby on his letter regarding the EU.

For too long the main parties have denied the British people the right to a say in whether we stay in or come out of the EU.

Myself and a group of friends have decided that if the politicians won’t listen to us we will try and get the voice of the people heard through the medium of a petition.

Last Saturday we set up a table outside the fish market in Doncaster and invited people to sign our petition asking for a referendum on our continued membership of the EU.

People were queuing up to sign and in a very short space of time our sheets were full.

However we will be back again next week with a fresh supply of sheets ready to get more signatures. This is a national campaign and what we are doing in Doncaster is being repeated all over the country.

Hopefully, if we can get enough signatures the politicians will have to listen or risk losing votes.

John Brennan, Ravens Walk, Conisbrough

Rubbish gives poor impression

THE letter (Freeviews, June 23) got it spot on with everything said about the area from Belmont Avenue to Sandford Road.

Is it because we are not in the NDC catchment area? This area has not had any of the £52 million which was handed out, of which most spend was in the St James Street, Hyde Park areas, besides purchasing properties of which fall outside the catchment area.

Also the town centre at the weekend, with all the things that was happening, why was there litter strewn all over the place, the whole length of St Sepulchre Gate was like a rubbish tip, and not a litter warden in sight?

The visitors must have left with a poor reflection, and I should think will not be returning in a hurry.

Mr Mayor, you say you and your executive team have got your fingers on the pulse and everything is going fine, well, the only thing I can say is, heaven help us when the next lot of cuts start.

T Sangha, Clarence Avenue, Balby

Games area is like a prison

LITTLE wonder there was bitter local opposition to the construction of a multi-use games area (MUGA) on Town Field.

Had we realised t was to be an imitation of a Guantanamo Bay compound, the resistance would have been more general.

Along with its near neighbour, the boarded up pavilion, the site would better suited to the grounds of one of the town’s prisons.

Ironically, a break out from Lindholme would be more likely than a member of the public gaining entry to the fortress like pavilion.

Despite its Townfielcatraz appearance, in an otherwise pleasant conservation area, the project does not have to be a dead loss.

If the DMBC/Town Field Stakeholder Group Alliance condescended to allowing members of the sporting public to use the pavilion there could be several benefits.

Sportsmen and women would be able to change into their sportswear in civilised surroundings, instead of in car parks along Town Moor Avenue.

Using other modes of transport to get to the field would become viable options. Arriving by bicycle, bus and on foot would help to reduce the parking hazards on the road.

As things are people are having to use their cars as changing cubicles. So long as the pavilion is barred to them, there is simply nowhere else for them to dress.

It is difficult not to notice the many overweight folk and people who suffer with obesity, walking around the town.

Providing access to sports facilities a MUGA with decent changing rooms (a pavilion) might be encouragement to vacate the cafes and take up the alternative therapy of sporting activity.

Brian McQueen, Alderson Drive, Bennetthorpe

Welfare grounds came from coal

MAY I jump the (starting) gun, before any of our three (in opposition) Labour, MPs or our army of Labour councillors start pouring scorn on the decision by the elected mayor Peter Davies and his cabinet, to withdraw council tax payer funding, for wwelfare grounds around the Borough.

Can we look at the facts. These Welfare grounds since the 1970s have been used as a tool by our local Labour MPs and Labour councillors at election times, giving the public the impression it was they who had provided these amenities, when in fact it was CISWO, (Coal industry Social Welfare Organisation) who put up the original money, and in fact own most of these grounds.

Now that the golden goose has died lets see what our local politicians are made of, let them now find funding instead of expecting every council tax payer of Doncaster to fund these grounds, that are only used by a small minority of the public.

Well done to the elected mayor for offering to carry the service of looking after these grounds, by the council on a paid-for basis.

Mr Bell, chairman Brodsworth Welfare, says he is concerned that some of the sites could end up going for development.

Welcome to the real world Mr Bell, for years we have lived beyond our means spending millions on projects that have only favoured a few in our community - it is time to get our priorities right,

Mick Glynn, Hatfield Town Councillor, Doncaster Road

Ambulances are like a cop show

NOW I know ambulances have to give warnings of their approach both visibly and audibly, but why do they always use their sirens on clear roads or when it is impossible for traffic to do anything to get out of their way?

It can be counter productive, causing vehicles to stop in front of them, or on hearing the siren, look around to see where the ambulance is, sometimes on a different road but distracting the driver from the road ahead. I think the drivers have a feel of L.A.P.D. about them.

T Wilcox, Branton

Wreckers hit the Pennine trail

THE majority of people who use the Trans Pennine Trail admire and respect it and those who worked to create it, the trail is a network of some 10,000 miles of walking and cycle routes across the country.

However, the section that is accessed via the west end of Bentley Park and Park Road and all the way to Bentley Woodland exit is a testimonial to a minority of people who are spoilers.

They are abusing it with their illegal quad bikes, no tax or insurance, which have caused a lot of damage to the path’s surface which in many places now exposes the building rubble used to create it’s solid base which could cause accidents to walkers and cyclists.

It’s not just youngsters on quad bikes, in too many cases it’s kids accompanied by their parents, male and female, speeding and doing skid turns which is ripping up the surface materials and creating potholes.

Then there are those who don’t clear up their dog’s excrement creating a real and present health and safety issue and an unsightly mess.

The seated area at the top of the gradient leading up to the trail is also used by spoilers who shoot their air guns at the signs as well as those who use it as a boozing and fire-lighting zone, with their empty beer cans and litter as a welcome to Bentley and a spoiler’s legacy.

The big question is, “How can we police it, and how should we deal with the spoilers when caught?”

Eddie Storey, 16 Huntington Street, Bentley