Letters, March 22

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OPPOSITION to the extension of dedicated bus lanes lacks logic.

As a user of public transport and a car user, I find that bus lanes complement both means of transportation.

It is logical that public transport services are afforded priority over private car users who are the main contributors to traffic congestion and resulting delays.

As oil reserves decline and the prices escalate public transport services will inevitably have to become a higher priority than is currently the case.

Terry Wilde, Grangefield Avenue, Rossington

Drivers try to help us

JUST a comment from someone who uses the buses regularly, and an explanation of why some buses move out of the bus lane in the area of the Balby Flyover.

Two buses per hour, on services 13 and 14, have to pull over to the right hand lane to get into the traffic light filter lane for Mansfield Road.

They do not stop at the Kelham Street stop for this reason and will leave the bus lane at some point where they can change lanes easily. Quite often this is at the flyover, when they come to the back of queues of traffic.

At peak times there are also issues with other drivers blocking the bus lane as they try to join Balby Road from Carr House Road and, the biggest offenders, from Kelham Street.

The bus lane ends at the bus stop and bus drivers have a problem joining the main carriageway where other drivers will not let them pull out.

The bus lane itself is badly thought out in this respect, to terminate it in the bus stop lay-by is hardly fair on the bus drivers.

Maybe it is not a requirement to use bus lanes but these people are trying to do what is best for the passengers they carry.

In fairness, the majority of buses I have been on have used the bus lanes, but maybe that’s because I would be getting off at the Kelham Street stop.

Gordon Sharpe, Littlemoor Lane, Doncaster

Do you have pit hall memories?

I AM writing as the secretary of the Brodsworth Miners Welfare Hall Scheme. We as a group of trustees look after the Brodsworth Miners, Welfare Hall in Woodlands which was opened in 1926 as a meeting place and a centre at the heart of the mining community for Brodsworth Colliery which closed in 1990.

We would like to ask if anyone would be willing to donate any photographs or items relating to either the colliery, its sports clubs, brass band etc.

At the moment there is nothing in the hall to show its links with the colliery and its former employees.

The hall was the hub of the community during the 1984-85 strike and one thing we would like to be able to track down is the arched ironwork that spanned the entrance to the hall which was removed to allow access to a large lorry from Sweden during the strike.

Anyone that can help or would like to donate anything please contact the address below.

Mrs B Bell c/o Brodsworth Miners’ Welfare Hall, Welfare Hall, Brodsworth, Doncaster DN6 7PP. Tel, (01302) 723280 e-mail: bellallen3Aaol.com

Great to see me as a schoolboy

I HAVE just returned from doing cabaret in Australia and on my return a friend showed me a 1953 Bentley New Village School photo which you published while I was away. I was in the middle row fourth from the right.

I just want to say thank you to Janet Roberts (nee Kitson) for supplying the picture. It brought back memories.

I am still busy in my 46th year in show business mainly working on cruise ships around the world and in April have been invited to perform on the Titanic memorial cruise. But I am always pleased to come home to Doncaster so the photo made my day.

Colin Limber, aka Colin ‘Fingers’ Henry, Hatfield Lane, Barnby Dun

Well done to pupils on BBC

LAST Thursday I was listening to one of my favourite radio programmes, BBC Radio 5live Drive. This is heard by millions of people travelling home and the world via the internet. Its content is national and world news delivered mainly by anchor man Clive Allen, political broadcaster.

However, what I heard were pupils from Hall Cross School in Doncaster taking part in BBC For Schools Week.

They talked about the Olympics and ethnic integration with a small link to the USA of a lighter content to appeal to the wider audience.

Their school should be proud of the seeds they plant in their young people. To communicate at that level is no easy thing to get right. If only I had been given such inspiration at that age.

Communication is definitely the arm of action, no matter what organisation you represent.

Well done all concerned at Hall Cross School.

Philip R Matthews, Thealby Gardens, Bessacarr

Let’s hope the NPV works out

DURING the course of the last few months, it has been nice to see some of the concerts at the Civic Theatre doing well, especially those with the stars of yesteryear and in particular on March 16, which was the first time Dave Berry, who was treading the boards at Donny Baths (Hall) 50 years ago, popped up to an enthusiastic audience at the Civic.

Not quite a full house but listening to 60s commentator Ray Nortrop, it should have been.

During the interval, in the theatre foyer, I heard two ladies ask Dave Berry when he’d last performed in Doncaster and he was searching desperately for the answer and relied upon Mr Nortrop to help him out. St Valentine’s night 1990, at Ritzy which was in Silver Street, was the answer given.

I asked him how he managed to recollect that and he said: “I was responsible for putting the job on, a charity show in aid of Doncaster Detection Trust.”

“I remember that one,” said Dave Berry and at that Ray rattled off the other celebrities that were there: James Whale, John Parr, Liz Dawn, Helene Palmer, Bob Rust, Tony Barton, and Stan Richards.

Pity we don’t get this calibre of entertainment in Doncaster these days and let’s hope it’s not another 22 years before Dave Berry returns to Doncaster, where he was discovered by Mickie Most and Decca recording manager Mike Smith, who had previously turned down The Beatles.

Marvellous what you can pick up at the Civic.

Previously, I’d been in the bar and heard Mr Nortrop talking to Paul Shane about the New Performance Venue.

Both thought Doncaster should have a large theatre. Paul said a 1,000 seater and Ray believed that 800 was nearer the mark.

The Civic seats an audience of up to 500 and the new performance Venue will cater for 620.

It will be interesting to see how this works out.

Tim Knowles, Balfour Road, Bentley

Government is causing misery

An open letter to economic secretary Chloe Smith: I work with people who are experiencing debt and I ask them about their income to gain an understanding as to what it is that’s causing the issues.

The cases I have seen you are taking money off some of the most vulnerable people in society. You can write back with all the twisting/turning you like but this is what is going on in the UK, regardless of Whitehall.

You are pushing people towards desperation. People who work hard in certain roles are being punished by these rotten cuts. You respond to this by saying vacancies are up. Ms Smith should realise no employer will recruit a new employee to give that person a top up for the work they are losing in another job for 8/16/24 hours a week/month.

I am now considering doing Citizens Advice assistance hours on a weekend to help/advise these people as your savage Government are robbing the vulnerable/disabled people of their money and it stinks.

I know you don’t care but I’d like you to remember that the people you’re blaming and hurting never caused any of this. It needs to stop.

P J Cawkwell, Eagle Court, West Street, Conisbrough

ON reading in the local press that South Yorkshire Police are going to use unmarked heavy goods vehicles to catch drivers who are breaking the law, using mobiles etc, I thought ‘what a joke’.

Like many other people like myself that stand waiting at the bus stops along Balby Road waiting for a bus, you can count how many drivers passing are using their mobiles, and let me say that it runs into scores.

One day this week while waiting I myself did a count and inside nine minutes there were 23 drivers using their phones. This averages out at over 100 per hour.

Get these people fined and there would be no need for decrease in the police numbers.

J McGlore, Scarth Avenue, Balby

Why do we wait at crossing?

ON March 1 I was sat at Arksey Crossing Shaftholme for 17 minutes for one train to come through.

The build up of traffic was terrible.

At 5.15pm I was sat at the same crossing but at the other side for 20 minutes, this time four trains came (with plenty of time to open the gates between the trains, the gates opened and approximately 10 cars came through and the gates went down again and we sat for another seven minutes. Again the traffic was horrendous.

You are not telling me in these days of modern technology there isn’t a better system to operate the gates.

Whilst sitting there people take the opportunity to ‘de clutter’ their cars and chuck all their rubbish out on to the grass verges.

Is there a telephone number that we can ring to complain about these delays or would someone from the railway like to explain the constant delays?

I personally feel the signal man nips out for a cigarette because some weeks are worse than others.

Jackie Dusi, Mastall Lane, Arksey

Tree planting is great idea

WHAT a wonderful way to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The planting of six million native trees by The Woodland Trust and a variety of other organisations including The Racecourse Association. As we have so often been told, Doncaster Racecourse is a premier track and the best in England, it is fitting that it should be in the forefront of this particular celebration.

May I suggest that a special occasion is made of the actual planting.

The Mayor of course, also some of the people who make Doncaster special e.g. teachers, vicars, market traders, lawyers, street cleaners, the choice is endless.

I totally agree with John Anderson. It is time that the planned destruction of healthy native trees on Doncaster Common stopped.

K Lightfoot. Axholme Road. Doncaster