Letters, November 24

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I WAS pleased to read the article (Free Press, Nov 17) stating that fines had been handed out to “litterbugs” in the borough.

Litter is the bane of the town and surrounding area as, even when litter bins are provided, either they are invisible to some or people just don’t know what they are provided for.

I live close to a recreational area which has this year had a considerable amount of money spent on it by the council to provide facilities for the local community - a children’s play area, an area for dog walkers, a sports pitch surrounded by very substantial fencing and lighting and a path cutting across the field so that you can walk comfortably across without getting your shoes covered in mud in bad weather.

There are three litter bins provided - one by the children’s play area and two just outside the entrance and exit to the sports pitch. I walk my dog each morning (and dutifully and automatically deposit any waste in the bins provided).

I was horrified during the October half term week to go on my morning walk and find, particularly around the sports pitch, litter strewn everywhere but in the two bins provided.

Why is it so difficult to deposit litter in litter bins? Come on parents, this is something that should be taught from the cradle - deposit litter in the bins provided or, if one is not available, take your litter home with you.

Something as easy as this could make life so much more pleasant for all of us.

Ann C. Batson, Bessacarr

Let’s support job creation

ISN’T it just breathtaking how Mr Andy Tickle of the CPRE South Yorkshire can create a fuss over plans to create jobs in the area at the old Thorpe Marsh power station?

Well I am sorry Mr Tickle but in these hard times where people get by on scraps, and sometimes are forced to think of criminal activities just in order to survive, beautiful landscape (farmland sprayed with chemicals that make us all go nuts) and tweeting birds come in a far second place to those of us who are actually trying to find work.

Doncaster, a small town thinking itself worthy of city status, is not the thriving place some would have us believe it is, it’s more of a stagnant backwater. 100 jobs will be created and a further 800 jobs will go into making sure those 100 jobs are created, furthermore I quite like the fact that a part of Doncaster can be seen for miles around will be put to good use.

As much as I love the countryside, the need to survive is a lot greater, that need encompasses putting employment and income before the environmental bandwagon.

Chris Barber, Lawn Road, Doncaster

We should get an explanation

THE time has come again, the winter fuel payment from the government.

Our letter of notice has just arrived, it contains no intimation of, or apology for, the cut in the payment. 80+ year olds are to lose £100 just when the cost of domestic fuel is at its highest.

Surely a little insertion in the letter would suffice.

“Those among you destined to die this winter of hypothermia the government salutes you, you have our humble apologies”

Martin McNeela, Crossgates, Wadworth

The arts are hit again

I AM writing to express my dismay at the decision to close the Yorkshire Music & Drama Library and to ‘dispose of’ its important collection of half a million items of music and 90,000 playscripts.

Without this major collection, many of these groups will simply not be able to function, thousands of people will lose their leisure activities and the arts will have been dealt yet another major blow.

Amateur theatre companies, playreading groups, school and college drama groups, singers and musicians across a vast area of Yorkshire will all find their basic equipment effectively destroyed at a stroke.

Musical and dramatic activities are often community-based and offer much-needed opportunities for older and more experienced actors, singers and instrumentalists to pass on their expertise and encouragement to young people who show an interest in drama or music.

Audiences who have never even heard of the Music and Drama Library will bitterly regret its passing when their city, town or village can no longer enjoy a concert, play or musical.

Some money will be saved - in truth, probably not all that much - but at what cost to the people of Yorkshire?

There must be another way. Please, Yorkshire Libraries and Information Council, think again before you wantonly destroy a vital service and leave Yorkshire without a backbone to its cultural body.

Pam Wilson

We could be the ‘city of cool’

THE Doncaster Youth Jazz Association hopes to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013 but our beloved council plans to cease all grant funding in March 2012.

Surely councillors should be proud to support the work of young musicians who have been promoting the name of Doncaster throughout Europe and America for years?

If Doncaster wants to acquire city status it needs to find funding for this association, which is unique in Britain, by opening up Mansion House for jazz concerts sponsored perhaps by major supermarkets and businesses.

One day Doncaster could become the ‘city of cool’

H Santiuste, Coningsburgh Road, Edenthorpe

Please consider adoption

AS an adoptive mother, I know how amazing it is to be able to become a parent through adoption.

Adopting my daughter has been the most fulfilling and rewarding experience of my life. So I would like to thank everybody who contacted the British Association for Adoption & Fostering to find out more about adoption.

National Adoption Week may be over for another year, but there are around 4,000 children in care across the UK every year who need to find a permanent family through adoption.

If you think you may be able to offer a vulnerable child a loving new home, please visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk which is available all year round with information and advice to help you.

Lisa Faulkner, Actress and adoptive parent, British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) 6-10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS 020 7421 2600

Two things of interest

IN a recent edition of the Free Press, two articles caught my eye, the first was the article about the WW1 soldier who is buried in Thorne churchyard and whose name has just been added to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Register. In Barnby Dun churchyard there is also a WW1 soldier, Alexander Mennie, who’s name doesn’t appear to be on the register. He was discharged from

the Yorks and Lancs. Regiment and died of his wounds. I will make enquiries about getting his name entered.

The second item was regarding the proposed Thorpe Marsh power station. Andy Tickle of the CPRE is reported as saying the new building would be up to 60 metres high and would blight the landscape and will be seen for miles. The present cooling towers are, I believe, 100 metres high and can be seen for even more miles.

B Goodhead, Mallard Avenue, Barnby Dun

A bad week for democracy

IT has been a bad week for democracy during which two elected national leaders have been forced from office and replaced with un-elected but more EU-palatable “technocrats” (Greece and Italy).

Thanks to Gordon Brown’s intransigence whilst at the Treasury, we aren’t in the doomed eurozone so it can’t happen here, but it does raise some questions.

Are the people we send to parliament to represent us morally obliged to vote for what the majority of their constituents want, or should they vote for what they think is best for us on every occasion, even if it is clear that this is not what the majority want (hanging etc.)?

If your MP is a member of a “main” political party do they have any real choice about how to vote if they want to promoted or even re-selected?

If not, what is the point of voting for a “main” party candidate?

In a town with three of the safest seats in the UK I think these are important questions.

What do you think? Please let me know by email to donukip@hotmail.co.uk or by snail-mail to: Mick Andrews, UKIP, 250 Thorne Road, Doncaster. DN2 5AQ.

Mick Andrews (UKIP), Thorne Road, Doncaster

Disappointment at fair

HAVING visited the Festive Food and Gift Fair this Sunday and I must say that it was certainly not an “Experience of the very best Christmas Shopping.”

To charge an entrance fee of £5 per adult for this “experience” was daylight robbery. It was mediocre at best and and very poor value for money.

The advertising led me to believe this was going to be something special - something Doncaster could be proud of!

Mrs J Jenkinson, Castledine Court, Balby

Thank you for fair donations

I WOULD like to thank the people of Doncaster for contributions to the Scanner Appeal made at the Festive Food and Gift Fair.

The donations came to a total of £767 which represents around a mile of 1p coins, to add to the 2.5 miles of coins we have already gathered so far at the Frenchgate and from the ‘Mile of Coins’ collection boxes around town.

I believe Doncaster is ready for events such as the fair and I very much hope it will grow to be even bigger and better next year.

Jeannette Fish, Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

What will be cut next?

NOW that the cuts and redundancies are really biting into all the services that Doncaster council give to the residents of the borough, what can we expect next year when the ongoing round of redundancies have come into effect?

Regardless of the weekly script your paper gives to the elected mayor and Coun Ransome, are they aware that you can fool some people some of the time, but not most people all of the time.

With the neighbourhood services department in the meltdown mode what is going to be the next thing on the agenda to be forfeited?

So give the residents something to look forward to in your weekly column and I don’t mean weekly snapshots of Coun Ransome doing photo shoots that don’t mean a thing to 95 per cent of the ratepayers.

Mr J Hornsby, Florence Avenue, Balby