Letters, September 15

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WE read once more about an OAP not having the call system we used to have.

The second incident in the space of a month. I think they will continue (Free Press, September 8).

We, the OAPs, if we have the pendants, must wear them all the time. Apart from when showering or bathing and in bed. I take mine off when retiring at night, it goes on my bedside table and I put it on as soon as I get up out of bed.

Some bright spark when the decision was made to withdraw the call system and the warden services does not know anything about the ageing brain, it’s called forgetfullness. Yes, it happens to all humans as we age.

I am lucky I very seldom forget my pendant (I now have falls). I have a carer when showering.

I am an ex-nurse so I am organised still, in fact I forget to take it off when going out and about.

I do prefer the other system though, the relatives and friends of OAPs should natter them to always wear the pendants. It’s the only way.

Name and address supplied

Bus route should be changed

Due to Doncaster’s civic and cultural quarter construction works, public transport has been affected and a number of bus routes are subject to diversions.

However, the First 58 West Bessacarr service, on its outward journey from the Frenchgate Interchange, is now a lost facility through Cleveland Street, Wood Street and the temporarily closed area of Waterdale.

The present arrangements require some alteration because the first stop en route to West Bessacarr is at Gill Street in Hyde Park

Surely, the simple solution would have been to exclude Waterdale and to continue with a diversion of this service through Chequer Road and College Road where there is no public transport available?

I suggest that consideration should now be given to the outward journey being reinstated through Cleveland Street, and Wood Street and to create an alternate provision to Hyde Park via Chequer Road and College Road where there is no public transport available.

A revised route including stopping in College Road adjacent to the Crown Court, would greatly assist many Hyde Park residents, especially the elderly and infirm, residing in the highly populated area of Apley Road, Beechfield Road, Chequer Road, Cunningham Road, Elmfield Road and Somerset Road.

D E Johnson, St Thomas’ Court, Bessacarr

Road safety is an issue

Looking at the recent extension to College Road, I note that the new road has only a single pedestrian crossing at its junction with Chequer Road but that the new road it is replacing had three pedestrian crossings.

Surely, the new road has the same throughput as the old and surely there is the same risk of injury to pedestrians?

Furthermore, the advent of the civic and cultural quarter,will increase the number of people and traffic, therefore, the risk of injury will increase.

This serious road safety matter has been brought to the attention of Doncaster Council who should be devising urgent proposals to remedy the situation.

I anticipate that the elected mayor will have to accommodate this matter at the next full council meeting to be held at the Mansion House, tonight (Thursday) at 6pm.

The general consensus is that there has been a distinct lack of consideration for nearby elderly and disabled residents who have to cross College Road, a lot of whom have to additionally cope with their trolley bags and walking aids.

Many hundreds of people are employed at Council House, the police station, the law courts and the crown court.

The absence of public transport on College Road compounds this precarious situation.

Obviously, Doncaster Council Watch has had this matter under the microscope.

Ray Nortrop, PO Box 75, Doncaster

Well done to cafe owners

Congratulations go to the two businessmen who have opened their second cafe within the Waterdale Centre. This area of the town is still worth visiting as there is a variety of shops and cafes available to catch people’s attention.

I enjoy going to the library for instance.

It is good to see the Waterdale Centre slowly coming back to being within the town centre community.

Mr M Watson, Howbeck Drive, Edlington

Ways to save DRI cash

Anyone who has not contributed to the upkeep of our NHS should get treatment only on cash up front.

All accidents self-inflicted such as car stealing, drunken or drug abuse - cash up front, if unavailable, parents to pay.

Anyone who assaults or abuses staff or theft from hospitals a life-time ban alternative, a substantial fine.

These options should save a large amount of expense and service waste.

B Doane, Doncaster

We must be able to avoid thefts

When reading last week’s Free Press about cable thefts, I had two thoughts.

One, how kind it was of Mick Glynn to provide mobile phones to the housebound people affected by not having land lines due to cable thieves.

My second thought was this thievery of cables by whatever means, was relentless and, I imagined, it would not be too long before Edenthorpe’s telephone service was plunged into the pre-war days of no telephones for all - not to mention no internet, if some plan was not out in place to trap these blighters and bring them to justice.

I imagined there would be a 24 hour watch on the vulnerable areas for telephone cable theft.

I imagined modern technology would be in place to detect interference to telephone cable. This technology must be available to BT.

Of course the implication of unprotected telephone cable is an invitation to anyone really who is strong enough to remove a manhole cover and plunder the wealth placed there for them by the telephone services - any service really.

Nothing is safe from the people who are not part of an inclusive society, mobile phones have released them from the inconvenience of not having a land line.

Oh, yes, Edenthorpe’s telephone service too was plunged into the pre-war era of no telephone service.

Patricia Cooney, Ridgewood Avenue, Edenthorpe

Judging a book by its cover

I read with interest the article entitled ‘We’re a well-read bunch here’ (DFP, September 8).

The article (a tongue in cheek one?) begins: “A town full of bookworms may not be the typical image of Doncaster,.....”

One wonders what the typical image of Doncaster is? Should we really be surprised that Doncaster made the top ten in a national poll commissioned by online retailer Amazon, re which towns in the UK order the most books? The writer further informs us that we were the only northern town to do so!

Our greatest playwright (I’m with Simon Callow on this one), had much to say about the difference between appearance and reality. Yes, “All that glisters is not gold.”

Ultimately, language is power. Literacy, a passport to life.

Ken MacDonald, Linton Close, Bawtry

Act now to save green belt

Yet again we have another housebuilder on the front page of DFP Property Guide telling us there is a critical shortage of accommodation in Britain. The question I would ask is why?

The answer must surely lie with the net migration figure in our country - there are far more people entering than leaving.

I believe this is largely due to our membership of the EU which allows unrestricted access.

It has NOTHING to do with race, but has everything to do with common sense. We are already one of the most heavily populated countries in the world. Building more houses exacerbates the problem.

It is a simple fact of life that we cannot accommodate a continually rising population.

It does not matter where people come from - we do not have the land or infrastructure to cope.

The recent relaxation of planning laws will lead to even more massive building projects and erosion of green belt land.

Unless we protest now and let our views be known it will be too late.

Mrs R K Bacon, Rockcliffe Drive, Wadworth

Have the street cameras worked?

Is there anyone out there who can convince me and everyone else that the vast sum of money spent on the street cameras in Thorne, were money well spent?

Have there been any convictions due to the cameras? I notice the shop windows in Thorne are still being smashed on a regular basis. There are cameras to cover nearly every bit of the town and as far as I can make out they have done nothing to improve the area.

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster

You’re not alone with noise

Re noisy neighbours letter (Free Press, September 8). We have been having the same problems and we too have had some noise recorded but were told that it wasn’t loud enough.

There is shouting and people calling at all hours of the night, I contacted my local MP and all she did was contact the council.

We are trying to sell are house but who wants to live next door to neighbours like that? I have contacted the police only to be told that it is a council problem. The council are very unsympathetic.

Please let your readers know they aren’t on their own with this problem.

Name and address supplied

I want to know about noise

I am concerned about issues raised in the letter ‘Our lives have been ruined by very noisy neighbours is their no one who can help? (DFP Freeviews September 8). I would appreciate it if the resident who wrote in could contact my office so that I can look into the matter further. The address is: Executive Office, Floor 1, Council House, College Road, Doncaster, DN1 3AJ. Telephone: 01302 862239.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Communities