Free Press readers have their say on the subjects that matter to them.
Waste disposals plan is just the latest blow to hit our community
Re: the proposed waste disposal plant - Kirk Sandall? Is it topographical ignorance or deliberate social engineering by the Environmental Department? Because Edenthorpe, not Kirk Sandall, will bear the brunt of the waste plant. The prevailing winds are south-westerly and downtrodden Edenthorpe will get it again. Edenthorpe already suffers from the sewage plant smell, two recycling centres, burning railway sleepers and all the pollution from the existing industrial sites. It is also trapped, on both sides, by constant traffic on Thorne Road and Barnby Dun. In fact the air pollution in Edenthorpe has got to be the worst in South Yorkshire already! So, what do you expect us to say? Thanks a bunch for making us the cesspit of South Yorkshire. Thanks also for knocking a few thousand pounds off our property. Thanks for bringing even more smells then we already endure. Thanks for doing your best to give us lung cancer. What does our local MP think about this? Does Rosie Winterton know about it? Why isn’t she fighting for her constituents? Just imagine what would happen if the proposed site was in Sprotbrough. Caroline Flint would be there, guns blazing with smoke coming out of her nostrils defending her patch. We all know that influential lobbying through the years by Bessacarr, Sprotbrough and Tickhill has rendered them immune from any industrial development. Stick everything in Edenthorpe. We residents daren’t remove a deck-chair now in case someone builds a house or disposal unit in the vacant space. Finally, I would like to bet that all the decision makers live miles away from Edenthorpe.
Roy Myers, Church Balk, Edenthorpe
Celebrate your pets
I liked the feature about pet parties (Free Press, October 24). All pets should have their birthday celebrated - my dog was a rescue ‘pre-loved’ dog from Hampole so we don’t know when his birthday is. We adopt adult pets as most people want baby animals and the adults often don’t get re-homed. Dogs are family and to me they are better than children. Dogs give unconditional, genuine love so don’t be scared to have a party for an animal you own. Our dog now has my birthday.
Bettee Hemingway, Jarratt Street, Hyde Park
A dog is for life...
As someone who owned an RSPCA rescue dog until last year, I know what it can mean to give a dog a good home. But Christmas is not the time to make a big decision like this. Our dog lived 14 years – it is not a decision to be rushed into. I am delighted to support the Dogs’ Trust campaign, which is as important now as it has ever been. A dog is a lifetime commitment and should never be bought on impulse as if it were a new television or a pair of shoes. This message is particularly poignant during the festive season, when people are buying all sorts of gifts on a whim without necessarily considering the consequences. I would urge anyone thinking of buying a dog or puppy as a Christmas present to ‘paws’ before doing so, and remember that a Dog is for life, not just for Christmas. Every year since 1978, Dogs Trust has campaigned to highlight the problems surrounding dogs being given as gifts at Christmas and all year round. The charity aims to curb this problem by educating people about responsible dog ownership and about the potential risks of buying pets on an impulse, be it in pet shops, directly through breeders, or online. For more information about the work of the Dog’s Trust, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.
Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley
Why was it so dire?
Does anyone else find it strange that the same great world-beating cricket team of a few months ago has, in the last couple of weeks, dropped to pieces? So many players are all losing form at the same time. Even the Aussie spectators can catch a ball better than our full time, well-paid cricketers, and could probably bat better too. Why were so many, what looked like easy, catches dropped and why were so many first class batsmen getting out so early in their innings? I would have thought the England team fiasco would have raised a few eyebrows and questions. Or is the Australian beer just too strong for them? The English supporters certainly deserve an explanation.
Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster
Why the secrecy?
The BBC’s top broadcasters are said to be paid enormous salaries secretly (why the secrecy?). Being as their salaries are paid from license payers money - public money - consequently BBC broadcasters are on BBC benefits. Scoungers is an unkind word. Let’s cut the secrecy and have these enormous BBC benefits out in the open. It is said “the greatest lies are told in silence”.
Max Nottingham, St Faith’s Street, Lincoln
Join our Association
Did you serve on board any of the light fleet carriers HMS Bulwark, HMS Albion or HMS Centaur? Our Association - the HMS Bulwark Albion Centaur Association - is open to anyone who served at any time on these ships. We send a magazine three times per year and run events including AGM/Socials, sea trips with HMS Bulwark and anniversary commemorations at home and abroad. This year, we were at the Royal Beach in Southsea for our annual AGM/Social. Next year we shall be at Southport, from May 9 to 12, for the AGM/Social and at Sheerness and Chatham, in November 2014, for centenary commemorations of the sinking of the fifth HMS Bulwark in 1914. We also sponsor sea cadets from our affiliated Sea Cadet Corps on three training ships - one sail, two motor. Membership is all of £8 per annum and enquiries can be made to me on the details below.
Leigh Easton, Membership Secretary, Glenmoray, Hayford Pl., Cambusbarron, Stirling, FK7 9JX Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.bulwarkassoc.co.uk
We’re here to help
For many children part of the fun of Christmas is the change in routine at school and at home as exciting activities and events take place. However, for some children with a disability changes to their usual timetable at this time of year can be extremely stressful. For others, Christmas can also mean missing out on all the festive fun as they find themselves excluded from school celebrations. Parents have told Contact a Family about their disabled child not being allowed to attend Christmas outings or parties for example, or that their child has been barred from taking part in the school concert or play. Other parents report that alterations to their usual timetable at this time of year means their disabled child is under more stress and finds it difficult to cope. In some cases this can lead to an increase in behavioural issues which can result in exclusion from school altogether. Christmas can sometimes bring unexpected challenges if you have a disabled child and Contact a Family is the only UK charity that supports families with disabled children whatever their disability or medical condition. Our expert advisors can help you develop strategies to help you cope at Christmas, such as planning ahead and working with your child’s school so you know what changes to expect and can explain them to your child before they happen. We want parents of disabled children to know that they don’t have to cope alone at Christmas or at any other time of the year. So please call our helpline on 0808 808 3555 to get the support, information and advice you need from our team of experts. Alternatively, you can visit our website - www.cafamily.org.uk - for more information.
Jill Davies, Helpline advisor, Contact a Family