Free Press readers have their say on the subjects that matter to them.
Let’s hope there’s no repeat of the Cantley Crawl on airport link road
Having travelled on the M18 quite a lot just lately, it is quite pleasing to see at last that the FARRRS - Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme - is finally on its way. However, after looking on the website at the route of the new road, I have one major concern. Just recently, millions of pounds were spent and there were months of delays and hold ups during the conversion of White Rose Way from single to dual carriageway, Why? Because it couldn’t handle the amount of traffic that uses it on a daily basis. I noticed on the FARRRS map that the new road will leave Junction 3 of the M18, as a dual carriageway, but after the new railport and planned industrial area at Rossington, it will reduce down to single carriageway for the rest of the way to Parrots Corner. This road, I’m sure, will be the long awaited solution to the Cantley crawl and be used daily by thousands of Cantley, Bessacarr, Rossington and Finningley residents, as well as Robin Hood Airport traffic as a means of easy access to and from the M18. I sincerely hope the same thing doesn’t happen again.
Dave Fleetwood, Bircotes Walk, Rossington
Cast not big enough
Why is the very popular musical “Blood Brothers” being performed next March at The Dome Leisure Centre? Answer - because the new £22 million theatre does not have a seating capacity of 1,000 so is not eligible to be a Grade 1 touring venue. It’s capacity is approximately 620 - the same capacity as the Civic Theatre. As the latter has been due for demolition for at least 30 years, it could stay there for many more years.
Marianne Downing, Lowfield Road, Doncaster
Much better idea...
May I offer my regards to Mick Glynn on his outburst against the heavy traffic of Hargreaves that often pulls straight out of junctions, disregarding oncoming vehicles (DFP, November 21). What I suggest is that Mick takes a stroll down Thorne Road, leaving Stainforth towards the motorway, and view the slurry waste from Hatfield pit that’s transformed our fast declining green fields into pit wasteland. And can I stress that the waste is delivered from the pit to land adjacent to the M18 motorway, where access could make it possible for traffic to exit and enter the pit from the rear. This would entail leaving the slip road alone and help stop the loss of our much appreciated countryside, leaving it in peace.
Mr B Doane, Coronation Road, Stainforth
Cut energy bills now!
I pondered what we need to do in order to reduce our excessive fuel bills - would it be the £50-peanut that’s on offer, or an end to the greedy Green machine environmental tax? I believe the £50 peanut wouldn’t be of much value when you consider it will be funded by a tax grab of the pennies we, the working class, have left in our already ravaged pockets. The BIG SIX have squeezed us for more by dipping their hands ever deeper into our pockets thanks to successive governments allowing them to carry on grabbing all the money they can since privatisation of our essential services with impunity. Yes it angers me! The Green Tax looks a favourite - it’s mainly used to subsidise the energy-sucking wind turbines that cost us dearly. These are all extra costs levied on household gas and electricity bills to pay for low-carbon energy sources such as our 30 per cent inefficient wind farms and solar panels etc. UK Governments have always insisted the charges will help cut energy bills in the long run by reducing Britain’s dependence on fossil fuels at the same time as helping to tackle climate change; another farce. They currently make up 9 per cent of household bills and are projected to make up 14 per cent by 2020. In the present UK government’s dreams maybe. As I see it, the solution to freedom from the essential service chains that bind us would be to NOT scrap more powerstations, which the government plans to do, but to build more coal and nuclear powerstations, all built by British companies and UK workers - real British jobs for real British people. If we ponder all of this and all that we know as we go to vote in May 2014 and again in the 2015 elections, we will see real meaningful change in UK governance. But for it to happen we must use our votes more wisely than we have in the past.
Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley
Not voting may be right
The comments made by Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand regarding our democratic system are interesting and possibly accurate. Since the period of Margaret Thatcher, the power of councils to govern and spend as they see fit for their areas has been drastically reduced as power has been sucked back into the ‘centre’ to Westminster. This has meant that your local election vote has had less and less impact upon the environment around you. Many have given up voting locally as a consequence. What is shocking today is that the same situation is developing nationally. Only 50 per cent of our laws are now decided by the British parliament. Our vote is having less and less impact upon how we and the country are being governed. If the rules are being determined in Brussels, what is the point of voting in national elections? So you would expect us all to be rushing to vote in the European Elections? As many know, the European Parliament is merely a rubber stamper for the European Commission’s initiatives. Right, you may say, the Commission elections are where I will vote then. If only - because they are not elected! So we are being governed by an unelected authority based in Brussels. Is it any wonder so many people have chosen not to bother voting? Tony Benn once said that when it comes to judging democracy, do not ask how to get representatives into power, but how do you get them out? It is easy to criticise those who do not vote, but may be they are not so dumb after all?
Guy Aston, Victorian Crescent, Doncaster
Festive help for RNIB
I’m asking you to help raise money for the wonderful Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) this Christmas - and please believe me when I say that it won’t cost you a penny. I have age related macular degeneration but, whilst my sight has been affected, I count myself as one of the lucky ones. You can help change this by simply collecting your used stamps this Christmas for RNIB. Your old stamps will then be transformed into urgently needed funds to help even more people with sight loss access the information, support and advice they desperately need. Every day 100 people will begin to lose their sight and many will face a future without any help or support. It’s heartbreaking to me that RNIB can currently only reach one in three people that need it most. By supporting this all year round campaign at Christmas, they can help more people. Please send your British and foreign stamps to: RNIB, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, England, LU7 9XT. With 1.7 billion cards sent each year why not ask your friends, family or work colleagues to get involved as well? We only ask that you leave at least half a centimetre of envelope around the stamp to prevent damage. Please, this Christmas, save your used stamps for RNIB and give people with sight loss the gift of a brighter future. Thank you.
Dame Judi Dench, RNIB Supporter
Christmas is a time of ‘good will to all’ and ‘peace on Earth’, but for the millions of animals killed for the UK’s Christmas dinners it is anything but. There are a wealth of delicious, meat-free alternatives to the traditional Christmas turkey, so why not try something new? Order Animal Aid’s free booklet ‘Compassionate Christmas’ by calling 01732 364546 or by emailing email@example.com.
Ben Martin, Animal Aid