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St James Building (former Leisure Centre) Doncaster
St James Building (former Leisure Centre) Doncaster

We should preserve out heritage to boost tourism and not destroy it

I was saddened to read your story about possible plans to sell of St James’ Baths (DFP, December 18, 2014) as part of plans to save Doncaster Council money.

what a joke. The council can spend £20 million on the new Cast building, that is in many peoples’ opinion an eyesore.

What about Doncaster’s heritage?
The art-deco Gaumount Cinema where many big bands/groups played, including The Beatles hs gone.

Now according a new multiplex cinema is to be built in its place in Waterdale. What a waste.

Then there is the old high school for girls. Another historic building destroyed with only the frontage left.

Then we get to the sand caves. What happened there? It was a golden opportunity for Doncaster to gain revenue and visitors, but no what did the council do? Fill them in with concrete.

We should have had a railway museum in Doncaster, but yet again this was another wasted opportunity.

Now I’ve just read that there is to be another hotel and leisure centre including another multiplex cinema on top of the Frenchgate Centre

Why have a new tourist information centre when there is nothing historical to see in Doncaster? The council need to realise that to earn money and have tourist trade it needs to leave Doncaster’s history intact and promote it, not destroy it.

Doncaster will be a shadow of its former self if things are allowed to continue in this way. 
Of course cuts have to be made but this should not always result in the loss of a building that could have the potential to bring in money to the area. 
Doncaster is an ancient Roman town, the same as York but in York they have not destroyed its heritage.
Once these buildings have gone they are lost forever only to be seen in pictures.

G Denman, Ivanhoe Road, Edlington

Vandalism an outrage

Recently I was walking through Bentley Park with my two small dogs who like to play hide and seek with the spray from the lily pond fountain. Unfortunately, things surrounding the pond turned out to not be as it should due to vandalism.

Any one walking through the new park would think it’s some sort of sick joke, thanks to the poor workmanship surrounding the pond and the loss of lilly plants that have somehow managed to do a runner from the pond; not to mention the young trees that’s somehow managed to join them.

If people from the lottery funding department were to see the mess the park‘s in today they would or should ask for their money back.

Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley

Follow the Australians

What action can be taken to reduce the amount of vehicle road deaths on our streets?
When one reads of still another road death on busy roads, especially when this occurs around Christmas time, the total sense of horror at the pointless loss of life of often young people simply out for an evening’s fun and entertainment never really goes away. 
In spite of the legal requirements for all occupants of the vehicle to wear seatbelt at strictly all times of travel, it is obvious that in countless cases of vehicle accidents resulting in death, this law possibly hasn’t been in operation. 
In south Australia the government is making the most concentrated efforts to ram home and instil into all motorists’ minds the absolute urgency of never moving a car onto the road until every passenger is suitably belted up. 
They even advertise widely after any fatal vehicle accident the fact as to whether or not the victims or survivors were in fact wearing belts. 
This is to serve as a dreadful warning to other young future car travellers to, as the advert used to say, clunk click every trip.
Would it not be a good idea for all councils to follow Australia’s example and release statistics of road deaths publicly each month? 
When you think about it, it couldn’t do any harm, but could certainly prevent other young people becoming more tragic road victims by becoming fully aware of the possible results of not wearing seatbelts. Francis McKone, The Boulevard, Edenthorpe

Saving lives paramount

When will South Yorkshire Police start taking action on the hundreds of motorists that travel along Aulby Road towards the town centre, disregarding every traffic law imaginable?
To name but a few, use of mobile phones, kids not wearing seat belts or strapped in chairs, speeding. And mostly motorists are either colourblind or just ignoring the traffic lights. 
It is only a matter of time before there is a fatality on the crossing that is adjacent to Westfield Park. 
Many youngsters as well as the elderly use this crossing and they are taught to wait for the green man then cross. You are dicing with death if you do that.
We all know that the police are having their budgets and manpower cut, and the crime rates are on the increase again, but I think getting their priorities in order is the right thing. Saving one life is better than the priority being numerous police looking for shoplifters in and around the Frenchgate Centre. Lives are more important.

Mrs J Bowen, Mansfield Road, Balby

Should set an example

How many more times are we going to hear the words cuts and saving money? 
It is about time Doncaster Council set an example. Its office in Sir Nigel Greaey Square is lit up like a Christmas tree night after night. Forty nine lights on from my count from outside. 
If we are in this together then housekeeping and example setting should be shown from where it starts.

Lionel Overson, Childers Street, Hyde Park

Health and safety risk

I had the sad duty of attending a close friend’s funeral on Monday, December 29, at Rose Hill crematorium. 
These days we don’t get, or expect, a great deal from a council when it comes to clearing snow and ice from pavements and pathways. But I was disgusted at the state of the roads and pavements at the crematorium. 
The car park area was like a skating rink and there was ice and impacted snow on the pathways and pavements. 
There wasn’t a grain of sand or grit anywhere. 
Whatever happened to health and safety? Many people were having great difficulty walking from their cars to the chapel. 
Don’t tell me, it was all due to budget cuts. Whoever is in charge of Rose Hill should be ashamed.

Marlene Drake, Hexthorpe

Thank you for support

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your readers and volunteers in Doncaster who supported the work of the NSPCC during the last year.
Without the backing of local people the NSPCC would not be able to help abused children rebuild their lives, or be there for parents who desperately need advice and support.

As we move into 2015, I would like to appeal to your readers to make a very special kind of new year’s resolution for the NSPCC ‘Just One Day’. 
This is a call for people to come forward and volunteer some time to support our work – even if people can only spare one day, it can be a massive help.

In Doncaster and across South Yorkshire we are looking for volunteers to help out.

There are also many different ways that people can volunteer their time including helping out at an event, becoming an NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service volunteer, getting involved in an event by setting up stalls or taking photographs, or cheering-on NSPCC participants in a sporting race or activity.

Abuse ruins childhood, but it can be prevented. That’s why the NSPCC is here. That’s what drives our work, and that’s why – as long as there’s abuse the NSPCC will fight for every childhood.

Please join us in the fight for every childhood by volunteering some time to support the NSPCC, whether you can spare a day a week or just one day. 
To find out more please email call 0113 218 2732 or log on to for a range of volunteering opportunities.

Claire Reading, NSPCC community fundraising manager for South Yorkshire