Free Press readers’ have their say

Changes in our bus services will cause hardship to passengers

Many residents, many of whom are elderly and or disabled, have to depend on the number 67 and 69 buses which evidently are to cease picking up passengers on Church Balk, Edenthorpe, from January 25h.
If allowed to come into effect as planned, this will result in considerable difficulties and hardship for a large number of residents, who have previously relied on the running of the buses via Church Balk for shopping, keeping hospital and doctor’s appointments, visiting family and friends.
If forced to make alternative arrangements they will have to risk the possibility of injury by crossing the busy Doncaster and Thorne roads and in some cases having to walk the long distance from Beverley Court to homes on Church Balk and Church Balk Gardens.

Hopefully, the transport and policy department will strongly oppose any such actions by First Buses and insist on deferment of the proposals until such time as all aspects and counter-arguments to attempt to prevent such actions coming into force are heard.

C J Worsdale, Church Balkk Gardens, Edenthorpe

Disregard for the law

A lady recently wrote about drivers using Balby Road breaking numerous traffic laws, sothe other day I stood watching the traffic travelling towards the town centre to see for myself if she was right.
I was astounded by the number of drivers who must be that confident that there are no police patrolling this road. There was an unbelievable number of drivers using hand held mobile phones and ignoring the crossing lights at the Westfield Park entrance. 
It’s only a matter of time before a fatality occurs. Something needs to be done. Fitting a camera would be an idea.

A Bedford, Albany Road, Balby

Thank you to everyone

I would like to thank the residents of Wheatley Hills and beyond for all their good wishes after the announcement of the award of the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.
I couldn’t have done it without the support over almost 50 years of keep fit classes and their p4rdecessor, theplay group.
Very many thanks.

Hilda Green, Fernhurst Road, Wheatley Hills

No need for direct debit

What an interesting, yet disturbing, story about planned rent payment changes for Doncaster Market stallholders. 
Doncaster Market always takes me back to my early childhood. I had, and still have, boundless admiration for traders who stand outside in all weathers trying to earn an honest living.

Why is it that councils, and councillors, always want to change things? Could it be because they believe that they know better that the man in the street? 
How can this be in terms of Doncaster Market, and indeed Mexborough market too?

Recently DMBC spent £1m revamping Doncaster’s outside market. Anyone who had been away for a few months would have been hard pressed to be able to pick out any improvement on their return. 
It was the market traders who noticed the difference when they complained that the million pound “improvements” had, in fact, had a detrimental effect on them. 
Because of the new layout the freezing wind has now been diverted, making it unbearable for them to stand out at this time of year. Not the sort of progress that tax-payers want to have their money spent on.

Now we are told that the council wants to introduce upfront direct debit payments for stallholders. 
I always thought that the majority of stallholders were not regulars but stand, ‘as and when’. How does the council calculate forward rents due under these circumstances? .

Might it be a good idea to move the council bosses out of their luxury centrally heated office block and find them desks in the market during the winter months? 
This might just give them a taste of what its like to be a market trader, and it might just make them think twice before changing some of the things that made Doncaster a leading market town.

Mick Glynn, Hatfield town councillor (UKIP), Doncaster Road, Hatfield

Why people not involved

At the council meeting on January 15 a member of the public asked the mayor if the council might reconsider its decision to close social and educational centres and, instead, find some means of keeping them open for example by making cuts elsewhere or using some of the council’s cash reserves. 
Ros Jones declined, pointing out that the £17m of reserves might well be needed - should there be an unforeseeable event at some future time.

Later a question arose about the £1.7m it has, apparently, cost to maintain the council care homes which are so controversially earmarked to be handed over to the private sector, a charity or be closed - to save £1.9m a year. 
The mayor responded that she had listened to the many concerns raised and, accordingly, the council was taking some time to sort out the best solution. 
She said that while this process continued the £1.7m cost, to date, had been met from the council’s reserves.

Last year a number of Caregate group members attended an open council meeting with questions and new evidence to support their contention that the homes could, and should, be kept in public ownership. 
An opposition councillor wanted to know why these campaigners had been told that they could neither speak nor present their new evidence. It was explained that the meeting in question had been a meeting open to the public, not a public meeting.

This sort of thing does go some way towards explaining why many people, particularly young people, look at how we conduct public affairs and wonder whether it is worth getting involved.

Kim Parkinson, UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Doncaster North, Mount Pleasant Road, Moorends

Change the lights layout

Now that it has been confirmed, does the pulling out of Tesco from its development at Capital Park in Thorne mean that the stupidity of having three way traffic lights at the A641 junction will at least be changed to two way?
I can’t see any reason for the lights being set to three way in the first place. if anyone else could enlighten me on the reason for it, I would be very interested know how the minds work of the people who make these decisions.

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster

Where the future lies

I read Mick Glynn’s letter (Freeviews, January 15) and empathised with many of the points he made about the devastation of our area and the futures of our young people by the closure of the coalmines by the Tory governments. 
However, I would like to proffer the following observations.

Prior to the commencement of the Miners’ Strike of 1984/5 there were 56 deep mine pits in Yorkshire. By 1997, the time of the incoming Labour government, there were only five. 
The sacrifice of the coal industry came about because it was argued that it should be subjected to global market forces. Production costs in the UK at that time were £40 per tonne which was in excess of the price of imported coal. The free trade argument won and the pits closed. 
The jobs and livelihoods of my generation and the futures of our young people were sacrificed on the altar of free trade. A policy espoused by UKIP.

The current UKIP leader, Nigel Farage and his multi-millionaire backers were all supporters of the Thatcher Government at the time and supporters of the policies that meant our area was destroyed, leaving us with the social ills we see around us.

We have an opportunity for this area to play the part it has played in the past, that is, in the provision of the skills that gave this country independence of energy supply. 
That opportunity now lies in the research and development, manufacturing and maintenance of sources of renewable energy. This would bring opportunities for skilled work for our young people, attract new industries and employers to our area. This is where the future lies in clean energy and highly skilled work.

Bob Gilbert, The Green Party, Towcester Way, Mexborough