Letters: April 23, 2015


Free Press readers’ have their say

Ambulance service

After being bored to tears about the election for the past two months, with the political football of the NHS kicked around by our MP Mr Ed Milliband, my wife and I have experienced at first hand the efficiency care and promptness of the ambulance service.

There was a prompt six minutes response from the A&E department from arrival to the hospital ward of only one hour.

The outstanding dedication of all of the doctors and nurses, over what should have been a holiday period, was second to none.

If our elected MPs were to use this as a yard stick and do the job that they fought so hard to get instead of acting like children scoring points from the communities that they are supposed to serve, the country would be in a better state.

What a coincidence our Labour run council has nothing at all to do with the running of this hospital.

The staff must be fed up of the politicians telling us how inefficient the NHS is.

Frederick Matthews

High Street, Dunsville, Doncaster

Council tax bill woes

My Doncaster council tax bill arrived last week and more bad news. Two years of labour has seen a rise of £34 on band A. Here in Thorne we had a rise of 5.3 percent this year on the parish precept, meaning a rise of nearly 19 percent since 2012 under Labour

Thorne parish precept band A is now £60, On top of doncaster’s £906. So much for Labour’s cost of living crisis.

Parish precept in other borough’s – Askern £44, Edlington £42, Armthorpe £36, Rossingon £33, Sprotbrough £31, other borough’s much less. Thorne precept needs to come down to these levels to give relieve to Thorne’s hard pressed residents.

The big worry is four more years of labour’s tax and spend expansion plans on Thorne parish council.

Jane Bevan, Durham Avenue, Thorne

Plea to help wildlife

World Wildlife Fund is calling on people of all ages to make a stand for nature, and ‘Wear It Wild’ on Friday June 5.

We are challenging the nation to dress as wild as they dare – whether sporting animal-print socks at work, leopard leotards on the school run, or go all out in a wild onesie: we want to see your wild side! As well as raising awareness about threatened species, any money raised will help support WWF’s work to tackle growing pressures on our natural world and its precious wildlife.

This is especially important because in the last forty years we’ve seen wildlife populations decline by more than half. The number of tigers in the wild, for example, has reduced by 95 percent in the last century.

As WWF’s recent Living Planet Report highlights, thousands of other species are also threatened, and we need your support to show you care and .

The only rules for Wear It Wild are: sign up at wwf.org.uk/wild, share #WearItWild, and be as wild as you dare … only fake fur please!

And the audience can get involved by sending in their own words, photographs and videos to the Doncaster Free Press.

Glyn Davies, Executive director of global programmes at WWF-UK

Please save water voles

Once a familiar sight along our waterways, water voles have rapidly disappeared from much of the landscape, experiencing the most serious decline of any wild mammal over the last century.

The shocking drop in numbers is due to the release and spread of non-native mink across the countryside, and also the loss and degradation of much of our waterways.

To ensure that we have a better picture of what is happening to the species nationally and that we are in a position to act quickly when needed, People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is launching the first ongoing National Water Vole Monitoring Programme across England, Scotland and Wales, working in collaboration with The Wildlife Trusts, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, Environment Agency, Natural England and RSPB.

Through the National Water Vole Monitoring Programme, PTES aims to bring together all the valuable work that is being carried out across the country, as well as monitor selected historical sites, to establish any changes in the population and to help guide future conservation efforts.

The Vincent Wildlife Trust conducted two national surveys between 1989-90 and 1996-98 that first demonstrated the dramatic decline of water voles across Britain and why they need to be saved.

PTES is calling for volunteers to get involved in the National Water Vole Monitoring Programme by conducting an annual field survey on a single site and while no experience is required, those taking part will need to learn how to identify water vole field signs. Participants will be able to choose one or more of the nearly 900 pre-selected sites across England, Wales and Scotland.

To find out more about taking part please visit the www.ptes.org/watervoles website.

Jane Bevan, On behalf of People’s Trust For Endangered Species

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