Letters August 6, 2015

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Free Press readers’have their say

Speed bumps are causing problems

Around 12 months ago the owner of the land off Thorne Road, Wheatley Hills that houses many large retail stores including Iceland, Poundland and several others, decided for no doubt excellent reasons, as apparently young people were using the area at night to race their bikes, to install speed bumps all round the area in front of the stores.

This undoubtedly restricted the use of the land for bike racing but due to the construction and height of these speed bumps it also caused extreme agitation to shopping motorists as no matter how slowly one drove over the obstructions one had the fear damage could have been caused to perhaps a car’s exhaust, I do generally if possible drive round the obstructions. In fact one shop employee confirmed this by explaining how bits had been found from time to time in the vicinity of these bumps. He also said many customers had stopped coming to the retail park because of this problem, and his particular shop was around six thousand pounds a week down in turnover since the bumps were installed, and as far as he knew other stores were suffering a similar problem. I personally have no objection to speed bumps in general but would strongly suggest that these are taken up immediately and replaced with more gentle types as are laid on normal roads. This would be very simple as each bump is metal and held down only by nuts and bolts which could be removed in a few hours, and replaced hopefully before we have any shop closures.

Frank McKone

The Boulevard, Edenthorpe, Doncaster.

Fox debate continues

I think Veronica Clarke’s article on foxes is very biased and looked at through rose tinted glasses. Culling foxes is only about keeping them at a manageable level, not about killing every single fox.

Every animal or bird has something that predates on it to keep the numbers balanced, except the fox. This is left to man to manage in as efficient way as possible. A fox will kill just to killing sale alone, not just for food. I have witnessed a fox in a chicken coup kill every single chicken not for food but because it is a normal thing for it to do. All ground nesting birds are at risk, especially at nesting time no matter how endangered they are. A fox will drag a new born lamb away from its mother immediately after birth and eat it or just kill it. There’s also many cases reported by organisations who think they are doing good capturing urban foxes and releasing them into the wild, after feeding on dustbins and refuge sites etc, the released foxes starve to death in such an alien environment. Miss Clarke also mentions hunt saboteurs in a one sided biased way.

Ask the saboteurs about land management and the effort put in by farmers to sustain wildlife through summer and winter I don’t think you would get much of a response,

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