Letters, August 9, 2012

Kev Pointon, from Rossington, sent us this picture a boxer dog enjoying the sunshine, taken during a recent visit to Whitby.
Kev Pointon, from Rossington, sent us this picture a boxer dog enjoying the sunshine, taken during a recent visit to Whitby.

I WAS interested to read your writer’s column in the DFP, Juy 26, 2012 about the perennial litter problem.

I can’t help but think the council’s policy is to blame for the problem.

I regularly go for a walk in the Millenium Park in our local village and there is not one bin for general rubbish. There are two bins for dog mess, but no others. Consequently there are empty cans, bottles and other rubbish thrown away..

I have spoken to a local councillor about the lack of rubbish bins and was told that if they supplied bins they would need emptying.

Apparently this thinking is not exclusive to DMBC councillors.

We recently had a lovely day aty Thryburgh Park in Rotherha, authority. It has all the usual facilities; adequate parking, wheelchair friendly footpaths, adequate seating around the lake, toilet facilities, children’s play area, cafe, but no rubbish bins. Do councillors think rubbish will dispose of its own volition if it is ignored?

Mrs B White, Brecks Lane, Kirk Sandall

Credit to all for the memorial

THE memorial to the 1943 bomber crash in Old Edlington and the fantastic fly-past by the Lancaster was superb. A fitting tribute to the young heroes who lost their lives.

May I take this opportunity to thank the “unsung heroes” responsible for this event.

Twelve months ago a local resident approached the village committee with a view to erecting a monument to the airmen. After lengthy negotiations with various parties the site was decided upon.

Except for the manufacture of the plaque itself, (which was done by SP Davis of Bawtry), village volunteers did everything in-house from designing and insetting the plaque, acquiring a two ton piece of limestone, preparing the site and erecting the monument, right down to laying the turf.

This was paid for by the residents of Old Edlington from various fund-raising activities like summer fairs and raffles etc., and was aided by a grant from the ward members’ Flexible Fund.

While it was a community project, I feel one man should be given special thanks. The tremendous fly-past by the Lancaster bomber was organised by Andrew Kent. This made the event truly memorable.

Thanks again to all concerned. You have created something we can all be proud of.

Anne Newbold, School Walk, Old Edlington

This news is a real concern

WE read with concern the recent Scope report which revealed that nearly half of disabled people find that attitudes towards them have worsened over the past year, with 84% believing hostility might be due to negative media coverage about benefit cheats.

Our own research echo these findings, with only a fifth of people on low incomes believing that those claiming benefits have a right to do so, and over a third holding the opinion that claimants need to help themselves as opposed to relying on state support. Other research has revealed that nearly two thirds of the public think poverty is either an inevitable part of life or due to a person’s own laziness.

These stigmas are in spite of the fact that around a third of all disabled adults aged 25 to retirement are living in low-income households; this is twice the rate of that for non disabled adults, as it has been throughout the last decade.

Low incomes are often compounded by the fact that one’s disability can incur significant extra costs. For example, nearly three quarters of those we help cannot afford to visit family and friends, as many disabled people are unable to use public transport and have to use specially adapted cars.

Though it is extremely hard for individuals to overcome the sort of labelling that we have seen in the last year, we would urge anyone who is disabled and struggling with their finances to visit our free and confidential Turn2us Benefits Calculator at Turn2Us which is designed to help people work out which welfare benefits and charitable grants they might be entitled to.

We hope we can help more people see that benefits are there for a reason; often they are the only income source available to claimants who are prevented from working through circumstance, not choice.

Rob Tolan, Head of Policy and Research, Elizabeth Finn Care

We must break the bag habit

THE number of single-use bags handed out in the UK has gone up again over the past two years.

In 2011 we used eight billion plastic carrier bags. That equals 254 bags handed out per second. This is a tremendous waste of valuable resources that often results in litter, and can be lethal to wildlife on land and at sea.

Sadly, this is a very English problem. England is where the growth in bag use is happening, and we are the only country in the UK that does not require shops to charge for bags and isn’t actively considering introducing a charge.

When Wales introduced a 5p bag levy in 2011, single-use bag use fell by between 70-96%. Ireland did it in 2002 and the number of single-use bags fell by 90%, as well as the amount of bag litter.

Some shops are already doing this voluntarily but the only way to make a real difference is for the Government to make sure England is not left behind, and introduce an English bag levy. The money raised can even be spent on clearing litter, not making shops money, as happens in Wales.

That is why I am supporting the Break the Bag Habit campaign run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage. It’s simple to add your voice to this campaign by visiting their websites and writing to your MP.

Mr Nigel Cannings, Vine Road, Tickhill

No excuse for shoplifting

ONE of the most disturbing and upsetting headlines I have seen in any newspaper in many a year, appeared in a local evening newspaper last week, it read ‘Shoplifters can’t afford to buy food’.

The article contained details of how shoplifting in Rotherham has doubled, no doubt this goes for all regions in South Yorkshire and other parts of the country.

Amongst the common items stolen were alcohol, electrical and toiletry items, not what you might think to be essential life sustaining items. It would seem someone is trying to justify the crime of shoplifting. Many, but not all, shoplifters are well to do people, who commit this crime for pure kicks or financial gain.

In this country there is no justification for anyone to commit this crime by saying they cant afford food, we all live in a welfare state put in place to keep people out of poverty, many shoplifters are stealing to fund drug, tobacco and drink habits, many are getting benefits for not working,

I am sure we have all been in a queue in the chemist when some young hooligan has gone straight to the front of the queue to be given, his or her free dose of Methadone. Anyone in this Country who can’t look after themselves have many agencies that can help.

We have many elderly people who have worked all their lives and paid their dues and demands, only to find in later life it is a struggle to manage on their pension. Yet these people don’t go out and steal from shops, steal lead from local church roofs, and take cooper cable that doesn’t belong to them. No, shoplifting is a serious crime that costs all honest people a lot of money indirectly. The answer is to punish any shoplifter so severely, that they would never think twice about committing the same crime again.

Mick Glynn, Doncaster Road, Hatfield, (Hatfield Town Councillor)

Tending graves should be easier

I AM writing this letter on behalf of many people who tend to the graves in Thorne cemetery.

The latest problem for a substantial amount of them is when the grass has been cut because when it’s wet it sticks to the grave stones.

Many people are finding it difficult to get it off, they are unable to just wipe it off, they need a scraper to remove it. Some take their own strimmers and shears and tidy up the graves themselves, but not everyone is able to do this because there are a lot of old and disabled people who tend to those graves. Quite a lot have complained to the cemetery staff but they still go ahead with their industrial strimmers spraying the grass all over the place

Everyone realises the grass has to be cut and overall they do a very good job but surely some care could be taken to stop the graves getting covered in grass?

The disability problem alone is enough for many people to contend with and still nothing has been done about that, the council said they would respond to this matter, and do whatever it takes to make it easier for disabled people to get to the graves.

They haven’t and they will probably take no notice of the grass situation either. It is about time they started taking notice of people, let the cars back in and stop covering the graves in grass cuttings, It is difficult enough for people to visit their loved one’s graves and the council are just creating more problems.

John Lyne, Stainforth

A possible use for girls’ school

WHAT role does the Doncaster Girls School play in the development of a cultural quarter? Could it possibly become the new home for the Doncaster Archive and the Family History Centre along with a cafeteria and multi purpose hall?

The Central Library and Museum are close by so the area could be buzzing especially if facilities were available at the weekend.

C H Santiuste, Coningsburgh Road, Edenthorpe

Hitting drivers once again

So, just as the government has outlawed illegal wheel-clamping, the people have come up with new ways of trying to rip off the public.

I’m talking about the white van man driving around the roads at Robin Hood Airport taking photographs of vehicles which happen to be stood for a few seconds on the airport’s approach roads, and then sending the motorist a bill for £60 (if paid immediately), going up to £100 if not paid immediately.

This rip-off scheme is being run by a company based in Sheffield. These people are a disgrace and need stopping. Motorists, beware.

Name and Address supplied.

Plant a bulb and help charity

I’M writing to encourage schools and groups to register now for Mini Pots of Care event for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mini Pots of Care is a free creative and educational project for 3-11 year olds where children receive a pot and daffodil bulb to plant in the autumn.  They care for their plant and in the spring they celebrate their daffodils in bloom by holding a Mini Pots of Care Day where they have fun painting their pots, learning about the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care and fundraising for the charity.

Call 08700 340 040 or visit Marie Curie to register

All money raised from the activity will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to terminally ill people in their own homes.

Katie Grinter, Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care

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This week’s picture comes from Kev Pointon, from Rossington, who sent us this picture a boxer dog enjoying the sunshine, taken during a recent visit to Whitby.