Letters. January 26

CAN I make an appeal to Donny’s OAPs (sadly I am now one of them, but try my best not to look or behave like one).

The appeal is for better manners.

It is a brave soul that goes into Marks and Sparks on what they deem ‘their day’, standing in the way chatting, pushing to the shelves and checkouts.

It is much the same on the prescription counter at Boots. I was left vain by trying to hand in my prescriptions (at the place clearly signed) as various grey-haired people elbowed or shouted their way to the front.

The same happened when I went to collect. Another chap had been stood there ages. In the end I told the next rude woman to get in the queue, again clearly signed.

It is the same with the seats in the Frenchgate Centre, I have no desire to sit there for hours but sometimes I need to re-group. Oh the dirty looks! One woman even told me that her and her friend always met there and I was using her friend’s seat.

I could go on - being pushed into a corner by bags, coats etc as they reserve their usual seats in cafes (especially Binns). Most of the time I am too busy for it to be more than a passing irritation. Unfortunately, my rheumatoid arthritis flared up and made me a bit slower. God help anyone disabled but not fitting into the correct victim profile. You will be glared at, pushed out and in some cases told to move on.

Stop it OAPs. Get something worthwhile to do then you could see past your peer group and notice other people struggle at times. They aren’t all like that, some, like the rest of our world are lovely, but they won’t attack me for speaking up.

Jude Thompson, Roman Road, Bennetthorpe

Let’s have a traffic charge

I’M glad that you were able to print my letter (DFP January 19, 2012), and I look forward (as probably do you) to the avalanche of letters (and probably personal vilification) from Doncaster’s angry, and lazy, motorists.

There is not a transport problem in Doncaster; there is a car problem. And it is not likely to be solved by more and cheaper parking facilities. That will increase the problem, not ameliorate it.

And the equally idiotic notion of Mr Diary in the same edition, “Let’s get rid of the parking problem with a big idea” makes no contribution to a reasoned debate either.

Having stated that, in his view, “people will use their cars against all odds”, he then proposes to build a Donny Supertram. We don’t need trophy projects just because someone else has got one; we need a functioning transport service which all the people can afford to use which addresses our town’s needs.

The only way to get people out of their cars and onto buses (and trains) is by giving them an irresistible economic argument – when it is just so much cheaper and convenient to use the bus than to get the car out, then they can be persuaded to change.

The pensioners have already learnt that lesson, and are crowding onto free buses, leaving their cars in the garage.

But the critical process is to take the money from parking and use it to subsidise public transport. Mayor Ken did it in London, and Mayor Peter could do it here – bring on a congestion charge, I say.

Colin Jeynes, Axholme Road

Improving care is the answer

RE: Down’s Syndrome man neglected by Carers, Free Press, January 19.

Whatever happened to just ‘doing the right thing’ by instigating an inquiry and having the problems rectified?

Our family had a situation where our mother was in a care home for respite care.

Their duty of care was badly lacking - mum fell/was dropped and broke her hip but they didn’t seek medical attention.

It was only when she came home we discovered the injury which resulted in her having the hip joint removed, we’d even asked on our daily visits why mum was in so much pain.

We requested and got a full inquiry by the Safeguarding Adults team who did a very thorough job investigating the complaint.

As a result numerous faults were detected in the system and these were rectified, the home being monitored to ensure the systems were adhered to.

The problem shouldn’t arise again and future patients will receive a better quality of care.

Paying us compensation would not have achieved any better result - except provide some spending money and increase the home’s insurance premium.

Sandra Crabtree, Edenthorpe

Why were there hours of chaos?

Can anyone explain why a road traffic accident on or near St George’s Bridge in Doncaster in the early hours of January 18 resulted in interruptions to the bus service to the Vue several hours later? There was no bus at 10.20 to 10.40am so my mother who is 91, missed the senior screen film at 11am at the Vue. Then she waited for more than an hour for a bus back home to The Homestead in Bentley. In my opinion this was not well managed.

Joan Worthington, Churchfield Close, Bentley

Still no response from our MPs

YOU published correspondence from myself, where I criticised our three MPs regarding their lack of communication with the local population, regarding a possible referendum on the EU.

Strange to relate, there has been no response what so ever, to reject, deny or explain my criticism.

It is a waste of effort to open charity shops, pop into schools or other occasions of minor importance; they need to get out and about to community centres, Tara meetings and organise public meetings to meet constituents and listen to what they have to say and react to it.

At the same time as my correspondence there were several letters criticizing the appointment of Ms Miller as chief executive of Doncaster Council with a salary of £141,000 to £167,000, once again, silence.

She appeared on television on January 9 to say that she had had a pay cut of £15,000, in line with the proposed 40 per cent cut in pay for all council employees, does this mean £15,000 off £167,000, or £141,000 either way it is, in my opinion way too high, I would propose no officer receives more than £100,000 per annum and bonuses should become extinct.

I know for a fact that the MPs read the Free Press, no doubt along with council officials, but appear to comment on letters of praise only.

Mr William F Bensley, Travis Gardens, Hexthorpe

The argument isn’t black and white

M CUTHBERT (Freeviews, January 1) has presented his opinion on the structure of local government very forcibly. It is good that he can express his opinion to the widest possible audience.

For those people who have not considered how they would approach a referendum, his letter is flawed on more than one point.

The alternatives are not just black or white, it is an ethical question which has many related factors to take into consideration.

Why do we have an elected mayor? Who appointed him? Are the electors in Doncaster not to be trusted? Should those councillors elected under the mayoral system not have a responsibility to the electorate to work efficiently within the system to improve the administration rather than obstruct?

What benefits can the Labour group present to the electorate to demonstrate their stewardship of the administration, which are superior to the administration under the mayoral system? When there was on elected Labour Mayor, why did the Labour group withdraw their support?

It is fatuous to state that electoral propaganda is only what the candidate wants you to hear. Is this not the case for all political parties or are the Labour Party given special dispensation?

His last paragraph is the most telling ‘bring back democracy to the council chamber and out power back in the hands of your local councillors, who are your representatives in council’.

The emphasis is on putting power back into the hands of local councillors. Do they really represent us in council or is this self interest?

By all means have a referendum but put both sides to the vote, a reduced number of councillors and removal of an elected mayor.

The electorate will be happy with either solution, as apathy reigns supreme.

H W Marshall, Muirfield Avenue, Doncaster

Why spend cash on mayor vote?

COULD someone please explain the reason behind spending money we cannot afford on a referendum?

Why is it that the Labour group are so set on getting rid of the elected mayor, and if the majority of voters vote to keep the system are the Labour group now telling us that they will not be putting a candidate forward when the election comes?

It was the last Labour government that helped to put us in the mess the country is in with their spending sprees.

And who is it down to that council workers have lost their jobs or are having their terms and conditions eradicated? In my view it is the ruling Labour Group.

What about a referendum to get rid of a large number of the members because you are not doing any meaningful service in both the council or for the people of this town.

H Woodall, Pamela Drive, Warmsworth.