Letters, July 14, 2011

I would like to make a comment about the Skate Jam that took place at Sprotbrough on the July 3.

Firstly, as a parent of a boy aged 12 who uses the skate park regularly, I would like to thank Steve Gratton and AREA 51 for organising such a perfect day, my husband and I attended the event with our son.

Secondly I would like to say that often, young people are portrayed as having a negative image. However, this event demonstrated that we have some very talented, well behaved and interesting young people in and around Doncaster. I was amazed at some of the stunts performed on the day. These must have taken a great deal of effort, commitment and practice to achieve.

My son attends the skate park nearly every day and enjoys this facility and has made many friends from different backgrounds, various locations and ages. As a parent of a boy who will soon be a teenager I am so pleased that this facility is there and I would rather he be down there getting lots of exercise, making new friends and learning new stunts every day that hanging around on street corners which most of us would rather not see. This park and the kids that use it would benefit greatly from the extension due to the fact that the facility is becoming more and more popular and I am extremely disappointed that the Parish Council of Sprotbrough have not agreed to the extension, when Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council have.

The Skatepark enables members of AREA 51 to be involved in positive activities, engage with various peer groups and help those who attend remove themselves from anti social behaviour. As well as using this fantastic facility, skateboarders, BMX’ers, scooters, roller bladers, are also able to access various trips organised by the AREA 51 Committee (in their spare time). Members have recently been to Corby Indoor Skatepark and also been invited to Scarborough Skatepark in August. Once more, this demonstrates how enthusiastic and passionate the AREA 51 committee and members are about their sport.

I can only hope that some of the Parish Council members attended the event to see what our youngsters are achieving from having such an amazing facility like this and I would like to conclude my letter by saying that attending the event on the day may me feel very proud of living in Sprotbrough and very pleased that we have a team like AREA 51 that care enough to put on an amazing stunt-tastic day.

Mrs Lavinia Dowson, Sprotbrough

Thanks for your support

Doncaster Cats Protection Garden Party, Saturday June 25th 2011.

We would like to give a huge and sincere Thank You to the organisers and volunteers of the Doncaster Cats Protection Annual Garden Party which was help recently, and to those supporters who attended and made it an enjoyable day. It was successful and the weather remained good despite rain in the morning.

A lot of fun was had by all those who attended and some sorely needed funds were raised, all of which go to caring for the abandoned cats of Doncaster.

Due perhaps to the recession, the need for these cats far outweighs what we are able to provide and at times we are unable to help cat. However, the monies raised at our Garden Party will be used in full for those cats who we are able to help.

Again our thank you to the Organisers and all the volunteers, who worked so very hard ,and those who came to support us.

Pieter Wing and Chris Peirce, Maltby

Don’t be fooled

I hope no one is being fooled by the News of the World closure, it will make no difference at all to the Murdoch empire, it is just a minor inconvenience to reset the header type to read, Sunday Sun instead of News of the World and then its business as usual, they can even use the workforce that is in place, it won’t be a closure of business it will simply be a name change.

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Fishlake

Congratulations Mayor Davies

Congratulations to Doncaster’s elected Mayor Peter Davies, for his cull on council fat cats, DFP July 7, makes your eyes water to see the salaries that these offices have had handed to them by the ruling Labour pay master’s, let’s not forget Labour councillors were paying these offices, what can only be described as a ‘Lotto’ win, for being in charge of the fourth worst performing council in the whole country, you have made a start Mr Davies, but may I suggest a much bigger knife and a much deeper cut, then start on the councillors that have allowed council tax payers money to be squandered in such a frivolous manner, it is nothing short of criminal, I think the voting public of Doncaster need to look who they are electing in future, get behind the mayor, help him to help you,

Mick Glynn, Hatfield Town Councillor, Doncaster Road, Hatfield.

166 new homes

Although I can quite understand the objections of ward councillor Bill Mordue, to the building of 166 new homes on the industrial site off Watch House Lane, Bentley; it was the Labour deputy leader of the last Government that promoted “infilling” rather than building on green belt land. Although in general, I didn’t agree with much that Lord Prescott had to say, this must be a sensible policy.

The real problem in this country is over-population. We now exceed 62 million, the most populated country per square mile in Europe, demographic experts expect a rise to 70 million in the next 20 years. We are as drowned puppies in a sack. The last Government encouraged immigration, the current one is miserably failing to control it, The correct population for this country should be around 40 million. By passively allowing this economic invasion, we have torn asunder all the hard work of our forefathers who worked so very hard to make this country great; we have betrayed them, and in doing so, we are leaving a legacy of overcrowding and unemployment to future generations.

Peter H. Smith, Poplar Terrace, Bentley

Petition for


My husband and I read with great interest and admiration John Brennan’s letter in Free Press Freeviews, June 30.

Instead of sitting moaning about the state of Britain and the terrible effect being in Europe is having on our country, he is standing up and being counted.

My husband decided to go to the market and join a small band of people with the ‘petition for a referendum’ last Saturday.

He said people had made their way to the town just to sign the petition. In a very quick time all the sheets were filled. Some asked for one to take away so they could do their bit.

J Hunt, Rose Hill Rise, Bessacarr

Your park needs you

Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Are you out of work and looking for something to add value to your time and CV? Then the Friends of Sandall Park would love to help you out. Take a look at our website and see some of the things you could get involved in and give something back to your community. No obligation, come along to a meeting and see what we can offer you.

Sandra Crabtree, Chairman Friends of Sandall Park, www.sandallpark.org.uk


traffic lights in


The lights out of Laurel Terrace have been out of synchronisation with the lights at Oswin Avenue for a very long time and I try to avoid using this way into town if possible. And when the work being carried out is completed we will still have the same problems.

The lights at Sandford Road that give access to High Road and Balby Road and together with the introduction of the new pedestrian crossing that has replaced the subway cause a similar problem. The lights turn to green allowing access off Sandford Road and if a pedestrian has pressed the button to actuate the Pelican crossing this then puts the lights to red thus causing traffic to come to a stand across both carriageways, surely with today’s technology when lights go to green allowing traffic off Sandford Road then even if the button on the crossing has been actuated it will not allow pedestrians to use it until the traffic lights out of Sandford Road have gone back to red this will allow the Junction to clear. I appreciate the abolition of the subway was long overdue due to some of the characters that used to loiter around it.

Mr B Mitchell, a very frustrated motorist, Melford Balby.

Daffodil Schools Challenge

Marie Curie Cancer Care is calling for all secondary schools in Doncaster to sign up to the Daffodil Schools Challenge by August 31, 2011.

The Daffodil Schools Challenge tasks pupils aged 11 to 16 with planning and creating a visual display based on the charity’s daffodil emblem either at school or elsewhere in the community. Pupils are also tasked to come up with ideas of ways to fund raise for Marie Curie Cancer Care; and at the end of the academic year each school is awarded for their efforts.

When teachers register for the activity, they receive a pack containing lesson plans for Key Stages 3 and 4 or equivalent in subjects such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education and English, as well as activity sheets.

Money raised will help Marie Curie nurses provide more free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes or in one of the charity’s hospices.

To find out more please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodilchallenge or call 08700 340 040.

Katie Grinter, Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care South Yorkshire

Animal aid

Animal Aid has launched a new high-profile campaign, aimed at persuading medical research charities to stop funding animal experiments.

Our report, Victims of Charity, describes how charity-funded medical researchers have deliberately damaged monkeys’ brains with toxic chemicals, systematically destroyed dogs’ hearts, tormented mice in water mazes and injected them with cancerous tissue.

Our investigators – led by a medical doctor and a veterinary surgeon – concluded that years of animal-based research into cancer, dementia, heart disease and Parkinson’s has not only caused immense animal suffering but has also been a wasteful and futile quest that has failed to advance the cause of human medicine.

Therefore, Animal Aid is urging people to donate only to the many medical charities that confine themselves to funding non-animal methods such as the use of donated human tissue, microdosing, computer modelling, imaging technologies, clinical observation, autopsy studies and epidemiology. A list of charities which do and don’t fund animal experiments is available from Animal Aid or at www.animalaid.org.uk. Please also ask for our campaign postcards addressed to four major charities that still fund animal research.

Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, Tonbridge