Letters: November 20, 2014

Jason Morris, of CCTV Revolution, Doncaster is donating security equipment to a 93 year old woman who was burgled in the middle of the night. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jason Morris, of CCTV Revolution, Doncaster is donating security equipment to a 93 year old woman who was burgled in the middle of the night. Picture: Andrew Roe

Free Press readers’ have their say

A heartfelt thank you to all of those who came to the help of my mother

I am writing on behalf of my mum and family to say a heart felt thank you to Jason Morris, PC Carl Glossop and Denaby residents who have shown wonderful support to my 93-year-old mum.

One can only imagine the fear felt by my mum trapped in her bed by two raiders who ransacked her bedroom in the middle of the night. A frail old lady confronted by two strangers who pillaged her home in search of a few pounds and her valued possessions. How proud they must feel to have pulled of the crime of the century. My family and I can only express deep loathing for these two.

However, the people of Denaby should not be tarred with the same brush!.I was uplifted by the neighbours who came to express their warm feelings for my mum and the shock that this could happen here.

The police and in particular PC Carl Glossop have made a frail, ill and anxious old lady feel more at ease by the sympathetic and supportive way they have dealt with the incident.

Her knight in shining armour has been Jason Morris, a Denaby resident and security specialist, who has now fitted security cameras to my mum’s bungalow. 
She now feels more secure and no longer has to go to bed fearful and spend the night sat up in bed listening for the slightest noise and can now sleep with some if not all the lights out.

It will take quite some time for my mum to get over this traumatic event but thanks to very dear friends, neighbours and well wishers my mum will find the strength to put it behind her.

Name and address supplied

Not about box ticking

It seems that DMBC is only concerned with ticking boxes than understanding a situation and applying common sense.

I should explain. My mother is 92-years-old and has applied for a blue badge from Doncaster MBC. She has a history of falling and has had a hip replacement in 2011 and then suffered a broken shoulder and cracked pelvic bone after another fall in December 2013. 
She also suffers from a prolapse of the womb. Thus she can only walk very short distances with the aid of a stick. All checkable by DMBC from the information she provided on the form.

But it seems that that, and her age, are not sufficient for DMBC to issue a blue badge. No, they sent her a letter insisting that she attend an independent medical assessment, (IMA), in the middle of Doncaster, (she lives in Woodlands). 
There was no indication of how they expect a 92-year-old to get there or what to do if she can’t. In the letter they also demand that she shouldn’t arrive more than 15 minutes before the appointment or 20 minutes after it; again with no consideration of how a lady of 92 could be expected to adhere to such tight timeframes on her own.

Worse still, her appointment as arranged for 4pm – so they expect a 92-year-old to make her way home in the dark? Really?

And the date of her appointment has been set over five weeks after she applied. That she needs it now seems unimportant, even after explaining to DMBC that her husband, aged 96, is seriously ill and his recovery is expected to be long term.

I have spoken to DMBC and explained all this, but they will not change their stance and either mum has to present further medical evidence ‘for consideration’ or attend an IMA. Presumably so they can tick the right boxes.

It’s a good job, for people who make such decisions, that my mum and dad weren’t concerned with ticking boxes when they both served their country in World War Two.

Peter Brooks, Besscarr

Attitude amazes me

I read in amazement the letter from UKIP town councillorllr Mr Glynn (Freeviews, November 13) about his attitude towards Caroline Flint MP and the illegal Iraq war.

I am pleased he calls into question the reason for the war and those who supported it, I am not quite sure how this sits with his immigration stance.

Do Baha Mousa’s family deserve to live here? Do the many other Iraqi civilians involved in the cases being investigated by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team deserve to live here? I would suggest, as Mr Glynn has, because we have destroyed this country, in my opinion, we owe it to those people most grievously affected to give them a home.

If he agrees can he ensure its included in the next UKIP conference? I can come along and show them what we’re responsible for if they like.

Paddy Cawkwell, West Street, Conisbrough

Let’s get on with the job

It is very good news that Doncaster finally seems to be getting the investment which should have happened years ago and now we are in line for the national high speed rail college, the FARRRS link road and development of the rail port, but I have an underlying worrying concern and wish to raise a note of caution.

We are starting from such a low base that even with all these new announcements we could still be playing catch-up. At the beginning of this year Doncaster featured in the bottom 10 at 58 out of 63 in a table of private and public sector job creation with 6,600 fewer jobs between 2010 and 2012. 
It shows the gap that needs to be caught up, even with all this proposed investment. That is why the promise of these new projects must come true and become a reality. The table of average earnings puts Doncaster at 57th with Doncaster workers receiving £416 a week compared to the national average of £502. Let’s hope all these promised jobs are well paid and give security of employment for years to come so people can plan for the future knowing they are safe to get a mortgage and can raise a family knowing the future is safer and bright.

Also at the start of the year Doncaster Council’s support for the borough’s 124 schools was damned as ineffective by the education watchdog. Doncaster was in the bottom fifth of local authorities across England in terms of exam results and among the poorest in Yorkshire regarding five or more A- C grades.

There is no denying our children are working very hard to pass their exams but maybe we should look at the quality of teaching. I have quoted these figures because I hope that now we are reaching the end of the year we can see a bright light on the horizon and next year it will be important to make progress on all these fronts.

Let’s not forget this next budget produced by the council will inflict millions of pounds of extra cuts to what we have already had to endure and we are now faced with the closure of old people’s homes, special education centres, children centres, day centres. Cuts will really bite this time.
Will this council just become an authority where the only guaranteed service might be to get your dustbin emptied every two weeks? I find it unbelievable that some councillors are voting to close down some of these services in their own wards because they are told to toe the party line and are controlled by the party whip.

I think a good way of cutting down on empty properties that have been derelict for many years would be to force their owners to pay double council tax or business rates to encourage them to bring them back into use or sell to someone who can. This would greatly benefit the high street and the outlying towns.

Doncaster is moving forward. Regeneration is in the pipeline. Better times appear to be ahead and let’s get on with the job to make things happen.

Coun Martin Williams, Kirton Lane, Thorne

Golden way to help pets

Many runners recently found out whether they have been lucky enough to secure a ballot place in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. 
If anyone was unsuccessful, but are still keen to participate and put their training to good use, pet charity PDSA has a limited number of guaranteed Golden Bond places available.

For anyone interested in running for PDSA, and helping our dedicated vets and nurses treat sick and injured pets, please go to pdsa.org.uk/vlm2015 or call 0800 508 8323 to find out more.

Runners completing the marathon for PDSA will be given fantastic support, including an after race reception in London, advice and guidance to help with their fundraising, and an amazing cheering squad to help them around the 26.2 mile course.

On behalf of poorly pets, thank you.

Brenda Smith, community fundraiser PDSA