Letters October 13

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I DROVE down East laith Gate last Sunday just in time for the bingo to come out, what I saw was stupid near the traffic lights.

It was a good long queue of taxis parked on double yellow lines and half on the road and on the pavement, more than likely breaking the flag stones.

With a two lane road at the lights just darn stupid.

Do the traffic wardens turn a blind eye to that sort of parking or don’t they work on a Sunday?

I read in the Doncaster Free Press (September 15, p2) about a newsagent saying parking fines had risen 30 per cent saying over zealous traffic wardens were to blame.

Elected Mayor Peter Davies defended the increase and said the authority needed to maintain clear roads, well East Laith Gate was not a clear road.

If the warden was there they would have had a field day and their takings up by 60 per cent.

Les Parsons, Linden Walk, Toll Bar

Vulnerable are fines victims

I AM writing in regards to Mayor Davies’ comments (DFP, September 14) over the issue of parking tickets.

He says they have got to keep roads clear but could I ask where has he been for the last nine months as the roadworks are everywhere?

This is not as the mayor says but it is the case the council is raking in extra money due to cuts from this Government, the proof being there with an increase from 14,000 to 19,000 tickets being issues, which is extra 5,000.

I’m not just blaming this Government as the cuts was happening under the Labour government.

And you read how many people this council are fining for dropping litter, but again who are they targeting?

People who they know they can get money off, ie, mothers with kids in pushchairs.

Why are they not out there on Friday and Saturday night when people are throwing away wrappings from kebab and other takeaways in the street?

They are only finding people who are vulnerable and who will pay up.

Mr W Allen, Scarth Avenue, Balby

Area is cleared up at last

SMALL improvements go a long way into making our community better and this week is no exception.

Upgraded street lighting columns are being installed on Wiltshire Avenue, Denaby Main, and a large area of fly-tipped rubbish near to Denaby Main Cemetery has been removed.

The area of rubbish is something that has been of concern for a number of years in the community.

I’ve had meetings about it with former council cabinet members to try resolve the issues and thankfully, through hard work and determination of the Neighbourhood Team and our three Labour councillors we can now say, this area looks and feels a lot better.

Top marks to all involved.

P J Cawkwell, Eagle Court, West Street, Conisbrough

Football is a funny world

JOHN Ryan appears to be carrying on the tradition recently established by the chairmen of football league clubs.

The chairman announces to the world that his beleaguered manager has his undying support and complete confidence. At that point, if I were the manager concerned, I would begin clearing my desk knowing the axe is on its way down.

A K Norton, Cherry Tree Drive, Dunscroft

We still have slaves today

OVER two centuries ago the British public stood together to help end the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Despite this historic victory, slavery persisted and continues to ravage the lives of an estimated 12.3m people across the world, including here in Britain.

Tuesday, October 18, is Anti-Slavery Day and its purpose is to raise awareness of the thousands of people forced to work without pay by criminal gangs and unscrupulous bosses across the UK.

This includes people in forced labour in factories, restaurants and on building sites as well as domestic workers trapped in private homes, women trafficked into prostitution and children forced to beg, steal or work against their will as ‘gardeners’ in cannabis farms.

Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human rights organisation, hopes this day will act as a catalyst to galvanise the public to once again take a stand against slavery and to help us finally stamp out this horrendous crime.

To find out how we can all defeat this problem once and for all or to make a donation to help Anti-Slavery International with its work please visit www.antislavery.org.

Dame Judi Dench, Anti-Slavery International Patron

The local staff get it right

YOU may recall my writing last month regarding dog waste and other detritus strewn down the path of a local lane.

Since that time I have been in touch with the local representatives of the council Karen McDonald and Chris Hill area officers.

They have shown knowledge and understanding about Edenthorpe. They also go into the local schools to educate children about using bins or taking litter home with them.

On October 15 they are running a ‘Tidy Doncaster’ campaign with the title ‘Love your neighbourhood’.

Further, they have walked with me along the route described in my letter.

I think the council should be congratulated when they get things right both in service and in their choice of employees.

Patricia Cooney, Ridgewood Avenue, Edenthorpe

Where are the services?

THE letter from Mr McMinn (Freeviews, October 6) was to the point and stated just what many of the residents in this area of Balby believe, that is, the neighbourhood services throughout the entire borough are and have been for a few months in a state of extinction.

The cabinet person, Coun Ransome, seems to me and many others that she can, talk the talk and walk the walk but with no positive outcomes. She reports that from now every week she will give a report in your paper regarding the portfolio that she is in charge of, could I suggest that the first one should be to give the public the correct number of Neighbourhood/Safety Wardens that are based in all areas.

It is not long since that the number stated by the council was in the high eighties, and please do not count what must be a joke to most Doncaster people, and I not want to be offensive, but, the Doncaster Ambassadors, just what is their role in the council?

Litter, graffiti and dog muck is never going to be erased if there is no-one in the neighbourhoods to police it, and locals will not report anyone guilty of these acts to the 736000 telephone number for fear of reprisals.

When the wardens were out and about we did have someone to confide in.

May I say to the mayor, there is more to Doncaster than the market area and stall holders which seem to be where most time and effort is put in, regardless of the expense.

L Newton, Victoria Road, Balby

Not the place for a supermarket

WITH reference to the recent article in the DFP concerning a proposed supermarket on the corner of Mere Lane, I was one of the many people who wrote letters objecting to this development.

My main concerns were centred on safety. This is a busy crossroads particularly at the start and end of the school day.

There are vehicles parked all along the sides of the roads and this, together with the high volume of traffic, often travelling too fast, going to and from the three schools in the immediate vicinity, makes this an extremely dangerous crossroads and I personally have witnesses ‘near misses’ on a daily basis.

To grant planning permission for a supermarket on this busy corner beggars belief and I can only assume that any site inspection must have been carried out during the school holidays.

I would like to invite the planners to visit the site between 8am - 9.15am or between 2.45-3.45pm during the school term to see the problems for themselves.

I am particularly concerned that cars using the supermarket will have to cross the pavements close to the corner and probably have to reverse back onto the road as they leave.

I fear that small children and pushchairs will not be visible to the drivers and the volume of parked cars will make entering and leaving the supermarket parking spaces a nightmare.

I find it hard to envisage a worse place to site a supermarket.

S E Hodgkiss, Briar Road, Armthorpe

Why not open this rail line?

RE the mayor’s column (DFP, September 29) ‘improving our contact with the surrounding areas’.

While not completely agreeing with him that Doncaster has little in common with the rest of South Yorkshire, I do agree that we do have a lot in common with the other surrounding areas

Can I suggest that one way to improve our links with the East Midlands is that he look at the Robin Hood Railway Line which starts in Nottingham and for political reasons comes to a dead end at Worksop.

It would make a great deal of sense to continue it to Doncaster as the rail lines already exist and the links would be greatly increased for both Nottinghamshire and Doncaster travellers

If the Robin Hood line was extended through Tickhill and Rossington we could use this line as a park and ride scheme and take the pressure of our roads.

Also if we ever get a link to Doncaster Airport this would increase the use of our airport by the people of Nottinghamshire. Why this is taking so long when the line already exists is again another mystery.

Phil Stafford, Well Lane, Wadworth

Not so sensible time of day

THE clocks go back on the last weekend of October to GMT, Greenwich Meaningless Time. Yes, GMT is meaningless.

Why don’t we keep BST British Sensible Time all the time?

Dick Appleyard, Lingfield Close, Saxilby, Lincolnshire