Letters, September 25, 2014

Lewis Marshall from the Trinity Academy, Thorne with Civic Mayor Pat Haith.
Lewis Marshall from the Trinity Academy, Thorne with Civic Mayor Pat Haith.

Free Press readers have their say

Can hospital staff and visitors think about residents when they park up

Doncaster Royal infirmary staff and patients are parking in residential areas causing frustration for homeowners who live locally to the DRI.

The adjoining roads to the DRI including Axholme Road and Avenue Road are congested daily with cars, the majority being staff who leave their cars parked all day with no consideration for the residents who need to park their own cars.

The council provide a park-and-ride service for the hospital staff and patients, but some refuse to use this service choosing instead to inflict misery on the local residents, especially the elderly and disabled who need close access to their homes at all times.

Where are residents expected to park? We don’t all have drives. DRI staff and patients have a choice, we don’t. Please use the park-and-ride it’s a supervised service and it is free.

J Stappard, Axholme Road, Wheatley

Hope boat can survive

I have just read the article on the cafe boat on the canal near Kirk Bramwith (page 23 DFP September 18).

Our cycling group stopped off there a few months ago and I thought wow what a lovely place, I must bring visitors and the mum-in-law here.

We have just returned from North Shields where there is a licensed boat sited at the small marina, the locals and visitors love it.

I hope that the authorities can find a way to allow this little treasure to stay afloat.

Irene Lockwood, Tickhill

Not that much traffic

After reading your artical regarding the Coffee Boat (page 23 DFP September 18) I am at a loss to understand the reply from Doncaster Council’s spokesperson.

As a regular fisherman in this area I find on many occasions I am fishing alone or with only one or two others. The amount of traffic using this footpath is no greater than many other footpaths alongside a canal.

In fact the footpath from Barnby Dun to Kirk Sandall has much greater use. At what point does the number of visitors cause harm to the countryside? If 10 or more fishermen turned up at the same time would this cause harm.

Has this spokeperson visited the area I wonder?

Leslie Goodchild, Arksey

It’s time to change tack

I see UKIP are coming to our town for their summer conference.

The people of Doncaster will give them a right Yorkshire welcome, I am sure. They are visitors to our town, after all, and most welcome.

UKIP are on a high after their very successful local and European election results and, to add to their feel good factor, the defection of the Conservative MP Douglas Carswell.

So the delegates will be in high spirits when they arrive in Doncaster. Will they keep up the mantra of bashing the European Union and immigrants – ironic really after the closures of the mines left Doncasterand South Yorkshire on its knees economically speaking.

So who helped to regenerate the region? Not the Conservative government, after all not many Tory votes in this neck of the woods after the miners’ strike.

The white knight arrived in the shape of the European Union who designated South Yorkshire an Objective One area and pumped about two billion Euro into the local economy, grants for start up businesses, infrastructure projects like the interchange and so on.

I know UKIP will argue that we are only getting our money back, but the EU bypassed Westminster and made sure it went to the most deprived areas as South Yorkshire was at that time.

UKIP is now at a crossroads, the big one is fast approaching - the general election.

Putting the boot in to the EU and migrants will not cut it in a general election. The NHS, education, social services and so on are the real issues that affect lives. It’s time for UKIP to move on and come out with a coherent manifesto that will be good for the people of the UK.

Patrick Doyle, Branton

Thanks to all involved

Our thanks to all those involved with our recent young people’s award presentation at the Mansion House. 
Doncaster Freemen, Civic Mayor Pat Haith, Doncaster Free Press, photo montage feature, DMBC catering, Coun Yvonne Woodcock, Mansion House tour, Paul Marelli, Mansion House, Janet Bailey, Hayfield School, reprographics and the 35 young people receiving certificates.

The event was given financial support by Pegler Yorkshire, Polypipe and Doncaster Refurnish.

Helping out on the day were a number of Freeman: Jeanette Fish, Gordon Gallimore, Ven. Robert Fitzharris, Tommy Joyce and Tony Storey, plus Georgina Mullis and Jessica Credland.

Doncaster Freemen seek to be positive about Doncaster wherever there is an opportunity to do so. Other Freemen, not available to be present on the day are: Lesley Garrett, Roy Clarke, John Ellsi, Dennis Rollins, Rodney Bickerstaff, Sarah Stevenson and Roger Tuby.

Tony Storey, The Paddocks, Lound, Retford

A waste of our money

I recently spent three weeks in Tickhill Road Hospital after a bad fall. When I came home they gave me better walking frame, a high toilet seat and a friend lent me an NHS shower seat used by his late father.

I rang Medicare to return them and got an answer phone and was told to ring the number in Nottingham. I was told DMBC don’t want us to pick up any more equipment.

What have I to do with it I asked? The reply was give it to a charity or take it to the skip.

I was absolutely furious, what a waste of taxpayers’ money. How many more people are in this situation? Then they are closing old age pensioners council homes.

Mrs Windmill, Armthorpe

Just caring for profits

Your story last week said ‘Make most of Sexual Health services’.

How true is this headline in a different way. This service along with NHS health services and nutrition services will be put out to tender this year. This with other public health services will be taken out of the public sector to save £4.1m to be reinvested in other council activity in a wider determinants fund.

Doncaster Council (under mayor Davies’ leadership) ‘gave’ Care UK a contract after a £80,000 difference in tender with the local NHS foundation trust. Care UK then slashed the workers’ contracts of service after six months. The staff will be shortly commencing their 70th day of strike action.

Doncaster Council don’t have to put their £15m of public health services out to contract, in order that a private firm can win a contract and place inexperienced staff on minimum wage. Austerity is not about caring for Doncaster people but caring for profits.

Doug Wright, Chantry Close, Cantley

The Scottish have it good

The actions of the Government are unbelievable, not only do they keep bowing down to the demands of Europe, they now show how weak they are by offering to give the Scottish even more than the English.

They already have free university places for their students while the sStudents in England are being burdened with a huge debt for most of their lives after they finish university. The Welsh and Irish also have far less university fees to pay.

The English have to pay £8.05p, per item for their prescriptions while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland pay nothing for their prescriptions and the Scottish think they are unfairly treated. Just how do they think the English feel?

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster

I’m hoping I’m wrong

Congratulations to the National Union of Mineworkers for giving Hatfield pit a stay of execution by offering the management team a £4 million loan, securing around 500 jobs.

Question is why have consecutive British Governments failed to subsidised the coal industry of our country? It is a national disgrace that we are sat on around 400 years worth of coal yet we import coal from Russia, Poland and as far away as Colombia.

Drax power station is being turned into a ‘green’ power station to burn wood pellets which will be imported from Canada.

Ed Miliband, who’s constituency Hatfield Colliery belongs in, but Mr Miliband can Hatfield Colliery rely on yours and Caroline Flint’s future support?

We have been told the new link road from the colliery to junction 5 of the M18 is imminent, we have been told by our local Labour councillor’s that funding has been secured for this link road, yet they have failed to give a start date for the work to begin.

I wish Hatfield Colliery management team and its workers all the best and every success for the future. You can call me sceptical but I have little or no faith in my local ward councillors or MPs after years of broken promises time after time.

I hope they can prove me wrong and the colliery goes from strength to strength.

Coun Mick Glynn, Hatfield town councillor UKIP,

Doncaster Road, Hatfield

Don dots for a good cause

Can you imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t get lost in a good novel, or your children were unable to join in with their friends and classmates at school?

This is a reality for blind and partially sighted adults and children all over the UK because so few books are available in a range of accessible formats. That includes an estimated 156,000 people in the Yorkshire and Humber region who are living with sight loss.

That’s why I’m supporting RNIB Read and encouraging everyone to ‘wear dots and raise lots’ during October to support RNIB’s vital reading services.

This year the theme of RNIB Read is the braille system which uses a series of raised dots to enable blind people to read. It was developed almost 200 years ago by a young boy who lost his sight in an accident. Braille revolutionised communication for blind people and is still in use today.

RNIB’s national library, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, offers a choice of fiction and non-fiction titles in braille, audio and giant print for people of all ages with sight loss.

It can cost more than £4,000 to make a single title available in fully accessible formats but it’s easy to support this really important service by wearing dots during the month of October. Why not get your colleagues, friends and classmates involved and have fun with dots whilst supporting this fantastic cause?

To register to take part or to find out more, call 0845 345 0054 or visit www.readforrnib.org.uk

Arlene Phillips, RNIB supporter

Help spread the message

Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diseases like cancer is a key part of modern-day healthcare.

It’s an important way of getting people involved in managing their own health, so they know what to look for and are quickly able to alert their GP to any variations that might indicate a problem.

Having a basic knowledge of simple to remember health catchphrases, such as, ‘Had a cough that lasts for more than three weeks?’ or ‘Blood in your poo?’, can help GPs like me make a real difference in improving the health of Doncastrians.

It’s something I want to really take hold so people can recognise changes to their body, or lifestyle, and make a quick link to the health messages they are hopefully seeing and hearing as they go about life.

We all have a part to play in spreading the messages and keeping an eye on each other. Effective awareness-raising leads to early diagnosis and faster access to potentially curative treatment that could be the difference between life and death.

And it’s not just physical changes we all need to watch out for. Mental health is equally important, which is why I’m delighted to mention the ongoing success of another awareness-raising campaign.

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group and other organisations are working hard to make the borough a Dementia Friendly Community. Raising awareness of dementia is crucial to making that happen. Earlier this year we collectively set ourselves a target of 3,000 new Dementia Friends in Doncaster by the end of 2014. The target has now been met, more than three months early, which is a tremendous achievement.

It’s the small things that count. Being aware of how you can help someone with dementia, such as if they need a bit of assistance with everyday tasks that we all take for granted, can make a real difference and show what a caring community we are. Find out more at www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Dr Nick Tupper, Chairman of DCGC