Letters July 31 2014

Doncaster Council have issued a warning over rogue waste carriers who are fly-tipping rubbish, rather than disposing of it properly.
Doncaster Council have issued a warning over rogue waste carriers who are fly-tipping rubbish, rather than disposing of it properly.

Free Press readers have their say

Our town is one of the dirtiest places so stop turning a blind eye to fly-tipping

Now that there are new penalties in place for the flytippers, what are the council going to do to bring the culprits to court, or will it be the same old thing of the council cleaning up the mess themselves and carrying on as normal?

I recently moved into this area from Balby of which I found to be one of the most filthiest places in Doncaster where rubbish is left on the street and back alleys for weeks.

No one from the environmental department cres a hoot, most of it is where private landlords get new tenants and just dump rubbish in the backs.

Sometimes they even get people to burn it on a regular basis and the police and fire brigade visit regularly.

Travelling into the town centre from the motorway roundabout at Warmsworth it is plain to see the filth, and the roundabout at the southern multi-storey car park - what a disgrace.

Do councillors travel to the council chamber that way or do they turn a blind eye?

The cuts the council are making is putting Doncaster on the map is one of the dirtiest places in the UK as well as a town that has no council libraries, no old persons homes and has no cleansing department. A two per cent tax rise? It should have been a 10 pr cent reduction.

Mr S Williams, The Broadway, Dunscroft

Thank you lifesavers

I want people to know how good our NHS is when you need them.

I went in recently to DRI for major surgery which all went well, then two days after my operation complications set in and I had a cardiac arrest which I knew nothing about as I just collapsed.

I was told afterwards how quickly all the doctors and nurses were there for me and saved my life, for which I will forever be grateful to them.

Also I would like recognition for all the staff involved with me from doctors, nurses and health assistants, they were all first-class. I’m talking of all the staff on ward 21 and then on the coronary care unit where I ended up until I was well enough to come home.

I received five-star treatment during my stay and without their skills and professionalism I wouldn’t be writing this letter today.

I would like to say a big thank you to all concerned from one very grateful ex-patient, also not forgetting my wonderful family and friends for all their support and get well wishes.

Sandra Werrett, Ambleside Crescent, Sprotbrough

What a load of twaddle

What is it about Doncaster Council that they have to pay thousands of pounds to a team of external experts to conduct a peer review to assess their progress since the corporate governance inspection in 2010?

A team spent 400 hours, or equivalent to one person spending three months there. Isn’t this akin to paying your mother to say you are wonderful?

They word it that Doncaster Council is now functioning well in a manner consistent with that to be expected in other local authorities. What a load of twaddle.

The council are spending our money on nonsense but at the same time want to evict the elderly from their care homes.

Doncaster’s chief executive says she ‘wants to empower residents to help themselves’. Read that as ‘she hasn’t a clue and doesn’t care anyway’.

My sympathies are with you council workers who have to listen to this drivel, take heart Caregate Action Group have not gone away.

Pauline Collins, Caregate Action Group, Sprotbrough,

Tax will just raise prices

More than 20 Town Councils have got their empty heads together and asked the Government permission to charge the big Supermarkets a local Tax in an effort to ensure Supermarket spending “re-circulates”, now is it just me or can other people see the flaw in this idea ?, The first thing the Supermarkets will do is to up the price of it’s goods, so who ends up paying, Yes that’s right “The Customers”, don’t forget

this is the idea of local councils, which raises the question if your Local Council is one of these, “are they really qualified enough to even run a tap, yet alone a council, and are these really the people you wish to look after your interests ?”

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster

Managing Council Budgets

It’s is bit rich of Stuart Exelby to write to the Doncaster Free Press about a Labour council’s ability to manage budgets and saying that councillors are only there for the money.

Is this the same Mr Exelby who, having been elected, with the help of many Labour party members then left the party to take position in Martin Winter’s cabinet.

Allan Hornsby, Balby

Remember our heroes

My father-in-law, Willis Burgin who ran a grocery business in Bentley New Village from 1929-1959 was awarded the Military Medal in 1918 for his bravery. He joined up in 1914, age 20, with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and soon became an NCO stationed in Belton Park near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

When the new Machine Gun Corps was formed he volunteered for it and was accepted as acting sergeant, he also trained as a physical training instructor doing the final course in Alderhsot, which included learning to ride a horse and gained his certificate and crossed swords, which he wore over his sergeants stripes.

In July 1918, he was sent to France, joined 50th Machine Gun Corps into the the trenches and no-mans land, he was wounded by shrapnel and sent back to England.

He wrote his life story in 1965 and this is where I have got all my information from. What a man.

His younger brother Sidney was a Commando in the Royal Navy but he was killed earlier in 1918 aged just 22.

They should be remembered.

Joyce Burgin, Sledmere Road, Scawsby

Flowers are too late

Wild flowers on White Rose Way are far too little far too late; I say this because in the mid 1980’s the Doncaster Free Press published an article suggesting that indigenous flowers and trees were to be planted along motorways etc.

The writer of the article got the idea based on the success Lady Bird Johnson had in having it done in memory of her deceased husband former US President Johnson.

Today, perhaps most people in America think of Lady Bird Johnson as the reason why they see wildflowers blooming along the nation’s highways and fewer junkyards and billboards. The Beautification Act of 1965 was one tangible result of Mrs Johnson’s campaign for national beautification. Known as “Lady Bird’s Bill” because of her active support, the legislation called for control of outdoor advertising, including removal of certain types of signs along the nation’s interstate system and the existing federal-aid primary system.

It also required certain junkyards along interstate or primary highways to be removed or screened and encouraged scenic enhancement and roadside development.

It is part of that legacy that today the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987.

It’s a shame that it’s taken Doncaster MBC so long to start planting indigenous plats to beatify our roads and highways; on second thoughts I’m not because it’s still controlled by a political party that has only ever managed to sink us deeper into its mismanagement mire.

Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley

Critics are incorrect

It was a wonderful sight to see the 42 nations of the Commonwealth coming together to showcase the best of their sporting talent.

The competition is serious, but friendly and in the spirit you would expect of a community of countries that has been through good times and bad together, and whose ties are unbreakable.

The fact that athletes have trained for years and travelled from all corners of the globe to compete shows that the countries treat this every bit as seriously as the Olympics.

Those critics who say no-one is interested in the Commonwealth anymore, or that it is outdated, have been proven wrong.

Amjad Bashir, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire