Letters, September 11, 2014

Richard Bell from the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery with the grave of Corporal T. W. Booth at Hyde Park Cemetery in Doncaster.

Richard Bell from the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery with the grave of Corporal T. W. Booth at Hyde Park Cemetery in Doncaster.

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Thank you to all the generous folk who helped pay for cancer nurses

On behalf of the North Doncaster Marie Curie volunteering group, we would very much like to thank all the generous people for supporting us in our first year of fundraising. Overall in the past year, we have managed to raise over £7,000.
That amount of money will pay for over 366 hours of nursing care by Marie Curie nurses.

This will enable very ill people to stay in their home with friends and family during their final days.

We would very much like to thank all the people who supported the charity and attended these events. Skellow Hall gala, Woodlands Gala, Markham Christmas fairs, Askern Gala, Lord Hirst’s Blooming Tea Party and the Redmond Centre.

Many thanks are due to all the supermarkets who allowed us to collect on behalf of Marie Curie and to Asda, Carcroft; Co-op Askern; Morrisons, York Road; Owston Park Primary School for its Christmas carol singing and choir, and bag packers at Asda, and for donating into the boxes at various shops and offices.

Jan Spooner and Judy Bowers, Marie Curie North Doncaster Volunteering group

Listen to the electorate

When will Rotherham and Doncaster councils start listening? What’s happened to the young, vulnerable children in Rotherham could have been halted in its tracks if the Labour led council had taken heed of the concerns of others. 
Now we have Doncaster Council ignoring the pleas of 27,600 petitioners on their decision to close the seven remaining council-run care homes and SECs, and adopting a dictatorial stance.

As a members of Doncaster CareGate Action Group I recently attended acouncil call-in meeting to discuss care home closures and was appalled by how the chairperson belittled the non-Labour councillors and treated them like children; the opposition were totally railroaded and shown no respect whatsoever. 
More importantly, vital items were removed from the agenda. This resulted in no witnesses being called, council members not given the opportunity to speak, no public input allowed and then no other responses were permitted. I have never witnessed bully-boy tactics like this before or attended such an undemocratic meeting in my life.

I am not politically motivated but I have totally lost confidence in this cowboy Labour council because they are simply not up to the task.

Surely the people of Doncaster deserve better than this. If the by-election in Edenthorpe/Kirk Sandal/Barnby Dun is anything to go by it could well be time in the May elections to get rid of the Labour stranglehold on our council.

John Howard, Nutwell Close, Bessacarr

Thanks to friends

Thanks to Doncaster Free Press’ recent search of the Hyde Park Cemetery and finding the broken headstone of my Great Uncle Corporal Tommy Booth, we would like to thank the Friends of Hyde Park for arranging the War Graves Commission to replace it in it’s rightful state and position.

Tommy was one of my three Great Uncles who served in the KOYLI Regiment in the Great War and gave their lives for others. We first became aware of this on finding the superbly hand-written journals by my late father Harold Booth.

As a result of adapting the journals in 1998 in a book entitled Messenger to Manager, now out of print, we were able to donate £3,000 towards the local schooling of children with learning difficulties.

Margaret Wood (nee Booth) and Donald Wood, Gleneagles Drive, Bessacarr

Take action on dumping

I can’t help but complain to the mayor Ros Jones about the lack of service the people of Bentley continuously have to suffer.

Yet again the people of Swan Street, Huntington Street and Denby Street are having to suffer localised flytipping.

If our councillors did the job they were elected to do it might make a difference, but we never see them and all too often they are very-very hard to contact.

If Labour Party controlled Doncaster MBC can’t provide the people of Bentley let alone Doncaster as a whole with decent services it’s time for change.

We need councillors who work for their constituents not their political party; our parents and fore-fathers didn’t vote for the dictatorial political parties we are suffering under today. Too many of whom don’t know what the word work means.

Fortunately Doncaster has two councillors that work for their electorate not their political party; we need more councillors like that.

Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley

Taste of its own tactic

For years Labour have shut down any political debate about how the NHS can be improved in the UK by shrieking “privatisation”, rather like everyone who wanted to talk about controlling immigration being labelled a racist.

Now not only is the NHS in an appalling state but the Scottish Nationalists and the far left, like the Socialist Workers Party, have turned their own tactic against Labour in Scotland and, in consequence, they are winning over Labour supporters. 
Clearly the fact that the Scottish Parliament already has full control of the NHS in Scotland and, under the SNP, have been busily privatising bits of it, really shouldn’t get in the way of a large and extremely useful claim.

If the result of a vote in favour of Scottish independence wasn’t going to be so damaging for all concerned this might well be regarded as funny.

Mick Andrews, UKIP, Thorne Road, Doncaster

Another big MP pay rise

In the news this week, Marcial Boo the chief exec of IPSO (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) said “MPs do a very important job and should not be paid a miserly amount”. 
So it appears the £67,000 MPs are getting at the moment (excluding expenses), must be a miserly amount to Mr Boo. 
So next year they are getting a nine per cent pay rise, bringing their pay up to £74,000 a year. This £7,000 rise equates to approximately £140 per week. This is at a time when everyone else in the country has had their wages frozen or had to take a rise of a couple of pounds a month and basic state pension rate £113.10 a week for a single person. 
Is there anyone out there, other than the MPs, who thinks these people are overpaid as it is, without giving them a pay rise?

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster

Greed got in the way

We were regular visitors to Cusworth Festival which was enjoyed by lots of local people.
It was a great disappointment to hear that it was cancelled due to a lack of interest. The reason for this was because the entrance fee was higher and food and alcohol was not allowed to be taken in.
This would have made it a very expensive day out which most families cannot afford. Please don’t let greed spoil something which people have enjoyed for years.

Mrs Robinson, Aintree Close, Cusworth

Return of documents

I am asking for help in contacting the gentlemen who ere in the Doncaster Interchange on April 26 in charge of a stand for the Royal Navy and Marines.
I gave them my father’s details of his time serving in the 1914-18 war in the Hood Battalion.
I gave them my details and they think they must have mislaid them as they haven’t been in contact with me.
I have now found out that he won his military medal for and would like the documents back.
I thank them for their time and will reimburse them for any costs involved.

Mrs P Moses, Orange Lane, Burghwallis

Take action on dumping

I can’t help but complain to the mayor Ros Jones about the lack of service the people of Bentley continuously have to suffer.

Yet again the people of Swan Street, Huntington Street and Denby Street are having to suffer localised fly tipping.

If our councillors did the job they were elected to do it might make a difference but we never see them and all too often they are very-very hard to contact.

If Labour Party controlled Doncaster MBC can’t provide the people of Bentley let alone Doncaster as a whole with decent services it’s time for change.

We need councillors who work for their constituents not their political party; our parents and fore-fathers didn’t vote for the dictatorial political parties we are suffering under today; too many of whom don’t know what the word WORK means.

Fortunately Doncaster has two councillors that work for their electorate not their political party; we need more councillors like that.

Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley

We need straight talk

At huge personal cost to at least 1,400 vulnerable youngsters, the Rotherham scandal has shown us that the time for political correctness is over.

The time has come for some straight talking about how individuals and organisations allowed this widespread sickening abuse to continue, mostly because they were afraid of the politically correct brigade branding them as racists.

We should bring some of this straight talking to bear in Doncaster, where the long term, law-abiding residents of Hexthorpe are under siege. They are facing a massive negative impact on there quality of life.

Residents are scared to go out, never mind let their children out to play. This is part of the price that residents are paying for the uncontrolled mass migration to the UK of, mainly unskilled, workers from much poorer EU countries.

Many EU immigrants are prepared to live in low cost, poor quality, over crowded housing, work for minimum wages or less and contribute to the overwhelming of local health and social services. Villages like Hexthorpe are being overrun up and down the country, and they are given no say about it.

I do not for one second blame the individuals and families that are migrating en masse to the UK. They are trying to better themselves and find a better life for their families. The blame lies with successive governments which have allowed it to happen, A large amount of what has gone wrong was on Labour’s watch.

Our local MP’s make much of the historic ties Labour has with Doncaster’s traditional mining communities, and it is true that the Labour movement stood up for the working class, like the miners, 40 years ago when no one else would.

The Labour elite are not doing that now.

Perhaps they just don’t see the NHS buckling from the additional strain of mass immigration, or they’ve never struggled to get a job in competition with immigrants so desperate for work they will accept appalling wages and even worse living conditions.

They either don’t see what massive detrimental impact immigration is having on the working class, or they haven’t got the courage to stand up against it.

I believe that, given a choice, very few local people would choose to live in Hexthorpe right now, if it means living next to a house crammed with non-English speaking immigrants. Let the PC brigade chew on that, because its the truth.

Ryan Morling, Danesway, Scawthorpe

We get the short straw

A few years ago there had been herbs and salad plants in it with a sign welcoming Arksey people to pick, wash and try. However, it has looked as dead as a doornail for at least two years now. The other planters that are only within a three and five mile radius from Arksey look fabulous. There are two on Doncaster Road, Kirk Sandall, and the tub is in Barnby Dun.

Had the council run out of money like they usually do before anything can be done in the north of Doncaster? I know Bentley Park and the pavilion are having a makeover but that is lottery funded.

It is a well known fact that Arksey always gets the short straw when DMBC are concerned.

Yet way back in 1975 on November 7, in the Evening Post it was written that the mediaeval village of Arksey was once described as a green oasis in the midst of industrial squalor.

Not any more with a tatty planter, of which if any Arksey group of residents wanted to clear it up, they are not allowed. It cannot be touched without planning permission. Yes it’s true, please don’t choke.

The tatty shop signs along with it, don’t make it easy on the eye either. They take up half the pavement and cause an even more of an obstruction when blown over. It would look better and cleaner if they were all removed. That area is supposed to be a conservation area would you believe?

Mrs KE Betts, Station Road, Arksey