Letters, Friday, April 26, 2013

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Dangerous way to cross the road

I WOULD like to express my concern (having worked with children for over 20 years) at what I saw at around 11am on April 23, while travelling down Durham Road towards the town, near the North Moor roundabout.

 A group of three adults and about 12 children, aged under four, the adults pushing pushchairs, nearly got themselves killed crossing the road.

 I don’t know if they were from a local nursery, but it seems likely with so many children of similar age. Rather than go to where there was a proper, safe crossing place with lights, they walked across Durham Road dual carriageway, just below the roundabout, causing a number of cars, including mine, to screech to a halt, while they very slowly crossed. Cars swinging round the roundabout had very little time to react and the ratio of adults to children seemed far from ideal, especially considering that the adults were preoccupied trying to drag pushchairs across the central reservation.

 Fortunately, a van driver stopped, blocking the traffic, to let them across.

 It was dangerous and reckless in my professional opinion – putting small children at risk to save a few minutes of walking.

 All I can say is that, if it were my children in their care, I would have something to say about it.

M Crosby,

East Herrington

Pandering to elite

AS a practicising Anglican I feel the need to express some thoughts after the eulogy given by the Bishop of London at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

 The death of Thatcher has rekindled so many memories of my adolescent years in the North East.

 Firstly, as a student working alongside wives of the striking miners. Secondly, I recall those words used by Bishop David Jenkins when he mentioned “the elderly imported American” during his Enthronement at Durham Cathedral. He was, of course, referring to Mr Ian MacGregor who was parachuted into the UK with the purpose of “smashing” the miners’ unions.

 I also recall the demonstration of the Sunderland Conservative Students’ Society outside Sunderland Minster during October 1984 as I led a meeting of the Student Christian Movement. Their placards were aimed at Bishop Jenkins who was addressing a large gathering of students. They told him to “stick his politics up his cassock”. Yet today those who demonstrate against Thatcherism and injustice are vilified by sections of the press.

 I was in the North East on the day of Thatcher’s death. National news coverage seemed to focus on her legacy, whereas regional news spoke of the reality.

 During the last year I have visited several ex-mining communities, including Ashington and Easington. These mining communities have never recovered. These people find it hard to forgive and forget the brutality of her policies.

 I too found it hard to listen and comprehend the eulogy delivered by Bishop Chartres at St Paul’s. I have always respected the integrity of senior clerics. My opinion and respect has been shattered.

 My faith is about building a just and fair society. Unfortunately, I have witnessed the Established Church pandering to the elite, notably the Etonians who make up our Coalition government.

 I am very disappointed with the words of a senior cleric. Shame on you Bishop Chartres. Come north lad and see the reality of the Conservative policies.

 “Blessed are the poor they shall inherit the earth”.

Peter Bull

Race badly planned

ONCE again Sunderland Council and the marathon organisers have paralysed the city through bad planning.

 The organisers, headed by Steve Cram, had arranged a post race meeting after last year’s half marathon race to deal with the problems but never invited the complainants. This shows the contempt that both they and the council have for Sunderland’s residents.

 Great areas of Sunderland will be affected even more so this year with many of the closures lasting up to eight hours. We can get 50,000 people into the Stadium of Light for a match without road closures but we paralyse the city for this race.

 People with disabilities, housebound who need carers to attend, those who need to go to work are once again being ignored.

 Looking at where I live, it’s impossible to get out of the area, even using minor roads, and as someone who is on emergency call out for my work, I will not be able to go.

 I am proud of my city but when I see the council bully its residents like I am not proud of the management of it.

 The organisers are not fit to do the job. Once again there has been absolutely no consultation and no warning letters. This is despite a letter online (if you look for it), which I understand should have been sent to all the residents that will be affected.

 I have always been a sport enthusiast and do running myself. I welcome the race but not when so many are penalised as a result of bad planning. Surely, there must be an alternative to what is being thrust upon us?

 Who will reimburse businesses for their losses due to road closures.

J Malloy,

Mere Knolls Road

I will be a candidate

I WOULD like to let the people of Deneside, Eastlea and Westlea know that I will be a candidate in the forthcoming County Council elections.

 Ill health and a lack of funds prevents me from publishing and delivering a manifesto but I have stood many times before and my unswerving support for people is a matter of record.

Steve Colborn,

Seaham

Information on Scholz

I HAVE information relating to Mr I Morgan’s request to find out about family members named Scholz in and around the Sunderland area.

 I have information about Gus Scholz, who was my grandfather, and I have a family tree which may interest you.

 Contact me on my email address: blakeclare@aol.com.

Clare Blake