Letters, Friday, November 16, 2012

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Pavements are for pedestrians only

I READ with interest Monica Turnbull’s report about the street dangers for blind people ( November 10).

 I can sympathise with Guide Dog UK worker Linda Oliver, and all other visually impaired people, because it is bad enough for those with sight these days.

 Take for example Cleveland Road. Outside the cafe is an A-board which covers half the width of the pavement. This means that people have to queue up to pass.

 It is even worse when prams and pushchairs have to pass and it could cause an accident as these boards are prone to do.

 If you phone the Highways Department the board might disappear for an hour or two but it is back the next day. These nuisance boards should be banned permanently or the owners fined.

 Then you have the cars parking on the pavements (even close to the aforementioned board) which means there is an even narrower space for the pedestrians to use.

 Cars are even parked at the bus stop so there is nowhere for the bus to go.

 I recently reported the dangerous broken pavement slab which rocked outside the cafe. Weeks after it was promptly replaced it was again broken by cars.

 I also mentioned about 13 other broken ones on the same block and that it would be better and cheaper to replace it with concrete but I was told that there was no money left so they are still lying there broken and parked on every day.

 At the side of the pharmacy, the cars aren’t just vandalising the pavement, but they are parked on double yellow lines. These motorists should be fined and their fines should be used to repair the pavements.

 You even get them parking on the junction and beyond. Spar is particularly bad.

 How are blind people and their guide dogs expected to manage in this city when it is bad enough for the rest of us?

 A lot of motorists are inconsiderate, selfish, uncaring people who should be taught that pavements are for pedestrians.

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It’s panto time

IT’S good to see the Empire putting on a pantomime over the festive season.

 Christmas isn’t the same without a traditional panto.

 The last panto I remember seeing was something called Romeo and Juliet.

 I went as part of a school trip. Our headmistress, Mrs Gradgrind told my class it was written by some old hack who had been pushing up the daisies for centuries.

 My recollections are a bit confused now, but Romeo was a pretty boy in pink tights and Juliet was played by an Aussie pop star.

 Her dad, Baron Hardup disapproved of Romeo, and how we all laughed at her nurse, who I’m sure was really a middle-aged comedian in drag.

 But I was disappointed Daisy the pantomime cow didn’t make a guest appearance as Juliette’s “udder” friend.

 I roared with laughter at the end when Romeo got a custard pie in his face. Everyone turned and glared at me.

 “What’s wrong?” I protested. “Aren’t you allowed to cheer?”

 “Only the children” hissed Gradgrind. “Not the teachers.”

Jim Ridler,

Sunderland

Choir is in tune

AFTER getting to know that the Shiney Row Male Voice Choir had been invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, along with other choirs, I say well done and hope you had an enjoyable weekend.

 I am sure that a lot of hard work and preparation would have to be done as well as many practices taken place.

 Those people who support the many concerts they give, will agree with me that they do deserve this honour and that they go from strength to strength

 God Bless you all.

Jean Clark,

Herrington

Destroying our city

IT seems that the Government wants to close Gilbridge House and Shackleton House in Sunderland and move staff to Washington.

 This would cost businesses in the town thousands of pounds per week.

 Our Bridges Shopping Centre is one of the few places that is doing well.

 When our council did away with the swimming pool in the leisure centre, they turned away visitors from the region who had brought their children there and shopped and brought trade to Sunderland.

 Now the Government wants to increase the damage to our city.

 Now many people visit Newcastle rather than our city.

 This move by HMRC must be stopped.

 I reckon we are all with Pubic and Commercial Services Union on this. We must stop the further distruction of our city.

Marjorie Matthews,

Sunderland

Just left to die

I AM writing this to the person who knocked over my little dog on Thursday, November 8, on Warwick Terrace, Silksworth, and left him to die on the grass verge. He was only a little Yorkshire terrier.

 You do not know how much devastation you have caused not only to my partner, but to all of my children and grandchildren.

 Oscar was a big part of our family and was much loved. You never even gave him a chance of survival, you just drove away.

 I cry all of the time as he was my baby and you have taken him away from me.

Evelyn Tasker,

Sunderland