Letters, Monday, January 10, 2014

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Council priorities are all wrong

ON January 7 I read in the Echo about the council’s proposal to close down a respite care home for two days a week, blaming it on the budget cuts enforced from central government.

 Thankfully, the parents who very much need the respite care have stood strong against the council and have been given another six months of this valuable service.

 However, within days of reading this story, it was then reported that the council is intending to spend £32,000 on tackling flooding on an allotment, £50,000 on celebrating 50 years of Washington and just yesterday, £80,000 to plant some flowers around Washington!

 How can the council claim that the Government is forcing it to make tough decisions and cutting vital services when it obviously has plenty of spare cash to spend on such things?

 With this in mind, I can only assume that the council is choosing to attack these valuable services as a political move, and if this is the case, it is totally unacceptable.

 I ask the council to give serious thought on how it allocates its expenditure for the next financial year, as it really is disrespectable to spend money on non-essential items while enforcing these cuts on the vulnerable.

Heather Fagan,

Independent candidate,

Redhill ward.

UKIP’s views on immigration

JUDITH Kirton-Darling is disingenuous to suggest that Labour does not support the idea of unlimited immigration: they support unlimited immigration for anyone who can obtain a passport from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden.

 UKIP believes that someone from Romania or Bulgaria should have no more (or less) right to come to the UK than someone from India or the USA.

 It is flattering that the Labour Party is spending so much time attacking UKIP in the run-up to the European elections – after all, UKIP will be the main challengers to Labour, both here and across the country. In 2010 (the last year her Party was in Government), there was more immigration in a single year than in all years from 1066 to 1950 put together.

 We oppose uncontrolled mass net immigration, believing in a points-based system to ensure that the numbers are at an appropriate level to suit the UK’s needs and all economic migrants coming to the UK will actually benefit our economy.

Jonathan Arnott,

UKIP lead candidate,

North East region.

Historic winners

YOUR sports page reported that Jose Mourinho complained about West Ham playing 19th century football.

 I’ll tell you something. I wish Sunderland would play 19th century football. Why? Because they were League Champions three times in the 1890s!

Henry Whipple,

Coach Road Estate,

Washington.