Letters, Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Speed warning sign is a start

AFTER years of campaigning for some form of speed regulation for traffic using Fulwell Road, a vehicle activated speed warning sign has been fitted on the road together with a further sign in Side Cliff Road.

 Fulwell ward councillors have repeatedly requested that speeding cars along those busy roads be regulated, however, according to police records, there had been no accidents to warrant measures be taken.

 Several years ago a petition by residents was handed into the council by myself, a Fulwell ward councillor, but the result was disappointing.

 Since then many people have complained at the lack of a sanctioning speed regulation such as a 20-mile speed limit be introduced.

 Last year there were some road alterations together with the relocation of a bus stop in the vicinity of the twin schools, however, no speed restriction was included in the road and bus stop realignment works

 The acquisitions of two vehicle activated signs warning motorists of their speed, although this will not incur penalties for speed offenders, is a start but to many concerned residents not sufficient to allay their fears.

 Other heavily trafficked roads in Fulwell are Dovedale Road and Dykelands Road along which, the latter especially in the late evenings, vehicles travel at excessive speeds heading toward the seafront ignoring Belisha controlled crossings which were sited only after years of campaigning by Conservative ward councillors.

 The junction of Dykelands Road with Whitburn Road is, again after many years campaigning, to have traffic lights installed that will allow vehicles to turn right instead of waiting for an exit onto the road leading to Roker and the city centre.

 These and other alterations along the Roker and Seaburn frontages have been made possible by the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund grant to the city.

Coun George Howe,

Fulwell ward

Better service – no

THE Echo reported that the mail office in Mary Street, Sunderland, is to close and that this service will be moved to Wearfield, Lower Southwick, which is next to the River Wear, and devoid of an attending bus service.

 Royal Mail defends the move by saying “Royal Mail is committed to maintaining a high quality of service to our customers in Sunderland”.

 Really, I found out how good when I was forced to visit Mary Street office this week to collect a letter box size recorded item. I watched the Royal Mail arrive at my door with it and push a handful of letters through it including the official card saying they were unable to deliver as it was recorded delivery.

 It’s just a pity the Royal Mail did not ring my doorbell, which I tested immediately and found it working even if Royal Mail did not.

 Mary Street is accessibly by anyone who travels by bus, disabled badge holders can park at the door (not loading bay) and car drivers have good local parking very close.

 But remember this is a privatised Royal Mail so only shareholders win.

G White,

Herrington

Great opportunities

I WOULD like to express my praise for the head and teachers of Broadway Junior School, who organise numerous trips and short breaks away for the pupils. I don’t know any school in the Sunderland area which organises so many – I hope I’m wrong.

 In this day and age when children are not allowed out on their own by worried or over protective parents, this is a breath of fresh air.

 The skills these children are gaining – team building, boundary pushing, ingenuity – money can’t buy.

 I have two granddaughters at Broadway, the seven-year-old is off on her first stay away from home in May, she can’t wait.

 Good work Broadway.

Audrey Metcalf,

South Hylton