Letters, Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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Why the delay over speed humps?

I’M sure motorists in this area have been looking forward to the new financial year, as we were told the monstrous humps which spoil Seaham coast road would be removed about now, but the latest is that we have to suffer them for a further three months.

We’ve been told the humps are quite easy to remove as they’re just bolted in place. This would take minimal funding.

Replace them with speed cameras for a 20-mile speed limit. Job done! Or is that too simple?

Once these monstrous humps are removed, they should never be installed anywhere else in this country (unless used to train tanks and military vehicles – that’s all they’re good for). They’re totally unfit for purpose.

As for finding a buyer for these humps, I can’t see any queue forming.

Please return this road back to the pleasant coast road it used to be instead of it being like an assault course. This could be done by cameras to cut speed. Motorists are not all morons who speed all the time. The majority are sensible drivers who know that if they exceed the speed limit they will be fined and points added to their licence.

A good example of speed cameras working to govern speed is from Villette Road, Sunderland, traffic lights to Christ Church traffic lights. I’ve never seem any motorists speeding there, so it does work.

Jack Proctor, Deneside

Enjoying hobbies

WHEN I turned 60 in 2010, it was not going to end at that, just sitting around the flat feeling depressed all the time because of old age.

So I turned to hobbies – magic tricks, ventriloquism and juggling. At first I picked magic as my hobby. It went slowly. I kept putting it on the back seat because I had trouble with my flat.

My second hobby is juggling, my other hobby is ventriloquism. Now I’m 62, I’m still not good at them but I’m still in there practising and I still enjoy my hobbies.

Other people in their 60s turn to other things to keep them going, other hobbies, but for me it’s magic, ventriloquism and juggling to keep the brain working.

When I first picked up magic as my main hobby, I found myself collecting things, and information on magicians. The first one I collected was of Tommy Cooper, and photo print-outs of posters, and I’ve got a few real posters of magic acts.

Also I am beginning to collect information on ventriloquist acts, and even the history of ventriloquism.

Edwin Robinson, Zetland Square, Sunderland

Honest citizens

I LEFT my handbag on the Number 20 (Prestbury Road) bus on Thursday, April 12.

I had little hope of getting it back. However, I hadn’t banked on the folk of Pennywell. I had my bag back the next day.

Thanks to all concerned in this act of kindness and honesty.

Doreen Morrell, Pennywell, Sunderland

Jobs are the key

AS the local elections are due and the Echo is not accepting anything “party political”, I have decided to write something we can probably all agree upon.

How many times do people write in about Sunderland’s city centre? Every single week is the answer.

Well, the popular consensus usually ends with how in this consumer-driven society that Sunderland need more shops.

But I think there is something vital required before the landing of a major development – in our attempt to rival shopping on Tyneside – can become successful. The boom we require first is jobs. It isn’t any good having the finest range of boutiques in the North if few people in Sunderland have the money to spend in them.

I acknowledge shops would provide jobs, but they wouldn’t be sustainable in the atmosphere which exists in this city.

A large-scale creation of jobs here would be great for the area. It could help shake a “forgotten about” generation out of their apathy, whilst focusing on the next.

It could prove a driving force – the new-found wealth would have the top brands and retailers hankering to set up in the city.

It’s about priorities, and without job creation first what would truly be sustainable anyway?

So to the next person to complain about the “town centre”, just remember, it isn’t much good in the current climate of landing some shiny, new complex if all the majority can afford to do is window shop.

G. Engel, High Barnes, Sunderland