Letters, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Libraries are our legacy for future

I SEE that our esteemed councillors are considering the closure of our libraries.

 As usual, they’re showing what an uncultured bunch they are. Their idea of culture is apparently the late, unlamented Ambit or expensive follies such as the million pound fountain or white elephant, iconic bridges.

 If they really want to leave Sunderland a legacy for the future, how about the literacy the libraries give our children?

 Libraries are bright, cheerful reading spaces for children, as well as community meeting places, computer hubs and advice centres.

 Do they even have statistics to prove their assertion that library use is declining?

 I tried to check this on their “transparent” website (and there’s a misnomer, if ever there was one) but could find anything in that disorganised space.

 Interesting too, that in this “software city” they can’t manage one small camera to make a webcast of their council meetings like councils do in Belfast, Hull, Camden, even Basingstoke, so we can see exactly how they come to their decisions, despite the fact that money has been showered on the multi-million pound network deal they made with BT, and the expensive new data centre they built.

 By the way, let’s have a competition to name the bridge – I suggest “Bridge Too Far”.

M Crosby,

East Herrington

Sick at closures

MAY I stress how sickened I am at Sunderland Council intending to close down Sunderland libraries and take them into schools etc as stated in the Echo on Tuesday, February 12.

 Is Sunderland Council intending to turn Sunderland into a ghost town? What will become of Kayll Road Library? It is part of our history. Will it be left to go to wrack and ruin like other historical buildings we have?

 This council is the worst for wasting money, but always comes up with some stupid excuse.

 Make an appointment with all your “fat cats” and put your brains together and take a look at your town and the mess it is in with boarded-up buildings. But further more, look at what little history we have left before you decide to wipe these out too.

 It upsets me so much to see what Sunderland is becoming.

 Think of the elderly, lonely people who like to visit the libraries.

 Gone is Crowtree Leisure Centre. So what’s next on your chopping board? St Peter’s Church by any chance – after all it is ancient and I’m sure another pound shop could take it over!

Miss A Timm,

Darlington

Bridge alarm bells

WHEN bridge construction firms pull out of the opportunity to be involved in a so-called “iconic” project alarm bells should be ringing in the ears of this useless excuse of a council. The best bridge around here is one you hardly notice – the A19 at Hylton.

 Does what it says on the tin; transports vehicles and people from one side of the river to the other efficiently, without fuss and at minimal cost.

 Think of the mess we’d be in if it hadn’t been built.

 The next bridge should follow the same lines, although why not make it six lanes (three each way), double tiered and strong enough to be later adapted to take Metro trains?

 The cost would then be manageable.

 The only drawback is that a blue plaque with “opened by” councillors names on it would not be so attractive. Come to think of it, where is the plaque with the responsible councillors names on the Seaburn (fountain) roundabout and other follies?

 Just a thought.

Ray Findlay

Support Adelaide

SO the George Elmy Liverpool Class Lifeboat, that was wrecked 50 years ago, has been restored.

 The campaign to restore it has topped £91,500 in donations and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Sunderland Echo February 2).

 If Seaham can do that for a mere boat, surely Sunderland, being a city which Seaham is not, can do the same for the ship City of Adelaide? Even if Sunderland could only renovate one of the lifeboats that was used aboard the City of Adelaide (that’s if she had lifeboats) it would at least be something.

Robert Tomlinson,

Seaham

Tip to save cash

TIMES are hard and everyone is feeling the pinch but sometimes we spend money without realising it and end up going overdrawn.

 Instead of using those ridiculous loan companies that charge you an arm and a leg, why not use a little notebook and write down what you spend each day?

 It doesn’t take long and you’ll be surprised at what you find.

 I was spending a fortune on coffees and food so now when I leave the house I take a sandwich and a flask.

 It sounds old-fashioned, but it really will save you a lot.

Judith Trucknell,

Sunderland