Letters, Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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Issues over dealing with city’s waste

SUNDERLAND City Council will transport waste to Teesside (using Sita Ltd), while waste from Teesside will be transported to Houghton Quarry landfill. This is an appropriate point by Coun Wakefield (Letters, January 3) for me to answer.

Let me make it clear, which we tried to do in our official complaints to the planning application, our main concern is the location of the chosen site out of the 21 listed, at Jack Crawford House, Hendon, which will see 200 bin wagons a day dumping their loads into the transfer station for some sorting before being transferred to larger wagons and transported to Teesside for the production of green electricity.

Our alterative idea was to transfer this operation to Sunderland Port (which is really already a recycling centre/area – chemicals, scrap, stone crushing and what appears various other recycling operations/processes). This area is well out of way of residential properties and schools.

If we had been given a choice it would certainly have been the Sita system. One reason is because it is easy to see that the old-fashioned system at Houghton has had more than enough of dumping at the site (but I have a feeling the council will give the go-ahead and extend this dumping for another 15 years).

The Rats group have long suggested that local autoclaving plants are used to treat our waste.Can I ask, was this suggestion made to Sunderland Council and, more importantly, when? Had the Hendon waste station not been such a closely guarded secret, this suggestion could/should have been made public to the public and to the councillors. These issues/ideas, could have been discussed long before the application had even been submitted to planning.

Coun Wakefield raises yet another interesting but worrying point that even some of Hartlepools rubbish is brought to Houghton for dumping. So why is Sunderland transferring its rubbish to Teesside? But let’s not forget, part of the Sita operation is a PFI involving Gateshead and South Tyneside having these transfer stations. Did the Planning Inspectorate overrule and allow another WTS at East Boldon the other day?

I hope I have answered Coun Wakefield about filling up Houghton tip. Good luck with the next planning decision coming soon. You probably know you need three days’ notice of the meeting to be allowed to speak (we didn’t get it).

Eddy Moore

Wrong attire

PETER Monaghan described a scene on New Year’s Eve where a family of three went shopping in pyjamas to a local grocery store.

Unfortunately this is the new trend.

On many occasions I have stood in the queue of the Ormonde Street Post Office behind one of these souls wearing a long frilly nightie, a red towelling dressing gown and, on one occasion, a woolly nightcap.The only thing missing was a candle.

This downward spiral is typical of the modern age. I wonder what remaining war veterans think of this. Only a few years ago Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier of the First World War, died and the Great War moved into the history books. This man fought for his country, probably with little thanks. It was a duty in those days with conscription. In my opinion it should be brought back.

No one in that era would have dreamed of shopping in a nightie and I wonder how long it will be before someone spots the first pyjama wearer in Debanhams.

Mick “The Pen” Brown

French troupe

I’M amazed at the success of the play Sunderland at the Petit Theatre in Paris. The idea of a French actor in a red and white shirt making insults about Alan Shearer is incredible.

Things certainly have come full circle. When I was a boy a small company of French actors, the Troupe Francaise, visited Sunderland every year and presented classic French comedies, usually on the stage at Bede School.

I saw them perform Moliere’s, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, The Bourgeous Gentleman and The Barber of Seville. They went on an annual tour of British schools and anyone studying French was encouraged to go and see them. The company was led by a little English woman called Pamela Stirling who was bilingual, as she appeared in British films and was even in Doctor Who.

There must be plenty of Sunderland people of a certain age who remember the Troupe Francaise.

Jim Ridler, Hylton Road, Millfield, Sunderland

Shopper’s thanks

I WOULD like to thank the person who found my purse in a trolley at Morrison’s Seaburn.

Thanks very much for handing it in. I really appreciated what you did.

A happy and prosperous new year to you and your family.

P. Colling, Sunderland