Letters, Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Charge for rubbish removal a disgrace

I WAS really annoyed after reading the article in the Echo on April 15 regarding the new charge by the council for waste collection.

 I had rung the council that day only to be told it would now cost me £15.

 I have some items that have been lying in my garden for a couple of weeks, and had I known about this earlier, I would have rang the council before the charge was introduced, which was on April 2.

 It is really sly and sneaky for this not to have been publicised in advance, for instance last month, when it was reported that the £15 per month council telecare charge was to be introduced.

 I have always paid my council tax, now at £30 a week, which is supposed to include things like this, but all I get is my bins emptied.

 It is a disgrace that I am expected to pay again for this service, and as I don’t have a car, I can’t take it to the skip myself.

 This is another stupid and ill thought out decision by the council. All that is going to happen now is more people are going to dump it in backlanes, which the council is going to have to come out and remove anyway – so not much money saved there.

 Nice one council.

G Potts,

Sunderland

All aboard carrier

DID you every serve on board any of the light fleet carriers, HMS Bulwark, HMS Albion, or HMS Centaur?

 Our Association – HMS Bulwark Albion Centaur Association – is open to anyone who served at any time on these ships.

 We send a magazine three times per year and run events including AGM/socials, sea trips with HMS Bulwark and anniversary commemorations at home and abroad.

 While our “home port” is Portsmouth, last year we were at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, for the AGMl. This year we will be at the Royal Beach, Southsea, on Saturday, May 11.

 We also sponsor sea cadets from our affiliated Sea Cadet Corps on three training ships – one sail, two motor. Membership is £8 per annum.

 Enquiries to Leigh Easton, Glenmoray, Hayford Pl, Cambusbarron, Stirling FK7 9JX, or email at ngsfo@tiscali.co.uk or visit www.bulwarkassoc.co.uk

Leigh Easton,

Membership secretary

Costly business

SO, once again the police were out in large numbers in St Marks’ Road to stop problems between two different groups over the proposed Mosque in St Mark’s Road and clearly the police were ready for action.

 My wife and I counted five police vans, three police cars, four officers on horses and at the very least 150 police on foot patrol.

 Clearly the bill for the Police Authority must run into thousands of pound – and this is a monthly gathering. So it must be said that any money from the sale of the building that is being sold by our leaders at the Civic Centre will have to be paid to the Police Authority.

 And clearly this is not going to be a situation that is going away any time soon.

Robert McKinnon,

Hume Street,

Millfield