Letters, Wednesday, September 26th

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It’s time to get out of the EU ... fast

IT was gratifying to read David Caslaw’s letter (September 19) warning of the dangers Britain’s continuing membership of the EU.

Having written several letters on this subject, I find that the situation facing the UK has reached the stage of “it’s time to get out...fast!” I have no need to regurgitate the compelling reasons that your writer stated in his letter as to why Britain needs to act quickly and call for a referendum, giving the people of this country the opportunity to decide their future “in or out” of the EU – a union which many realise is corrupt and nothing more that a gravy train for unelected bodies to bleed member states.

The ongoing crisis with the flawed euro is case enough. We should be thankful that we are not part of that, although the irony of it is that we are helping to bale it out.

We have already lost most of the important rights that our democratically elected Parliament held. We have been bullied by Europe, we have been saddled with the crazy rulings of the European Court of Human Rights and many more stupid directives that are relegating Parliament to the level of Hyde Park Corner oratory.

In order to shackle the UK with more binding regulations, the EU is attempting to relegate the City of London to a lesser position in world money markets and basing them in Frankfurt. Now France and Germany, are attempting to take over BAE industries, tying that world-beating company as a lesser partner under the control of Germany and France.

Past experience has shown that both these countries have never really been friends of Britain, nor are they demonstrating that anything has changed. Both of these act in their own self interests and it is about time that we did the same by quitting the current entanglements of European domination and returning to a global free-trading country.

For those who say we cannot do without Europe because of our trade links, the reply of course is that Britain is reopening old markets that it enjoyed pre Euro membership and, according to trading figures, is enjoying great success despite the current world financial situation.

Councillor George Howe

Shocking praise

EDWIN Robinson (Letters, September 20) is obviously unaware that it is illegal to write anything positive about Sunderland city centre. I think he may be the subject of a dawn raid for his audacious comments, as well as a tirade of abuse from Linda Colling and Mick the Pen.

Dave Stewart, who also had the audacity to be positive about Sunderland, had to cancel his concert at the Empire and has apparently been in hiding ever since.

As far as I can remember, the only other letter ever published in these pages praising Sunderland, was from a young girl from Plymouth who visited the city last Christmas and was delighted with Mowbray Park, saying how she wished Plymouth was as good as Sunderland.

I think she was below the age of criminal prosecution and so got away with a caution. Mr Robinson might not be so lucky

E. Royal, Sunderland

Costly paint job

A FORETASTE of the costly bureaucratic nightmare to come if Nexus grabs control of the bus network in Tyne and Wear is now emerging.

At a briefing this year a senior Nexus officer stated that all buses operating under a quality contract in Tyne and Wear would be painted in the same livery.

The vehicle requirement under a Quality Contract in Tyne and Wear is 918 buses. The industry spare vehicle requirement at between 12 per cent and 15 per cent will increase this to 1,028 buses minimum.

With an average cost of £1,800 per vehicle to repaint, the poor old taxpayer will be hit with a bill for £1.85million before a wheel is turned. A very high price to pay to satisfy a grab for power and political revenge. Sadly, this will be just the beginning.

Alan Wright, Barnes View, Sunderland

Beatles memory

REGARDING Gary Langdon’s letter about The Beatles (September 20), my sister and I were outside the Empire stage door in Paley Street, screaming for The Beatles to show there faces. We were all shouting “George, Paul, John and Ringo, please look out the window”.

We were there all day. I was 13, my sister 15. It was about 4pm when a lady approached us out of hundreds of fans and gave my sister a ticket for that nights Beatles show. She said her daughter had taken ill and wouldn’t be able to attend.

We ran home to tell mam, and Jacqueline got all dressed up. We ran back to the Empire and I waited with her untill she finally got through the doors .That night she had the best night ever. She said you could only hear the fans screaming, but to see The Beatles live was great. Sadly Jacqueline was killed in March 1966.

That’s our memory of The Beatles coming to Sunderland.

By the way, sorry to see Rob Lawson is leaving. I will miss his family tales.

Carol Graham, Avonmouth Road, Sunderland

Co-ordinate festivals

CAN the organisers of Sunderland’s festivals co-ordinate a bit better for next year?

We have Split and the Sunderland Pride on the same weekend. These deserve to be seen as separate events, but because of planning have ended up on the same weekend.

How about we have a month of weekend festivals in September? Each event could have a fixed weekend, starting from the second weekend in September. They could then become fixed dates in the Sunderland calendar. They could all finish on the first weekend of October to coincide with the Sunderland beer festival held annually at the Bonded warehouse.

Coinciding as they do with the return of students to the university and people returning to work/school after the summer holidays, we could even include a food festival.

I’m chuffed to bits that people in the city have taken it upon themselves to give the city the sort of things it has been seeking for years, and it goes to show Sunderland civic socitey still has some life to it. But with a bit of co-ordination these unique Sunderland events could grow to give the citizens of the city a gift that could go on to help underpin our civic life for years.

Shaun Cudworth

Taking no notice

IN reply to the letters from R. Hepplewhite and G. Duncan, there was a petition by residents to stop the Citylife Church being made bigger. This subject was mentioned at the April residents’ meeting and, as I had already checked, I was able to say there were objections to it.

Noise and parking problems are still an issue in John Candlish Road, Franklin Street and Aiskell Street. There was a petition to close the illegal mosque in St Mark’s Road. There was a petition to have speed bumps in St Mark’s Road. Echo readers may remember former councillor and Millfield resident Paul Dixon’s photo in the Echo, highlighting the petition a few years ago.

As for the proposed Islamic Centre in St Mark’s Road, the majority of residents did not want it and many felt something for the community should have been there. Residents lost their post office and Natwest bank and there are not many places for kids to go and to be safe in the area.

There was a petition, letters and internet objections, which far outnumbered those in favour, and yet you know who took no notice again.

What are residents supposed to do when councillors choose to sacrifice Millfield and its residents?

I hope councillors Scanlan and Kay will now find the decency to resign as they are clearly not working for the good of the majority of Millfield residents.

P. Thompson, Sunderland