Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

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Spotlight falls on the seafronts

YOUR correspondent R Dunn , raises many questions regarding the regeneration of the Seaburn and Roker seafronts, and by doing so focuses attention on the very things that I, and my fellow Fulwell ward councillors, have banged on about for many years only to be ignored by the Labour Council.

It is only recently that a more attentive attitude has been shown by the Labour Council to the great potential of our seafront. Alas, it comes at a time when, because of the huge debt the country has inherited from the past Labour Government, investment is at a low point.

The Seaburn Master Plan is dependent upon developers to invest large sums of money which is tight at the moment. Even so the “plan” will not be fully realised until 2015.

The carrot within the “plan” is the inclusion of high-band rateable housing, which is, in itself, a doubtful aim. Also within the plan is a provision to include low- cost housing and flats.

The provision of recreational features and facilities is left to the developer, providing it is conducive to the overall plan.

The parking situation referred to by R Dunn is of major importance as motorists will need to have convenient parking facilities. If not they will drive to South Shields seafront. The issue of public toilets has always been a problem.

Incidentally, one cannot but compare and contrast Sunderland’s seafront with that of South Shields especially in the provision of entertainment.  

Recently the Echo published a list of events for the South Tyneside Summer Festival. There were 31 events for July and all held in the seafront area where ample parking is provided. While South Tyneside attracted more than £22million in the rejuvenation of its seafront Sunderland’s investment in Roker and Seaburn is about £1.5million.

We as Conservative councillors have expressed our concerns about our two seafront beach areas, and, although being the major opposition party in the council, we are out-voted on every important decision made by the Labour Cabinet despite our now proven record of focussing upon areas of concern such as the continuing stagnation of the Port of Sunderland, the increasing number of shop closures in Holmeside, the fiasco of the Triangle, and, of course, the expensive failures of the Sunderland Arc.

Coun George Howe, Fulwell Ward

Fond memories

I WAS sad and very interested to read the article about Irene Vasey.  

Before founding Fulwell Grange she ran a small commercial school at her home in Thompson Road. She taught shorthand, typing and book-keeping.

I went to evening classes there in 1943/44 and improved my shorthand speed, thanks to her excellent dictation.

Her school was important, as the commercial school on the corner of John Street, opposite St Thomas’ Church was bombed in 1943. Sometimes her husband would be home on leave from the RAF. Mrs Vasey was very firm, but also very kind.

J. Clarke, Mayfield Drive, Sunderland

Pet survey plea

DOGS Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity is encouraging all pet owners who have ever rented, or tried to rent accommodation with their pet to take part in an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/letswithpets

Through this survey, the charity will gather details of pet owners’ experiences to understand the current pet-friendly rental situation in the UK.

The survey is part of the charity’s Lets with Pets campaign that works with the lettings industry to demonstrate how pet inclusive tenancy agreements can benefit both the landlord and tenant.

In 2008, our research revealed that 78 per cent of pet owners experienced difficulties finding pet-friendly rental accommodation, and 14 per cent resorted to keeping their pet without their landlord’s knowledge or consent.  

This new survey will allow Dogs Trust to assess whether the situation has improved or if the ongoing recession has worsened the outlook for pet owners.

Clarissa Baldwin, CEO, Dogs Trust

Thanks to you

I AM writing to thank all of your readers who signed up to become a Heart Hero with the British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Your readers have been putting their hands on their hearts and the campaign has been a resounding success. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.

It doesn’t have to stop now June is over and your readers can still sign up to be a Heart Hero and volunteer in whatever way they like. Ideas range from placing collection boxes and volunteering in a BHF Shop to organising their own event, such as a coffee morning.  

Visit bhf.org.uk/volunteer, email volunteer@bhf.org.uk or call 0300 456 8353.

Chrish Perera, regional head of volunteer fund-raising