Letters, Friday, July 4, 2014

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Defibrillator list would be helpful

IN recent months, a member of my family has been having problems with a bad heart. It occurred to me to wonder where in Sunderland one could find one of those wonderful machines that can be used to save lives by restarting the heart?

 It turns out they are called public access defibrillators.

 There is no list of such machines on the internet that I could find with information for Sunderland on it, so I asked the council. The council had no list either, but could tell me about its buildings.

 The ambulance service did have a list, but due to data protection laws, couldn’t tell the public where they were. Apparently the rights of the defibrillators trump the right to life.

 The University and Sunderland College had none whatsoever.

 It strikes me that someone could become ill a few yards from a life-saving machine, and not know there was help there, so here’s my list, such as it is:

 As well as local health centres, you can find one at: The Civic Centre main reception, Civic Centre Bereavement and Registration Services, City Library and Arts Centre, Aquatic Centre, Washington Leisure Centre, Seaburn Leisure Centre, Houghton Wellness Centre, Hetton Wellness Centre, Hetton Centre, Silksworth Wellness Centre, Leechmere Centre, Thorney Close Action and Enterprise Centre, South Hylton House, Jack Crawford House. Kepier School.

 Perhaps someone could urge the powers that be to have a list of where the public can go for help in an emergency?

 That said, I hope you never need one.

Meg Crosby

East Herrington

New home fears

I UNDERSTAND at least 647 new houses are to be built between Shiney Row, Herrington and Newbottle. Which schools are expected to accommodate the influx of how many new children?

 How many spare places do the schools have now? In particular primary school children, who have to be taken to school and collected, preferably on foot.

 With the loss of Shiney Row college, that leaves only Houghton Kepier School for local senior children.

 I would like to know what plans are in hand to cope with the expected increased number of children before they move to college.

Joyce Dixon,


Windmill left to rot

A YOUR view photograph taken by Alan Jones was recently incorporated in the Letters page.

 It portrayed a seemingly attractive scene of a sunset sky and a clump of bright red poppies framing an obviously derelict windmill with disintegrating sails.

 Certainly, the wind will never again cause them to rotate and the flour will no longer spill from the grindstones. But wait – is this not the same mill which received hundreds of thousands of thousands of pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund only 13 years ago to restore it to working order?

 Is this not the tourist attraction, so vaunted in the recent past, as the North East’s only working windmill? Is it not the pristine building so proudly displayed on the decorative banner at voting headquarters on Election Night?

 The answer to all three questions is a resounding “Yes”.

 Poor old Fulwell Mill, a feature of the skyline for so long, has been grossly neglected by its owners, Sunderland Council, for the last few years. Storm damage and limited maintenance literally started the rot. Further damage and neglect have continued the deterioration.

 Bearing in mind the supposed economic restraints on the council, it will be interesting to learn whether there are any intentions to repair, restore and develop the mill for tourism and educational purposes, or whether it will continue to be allowed to decline into nothing more than an abandoned monument to a former age.

D Lowther,

Seaburn Dene

Our street’s great

IN answer to the letter on Friday, June 22, about pulling down Fee Terrace and Wraith Terrace – I’ve lived in Fee Terrace for 30 years. Our bungalows are lovely.

 Seven years ago my neighbours and I went into the Ryhope Vicarage Nursing Home for seven weeks. We were all treated like royalty.

 Our bungalows in Fee and Wraith Terrace were modernised – new bathroom suites, double glazed windows and new doors.

 Our place is in a lovely cul-de-sac. A drive for those who have cars. All of us old pensioners keep an eye on each other.

 Yes, the bungalows may be old. Yes the welly-michys pubs, as everyone called them, are a sight, but none of us want to move.

Grace Cassidy,


Benefits no joke

IN his letter of Monday, June 30, Mr Swann advocates the use of cards for people in receipt of benefits.

 This he believes will ensure that the over-indulged workshy, who lie in bed until dinner time, roll out of bed, light a cigarette before heading off down to spend the rest of the day in the local boozer, playing pool and drinking pints, before merrily making their way back home, via the Chinese takeaway and a refreshing night’s kip will only be able to spend the thousands of pounds they receive from the state on the necessities of life.

 Has, I wonder, Mr Swann ever tried living on benefits? Does he even know anyone on benefits? I doubt it.

 For too long now this Tory Government has demonised people on benefits. The sad thing is, there are people out there who actually believe it.

M Mcardle


Take responsibility

THERE are many letters in the Echo complaining about weeds and the council not getting rid of them.

 Why does the public always blame the authorities? Is it not time that the public helped to get rid of the weeds?

 You cannot blame the council all the time. It should be compulsory that the public have to do their bit to help.

 Surely, if everyone took a little bit of time to clean up that bit of pavement outside their house the city would look a lot better.

 All you need is a bin bag and a garden fork.

Mick, The Pen, Brown