Letters, Monday, November 7th, 2011

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Village has been allowed to decline

I’M in agreement with P. Warner (Letters, October 29) concerning the state of Hetton, but try living in neighbouring Easington Lane, a lovely little village which has been allowed to go to wrack and ruin by vandals and Hetton Town Council.

We pay more council tax than Sunderland for the privilege of having them.

We haven’t a decent shop unless you count all the takeaways allowed to open.

A new play area is bogged down in mud every time it rains due to the lack of drainage.

A waste bin in this area is overflowing and has been for weeks.

One doggy waste bin is positioned at the entrance of the golf course. No good at all for dog walkers on the Flatts or surrounding areas.

Come on, Hetton councillors, concentrate on your local area and if funds are not available take a cut in your expenses. In years gone by, councillors did their work voluntarily.

P. Laverick, Elemore Lane, Easington Lane

Disaster report

I WAS appalled by the response to my letter about the Hillsborough disaster from Frank Seely.

He asks whether I have read the Taylor Report? Yes, I have read the report and it does not have any reports about Liverpool fans being drunk.

Nor does it have any statements regarding the late great football manager Brian Clough insulting the Liverpool fans by claiming they were drunk.

Mr Seely suggested that it was the Liverpool fans who caused their own tragedy, and not Superintendant Duckenfield, but then says he was under orders to make sure the kick-off was not delayed, which was why he opened the gate. Please make your mind up, Mr Seely. You can’t have it both ways.

The decision by Supt Duckenfield was made in the police operations room and was later blamed on a faulty CCTV camera. However, a video technician had checked the cameras on the morning of the game and confirmed the equipment was in working order.

It was also claimed that at the time the decision was made to allow some 2,000 extra fans in, the police would have a good view of an enclosure full to bursting.

Indeed, the evidence presented by a TV documentary pointed towards general police incompetence throughout the whole disaster.

I hope one day those loved ones get the justice they have been waiting for in the last 22 years of their lives.

Clive Lee

Wonderful ward

I WAS in Ward D46 at Sunderland Royal Hospital recently for a number of days.

I was treated with the utmost respect and cheerfully by all members of the staff from doctors to cleaners.

The general atmosphere in the ward was a happy one and nothing was any trouble.  

Therefore I would like to thank the staff and the happy and obliging ambulance drivers. This is from a person who discharged himself from the same hospital a few years ago.

Jack Keerie, Wood Lea, Warden Grove Estate

Houghton

Christmas plea

WITH the festive season just around the corner, it’s time to think about Christmas cards. As a Blue Peter veteran, you might expect me to urge you to make your own, but instead this year I would like to ask that you consider buying them to support WellChild, the national charity for sick children.

WellChild does a fantastic job helping seriously ill children and their families across the UK through care, support and research. It has a growing team of WellChild Children’s Nurses who work to get long-term sick children out of hospital to be cared for at home with the right support.

WellChild also does other great work, like Helping Hands schemes where volunteers carry out projects to improve the homes of sick children and research into children’s health to find new ways to help seriously ill children in the future.

One simple way you can support this fantastic charity is by buying WellChild Christmas cards which are available online at www.wellchild.org.uk or by ringing 0845 458 8171.

That way when you send a greeting this Christmas you can be sure you are helping some of the most deserving and needy young people in the country, kids whose dearest wish is that they were home for Christmas with their family rather than living on a hospital ward.

Any help you can offer will be gratefully received and will help to give these children the Christmas, and indeed the life, that we would want for our own kids.

Janet Ellis, TV presenter, c/o WellChild, Gloucestershire