Letters, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Don’t forget other parts of Seaham

Here are my thoughts on Seaham seafront’s traffic calming – or “troublesome humps.”

Perhaps councillors Jennifer Bell, Ed Bell and Geraldine Bleasdale and the 750 moaners may wish to take a moment to look at an overlooked part of Seaham which connects troublesome traffic to the troublesome humps.

No doubt they all have plenty of time to look while sitting in the long queue into Seaham each day on B1404 Seaton Lane which very kindly provides access to and from Seaham via the A19.

Congested on one side and speeding on the other. Hundreds of vehicles speed along this road 24/7. We can’t forget not long ago a family was killed by an HGV further up this road near Seaton, yet, residents who live on this major feeder road have been denied any kind of traffic calming measures when asked for. Why, when every other major route in Seaham has traffic calming measures and not even a fraction of the volume of traffic this road takes?

I’ve no idea. Perhaps it’s because all the council wants to do is promote Seaham seafront? Not a bad thing. Tourism boosts economy, but it also needs adequate infrastructure.

However, this is now the third bite of the cherry the seafront has had, wasting thousands of pounds taxpayers’ money.

It is fact that the seafront hosts nowhere near the amount of residents living directly on the main road and nowhere near the amount of the traffic the B1404 has to endure.

So if it’s about attracting tourists, lets give them an easier and faster route into Seaham at the same time easing the pain to residents.

When are the residents of Seaton Lane going to benefit from the investments they are paying for? Why not invest some of that money into much needed infrastructure to connect towns to Seaham via more than one small route which was only ever built to be a small lane, hence its name and not built to accommodate the volume of traffic the council has encouraged.

The council has a duty to all areas of Seaham and not just the seafront. We are all in this together, we are told. Well, yes, so long as we are paying for it and others are gaining from it.

So, if you don’t want the “hated” speed bumps down Seaham seafront, we will gladly take them off your hands.

Carol Dawson


Wrong experiments

Chris Magee (Echo Letters, July 27) claims that every single one of the more than 10,000 animal experiments carried out in the UK every day is necessary and that there are no alternatives available for any of them.

However, if we are to produce cures for human illness, we need to study naturally-occurring illness in people, not artificially-induced disease in animals living in cages in laboratories. As Dr Irwin Bross, former director of Sloan-Kettering, the world’s largest cancer research institute, said: “While conflicting animal results have often delayed and hampered advances in the war on cancer, they have never produced a single substantial advance either in the prevention or treatment of human cancer.”

Therefore, we need to use limited research budgets to fund non-animal techniques, which include epidemiology, microdosing, computer modelling and tissue cultures. The results of these are, unlike with animal research, directly applicable to human patients.

For more information about how to campaign against all forms of animal suffering, please contact Animal Aid on 01732 364546.

Richard Mountford, Development Manager, 
Animal Aid

Double standards?

Recently, planning permission was given for the Islamic Centre in Millfield after council leader Paul Watson stated the sub-committee would study the facts presented to them by the city council’s planning committee.

A decision was made to give the mosque the green light, despite the protests of residents and petitions. Although this judgment was unpopular, it was a democratic decision and has to be accepted.

What I fail to understand is why the mosque 200 yards away in St Mark’s Road, refused planning permission in 2006, has been allowed to function after the planning facts were considered, and rejected by the same democratic council.

A Moon


Licences for dogs

I read with interest the report in the Echo about dangerous dogs. Surely the best way to handle the problem is to make it law for every dog to be licensed and every dog to be microchipped.

If every dog was licensed, that would help pay for more dog wardens and that would help in keeping stray or unwanted dogs off the streets. I have a beautiful German shepherd called Sam. Kids are always trying to stroke him. He is OK to be stroked, but the next dog might not be. Parents or kids should ask first.

Scott Andrews

Wilkinson Terrace