Letters, Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Work to start on clearing streets

FULWELL councillors welcome the chemical treatment to get rid of weeds which choke our streets.

They are delighted to report that Fulwell is the first ward to be so treated.

For reasons of health and welfare, treatment cannot begin before the weeds reach maturity.

Residents may expect to see a steadily improving quality of street scene in the coming weeks.

If your street is not successfully treated or you have any comments about the work, please contact us.

Bob Francis,

George Howe,

John Wiper,

Conservative councillors

Fulwell ward

Wrong direction

THERE did not seem to be any mention in the paper of the sins and stupidity of the One Direction member who was caught on camera smoking illegal drugs.

What an horrific example to young people everywhere.

Surely this bad example is leading easily influenced youngsters in the “wrong direction”.

When will the world realise, drugs bring a few minutes’ high, then a long-time low and a craving to ruin your entire life.

So young people, when you’re asked “go on, give it a try”, say never, no, not I.

Jimmy Chambers,


Invasion fears

HAVE you seen the advert for Heathrow Airport which appears in national newspapers?

It’s a coloured map of the world, with the names of British countries replacing actual place names. So Kent is in Canada, Strathclyde is Mexico, Shetland is Turkey etc.

And which part of the world has the words Tyne and Wear printed over it? The Crimea.

Oh dear, does that mean we are going to be invaded by Vladimir Putin?

Henry Whipple,


Stotty cake recipe

IN a recent letter, Tom Bobbin asked for a recipe for stotties.

Try this one, Tom.

Crumble one ounce (25g) of yeast with half a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of white pepper. Add about three tablespoons (45g) of warm water and let it go bubbly in a warm cupboard. Add half a teaspoon salt to half a pound (225g) of plain flour. Mix in the yeast and a bit of water to get a stiff dough. Knead the dough, cover with a dish cloth until it gets bigger. Roll out flat, inch or so thick (3cm), and prick the surface with a fork. Bake on a greasy sheet for about 25 mins at 230°C, 450°F, Gas 8.


B Rich,


Payback ideas

WHY is Backhouse Park looking so shabby and in need of the grass cutting? It looks like it has not been done for months. If it’s down to cost, why don’t the community payback people do it?

D Swann