Letters, Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Voters have shown support for work

I DON’T usually reply to letters such as the one in last Wednesday’s Echo, however, the content by the Fulwell Labour Group contains several criticisms, which are at best sour grapes, at worst mistruths.

 If, as the writer states, we have not done anything for the ward we have represented for 18 years, then the voters of Fulwell are to blame for their loyalty to a group of Conservatives that are being accused of sitting on their backsides.

 I was re-elected on May 22 with a four-fold increase in the number of votes cast for me. Surely, that expression of confidence was reflected by the result.

 The writer goes on to make an issue of the lack of treatment of the weeds that have covered our pavements and hedgerows, when, in fact, the problem lay with the council, which has had problems with procurement and EU insistence upon the use of a suitable weedkiller. Following that, the Labour Group claims the traffic light system was modernised at the Blue Bell junction after action by the Labour Group, when, in fact, we had site visits with officers of the council pointing out that the then system was out of date and should be replaced. It was through our efforts that the corroded traffic light standards at the Grange Crossing on Newcastle Road were replaced.

 We councillors hold ward surgeries every Saturday, and to my knowledge have yet to have a visit from the critical correspondent.

 I do believe there was a petition in 2012 raising the issue of irresponsible parking throughout certain areas of the ward, but no contact was made with councillors. In fact, we have residents from other Labour controlled wards coming with issues and complaints asking for our advice and understanding over a myriad of problems.

 I, together with my colleagues, work hard for the people we represent. We will continue to do so despite the efforts of some to undermine our efforts.

Coun George Howe

Coun Bob Francis

Coun John Wiper

It’s a health hazard

REFERRING to the letter in the Echo regarding weed removal in the streets of Sunderland – weeds from Seaburn Dene around the perimeter of the field encroach on the bottom of Grizedale Court, and, incidently, overwhelm the back gardens of Grizedale Court.

 It is becoming a health hazard for toddlers and young children playing outside being stung by nettles.

 This has been reported to the City and Neighbourhood Department over the last two years to no avail. Any chance this can be resolved or included in the weed control in the Fulwell area?

S Jenkins,

Seaburn Dene

Not an atheist

JOHN Watson is mistaken in thinking Charles Darwin was an atheist (Echo, June 18).

 Although in his autobiography Darwin described himself as atheist, having abandoned the Anglicanism in which he had been raised, Darwin never abandoned his belief in God.

 The biologist, Professor Janet Browne, is a leading authority on Darwin.

 On page 46 of her recent book, Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography, she writes: “He was not an atheist. In fact, it seems that he was never an atheist, not even at the height of the controversy that followed publication of Origin of Species.”

P J McPartland,


Make them pay

NURSES have stated that they want drink-related cases to go to special alcohol recovery units.

 A good idea, but these people should be made to pay for any treatment.

 If they can afford to get into that boozed-up state they can afford to pay for the treatment.

 A&E was created to help people in accidents, and emergency injuries, not self inflicted injuries.

 Nurses, are in most cases, stretched to the limit, and some nurses are not as devoted to their trade as a Miss Nightingale required.

 Nursing has changed a lot since her days, but the principles are the same.

 People are living longer and need a lot more specialised care, with dementia, diabetes, cancer and, of course, old age.

 Nurses need to care for many people in the UK, now that we treat many thousands of foreign Brits. It probably takes longer to pronounce and write down these Brits’ names than to treat them.

 Our health service has had to take on much more work, without proper funding.

 The NHS of old may have been difficult – now it is impossible.

 I wonder how it is that someone came up with DNR (do not resuscitate). The writing of such words must be against moral law, and cancels out the hippocratic oath. Surely, it is the duty of any medically trained person to use all the medical facilities to keep a person alive.

 DNR is legalised murder on the ward. Is there not enough of that in the world today?

 Any doctor writing DNR should be struck off. Same as a doctor who won’t do a blood transfusion because of faith. If a faith forbids medical help the patient should not be allowed in a hospital.

John Stott,


A great fund-raiser

THANKS to everyone who came along to the fund-raising evening in memory of my wife, Pauline, who died earlier this year of ovarian cancer.

 You all helped to make it a great evening, raising the amazing sum of more than £3,550 – still counting – which is to be donated to Target Ovarian Cancer.

 It was an evening of great fun with a wonderful atmosphere on a lovely sunny evening at the end of May.

 I would also like to thank the staff at Virgin Active Club, Doxford Park, for the great care and attention they took to hosting the evening, the great food and service. It was much appreciated.

 Thanks too to all the people who donated prizes for the raffle along with all those who donated to the tombola and those who helped to run the events, which added to the amazing total.

 Special thanks should also go to Marianne, 15, who sang to a crowd of more than 200 people to get the event off to a cracking start. Marianne was followed by the Ornamental Onions band who got us all up dancing. Also many thanks to Richard who brought along his Formula1 full size simulator that proved to be a big attraction.

 Your generosity was amazing and there are no words to express my gratitude for your support.

 My heartfelt thanks to you all.

Brian Gibbs

Wonderful coastline

IT was nice to see the convention of comic book characters at Seaburn.

 Young people, dressed in all manner of fancy dress were very imaginative and flamboyant pursuing their particular hobby, bothering no one but adding to the spectacle on the seafront.

 Well done to them and it is nice to see the seafront used for this sort of purpose.

 We are, I think, lucky in the beauty of our coastline and the comments of visitors to the area are mainly favourable.

 One visitor from Consett thought the area “beautiful” and another from York thought the coastline “stunning”.

 It will always have its detractors, but the fact remains that a coastal area, which combines both residential and green space, will always struggle to achieve a balance that suits everyone.

 People often quite rightly compare the merits of South Shields and other places and this is a reasonable thing to do, but listening to South Shields residents you will hear that the seafront is promoted to the detriment of other things needed in the town.

 Everyone has and is entitled to have their own view but mine is that we have natural beauty in the area and anything we do should enhance this.

 There is much negativity about the seafront but it is a work in progress and watching the considerable numbers there today they seemed to be using the facilities as they were designed to be used – for enjoyment and leisure.

Margaret Beck

A slap in the face

HOW generous of Roy Hodgson to treat England’s last game in the World Cup like a pre-season friendly, and give all the footballers who he deemed not good enough a run out.

 What a slap in the face to all those England fans who have spent a small fortune to get there.

 In his post match analysis, he waxed lyrically about how well England played and were unlucky to come away with a draw.

 Roy was correct with his analysis, but any football fan could see Costa Rica were just going through the motions. 
 As much as I think Roy is a good bloke, he should he should admit to

his complete and utter failure and do the decent thing and resign.

Ged Taylor,