Letters, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Have your say

House police and fire crews together

I HAVE a suggestion which may help save Sunderland Central Fire Station and Sunderland’s Central Police Station .

 The fire station is a big building that houses not only a very busy emergency fire station but also a large office block. To the back of the fire station is secure car park with 60-plus parking spaces.

 This office block is known as Service Delivery Headquarters and is no longer as busy as it used to be due to back office review cuts.

 I suggest that the remaining non-emergency fire service staff in the office block could be redeployed to other fire service locations that also have space due to cuts. This would mean all local community fire stations have their facilities used to a maximum potential, housing emergency fire crews, fire safety advisors and community safety teams at their strategic locations in the community.

 This redeployment action then frees up space in a fairly new building, in an accessible city centre location for our police force when Gill Bridge Police Station closes.

 Northumbria Police can then keep a good city centre location and pay Tyne and Wear Fire Authority rent to use its building. This will help cover the costs of keeping the fire station open and ensure we keep our city’s much-needed fire and police services in the heart of our great city.

Name and address withheld

Meningitis helpline

I WAS deeply saddened to read about mum Emma Ward, 32, of West Boldon, who died of meningitis just over a week after feeling ill.

 On behalf of Meningitis Now, which represents thousands of families affected by the devastation caused by meningitis and associated diseases, I pass on our heartfelt sympathies to Emma’s family and friends.

 Meningitis and septicaemia are notoriously difficult to diagnose and can kill in hours.

 I lost my son Spencer to meningitis and septicaemia some time ago and can imagine the pain all those who knew Emma are suffering.

 We are fighting back against all forms of meningitis-related disease.

 Because the disease strikes so quickly and can be difficult to detect, we fund preventative research to wipe out the disease as well as provide support and care to those affected by it.

 If anyone would like a free symptoms information pack or further information, call our free helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or visit www.MeningitisNow.org.

Jason Hulbert,

Press Officer Meningitis Now

Thanks for support

I WOULD like to say a big thank you to everyone who visited the Royalty Theatre to watch A Murder is Announced, between February 10 and 15. It was fantastic to see packed houses and the feedback received has been very positive.

 It really does make a difference to those of us on stage to receive such great support, and as a charity the theatre relies on people to keep it going.

 By visiting the theatre you are supporting local talent and a valuable outlet for people of all ages.

 The next performance is A Bolt from the Blue, which will run from March 24 to 29t

Dominic McDonough