Letters, Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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Miliband’s euro opportunism

THE raw opportunism of Red Ed Miliband knows no bounds or levels of shame.

The UK’s Prime Minister is quite rightly urging the eurozone countries to get a grip of the debt crises and that all 27 members of the EU should participate in discussion. Under pressure, French President Nicolas Sarkozy threw up a smokescreen to hide his failures by telling Cameron basically, to shut up and keep out of it.

In the Commons on October 24, Red Ed Miliband bizarrely and shamefully stated “Let me say Mr President, you spoke not just for France but for Britain as well”.

Sarkozy is already seen as a posturing pygmy. Now he is joined by Miliband. Is it any wonder polls show that the people think Miliband is not fit to lead a Government of Britain?

Coun Alan Wright, Conservative, St Chad’s Ward

Profumo memory

RE letter of October 21, “Memories of the Profumo Affair”.

When the story broke, I was serving with the REs at a camp in Hampshire (Marchwood) near Southampton Waters. Profumo was due to visit our camp, and extensive arrangements had been made, which included a large marquee for use as a dining hall.

I was seconded as a regimental waiter for the occasion, but alas it was called off at short notice, but good use was made of the marquee.

Mr F Dwyer, ex-Sapper,

Lincoln Crescent, Hetton

We have a market

CAN I pass my heartfelt congratulations to Matty and suggest to some of the other councillors, visit our city centre market, Jacky White’s, where they can view the endeavours of a local lad to improve everything connected to running a vegetable stall, together with some welcome grocery items.

The main reason is to remind them we do not need farmers’ markets in Park Lane or Sunniside. A few million pounds was spent updating these areas, for what? Cast your sights in Holmeside and do something about the remnants of what used to be a favourite shopping area.

Use the money available where it is needed on residents who strive to keep going in these very difficult times. Taxes have to be paid for the privilege of running any type of business and employing people to do this.

I was born and bred in Sunniside, 88 years ago in Nile Street, one of a family of 11, all hard working in their trades, brought up by hard-working parents.

Mrs E Parker, Hylton Road, Sunderland

Shelter relief

I NOTED the proposed new building for the redevelopment of Seaburn shelter with a measure of relief that it wasn’t totally ghastly like the drab box proposed as a hotel to replace Jopling’s.

I hope all the people who waxed lyrical and enthusiastic about that project in your recent editorial are prepared to put their money where their mouths are and move in opposite so they can look at it every day of their lives.

I do feel that Mr Fitzakerley’s aim to “create an impressive, memorable building that people will want to visit” is rather overstated. It’s OK, not brilliant.

I wonder how many days a year the frontage could actually be buzzing with sophisticates dining al fresco beneath sunny skies without the prevailing wind knocking the chairs over.

But then I’m not happy with the idea of £83million on an “iconic” bit of architecture across the river either so there’s no pleasing me.

Sunderland’s Urban Design Strategy boasts that “good urban design” will be “attractive, distinctive and offer variety, choice and fun”.

Why spend nearly £100million on an “iconic” bridge design that does nothing but cross a river?

It’s graceful, certainly but the brief of “safe, comfortable, varied and attractive, distinctive, a vibrant place providing opportunities both to socialise and watch the world go by” would be more fully met just by building a bridge full of buildings.

Shops, restaurants, businesses – don’t tell me that couldn’t prove “iconic” and bring a few visitors. EM, Sutherland

We’re listened to!

SUNDERLAND Council do listen to what people say!

The plans to redevelop the Seaburn Shelter site are long overdue. We have one of the best seafronts in the North and the replacement of the 1930s worn-out façade will no doubt become a magnet for visitors to Seaburn.

Having taken part in the public consultation exercise of 2009 where people were invited to contribute ideas for Roker and Seaburn, I attended a consultation meeting and wrote to the authority with what was my vision for a glazed area above the Seaburn Shelter, allowing the increase of café facilities on the promenade side of the coast road.

To see the finished plans in the Echo brought a smile to my face, our council do listen. My message is, don’t sit back, get involved when you can.

Peter Walton, Middle Herrington