Letters, Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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Why the delay with this planning decision?

RE. the erection of a supermarket at Jennings, Riverside Road, Sunderland, and the outcome of the planning and highways committee meeting held on July 21.

The meeting was assembled specifically to consider the planning permission application of Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The councillors present stated that they could find no valid reason why the application should not be granted.

Indeed, there was even a comment that an objection (submitted only 24 hours previous to the committee meeting) by the property developers dealing with the Holmeside Triangle development was “cynical”. These objectors even threatened to pull out of their deal with the council if Sainsbury ’s supermarket planning permission was to be granted.

Surely, this threat should have been treated with the contempt it deserves.

It is worth remembering that the aspirations of our council are for the erection in Holmeside of the highest tower block in the UK. Would this be to complement the erection of the highest iconic low-level bridge in the world? How many decades will it take for these ridiculous schemes to materialise?

As a resident of Hylton Castle estate supporting the Sainsbury plan, I reminded those councillors present that 25 years had elapsed since they refused Asda the opportunity to build a supermarket at an ideal location at the junction of Washington Road and Hylton Lane, i.e., at the geographical centre of five housing estates. In so doing, they gifted South Tyneside Council the business rates and sent of 900 jobs over the hill to Boldon.

If the planning committee wish to keep themselves properly informed, they might try reading the Echo. Just seven weeks ago, there was a report that for every month the planning permission desired by over 90 per cent of the population of north-west Sunderland was being delayed, the city was losing £1million.

So why did the councillors, with no valid justification, defer the planning permission to September 2011? People in north-west Sunderland need the 500+ jobs now and without any more unjustified delay by our city councillors.

This delay is tantalising and a tentative refusal. Residents of north-west Sunderland should be informed immediately via the Letters Page for prompt action.

Ron McQuillan

Still in wrong place

WHILE the tourist information centre (TIC) is no longer hidden away in the deepest recesses of the second floor of the city’s central library, it is still in the wrong place.

Instead of being on the second floor of the building (sharing space with “Sound and Vision”) it should be on the ground floor – well advertised and with easy access from Fawcett Street.

The current TIC is a pale shadow of its award-winning former self.

There is plenty of space in the ground-floor foyer area of the entrance to the central library building, and the former craft shop area at the back has not been fully utilised for a long time. That is where the TIC should be – bigger, better-stocked with brochures and much more accessible to the general public (especially tourists!).

It’s not too late to put things right.

Coun Peter Wood, Deputy Leader, Conservative Council Group

Bottle quest

ON sorting out some stuff at home I came across a tall glass bottle I have had for a number of years.

My father was the manager of The Mountain Daisy pub in Hylton Road, Sunderland, from 1970 to 1982. His name was Harry Jobling. He bought the bottle from an old gentleman who needed a few bob for a couple of pints.

When my father retired I kept the bottle. I would dearly love it to go back to the family it belongs to. The bottle is tall, slim and brown, but it is engraved with the Tyne Bridge, with a boat sailing underneath. It has crossed British flags and the English rose. It also has the Queen’s crown engraved at the top and lots of other engraved markings. The main thing it has around the centre are the names James Dickinson and Emily Parker Bell, married 1864. On the bottom of the bottle is engraved 1880. The bottle still has the original gin stopper but the cork has disintegrated.

I don’t think that old man really wanted to sell his bottle, so does it or the names mean anything to anyone out there in Sunderland? Any help would be appreciated.

C. Findlay, Washington, email: c.findlay989@yahoo.co.uk

Nightly nuisance

IT’S time for the neighbourhood watch alert! The nightshift dog-walking scumbag is traversing Crummock Avenue, letting the dog foul people’s gardens.

Buckets of water at the ready – but not for the dog.

Dogwatch, Sunderland