Letters, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Join fight to save vital fire station

IT is 21 years since we were made a city, and it is 21 years since our city centre fire station was renewed to protect the heart of our city.

 Sunderland’s heart has been protected by a city centre fire station for more than 100 years.

 Now the people of Sunderland need to act to protect our city fire station.

 Sunderland needs a fire station at its centre because a lot of people live in the heart of the city. The fire station is there to attend incidents and save lives quickly.

 Many people work in our city, in the shopping areas, in our hospitals, at our port and at our university.

 Other risks covered by our city centre fire station are industrial estates at Hendon, Leechmere and Pallion.

 We have a busy rail and Metro line, two bridges and busy roads.

All of these, along with your homes, will be at a greater risk if we lose our city centre fire station.

 People need to write to the fire authority and tell it not to take the dangerous option of cutting the heart out of your city’s fire protection.

 Take part in the consultation online at consultation@twfire.gov.uk. Attend meetings to voice your concerns and last but not least, help the local campaign get started.

 Save Sunderland Fire Station.

Gordon Chalk,

Fire Brigades’ Union

Protect the wildlife

WHEN will we see effective action taken against the worldwide poaching of wildlife on the continents of Asia and Africa?

 I have been reading about an elephant chased by a poacher and shot many times before it succumbed with terrible screams.

 Ninety-six elephants a day are slaughtered worldwide for their tusks.

 This can’t go on as it will see the end of elephants.

 Action must be taken to stop these poachers whose only concern is profiteering.

 One answer could be to cut down the tusks of elephants and buffalos or round as many as possible into sanctuaries.

 This should apply to other threatened species.

 It’s only a few months ago that 91 elephants were poisoned after drinking from deliberately contaminated waterholes.

 Thousands of armed guards may eventually be required to curtail this menace to the world’s wildlife.

Les May,


A magical scene

MY husband and I were transported back to our childhood while shopping in The Bridges on Saturday, November 16.

 We stopped at Santa’s Grotto and enjoyed the children talking to Santa.

 He had us mesmorised – never mind the kiddies. He chatted to them with such animation.

 The delight on children’s and parents’ faces was amazing.

 Congratulations to whoever you and Mrs Santa Claus are, you have brought such happiness and magic to all who visit you – even those of us without children.

 We will be back soon with our great grandchildren just so we can be part of this wonderful time.

 Bravo to The Bridges too, because apparently of the £2 fee, 50p goes to MS Research.

 Thank you from two OAPs who still believe in Santa Claus.

Mr and Mrs Brown,


Shameful sell-off

THERE’S an old saying, there’s only two certainties in life – death and taxes.

 The rich around the world have proved that only one of them is true.

 Our Labour council has decided to sell off our leisure services. So who is going to profit from these services that the taxpayers paid for? Certainly not the taxpayer.

 It will be the rich businessmen, who are lauded for their tax avoidance and forgiven for bringing the country to its knees.

 Tory leader Robert Oliver agrees with the plan – that’s a first – as long as it is good value for the taxpayer.

 Well, Robert, when has any privatisation, local or national, been good value for the taxpayer – never.

 The only beneficiaries to any of these schemes are the wealthy, tax avoiding rich.

 The council should hang its head in shame.

Ged Taylor,