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Residents of Deepcar would like to thank councillors, council workers and Friends of Don Field for the improvements made to Don Field play area, Deepcar.

Residents of Deepcar would like to thank councillors, council workers and Friends of Don Field for the improvements made to Don Field play area, Deepcar.

The two seats, litter bin and new climbing frame for the children are valuable assets to this needy spot.

After all, over the years other parks in the city have had lots of facilities added to them with - seemingly - no expense spared.

Ratepayers in Deepcar have always said: “What is good enough for the goose is good enough for the gander.”

Bernard Wilkinson, Mill Lane

Budget was set for 12 months

I’d like to quash the unfounded rumour that the Lib Dems set a ‘six month budget’. To be clear, the council is required by law to set a budget for 12 months. Setting a six-month budget would have actually been illegal. This budget was signed off for 12 months by independent council officials.

It’s particularly amusing that this claim comes from Labour councillors. When the council was in no overall control, they couldn’t be bothered to set a one month budget, let alone 12!

Coun Simon Clement Jones Lib Dem spokesman for Finance

Poor people in for a bad time

Oxfam predicts significant food price increases in the next 20 years, a threat to poor people all over the world. They are probably right, but not for the reasons they cite.

Periodical global warming historically leads to rising cereal crop yields. As there has been no significant global warming since 1995 it would seem there will be no relief from that scenario.

However the massive shift of turning agricultural land over to bio-fuel production has already seen a dramatic increase in food prices. Add to this the forthcoming rises in energy prices, mainly self inflicted by a misunderstanding of politicians on its causes and effect, poor people are in for a bad time.

Godfrey Bloom, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire