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As a coeliac for 25 years I would like to point out that the items shown on the graphic on gluten free prescriptions in Wednesday’s Star, in no way represent bread available on prescription – I wish it did.

The amount that is available on prescription to people with coeliac disease, which is a life-threatening disease if a strict gluten-free diet is not adhered to, is limited to eight very small loaves per month OR cereals OR pasta OR flour and not everything as suggested.

Gluten-free food is available in supermarkets but is expensive. Gluten-free bread costs £2.50 to £3.50 for a small loaf.

The graphic does seem to give the wrong impression about the amount people are allowed.

John H Marshall

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Unpaid postage

Just been watching the news and saw the letter triggering Article 50 being handed to Donald Tusk.

I couldn’t help noticing that there was no stamp on the envelope.

Is sticking the EU for unpaid postage really the best way of starting these negotiations?

Stephen Crowther

Greystones

EU leaders to blame

I am sure that the issue of free movement of people in Europe was the main cause of the Brexit vote and when all said and done if the European leaders had addressed this issue with David Cameron’s negotiations at that time we would not be leaving the EU. They only have themselves to blame.

I also hope that those migrants who have jobs here will be allowed to remain no matter what and regard any other outcome as very un-British in my view.

RG

S12

Grow up and get it done

I had planned to write to The Star to complain about the newly resurfaced pavements at Firth Park, but I held back because I assumed that the job wasn’t yet completed.

Well, The Star has beaten me too it and highlighted the awful mess that the pavements have been left in.

I have complained in the past about the shocking state of the pavements, with their patches, cracks, broken slabs, raised or sunken grates and the dangers of such an uneven surface, especially in bad weather. Snow is a nightmare because you cannot see the pavement beneath it, and it’s very easy to trip.

No one in their right mind, except SCC, would spend money to resurface half a pavement, as they have on both Bellhouse Road and Sicey Avenue. It not only looks an absolute mess, but the danger of slipping or tripping is now greater than before, because people are stepping from a smooth resurfaced area onto the horrendous pavement between the edge of the resurfaced area and the shops.

Clearly no one has done a risk assessment on this hazard, especially for the winter where the pavements could be covered in snow, ice or frost.

Firth Park is a major shopping area, used also by lots of children from nearby schools and toddlers going to and from the local playground in the park.

Not content with causing chaos with the number of buses competing for two bus stops on Bellhouse Road, and the shambles that causes when up to five buses can be there at any one time, now they can’t even make the pavements safe.

Money can be spent in this area painting yellow lines around schools and implementing 20mph zones, that no one monitors or enforces, but our shopping centre is left like some third world country. There will be council elections soon, and a lot of people are fed up with this council so, come on SCC, it’s a damned eyesore, it isn’t going to cost millions to resurface it, so get it done.

S Collins

S5

Accurate forecasting

In The Star Wednesday, March 29, the weather forecast started by saying “It will be mostly cloudy with the chance of light at times. Sure enough, in the morning it was light and remained so all day.” Accurate forecasting indeed.

Jay Bee

Crookes

You can switch off

In reply to the letter from John Vintin (Saturday, March 25). The problem, Mr Vintin, is that events like the Westminster incident aren’t planned events, apart from by the perpetrators of course.

Television crews can only film from a distance and have to use what they themselves can film and footage sent in by the public and gradually build up a longer loop as events unfold.

People don’t have to wait until the traditional news bulletins and therefore can tune in at anytime on the dedicated news channels.

They want updates as the events unfold, especially if they have friends or relatives working/living near the scene.

Ian Hall

Aston

Extra few feet could be killer

Going past the comp on my way home it’s 2.30pm, yet on the brow of the hill mummies and daddies are already parked up to give their little darlings a lift home.

There are plenty of spaces, but some can’t resist parking on the double yellow lines.

God forbid you park legally and the kids have to walk over to you, that extra few feet would be a killer.

You can bang on about parking at school and for many it will just go over their heads.

They will park where they want – end of.

Jayne Grayson

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Verging on ridiculous

It seems picking flowers from council verges is an offence. But decimating a grass verge with a vehicle is quite OK.

D Rodley

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