Pay-to-play tennis

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A few years ago, the Friends of Concord Park applied for grants to install a multi-use games area, (MUGA), in the park. The grant application specified that the MUGA would be for free use by the local children.

Now we find that our council have arranged a contract with Parks Tennis CIC to make charges for playing tennis. Supposedly some of the money raised will be used to maintain the courts.

We in Concord Park have heard such stories before, (details available - just ask!).

It is claimed that £251,000 has been spent on five parks, one of which is listed as Concord. The construction of the MUGA with its two tennis courts took place in 2011, long before the Lawn Tennis Association became involved.

If pay-to-play tennis is to be introduced in Concord Park, why doesn’t the council and LTA and Parks Tennis CIC construct superior courts like those at High Hazels Park on the vacant plot next to the MUGA?

Leave the two MUGA courts for local children and their ball games.

Mildred Morgan

Chair - Friends of Concord Park

Literary legacy

Congratulations on The Star article (Richard Blackledge) regarding the literary legacy of the Sitwell family.

Some months ago, I purchased a book entitled: Edith Sitwell - Eccentric Genius and Poet, (MacMillan Press 2014). In the book, it is pointed out that Edith Sitwell’s poem Still Falls The Rain is arguably her finest work.

Apparently Still Falls The Rain refers to the bombing of the Marples Hotel during the Sheffield Blitz of December 1941.

The tragic loss of life included the orchestra and the people in the basement ballroom of the hotel.

Still Falls The Rain refers to the bombs that caused the terrible tragedy.

In closing now, once again, congratulations to Richard Blackledge and also to Christine Beevers, the curator of Renishaw Hall, (the family seat of the Sitwell family).

Steven Davis

S17

Stinky dog bin mess

Overflowing dog bins on our estate... warm weather, not emptied bins... stinky.

Jayne Grayson

by email

Query on postal voting

I would like to query an issue with postal voting.

My wife and I have used a postal vote this year for the first time, successfully I believe.

But I called into my local doctors surgery to ask for a repeat prescription, and while waiting at the reception counter I noticed two piles of postal votes sitting on the other side of counter.

This bothered me all day, so I rang the town hall department dealing with voting. The answer the young lady gave me was, perhaps those are registered there.

I said, at a doctors?

If I was a regular at a pub I would not ask for a form to go to the pub.

The lady said did you ask the receptionist, and I said no, but this mystery has troubled me.

I wonder if anyone at The Star could give a logical story on this?

Mr Ray Byers

by email

Such a pleasant spot

May I thank whoever cleaned up the rubbish in the woods on the path opposite Hucklow Road.

This was particularly nasty, nappies, food waste etc. In such a pleasant spot, dumped by an environmental cretin with no conscience.

Thankfully, the majority of people have more integrity and more brains.

S Green

Longley

Blue badge fraudsters

In today’s Star , you mention the prosecution of Blue Badge offenders. The article says that the names of the offenders and their penalties, are shown on your website but when I looked there, I could not find them.

I am a motorist and it annoys me when I see other motorists abusing facilities for the disabled. I frequently challenge people who park their cars in disabled bays without displaying any blue badge.

I realise that the abuse of disabled bays is not the situation that is referred to in the article.

However, I think you could make a difference to the abuse of the Blue Badge scheme if you were to publish regularly in your paper, the offenders’ names and their penalties, just as you publish the Court Reports.

Carol F

Gleadless

Don’t waste your vote

I am fully in agreement with Len the Shiregreen Owl, (Star letters, May 24, 2017), when he says that he is in a bit of a dilemma concerning the June 8 general election.

As a similar Labour voter for the past 60 years, all I can advise Len to do is to use the wisdom of being a ‘wise old owl’ and having weighed up the pros and cons to vote according to his conscience - he should certainly not waste his vote.

My dilemma is that I am also disillusioned with the current Labour Party, their leader and policies.

These are being presented as a united front to the electorate, but in reality some of them are causing deep divisions within the leadership, sitting MPs, party members and grassroots supporters –Trident renewal, uncontrolled immigration and borders being two prime examples.

Jeremy Corbyn professes to support current Labour policies but his personal history suggests otherwise.

While not losing my trust in the Labour Party as a whole, I certainly feel that I cannot trust him and his warring colleagues until they sort their problems out and present a united front to the electorate, and address issues which they are reluctant to do.

The dilemma which I have is that my constituency is a Labour safe seat.

Regardless of the candidate it has been Labour held for many years.

There is no reason to believe that this will change at the June election.

While I strongly disagree with the current leader and implementation of some of the promised Labour policies, I am fully appreciative of the work done and being done in Parliament and the constituency by David Blunkett and Gill Furniss.

Do I vote for the MP based on their personal record or for the Labour Party which they represent?

In my case I have weighed up the merit of the local constituency work being done by the incumbent MP, decided that this outweighs my concerns about Labour’s national policies, and have voted according to my conscience.

I wish Len every encouragement in being able to resolve his own dilemma.

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5

Whitworth & Manchester

Just a quick note to say how spot on Whitworth’s cartoons were in both The Star and The Sheffield Telegraph on the terrible events in Manchester. They were poignant and respectful. Well done to him and everyone on the papers.

Trevor Chaplin

Crookes