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My family moved to North East Derbyshire from a city to grow in a less polluted environment. Unfortunately, an application from a company called Ineos is being submitted to Derbyshire County Council to explore and possibly frack a quarter of a mile from our home.

The works will be carried out in a small field, surrounded by livestock and wildlife, and very close to a nursery and a primary school.

If Ineos are given the go-ahead, then a huge drilling rig will be erected and noise and pollution from the fracking will commence.

In areas of Britain where fracking is taking place, county councils have turned down planning permission, but have been overruled by the government.

Is Britain not a democracy any more, or are the government simply giving the industrialists what they want above the wishes of the people?

I and many others opposed to exploration and fracking require answers and assurances from you and your government to the following questions:

Who will be carrying out air and land contamination surveys prior to exploration and fracking, so that a base line is achieved for contamination monitoring?

Who will be responsible for reimbursing homeowners for a drop in market prices of properties due to these works?

Who will be responsible for repairs and rebuilding properties due to the works, bearing in mind that there are hundreds of old mine works in this area and fracking requires drilling beneath these workings, which may cause subsidence and sink holes?

Ken Jenkinson

NE Derbyshire

Credit to the council

A quick note of thanks for Sheffield parks department for laying Tarmac paths in Graves park up from the boating lake and continuing round on the path past the cattle enclosure to the gate out to Chanteys’ memorial.

These paths were often very muddy and difficult for prams, elderly and disabled people to negotiate, so now it makes access a lot easier.

I also read in Friday’s Star, (March 31) that the old original sewer gas/cast-iron street lamps are to be restored around the city.

One of these lamps has stood at the junction of Rushdale Road and Upper Albert Road, near to where I live. I pass it regularly, as would have my late parents and grand parents. These lamps are a beautiful feature and deserve restoration.

Well done to the council for preserving something instead of demolishing it. If the new street lights were replaced by these reliable old lamps maybe we could consider employing the old lamp lighters again.

Stan Seggar

S8

Keep looking both ways

Come on Mrs Thompson, as an Advanced Motorist, you should know that observation is the key to safety at this and any other junction. No matter where the crossing is placed if road users and pedestrians do not take care problems will arise. Keep looking both ways and you will be OK.

By the way, if the crossing was moved do you think that pedestrians would stop using the area occupied by the crossing? No they wouldn’t as this is the natural crossing point. A little less safe than the present I would suggest.

A Sheldon

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Why can’t they walk?

Why do children of today have to be taken to school in cars by their parents?

Being a 94-year-old, I went to school at the top of a steep hill. I lived at the bottom of Channing Street and went to Walkley school at the top of the hill. I had to walk up twice a day and come home to dinner, (no school dinners then).

We didn’t have cars and it didn’t do us any harm walking. Even my son, who is now 73, had to walk. We lived on Wadsley Bridge, another hilly part of Sheffield. I can’t say it was fun but it had to be done or else the school board man was after your parents for not making you go to school.

Just Jessie

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5

Parking on the pavement

Further to your article in the Star I am outraged that when I walked down to Firth Park there were at least 25 cars that were parked onto a pavement plus three transit vans on the pavement outside the Amigo supermarket before the Lady Save.

This is a disgrace and the council should do something about it. There will be a accident sooner or later because of all these idiots.

Lee Johnson

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Parking solutions

“Pavement parking ban proposals welcomed by frustrated pedestrians in Sheffield”. The above news in The Star is more about the Sheffield City council not planning ahead.

Here are just two questions with two simple solutions which I have raised before in other places.

For how long has this city been planning the repairs on all the city roads?

How many years as this been a problem in all towns across this country and other countries?

Once again the city planners have missed the chance to rectify this parking problem alongside the present road repairs.

If one foot was taken from each pavement on each side of most roads this would reduce the need to park on pavements and this would allow emergency services access to now congested roads. Where roads run adjacent to each other, develop more one-way systems, as in the roads off Holme Lane Hillsbough.

The mass terraced housing from the past and present have continued to create over-parking, not just in the last few years but over many years.

Come on The Star give some support to this age-old problem and age-old solution by publishing this email in the hope that the city fathers will wake up to this problem and solutions.

Derek

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The right to be a moron

I always thought that the Christian faith practsced peace, tolerance, and love to all, but I guess the evangelists who have been haranguing the public on The Moor recently need a lot more practice, as they keep relapsing into bigotry.

While I wouldn’t want to deny them their right to free speech, I would like to remind them that the right to free speech doesn’t equate to the right to be a moron in public without consequences or criticism.

And I’d also like to point them towards Matthew 6:5 – “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who pray on the street corners so that they will be seen by others.

“They will have no other reward than this.”

Yours in blissful agnosticism, Steven Poore

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Pudding burners

If women are racing in the British touring car championships, rowing in the Boat Race and boxing at the Olympics, who’s cooking the Sunday roast?

John Vintin

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