Holding back the tide

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I completely disagree with Gerry Leckey’s letter entitled ‘Praise and Grumble’ of August 25 in which he says that Susan Richardson’s letters are patronising.

If they come over as such it’s probably because she tends to be factually correct in what she says about the trees and the council’s disregard for our heritage. As Ron Clayton points out, this is not just about trees.

Regarding the High Court verdict supposedly being Council 3 – Tree Huggers 0. I don’t think so!

The trial just helped expose Sheffield Council’s refusal to do a proper review of the situation or acknowledge that a great number of Sheffielders are very unhappy at what seems like wanton destruction of our heritage.

By the way GL, the analogy of Susan to King Canute is not a good one. He tried to show his humility by demonstrating that he COULD NOT hold back the tide. Though I’m sure Susan must be feeling this about the council by now. But I’m sure it won’t stop her and many others continuing to fight on to try and preserve Sheffield’s heritage.

Richard Bramall

S11

Memoriam section

Today I visited a friend and saw the letters page from The Star last Saturday. I was very surprised to see published a letter that had no place in a letters forum, and if it were to be published it should have been in the In Memoriam section.

While not doubting the feelings felt for his wife’s death by Mr Lawton this is not the platform upon which to voice them.

Can we all do it? Saying “thanks” to people is one thing, but this letter was on an entirely different level.

I am led to believe that the writer is a “regular” contributor – be that as it may, your letters editor made a big mistake.

P Preston

Rotherham

Clockword puzzle

It is to be hoped John Lennon’s son Julian wasn’t reading the Friday, August 25 edition of the Star.

If he had done and was looking at the puzzle challenge page he would have cried ‘Saltwater’ tears but it would have been ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’ after reading the clue for the Clockword puzzle because he would have discovered that he was no longer alive!

Syd Bullen

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Badgering? That’s tripe

June Cutts upbraids me for my latest ‘outburst’ and my part – along with others – in destroying ‘the very heart of this city’ ie Castle and Castle Hill Market.

Well, June love, it makes a change to hear it from you and not your other half, appearing variously as George Newton Cutts, Judd Newton, Cuttsie, Citizens Union etc.

You are right June – of late they are outbursts caused by frustration.

Frustration at planning legislation which has apparently little bite when it comes to ensuring that the owners of listed buildings and structures look after them.

The drying up of central government funding as regards heritage .

The increasing numbers of historic buildings and structures at risk from arson or dereliction and vandalism.

The failure to properly record them before they vanish for ever.

Failure by politicians and government as a whole to recognise the need for reform while the attrition of our heritage goes on.

The lack of council staffing resources.

Now this is not just a Sheffield problem, it’s national and it should be of as much concern as any other environmental issue.

But you know what really does my head in, June? – not just the individuals and groups who don’t have ‘outbursts’ ie championing something that’s vital to the future of Sheffield and because you love your city – is the statement you make regarding ‘continuous badgering of vulnerable members of the planning department and various councillors’.

Sorry June and Judd that’s something you have had cooked in milk and onions and spiced with vinegar – it’s tripe.

Ron Clayton

S6

Tin cans and string for me

I went past the Virgin shop on Fargate last week and was annoyed to find it had closed. On the window two notices were plain to see, one for contact numbers and one telling customers that the nearest Virgin shop is in Barnsley.

I am a Virgin customer and I will not be travelling to another town to pick a new mobile. If a new store is being opened fair enough but if not it’s Vodafone for me, or its back to two tin cans and a length of string .

Vincent Malone

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Parking in blue badge bays

I read in the Star a letter by Tanya Vickers for a change in the law to help stop people abusing this most necessary concession.

I too have held a blue badge for many years and have experienced exactly the same problems and abuse.

Judging from the photo it looks like a supermarket car park.

I’m afraid these car parks are private property and there are parking regulations posted around the site saying you must display a blue badge to park in designated bays otherwise you may be liable for a hefty fine, (usually around £50-60), and gives the name of the parking company, and the reasons for continued abuse of these bays, they aren’t patrolled and these people know that.

I am confident that they don’t do enforcement because it would discourage certain customers.

Morrisons, Tesco and Aldi are the same, however Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys and Waitrose do enforcement patrols and issue tickets.

And you don’t find any Disabled Blue Badge holder, only bays being abused.

Make an example of them and the word goes round like wildfire.

Mr PG

S10

Is it art or vandalism?

In the Star, August 28, 2017, you published a feature on Dan Llewelyn Hall painting a Western Road tree.

From the photograph it gives the impression that he is painting directly onto a public telephone box window.

If he is painting on a canvas attached to the window, it is still blocking the view of the interior.

Public telephone users may not wish to make a call in an enclosed booth whose interior is invisible from the outside, both for their safety and if they suffer from claustrophobia.

These telephones are owned and maintained by British Telecommunications.

While Mr Hall deserves praise for his paintings in support of former pupils of Westways School who died in the First World War, should he be using BT property to promote this?

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5