In the last 50 years there have been numerous world meetings to discuss the reason for climate change and the running out of the planet’s resources without ever identifying the real reason we are in the state we are, namely the population explosion.
If the planet’s population was three billion and not seven billion all the current problems would not exist and yet we are making the problem worse by pouring money into scientific research to improve health and increase life expectancy when we should be finding ways to control the worlds population.
Otherwise the problems we have now will pale in to insignificance when the population hits 10 billion.
Well I’ve just had an eye-opener.
We have a young Polish couple living next door to us, decent neighbours, very sociable, both work etc.
The other day they asked me how do they get rid of unwanted household goods, so he filled his car with what he could get in and I took him to the landfill site at Shirecliffe.
That just left him with three larger items, including a large fridge/freezer which obviously wouldn’t fit in his car.
So he asks me if I could ring the appropriate authorities to have them taken away for him because he doesn’t speak very good English. No problem, I tell him.
Now I’ve always thought you could have large unwanted furniture taken away for free.
So I phone them for him only to be told to make sure he has the items out for easy access and when he pays over the phone, they will give him a date.
Now it all becomes clear now why there is so much fly- tipping.
I know I will get people coming back at me in here, saying things like, it’s your obligation and your moral responsibility too.
Well I’m sorry, even though you would be right in saying so but people will not pay to have to have rubbish taken away.
It’s no wonder Page Hall is awash with fly-tipping.
I can remember years ago when you could hire a 10-ton skip for £50, then someone doubled the price and I remember saying to my wife that this will just encourage people to fly-tip and sure enough it did, practically overnight.
I know it’s a big problem but surely charging people is not going to solve it?
How about placing communal skips in designated areas?
Trees a silent majority view
I am writing to try to present the views of those of us who have strong feelings about our Sheffield trees but who do not protest loudly enough.
I am lucky to live close to Ecclesall Woods in a road lined by huge trees, mainly London plane, lime, ash and sycamore.
When I moved into the road 35 years ago the trees were lopped annually by a tree gang working out of Ecclesall Woods, (now the Saw Mill).
Two trees near our house were removed due to disease and replaced by a sycamore and a lime, which are now twice the height of the houses but still dwarfed by the older trees.
Due to lack of money the care of our trees in Sheffield was neglected and many have grown out of their environment.
Sheffielders moaned constantly, and with justification, about the state of our roads and pavements but now that we have grants to rectify this a small but loud minority are preventing work from being done.
The pavements at the bottom of our road are virtually unusable due to the tree roots.
My husband has tripped and fallen twice in the dark, mothers often push their children’s buggies along the road and several elderly people have resorted to walking in the road rather risk tripping and falling.
Last week the council workers arrived to remove an extremely large London plane tree, (more suited to London parks), from outside a neighbour’s house.
This has caused the pavement to rise and break up badly and the roots have been growing into my neighbour’s cellar.
Sadly a group of protesters stood under the tree and prevented it from being felled.
They did not live on our road and had no thought, time or courtesy to listen to the views of those of us who do and are desperate to have the trees that are causing damage removed, and replaced by smaller and more suitable species.
The council is removing and REPLACING trees.
I am sure that no one wishes us to lose our title of Greenest City, we love our trees but sadly many have outgrown the position that they are in.
Many obstruct the view of on-coming vehicles when turning onto major roads, (Rivelin Valley and Hagg Hill, top of Dobcroft Road and Ecclesall Road to name two that I regularly use), and have been planted too close together.
So much publicity has been given to those who shout the loudest and now Michael Gove has joined in.
Has he ever been to Sheffield?
I would challenge him and the protesters to walk blindfold with a stick or to use a wheelchair along our pavements.
We hear a lot about preserving our environment for future generations.
As a retired primary headteacher I fully agree with this but many of our trees were planted at the same time, have been neglected and will eventually die at around the same the time.
If we do not have a rolling programme of replacement and management we will, one day, become a city with far fewer trees.
I feel that the time has come for those of us who keep silent, or just chunter among ourselves, to raise our voices.
Many of us support the Council, (apart from the way they went about things in Rustlings Road, (under the cover of darkness!), and welcome the removal of trees that are causing damage and their replacements.
Mrs B Houghton
There are plenty of independent sandwich shops open in Sheffield finding making a living hard. One Pret A Manger doesn’t make a summer.
Iconic Cole’s Corner
In reply to Susan Richardson’s letter, (August 15), calling for the demolition of the former HSBC premises on Church Street and Fargate.
Instead of razing it to the ground, it would be better to stoneclad the on- time Gas Board showrooms and fit a doorway canopy and other features similar to the iconic Cole’s Corner which once stood on the site.
It would turn an eyesore into a lovely structure and blend in well with the Cutlers’ Hall, the Cathedral and other adjacent Victorian architecture in the area.
Other of Sheffield’s less desirable buildings could be given the similar treatment and the city centre would be a more attractive place.