Letters to the Editor – October 5, 2011

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Mail probe

I WAS pleased to read that the post office has finally done something about the missing mail.

I reported parcels and letters going missing two years ago when Christmas presents and birthday cards that had been sent to myself and my wife went missing. It got steadily worse over the two years.

When I complained to the post office I was sent a claim form to complete and return, but no promise of an investigation into why.

The fact that there were allegedly “10,000” items of missing mail is just unbelieveable. Why did they drag their heels in dealing with this?

As usual the customers are the ones left to suffer.

Although I have received items of mail with the contents missing, Royal Mail will have to work hard to build up trust again.

Hopefully things will get better - and soon.

Name and details supplied (via e-mail)

United over all-weather pitches

I AM in full agreement with Ian Stevenson and Gerry Marley regarding all-weather outdoor football facilities in East Dunbartonshire.

Numerous parents and volunteers in this area work extremely hard to create a good youth football experience and yet regularly meet with indifference and intransigence from the council.

After my youth club’s match was called off on Saturday morning (due to Boghead being waterlogged - yet again!), I made a whistle-stop tour of three local school astrograss pitches, namely: Bishopbriggs Academy, Turnbull HS and St Ninian’s HS. All were lying empty, and unused.

When making enquiries, I learned from an experienced source that it was common practice for schools to block-book their pitches until 2pm, even though it was rare that they actually used them! However, it is apparently also rare for schools to cancel the booking with the result that the facilities are rendered unavailable to local football clubs.

It is absolutely disgraceful that these expensive school-based pitches lie empty most Saturdays and Sundays, depriving keen young footballers of the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and enjoy their chosen sport.

Any councillor who is genuinely concerned about the health and well-being of local young people should be addressing this totally-unacceptable situation immediately.

Karen Graham,

Lenzie Youth Club.

A-boards policy under fire

EAST Dunbartonshire councillors are not listening to concerns expressed by local traders and have refused to reconsider the zero tolerance policy for traders’ A-boards despite the concerns raised by many local business people.

Local businesses have not been consulted and the consequences of this policy decision have not been thought through.

While everyone welcomes the attempt to tidy up East Dunbartonshire and remove much of the unsightly fly-posting across our area, A-boards are used by many local traders as a way of promoting their business.

As the recession bites ever deeper, many local shopkeepers and traders are struggling to survive.

Labour, Tory and LibDem councillors, however, are busy congratulating themselves for their ‘zero tolerance’ policy and are determined to remove all such promotional signs.

SNP attempts at the recent council meeting to re-open the discussion and re-consider the decision were refused.

Our local streets already have litter bins, bollards, planters and unnecessary direction signposting.

Steps could have been taken wherever needed to tidy all of this up with the help and co-operation of local traders and with particular consideration for wheelchair users and partially sighted people.

The opportunity has now been missed and this ill-thought out policy will be imposed.

We already have too many businesses closing down and empty shops in our town centres.

The last thing we need at this time is council decisions which only add to the problem.

Councillor Anne McNair,

East Dunbartonshire Council.