Letters – Sept

Please note: The opinions expressed in the letters printed do not reflect the views of Stn.

Dear Editor,

I am responding to the letter written by S. Russell of Syston printed in the August 2014 issue of the Syston Town News. I too have contacted the Highways Department about the street lighting on behalf of the residents of Hungarton Drive, Quenby Crescent and Orchard Way, with a list of issues that we have faced in the past. I am also concerned about the Mori poll consultation, which was conducted online, showing that the majority of people did not want the street lights switched out early.
Only last year all the lights in our area were changed to low energy bulbs, apparently to save money and conform to green issues. With the lights being out for 5 hours every night, does this mean a reduction in what we pay to the Council?
My main concern is that from a health and safety point of view is that it’s a bit like going back in time with low light at night and increase in crime. When I rang to express my concerns I was told from the highways department that there was no objections at all from the police about the street lighting and that the crime rates in Syston were low, and that the street lighting was not there for you to see where you are walking.
I would just like to finish on a positive note by saying we want our lights left on as before and can you all contact the council department at [email protected] or 0116 305 0001.
Regards
M. Edden
Syston

Dear Editor,

In response to your correspondent who deplores the feeding of ducks, and who claims the brook is ‘full of soggy bread’ (what, literally?): It isn’t that we feed the ducks for fear they’ll starve otherwise, but because it’s fun. It brings happiness and joy to all concerned. Anyone doubting this has only to listen to the squeals of delight from the kiddies as they lob in their chunks of bread. There is, however, a secondary reason, I think, and it is to do with being lectured by a cartoon duck. I too have stood by those dreadful signs, deliberately tipping great suitcases full of baked goods into the gaping beaks ranged below (they’re particularly fond of those mini-fig-rolls), and each handful is a poison dart aimed at the health-and-safety sickness which now seeks to deny us even this harmless, innocent, and yes – ancient – pastime. So come on Town – keep feeding the critters and to hell with the objectors! Apart from hiring special duck-wardens to float down the brook in Donald Duck costumes to catch us out, what they can do?
P. Gray
Syston

Dear Editor,

With reference to the article in the August edition of your ‘great little paper’ titled Charnwood WIGs Report, it states that members rambled through Donkey Park over to The Fosse Way. I would like to point out that this park is The Memorial Park and is in remembrance of those who served and gave their lives in two World Wars, as is indicated by a plaque on the park. It is incorrect and offensive to refer to the park in this manner. The area which was in fact the Donkey Park, is the area now built upon, surrounded by Necton Street, West Street and North Street and where donkeys were in fact grazed in times past.
In this year of special remembrance perhaps Syston residents could think twice before referring to The Memorial Park in this manner.
M. Bent
Syston

Dear Editor,

I am acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea. Where over 800 British Servicemen are buried.
The authorities there wish to obtain photographs of those servicemen interred there, and, also those who died but have no known grave. The photographs will be attached to their records,and will also be displayed on the walls of the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance for all time. The following are just some of the young men from the East Midlands area who gave their lives in Korea.
Lt. Richard. Neville-Jones (RN) Pte.Eric Burnham. Gnr. Michael. Banbury. Pte. Richard.J.Derry. Lt.Frederick.B.Millington.
Mne.Reuben. Nicholls(RM) Lt. Richard.J.Overton (RN) Pte.John.H.Rowson. Gnr.Alan Bond. Tpr.Maurice.L.Walton.
Pte.Colin Salmon. Sgt.Neil.E.Wykes. Cpl. Gordon.G.Moody. Fus.Roland.E.S.Jackson. Mne.Ivan Garner (RM)
Any family who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53. and wish to take part can send the photograph to me, James Grundy 102 College Croft. Eccles. Manchester M30 0AN. or, for further details you can phone 0161 789 7633, or, email [email protected]  You can also phone Brian Hough on 0161 368 5622.
May I thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.
Yours sincerely.
James Grundy.