Post letters: Good Samaritan Linda, fly-tipping, housing and saucy litter
PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 June 2019
Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.
Linda deserves a citizen's award
David Marton, Morley Road, Barking, writes:
Wow! What a lady Linda Evans is (Good Samaritan from Romford rescues Devon teenager who was robbed in Barking).
Helping that young girl who was mugged, taking her in (overnight), making sure she got to her audition and then home again.
It's quite unbelievable in a world where most would look the other way and think "not my problem".
From one parent to another I would like to state on public record that this is one of the most heart-warming stories that I've ever read, certainly in this area.
Surely, there must be some sort of citizen's or civic award for Linda. A passing moment of fame in the Post is all well and good but shouldn't she be formally recognised.
'Amazing' action by heroine Linda
Dr Leonard Restall B ED, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:
The recent account of the action of a modern-day "Good Samaritan" restores great confidence that humanity is still well and around.
Melissa Watson who was travelling up from Devon for an audition at the Italia Conti Academy of Arts had her bag containing her money and personal effects stolen by a bag snatcher at the Barking station.
She was naturally distressed with no one interested to help her in her condition.
Melissa tried to get help but was ignored until Linda Evans showed up and put Melissa in her car and decided to take her home and care for her for the night.
Linda provided dinner for Melissa, provided a shower, a bed for a good nights sleep, and then in the morning direction for Melissa to get to the academy, showing her the train to get for her destination.
The amazing actions of Linda surprised Melissa's mother and reflect the Christian message of compassion and love.
It endorses the fine principle where bad or evil things can be redressed with actions of goodness and those effects overcome.
With the amount of evil in the world, this report of the action of Linda is an encouragement that goodness is also around with us.
Well done Linda, and her mother, for the charity shown towards Melissa, and for this to be a lesson for Melissa and us all.
You need to catch them to fine them
John Dumbleton, Alderman Avenue, Barking, writes:
I have again seen the areas around this borough transformed by mattresses old furniture, bags of assorted rubbish dumped on greens, under trees and on street corners.
What does the council do?
It announces that it has increased the fines.
To fine anyone you have to catch them.
We had street wardens who used to patrol areas, searching the bags and investigating. The offenders were then fined by the council.
If this system was reintroduced people would soon get the message and dispose of their rubbish in the correct manner.
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Investment in housing noticed
Kathy Stallworthy, Becontree Heath, writes:
I've lost count of how many years we've been hearing in the national news about the lack of housebuilding and the housing crisis, particularly in London.
Here we've got thousands of new homes at Barking Riverside and the outside the 360 Barking development looks stunning.
It's right next to the station with great views across to Canary Wharf. I'd love to have a nose inside.
I've also seen the designs for the new homes on the Becontree Estate. Okay, you don't get a view of the City but they fit with the area and there's investment in the communal areas to tidy the place up.
It's a modest development but it works for me.
I can actually see movement in housing within Barking and Dagenham and this is in the last few weeks and months but I don't hear much else on this scale from friends outside the area.
Give us more low density housing
Paul Scott, Sandhurst Drive, Ilford, writes:
In response to Cllr Cameron Geddes' letter about Be First I must say that the proposed housing developments within Barking town centre as well as the Abbey Green heritage area are not that affordable for local people who earn fairly modest wages by Greater London standards.
Also the planned residential schemes are generally of a high density nature in a relatively small space which is not that desirable for present and future residents of Barking and Dagenham either. Overall what planning and regeneration departments in this or any other borough council should do is to provide a great amount of low rise and lower density housing with more open space for local people living as well as paying their council taxes here.
New buildings look like barracks
Lynn Manning, full address supplied, writes:
While there is so much development in the borough why is no thought given to creating pleasant planting?
All the buildings look like barracks.
Since lots of open land like that near the civic is being gobbled up why are there no trees and plants to balance the pollution
Send gym details to the massager
A resident, full name and address supplied, writes:
Anyone seen pretty cards recently on the pavement from early in the day?
You would recognise them by the colourful pictures and phone numbers.
Have you picked up any? Ask yourself would you want to.
The initial letters spell out the 'name' on the cards - BIG BUTT.
I was assuming the person pictured was in need of an operation to reduce the size of theirs and 'offering' to do massage'!
Do they really need to litter the streets of Barking and Ilford to offer their 'services' on a daily basis?
Perhaps we as a community could offer the names of the many gyms who might assist.
So next time you see the card, consider texting them with some gym details!