Post letters: Local election, bus lane, diabetics’ needs and Jephta

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 May 2018

Council leader Darren Rodwell celebrates victory. Picture: KEN MEARS

Council leader Darren Rodwell celebrates victory. Picture: KEN MEARS


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Council needs strong opposition

Mr R W Mackman, Kingsley Close, Dagenham, writes:

Once again Barking and Dagenham have left most of the country scratching their heads and asking why following the Labour Party council win.

There was a time when the Labour Party along with the unions did a great job for the people. The days of supporting Labour in cloth caps and smoking roll-ups are long gone.

Why should anyone today want to vote for a party that increases the cost of refuse collection and makes life harder for traders to trade because of severe parking restrictions? Labour’s greatest achievement for the borough was to get rid of lollipop crossing wardens. The old Labour die-hards must be aware of all this.

It’s the new kids on the block that have kept the red flag flying high. The Conservatives are right when they say this council needs opposition.

Support in bid to axe bus lane

Terry Justice, Ashton Gardens, Chadwell Heath, writes:

May I take this opportunity to congratulate those that were elected to office as borough councillors last week and respectfully ask that they perform their duties with more dedication and sincerity than a number of their predecessors who spent most of the recent four years conspicuous by their absence?

At the same time, may I query the publication circulated during the campaign by the Labour ‘Action Team’ in which it claimed to be working for the removal of the Chadwell Heath High Road bus lane?

It is gratifying to me, and I suspect many others, to hear that the Labour-held council which has totally ignored the pleas of users of the road since its conversion to a national survey’s description as ‘the 27th most dangerous road in Great Britain’, has its own members asking for its removal.

This is quite astonishing since the abomination belongs to the council and all revenue collected from fines accrued from those transgressing its boundaries goes into its coffers.

Never-the-less should the ‘Action Team’ succeed in its stated endeavour to remove this obstacle from our street, I will be amongst the first to clap them on the back. However and in the meantime, I will not be holding my breath.

Predictable win at polls for Labour

David Hamilton, full address supplied, writes:

A predictable yet still depressing outcome in the local elections, with Labour maintaining their one party state status.

Amongst all the crowing from Labour reported in The Post (May 10) however was an interesting statement from Comrade Rodwell, when he rather let the cat out of the bag with the following statement - “We are one party in one borough, we are one community”.

It completely exposes the hypocrisy of the left; usually they are falling over themselves to celebrate the virtues of “diversity”, but when it comes to politics then diversity can obviously go hang, they only want one party to be represented.

Still, I’m a great believer that we get the politicians we deserve, so in our Socialist Republic of Barking we know what we can expect - more of the same. More crime, more stabbings, more drug dealers, more burglaries, more fly tipping, more over crowding, more fast food outlets, more betting shops, more graffiti, more gangs, more potholes, more deprivation and ever decreasing cohesion. Hell in a handcart turbocharged. The only small crumb of comfort is that Comrade Corbyn’s foot soldiers in Momentum have yet to mount a takeover, but it’s only a matter of time before they stage a Haringey style coup.

Finally, in the same edition of Post, astonishing to see the multi-millionaire Dame Margaret Hodge MP (champagne socialist extraordinaire) banging on about combating tax evasion in British overseas territories - this truly sent the irony meter off the scale. Funny she didn’t mention the fact that she herself benefited from receiving shares in Stemcor from a Liechtenstein trust; one would have thought her desire for “transparency” would have compelled her to point this out.

Make allowances for diabetics

John Dumbleton, Alderman Avenue, Barking, writes:

On March 27 I had left home and left Thames View via the restriction into Renwick Road. As I got to Choats Road I had an urgent desire to urinate. I am diabetic and anyone who suffers from this knows that when you get that desire you have only a few minutes to get to a toilet.

I was left with two choices, one to get out of my car and urinate in the street (I believe this is an offence ) or two to get home by the quickest route. This is through the prohibited no-right turn, from Renwick Road into Bastable Avenue between 6am —10am. I had to go through this, I thought in my naivety that when I explained the reasons to the council if I got a ticket that they would understand; especially as a week later they lifted the restrictions to allow traffic through the estate whilst Thames Water built a sewer down Thames Road.

But no, the traffic enforcement office informed me that mitigating circumstances was not a reason for having to go through the restriction. If this council is so tight for money they can keep the £65 fine I have had to pay. I only hope that they do not get diabetes and have to face the same dilemma I had to make.

Jephta example to disabled students

Dr Leonard Restall, formerly from Barking, writes:

The report in last week’s Post on the success gained by Jephta Asamoah in gaining the award as Leidos and Career Ready Student of the Year is a brilliant achievement for a student with a severe hearing disability, and can be an encouragement for others with any disability.

The various cognitive faculties that humans possess, which includes hearing can leave a student at a disadvantage when not functioning as they should. So for Jephta to have competed against many thousands of well abled students, this award for him becomes even more important.

History is full of accounts of disabled people achieving excellent results similar to Jephta and can encouragement for others. Helen Keller, is one example who was blind, death, and mute but went on to gain honours at university.

We wish Jephta continuing success as he moves on to Lancaster University, and may he be an example of determination for other disabled students.

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