Post letters: Council rubbish, second Covid spike, Lottery awards, school morale and armed forces

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 August 2020

Foxes break open bags left in the street. Picture: PA

Foxes break open bags left in the street. Picture: PA

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Letters sent in from Post readers this week.

Foxes scatter rubbish in roads

Name supplied, Salisbury Avenue, Barking, writes:

The council have taken away the payment machines in the library so now we, as old-aged pensioners, have to stand in line to pay money to the council for council tax and other things, which if you are in lockdown, we are not to do.

The drains down Salisbury-Somerby and the other roads are so full of dirt we have flowers growing out of some. As a result of not having the road sweepers cleaning kerbs every day, there are lots of foxes in the evening, so all the bags left about these roads are broken into and contents are scattered all over the place.

One of toughest winters for NHS

Dr Gary Marlowe, chairman, BMA London Regional Council, writes:

NHS services across London will be preparing to face what will undoubtedly be one of the toughest winters in the history of our health service.

Come the winter our NHS will need to tackle a backlog of care, treat Covid patients, deal with the seasonal flu and prepare for further local or national outbreaks of coronavirus.

Empowering local councils to close shops, outdoor events and public spaces, while long overdue, is entirely necessary to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep the pressure off the NHS.

Though it is crucial that this is underpinned with adequate resources, clear local data shared with local Public Health bodies, and a well-managed test, track and trace system. So far, the government’s record in all these areas has not been good.

It is also crucial that any positive result is returned within 48 hours and that the result is communicated to the patient’s GP as well as the local authorities, to ensure swift action can be taken and any local flare ups prevented.

What’s more, to help our health services cope with the huge demands that still lie ahead and to avoid a second Covid-19 spike this winter, every one of us must make prevention our priority.

New rules mean face coverings are now mandatory in shops as well as on public transport, however the BMA believes face coverings should be worn in all situations where it is not possible to be more than two metres apart – even if not mandated by government.

Shops and businesses must also lead by example by ensuring physical distancing is adhered to and by encouraging staff and employees to wear face coverings.

Ultimately, we all have a responsibility to do what we can to minimise the spread of Covid to help protect ourselves, each other and the NHS.

Looking for lottery lockdown legends

Jonathan Tuchner, National Lottery Awards, writes:

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The 2020 National Lottery Awards are now open for entries.

This year the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community – especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600million has been made available to support groups and organisations across the country amid the coronavirus crisis.

People have been using this funding in amazing ways and we want to honour them for their selfless dedication and fantastic work as part of the National Lottery Awards. Encompassing all areas of National Lottery funding, we are seeking to recognise outstanding individuals in the following sectors; arts, education, health, environment, sport, heritage and community/charity. In addition, there will be a young hero award for someone under the age of 18.

Award winners will receive an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and £3,000 for their organisation.

If your readers know of a “lockdown legend” or a “hometown hero”, they can nominate them for a National Lottery Award by completing an entry form at All nominees must have been funded by The National Lottery or be associated with a National Lottery funded project. Entries must be received by midnight on August 19.

Education good despite challenges

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The many reports from parents, teachers, and pupils supplied at an end of the year article in last week’s Post after a very challenging year shows that local education and morale is good despite the unprecedented challenges.

How schools dealt with the lockdown with ease and confidence came in for much praise and comment and had a good salutary effect upon the pupils, particularly in the junior schools. It reminded one of much of the calming effect schools had during the war times and evacuations.

The fortitude shown by the local schools, parents, and children was a credit to all concerned and the many complimentary words spoken and written about indicates that all was still well within the morale of the local district and schools were a big part of it.

MoD should be fair to our forces

Sam Elsby, president, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), writes:

Compensation claims by armed forces personnel and families for needless injuries and deaths are desperately important, not only to help put shattered lives back on track, but also to make the job safer for others.

The unsuitability of vehicles used during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, would never have come to light had it not been for legal action taken by bereaved relatives.

But the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is now saying its responsibility for paying compensation to service personnel injured overseas should end after six years.

When someone is injured or killed there is usually a three-year time limit to start a legal claim for redress. After this time, a judge has the power to decide whether a case should go ahead.

The MoD’s Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill would apply a finite deadline of six years for claims for a negligent death or injury of a member of the armed forces. No judges. No exceptions.

There are numerous valid reasons why injured personnel and veterans wait to make claims, including poor mental health and fear of taking on the MoD while still in service.

You would think the government would at least be fair towards brave forces members and their families.

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