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Lowering speed limit won't cut accidents

IN last Saturday's Evening Telegraph Inspector Mick Sharp warned of the dangers of speeding motorists to pedestrians and cyclists in areas with 30 or 40 mph speed limits.

He also pointed out that looking down to re-tune the radio or look at a map could mean the difference between life and death.

But what about the danger of drivers having to check their speedometers constantly?

It is impossible to rely on the sound of the engine because it alters with the road conditions, uphill, downhill or on the level.

With the planned introduction of now extremely accurate speed cameras, able to detect 31mph or 41mph, motorists will have to keep a constant watch on the speedometer.

Lowering the speed limits will exacerbate the situation, force motorists to take longer to reach their destinations, so adding to congestion, to use lower gear, depleting the earth's resources even more and adding to pollution.

Name and address supplied.

Pay outrage

REFERENCE your the letter "Does council really believe in equal pay ethic," (Your Views, October 2) I would make the following comments:

While I must agree with most of the points made, i.e. equal pay for equal work, employers negotiating rather than imposing work structures etc. there is one point I most definitely disagree with - money (the amount of it)!

What sort of obscene salaries do "ordinary working people" receive now, that they stand to lose pounds 9,000 a year. Surely this must be a misprint!

Even if the council were reducing salaries by 30 per cent (and I cannot imagine a reduction of these proportions) this would mean they are now receiving salaries of pounds 30,000 per year?

Compare this to a senior citizen's obscene pension - a pittance of pounds 3,900 per year.

If they had to live on this they really would have something to cry about!

What sort of salary do the chief officers receive? It would be interesting and enlightening if the figures for chiefs and indians could be revealed, but I doubt this will happen.

L G Brooks, aged 82, Lindsey Crescent, Kenilworth.

Musical memories

OVER the last couple of weeks it has been nice to recall the groups and individuals who put Coventry on the pop music map in the sixties.

But at a time when quality live music is at a premium in our pubs and clubs, I would like to remember the not-so-famous people who entertained us so well for many years.

People like Jonnie Mack and Haydyn who's Old Bog Road, brought many a tear to a navvy's eye.

Tex Smith and Friends, a brilliant violinist and craftsman.

Tex, as the gypsy fiddler, played in the newly-built Coventry Precinct when it was still safe to sit and listen.

Jonnie and Tex are no longer with us but they proved that you don't need a hit record to be a great entertainer.

Ken Harris and the Playboys and Patsy Powell and, still going strong, The Down County Boys.

In 1961 a bunch of young lads fancied themselves as the Shadows and called themselves the Zodiacs.

They are still playing today, long after the Shadows are no more.

In remembering these I bring to mind a time when I could go for a pint and not have to sit under a speaker and have my hearing damaged.

I look forward to a new period of good talented acts and an effort to keep music live.

John Quinn, Trossachs Road, Mount Nod.

Iraqi appeal

I THINK readers will be interested to hear of a vitally important meeting that took place in Birmingham on October 4.

Coventry Cathedral, through Canon Andrew White, organised the visit of three eminent Iraqi leaders: the Beatitude, the Pamareh of Babylon, Ayatollah Hassain Al'Sader and Professor Abdul Latif Mohammed, President of the Bank of Iraq.

Their message was bleak and urgent. The Iraqi nation, as a result of a) the Gulf War and the Allies' use of depleted urannin, with it was appallingly evident consequences b) the economic sanctions and c) the continued US and UK bombing, is being destroyed.

Six thousand children die each month (UN statistics), hospitals have no equipment, operations are carried out without anaesthetics and children beg in the streets as there are few functioning schools.

Hyper inflation is such that some people have even sold one of their kidneys to buy food for their families.

No longer can the situation be accepted. Pressure on politicians must result in justice for the remaining Iraqi people.

Elizabeth Way, Church Road, Birmingham.

Charity thanks

THE Coventry and District branch of the British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society would like to thank all the members of Bell Green Social Club for making us so welcome and allowing us into their club.

You raised pounds 47.49 for research into fighting blindness.

Also, thanks to everybody who took part in the 24-hour darts marathon at Ashby Road Sports Club, Hinckley. It raised in excess of pounds 1,450.

Julie Norman, Chairperson, Coventry and District branch, British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society (BRPS), Pear Tree Close, Hall Green.

We've kicked off to a great start!

I WOULD like to thank the people who have made it possible for me to make my debut with the Great Britain squad in the European soccer championships for people with visual impairments which start today.

The following have either donated money, helped raise funds or given a raffle prize:

Ken Brown of the Leofric Lions, Andy Blairs sport shop in Cannon Park shopping centre, Barry Bird and Paul Cash of the Chapelfield Colts, BB Motors in Foleshill, members of the Coventry and District Sunday Minor League Football Club Schneider Electrical, Colin, Carol and the locals of the Half Sovereign pub in Charter Avenue Canley, many of the shops in Canley, and the Evening Telegraph.

I would also like to thank my family, my partner Julie and Dale my nephew who helped me during training.

My team and I will do our best to bring home some trophies.

Steven Turbitt, Walsall Street, Canley.

Help is at hand for benefit applications

I WAS concerned to read the letter from Peter Murphy (Your Views,October 2) in which he asked the question: "How ill do you have to be?"

Peter was referring to a benefit for people over pension age who are sick or disabled and who need personal care. This benefit is called attendance allowance.

People can find out more about this benefit and other benefits for sick and disabled people by ringing a free and confidential helpline staffed by Benefits Agency staff. The number is 0800 882200.

People who are unhappy about decisions concerning their claim for attendance allowance can ask for the decision to be reviewed (looked at again by a different decision maker).

At the moment they need to do this no later than three months after the date the decision was made.

From October 18 customers will need to ask for the decision to be reconsidered within one month of the decision.

If the customer is unhappy about the decision of the second decision maker he/she can then appeal to an independent tribunal.

Organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau can advise on appeals.

Pat Sever, senior press officer Benefits Agency Midlands, 518-8520 Five Ways House, Islington Row, Middleway, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Straight to the POINT

RE: David Loughton's (chief executive of Walsgrave Hospital NHS Trust) comments "Patients with nowhere to go", (Evening Telegraph, October 1).

This situation will increase not decrease as people are living longer and Coventry has lost in excess of 100 beds in the last 10 years.

Warnings were given when Whitley Hospital, Gulson Road, and High View were closed.

I have to agree that this is unacceptable to the doctors and puts pressure on nurses.

Looking after the elderly is a speciality, which this health authority chose to discontinue.

What goes around comes around.

Shirley Webb, Okehampton road, Styvechale.

THE Burton Green Residents' Association is holding its AGM at 7.30pm on Monday, October 18 in the Village Hall, Hodgetts Lane, Burton Green.

Among topics for discussion will be traffic, with reference also made to the proposed Railtrack work at Tile Hill level crossing, celebration of the millennium, electoral boundaries, the Kenilworth to Berkswell Greenway and security matters.

A representative of Centro will also give a talk.

Anyone interested in Burton Green affairs is welcome.

David Skinner, Chairman BGRA, Whitefield Close, Coventry.
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Date:Oct 8, 1999
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