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TALK BACK; Get in touch - tell us what you think Email: letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk Phone: 0151 227 2000 Twitter: @LIVECHONEWS Facebook: facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Post: Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB There is no such thing as a free school meal.

WITH regard to Jade Wright's views on why we should help free school meals. Doctors and nutritionists have also joined in.

There is no such thing as a free lunch - the taxpayer funds them. Schools are saying they are finding it hard to cope and some better off parents are saying they prefer to feed their own faddy eaters. And with taxpayers losing vital services, it needs to be reviewed.

As for children on free school meals learning better than their peers, this is a load of tripe. There has always been a fallacy surrounding children and food. You would be told post war, eat your carrots or you won't be able to see in the dark and you never see a rabbit with glasses on or you won't have curly hair if you don't eat your crusts. Who would want to see in the dark with curly hair anyway? The schools take too much on - we pay for them to teach.

M. Dunford, Frodsham Stamp collectors MAY I ask ECHO readers to collect their used stamps and send them to Bransby Horses, Bransby, Saxilby, Lincoln LN1 2PH.

They will be sold to stamp dealers to raise funds to feed and treat ill-treated horses.

In anticipation, thank you so much.

R Baines, Skelmersdale Follow the law RENTAL properties built prior to 1992 were not legally obliged to have a smoke alarm installed.

However and from October 10 2015, every single property to let now requires a smoke alarm to be placed on every floor, hard wired preferably instead of battery operated. A carbon monoxide detector is also required, where a fire burns solid fuel such as coal or wood. Under the regulation, landlords will be legally required to thoroughly check each appliance before the commencement of a new tenancy.

The regulation applies to landlords sharing accommodation with their tenants and those landlords granting a right of occupation for a term of seven years or more.

Non-compliance will lead to local authority intervention in the form of a twenty-eight day remedial notice, as well as a penalty fine of up to PS5,000 per property.

Landlords requiring further details can telephone 0151 639 6253, between 10am and 8pm, seven days a week.

Richard J. A. Globe (Retired Landlord and Property Letting Legislation Expert) Think healthy WE all know the phrase prevention is better than cure, in that vein we have a five week course every Monday evening from 6 -8pm to help men in the 35 to 60 age group to look at diet, weight and exercise in conjunction with our colleagues in PSS and local GPs.

We would encourage and welcome any to gents join the course Monday evenings at the Tuebrook Hope Centre at Christ Church , Buckingham Road. Cllr Steve Radford Tuebrook Hope Centre Join our crew THE association welcomes personnel who have served any time on the former carriers, R06, R07, R08 & the current Albion & Bulwark, L14 & L15. Current membership is around 500.

A journal is produced three times a year and annual weekend reunions are held at various locations. This year we were at Southsea and in 2016 Market Bosworth, Warwickshire is the venue.

The association has active regional representatives and we sponsor sea cadets from our affiliated units.

Annual membership is PS10 for full and associate members. To find out more write to the Treasurer, Keith Harris 01489 895202 or Secretary Denis Askham 01226 384283 or Webmaster at www.

bulwarkassoc.co.uk Denis Askham, Secretary What a gift READING Dawn Collinson's column I felt like I was riding my bike along the prom with her, memories and flashbacks filled my head (The wonderful waterfront is Liverpool's gift to everyone, ECHO Tuesday, September 29). It's got to be the best bike ride bar none for families and a lovely location.

Les Hodgson, via email Ongoing research FURTHER to my letter about William Connolly VC (Not a pauper, ECHO letters, September 26), I would like to comment about a common research mistake concerning William's later years and to mention an online resource providing a better researched account of his life.

I think the mistaken idea that William was impoverished in later life comes from there being a man of the same name at West Derby Workhouse, Rice Lane, Walton on the 1891 census. The problem with this man is he was a labourer. William was an army pensioner, so it can't be him.

I have created a biography section on William Connolly VC's Wikipedia page to try to correct the mistakes that have appeared in various places over the years and hope others will contribute any properly sourced information that can help to provide a true account of this brave man's life.

Colin Holland, L25 Keep recycling I'M hoping we can improve recycling rates in our city. We have blue bins for paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles and green bins for garden wastewhich enable us to do just that.

Some problems encountered are contaminated bins, usually because recycled material is put in plastic bags. This is the reason why the bin is then not emptied. Plastic bags are a big no, no!

If you currently have neither of these bins but want to recycle contact your local councillor who will be only too happy to help.

If our city can improve recycling rates by just 5% we can save PS1m.

If like me you know of better things to spend this money on, please recycle.

I know a lot of you already do this and I ask you to use, wherever possible, your knowledge to help neighbours who don't.

Cllr Carol Sung for Tuebrook and Stoneycroft Old adage I SEE comrade Corbyn has surrounded himself with a team of seven experts, six of whom are professors and the seventh Ann Pettifor a 'Director of policy research.' He obviously does not believe in the old well trusted adage of 'Those who can do, those who can't teach.' Gerry Doyle, Liverpool The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters.

If our city can improve recycling rates by just 5% we can save PS1m.. If like me you know of better things to spend this money on, please recycle. Cllr Carol Sung for Tuebrook and Stoneycroft

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