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As I returned from work this evening I opened my front door and duly tripped over a load of mail. I proceeded to the kitchen to sort it out. As I sorted the junk mail from the proper mail I found three brown envelopes. I opened the first envelope; it was from Newcastle Civic Centre for the electoral register, it was a reminder. I had sent the form off three weeks prior to this, so I thought it was an administration backlog. I then opened another letter in a brown envelope, from Newcastle Civic Centre - and yes, it was from the electoral register people with a reminder. I then opened a third envelope; lo and behold, the same. I called in at my sister's and told her about these reminders; lo and behold, she had three. I then phoned my mother and guess what? She had three. I spoke to my neighbours and guess what? They had three. So what is the Civic Centre playing at? This council couldn't run a Christmas club. It's taxing people into poverty with the high council taxes and it's an administration nightmare. It's a dinosaur that wants doing away with. - T M, Kenton, Newcastle.

THE dangerous and continuing problems caused by parents taking their children to school and dumping them outside the school gates causes much congestion. This could perhaps be solved by utilising part of the school premises, school yards or playing fields, as a dropping-off area only. I'm certain if this could be organised properly it would be a method of stopping the dumping on the roads. - D R, Gateshead.

I LIVE in West Jesmond and I agree that we had a good summer. But they're back; the so-called students whose behaviour is disgusting. They should be warned when they come to Newcastle to try to behave because there are residents in West Jesmond, believe it or not. But banging on people's windows and doors does not make them popular in West Jesmond. They are still selfish. - L R, Ashley Grove, West Jesmond, Newcastle.

THERE is a comment from the Chronicle about Nexus bringing transport to the North East, and it's a shame it's going to take 20 years. It's an even bigger shame that, as usual, Throckley and Newburn are missed out. Obviously they think we've got to walk as usual. This goes back as far as Newburn Pool being put at West Denton some years ago. Surely we are rate-payers just the same and we're entitled to have some facilities for paying these things? - M P, Throckley.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2003
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