Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cyclists - Think of Your Safety on Busy Roads

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cyclists - Think of Your Safety on Busy Roads

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I'M 64 years old and I cycle these days just for general fitness.

There has seldom been a time during my working life where I have had the opportunity to cycle to work simply because of the distance involved, only during a post retirement job was I able to do this. My first thoughts are always towards safety.

Stockton Council produce a perfectly adequate walking and cycling map which I use and, as a result, I very seldom have to use a main road, except where I use a cycle lane.

Several times in recent weeks I have witnessed cyclists out on a busy main road at peak times, sometimes two abreast, when only four or five feet to their left, in plain view to everybody, is a perfectly serviceable and empty traffic-free cycle path.

If these people are hit, they might be lucky enough to be able to get up and shout compensation or, on the other hand, it could all be much more serious, but either way the motorist is always going to be the bad guy. What is wrong with these people? What thought makes them want to risk serious injury, or perhaps death, when it is just not necessary? WILLIAM MACGREGOR, Ingleby Barwick Back to the future on town jobs WHEN Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979 money was allocated for the rich in the hope it would eventually trickle down to the poor.

But a massive 3,000 white collar jobs promised to the town of Middlesbrough were cruelly snatched away. Now 39 years on, and in a scenario reminiscent to a Back to the Future film, plans are under way to redevelop land close to that exact site (A vision of the future...or is it the past? The Gazette 11.08.17).

In 1979 the devastating jobs snatch was apparently one of the first things Thatcher did in Government. The second thing she did was dump every young Teesside person on the dole.

By 1983 youth unemployment stood at more than three million. In 1984 the Government created a work scheme to ease the figures.

The Community Programme was born and it was so popular there was actually a waiting list to get on it.

Part-time work and training in the community for the equivalent of a full-time wage made it one of the best work schemes ever created. It was also one of the most expensive.

Sadly, it was just a short-term cynical plot to retain power. In 1987 Margaret Thatcher won a landslide election victory and within a few months had axed the Community Programme.

STEPHEN DIXON, Redcar Investment? Empty units abound in town READING The Gazette (12.08.17) I was incensed to read Councillor Charlie Rooney stating "Middlesbrough is seeing huge levels of investment in the retail and leisure sector" in respect of a potential second gym in Dundas.

What? Does he actually shop in the Boro? Empty units abound in the Cleveland, Hill Street and Captain Cook centres! Dundas by comparison is small and if Middlesbrough Council approve the new gym in Dundas what will that mean for the newly opened Live Well Centre that just happens to be feet away? I for one do not want my council tax frittered away by others making stupid decisions like this!

JANET CAMPBELL, Middlesbrough Councillors were warned on plan THE Gazette (15.08.17) "Why developers have found building paradise" from Ann Higgins, Eston Independent councillor and "Executive housing is the priority", from Dennis Lane, Coulby Newham. …

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