From the responses of Hambleton District Council and the Showmen’s Guild to my observation that Northallerton May Fair should be moved away from the High Street, it is evident that no member of these organizations had seen the numerous network posts about this problem (D&S Times, Yorkshire edition, May 13).

Indeed, Mark Rontree of Northallerton made similar remarks to mine on the D&S Times own Letters page in the same edition.

All authorities involved with the May Fair, including North Yorkshire County Council, should be encouraged to find an alternative site as the event has overtaken the High Street by a considerable size.

When Royal Charter was granted several hundred years ago, it was granted to the parish of Northallerton, not specifically to High Street. So now some thought is needed to find an alternate site that better meets the needs of the town and the Showmen’s Guild.

Tony Webster, Northallerton.

election thank you

NOW that the dust has settled on the North Yorkshire County Council elections, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me in Hipswell and Colburn. It was a close game, but I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent the residents of this division.

There is a lot of hard work in an election campaign and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife and my family, which of course includes my boxer, Marvin. In addition, the Richmond Constituency Green Party team distributed thousands of leaflets and Anna Jackson worked tirelessly as an election agent. I am extremely grateful to all of them.

This is an interesting and challenging time for North Yorkshire and there will be many challenges to overcome in the transition to the new unitary authority. It’s also an exciting time for the Green Party and with five councilors elected, we finally have a strong voice at the county level. Over the next five years we will work together to do our best for residents and to make North Yorkshire a fairer, cleaner and better place to live.

Kevin Foster, advisor for Hipswell and Colburn.

Company courts

OUR local group Global Justice will join other groups across Europe in a national day of action today, May 21. On this day, we will draw attention to a little-known problem, that of the so-called company courts.

These courts are completely separate from the legal system of any nation. If a company operates in a particular country and believes that the government of that country is passing laws that will impact its profits, then it is in a position to take the country to a totally secret court and sue it for millions of dollars. books. Fear of these courts prevents some countries from enacting laws that would benefit their people.

For example, the owners of the Keystone pipeline, a Canadian company called TC Energy, is suing the United States after President Joe Biden canceled the pipeline over climate change concerns. They are claiming the astronomical sum of $15 billion. The pipeline was intended to transport tar sands oil from Canada to the United States.

In the Netherlands, the government passed a law to phase out the use of coal-fired power plants and offered compensation to the companies affected. However, the two companies running them will now take legal action in hopes of securing a massive payout in the corporate courts.

There are many other similar shocking examples around the world. These corporate tribunals prevent countries from taking the urgent action needed to address climate change. There is expected to be an increase in cases as more countries try to meet the targets set at COP21.

Barbara Welford, secretary of Global Justice Cleveland.

People before profits

IN response to the article titled ‘House building ban is an overreaction, mayor says’ (D&S Times, May 13), regarding developments near the River Tees or any of its tributaries suspended in because of Natural England’s advice on mitigating water pollution.

Of course, the impact will be felt on proposed developments near the river, however, if developments are allowed to continue in these areas, the negative impact on public water supplies, our children and our habitats will be catastrophic.

People before profits Mr. Mayor!

Name and address provided.

Marginal gains

BORO’s uninspiring green stripe could have been the marginal difference between success and failure by escaping the championship.

Their home kit is great because, psychologically, “red for danger” strikes fear into the minds of the opposition. Look at Liverpool and Manchester United at their peak. White also gives a team an advantage by making players appear taller and instantly visible to their teammates.

The biggest error on the color of the strip came in the Euro 96 semi-final when England wore a gray kit against Germany, in white. I am convinced that if England had gone away with the 1966 World Cup-winning red shirts, we would have had a clear victory in regulation time, avoiding a possible penalty shoot-out defeat.

Speaking of shooting, going green Boro shot himself in the foot. A better outer stripe color choice could well have been the difference between a play-off spot and equally raced status.

Chris Wilder needs to change Boro’s outer band. Why handicap yourself unnecessarily?

Steve Kay, Deputy Chief, Redcar and Cleveland Council.

incredible bravery

NOW that professional football player Jake Daniels was brave enough to come out as gay it would be such a shame if we didn’t know of a team of 11 professional players in the beautiful game here in the UK who have been openly gay by the week or so has passed. What an incredibly brave young man.

Councilor Nigel Boddy, Darlington.

The Amazon cleanup

PHOTOS of County Durham on the day of the Culture City Judges visit shows the glory that can be seen in our region (D&S Time Co Durham edition, May 13). What is less apparent is the genius of the photographers who take them.

The desire to make Durham City the country’s city of culture is heating up as it bears witness to the inspired people who have built it over the centuries.

It’s a sad contrast that Amazon was brought to Darlington. Travel along the A66 bypass and several lackluster Amazon trucks will be seen parked. Why are they left so close to their factory? Is it free advertising? They should be ashamed of their appearance and hide it, certainly not flaunt it.

Get closer to Amazon and rows of duller trucks will be seen, perhaps boasting again but unsightly anyway.

The highlight of the trip is the corner of the site where a tangle of dirt gets caught in the wire netting.

Use your Amazon wealth to hide your ugliness or at least clean yourself up.

Chris Pattison, Richmond.

wonderful help

WE take advantage of your columns to thank several young people who came to our aid following an accident that occurred on the night of Monday May 9 in Durham.

There is a lot of negative attention these days being given to young people and overstretched NHS staff and services, but we would like to try to remedy this by acknowledging all the wonderful help, support and kindness shown to us at both at a time when we really needed it the most.

My friend and I had taken a day trip to Durham to attend the performance of La Boheme at the Gala theatre. On the way back to the parking lot, I tripped and fell, badly cutting my face and breaking my glasses.

Immediately we were helped by two girls who were waiting at the bus stop opposite and while one girl dialed 999 the other went to buy a bottle of water. Unfortunately, we did not get the names of these two wonderful girls.

These two unnamed girls were soon joined by three others, Jess from the Three Bridges at North Road, Milly and Leah. All of these girls were shining examples of young people at their best, refusing to leave us and so stayed and supported us for over an hour.

We would also like to thank Sharon, one of the night duty sisters at Durham’s A&E department. She too was a complete star! Very kind, helpful and supported both through a very harrowing experience.

Girls, and Sharon, you know who you are and Durham should be as proud of you as you should be of yourselves. Thank you all.

Graham Batcheler and Janet Richley, North Yorkshire.

A pose

WALKING through the Denes to Darlington on another fine morning, I found it very sad that the tennis nets were still not up. It’s the same at Stanhope Park.

When I was involved with Friends of the Denes the nets always went up on April 1st which was always right after the clock change and seemed like a reasonable date. This year we missed the Easter holiday by two weeks, the early May bank holiday and lots of good weather in between.

I’m lucky to have a car and can afford to play at the Wellfield Tennis Club in High Coniscliffe but most people don’t.

We should encourage all sports for all.

Unfortunately, I have seen many people playing tennis on an invisible net.

Please could the council resolve this as soon as possible? I urge you to consider having the nets in place year round. Tennis isn’t just for the two weeks at Wimbledon.

Katherine Butterfield, Darlington.

Purse frustration

RECENTLY I lost my purse containing cash, credit and debit cards and various store cards. As readers will imagine, it was very stressful and worrying, but I was truly dismayed to find that I could not report it to Durham Police.

Apparently they don’t take lost property reports, nor can I tell if they’ve been turned over. I tried all the permutations on the phone and on their website, but couldn’t find out if they have it.

I even asked the question “what should I do if I find a handbag” online, but it seems like it would be my responsibility to reunite it with the owner.

I have read and heard a lot of comments about the police not wanting to know these days, but I have always supported them. Until now. They really don’t want to know, unless I go a little faster than I should.

As I’m almost certain I left him on the bus to Northallerton, I reported him to the North Yorkshire Police, and although they don’t take details, they could at least tell me he didn’t. had not been returned.

Ann Huckin, East Cowton.


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