Gazette letters: Daniel Ross death, walking football, no buses and park cafe

Shot dead: Dad-of-two Daniel Ross (Picture: Met Police)

Shot dead: Dad-of-two Daniel Ross (Picture: Met Police) - Credit: Archant

What was the father of two sons doing in a nightclub, hours past midnight, and clearly mixing with undesirables? [“Name coward who murdered my son”, Gazette front page, September 29], writes a Gazette reader.

I know what my thoughts would be if my father were cavorting in a nightclub in the nocturnal hours. What moral guidance does that give children?

Yes, sadly he’s dead and the mother weeping, a natural turn for a mother. But perhaps as an upright citizen we have other moral and ethical compass on these matters.

He should have been home with his children and he’d be alive today. Morality.

• Although this letter was signed, no contact details were included and despite our best efforts we have been unable to decipher the signature. If you wish to put your name to it, please contact me – ed.

The Arsenal Hub has become a local focal point for helping young people with disabilities and adults to enjoy themselves by playing football, writes Joe Piroli, Kiver Road, Archway.

The indoor 4G astroturf football pitch is an absolute marvel to behold. It is 50 metres long and is a dream to play on – I can vouch for that. I’m 51 years old and, a while back, really out of shape. When I found out about the ability to play walking football at the home of my favourite football team I decided it was time to improve my health.

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Walking football is what it says it is, playing football by just walking instead of running. Sounds strange, I know, but you get used to it as it’s aimed at the middle-aged crowd like me and I’m not capable of running much any more, at least not for long periods of time. So walking football is a godsend.

Walking football is played on Sundays from 10am to 11am. The first time you play, you play for free to see if you like it, which I think is very decent of the Arsenal. Then if you decide to continue you pay £3.50 for an hour’s game. Sometimes if there are no bookings for the pitch after we finish, we are allowed to continue to play for up to an extra half hour which is great.

It can be anything from five-a-side to seven-a-side, or more depending on how many people turn up. There is a representative from the Arsenal club that looks after all of us so any queries or issues are sorted.

We usually have three or four short five-minute breaks during the game to get our juices back by drinking lots of water while swapping ends. Once you get into it you soon realise it’s a game of quick passing and fast body movement without running, which all in all gives anyone a damn good cardio workout. Many a time I have come off the pitch sweating bucketloads!

Crouch Hill Station has now closed for updating work to be carried out and there ends the only transport from the Finsbury Park area to the Arena Shopping Centre in Green Lanes, Haringey, writes Philip Davis, Tollington Park.

Between Hornsey Gate and Hornsey Road there is no bus route, although this is one of the busiest B roads in London.

I wrote to TfL about the lack of buses two years ago. I was told to take a W3 or W7 to Crouch End and get a W5 from there. Alternatively, I could walk to Seven Sisters Road and get a 29. Apart from the fact that I have arthritis of my knees, they’re all roundabout journeys.For the 29, I have to walk half a mile to the nearest stop. The buses to Crouch End just take me to another stop where I have to wait again.

It is crystal clear now that Islington Council is going out of its way not to listen to and properly engage with the community, writes Alessandra Milani, full address supplied.

For over a year they have ignored petitions (the most recent one signed by over 850 people), letters, emails, press releases against the proposed visitor’s centre at the north gate of Caledonian Park.

Now, in attempt to look interested in the community’s view, LBI is, once again, orchestrating a farce: from the very beginning people’s main objections to the proposed centre were location and size, and the council is sweeping our concerns under the carpet by only making cosmetic changes. How can they remotely think that this will in any way be a “collaboration”?

I struggle to believe the centre cannot be moved from the north gate: how can the council and Historic England consider the view of the tower from the south gate to be more important than the feelings and views of hundreds of taxpayers living 15 metres away from it? Everyone will be massively affected by this, but that is less important than toilets and a cafe 100 metres away? How is that possible?

This project has already cost an astounding £339,000. Most of it comes from the council’s pockets.

Let’s not forget how they intend to heavily rely on volunteers to run this centre. How will they find so many volunteers when the crushing majority is dead against it?

We have been hoping to get our council to listen to us, but that will never happen. I honestly hope HLF will see how unhappy this project is making everyone feel.

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