Gazette letters: Garden party fun, owning a car, ‘pay to stay’, police cameras, happy smile, recycling pilot

Dermot and Lester at the Peabody Mad Hatter tea party (Picture: Peabody)

Dermot and Lester at the Peabody Mad Hatter tea party (Picture: Peabody) - Credit: Archant

Thirty of our older residents came together on Wednesday last week to enjoy a Mad Hatter-themed garden party at Lampson House in Islington, writes Vicki Driscoll, Peabody senior floating support manager at Lampson House, Islington .

Our residents, along with family members and carers, came from all over London to enjoy the sunshine, food, group activities such as bingo and to make new friends.

The team did a great job putting together a Mad Hatter-themed garden party which the residents really enjoyed. Many of those attending commented to me how much they’d enjoyed themselves.

Never have I ever read such short-sighted tripe as the letter (Gazette, August 18) by Jenny Morgan, writes William Ward, Gee Street, Clerkenwell.

May I be permitted to tell this foolish woman it is our right to own a car and we pay very dearly for that right? What do cyclists and skateboarders pay? Nothing!

Before buying a car we pay for driving lessons, very dear, then insurance – even dearer – than road tax, then congestion charge… Are you getting the point, Ms Morgan?

I have never had a near accident with a car but I have had quite a few with cyclists jumping red lights, riding on the pavement when it suits, riding the wrong way down one-way streets and – possibly the worst – affixing their contraptions to the nearest post not suited, when the cycle falls flat to the ground taking up a third of walking space. Can you imagine a blind person tripping and falling on the handlebars? It doesn’t bear thinking about.

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May I suggest, Ms Morgan, before writing your next diatribe make sure your brain’s in gear. Here endeth the lesson.

Islington Green Party is firmly against charging some council tenants more than others under the “pay to stay” policy, writes Claire Poyner, Islington Green Party.

Two people earning as little as £20,000 a year at the same address can easily “qualify” for the extra charge. It’s hard to see how someone at such a low level of income should be considered wealthy and thus have to pay “market rents”.

The Green Party urges Islington council to do what they can to oppose this unfair extra charge on some council tenants and to stop sending out letters telling tenants that they will be subject to this extra “tax”.

Perhaps public confidence in policing would escalate if police carrying tasers had to also have a working shoulder camera to record events, writes Michael McElligott, Amwell Street, Islington.

This would help the coroner’s office understand the sequence of events, should the need arise.

Tasers are supposedly non-lethal, yet there are dead people who would disagree.

It is lovely to see Maureen Collins in the Gazette (August 11, p3), writes Sylvia Jeffery, Cutbush House, Hilldrop Road.

I’ve known her for years. I had a friend go to Highbury New Park before she died.

Maureen is such a nice person. You couldn’t wish for better. Very kind, very helpful, always smiling.

Those who go to the centre are very nice and friendly.

Recycling is vitally important to Islington, writes Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council.

It’s better for the environment, and because it costs a lot less than throwing rubbish away, it saves money that can be spent on services for residents.

Last year we set up a pilot of communal food and garden waste recycling in the Tollington area, to investigate if there was potential to develop a more efficient way of recycling in Islington. The amount of food and garden waste recycling collected was similar to recycling levels from door-to-door collections.

We then carried out a detailed analysis to see if communal food and garden recycling could be extended across Islington, and if this would help make savings. This analysis concluded the savings made by a change to communal food and garden waste collections are not as big as first projected. In particular, a communal system would require more vehicles than first expected.

After careful consideration, we will continue food and garden waste recycling collections from properties that have a door-to-door recycling service, instead of moving to a communal system. The pilot area will return to a door-to-door collection this autumn.

I would also like to thank everyone in Islington who recycles. You are helping us all and saving money that can be spent instead on other much-needed local services.