Letters, May 4 2018


No need to dump wood, just sell it

Why fly-tip wood? It burns and there are hundreds of wood-burning stoves in the county.

One half ton bag of firewood costs £100. We have four wood-burning stoves in our properties. Two are let, one as a holiday let where a couple stay with us for six weeks. The rest of the year they live in a static caravan. When they first came to stay with us the man said are you buying firewood, I am paying to legally dump it, but now he brings us the wood and we use it for firewood, a win-win situation.

I am sure there are more than me out there who would welcome free firewood. Alright, you need a power saw but your first load will pay for that.

There is a lot of stuff being fly-tipped that could be recycled. It is surprising what things can be used for; 20 plus years in the second hand business have taught me that things are often adapted to uses they were never originally intended for.



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Understand why gulls are inland

In reply to T Clover’s letter in last week’s Mercury. It would also make a very interesting reading feature to people who care and are intelligent enough to actually understand why the gulls now need to be inland.

It’s man’s fault and the fishing industry. I’m sure they would rather be ‘on the sea’. Has it gone unnoticed that it’s humans who drop rubbish food in the streets everywhere, plus there are over-filled rubbish bins.

Not the birds! I can think of worse things which would stop people coming to Great Yarmouth. Don’t blame the birds. Put yourself in their position!



Houses and units built on the site

In response to the photo appeal for details about the demolition of Gorleston houses.

As far as I can remember these were mainly all houses but not 100pc sure, they were at the south side of the bottom of South Ice House Hill and heading south towards the harbour’s mouth. The house you can see behind and higher up behind the crane are Blackwall Reach houses which is still there.

As you can see by the crane demolishing the properties it belongs to the builders H A Holmes, GFH Ltd. They then built houses on the land nearest South Ice House Hill, then seven units with an entrance to the yard at the south end of these which also run along the back for the builder’s yard.

The main part of the seven unit which was all linked together inside was used as timber store, wood machine shop, carpenter and joinery workshop and paint shop. These units are still there now, the four at the northern end are occupied by Palgrave Gift and Toy wholesales, the next is First Furnishings, then Plastic Building Supplies and last Keyzors who make packing cases. The yard entrance is still there and occupied by Distribution NOW, which is part of National Oilwell Varco.

I worked for Holmes for a short time in the late 1960s as an apprentice carpenter and joiner and was laid off when they were taken over by a London company and they started to go bust. In these workshops a lot of the timber frames were made by Holmes for the system build houses on the Shrublands Estate in Gorleston which Holmes built to replace the prefabs.



No 6 Primrose Terrace was home

In regards to the demolition of the houses on Riverside Road in Gorleston. These cottages were called Primrose Terrace and I know this because I was brought up in no 6 Primrose Terrace.

After they were demolished it became Shepherds Engineering. This has since also been demolished and a number of new terraces houses are being built on the plot.


Burgh Road,


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Support bid for a JPH hospice site

In response to the letter from P Hartley I would like to offer my full support to the hospice in the grounds of the James Paget Hospital.

The many years of dedication to the people of Great Yarmouth of Mr Hugh Sturzaker and Mr Notcutt speak for themselves. Please support this scheme which is so badly needed by the people of Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas.



Van cut across us at roundabout

After reading the article in last week’s Mercury about several near misses on the new Fuller Hill roundabout layout, we nearly had the front of our car taken off by a large van cutting straight across in front of us as we were going to Asda this morning.

It’s only a matter of time before something more serious happens. I think the very least it needs signs to say keep in your lane perhaps.



Pearl, please get in touch re poppies

I would sincerely like to say thank you to Pearl Allard for her generous donation of 49 poppies for the Poppy of Honour structure. This was a wonderful gesture and I wondered if pearl would like to write the names on the poppies herself.

So Pearl, if you would like to either leave your details with reporter Jacob Massey at the Mercury office, or ask him for mine, I would love to talk to you. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Veronica Green,


Anyone help with finding my friend?

I am trying to find a friend who I have lost touch with – her name is Audrey Freng. The last place she lived was Gorleston near Great Yarmouth in sheltered housing.

I have tried the post office in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth with no luck, so I thought I would like to place an appeal in your paper and see if she answers. If anyone knows her please get in touch. I don’t know if she gets the Mercury but it is my last resort.


37 North Parade,


Bradford BD15 7DP

Our life-saving service needs cash

My wife recently suffered a stroke and was taken by ambulance to A&E at the James Paget Hospital. She was seen straight away by doctors who identified it as an acute stroke.

She was then taken to the stroke ward where she was assessed by more doctors and sent for an Xray and MRI scan. All staff we saw throughout her stay were very caring and she received five star treatment.

I would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff for getting my wife well enough to come home.

We have lived in Great Yarmouth for about eight years. My wife has been admitted to hospital on several occasions during that time and has always received first class attention.

Anyone who complains about the James Paget Hospital should take a look at other hospitals in our area. The James Paget nurses are always smiling and willing to help night and day to their patients’ needs.

Also a big thanks to the physiotherapy team who worked hard on getting her mobile again in hospital and at home, and the aftercare staff from the occupational health team; they are fantastic people and deserve more recognition for the work they do.

Finally I would like to say the NHS is the best health service in the world but it is in decline due to the government funding cuts and more must be done to maintain this superb life-saving service.

We should be using the taxpayers’ money in the right place. So come on Mrs May, let’s get it done.


Great Yarmouth

Not many using the correct lanes

I do agree, we need proper indications on the lanes of the Fullers Hill roundabout at the end of Lawn Avenue.

People change lanes there which is asking for an accident. The three lanes have helped ease traffic but not many people use the correct land for where they are going.

Would the council please look at this before visitors come into Great Yarmouth, or more accidents will happen.


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The ideal role for the newly-retired

A lot of newly-retired people could take on a role as a volunteer on our coastline (Letters, April 27).

My late husband would have loved to be part of something like this as a retired Navy man. He found it difficult to keep himself busy after such an active live in the services and when we settled down finally in Gorleston, he spent most of his time in the garden or on his allotment.

There must be a lot of former police officers, Army, Navy and RAF men and women who could volunteer for the Coastwatch stations roles.

There are many active pensioners today, thanks to our NHS, and even a few days a week would probably help Coastwatch bases along our coast. It would give many of them a new lease of life and for some men who have lost touch with work friends of many years it would give them an opportunity to make new friends.


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Paint litter bins in bright yellow!

Victorians had the “throwaway” habit re rubbish I read in the Mercury last week. It can’t be a patch on the thoughtless residents of this borough in these “Elizabethan” times.

I daily witness young children throwing litter on the ground, teenagers dropping empty cans and sandwich wrappings into where they think they can’t be seen, and adults discarding whatever they want, wherever they want. It is so unsociable.

It begs the question have we enough litter bins and should they be painted a brighter colour so people can see them? I must admit they are hard to spot in the Market Place when people are gathered around them, and even are few and far between along Regent Street.

A bright yellow or red would make them stand out in the crowd you could say. What about it borough council?

Also, we need more people to take photos and shame others who drop litter or flytip. And tell the council – name and shame I say.



More roundabout etiquette needed

The new roundabout at Fuller Hill in Yarmouth is fine; it works well and it people take their time, stay in the right land and obey the rules there will be no problem.

However, there are those (and I believe these to be younger people) who are not getting in the right lanes in the first instance and consequently cause most of the swerving and near-misses that we are experiencing.

I blame the introduction of dual carriageways, where it is too easy to drive and you don’t have to really think (apart from keeping an eye on fellow motorists).

When you come off a dual carriageway onto a roundabout and you are in the left hand lane, there is always someone in the right hand lane who tries to beat you when you get around the roundabout. This person should have been going round the roundabout more. That is why they are in the right hand lane.

From that right hand lane, they then check their wing mirrors and interior mirror before moving to the left hand lane, to take the next exit.

This was one of the things I learned from my driving instructor many years ago, and we were tested on it by the examiner – and I used to be one of them. Don’t today’s examiners do roundabouts any more?

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You can attend the council meetings

The writer of a recent letter complains that the councillors do not ask for the public’s opinion.

I would like to know when was the last time this individual attended either a parish or town council meeting, both of which are advertised and can be attended by anyone who would like to know what is going on in their village or town.

Information is always available to anyone who would like to get to know what is happening in their area and would welcome new councillors.



Elderly valued for their knowledge

It’s not every day I think I must complain to the newspaper when I see something I don’t agree with. Nor when I see something that needs praising, but here goes…

Last night, Wednesday, I witnessed in the distance on Southtown Road a lady walking her dog fall over. It looked like she tripped over the dog.

Two young people, probably in their late teens raced over the road to help her up and they stayed with her while she got her balance back. One held onto the little dog. They sat her on a wall while she gathered her breath I suppose.

Then I saw her get up and continue her walk after chatting to the two young men, who then carried on their journey towards me.

That was a nice thing you did, I said as they approached me. They smiled and said thank you and explained they had been at college late and were only to happy to help. In their country, Portugal, older people were precious because they were full of knowledge.

I was stunned, then grateful, we have such nice young men as these two living in Great Yarmouth.



Put up and shut up if you didn’t vote

I write this on Wednesday night and am thinking and hoping it isn’t raining when I got to the polling station tomorrow.

I wonder how many people will turn up to vote in the borough council elections? I suspect it will not be many.

The young who can vote don’t seem to realise they cannot complain about the way our council is run unless they use their vote. And that also applies to general elections too.

We should make voting compulsory like in many other countries; people need to take responsibility and not moan and groan when matters don’t go the way of their own opinions.

My family who work postal vote, and have for years, but I like to go along to the polling station and put my cross in the box for the person I want to be a councillor. I always have a chat with other people there.

Years ago, there would be queues of people voting before they went into work and it was generally a happy and relaxed atmosphere. People didn’t talk politics but just chatted. We were all from the same ward so probably faced the same problems.

Candidates too would be there with their rosettes, smiling and greeting us.

It’s sad that today people don’t vote. It’s pure laziness and apathy. So my message to anyone reading this letter is put up or shut up. You have no right to complain if you don’t like what the council is doing if you haven’t voted.

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