Adding insult to injury

PUBLISHED: 10:42 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

I WAS saddened to read in the Weston Mercury how dementia sufferers have been dealt a blow after North Somerset Council revealed that it will not continue with plans for the multi-million pound project at the Poppyfields residential home at the Ebon Court

I WAS saddened to read in the Weston Mercury how dementia sufferers have been dealt a blow after North Somerset Council revealed that it will not continue with plans for the multi-million pound project at the Poppyfields residential home at the Ebon Court site in Worle.

This, in my honest opinion, is no more than adding insult to injury after just a few weeks ago we read how plans to out-source The Playhouse, Winter Gardens and pretty much any other leisure service the council is entrusted with running.

For our council to blame the recession and third party organisations is no more than our residents being sacrificed on the alter of our councillors' incompetence.

Dementia sufferers today get such a raw deal and are treated as second-class or third class citizens and should be treated fairly in future and many sufferers put on a brave face.

Only a third of the UK's 700,000 sufferers are ever properly diagnosed.

There is a pitifully small amount of money being spent on dementia and its sufferers.

Also I was impressed with the two new pictures on the Mercury website which were published last week of the Grand Pier rebuilding.

I'm sure at this rate we will all see Weston's Grand Pier which was destroyed by such a devastating fire in July last year rise from the ashes and take shape.

I'm sure without its new owners, brother and sister business duo Kerry and Michelle Michael, pulling out all the stops it would be a different story, and I'm sure as owners they said the new pier when built will be the best in the world. Now it's time our council did the same and ring the changes and stopped burying their heads in the sand and got our two eyesore buildings- The Tropicana and Birnbeck Pier - off the ground by taking a leaf out of the way the Michaels have turned the Grand Pier around for the better.

D F COURTNEY

Victoria Park

Weston

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