Unions do a good job

1:45pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE recent decision by Balfour Beatty Living Places to derecognise the three trade unions, GMB, Unite and Unison, who represent their staff responsible for roads maintenance, shows yet another downside of privatisation.

They are not builders

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:44pm Thursday 17th April 2014

With regard to Jill Crooks’ article on page 5 “Homes refusal was wrong”. This application to build cannot be called sustainable or reasonable, because this piece of land is not “off Windsor Drive”, it is in Bishops Cannings, whereas Windsor Drive is in Devizes.

Campaign is viable

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:41pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I write to thank all those residents who have contacted me about last week’s visit of rail minister Stephen Hammond. Many questioned whether it is realistic to reignite this long running campaign. I want to give me view of why it’s now viable to get Corsham station reopened.

Town not a shambles

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chippenham town centre is not a shambles, says Coun Peter Hutton

1:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Once again I read with interest a letter on housing in Chippenham and our high street in last week’s letter column.

Wood worth saving for future

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Approved, controversial plan for 750 homes on Chippenham green field site

1:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

All we (Friends of Birds Wood) have ever wanted was to preserve the wood and fields for the wildlife and all who use and enjoy it.

Declutter this spring

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:39pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Declutter this spring I am writing to thank you and your readers for the support you’ve shown so far for the South West British Heart Foundation shops’ Spring Clear Out campaign.

Defending indefensible

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I found the comments made by Claire Perry, the MP for Devizes, (Gazette & Herald, April 10) extremely interesting but very sad.

Thanks for kindness

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I would like to send some ‘thank you’s to some local people whom helped our family with their kindness.

Pull the other one

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I HATE to rain on Bill Douglas’ parade but when he praises Chippenham Town Council for good housekeeping, did he not notice only a few weeks ago council employees out and about with the begging bowl, approaching the Borough Lands charity for help and, to my surprise, getting it to the tune of £5,000?

Get rid of this clutter

1:32pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Street clutter such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs (A-boards) and pavement cafe furniture can obstruct and hamper a person’s progress in the street.

No time to waste

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:44pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE latest UN Climate Report warns us that the world is heading towards catastrophic climate change but that if we take concerted action now we can avoid such a fate. This includes replacing the burning of fossil fuels, with its attendant pollution and harmful effects on the atmosphere, with clean energy, in particular, renewables such as wind and solar.

They just don’t get it

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

1:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The ‘media mob’ Claire Perry stated that developed around the Maria Miller scandal was largely centred around the Daily Telegraph, hardly a left wing publication, more the daily newsletter of the Tory party.

Letter of the week - Closures make me want to cry

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Residents, including John Davenport, second from right, are pleased about the closure

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

In reading the article regarding the closure of Trow Lane (Gazette & Herald, April 3) I wonder if I am the only person who, instead of celebrating, wanted to cry.

Reverse plan decision

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Many readers will be disappointed to hear that Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has decided not to call in the planning application for the development of an industrial park at Showell Farm, near Lacock, but to leave it to Wiltshire Council to make a decision on the proposal.

Dog bins would help

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: WGC Dog Poo Bins Raided: Who Flung Dung?

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I am writing in reference to the article concerning clearing up dog mess in Devizes ‘Queen helping Harriet clear up dogs’ mess in Devizes’ (Gazette & Herald, March 20).

CCTV is a deterrent

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Sussex schools install CCTV cameras in toilets

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Contrary to what Peter Morgan claims in his ‘Letter of the week’ last week, the democratic process was not a farce at the Marlborough Area Board meeting on Monday, March 31.

Wake up to decline

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Peter Kemp feels Chippenham has declined over the past 30 years

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

To the people who live in Chippenham, work in Chippenham, shop in Chippenham, and mostly to the people at Wiltshire Council and the town council, why have you let this lovely town fall into the terrible state that it is now in?

Fun for diabetic kids

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Diabetes care appeal

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

If any of your readers have children with Type 1 diabetes then we’d like to encourage them to take part in one of our fun-filled children’s residential events, being held across the UK this summer.

Help with lane name

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Can anyone give me information on the naming of what the locals call Conscience Lane? Ordnance Survey maps and finger posts refer to it as Consciences Lane.

I, too, scaled tower

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mr Minty remembers climbing to the top of St Nicholas Church spire in Bromham in 1952

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I climbed to the top of Bromham church spire on the afternoon of April 1, 1952, a couple of days after Dennis Rose (Gazette & Herald, April 3).

UFO photos sought

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The aliens are coming - 10 UFO hotspots in south east London and north Kent

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I am a retired police officer from the West Midlands who has spent the last 20 years cataloguing and writing up reports of British UFO activity between the periods 1940 to the present date.

Cash boost for spring

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Market Lavington Old School Day Centre would like to thank everyone who turned out on a lovely sunny Saturday in March to support our spring sale.

No sign of the end yet

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

The yellow signs approaching the temporary traffic lights on Nursteed Road and Southbroom Road in Devizes, clearly informed us that work would commence on February 17.

Nobody lost their jobs

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Further to your article regarding the failed appeal of Jim Ward’s killer Michael Chudley against his conviction in last week’s edition, I would like to correct the wrong impression given by Roger Chadwick in his comments that MGW Law had closed.

Talking of revolution

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6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

How about a ‘Claire Perry free’ edition of the newspaper?

Letter of the week - Democratic process is a farce

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Brighton and Hove City Council defends spy camera parking fines

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

‘What matters to you in the Marlborough area’ was the title of the Area Board meeting in the town hall last Monday, but what the large turn-out was treated to was a display of rigged voting in order to extract Wiltshire council tax payers community affairs money for the town’s ill-judged CCTV system.

We are forging ahead

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A big congratulations to residents in the Hardens and Englands area for the resounding victory given to the Lib Dems in last week’s local by-election and a warm welcome to new town councillor Terry Gibson.

Plea for ‘real’ shops

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

An easy way to establish how many ‘real’ shops there are in Chippenham would be to close all the charity shops, burger bars, mobile phone shops and estate agents and see what was left.

Cash boost for bowls

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: BOWLS: Defeats for Harlequins and Royals

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Strong community spirit and excellent entertainment were rife in the Bouverie Hall in Pewsey on Saturday, March 22.

Did you take medals?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

About 20 years ago my nan’s house in Church Lane in Melksham was broken in to and several items where stolen. One of things taken were my late grandfather’s two medals for his service in the First World War (they were the standard British War Medal and the Victory Medal, so nothing of great financial value).

The folly of youth

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Bromham churchwarden John Drew has written a book about the history of St Nicholas Church, Bromham

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Reading about the dangerous things that many young people do these days reminded me of some of the silly and dangerous things my friends and I got involved in when we were young.

Sign homes petition

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I’m concerned about the lack of serious local debate on the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.

Help is out there

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

As announced in this year’s Budget, it is good news that the economy is continuing to recover and that the employment rate is on the rise.

Your cast-offs please

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I’m hoping that I can encourage your lovely readers to donate some of their beloved but now unwanted quality items of clothing to Age International’s stock appeal which runs until April 13.

Enterprise was key

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I recently parked my car at the side of Marlborough High Street at a very busy time of day, then got out and locked it.

Blaze trail in the city

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

We are urging people to blaze through the beautiful Bristol 10k to help beat meningitis.

Focus on fuel poverty

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

The soaring price of energy is affecting everyone, and the hardest hit are the poorest, who cannot afford to turn on the heating.

Here for the beer

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Thank you to the 1,900 customers who came and supported the 23rd CAMRA Chippenham real ale, cider and perry festival held at the Olympiad.

Potholes are no joke

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I was appalled at the photograph in last weeks Gazette & Herald of Councillor Philip Whitehead pointing to a pothole and laughing.

Thanks for your votes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

May I through your newspaper convey my thanks to all those involved in our recent win in the Hardens and England (Chippenham) by-election.

Letter of the week - Local people need parking too

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jo Tanner, Cathy Summers, John Burch, Devizes mayor Pete Smith, Margaret Taylor and Jean Covington, who are bidding to make Devizes a coach friendly town

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

So the toilets at the Wharf and Station Road in Devizes have closed. That means that some on-street parking spaces have had to be designated for coaches.

Share your memories

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

May I use your newspaper to invite all the staff of the now closed Malmesbury Hospital to a reunion lunch on May 10 at 12.30pm. Admission is by ticket only, the cost of which including lunch is £10.

Fair was great success

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Laurence Campbell shows off his experiment to demonstrate ‘resonance’ to friends Murphy Martin, Patrick Barland and Hayden Latcham at the  science fair at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I strongly believe in the value of community-based learning and think it is something that is often underestimated. I would like to highlight an excellent local example of this, the annual Science Fair, at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon the other week when more than 500 visited.

Statement is incorrect

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

In his attempt to defend the current planning shambles in Chippenham, Coun Hutton (Gazette, March 20) misleads your readers by saying that I opposed the development of Langley Park. This is not correct, as he knows.

Workshop is eyesore

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

It’s great news that the much respected local firm Elletsons will have their expert picture-framing work in the National Portrait Gallery.

Congratulations due?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Developer tries second appeal on disputed site in Malmesbury

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I suppose that Wiltshire Council deserves to be congratulated because it has kept the rise in council tax down to 1.5 per cent over the last four years. If it keeps this up for the next 25 years, council tax will again come into line with general inflation.

Not informed of plan

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

On the proposed development on land east of Ball Road, Pewsey, yet again Wiltshire Council falls woefully short in its communication duties.

Car boot nets £695

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Wiltshire Air Ambulance in action – from December it will use its own helicopter rather than sharing one with Wiltshire Police

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

Marlborough Supporters of Wiltshire Air Ambulance would like to thank everyone who contributed to the car boot sale and tombola on the Common last Sunday.

Are we so hard up?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Take up the issue

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I was pleased to read Mary Fallon’s letter in last week’s paper. But I must correct her on one or two points.

Apply common sense

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rail delays after vehicle hits Selhurst bridge

6:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

Having read your Quote of the Week last week, why in heavens name should Network Rail have multi-language signs for drivers? If a huge articulated lorry much higher than said bridge drives along, the drivers should be alert to the situation (not a sat nav).




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