Letter of the week - Homes decision is distressing

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I must express my disappointment that the High Court has seen fit to uphold the planning approval for Gleeson’s Filands site in Malmesbury without waiting for the completion of the Neighbourhood Planning process. Many people, including representatives from Malmesbury Town Council, St Paul’s Without and Brokenbourgh Parish Councils, have worked incredibly hard over the past two years to formulate our neighbourhood plan. This was undertaken in response to the government’s Localism Agenda and the Localism Act, which aimed to give local communities more of an input into planning decisions affecting their areas.

Hollow roads promise

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Heavy traffic jams have continued late into the afternoon on West Quay Road.

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

The front page words in the Chippenham Gazette & Herald last week, ‘End of traffic jams?’, quite rightly included a question mark because enlarging Chippenam’s western bypass will make little difference to the ever-increasing traffic density. All it will do is to encourage more of the same.

Thanks for donations

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 70 Squadon Air Cadets fundraising event for SSAFA

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Street collections were held on Saturday, July 5, in Calne, Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett in aid of SSAFA North Wiltshire Division. A total of £368.84 was raised.

Retain our rail service

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Virgin Trains’ Pendolino

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I have written to the Department of Transport to fully endorse the submission of the Great Western Specification Consultation by TransWilts Community Rail Partnership.

Church is great venue

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Recent correspondence on the St Mary’s proposals in Devizes (including Jemma Brown last week) give the impression that the only venues in the town for events are the Corn Exchange or The Wharf Theatre. That is not correct.

Approach is in a state

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

What a state that very narrow bit by the sorting office and St Cecilia’s, St Mary’s School, Calne, is always in. Nobody cleans the footpaths, even though it is part of the processional route, and hundreds of people walk along it daily to and from the Curzon Park estate and other estates on the Chippenham side of Calne. Buses and hundreds of cars go along it every day.

Mockery of localism

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

The present government opened with the much vaunted promise that local communities would be able to determine what people considered was in their own best interests via Neighbourhood Plans.

Fire service on brink

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 100 km charity walk raises money for The County Air Ambulance & The Fire Fighters Charity. Fire Station, Hereford.
A fire engine.
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6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Let me share with you some facts: facts that James Gray and Jane Scott have no idea about. Facts the Chief and Deputy Fire Officers won’t tell you. Facts Graham Payne and a few others on the fire authority I suspect fully realise already.

See obvious on merger

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: FIRE TALK: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has assured county councillors that a move to Bridgend would have "no impact" on the use of Welsh.

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Congratulations to the Gazette for publishing the contrasting views on the future of the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service from James Gray MP and Coun Graham Payne last week.

Free spaces are key

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I am attaching a photo of Station Road car park on Saturday at 11am. Surely this proves that the majority of people aren’t using it – maybe because they have a five-minute walk to the Market Place! If there were some free spaces here for up to one hour, then maybe it would be better used (if people feel they can possibly walk the short distance). It seems that these days many people feel they have to park right outside of the premises they are visiting and in many other towns (and especially cities) this isn’t always possible. In Devizes there are a number of one-hour spaces at the roadside, so there should be a good turnover of vehicles.

Park and ride idea

6:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I fully support Cynthia Crocker’s views last week on more disabled parking bays in the Market Place and greater use of the Station Road car park in Devizes.

Still time for comment

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Two different public exhibitions take place in the Calne area on Tuesday organised by Hills Waste Solutions and Pegasus Group

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

In response to J Laing’s letter last week I would like to point out the following facts.

Letter of the week - Help boost local arts scene

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

I read with interest and pleasure Don Jones’ excellent article ‘County must embrace change’ (June 26). I’m the director quoted in it. I support the project wholeheartedly and I support it because Devizes needs a well thought out and considered community space.

Surface not a danger

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

In response to last week’s letter from Mr Bob Pawsey it is appropriate to point out that visitors to Marlborough for the Jazz Festival will be able to enjoy the new surface on the High Street, which was resurfaced earlier this year at a cost of about £500,000.

Delight at salvation

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

May I point out that the empty school building in Bath Road, Devizes that is likely to be saved from demolition dates from 1906, not the 1870s, as stated in your report. The date is over the main door.

Amused by comment

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

It was amusing to read MP James Gray’s comments in your last issue regarding the debate over the future of the fire service. For a son of the manse – as he is – to to state that “he does not know Graham Payne from Santa Claus” is disingenuous in the extreme. He recently released a copy of a letter he wrote on December 16 last to the Chief Fire Officer for Wiltshire.

We will expose Tories

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Conservative councillor Sheila Parker says she wants responsible behaviour and accuracy. Here are both. The Conservatives have been in control of our county for 13 years. They have had the responsibility as to how money is spent. During that time they could have made our roads and pavements safe for everyone. They chose not to do so.

Stick to facts please

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Regarding the article in the last week’s Gazette and Herald on Wiltshire Museum in Devizes and the crop circle exhibition.

Fodder being wasted

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

On Sunday taking the dog for a walk I was amazed to find the Devizes Town Council gang mower and tractor busily cutting away at the grass on the old cricket pitch near Drews Park.

Why not take a stroll?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A 20mph speed limit in Devizes Market Place is being considered

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

In the Letter of the Week (June 26), Peter Fletcher questions the length of time parking is allowed in the Market Place in Devizes. I am retired and live within seven minutes’ walk from there. I always go on foot to do my shopping, visit the bank etc.

Small lunch for cats

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: IN NEED OF A HOME: 'Spring' and 'Autumn' two of the cats that need rehoming. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton. (7203874)

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to all the people who bought lucky dip tickets at 25p a go.

Tree should remain

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

I do agree with Jane Horsell’s letter in last week’s Gazette & Herald regarding the road resufacing in Cocklebury Road but contract work at the college could break it all up again, like when the extended car park and walling at the station work was in progress.

Open door for helpers

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Carol singing at the Rising Sun pub raised £400 for Doorway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

On behalf of Doorway, the Wiltshire charity, I would like to thank everyone in Malmesbury who supported our street collection and cake stall on Friday, June 20.

It’s your right to speed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Oh dear, Mr Myers of the Urchfont Community Speed Watch Group (July 3) does seem to jump from one extreme hypothetical example to another.

Can’t please them all

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Do the people of Devizes know how lucky we all are, having those lovely big parking spaces for the tourist buses in New Park Street?

No more lorries please

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

I have been following the plans by Hills to increase the MRF facility (rubbish processing) at Compton Bassett for at least two years. There seem to have been endless applications sent to the planning committee but all have been withdrawn at the last moment.

Letter of the week - Circus protest caused stress

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

I just wanted to write to say how nice it was to see the circus come to Calne. I have heard many wonderful comments from adults and children alike.

Get a grip on trollies

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

As I’m sure other residents have, I have been growing increasingly annoyed with the inability of Sainsbury’s Devizes to exercise control of its shopping trollies.

Support job creators

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

We cannot create jobs without supporting our job creators. With this in mind I am searching for local start-up businesses or entrepreneurs to get involved in this year’s Conservative Party start-up hub and win the opportunity to showcase their work in front of thousands of visitors at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Get rid of tree as well

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

As a resident of Monkton Park I am very pleased that the resurfacing work is finally going to happen, especially as I have been party to a near accident when trying to avoid this badly damaged road.

Lib Dems cut budget

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

In his letter last week the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Dr Brian Mathew made a sarcastic slur against Wiltshire Council.

Safety is top priority

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Following on from Mr Cooper’s latest letter (June 26), I never said that the cyclist had entered the road in front of me; just that he was “about to”!

Choir says thank you

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

As an active choir member, and on behalf of all choir members, I would like to thank Grenville Jones, our leader, for starting up three years ago our Devizes Good Afternoon Choir at St Andrew’s Church, Long Street, every Friday afternoon from 2–4pm, in aid of his Golden Oldies charity.

Stop this trade deal

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food.

Jackets aren’t needed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Great to see that children at the Hilmarton Pre-school are being given days out in the woods to explore and play. This should be a pre-requisite for pupils in all primary schools.

Roads in a sorry state

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Marlborough will soon be greeting visitors from all over the world to its Jazz Festival and Summer School.

Shame on lights thief

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

I am writing regarding thieves who stole five coloured solar lights given to my disabled mum on her birthday in May of this year.

Do you know soldier?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

I am involved with a military charity in creating some exhibits for various fund-raising events or, possibly, for permanent display.

Brickwork is blighted

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

I often wonder what goes through the minds of the people responsible for granting planning consent in Devizes.

Dog mess on grave

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

When I went to visit my husband’s grave on Sunday I found that there was dog excrement on it and also on another grave on another part of the cemetery.

No pets in churchyard

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

I would like to draw the attention of the town to our cemetery on Tetbury Hill where over the past six years I have observed from living nearby dog walkers using it to exercise their dogs. Being a place of utmost respect, as so many people of the town have several generations of family buried there, I would urge dog owners to think of those people whose graves are visited on a regular basis and ask them to discourage allowing their pets to use hallowed ground as a toilet.

Letter of the week - Reduce parking limit further

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A 20mph speed limit in Devizes Market Place is being considered

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

In the good old days of the parking disc we had one and a half hours parking in the Market Place and I yearned for some short-term parking in Devizes. Then, bless the powers that be, who introduced an hour’s parking in the Market Place, and still I had to search high and low for a short-term parking place.

What a lovely town

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting Devizes recently and I want to say how lovely I thought it was. The architectural heritage is splendid and there is a fabulous mix of independent shops with friendly staff.

Thank you to carers

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I would like to say a special thank you to my son’s carers who care for adults with learning disabilities. Your help and support this year especially has been just unbelievable.

North is the way to go

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Many readers of your Chippenham front page article last week, on the proposed development of large-scale employment land just north of Allington Farm, will welcome the prospect of up to a 1,000 new jobs coming to the area.

Gardens were a joy

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to all members of Devizes and Roundway in Bloom committee, town hall staff and especially all those residents who so kindly opened their gardens to share with members of the public at the weekend.

Leave it to Clarkson

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Yes, Mr Myers, I did indeed read your suggestion (letters, May 29), quite a few times in fact, as I could not believe what I was reading from a member of a local Community Speed Watch Group.

Festival was a success

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I would like to express my thanks to the committee and organisers of the Bishops Cannings Parish Festival held recently.

Funds help homeless

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Carol singing at the Rising Sun pub raised £400 for Doorway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Calne street collection for Doorway on June 14 so successful. We managed to raise £110.24 which will be used to help local homeless and vulnerable men and women at our drop-in in Chippenham to turn their lives around.

A result on bottleneck

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

6:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Hooray! At last Station Hill in Chippenham is to be resurfaced and possibly the pavement ‘bump’ reduced, making the bottleneck wider.




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