Letter of the week - Residents are being ignored

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the proposed housing development at the former Blounts Court Nursery site at Studley.

Proud of hard work

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Reading the article and seeing the photo of Mr David Pearce receiving his long-service award (Gazette, August 7) made me think of the members of my family who have received awards like these.

Armed with the facts

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Mr Sedgwick raises some important points about fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in his letter last week.

No benefit to footprint

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

I must take issue with Tony Sedgwick, whose letter in favour of fracking you published last week.

Smooth route to top

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

There was nothing in Conservative councillor Alan Hill’s letter (July 31) to contradict my assertion that years of underspending on our county’s roads has left them in a terrible state. Wiltshire Conservatives have been running our county since May 1998. Their failure to act in a timely manner on road repairs during those 15 years has meant a massive spend this year. One which can be ill afforded when vital services are being hit to make up the shortfall in the council’s coffers.

Israel needs support

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

I do not share Andy Newman’s opinion of Baroness Warsi – (‘Resignation impresses’, August 14) and I am pleased to see her go.

Children doing well

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

l I would like to thank all those who sponsored me on my recent headshave in aid of two children in Uganda who are burns victims.

Town is on the up

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Last Saturday evening I was delighted to join representatives from Wiltshire Council, Chippenham Town Council, Pubwatch, Chamber of Commerce and the street pastors in looking at and the monitoring of the town centre and associated areas from 5pm to the early hours of Sunday morning. This piece of work is vital as Chippenham takes the next step towards applying for Purple Flag status.

‘Spaceship’ is horrid

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

After seeing the letter of the week last week regarding the ‘carbuncle’ on top of the old barracks in Devizes. Why has this kind of horrific building error been allowed? You see it in so many areas.

Nobody is fooled

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Given Wiltshire Council’s unease expressed about solar farms with the latest planning application, I found the picture on page six of the Chippenham edition last week very cynically posed by Duncan Hames and Nick Clegg along with the chief executive of Good Energy.

White horse goes grey

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

I am saddened to see the current state of the Devizes Millennium White Horse. The sorry appearance does not give a good impression to visitors and to the community, as it has obviously not been cared for in many months. This is especially so in the summer, when so many like to go up there to walk and picnic.

Lose-lose for the town

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

6:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

I read Roger Davis’s letter concerning the sad state of the Assize Courts (Gazette, July 24).

Letter of the week - Who gave permission for this?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I entirely agree with Robert Macmillan’s comment (letter to the editor, August 7) on the unsightly metal-clad ‘carbuncle’ which has appeared on top of the imposing Keep of the former Wiltshire Regimental Depot in Devizes.

Joy at £40k raised

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Guide Dogs for the Blind seek collectors in Settle

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

At the end of August 2013 I set up my 4Joy Appeal with the aim of raising £20,000 to name 4GuideDogPups4Joy and I believed it would take me at least a year to attain this target.

Merger is only way

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

The debate over the future of Wiltshire and Swindon Fire and Rescue Service rumbles on. Readers may well remember that the case for a proposed merger with Dorset Fire Service is the only option that can save the £3.9 million that the Coalition government is demanding. This can be done by dispensing with a number of senior, highly paid, uniformed officers and by combining a whole range of support services.

Spoiling countryside

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I am writing to express my disgust of the approval for 230 homes to be built deep into greenbelt land on the edge of Marlborough Downs. This land, in my opinion, should never be built on with so many homes, and just goes to show that Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee have little regard for the countryside.

Reds let us down again

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Yet again this week your [Salisbury Reds] bus service the X5 let everyone down.

‘Assault course’ path

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I was interested to read the article about Stonebridge Meadow Bag It and Bin It campaign. Of course we all agree dog poo should be picked up and I am sure all responsible owners do this.

Not speaking for all

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Surely I am not alone in being irked by minority groups claiming to speak for the people of Wiltshire?

Music night success

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who attended our night of musical celebration on Friday and Saturday evening.

‘Cat lady’ says thanks

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me at Calne bike meet. I was there from 8am until 4.30pm on a very hot day.

Resignation impresses

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

As the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Chippenham, it is not often that I have praise for the actions of a Conservative, but I was impressed by the act of personal integrity by Baroness Warsi, who recently resigned from the government over the inadequacy of David Cameron’s response to the slaughter in Gaza.

Sponsor a trolley

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Chippenham is a great town for everyday shopping and I speak as someone who has lived here for nearly 35 years.

You’d be angry too

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I was staggered to read the contents of the letter from a Wiltshire and Chippenham town councillor Nina Phillips (Gazette, August 7), regarding the proposed formidable warehousing development, which would be outside of the ‘natural’ boundary – that is what the western bypass is, to ease traffic around Chippenham, not to encourage more development.

Welcome The Range

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

6:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Once again Chippenham has the chance of new employment in the shape of The Range distribution centre and – guess what? – out come all the protesters.

Letter of the week - A fitting tribute to fallen heroes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Crosses laid at the Stonehouse War Memorial during Sunday's Remembrance Day service (2398812)

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

My mother’s brother, Lieutenant Leonard Southwell, was born in 1889 and emigrated to Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Supporting ambulance

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The air ambulance charitable trust will need to raise £2.5m annually

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

On Friday the Wiltshire Air Ambulance had an emergency and landed on the green in front of my house in Calne.

We need your opinions

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

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Having been involved with local planning matters in recent years, I am fully aware of the implications of any new proposed planning application and the possible division of public opinion regardless of the size of the application, from the smallest extension, large residential housing scheme or the much discussed and commented on Chippenham skate park It is worth reminding the community that the decision to take the next step of preparing an application for the Skate Park was taken at an Open Public Area Board Meeting with a democratic vote taken.

Please sort traffic

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

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Now our local MP, Claire Perry, has moved into a ministerial position in the Department of Transport, instead of banging on about trains to Pewsey (as important as they are) she might seriously consider addressing a problem closer to home and sort out the appalling traffic problems in and around Devizes.

No bar to traders

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

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

What a lot of rot some Marlborough traders talk about the Jazz Festival. The A4 wasn’t closed.

Wonderful donations

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Friends of Doorway would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to our street collection on Saturday July 26.

Thanks for support

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

I would like to thank all those who donated and helped raise over £450 for Devizes and District Link on the collection days at Morrisons in Devizes on July 18 and 19.

What an eyesore

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

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Every time I drive from Marlborough to Devizes on the A361 I am impressed by the housing development on the outskirts of the town that has been created out of what I presume were former army barracks.

A taste of Spain

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

I read your review of Los Amigos in Chipenham in last week’s Gazette and I agree with it entirely.

Just scoop it up

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

In the last few years we’ve all come to enjoy pristine pavements and footpaths. Now, sadly, there is increasing evidence that dog owners are slipping back into bad ways. Good citizens of Wiltshire, please remember, if your pooch poops you’ve got to scoop.

Only trying to help

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

9:27am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I found Alan Peterson’s letter of July 24 deeply hurtful. I am not a politician and put in very many unpaid hours every week for the good of our town and most particularly for its town centre.

Snap a winning shot

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: RSPCA opens charity shop in Kendal

9:24am Wednesday 6th August 2014

With the school summer holidays stretching out ahead of us, the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards is the perfect boredom buster for children.

Letter was a letdown

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

9:21am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I have just received a letter from Dr Carlton Brand of Wiltshire Council (their electoral registration officer), explaining how there would be both an electoral register, and an open register (available for commercial use). Proof reading is obviously not high on the agenda.

Debate at a standstill

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

9:19am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Mr Cooper’s sarcasm does nothing for his argument (letters, July 10). And my examples aren’t ‘hypothetical’, but real-life situations, the ‘single-carriageway’ to which I referred being an A-road (of which there are many hundreds of miles in the UK), not a country lane.

Withdraw from policy

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

9:17am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Nationwide reports that average UK house prices are currently rising at 12 per cent per annum (the average value of a UK property is now £188,903).

Spaces are convenient

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

9:15am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Regarding Mr Colin Sheppard’s letter ‘Can’t please them all’ in the Gazette on July 10.

A law unto themselves

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

9:12am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Being an avid fan of countryside, farmers and farms, and knowing how hard they work and are responsible to keep our countryside so beautiful, I have a burning question that needs to be answered: are they above the law when it comes to driving their tractors?

Many thanks for lift

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

9:10am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I should like to take this opportunity to thank the two ladies from Marlborough who helped me out on Friday, July 18.

Highways budget rise

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

9:08am Wednesday 6th August 2014

In his letter printed a short while ago Dr Brian Mathew commented that the decision to resurface the road between Slaughterford and Thickwood was worthy of appearing in Private Eye magazine and inferred that some skulduggery had taken place.

We are not involved

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

9:06am Wednesday 6th August 2014

We are not involved Those who are opposed to a skatepark in Monkton Park and, indeed, those who are for it, might like to know the present position.

Good luck for future

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

9:04am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I was extremely saddened to learn of the demise of well-respected coach operators Hatts of Foxham.

Letter of the week - Saddened by firm’s closure

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

9:33am Wednesday 6th August 2014

As neighbours of Hatts Travel in West End, Foxham, we are saddened that an 86-year-old family-owned business has gone into receivership.

Still fighting for town

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

9:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I cannot recognise the version of events being described by resident Alan Peterson (Nail in coffin for town, July 24); and his attack on Coun Melody Thompson’s position is quite uncalled-for.

Fond memory of trip

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

I often read your newspaper online. I was doing so on July 10 when I found your story entitled ‘Devizes pensioner’s pride and joy canal boat burned.’ I was saddened to read this story as when I was visiting Devizes in 2012 I was invited on board Mr Gordon’s boat. I enjoyed the canal experience immensely.

Church sale success

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

6:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who contributed to the very successful bring and buy sale and raffle on July 12 at St Andrew’s Church in Devizes.




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