Letter of the week - Open up precinct for buses

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Chippenham passengers leaving the bus station are often inconvenienced by sitting in stationary traffic while the bus has to go all around the houses (Gladstone Road, Avenue La Fleche, Bridge roundabout and Bath Road) just to reach the bottom of the High Street.

Cold calls must stop

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Last night (September 22) I received a cold call from Brian Mathew, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Wiltshire, inviting me to a Liberal Democrat presentation in Yatton Keynell.

Well done on stance

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A huge well done to our Devizes constituency MP, Claire Perry, on her robust and independent line on cool analysis being needed now in the aftermath of the Scottish Referendum (last week’s Gazette & Herald, and elsewhere), rather than more quick fixes.

Attack was ill-timed

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

On the day Scottish voters made their historic decision to stay in the UK, James Gray MP launched an extraordinary ‘little Englander’ media attack on David Cameron, including in his Gazette & Herald column.

Remember disaster

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

HMS Bulwark, Albion & Centaur Association are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the disaster of HMS Bulwark which blew up and sank in 1914.

Leader evaded query

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

On the morning of the Tour of Britain, I listened to an interview with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott on BBC Wiltshire Radio.

I did not oppose plan

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

It was suggested in your last correspondence column by Dr Brian Mathew (‘Promote good practice’, letters, September 18) that I had opposed the solar plan application at Sandridge Vale near Seend.

Thanks for cat food

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to the boot sale at Sainsbury’s car park. It was a good day and I made £12 (that’s two packets of cat food).

Reporting must be fair

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Thank you for publishing the pictures and write-up last week on the Seagry Spitfire memorial.

Libraries need quiet

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

12:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

Who designed and approved a library with no doors and placed beside a noisy cafeteria and a climbing wall just outside the library entrance?

Free fare is essential

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I absolutely agree with Don Jones about the importance of buses to the commuter.

OAPs do pay tax

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

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I was a bit taken aback when I read the comments of Don Jones of CAMRA in last week’s My Word column. Sadly he is so far of the mark that not only is he talking ‘balderdash’ but it is inaccurate balderdash.

Letter of the week - Praise for early bird cleaners

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

How many volunteers does it take to make carnival fortnight in Pewsey a success?

Crystal ball please

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

On the radio and in her column, Claire Perry, says that “turn up and travel” is responsible for overcrowding on trains. She wants us to book in advance.

Promote good practice

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

James Gray has been banging the drum yet again against renewable energy on local radio and in the press.

Breathe life into town

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

I hope that local residents have seen in this paper, on my local leaflets, website, surveys and letters that I have been campaigning hard for a reduction in Chippenham’s parking charges.

Bridge is monstrosity

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

One of the joys of growing up in the 1960s was to watch steam trains passing under a railway bridge, being momentarily lost from the sight of your companions as you were covered in a plume of smoke. The experience never failed to amuse.

Where will waste go?

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

I note that in the letter from Wiltshire Council asking for opinions on which rubbish collection service should be suspended during the winter, there is great play made of the “free service” which we now enjoy.

Praise for responder

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Through your letters page may I take the opportunity to highlight the wonderful service provided by the responder button that my wife and I have in our flat.

Troubled conscience?

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

As we get older we sometimes have senior moments, like the afternoon of Saturday, August 9 when I arranged for £150 to be dispensed at the cashpoint outside W H Smith in Marlborough, only to forget to pick it up. As soon as I realised I checked with the shops next door but no-one had handed money in. My bank said it had probably been taken back into the machine but no, it has been debited and someone else has enjoyed my ‘holiday’ money.

Dissenters in minority

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

The Chippenham Half-Marathon was a splendid sight, and I was delighted to see the excellent coverage in the Gazette & Herald.

Architecture defaced

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

I have noted and agree with the comments made during past editions of the Gazette & Herald about the eyesore on top of the recently restored and refurbished former Le Marchant Barracks in Devizes.

Mavericks, not clones

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A few weeks back, becoming concerned at delays in getting action from Wiltshire Council departments on behalf of my residents, I wrote a general letter to the local press. In this I cited that often when I raised a matter needing attention, the reply would be that unfortunately there was a “capacity issue”. Basically this meant that there was not sufficient staff to attend to all demands from councillors and the public. This can be explained by the rolling series of redundancies, with more to come.

Slums they were not

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Having just read the book Devizes through Time, featuring Devizes past and present, I found it to be, like the curate’s egg, good in parts.

Apply common sense

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

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

This is a repeat of a plea I made some years ago to my fellow motorists trying to navigate through the village of Market Lavington.

Letter of the week - Care at home was exceptional

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

In the current climate of a horrifying story about a nursing home every other week, I would like to bring to your attention to a different kind of tale.

Show well supported

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

On Sunday I was delighted to join the many thousands of people attending the Emergency Services Show at Hullavington airfield.

Seeking an old friend

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

I would like to contact my late wife’s friend Wendy Stevens who moved from Trowbridge to Wootton Bassett in the mid-1960s.

Thanks for your aid

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Through your paper, I would like to thank a young lady who stopped her car and came to help me onto my feet after I had fallen face down on the pavement; she then saw me safely across the busy road.

No lasting resolution

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Mrs Kendall’s letter (September 4) states that recent Israeli actions in Gaza were “ruthless” and “surely a war crime”. Taking TV coverage at face value I can understand how some people are thinking this way.

Why not be positive?

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

I have read with interest the letter from Coun Jeff Osborn setting out his views on how Wiltshire Council has coped with the cut of one third from the funding received from Government.

Stop the spoil sports

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Chippenham Half Marathon is a community event, raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.

We do support CCTV

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Your article on the town council’s approach to funding the town’s CCTV badly misrepresented the lead group’s approach to Devizes Development Partnership’s (DDP’s) request for a further, extended period of funding.

Investigations farce

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Your correspondent John Merrett notes Wiltshire Council’s use of the strategy of defending itself (letters, September 4). I had the misfortune to suffer from the minutes of a committee being a false record of the motion that was passed, but the committee (for reasons that I understand but do not agree with) approved the minutes. The matter was trivial when compared with the problems of child abuse in Rotherham, but the desire to avoid the council being seen to be at fault was the same.

Battle to keep pension

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

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

The War Widows Association is seeking to end the discrimination and inequality of provision whereby 4,020 war widows lose their war widows pension (paid under the 1973 War Pensions Scheme) if they remarry or cohabit, while all other war widows retain all their pension for life, regardless of whether they re-marry or cohabit.

Help the Guide dogs

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Guide Dogs Fundraising event

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Join in with Guide Dogs Week from October 4 to 12 by giving an hour of your time to do one of the following.

Thanks for coverage

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

On behalf of Barnardo’s, I would like to thank the Chippenham Gazette & Herald and photographer Diane Vose for featuring our emergency services event in Rudloe (‘Young crew see services’, September 4).

Letter of the week - We’re not consulted on waste

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

I wonder exactly what Wiltshire Council means by a ‘public’ consultation.

Spectacular finale

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

My family and I were excited to take part in Saturday’s carnival procession. Many thanks are to be given to the sponsors, local businesses and individuals who have supported DOCA either through sponsorship, lending of equipment or services.

Path is assault course

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

I regularly walk down Dunkirk Hill to Rowde but find it very difficult to find a way through all the undergrowth growing through the pavements. It is impossible in places to push a pram or walk side by side with small children. Pavements are meant to be a safe haven for pedestrians, not an assault course. Come on whoever is responsible.

Terrible loss of life

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

The First World War is very much on a lot of people’s minds at the moment. I lost two uncles, my father’s two brothers, one in his early twenties, the other in his teens (he put his age on).

Put them in stocks

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Having first read the report in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald about that appalling attack on Hector the donkey I first had to write.

A cause for concern?

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

One of the most striking aspects of Monday’s Panorama programme on the child abuse scandal in Rotherham was the failure of the various authorities to prevent this.

No benefit to traders

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Anyone who doubts the arguments about car parking charges in Wiltshire need only join the desperate search for a free space on the upper deck of Emery Gate, Chippenham, just after 10am on Sunday when Tesco has opened.

Bistro meals superb

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Following your article in the Gazette & Herald on August 21, I would like to agree with Jill Crooks’s review of The Waterfront Bistro at Pewsey Wharf.

Boost for organ fund

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Many thanks for advertising our jumble sale for the restoration of the church organ. We raised a massive £524.

Why reduce funding?

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

I would be the first to agree that Duncan Hames has been a first-class local Member of Parliament for the Chippenham area over the last four years. But I must take issue with his petition to Wiltshire Council to restore one hour’s free parking in our local town centre car parks.

We did do homework

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

We feel compelled to respond to the letter, ‘We live on a rat run’ (August 7). We can sympathise with Mrs Pearce’s situation as we also live in Cepen Park North and many of the roads become congested by non-residents, ie Stainers Way, Barnes Road and Sheepscroft accessing Hardenhuish Lane from the A350.

Do not support Israel

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

With reference to Mr Hartley’s letter (August 21) regarding the pounding of Palestine’s Gaza Strip by Israel, he obviously didn’t see the horrific images of the Palestine people fleeing their homes in terror and the many bloody bodies being raced to overstretched hospitals on the tv, as I did, or he couldn’t be on the side of Israel.

Footpath is a hazard

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

6:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Further to our letter about the disgusting state of Curzon Street and the lack of attention it gets from the receivers of our tax, it has been pointed out that the northern footpath is very dangerous and uneven.




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