Immigrants are good for the economy - fact

6:41pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Sir - What a pleasant surprise to have GB Dipper actually responding (Letters, 17.4.'14) to a letter which cuts across his rigidly fixed position.

A shame they left a mess around Foregate Street

5:27pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Sir - The new entrance to Foregate St station is a massive improvement , however why could they not have removed all the weeds growing out of the exterior walls and cleaned up the brickwork along with the corrugated shed on the top of the station. It seems such a shame that there is a lovely entrance surrounded by an untidy mess.

They were not very friendly

6:37pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir - Is there another reason for their rudeness other than fear of losing their jobs - I phoned Sainsburys and the postal order to query about vacancies or application process the response I got was unfriendly to say the least. i have phoned other companies and the response i must say was a lot friendlier.

Less rhetoric, more delivery would be a good sign

6:32pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir - Adjectives such as 'sustainable' and 'integrated' invariably feature in council public transport strategies. Why, therefore, are there no signs at Crowngate bus station to direct passengers to Foregate Street rail station? Perhaps a little less of the rhetoric and more on delivery would be a suitable objective for our political leaders.

Councillor voted against tax freeze

5:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014


Councillor Prodger is a walking disaster area

9:19am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir - Cllr. Prodger seems to be a bit of a walking disaster area. Quite apart from the scandal of the payment to Mark Yates of £3000 from public funds for a back operation, and that to a man earning £122.000 per annum, there is the matter of the Newtown Road bus lane fiasco which he championed. At enormous expense many perfectly healthy trees were felled along a stretch where only one city bus per half hour runs even at peak times. The scheme cost millions and is used on a long and presumably expensive stretch by the No. 31B bus only. All other buses diverting around the Ronkswood estate. Unbelievable.

Younger generation are well-meaning

5:39pm Monday 21st April 2014


I still don't trust that roundabout layout

5:34pm Monday 21st April 2014

Sirs - Yet again today(Saturday) I have witnessed two traffic accidents where the slip road branches left off the Whittington Island down towards Malvern. In the second accident-these were 40 minutes apart -two police vehicles and an ambulance were present, and the damage to two vehicles looked severe. I can only hope no one was severely injured.

A message from 2,000 years ago

5:20pm Monday 21st April 2014

Sir - Almost two thousand years ago a young man taught the people who lived in the area where he was brought up how they should behave towards each other.

It's reassuring there are such kind people

5:12pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Sir - Yesterday evening, while walking with a friend along Park Street in the city centre, I tripped and fell painfully onto one hip. Noticing that I was having some trouble getting to my feet (I am not a spring chicken!) a man quickly appeared from the Jehovah's Witness church opposite with a chair, so that I could sit down and recover. Another man also appeared and kindly offered me a lift, which I was very grateful for, as I was very shortly due at an important meeting in the city centre.

The European project is pointless and must be stopped

5:10pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Peter Luff and Peter Nielsen were both in the Worcester News last week, supporting the EU, which they portray as guaranteeing peace and prosperity. And they are both wrong.

Our children will hold us responsible for the damage we are doing

5:03pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Sir - The recent IPCC reports on climate change have confirmed that man-made climate change is happening and that sticking to business as usual will lead to temperature rises of three to five degrees above pre-industrial levels. The solution is to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels, both through greater energy efficiency and through other energy generation, particularly renewables.

Shameful that taxpayer funds private business to run education

5:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

"I'm legally not able to talk about it", says the former Headteacher of Perrywood Primary, after several months of absence from her job and several months of silence.

Mr Phillpott is selective over grammar school facts

8:18pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Dear Sir

Parties burying their heads over the EU

8:12pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Sir - Earlier this month an £80,000 prize was won by a young Cambridge graduate for his essay on how the UK could leave the EU. Given he holds the post of Director of Trade and Investment in one of the overseas branches of his employer one would have expected that his employer which had given him permission to enter the competition would be delighted but , unfortunately for him, his employer is the Lib/Con Government and he works in one of their overseas Embassies .

Appalling racing industry needs to be done away with

8:09pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Sir - Darren Morris ("Call for racing ban is completely incorrect", April 7th) states that according to statistics provided by the British Horseracing Authority "jump racing accounts for just over four fatalities in every thousand runners".

Oh my gawd, what a grammatical howler

5:17pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Sir - As a regular reader of the Worcester News - despite the occasional typo or forgivable error the standard of stories, articles and features is still commendably high - even despite your persistence in continue to publish Mr Philpott's rabid and frequently offensive fulminations - and of course your baffling insistence on giving perhaps his only ally George Cowley regular column-space with his pointless and inconsequential drivel.

Mr Luff is in cloud cuckoo land

5:05pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Sir - I read with interest Peter Luff's "MP'S View" column in Fridays issue of the Worcester News. He describes what most of the UK electors thought they were voting for , namely a trading relationship with other members of The Common Market .

Pam Ferris' Blue Cross plea to readers

4:57pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Sir- I am writing to ask your readers to put their aprons on, get baking and join in with the fantastic Blue Cross Paws for Tea party to help sick, injured and homeless pets across the country.

City pavements are substandard

10:04am Saturday 19th April 2014

Sir - A beautiful City let down by its pavements.

We depend on cheap migrant labour

8:06pm Friday 18th April 2014

Sir - I am so glad that Worcester resident, David Barlow still loves to read my letters (9.4.14).

I pity pedestrians who cannot see the cycling signs

8:04pm Friday 18th April 2014

Sir. Jed Taylor is correct on his comments on his cycling on the "footpath" along New Rd. The public cannot seem too see the cycle information painted on the footpath at either end.

Raising school leaving age would be more pointless tinkering

8:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

Sir - There is a government proposal to increase the school leaving age to 18, why? What is this stupid idea designed to achieve?

New bridge should complete ring road

7:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Sir -Instead of wasting anymore money on the Carrington Bridge it would be more beneficial to the City of Worcester and surrounding places to Build the New Bridge further up and complete the Ring Road, this would solve the problem of the congestion on the Carrington Bridge and in the City Centre. The costs will never come down so the sooner it is done the better.

I did not vote for council tax rise

12:32pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Sir - I did not vote for a council tax increase as was mistakenly reported in the Worcester News in February and which was reiterated by John Phillpott in his column on 12th April. I think it’s worth taking this opportunity to remind Mr Phillpott that the city council is actually a Labour-Lib Dem administration. Also, as Tom Edwards wrote in his ‘Source’ column on 21st March, ‘the main reason for a noticeably higher council tax bill’ is that the Conservative-controlled County Council, which ‘takes 72 per cent of the money you pay’, opted to increase council tax by 1.9%.

Don't waste your vote on UKIP

11:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

Sir - Last year I gave my support to the Green Party because it is the only party with a consistent set of principles and a moral dimension which its members are prepared to defend.

NHS have got it wrong over closure of walk-in centre

11:27am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir - I am delighted that my motion to Council objecting to the closure of the Worcester walk in health centre resulted in a thorough-going scrutiny of the proposal by Worcester City Council's Scrutiny committee on Wednesday.

Parking breakthrough is not due to Labour

11:18am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir - I am delighted to read in your Worcester News that action is finally going to be taken to ease parking congestion around county hall by creating 200 new parking spaces.

NHS and social care services need to work together

11:16am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir - I am writing in response to a recent study suggesting a merged NHS and social care budget in England will prevent vulnerable people falling between the gaps of the two systems. By introducing a single, seamless health and care system we could dramatically improve the current system, which is failing vulnerable individuals caught in-between the two services.

Great news on parking

11:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir - The Spetchley Road Area Residents' Association was delighted to read the news last week regarding the County Council's proposed expansion to County Hall's car parks, providing two hundred extra spaces. Over the years, the Chairman, Keith Burton and other members of the Association's Committee, have attended meetings, lobbied the Council to ease our serious parking problems, met with the Principals of both educational establishments in the Road, written numerous letters and talked at length with Councillors and Council officers.

Never a better time to pull out

9:57am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir - Latest reports show that over the next 5 years ,500,000 EU migrants will flock to Britain.

Leniency is needed for soldier who killed wounded Taliban

11:23am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Sir - I hope Sergeant Alexander Blackman is successful in his appeal


11:24am Monday 14th April 2014

Sir - I was sorry to read in Allcia Kelly’s article (Worcester News 10th April) that Mrs.Angela Beddow,(after four months of secrecy by the authorities) has left Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School.

We loved dancing with the eggs

8:20pm Sunday 13th April 2014

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Council should not override residents on housing plan

8:16pm Sunday 13th April 2014


Character counts

4:26pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Sir - As to 'eccentric, badly-dressed, multi-millionaire' (Phillpott, April 4) when downtown I lately wore a long, black and white, woolly coat, plus woolly hat. I looked like Compo, ho, ho, ho! Character counts, not appearance. 'love your neighbours', Christ said.

Tell me if you see Keith, I'm worried

11:32am Sunday 13th April 2014

SIR – in response to the letter from Mrs C Roberts on Friday 11 th April, it does seem that our celebrity seal Keith has gone incognito. I haven’t had any reports of sightings on her Facebook fan pages recently, and I am getting worried. Hopefully she has simply gone back to sea, and while we have all fallen in love with her (with the exception of some anglers of course), we must remember that her natural habitat is the sea, and this is where she really belongs.

Consumers can stop these 'animal prisons'

11:30am Sunday 13th April 2014

Sir - After successfully appealing against his initial application, Mr Davies now seeks to expand the cruelty of broiler chicken production in Worcestershire.

Labour are just desperate

12:18am Sunday 13th April 2014

Sir - I thought maybe it was just Cathedral Ward Labour councillors who can travel in time since they claimed credit for getting money to improve Diglis Field which actually was allocated before either of them was elected to Worcester City Council. But no!-it seems from the latest Labour leaflet that City Council leader Adrian Gregson & parliamentary candidate Councillor Joy Squires have this phenomenal ability too.

Clegg and Farage were as bad as each other

12:14am Saturday 12th April 2014

The recent televised exchanges between UKIP’s Nigel Farage and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg were so poor that I refuse to dignify them by calling them “debates”. Farage gave his usual blend of populist patriotism (‘the last refuge of a scoundrel’) and red-neck anti-immigrant rants that belong inside a white conically shaped hat and mask. As for Nick Clegg, the best he could do was a version of “it’s the economy, stupid”.

Clegg lost on style and substance

12:12am Saturday 12th April 2014

Sir - Nick Clegg must regret calling for those debates he lost so heavily to Nigel Farage, and worry about the possible damage to his career and party. However, the real issue is the damage he and his party’s policies are doing to this country and its people.

Mr Dipper is scaremongering, again

10:51pm Friday 11th April 2014

Sir - One has to give credit to GB Dipper (Letters, 7.4.'14) for his sheer dogged consistency. He's now sending them in fast and furious: there must be elections in the offing!

What's going on with this roundabout?

10:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Sir - We have all heard the tale of the Whittington island and possibly tales of the Ketch island to look forward to.

Worcester city traffic - 1, 2, 3

9:06pm Friday 11th April 2014


Cameron is a joke

9:02pm Friday 11th April 2014

What a joke David Cameron is.

These people need to 'get real'

2:36pm Friday 11th April 2014

Sir - Both Maria Miller,who's supposed to be preserving standards of the press and our county Chief Fie Officer, who's supposed to be preserving our safety, don't seem to realise that they're paid for by us!

Casual xenophobia

10:54pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Sir - There are good reasons to criticise the Law Society's guidance on compliance with Sharia when making a will. But not those GB Dipper suggests (Letters, 5th April).

No wonder we are disillusioned with politicians

10:48pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Sir -Dear oh dear, Mrs Miller shows the arrogance of the Tory party.

Scandalous to destroy local beauty

9:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Sir - The article by Tom Edwards (Worcester News 4th April),makes me wonder if Roger Clews,the government housing Inspector has an interest in the car industry.

Peter Luff is right about left-handed children

8:53pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Sir - I was interested to read Mrs Carole Roberts letter titled "Left-handed children -not disabled".

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