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10:30pm Thursday 6th March 2014
Sir - George Cowley (Letters, 27.2.'14) is wilfully blind to the full picture. A low rate of inflation is fine as far as it goes, but miilions of "hard-working people" (as they are cynically dubbed within the Westminster bubble) are actually much worse off than they were a few years ago, because their pay increases - where they've been lucky enough to receive any at all - have been kept at a rate even lower than price-inflation.
10:22pm Thursday 6th March 2014
I am researching Beatlemania for a forthcoming project and would love to hear from anyone who encountered them and/or saw them in concert when they visited Worcester on May 28th or September 4th, 1963 (or for that matter any other venue that year.) If anyone has a story to tell and who would like to share their memories, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4:03pm Thursday 6th March 2014
Sir - C Griffin is right to point out the links between house-building and flooding (27/2/14). With heavy rains and strong winds a feature of British weather, flooding in areas like Worcestershire is a common occurrence. This is horrible for those directly affected, and disruptive and expensive for the rest of us.
3:48pm Thursday 6th March 2014
Sir - So often I see our local Conservative Councillors and members of parliament wringing their hands and complaining ‘its all the Governments fault.’ They need to take courage in their hands and follow the example of County Councillor Phil Grove in standing up to David Cameron and his Eton vandals. Our millionaire MP cabinet members might then reverse some of their more insidious policies that are destroying our Health and Education services, while covering our green fields with houses.
10:05am Thursday 6th March 2014
Sir - I write this on the day Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and principle protagonist of the undemocratic EU experiment, speaks to both Houses of Parliament. Naturally, she will speak in support of Britain's continued membership, and urge closer ties. One thing that will definitely be missing from her speech, is the fact that not one person in the UK, outside of the Westminster bubble, has been given a say in the future direction of their own country, and their own communities. So much for a democratic EU.
10:32pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
10:13pm Sunday 2nd March 2014
Sir - Councillor Paul Tuthill's letter about the SWDP and the need for Malvern to accommodate 3000 homes, for Worcester overspill is disturbing reading, especially here in Broomhall, which is being forced to have over 2000 of them .Unfortunately most of Malvern councillors are like lemmings and vote to what the party dictates [mainly Tory]. We could do with more people like Mr Tuthill and Worcester's councillor Roger Knight who I believe also voted against accepting the SWDP. But unfortunately it's all cut and dried. That's democracy in a "free" country for you.
10:05am Sunday 2nd March 2014
Sir - Whether or not the allegations about Labour's Harriett Harman supporting more rights for paedophiles have any truth in them, the weasely Miliband is at best misguided to ascribe "integrity" to this woman. I remember a parliamentary speech she made in 2008, when she was Minister for women and equality under Labour. She said that employers considering candidates for jobs, should be able to discriminate in favour of black and female candidates. In plain English, it's fine to be racist and sexist...but only when your victim is a white man!
9:55am Sunday 2nd March 2014
Sir - I totally agree with D Lee re cyclists on pavement, but would go further and complain about the damage caused to pavements and grass areas by drivers parking their cars on them. On the Tolladine Road near the phone box, pedestrians have to wade through a large puddle caused by cars parking on the pavement and the grass is a bog. Further up the road, opposite the garage, the problem is the same . We pedestrians have to dodge mud caused by vans parking on pavements. the area is also an ice rink in winter. It's time pedestrians were able to use pavements which don't have holes, cyclist and cars on them, not much to ask.
10:09pm Saturday 1st March 2014
Sir - It is pleasing to note from the article by Tom Edwards (Worcester News 25th February),that Councillor Adrian Gregson has taken up David Cameron on his statement that “money is no object” in repect to flood compensation,by asking the Government to finance a long overdue Worcester bridge,as local funding is already at a premium. (Perhaps the recent flood misery could even now bring some good?)
10:07pm Saturday 1st March 2014
So Councillor Gregson has written to the P.M asking the Gov't to fund a second bridge in the city. Wouldn't it have been better to ask for funding to dual Carrington bridge so the 'link' road can be dialled from Whittington to Powick roundabouts. Or is that treading on the toes of County Hall.
1:25pm Saturday 1st March 2014
Sir - There is nothing strange about Sir Peter Luff’s view on foxhunting, as claimed by Sheila Garner (Worcester News, 20th February), but there certainly is something odd about her response and indeed that of many anti-hunting people.
10:09am Saturday 1st March 2014
9:53am Saturday 1st March 2014
Sir- Oh dear, Mr Phillpot is at it again, it is not a fact that nuclear power is the perfect solution to all our problems. What about the nuclear waste which never goes away, and has to be transported to whoever will be forced to have it? Or worse still buried underground in this country, to cause unknown havoc, destruction and pollution. Wind farms may not be the solution but at least they are not going to secretly kill us. However Mr Phillpot may know some secret fact, about which he is not telling us.
3:51pm Friday 28th February 2014
Sir - On 26thFebruary I had to call the Ambulance Service when my wife collapsed at home. The telephone operator was very helpful and stayed on the line until a paramedic arrived in just a few minutes. He was assessing my wife's condition for over an hour. After consulting my wife's doctor it was decided that hospital treatment was necessary. An ambulance arrived in about 15 minutes(maybe less) All the ambulance staff were efficient and friendly. It seems to have been a transitory episode which is difficult to diagnose and my wife now seems to be back to normal.
2:17pm Friday 28th February 2014
I would like to respond to the debate surrounding Worcester City Council's planned restrictions on the number of houses in multiple occupancy and the suggestion of 'scaremongering' from Councillor Roger Berry.
2:17pm Friday 28th February 2014
Sir - In light of the recent floods it is now clear that we need to take action that will help limit flooding in the future and help limit the problems that flooding causes to us here in Worcester. The dredging of the river must be resumed and the clearing of ditches & drains must be improved. The completion and dual tracking of the "ring road" with another bridge must be completed as soon as possible. We also need a railway station in St Johns and a parkway one at Norton.
11:19am Friday 28th February 2014
Sir - Here's a question for you. How on earth do all those restaurants, sandwich shops, cake shops manage to compete for trade in the Friar Street, New Street area? Are there really that many hungry people in Worcester?
9:48am Friday 28th February 2014
9:32am Friday 28th February 2014
Sir - This week’s new figures on shop vacancies in our region make for worrying reading. Although nationally, shop vacancy has declined, in the West Midlands, vacancy rates have increased. In our region, the vacancy rate now stands at 18.5%, nearly twice the percentage in London.
9:32pm Thursday 27th February 2014
Sir- English drivers are the worst in the world. I've cycled in 40 countries and nowhere is as bad as here for inconsiderate, incapable and foolish driving. If it is windy, there are large puddles or potholes to avoid you need to give cyclists EXTRA ROOM! Assume you are passing your nearest and dearest and then mirror, signal, manouevre and leave at least 1 metre (1 yard) space between you and the cyclist.
12:33pm Thursday 27th February 2014
Sir - Driving towards the Ketch roundabout one notices the beginning of the end of Worcester only car boot sale , the fences are down one presumes as the Road layout needs changing. ( do we all need another Tesco or large supermarket )
9:29am Thursday 27th February 2014
11:03pm Wednesday 26th February 2014
Sir - I was delighted and extremely relieved to read in Ian Craig’s report (Worcester News 20th February),that Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority saw sense ,albeit by only 11 votes to 10 to delay any decision on cuts to the brigade; agreeing to move £485,000 from its reserve into its revenue budget.
11:02pm Wednesday 26th February 2014
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1:43pm Wednesday 26th February 2014
Emily Hall wrote in her thoughtful ‘Fair Point’ column (Worcester News, 12/2/14) that ‘what some individuals have branded “laziness” is actually, for some, the combination of a multitude of factors that will always occur within society’. This reminded me of the book ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell, in which he argues that ‘no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone’. Indeed, whether you consider someone to be successful or a failure, it is surely worth taking into account the decisions and actions of other people around them.
11:35am Tuesday 25th February 2014
Sir - The Rev Haslam is absolutely correct. We need to take action now both to reduce our carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. In his letter he recommends joining the Transition movement.
11:27pm Sunday 23rd February 2014
Sir, I would like to warn the people of Worcestershire about a very sinister event being trialled in Scotland. The Scottish government wants to pass an amendment to the Named Persons Act. This will allow a state official to oversee a Childs "wellbeing". This state official can legally overrule the Childs parents wishes, regarding what religious studies, or Homosexual sex education the Child must have, the list is endless.
1:41pm Sunday 23rd February 2014
Sir - Reference BBC Panorama programme this week about flood plains. It seems that a large proportion of future developments will be on flood plains, do they never learn !. Who will pick up the costs when these properties get flooded, not the developers it will be the general public through there household insurance. Either we stop future development on flood plains or make the developers pay out the compensation for future damage to the homes they built on unsuitable land.
11:12pm Saturday 22nd February 2014
Sir - With reference to his recent letter (“Why more buses are not the ticket for city”, February 14th), I meant no disrespect to N Taylor by referring to “his problem”. It was a reference to the problem in his argument that seeks to deny the existence of an expanding population by wishing it away.
11:11pm Saturday 22nd February 2014
11:09pm Saturday 22nd February 2014
Sir- The elderly folk of Worcestershire must have been horrified today to learn that the Liberal Democrats and their Conservative partners in Government are now recommending that the elderly could be denied vital drugs under new funding rules.
6:17pm Saturday 22nd February 2014
6:15pm Saturday 22nd February 2014
Sir - I share John Phillpotts concern over the plight of wildlife on many farms as agriculture has become more intensive. Bird numbers have halved in 40 years and bugs, bats and wildflowers have also declined and now also face challenging changes in the climate. Protecting fragments of habitat will not suffice. Whether on organic or more conventional farms, we need to re-establish the resilient web of life on a landscape scale, with its network of meadows, orchards, hedges, woodlands, wetlands, riverbanks, field margins and road verges. Even urban gardens can play their part.
11:14pm Friday 21st February 2014
Some years ago you were kind enough to print my letter concerning the dredging of rivers. The recent flood has proved my father right in what he has always said - the rivers must be regularly dredged.
11:08pm Friday 21st February 2014
SDir - It is a tragedy that we have wasted the last 20 years debating whether climate change exists, when instead we should have been planning how we will cope with it and avoid it becoming even more destructive. A warmer world will see more extremes of weather and will change almost every factor that our climate has traditionally relied on. For example, the jet stream, which governs Britain’s weather, is now becoming stronger and also changing its route across the Atlantic. We have relied on the jet stream taking a route that has directed our rain-bearing depressions to the north-west of Britain. The evidence now shows that these depressions are now more firmly aimed at southern England. As the jet stream becomes stronger and the world warmer, winds will strengthen and rain will increase in intensity.
11:02pm Friday 21st February 2014
Sir - Former PM Margaret Thatcher sold off the water firms in order to generate money to improve the system. Yet 30 years on many people are not seeing this with the recent floods, and sawage coming into homes.
1:08pm Friday 21st February 2014
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5:27pm Thursday 20th February 2014
Sir - I was rather taken aback that in your reporting on the floods in Worcestershire last week you made no reference to the probable cause of the appalling weather we have been having, and that is climate change. I know no-one really wants to believe it, as we are so committed to our pleasant lifestyles, but surely it is time to get the message.
1:10pm Thursday 20th February 2014
Sir - I was interested to read J. Pardoe's letter about the silting up of our river. Only yesterday I was speaking to a lady who told me that the Severn estuary at Bristol is so silted up now, that ocean-going large boats that were using it in the past cannot do so, and pointed to the mud flats and sandbanks you can see from the road when driving to Bristol as evidence. If this is indeed the case, this is further reason why our river is flooding so often. Whose responsibility is this?
12:58pm Thursday 20th February 2014
Sir - With the European elections soon upon us it's worth noting that UKIP, who seem to know no irony in standing to be elected for an organisation they don't want to be part of, stand accused of neglecting British interests in the European Parliament. Its elected members seem to be happy to take tax payers money in the form of their salary and expenses but are less inclined to actually turn up, vote and represent the people of their constituencies according to the Financial Times. Whilst we remain members of the European Union it might be worth voting for representatives who take a less hypocritical approach to politics.
12:05am Thursday 20th February 2014
11:22pm Wednesday 19th February 2014
Sir - I have to say Rick John in response to your comment on my letter to the Worcester news a couple of weeks ago I actually didn't recognise it as my offering !! Only the fact that I saw my name on the bottom alerted me to this .
11:06pm Wednesday 19th February 2014
Sir, With Worcestershire County Council voting on the budget for 2014-15 this week, all parties are running scared of telling the public that more money is required to run services locally. This lack of money is almost completely due to the huge cuts in funding from central government. We can't keep arguing that we need more money for adult care, children's services, bus subsidies, helping the homeless, etc. without also arguing for an increase in council tax.