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Beating fuel poverty

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:34pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The soaring price of energy is affecting everyone, and the hardest hit are the poorest. If we continue to rely on fossil fuels, bills are likely to rise in the long term. Fossil fuels are also driving climate change and polluting people’s land, especially in developing countries.

Make streets safer

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:33pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Street clutter such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs (A-boards) and pavement cafe furniture can obstruct and hamper a person’s progress on the street.

Campaign is viable

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:31pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

 I write to thank all those residents who have contacted me about last week’s visit of Rail Minister Stephen Hammond. Many questioned whether it is realistic to reignite this long running campaign. I want to give my view of why it’s now viable to get Corsham station reopened.

Draining our coffers

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:30pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Amazing. I actually witnessed a vehicle cleaning my drain. After seven years of living here I now have a drain three foot deep. It is like having a water butt again in the road instead of a three-foot deep pool of solid mud. Now this drain can now hold 40 or 50 litres of water which is enough to stop my area from flooding. It is a simple device but if kept clean helps to stop the flooding.

Help save lives now

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I’m appealing to readers to get involved and show their support for The Satachi Medical Innovation Bill before the consultation ends on April 27. If passed, the Bill will help doctors, surgeons and clinicians prescribe, with their patient’s consent, safe and effective innovative treatments and cures for fatal diseases.

MP got it wrong

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:27pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I found the comments made by Claire Perry, the MP for Devizes, concerning Mrs Miller as extremely interesting but very sad.

Weighing up justice

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:25pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I congratulate St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon’s Legal Team on winning the Gloucester Mock Trial competition; their feat in both successfully prosecuting and defending the same client certainly demonstrates their advocacy skills.

Pick up your dog poo

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:23pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

As the local councillor, I was recently contacted by a dog owner keen to do the right thing. After this I arranged for a dog waste bin to be place in Littleworth Lane, Whitley.

Inconvenient loos

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I felt I had to write and complain about the newly refurbishment of The Shires toilets in Trowbridge. Myself and I am sure plenty of other ladies are having to put handbags and shopping on the wet dirty floors as no door hooks have been replaced.

Take the long view

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The latest UN Climate Report warns us that the world is heading towards catastrophic climate change but that if we take concerted action now we can avoid such a fate. This includes replacing the burning of fossil fuels, with its attendant pollution and harmful effects on the atmosphere, with clean energy, in particular renewables, such as wind and solar.

Unions good for firms

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The recent decision by Balfour Beatty Living Places to derecognise the three trade unions, GMB, Unite and Unison, who represent their staff responsible for roads maintenance, shows yet another downside of privatisation.

Use it or lose it

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Congratulations to Matt and Ellie who have taken over the Village Stores in Dilton Marsh, which I had pleasure in formally opening last week.

We all pay for roads

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:18pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I feel I must respond to Bryan Simmons’ letter A Wheel Dilemma.

Be seen and be safe

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

1:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

As a cyclist it is very noticeable that both cyclists and vehicles do not switch their headlights on during inclement weather. Over the last few weeks fog, thick in places, has been prevalent in the Trowbridge area, yet vehicles and cyclists seem to think that there is no need to switch on their headlights or cyclists to have any lights on their bikes.

Haste over waste

Wiltshire Times: Glass recycling bottle banks in Eastrop Park are among those earmarked for removal

5:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Is closing the county’s Mini Recycling Banks a good idea? Do our council leaders learn anything from experience?

Fun for diabetic kids

Wiltshire Times: Diabetes care appeal

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

If any readers have children with Type 1 diabetes then we’d like to encourage them to take part in one of our children’s residential events this summer.

Thank you, James

Wiltshire Times: The fire-damaged home in Weavers Drive, Trowbridge.   Photos: Trevor Porter

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I am writing on behalf of my mum, who lives at Weavers Drive bungalows in Trowbridge. She wants to say a huge thank you to James McDonald, chairman of the Longmeadow Tenants and Residents’ Association.

Reverse plan decision

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Many readers will be disappointed to hear that Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has decided not to call in the planning application for the development of an industrial park at Showell Farm, near Lacock, but to leave it to Wiltshire Council to make a decision on the proposal.

Not so Grand race

Wiltshire Times: Trained at Brawby by Geoff Oldroyd, Ladies Are Forever (left), pictured winning a Group 3 race at York in 2011

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Anyone who has knowledge of equines and cares for their welfare would not support such events as the so-called Grand National.

Talking way forward

Wiltshire Times: Bradford on Avon mayor John Potter, left with petition organiser Georgina Knight and fellow traders and supporters in favour of the HCZ plans for Market Street

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A way must be found to reconcile Bradford’s two warring groups: those who want the Historic Core Zone to be dropped if the Market Street zebra crossing is removed; and those who want the HCZ to go ahead with a modified crossing. Without reconciliation the multi-million pound funding for this vital town improvement scheme is at risk.

Thanks for support

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I would like to thank the people of Bradford on Avon for raising £89.93 during my street collection on Saturday, April 5 in aid of The Brooke Hospital For Animals, a charity helping to improve the quality of life of working animals in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Knocking Knees

Wiltshire Times: Helen Andrews pricing up and arranging the display at the new HJ Knee store at Spitfire Retail Park

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Am I the only one who is very disappointed with the new HJ Knees shop at the Spitfire business park? It is now a cross between Comet and Harveys.

A wheel dilemma

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I am in two minds over the Tour of Britain coming through Bradford: on the one hand, as a road user I object to the public highway being shut for races, particularly for groups who make no financial contribution to the upkeep of the roads; on the other hand, it will mean that all the potholes will get fixed in advance of the race.

Investigating UFOs

Wiltshire Times: THEY ARE EVERYWHERE: They’ve even had UFOs in Ebbw Vale

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I am a retired police officer from the West Midlands who has spent the last 20 years cataloguing and writing up reports of British UFO activity between the periods 1940 to the present date.

Solar farm fiasco

Wiltshire Times: Today's CAMERA READY is the new solar farm at Rudge, Foxcroft and Ramsbury, submitted by Keith Smith. Email your pictures to pixdesk@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Over the past week or two I have been snowed under dealing with local complaints regarding the construction of a new solar farm to the east of Norrington Lane, Shaw, Melksham.

Excluding the public

Wiltshire Times: Developer tries second appeal on disputed site in Malmesbury

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Congratulations to Wiltshire Councillors Hawker, and Clark, for voting against changing the times of the Western Area Planning meetings.

Hunting our relatives

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Do readers have knowledge of Arthur Robert Ford, born Melksham 1889, died Trowbridge 1957. He was married three times, twice a widower and believed to have been survived by his last wife, Florence Louisa Ford (nee Hillman). They married in December 1946 and at his death in 1957 lived in Melton Road, Trowbridge.

Solar farm’s no fun

Wiltshire Times: How the solar farms might take shape

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

If anyone puts plans for a solar farm near you, fight against it.

Not quite top marks

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

It is with joy that I write this as the council has now fixed all the pot holes in Wingfield Road, Trowbridge, and has laid a new top crust. I would like to give it 10 out of 10 but I can’t as it has increased the yellow lines in some places along the road and some additional ones, but the ones that really matter have been left completely blank.

Unite against China

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Watchong the Nick Clegg-Farage debate on the European Union on TV, one thing struck me was why do we never mention China in this.

Pain for pigeons

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

On March 14 the Wiltshire Times published details of Wiltshire Council’s proposals, under the Road Traffic Act 1984, to introduce a restricted parking zone within Bradford on Avon.

Village is saying No

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I have the strongest concerns about the planning application at Haygrove Farm, Lower Westwood, Bradford on Avon, for the demolition of a Dutch barn, stable building and shed and a new building for two units of holiday accommodation, with access and associated parking, and the unbelievable way Wiltshire Council is handling it.

Appeal to medal thief

Wiltshire Times: First World War veteran George Nelson, whose medals were stolen 20 years ago

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

About 20 years ago my Nan’s house in Church Lane, Melksham, was broken in to and several items where stolen. One of the things taken were my late grandfather’s two medals for his service in the First World War. They were the standard British War Medal and the Victory Medal, so nothing of great financial value. No-one was ever arrested for the burglary and none of the items taken were ever recovered.

Beware fruit sugars

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

In 2011 I revealed in a speech to the European Parliament how the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was refusing to accept the laxative effects of prunes – and unsurprisingly, I won the argument.

Homes needed now

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I’m concerned about the lack of serious local debate on the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.

Thank you, Wiltshire Times

Wiltshire Times: You can do your bit to help the Wiltshire Time’s Give us a chance appeal

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

On behalf of all the parents/carers and children who attend Stepping Stones we would like to say an enormous thank you for all the support the Wiltshire Times’ Give us a Chance Appeal has generated.

Share memories

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

May I use your newspaper to invite all the staff of the now closed Malmesbury Hospital to a reunion lunch on May 10 at 12.30pm. Admission is by ticket only, the cost of which including lunch is £10.

It’s one rule for one

Wiltshire Times: Developer tries second appeal on disputed site in Malmesbury

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

Wiltshire Council, to their credit, has frozen council tax for 2014/5. The emergency services are managing with a two per cent increase. What of Bradford on Avon Council? They are increasing their impost by 12 per cent.

No sweets for us

Wiltshire Times: Sweet tip: Transfer your favourites to one tin, give guests what's left

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I was very offended by Alison Phillips’ article regarding senior cinemagoers.

Ask vital questions

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

As a parent you love your child and want to protect them. You want them to be happy and safe as they grow up and make friends.

Scots must beware

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

In or out that is their decision, good luck whatever they choose. However a word of caution: think back to the fiasco when joining Europe. We the voters were not asked and the so-called Westminster experts obviously did not read what they were signing up to.

Common sense call

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

The Historic Core Zone proposed for the centre of Bradford on Avon involves replacing two zebra crossings with 15 courtesy crossings, which according to Gerald Milward-Oliver in the Wiltshire Times are designed to make it safer for pedestrians to cross. However not so safe for blind or partially sighted pedestrians who cannot make eye contact with the motorist.

HCZ – at what cost?

Wiltshire Times: Concerned Bradford on Avon residents Belinda Shimwell, Godrey Marks and partially sighted Alice Moody with the  petition to save the Market Street zebra crossing

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

The Department for Transport have confirmed my suspicion that the “informal crossings” planned for the Historic Core Zone in Bradford on Avon are completely unregulated, which is why they are not even mentioned in the Highway Code. Pedestrians have no right to cross on them and drivers are not obliged to stop even when pedestrians have left the kerb. ‘Priority for People’ apparently involves removing their rights and making them entirely dependent on drivers’ discretion.

Thanks to dancers

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

A big thank you to everyone who made our charity dance at Wesley Road Club a huge success. We raised £600 for Dorothy House and Meningitis. Thank you.

Making petty point

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I was saddened to read in last week’s Wiltshire Times of 11 Trowbridge Town Councillors boycotting the Mayor’s Civic Dinner. It seems that they took offence at having to pay for their spouses to attend the dinner.

Who goes free to ball?

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I was both saddened and appalled by the attitude of some Trowbridge town councilllors to not being given a free ticket for their partners at the annual Civic Ball.

Ban litter louts now

Wiltshire Times: Rubbish on Penryn streets

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

Why is litter on our streets not banned? I recently walked down County Way from the top to the botton; all I could see was rubbish in the shrubs. There was even a settee dumped near the bottom.

We’ve got on with it

Wiltshire Times: Road flooding to be fixed after 15 years of waiting

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

I read with interest the letter from MEP Sir Graham Watson (Letters, March 14).

Adding to flood cost

Wiltshire Times: The maize maze at Penshurst

3:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

 Climate change is increasing the risk of flooding in the Bristol Avon valley. Winter rainfall will increase by at least 10 per cent in the next decade. In our valley we rely heavily on the flood plains taking water, slowing the flow of water into the river, absorbing water into the ground and the aquifers, thus storing it for future use. The growing of maize on the flood plain fields seriously reduces their ability to absorb and store water due to compaction, usually leaving the fields bare of crops during the winter. Soil erosion is increased in maize fields so increasing the silt in our rivers, and polluting them with nitrogen and phosphates.

Fantastic festival

Wiltshire Times: Take up the issue

3:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Thank you to the West End Club in Chippenham for your kindness in allowing Guppfest to take place in your venue again.




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