Promises

10:15am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir, Abingdon once again is being promised new things and hopes rise that maybe this time it will happen. I refer to the article about the plan for an open-air theatre on Nag’s Head Island.

Once it's gone. . .

10:14am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir, As a person born and bred in the Vale, I must object to the destruction of Green Belt in the principle that is proposed.

Housing shortage

10:12am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir, There is a shortage of housing in the Vale of White Horse.

More, not less

10:10am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir, I have been resident in Didcot since 1967 and I agree with Margaret Davies that Didcot deserves better.

Flood concern

10:09am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir, I share the concerns expressed by Wallingford mayor, Bernard Stone, regarding the additional flood risk presented by an Oxford Flood Conveyance system. I attended the recent ‘flood forum’ at Osney Mead and heard of the issues we face in the future from flooding. Much time was devoted to describing the catchment area of the upper Thames Valley in what was described as a ‘system’ and how it channels water into the River Thames.

End of story?

10:08am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir, With regard to your report (March 26) of a row brewing about Costa’s plans to put tables and chairs on part of the Victoria Cross Square outside their premises in Wantage, as the square belongs to the town council and as this council opposes the idea, that would appear to be ‘end of story’.

Is this progress?

5:26pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, Last week, my brother, who is nearly 78 and recently moved to Didcot, cut his hand badly while at home. He went first to the nearest general practice (not his own). There no interest was shown in an elderly man who was bleeding heavily and he was told to go to his own GP.

Rethink needed

5:23pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, I have been resident in Didcot since 1967 and I agree with Margaret Davies that Didcot deserves better. Cutting the number of beds at Didcot Hospital from 24 down to 12, and to say that the GPs cannot cope is ridiculous. Do the health chiefs not realise the number of people who are moving to Didcot? We will need more not less health care, unless they believe that they will be a super race that will never need hospitals or doctors. It is time now to rethink all our needs as a matter of urgency.

Courting trouble

5:22pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, I was concerned to read in the Wantage and Grove Herald last month the Douglas & Gribben full page spread: “Development opportunity Foliat Drive, Wantage”, which stated the Vale of White Horse District Council planning department had provided written confirmation that they would be supportive of a scheme to build four, detached, executive-style houses on the tennis courts in Foliat Drive.

Seating idea

5:21pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, I refer to the Wantage and Grove Herald front page article, March 26, suggesting outside seating on the cobbles for customers at Costa in Wantage.

Not a villager

5:19pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, In the report ‘Villages come top in survey’, you quoted councillor Gervase Duffield as stating that Sutton Courtenay contains the former house of George Orwell. This is incorrect, Orwell never lived in Sutton Courtenay although he is buried there with his real name, Eric Blair, on his tombstone.

How idiotic

5:18pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, I have just witnessed the most irresponsible act from a cyclist here in Abingdon. A woman was cycling the wrong way down West St Helen Street, towards the river.

Add some trees!

5:16pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Sir, I notice that the Waitrose store has been given permission to install a garden display outside its Wallingford branch. SODC reports that the proposal does not harm the character and appearance of the conservation area. So thinking of these two words, ‘conservation area’, how did the plans for the Wallingford store ever get passed in the first place? I can’t imagine a worse blot on the landscape and a complete disregard for the character and appearance of the conservation area. I just hope they add some trees to the display — tall ones!

In agreement about pub reviews

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

SIR, Re: Peacocke’s Pubs, I am totally in agreement with G. Alner’s letter (January 1). My family always avoid pubs and eateries where animals are allowed.

Skip it and get to the food review

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

Sir, I, for one, always enjoy reading Peacocke’s Pubs, not least as the articles usually include interesting and historical points of interest, putting the pubs in their local settings.

The council sat on its hands

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

 SIR, In July 2007, South Oxfordshire District Council placed £2.5m of public money on deposit with an Icelandic bank because the interest rates seemed almost too good to be true.

Plant more trees

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

SIR, I wish to add a few points to the on-going discussion in your paper of the most recent flooding.

People’s wishes

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

SIR, Stockham Farm and Crab Hill are in Grove, not Wantage, and, therefore, any proposed development should be considered with regard to existing plans for Grove, not Wantage.

Write to protest

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

SIR, Kindly draw your readers’ attention to the absurd proposal put forward by Oxfordshire County Council to fiddle with the crossings at the Ock Street/Drayton Road/Marcham Road/Spring Road mini-roundabouts.

This road and railway bridge is an important matter

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

SIR, The A338 comprises the only direct main route connecting Wantage/Grove with Oxford, Abingdon, Witney and the villages to the north of the railway.

Bridge meeting highlighted apparent lack of local knowledge

Herald Series: 'The most sensible thing would be to put in the planned northern link road now'

5:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

SIR, I believe that the meeting in Grove regarding the bridge closure on the A338 was not a waste of time as it highlighted, to a very full house, just how badly the huge developments taking place in Grove and Wantage are being managed, together with the apparent lack of local knowledge of those involved in the process.

No alternative to raising the level of the A338

Herald Series: 'The Volunteer Bridge' at Grove will need to be closed to allow its level to be raised in preparation for the line's electrification

5:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

SIR, While the necessity of raising the level of the A338 bridge over the railway line at Grove seems obvious, it cannot be either necessary, nor reasonable, for Network Rail to ride roughshod over the daily journeys of so many people for so long. The nearest alternative bridge crossing is to the east at Steventon. There is no practicable alternative bridge to the west of the A338 that would provide an acceptable alternative route.

‘Nothing less’

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

SIR, Re: Network Rail’s proposed enforced closure of the A338.

Dedicated staff

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:29pm Monday 13th January 2014

SIR, In September, my mother was taken via ambulance to the emergency multi-disciplinary unit based at Abingdon Community Hospital, acutely ill.

A thank-you

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:27pm Monday 13th January 2014

SIR,Will you please find room on the letters page to thank two very kind ladies who probably saved me from a stay at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, for Christmas.

Roads needed

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:24pm Monday 13th January 2014

SIR, Apart from the major plans on the Grove airfield site, the local council seems to think that if it approves lots of small developments we will not notice and that they need not bother with the necessary infrastructure improvements needed.

Bomber medal

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:20pm Monday 13th January 2014

SIR, I am completing my fifth book on flying in Bomber Command. I believe that it should go down in history the disgraceful way that England treated those who gave years of their life and, in so many cases, life itself to protect country and loved ones.

Was it a scam?

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:14pm Monday 13th January 2014

SIR, I had intended to spare the Herald readers a New Year epistle, apart from a “best wishes to you all for 2014” but then I received a surprising letter offering to make me very rich and my resolution to do good by my fellow readers just vanished.

Don’t support

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:02am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, You reported on (December 11) a plea to rename Wantage Civic Hall the John Betjeman Centre.

In agreement

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

Sir, I absolutely agree with G Rogers’s letter (‘Home, Barnaby’ December 18) and I also avoid pubs with canine guests.

Invest now. . .

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:58am Friday 3rd January 2014

 

Not working

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:56am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, Has anyone else noticed that one of two lights by the river in St Helen’s Wharf, Abingdon, isn’t working? The other one is very late coming on. I have rung street lights several times, but they just ‘fob me off’.

Waste of time

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:54am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, The urgent meeting at St John’s Church called on Tuesday, December 17, by Grove Parish Council about the closure of the A338 at Grove was generally a waste of time.

Safer crossing

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:40am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, After the highway authority has devoted nine man-days to lowering the southern kerb and resurfacing the adjacent pavement for the warden-controlled crossing for Charlton Primary School, will it be too much to hope that those parents who, currently, use Aldworth Avenue and cross at the closest point to the old school entrance, will use the safer crossing point.

Bus service

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:38am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, The loss of the local Grove-Wantage Thames Travel bus service has been a blow to residents of Grove who used it to go to Wantage, to the health centre in Mably Way, or further afield to Harwell campus or Didcot.

No ‘skyscraper’

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:42am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, ‘Didcot Gateway’, who ever thought up such a title? Presumably someone about 20 years old.

Buses reduced

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:44am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, Jasmine Smith (Herald, December 4, Letters) is not quite correct in saying that the Long Wittenham bus service is stopping, although journeys on route 97 are being reduced from four to two per day in each direction.

‘Terrible service’

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:47am Friday 3rd January 2014

SIR, I really am surprised Thames Travel are given permission to run the X32 service from Didcot to Oxford. They call it the ‘Oxford Express’.

Thank you, folks

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

6:30pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Sir, May I, through your columns, pay tribute to the enduring generosity of the people of Wantage and Grove?

Home, Barnaby - I'm not interested in his capers

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

6:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

 

Taxed unfairly

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

4:40pm Thursday 19th December 2013

SIR, I understand that the Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi is calling for child benefit to be limited to be payable for two children.

Bills mounting

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

12:18pm Thursday 19th December 2013

SIR, I was talking to someone whose daughter has been living on Great Western Park for almost a year.

Spare Cholsey

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

12:16pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Sir, SODC’s misleading information display at Cholsey pavilion about 128 new homes being our allocation only goes to 2011. It claims that the population has increased by only 59 people since 2001. It takes no account of the 350 extra homes recently built at the Fairmile site.

We pay council tax, but do not have a decent bus service

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:28am Friday 6th December 2013

SiIR, I live in Long Wittenham and I am devastated that our bus service is stopping. I myself use the bus to get to Didcot, as well as the elderly people who use the bus to Didcot on a regular basis.

How sad: St Katherine's will not be 'fit for purpose' until it is run for the residents and not for profit

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:26am Friday 6th December 2013

Sir, Oh, how very sad the wonderful St Katharine’s House, once a shining example of how a care home should be run (for the residents), hits the news again.

Traffic fears in Long Wittenham

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:23am Friday 6th December 2013

SIR, Long Wittenham residents will no doubt share the concerns regarding volumes of traffic generated by the new Didcot North development as expressed by parish council chairman, Tom Bowtell, last month. (Only 50 cars to the north-east from a development of 1,800 houses? We wish!).

The nightmare of traffic through Long Wittenham

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:20am Friday 6th December 2013

 

A good decision to refuse planning consent for health centre in Mably Way

Herald Series: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:15am Friday 6th December 2013

SIR, At last, strong and logical views of residents have achieved a sensible planning decision. I refer to the appeal inspector’s decision to refuse planning consent for a care home on land adjacent to the health centre in Mably Way.

'Patronising'

6:40pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Sir, I picked up a copy of the Herald two weeks ago as I thought the interview with Nicola Blackwood MP and her views on women in Parliament would be an interesting read.

Disappointed

6:30pm Thursday 21st November 2013

SIR, I was disappointed that your article about empty shops in the Wallingford Herald (November 6) failed to mention the positive work going on in the town and chose instead to paint a misleading picture from vacancy figures that were nine months old.



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