Speed limit

6:10pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, Whenever I have been in Los Angeles driving around through both residential and commercial areas, I have always been tremendously impressed by the requirements imposed on vehicles when in the near locality of schools.

Topsy turvy?

6:09pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, I can visit one pub and drink myself into a coma. I can purchase 200 cigarettes and smoke the lot in one day (if I so choose).

Policy failure

6:08pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, I am at a loss to understand the opening remarks of Peter Todd’s letter of July 30 in which he claims to not understand the power station I described in my earlier letter of July 16. In my own letter I made no attempt to describe the power station; I merely pointed out its pivotal involvement in the efforts to strive for clean nuclear energy.

No dormitory

6:07pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, “Having made a mess of planning Wantage-Grove in the past by allowing appeals, the Department now has a duty to take action to help rectify the imbalance (housing/jobs/services).”

Not a clue

6:04pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir, I read the letter “Utter contempt” in last week’s Herald, first with amusement then with dismay. Does Mr Loftin really believe that the three councils he mentions have nothing better to do than have meetings about what name a new housing estate can or cannot be called?

Complete mess

6:55pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, As a Didcot resident for the past 22 years, I too was saddened by the demolition of Didcot Power Station towers.

Utter contempt

6:54pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, Can nothing shame, nor any of our three councils — Wantage Town, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire County — do anything to stop outsiders purloining the ancient name of Letcombe Fields between Wantage and Letcombe Regis and applying it to a totally unassociated Stockham area housing development.

River eyesore

6:53pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, We have lived in south Abingdon for nearly 50 years and until recently it was a very pleasant walk in to town via Wilsham Road. Now the riverside between Preston Road and Caldecott Road is a disgusting eyesore — weeds everywhere and the grass hasn’t been cut for ages.

Reject SMHA

6:52pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, The Strategic Housing Market Assessment threatens us with a massive increase in housing.

County history

6:51pm Friday 8th August 2014

Sir, Following your article “Records of war dead go online” (Herald, July 23), this information has been online for many years and includes both First and Second World Wars and is available free of charge on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website at: www.cwgc.org As this is the 40th year of the new Oxfordshire, perhaps it is important to those who have moved into the county since 1974 — or were born after that date — to know that until the unceremonious relocation of North Berkshire to Oxfordshire, Didcot, Abingdon, Wantage, Faringdon and Wallingford, and indeed all up to Wytham and the Hinkseys, were part of the Royal County.

Bridge travesty

8:05am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, On September 6, we are to be cut off from Faringdon, Swindon and places north-west when Network Rail, a Government entity, takes “approximately” four months to put a higher railway bridge in place on the A417 at Challow.

Ash removed

8:05am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, The letter by Dr Lee Upcraft (July 16) described a power station I did not recognise. I was the first test and efficiency engineer, being appointed in July 1969.

Good pubs

8:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, I won’t be losing much sleep over the closure of The Cross Keys pub in Abingdon.

Wider lesson

8:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir, The demolition of three of Didcot Power Station’s famous cooling towers on Sunday was a very significant event for the residents of Oxfordshire.

'So gullible'

8:26am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, Having lived in Didcot in the early 1960s, when plans for Didcot Power Station were being discussed, I find it remarkable how gullible we, the residents of South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse, were when we listened to what I can now best describe as ‘bullshine’.

Hospital beds

8:25am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, In response to your article ‘Town’s growth leads to fear over hospital beds’ in the Herald of July 9. The community hospitals in Oxfordshire are staffed by the Oxford Health Foundation Trust nursing and therapy teams with medical support provided by local GPs or Oxford University Hospital Trusts consultant gerentologists. The Trust is commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group to provide episodes of care.

Not responsible

8:24am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, I wish to refer to the article about me (Herald, July 9) and in particular to the last sentence in that article which read: ‘Veterans and relatives of veterans who have passed away can apply for the clasp as long as they flew one mission during the war’.

Deserves credit

8:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir, Wg Cdr (Rtd) Jim Wright (RAF war hero article, July 9), should be commended for his unstinting crusade for a dedicated full campaign medal for all Second World War Bomber Command (BC) air and essential ground staff veterans.

Nothing new

4:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, In my youth, few working class people bought or owned their own houses. Most rented.

Path's location

4:10pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, I would like to point out that the joint cycle/footpath on the B4493 referred to in the letter ‘Bike path useless’ is mainly in Didcot Road, Harwell, and less than a half of the length of it, is in Wantage Road, Didcot.

Fabulous flowers

4:09pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, Over the last years, we have had bad reading in your paper about Abingdon but I think there is good news in Abingdon.

Fusion link

4:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, I enjoyed reading about the history of Didcot Power station in Matt Oliver’s article. However, one very important local factor concerning the plant was omitted.

Pothole repairs

4:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir, You recently allowed me to air my views on the quality of pothole repairs within the confines of the town of Abingdon.

No mooring

1:59pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, I’ve often pondered the reason why (while sat with glass in hand) boats of all types pass under Abingdon bridge heading toward the lock, then turn around and come back, disappear under the bridge again, only to reappear five minutes later and motor on through? The same of boats coming the other way too?

Do 'decent thing'

1:29pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, With reference to the feeble excuses of RWE npower to prevent the public enjoying the spectacle of the demolition of the Didcot A cooling towers by destroying them at 3am, I would like to point out that that these cooling towers have been a part of the local skyline and environment since the 1960s and have no doubt helped to contribute hundreds of millions of pounds in profit to npower.

Entails risk

1:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, It seems odd that David Buckle, chief executive of South Oxfordshire District Council, who is a non-elected public servant, should take it upon himself to seek to persuade the contractors to change their plans for demolition of the Didcot A cooling towers.

'Shame on you'

1:24pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, On June 21, they turned out in their thousands for the Wallingford Carnival, another great day for the town. For 51 years, Wallingford has been putting on the carnival on the third Saturday of June, which usually ends with live music on the Kinecroft. The bucket collection goes to local organisations.

No friend

1:23pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir, I feel the ‘Firm offers playing field’ PR puff published in the Herald must not go unchallenged. When Ken Dijksman and Linden Homes put in their application for building on the green-field site behind St Michael’s, in Steventon, they had scheduled building up to the school’s current boundary.

Learn from them

Herald Series: British troops on one of the D-Day invasion beaches

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, By coincidence, while watching the D-Day ceremonies in Normandy remembering the gallantry of so many men 70 years ago, I came across a catalogue of the paintings which once adorned the walls of the Victoria Cross Gallery in Wantage from 1900-39.

We remember

Herald Series: Rex Coggan drives his sherman beach recovery vehicle on to the beach at Arromanches, France, during the D-Day celebration (7335437)

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, Last month I returned from a memorable and inspirational few days in Normandy during the 70th D-Day commemorations.

Ugly comments

Herald Series: The castle in the middle of the roundabout

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, I feel compelled to stand up for those council workers who no doubt work under very tight budgets and make valiant efforts to beautify our towns.

Hands off land

Herald Series: Ed Vaizey

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, So the editor of the Herald now favours development of the countryside between Hanney and Steventon. What a turncoat!

Bike path useless

Herald Series: Mobile Send Your News

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir, Councillor Margaret Davies is right to call upon Taylor Wimpey to build cycle paths on Great Western Park.

Bike path useless

Herald Series: Margaret Davies

6:32pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Sir, Councillor Margaret Davies is right to call upon Taylor Wimpey to build cycle paths on Great Western Park.

Solution needed

11:09am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir, I was interested in your front page story about the proposed Valley Park development of 2,550 homes between Didcot and the A34.

Hypocrisy

11:07am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir, I have been saddened by the tone of many of the recent letters and reports in the Herald on the subject of new housing developments in the Vale. There is currently a severe housing shortage in southern England and the Thames Valley in particular.

Friends' fears

11:06am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir, Your article about the Vale council’s plans to sell Old Abbey House described the historical and community value of the house and steps being taken by the Friends of Abingdon to protect them: it did not mention that developers can include in their bids that part of the Abbey Gardens which is next to the house and inside the low wall. This area has always been an integral part of the gardens which extend from there to the lake: it was part of the Abbey precinct — indeed part of it lies within the area designated as a ‘scheduled monument’.

D-Day memory

11:04am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir, I have returned from a memorable and inspirational few days in Normandy during the 70th D-Day commemorations. Travelling with our party was a D-Day veteran, an 88-year-old ex-Royal Marine, who as an 18-year-old on D-Day had helped ferry the initial British assault troops ashore on to Sword Beach.

Parking solution

11:03am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir, In response to your article of June 11 describing the parking congestion and missed appointments at Wallingford medical practice, I’d like to suggest an option that would benefit many groups of patients — that the the practice opens later into the evenings and perhaps even at the weekend.

Rethink needed

3:15pm Friday 13th June 2014

Sir, It is not time for a “Garden City” (Herald, May 28). When even Kirsty Alsopp, of Location, Location, Location, states that it is not necessary to build on green-field sites (on Question Time recently), stating that there are brown-field sites that would meet our housing need, then, that is the question that has to be asked for me.

'The temerity'

3:13pm Friday 13th June 2014

Sir, Reading the letter by Sue Such (May 28) about attendance at Didcot Town Council’s annual meeting, one is led to believe that someone is being seriously reprimanded for non-attendance.

Volunteer plea

3:12pm Friday 13th June 2014

Sir, The Independent Advice Centre, Wantage, provides very valuable support to local residents in many areas — advice on a wide range of topics, volunteer transport for the elderly and infirm and a Good Neighbour Scheme.

Supreme valour

3:11pm Friday 13th June 2014

Sir, By coincidence, while watching the D-Day ceremonies in Normandy remembering the gallantry of so many men 70 years ago, I came across a catalogue of the paintings which once adorned the walls of the Victoria Cross Gallery in Wantage from 1900-39 and discovered that it was in 1854 during the Crimean War that many of the deeds of valour earning the VC had occurred.

Store harassed

3:09pm Friday 13th June 2014

Sir, My understanding of the word twit is that it means daft-stupid-idiot, in the sense a “person given to twittering” (Collins Concise).

Not an answer

8:07am Friday 6th June 2014

Sir, “Perhaps a garden city might be a good idea,” said the Herald’s leader last week as if it might be the panacea to all the planning evils besetting the Vale of White Horse because of ever-increasing number of housing developments being advanced as money-makers seek to take advantage of a “free-for-all(-with-the-money)” situation.

Rationalise it

8:06am Friday 6th June 2014

Sir, I am interested to see the proposal for a ‘new garden city’ in the Vale. We have been expecting this to be revealed for some time as we are aware that Mr Dijksman had made an entry for the Wolfson Garden City competition.

What a turncoat

8:05am Friday 6th June 2014

Sir, So the editor of the Herald now favours development of the countryside between Hanney and Steventon! What a turncoat!

Their sacrifice

8:03am Friday 6th June 2014

Sir, The excellent television documentary on Yesterday Who betrayed the bomber boys was repeated four times on May 20.

Family at war

8:02am Friday 6th June 2014

Sir, Seventy years ago (June 5, 1944), a dispatch rider delivered final orders for the D-day invasion. Meanwhile, Uncle John’s ship, HMS Norfolk, was moving through the Channel on to station to begin at first light the bombardment of Nazi gun batteries. (‘Johnny’ was on Norfolk for the sinking of Scharnhorst and Bismarck, the PQ17 convoy, operation Torch and Russian convoys).

Review decision

11:42am Sunday 1st June 2014

Sir, The report in the Didcot Herald concerning the purchase of land at Hadden Hill for ‘sport and recreation’ by the Didcot Town Council (DTC) raises points upon which long-suffering Didcot taxpayers may welcome clarification.



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