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On the hare trail

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:32pm Friday 15th August 2014

I JUST want to congratulate Florence Beetlestone and her team for the wonderful hare trail.

War memorial

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:31pm Friday 15th August 2014

IN 1914 a young American soldier wrote a poem entitled Trees which begins with – I think that I will never see A poem lovely as a tree.

Missing cygnet

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:30pm Friday 15th August 2014

ON JUNE 19 the Standard printed my photograph of the resident pair of swans in the Abbey Grounds, and their only cygnet this year.

Town gridlock

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:28pm Friday 15th August 2014

TODAY (August 5), The infrastructure of Cirencester cannot cope with the volume of traffic passing through. There only needs to be a hiccup in the normal routine and the centre of town becomes gridlocked; with the closure of Park Street and Thomas Street, things are made worse.

Fun at festivities

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:27pm Friday 15th August 2014

A BIG thank you to the organisers of the Fairfest which took place at Fairford.

Flowers for all

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:25pm Friday 15th August 2014

I REFER to the letter of last week concerning the wildflowers planted by the town council on the Corinium Via roundabout on the outskirts of Cirencester. I am in full agreement in how attractive they appeared and I imagine at little cost to the council and therefore to rate payers. I was delighted to see even more wild flowers planted around the play park in the Abbey Grounds when I was there last weekend. They were on three sides of the play area and about three feet tall in places with an abundance of blooms and very colourful. They were a joy to behold and very evocative of our countryside. Congratulations to all concerned and I hope it will be encouraged in other parts of our town.

The seed saint

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:24pm Friday 15th August 2014

A BIG thank you to whoever sprinkled the wildflower seeds around the fence at Abbey Grounds playground.

Lake traffic

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:22pm Friday 15th August 2014

SPRATSGATE Lane runs from Cirencester past the water park and Waterland leisure facilities.

Traffic too fast

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:21pm Friday 15th August 2014

I AM horrified by the speeding traffic up and down the Spratsgate Lane from Cirencester to Ashton Keynes. I regularly cycle the road with my young son and am terrified that we will be hit by one of these irresponsible drivers. I often see people driving in excess of 70mph around narrow sections of the road and over the brows of hills with very limited visibility ahead. It is very, very dangerous.

Lower the limit

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:18pm Friday 15th August 2014

I AM shocked to have just found out that someone was killed in a road traffic accident outside the gates of Lake 32 recently. I knew him and I am a regular sailor there. I’m not a fan of unnecessarily low speed limits but I understand the limit on Spratsgate Lane is 60mph which is actually faster than the much better, wider and straighter Spine Road East.

Waterland park

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:17pm Friday 15th August 2014

I AM a regular user of Waterland and I do feel that both Waterland and Keynes Country Park are heavily used, particularly in the summer. This means traffic, cyclists, pedestrians, children and dogs are all out and about entering and exiting the sites. Drivers need to exercise caution when driving through that section and there is no way that travelling at 60mph would allow you to do this and be able to avoid any of those hazards. It won’t be long before there is another accident as the road is narrow and visibility not great.

Coach firm

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:16pm Friday 15th August 2014

LAST Saturday, August 9, between 1pm and 2pm, in the area outside the King’s Head Hotel at the bus stop, the driver of a large National Express type of coach (I believe light green in colour, but not National Express) was allowing passengers to embark.

Cinema woes

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:14pm Friday 15th August 2014

MUCH has been said about the proposed new cinema in Cirencester town centre. It is obvious that not only would this involve removal or damage to an area which provides several small businesses with pedestrian traffic to run their trade, it would also increase the need for more parking for those using the cinema.

Compassionate

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:12pm Friday 15th August 2014

I WOULD like to express my appreciation for the treatment which my father received recently at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon. My thanks to the senior matron, who led by example in persuading an aggressively agitated man to undergo essential tests without sedation or restraint. The same to all the staff of Woodpecker Ward, who care for their challenging patients with cheerful compassion and respect in a bright and clean environment – and still find time to support the families.

Artists’ designs

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:11pm Friday 15th August 2014

AFTER reading Good Hare day for town (Standard, August 7), I was mortified to notice that the work of the artists received no mention at all.

Open date

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:10pm Friday 15th August 2014

I MUST congratulate the King’s Head on a final (we hope) opening date, after seven years under Wildmoor’s control it is a miracle. Let’s hope it stays open for seven years or more.

Artists’ thanks

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:07pm Friday 15th August 2014

I WOULD just like to add a comment to the article Good hare day for town (Standard, August 7).

Flowers please

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

FURTHER to the recent letter from Patricia Logan regarding the subject of leaving verges uncut (Standard, July 24), I totally agree. However, there is one area where the Roman Amphitheatre backs on to Cotswold Close where there is a large area of long grass. This area, which is not seen by the majority of people, has very long grass and as far as I can see just cow parsley and no flora.

Aquifier redress

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

IN RESPONSE to the letter A high eco-cost (Standard, August 7) I would like to reassure the Rev Dr Henderson that since 2008 we have reduced the total amount of water we take from the Baunton aquifer, by an average of five million litres a day.

Great show

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:02pm Friday 15th August 2014

HAVING visited the Barn Theatre to see Same Time Next War, I feel I must write to you about the excellence of the production and how much I enjoyed it.

Cut the speed on dangerous road

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:20am Friday 8th August 2014

THE Standard has received a flood of emails in response to the launch of its campaign to reduce the speed limit on a stretch of road on Spratsgate Lane, near Cirencester following the death of Waterland Outdoor Pursuits sailing instructor, Robert Hoy. A couple of them are included on this page. For more letters on this subject please see this week’s Standard.

Thinking ahead

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:22am Friday 8th August 2014

FAIRFORD was just one of many communities throughout the country that marked the centenary of the First World War this week. Fairford Town Council chose to do this with the planting of an English oak tree, unveiling of a plaque and the scattering of thousands of Flanders poppy seeds in Gasson’s Field (the field between the Mill and Coronation Street with the water tower in it).

Paths unknown

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:21am Friday 8th August 2014

JUST to say how horrified we are to notice just how badly covered are the road signs in overhanging branches and bushes etc. It is so dangerous for non-locals who are looking to see where they need to be going.

Roots to ruin

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:18am Friday 8th August 2014

THE letter from Keith Gallon (Standard, July 24) should not go unchallenged. Large trees such as oak should not be planted near any structure, whether they are tombstones, walls or even the war memorial itself, as in the years to come, the roots will cause damage.

Thanks fairies!

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:16am Friday 8th August 2014

ANYONE travelling into Cirencester along the A417 could not have failed to appreciate the work of some ‘garden fairies’ who have sown wild flower seeds on the roundabout on the London Road by the new estate Corinium Via. It has been a source of colour and a real joy to those who have traversed around this roundabout. So I would like to thank them very much on behalf of everyone who has appreciated their work; well done it is a joy to behold.

A high eco-cost

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:15am Friday 8th August 2014

I NOTICE once again what has sadly become an annual occurrence, the drying up of the old Gumstool Brook in Cirencester.

Gridlock

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:03pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE cloistered calm of Ciren town, with hardly a single soul around Market deserted, empty shops, on a weekday morning, surely not?

Pothole misery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

WHEN I heard that Park Street was to be closed for repair works by Thames Water, my heart jumped with joy. It was obvious that this much travelled and ignored (by Gloucester County Council) thoroughfare could (finally) have its potholes repaired at the same time. Gloucester County Council could replace the road surface disturbed by Thames Water (at a reasonable charge) and, to avoid unnecessary disruption of traffic, resurface the rest of Park Street.

Cooking on gas

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:59am Friday 1st August 2014

I WOULD like to say a huge thank you to Standard reporter Brendan McFadden for all the help he gave me regarding our Indesit gas cooker (Standard, July 24). Without his help we would still be without a cooker, as the delivery date Indesit gave me was July 30.

Come clean

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:58am Friday 1st August 2014

SO THE rumours are true about the future of Cirencester Hospital in general and the 24-hour cover provided by its excellent Minor Injuries Unit in particular, if the Sir Humphrey-esque comments in last week`s Standard from the person responsible for funding the service are anything to go by.

Sad departure

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:55am Friday 1st August 2014

I REALLY enjoyed your article on the 50th Anniversary of the Red Arrows (Standard, June 26). Surely Gloucestershire is the spiritual home of the Red Arrows having been born at Fairford and spending their formative years at Kemble and it is nice to see the local paper recording this anniversary.

Tree planting to mark the centenary of the First World War

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:52am Friday 1st August 2014

FAIRFORD will be just one of many communities throughout the country marking the centenary of the First World War and Fairford Town Council has chosen to do this with the planting of an English Oak tree, unveiling of a plaque and the scattering of thousands of Flanders poppy seeds. The short ceremony will take place in Gasson’s Field (the field between the Mill and Coronation Street with the water tower in it) on Monday, August 4, at 5pm and everyone is invited to attend.

Quarry danger

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH the start of the school summer holidays and warmer weather, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) appeals to parents to ensure that their youngsters are not tempted to enter local quarries uninvited.

Mayor in touch

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I WOULD like to put on record my thanks to my local councillor and mayor Joe Harris.

Niccol Centre

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AT THE end of last year, planning permission for a development in Brewery Court to contain retail, student accommodation and a cinema was granted to Wildmoor Construction. The application was passed despite recommendations by professional planning officers of CDC to the locally elected planning committee to refuse permission, against the advice of English Heritage and despite the Royal Agricultural University not requiring the 110 student beds.

Bus chicanery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I REFER to the article ‘Bus changes are explained’ on page 3 of the Standard, July 17.

Hearts of oak?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:49pm Thursday 24th July 2014

IS THE oak the symbolic tree of our nation — all that ‘hearts of’ and seafaring or is it the elm and the ash that made the longbows for Agincourt?

Thorny issue

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

MAY I clarify a couple of items that were printed in the Standard dated July 17.

Airfield queries

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:46pm Thursday 24th July 2014

DURING and after the Second World War, from 1941 to 1946, an airfield was sited adjacent to and within Westonbirt Arboretum. I am investigating various aspects of this airfield and its contribution to the war effort. I am particularly interested in how the airfield functioned and any first-hand account would be very valuable.

A poor excuse

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:45pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE person who wrote to the Standard last week about a new home being needed for a well-being centre for people suffering with mental health issues has been misinformed. There is no need to look for another home.

Preserve verges

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:35pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I AGREE completely with the views expressed by Richard Lutwyche (Standard, July 10) on the need to preserve wild flowers and leave verges uncut, wherever this does not affect visibility.

Youth facilities

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:28pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BACK in the early 1960s, I believe, it was Gloucestershire County Council who came up with the offer that if we, the youth of Tetbury, were prepared to bring the building up to a good standard that they, GCC, would purchase the then Institute Hall for us, the youth of the town.

Housing issue

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I WAS intrigued by your article on page 7 – £1m is put towards home rental scheme (Standard, July 10), about a new development of 11 homes for rent in Bibury. What excellent news!

Fell the trees

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:23pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AS A past governor and a member of The Woodland Trust I support felling the troublesome trees at Birdlip School. They have little merit but age and size, and as such affect the health and safety of the pupils. They have been well maintained, but their spreading roots still block the drains, causing raw sewage to flood the playground.

Home wanted

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FOR more than 30 years Cirencester has had a ‘well being’ centre for people suffering with mental health issues, firstly under the umbrella of GAMH and since 2002 The Independent Trust.

£12k for appeal

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

CIRENCESTER Christian Aid Group is pleased to confirm that this year’s house-to-house annual appeal, held in May, raised £11,567.

Parking fee fight

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WE WELCOME your report that the Con/LibDem councils have dropped their attempt to introduce parking charges to the streets of Cirencester. For once, they seem to have taken notice of the hundreds of people who signed UKIP’s petition against their proposal.

Escape the EU

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:01pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE European arrest warrant. What does it mean?

Name abusers

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:58pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I BELIEVE we are on the verge of a Savile-like scandal sweeping through Parliament. Why was it covered up for so long? Has Parliament been harbouring paedophiles?

Lovely surprise

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:56pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I WOULD like to thank all my friends and family for the lovely surprise that you all gave me on Sunday, July 6, at Cirencester Football Club.






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