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.
2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014
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.
2:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014
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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.
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.
2:35pm Thursday 24th July 2014
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.
2:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014
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.
2:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014
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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.
2:01pm Thursday 17th July 2014
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1:43pm Thursday 10th July 2014
1:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014
ON THURSDAY last week I travelled to Malvern and had the opportunity whilst in the usual traffic queue to admire the wild flowers growing on the verges on the approach to the Air Balloon pub, near Birdlip. I was excited to observe a sizeable number of pink orchids among the grasses and other flora and thought at the time what a useful support to bio-diversity such wild areas afforded.
1:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014
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1:18pm Thursday 10th July 2014
CORINIUM Talking News, the local charity for visually impaired people, would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising collection held in Cirencester Market Place on Saturday, July 5. The magnificent sum of £213.30 was raised on the day.
1:08pm Thursday 10th July 2014
SINCE the beginning of the year I have been left bitterly disappointed with the rising number of potholes appearing on our roads. Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) recently announced the seamless transition of highway maintenance contractors. Unfortunately, the grim truth of the matter is that this has yet to materialise.
12:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014
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12:20pm Thursday 10th July 2014
I READ the piece in the Standard (July 3) about the deputy mayor of Tetbury, Dr Tony Walsh, proposing that Tetbury Town Council should do something regarding helping the people of Tetbury to get on the “social housing” ladder.
12:15pm Thursday 10th July 2014
FURTHER to the recent coverage relating to Cirencester Signpost, I would like to provide the public with crucial information that was not reported. Firstly the comments of Cllr Mrs Rickman, lead member for finance, were not set in context in that Cirencester Town Council approved a grant of £368 as a contribution towards a summer trip for children and their families.
12:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014
SO, COUNCILLOR Roly Hughes, is wondering whether Cirencester Signpost – a volunteer run Christian charity, should be given any more money as he thinks it is being abused by the less needy (Standard article, June 26).
11:03am Friday 4th July 2014
FOLLOWING last week’s article (Standard, June 26) about the split in the town council over funding for a local charity, I am writing to express my support for the work of Signpost in Cirencester. I was struck by the response of Graham Harris that the issue of whether people are scrounging was a matter of faith, not judgement.
11:01am Friday 4th July 2014
CAMBRIDGE University published a report this week entitled The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land by Andrew Montague-Fuller, Programme Manager at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). It highlighted the worrying fact that “Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030”.
10:59am Friday 4th July 2014
10:55am Friday 4th July 2014
ON FRIDAY, June 20, the only timetable outside the parish church stated the times of buses running from June 23. However, the 59 bus ran according to the previous timetable. Buses on Saturday, June 21, also ran according to the previous timetable.
10:52am Friday 4th July 2014
2:44pm Thursday 26th June 2014
ON BEHALF of the Malmesbury Living History Group, I should like to thank the people of Malmesbury for the wonderful way they welcomed the re-enactors from Colonel Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foote and the Marquess of Winchester Regiment to the town for our Living History Re-enactment weekend.
2:42pm Thursday 26th June 2014
2:40pm Thursday 26th June 2014
THANK you for publishing last week the corrected version of the Cotswold District Council Local Plan Consultation arrangements. However this does raise the question of what the CDC has done about public responses to previous “consultations”, and what it will do about the current “consultation”. In the Wilts and Glos Standard of May 1 the CDC Leader Lyndon Stowe said “What is important is that CDC has a process in place that listens to our communities and builds a comprehensive Local Plan around these views. We need to take our time and get it right.” So when will CDC start listening to the Cirencester community ?
2:38pm Thursday 26th June 2014
2:33pm Thursday 26th June 2014
MANY people are involved in local campaigns to protect the National Health Service, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty. However, largely unknown to the general public, the EU is negotiating a trade deal with the US which would affect all of these issues and many more. If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is agreed, it will give big business the right to sue the UK government over legislation that they believe might reduce their profits.
2:30pm Thursday 26th June 2014
THIS morning, just after 8.07am, the 51 bus that takes us workers from Cirencester to Cheltenham was a real treat. With air conditioning, free wi-fi and a 2014 registered double decker what more could commuters wish for?
2:24pm Thursday 26th June 2014
I READ with incredulity the front page article in the Standard of June 12 regarding Larry Smith. My husband and I moved to Lechlade four years ago and registered with Lechlade Medical Centre. It is the best medical practice we have ever come across and we are the envy of friends and family for the wonderful service we receive.
2:23pm Thursday 26th June 2014
2:21pm Thursday 26th June 2014
WE ARE entering a period when there will be many events associated with the centenary of the First World War. Much is also being made of the anniversary of Dylan Thomas who was born on October 26, 1914; however, here in the Cotswolds we also have much to celebrate as one of the truest of the sons of the Cotswolds, Laurie Lee, was born on June 26, 1914.
2:19pm Thursday 26th June 2014
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10:51am Monday 23rd June 2014
I CAN hear the buzzing of the bees, The tweeting of the birds, whilst I stand under the old oak tree, I sense the old oak tree talking to me, About the winters it has seen, About the summer heat it has shaded the creatures from, The red robin perching upon the branch of the old oak tree, How I believe the old oak tree likes the company, Of the robin nesting in his large branches.
10:46am Monday 23rd June 2014
10:44am Monday 23rd June 2014
THIS paper recently headlined a report Radical councils shake-up (Standard, May 29). It referred to plans being considered by Cotswold District Council and three other nearby councils to merge services to save money with the proposals to be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on June 5.
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