12:10pm Tuesday 18th February 2014
WITH the Government’s clear intention now officially revealed, that the process of fracking is to be encouraged wherever there is potential in this country, we find that our precious Cotswolds are as vulnerable as anywhere else.
12:04pm Tuesday 18th February 2014
MAY I, through your letters’ column give our grateful thanks to Cirencester Round Table, who organised the most wonderful meal and entertainment on Saturday, February 1, to all their members who worked so hard and also Rotary Club for helping out once again.
11:40am Tuesday 18th February 2014
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11:03am Tuesday 18th February 2014
WE WOULD like to thank Mrs Larner for voicing her concerns about the noise and behaviour from the Eight Bells, East End, Fairford. (Critics claim pub’s a noise nuisance, Standard, January 30) We have written three times to Arkells Brewery about the same and have had contact with the police over same.
11:01am Tuesday 18th February 2014
WITH reference to your article in the Standard regarding Fracking in the Cotswold, although no applications have as yet been made, nor possibly will ever be. I take issue with the comments from the ‘experts who have carried out extensive research’, Mr Whittaker or Mr Irving saying that it is not suitable for this part of the country is ludicrous; have they ever visited the Water Park? How do they think that came about? And it still is expanding – 40 square miles of it, with new road networks and thousands of lorries, plus hundreds of jobs created from it. Has that become a barren wasteland?
10:58am Tuesday 18th February 2014
10:54am Tuesday 18th February 2014
THE Standard (January 30) carried an article in which Mr Moreton Cullimore, of the Cullimore Group, claimed that, in past years, Ashton Keynes Parish Council had ignored his offers to meet to discuss perceived problems relating to his company’s gravel activities within the parish.
10:48am Tuesday 18th February 2014
LIKE many others, I petitioned our MP, Mr Clifton-Brown to attend and support the House of Commons debate about Food banks. He wrote to me to say: “Unfortunately I was unable to attend the recent debate due to 'extreme pressures' on my diary'.”
10:43am Tuesday 18th February 2014
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10:36am Tuesday 18th February 2014
PRESS reports recently have highlighted more and more young people are suffering with mental health problems. It is a myth that mental health problems are very rare. It is a fact that mental health problems affect one in four people young and old.
10:31am Tuesday 18th February 2014
Sir, I wanted to inform readers that I have once again written to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Owen Paterson MP, in order to impress upon him the need for the Government to make an application to the EU Solidarity Fund to help areas affected by flooding.
10:28am Tuesday 18th February 2014
MY WIFE and I wanted to pop into the small Tesco in Cirencester in the Brewery car park, as we only needed a couple of items, I went to buy a 50p half hour ticket, was totally disgusted to find out that there is a minimum charge of £1.50 on a Sunday, so hence my wife popped to Tesco & I stayed with the car hoping to see one of the car park wardens.
4:55pm Thursday 13th February 2014
FURTHER to my letter regarding the Christmas chalets in Cirencester, which you kindly printed just after Christmas; I am surprised that no-one from the relevant authorities has come back to you regarding this.
4:52pm Thursday 13th February 2014
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4:22pm Thursday 13th February 2014
FURTHER to Skip Walker’s piece in the Wilts and Glos Standard of December 12, 2013 (et sequitur), I pass on this slightly edited e-mail and Google Earth map, previously sent to Paul Hodgkinson early last year with reference to the A417 ‘Missing Link’.
4:03pm Thursday 13th February 2014
UK MANUFACTURER Dyson have announced plans to double their research and development centre in Malmesbury. Labour's parliamentary candidate for North Wiltshire, Peter Baldrey, commented: "Unemployment across the country is moving in the right direction which is positive, however the trend is not yet replicated in the South West, where we saw a rise. More needs to be done.
2:48pm Wednesday 15th January 2014
9:00am Thursday 21st November 2013
WITH the imminent arrival of the Christmas Shopping season, and the much needed boost to Cirencester shopkeepers’ income (in the face of internet shopping), may I through your column address the management of the St James Place organisation to ask that they consider opening their car park in the Tetbury Road on Saturdays for the benefit of Christmas shoppers?
4:07pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
I ATTENDED last week’s council meeting re the proposed Brewery court development, and was dismayed by the lack of discussion between the councillors regarding the objections raised by Mrs Corinne Lamus.
4:03pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
4:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
COUNCILLOR Nash, in his letter of November 6, has missed the main point of my letter. It is my understanding that the town council is considering borrowing over £1m to help to fund the Market Place scheme thus committing the people of Cirencester to 50 - yes, 50 - years of debt (his words).
3:51pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
AGAIN it seems the planning committee seemed mesmerised when it comes to an application from Wildmoor, one would have thought they would have learnt from the shambles that is the King's Head/Corn Hall.
3:46pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
3:41pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
Open Letter to Cotswold District Council I HAVE just received the latest Cotswold News and read and re-read the article by the cabinet member for forward planning. I find it typical of the complacency that allowed the Cotswold Local Plan to expire in 2011.
3:36pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
WITH regard to the Brewery Court cinema, retail and student accommodation development, I am shocked that despite the recommendations of professional planning officers to refuse the current application, concerns raised by English Heritage, Brewery Arts, Gloucestershire Constabulary and many responsible residents of Cirencester, unconditional permission was granted for this scheme.
3:32pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
3:29pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
AS THE effort to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (the strongest storm ever recorded) goes ahead it is time also to start thinking about how the risk of catastrophes like Haiyan can be reduced in the future.
3:24pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
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12:36pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
ROB Little's American visitors were unlucky in catching Malmesbury Town Centre at a time of changing property ownership, leading to their comment about vacant properties that he wrote about last week. In fact, two shops in Gloucester Street will re-open soon, two local businesses have re-located to larger premises within the town and a High Street shop is being refitted. A new pizza restaurant has just opened and another restaurant is planned nearby. The Co-Op has shown its confidence in the High Street with a £300,000 refit and the new Waitrose will increase footfall and bring shops in its wake. Yes there are empty private properties in Oxford Street but we believe ownership has changed and improvements are likely.
1:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
AFTER all the work which had been done last year to protect the mill stream and mill pond in Cirencester last year, I was appalled to visit it last week to find that it had been completely drained - again!
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
HENRY George have now taken responsibility for the care of the roundabout on London Road. This roundabout has been an absolute eyesore and I am thrilled it is now going to receive some tender loving care. Shame on the council for letting this prominent roundabout look so dreadful for so long. I contacted the council some months ago and was informed their budget would only allow one cut a year, hence the 4ft long grass which was appalling and highly dangerous.
11:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
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10:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
OH DEAR! I am afraid that I was the ‘low life' and 'thief' who removed the glass vase from the grave at Down Ampney last week. I received my just deserts for I cut myself in the process. The flowers were indeed lovely, but I am afraid we could not find anything suitable to put them in, so a paper cup had to suffice.
9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
8:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
I BELIEVE the previous letters about the excessive amount of dog mess in the town, together with the additional signage put up by the district council, are finally having the desired effect. However, to the dog owner who did clear up after their pooch, I commend you for clearing the mess but do request you take the offending package home with you and not leave it in our green bin!
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1:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013
WHILE visiting Dobbies Garden Centre on Tuesday, July 30, to buy summer bedding plants, I noticed that the staff were setting up the Christmas area and customers were actually buying items. My children asked me why they were getting reading for Christmas when it was still the summer holidays. To be honest, I didn't have an answer for them. This has got to be the first place in town to start getting ready for Christmas. I think it is disgraceful. Christmas is 147 days away (at time of writing)! I will certainly not be buying any Christmas items or starting to look forward to it until after Bonfire night. Humbug! SAM MAYDEW Cirencester
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