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Help — who do I think I am

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:25pm Friday 24th October 2014

I AM researching my Griffiths family history.

Square is the heart of town

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:22pm Friday 24th October 2014

THERE used to be a zeal for things happening in Fairford’s Town Square.

Local plan clarification

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:20pm Friday 24th October 2014

AFTER spending considerable time and effort producing a detailed response for your newspaper in the light of the Planning Inspector’s decision to allow new development in Fairford, I was dismayed to read your coverage of the issue (Free rein for home builders – Standard, October 16).

Messages are misunderstood

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:27pm Friday 17th October 2014

I READ with interest of the misunderstanding that occurred concerning the support or otherwise of Cllr Nigel Robbins for Mr Jupp in respect to the proposed change of bus route through the Beeches Estate (Standard letters, October 9).

Water park is accident spot

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

FOLLOWING the tragic and fatal accident on the road outside Cotswold Water Park and Beach, may I urge you to consider putting in place some measures to help make this area safer for the increasing number of people who use this area.

No need for white elephants

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:23pm Friday 17th October 2014

UNLIKE myself with 11 years on the Cotswold District Council Planning Committee, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has never had much interest in CDC Planning at grass roots level.

Play places are still important

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:22pm Friday 17th October 2014

T E BENNETT’s letter (Standard, October 9) on behalf of FROTH (Friends of the Humpty Dumps) contained a definite message.

Does anyone care any more?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:15pm Friday 17th October 2014

I HAVE lived in Cirencester all my life, some 60 years and I can officially confirm that the Romans were far better at building roads than we are today.

Give businesses a say in matters

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:13pm Friday 17th October 2014

THE Boston Tea Party happened because the colonial British government of America wanted to place a tax on the citizens of the American colonial states but without giving them representation in the British parliament Something similar is happening in Malmesbury, where we may be asked to vote on the adoption of a local plan. However, these plans equally affect local business that have no say in the decision making, in fact may affect them more Businesses pay business rates out of all proportion to the regular council tax payer and yet get no benefit from their business rates. They have already paid separately as individuals for the service such as education, roads, police, fire service etc.

Regulations are totally idiotic

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:11pm Friday 17th October 2014

I AM writing to you as I have been trying to understand any logic that may have taken place in respect of the decisions made by the local council in respect of the new Malmesbury Waitrose store. They have had to install barriers to gain entrance and to exit the store.

Every penny is appreciated

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:09pm Friday 17th October 2014

FOR the past couple of years, Mum and I have organised a Macmillan coffee morning to raise money for a good cause.

Sharing out the housing burden

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:38am Friday 10th October 2014

THE proposed development in Chesterton is of concern to many people.

Different set of driving criteria

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:36am Friday 10th October 2014

I CANNOT understand the report regarding the fatal crash at Birdlip on A417 (Standard, October 2).

Let us in on the mailing secrets

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:34am Friday 10th October 2014

EARLY last month a Royal Mail sticker appeared on one of our two post boxes in Somerford Keynes – and doubtless on rural boxes throughout the Cotswolds and the rest of the Country – to tell us that “From September 15, 2014 the final collection will be made no earlier than 9am Monday to Friday and no earlier than 7am on Saturday.” Interpreting this as no second collection, people who need a later collection have been scurrying off to post boxes in Cirencester.

Village green is really important

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:33am Friday 10th October 2014

ON BEHALF of FROTH (Friends of the Humpty Dumps) I would like to thank the Standard (September 25) for the coverage of our efforts to have the Humpty Dumps designated a Village Green, however I would just like to rectify a misquote.

No room for extra people

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:08pm Friday 3rd October 2014

I WOULD like to congratulate Lord Bathurst for his preparedness to confront the issue of the massive housing development that he is promoting as reported in the Standard of September 18. His responses thus enable one to question various assumptions he makes. The very first of these in the opening paragraphs of your report highlights his blinkered views. He seems to think that as 200 families have lived happily in Chesterton for 30 years then it will be no big difference if this is scaled up to 2,500 families. This is a Gilbertian leap in logic that many might find somewhat difficult to follow.

Clarity needed over housing

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:07pm Friday 3rd October 2014

THE Standard published a full page interview with Lord Bathurst in the edition of September 18.

Winning tickets were a joy

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:47am Friday 19th September 2014

THANK you very much for sending me two tickets for the Frampton Country Fair, courtesy of the Standard, which I won in their recent draw. My wife and I very much enjoyed the show which we thought was excellent.

Thanks knights of the road

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:46am Friday 19th September 2014

I WISH to thank all the kind people who offered their help when my car broke down at the Spitalgate traffic lights on Thursday evening (September 11) including the lady jogger who broke her run to come back and check if I was OK.

Time to cut down speeds

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:44am Friday 19th September 2014

I FEEL so strongly regarding the speeds that are now commonplace in my part of Tetbury (Romney Road, Wheat Hill, Elizabeth Gardens, Wisteria Road and Windsor Road) and I wish something could be done about it.

We must not lose this centre

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:42am Friday 19th September 2014

A RECENT visit to see the New Brewery Arts commemoration of the start of the First World War proved once more what a splendid centre of culture we have in Cirencester.

‘Median’ does mean ‘mean’

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:34am Friday 12th September 2014

WE READ in this week’s edition of the Standard that Cotswold District Council is challenging research done by the BBC. The article tells us that Cllr Sue Jepson said the CDC research revealed a mean wage in the Cotswolds of more than £25,000, not the £18,000 claimed by the BBC. However, CDC is not comparing like with like. She said on their website, of the BBC, “They claim that the mean average wage is just over £18,000 but detailed studies we carried out... showed that the median earned income for full time employees was over £25,000.”

Water needs proper debate

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:33am Friday 12th September 2014

IN RESPONSE to the latest letter (September 4) from Steve Tuck of Thames Water, I think that the issue of water supply, aquifers, over-abstraction, excessive building projects and of course the ecological degradation of one of Cirencester’s loveliest brooks deserves more serious attention than seems to be given by those with power and legal responsibility.

What about the grieving family?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:31am Friday 12th September 2014

KEMBLE Air Services having been criticised at Gloucester Coroners Court and found guilty of breach of Health and Safety regulations at Gloucester Crown Court concerning the accident at Cotswold Airport on April 8, 2011.

Supermarket must be a good neighbour

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:46pm Friday 5th September 2014

THE Waitrose store in Malmesbury is now up and running, but what sort of new neighbour will it turn out to be? First impressions are important and so far there is not enough indication that the fine retail image of the Waitrose brand is carrying across into how it wants to co-exist with its neighbours and the town in general.

Pavement becomes a lethal weapon

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:44pm Friday 5th September 2014

I HAVE just become another victim of Cirencester’s dangerous pavements.

Cricklade show washed away

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:43pm Friday 5th September 2014

MY HEART goes out to the many people who gave their time, energy, support and true commitment to the Bank Holiday Monday Cricklade Show only for their efforts to be ruined by the weather.

Talent shows are a farce

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:41pm Friday 5th September 2014

DO THOSE who run the television companies think that the majority of people just love to see people jumping, running or playing with balls?

It’s just a survey

1:36pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I WISH to correct the error contained in your front page article dated August 21, stating that work has officially started on building 2,500 homes at Chesterton Farm.

Stone was local

1:33pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I FEEL that in your report of the memorial to the US troops at the Malt House, it should have mentioned that the stone was quarried by local craftsmen at the local quarry on the Avening Road out of Tetbury; it was also donated by them.

Excellent show

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ANOTHER Opening Another Show performed at The Bingham Hall on August 15/16 by MJUK Music and Arts production for their tenth anniversary show was an exceptional piece of theatre.

Get better grip

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I HAVE been prompted to write this letter by Megan Archer’s recent article concerning the planning application 14/02702/FUL, Claydon Pike Visitor Centre. (‘Residents have no appetite for diner,’ August 21) As a resident of Kempsford, and also a parish councillor, I echo the views expressed by Cllr Coakley: the current application is not compatible with the s.106 agreement and there is no recognition of the usual definition of a country park and visitor centre.

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.






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