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If we are not proactive we’ll lose our resources

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The letters page on Tuesday, August 12, reflected an obvious dilemma and touched on several connected issues. One correspondent asked ‘why can’t Oxford people wait until there are some real plans to examine before leaping into negative mode?’ If we did that the powers-that-be (in our one party parish) would have done half their job. In this part of the parish Stansfeld Education Centre is an urgent issue. The Friends of Quarry are seeking partners to keep it in the same use ie primarily educational or recreational. Some of us may be more creative but if we’re not proactive we’ll lose another vital (public) resource and the environment will deteriorate further.

Where are all these extra cars going to park?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

It’s all very well for Cherwell District Council to announce another 720 houses for the Kingsmere estate in Bicester and plans for another 6,000 at the north west of Bicester. I have just one question. Where are all the influx of cars going to park in town? Just when I thought the car parks had been sorted out, along comes Cherwell approving more housing.

What a lovely surprise to visit swimming pool

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

As a boy I used to swim in Hinksey swimming pool but have not done so as an adult. Having passed the pool many times on my cycling trips to Oxford I often thought what a pity it was that the pool had been left to deteriorate.

Bees need somewhere to forage properly

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

It’s good that Oxfordshire County Council are trying to help bees, but they are going about it the wrong way. It’s no good having a hive in every other garden if the bees have nowhere to forage.

Care I received was excellent and I cannot praise the staff too highly

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

As a regular reader of the Oxford Mail I am aware of your extensive coverage of the NHS. You also (rightly) draw attention to some of the pressures in the system, as well as good stories.

Don’t miss out on our cancer support morning

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Just a reminder to let readers know that we are having a coffee morning on September 26 from 10am till noon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

I don’t feel safe while these cyclists are about

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A question was raised by Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch, as to how many drivers have been killed by cyclists.

I can’t see how this would work out at all

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I think Jonathan Saunders’ letter of Friday, August 8, sums up nicely the recent history of Palestine. However, I can’t see how a Jewish state could police the Arab world because its creation has antagonised the Arab and Islamic world to the point where the US, and its allies, are now considered their enemy number one.

We were all with you in spirit during the service

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I never thought that the First World War would become so personal. My husband Daniel from Abingdon – now of New York – lost his uncle Daniel Goddard, age 19, in the battle of the Somme in July 1916.

Training for anyone interested in beekeeping

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

We were pleased to see your article last week outlining initiatives by Oxfordshire councillors to promote beekeeping in our area.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Stagecoach show

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I have watched many of the Stagecoach performances in the past and they have always been very polished, professional and an absolute pleasure to be part of. On Friday, August 1, I had the privilege to watch the Stagecoach Oxford Advanced Workshop of Fame and I wasn’t disappointed.

There are various factors behind decisions made over sentencing

Oxford Mail: oxford magistrates court

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I have noticed that your very popular ‘Scales of Justice’ column, which does much to inform the public and maybe even deter some potential criminals, has generated a certain amount of negative comment in your Readers’ Letters section.

Easier for cyclists than a lot of our pedestrians

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

There has been much discussion, with suggestions invited, for making cycling safer in the city, but none for how cyclists can contribute with safer cycling. Some of the unspent money available for the purpose could be used to distribute copies of the Highway Code to unsafe cyclists.

Constructive talks are needed to find solution

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Les Marshall (July 19) is to be congratulated for raising the issue of whether our antiquated sewage system will be able to cope with the massive housing growth in the area.

Traffic cameras are doing nothing to control chaos

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Rob Perkins (‘Everything is grinding to a halt at roundabout’, August 4) makes an excellent observation of the chaos and anarchy at Hinksey Hill roundabout. Firstly, one has to ask ‘where are the traffic police?’ Secondly, if the ‘traffic control’ cameras were actually controlled by people who record the registration numbers of every driver using a mobile, and breaking other laws like speeding, with fines imposed as a result, the government could pay off the national debt within a week.

My mother has always been well taken care of

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

I write in response to the article about Heathfield House nursing home ‘Care home told to be safer over medicines policy’, August 8.

Drivers are using this as a rat run to Bampton

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

I was appalled to read recently that 70 from a total of 532 vehicles travelling through Brize Norton on Station Road and Carterton Road, were caught speeding.

We are proud of young athletes’ Games success

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

May I congratulate Dan Rivers and Ben Wilson on their wonderful success at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents of all ages could really benefit from more open spaces

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Trevor Lea makes a rather tendentious response to the recent article about Alexandra Courts (August 14).

Drivers need to exercise more patience at our roundabouts

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Suzanne McIvor’s letter (August 1) suggests new roundabouts should be seen to ease the congestion around the city’s main intersection points.

Efforts must be made to end discrimination

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

I am writing concerning the article ‘Patients run risk of being denied hip replacements’, August 1) This scandal deserves to be highlighted and efforts made to overturn the disgraceful and discriminatory denial of replacements by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) on weight grounds. Unfortunately although the Royal College of Surgeons has condemned the practice, local consultants are happy to fall in line and deny replacements to patients who have worked and contributed all their lives, condemning them to increasing pain, immobility and poor quality of life.

We really need some forwards in our team

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

I do not want to complain before the season has started but I will. Why are we bringing in young players on loan to give them experience when we already have our own? Crocombe should start the season in goal.

Low wages are holding back country’s recovery

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

So now we know from the Bank of England what we suspected all along.

It’s time we changed our diets to plants

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Looking back on past Olympic records, our future Olympians could do well to follow the example of Sir Roger Bannister and nine times gold medal winner Carl Lewis, who along with many of today’s top athletes, live on a strict plant-based diet.

It wasn’t going to show support for solar power

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

I was interested to see the report (August 11) of a survey showing widespread support for fracking.

Tennis courts issue indicative of the way we think of recreational space

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

AS A regular tennis player who lives in Oxford and uses the Alexandra tennis courts, I would like to respond to city councillor Andrew Gant’s suggestion that the green space should be used in a better way (August 12).

Energy policy destroying our rural heritage

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

OUR wonderful national parks are a vital part of our rural heritage that need to be cherished.

Frustration with train operators’ seat service

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I'M NOT a frequent traveller on trains, but can appreciate the frustrations outlined in Alex Wynick’s report (‘We should get a better service for the price we pay, August 11).

Have we learned nothing from our bloody history?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

PERHAPS it was the effect of listening to the D-Day anniversary edition of Vera Lynn, songs dreaming of the end of war and hopes of a more sane world, that prompted my reaction.

In at the deep end over prayers for pool

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I READ with interest the article yesterday, ‘Campaigners turn to prayer to protect community pool’.

It took a long time for crackdown on drinkers

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

IN your article “Police lecture underage foreign students drinking in South Park”, August 7, you report that 47 such teenagers were caught in that zone thus imbibing and officers confiscated – rather than the usually preferred “seized” – 49 cans of beer and cider, two bottles of vodka and one of whisky.

Attention must be given to cycling groups’ advice

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

I had a look at the Frideswide Square/Station masterplan. I noted that the plan does not show bicycle racks near the station nor seem to have clearly defined bicycle lanes in Frideswide Square.

I feel sorry for people who are suffering here

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

WITH all the killings going on in Gaza I admire Baroness Warsi for resigning.

Impressed by work that this charity is doing

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

AT this time of great calamities, such as Ebola in Sierra Leone and elsewhere, religious fighting in Palestine and Mesopotamia (Iraq), and the brutal redefinition of the frontiers of former USSR republics, it behoves us all to ensure that what money we can spare for overseas charities be directed as usefully and efficiently as possible.

We will be campaigning for all our schools to provide breakfast

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Every child needs, and deserves, a hot nourishing meal every day.

Why can’t people wait until there are real plans?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

What is it about Oxford people and their overwhelming negativity towards anything modern or different or new?

Money could be better spent on public services

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

This Saturday, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, many Oxfordshire people helped in rolling out a continuous line of pink home-knitted scarves that extended the whole seven miles between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire.

Thanks to all who took part in humanist talks

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

As is usual at this time of year, our city centre was almost overflowing last weekend, with tourists young and old, and from several different continents/countries.

Where does the council intend to stop with this?

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

It’s all too easy for Oxford City Council to continually press for the destruction of Green Belt land on the edge of the city (as in your story of August 7).

We think this scheme won’t serve Oxford housing needs in any way

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

The Green Belt around Oxford, and other undeveloped land, serves a wide variety of purposes. These include flood plain, leaving space for periodic waterlogging, agriculture, recreation, future allotment space and potential for expanding forest cover in the UK for both commercial and biodiversity reasons.

Tuesday's Letters: What are your fellow readers writing in about today

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Catch up on all the issues and quips raised by our readers in their Letters to the Editor today

Nobody told of these changes to bus route

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

I write concerning the recent bizarre changes to the S2 bus route.

Bike stolen outside church during service

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

While many of the good people of Abingdon were out Monday evening around the memorial showing their respect to all the men and women who gave their lives in the First World War, for our future, others, people who have no respect, were stealing.

Some consistency is needed in housing plans

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

Reading your article North Leigh residents celebrate as housing is vetoed (July 30) has left me confused.

Ridiculous that agreement has not been reached with traders

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

I find it unbelievable that after two years the Oxford City Council has still not reached an agreement with the Covered Market traders. Is it because the council will not conclude an agreement until it gets what it wants?

Government have tried to rush this policy in

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

Given the history of the policy it’s especially rich to see Lib Dem county councillor John Howson trying to score party political points on the question of free school meals for five, six and seven-year-olds.

Something must be done over pavement parking

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 8th August 2014

I was interested to read Sandy Slack’s letter (July 23) pointing out what a bad idea it is to propose car parking on the pavement in Corn Street. I’d like to endorse her opinion because I live in Highworth Place, just around the corner where pavement parking is already the norm. This is a very narrow road used by people who work in town and leave their cars here all day. If cars are parked entirely on the road, it is almost impossible to drive past them without either clashing wing mirrors or going up onto the opposite pavement. If they park partly on the kerb, this restricts the already narrow path for people with shopping bags, pushchairs or small children so that they then have to walk in the road.

This is all being done to boost parking revenue

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 8th August 2014

I agree with Jenny Shepherd’s view of the NHS hospital’s parking strategy (August 1). Patients are having to wait at least an hour after their appointment before being seen by a doctor.

I think that ambulance shifts are far too long

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 8th August 2014

With regards on your article on the 12-hour shifts in the ambulance service I totally agree that this should happen.

Post Office service is just getting worse and worse

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 8th August 2014

In a low-key issue of leaflets at our Post Office, plans have been drawn up to reduce the service, leaving a remaining till next to the grocery counter of the shop, with no privacy.






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