In the old days people used to just make do

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The media are making much of the poor being unable to afford food. I saw one programme about more food banks opening up and was dismayed.

Questions need to be asked over Passion play

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

IT IS not often that I have felt ashamed of my city, but the fiasco over the Passion Play by a city council official making the national press has made me somewhat ashamed.

It is just as well there is no big brewery in city

Oxford Mail: Mischa Richards as Jesus with soldiers Roger Butcher and Ian Callaghan when a passion play was staged in Cowley Road in 2012

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ONCE again, Oxford City Council show they are not fit for purpose.

Use dinosaurs to clear bureaucratic hurdles

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MY partner (a practising Christian) and I (an atheist) note with interest that the city council at Easter was unaware of the concept of a Passion Play and so initially refused a licence, suggested by Thames Valley Police for such a ‘dangerous’ event.

Money could have been better spent on a Mini

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SO THE city council has splashed out thousands of pounds on an ‘adapted’ Citroen Berlingo in an attempt to keep a sharp eye on non-payers and over-stayers in our local car parks, have they?

We need full public consultation on proposed housing explosion

Oxford Mail: Helen Marshall, director of the Oxfordshire Campaign to Protect Rural England

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Vale of White Horse District Council leader, Councillor Matthew Barber, has challenged some of our statements on the district’s development plans (April 17).

‘Housing stock allowed by quango could destroy our beautiful county’

Oxford Mail: Prime Minister David Cameron at an EU summit last month

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DAVID Cameron says we must be freed from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels dictating to elected parliaments, but his own Government is imposing just that on counties up and down the land.

Free school meals policy should be welcomed

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE Lib Dem policy of free school meals for all infant pupils is a gift to headline writers such as the one that prefaced Terry Roper’s letter (Mail, April 11) with the words ‘half-baked’. The term ‘sour grapes’ might have been just as appropriate.

Great treasure in being remembered a European

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IT is surely to be regretted that the EU argument has got stuck in the tiny groove of cash and economics, when the vision and scope is so much more exciting.

Flooding will worsen if we burn fossil fuels

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

‘ONCE in a hundred years’ they said of the 2007 floods. But only seven years later Oxfordshire (and much of southern England) was again under water.

Trams needed for the heavy city routes

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BOTH Railfuture Thames Valley and Bus Users Oxford support Witney Oxford Transport (WOT), which campaigns for an Oxford-Witney rapid transit.

Children and adults sold short of decent housing

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

I AM grateful to Helen Marshall (April 16) of CPRE Oxfordshire for clarification on her and her CPRE colleagues’ sympathy and compassion for residents of Oxfordshire whose lives are being severely blighted by the corrosion of restrictive and overpriced, substandard housing.

Barrier lets genuine patients park at health centre

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

WITH regard to your report item about the Abingdon Health Centre car park in Marcham Road (April 17), I am a registered patient at the health centre and, until the barrier was put up, there were many times when I had an appointment, but there were no spaces in the car park, although the waiting room was sometimes only half full.

Turning motorway hard shoulder into extra lane is insane

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

I SOMETIMES wonder if those in charge of government departments were either born stupid or whether they obtained a degree.

Psychiatric harm law needs to be reformed

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

IT’S 25 years since the Hillsborough stadium tragedy. Civil cases brought by the victims’ relatives who suffered psychiatric damage after the deaths of their loved one enshrined the law on psychiatric harm which is still applied today.

Veganism is not a fringe philosophy

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

THERE is a new social group in Witney for vegans, vegetarians and those thinking about it.

Act now to stop fossil fuels damaging planet

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

LAST week, the UN’s high-level panel on climate change published a report which shows that we’re not doing anywhere near enough to cut our addiction to fossil fuels.

What sort of fat ball are we talking about?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

I COMMEND the Tory-run Oxfordshire County Council's great efforts to pre-warn everybody about the chaos likely to be faced by one and all following the discovery of a large, unwelcome fat ball which was said to be responsible for “causing major disruption in the Botley, Osney and railway station areas for several weeks”.

Passion blunder makes city a laughing stock

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

WHAT kind of people does Oxford City Council employ when a licensing officer doesn’t know that Christ’s Passion is the focus of Easter?

Make savings by all means but not at the expense of Cowley

Oxford Mail: Campaigners at Temple Cowley Pools after Oxford City Council agreed to designate the facility as a community asset

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

WE are endlessly told how about our rising obesity. Diabetes alone costs the NHS a great deal of money. Temple Cowley Pools and gym tick all the health, sport, leisure and recreation boxes.

Valuable community asset must not be sold

Oxford Mail: Pensioners community group founder Christine Burden at a bingo game at The Gladiator Club

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

THE Gladiator Club in East Oxford is a private club, but don’t think it is for the elite or for those who drink gin and tonic and sip Martinis.

I think a Shakespeare quote is appropriate here

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PERHAPS the most appropriate words to use in commenting on Oxford City Council’s ruling which led to the cancellation of the Cowley Road Passion Play, are those of Shakespeare’s when he said: ‘Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority.... plays such fantastic tricks before high Heaven as makes the angels weep!’ (Measure for Measure).

Time to get facts right over Blair involvement

Oxford Mail: Tony Blair

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

TONY Blair may be responsible for many things but contrary to the contention of P. Howard (April 14), taking the UK into the EU is not one of them.

A long way to go before I congratulate the police

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

BEFORE the police get too pleased with themselves about how they are doing, look at the results as published last week.

Predicted development rates are unsustainable

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

I READ with interest your article and letters column recording the likelihood of massive development in Oxfordshire up to 2031 and a certain euphoria surrounding the news.

Green Party’s record speaks for itself

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

I HAD to check it wasn’t April Fools’ Day when I learned the Green Party were emphasising housing as part of their election campaign (April 16).

Can we avoid centre of city when using buses?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

PRAISE where praise is due.

Council needs to focus on harmful emissions

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

WHENEVER I visit another city I am struck by how much pollution the buses emit in comparison to our wonderful clean emission buses in Oxford. In the light of your excellent article on air pollution fatalities we are certainly blessed to have these zero particulate buses.

Councillors must be at their meetings regularly

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Conservatives have been rightly criticised for their management of Witney Town Council and its assets such as the Corn Exchange and West Witney Sports Ground.

Use of derelict areas in housing policy is vital

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

I WAS very glad to see the article ‘Councils planning to reduce numbers of empty homes’ (April 14) as this is the quickest route to housing more people. However, the available, empty, built environment and derelict sites are not being considered.

How long will villages we know and love last?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

I’M NOT surprised by the large number of hits Roger Sweet has had for his website of photographs of Oxfordshire villages, because I have enjoyed many years travelling though this pleasant countryside, looking for views to paint and know how beautiful it can be. But, one wonders, how long will the Oxfordshire we know and love last?

High house prices until we can undo the belt

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

LET’S release some Green Belt! Bruce Ross-Smith need not apologise as he did in his letter ‘Green Belt not more important than people’ (April 11). Sad to say Helen Marshall, of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, promotes half-baked views.

An important time in the county for proposed new sites for homes

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

IN your article entitled “Should Oxford’s Green Belt be used to provide badly needed new homes?” (Oxford Mail, April 9) one of your contributors made a couple of inaccurate statements which I would like to address.

Tractor attachments blended in with road

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TWICE yesterday while on country roads, we passed (very carefully) tractors. Obvious enough but attached to the back of these huge workhorses was machinery (possibly mowers) that protruded at least a couple of feet beyond the width of the tractors’ large rear wheels.

Team worked their magic on our garden

Oxford Mail: Digging up a phormium at the Henry Cornish Care Centre in Chipping Norton are, left to right, George Waywell and Thomas Bartlett from Topiarus Horticultural

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Team worked their magic on our garden MAY I, through your paper, say a huge thank you for the sterling voluntary work Topiarus Horticulture did at Henry Cornish Care Centre in Chipping Norton.

They got us into this mess in the first place

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MY giddy aunt. John Tanner is regurgitating his socialist nonsense again (April 10).

Problem of affordable housing will still remain

Oxford Mail: Helen Marshall

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

I WOULD like to reassure Mr Bruce Ross-Smith (April 11) that neither I personally, nor CPRE as a whole, lack compassion for those struggling in poor housing conditions.

We would like a good reason for cancelling this year's Passion Play

Oxford Mail: Mischa Richards played Jesus in the Cowley Road Passion Play in 2012. He is pictured with soldiers Roger Butcher and Ian Callaghan

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

We are writing concerning the Cowley Road Passion Play being cancelled.

Destroying so much for the sake of development

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

5:40pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

I am writing concerning the Botley redevelopment.

Nurses deserve a pay rise...

Oxford Mail: A nurse takes care of an elderly patient

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

It is time to reward our nurses with a pay rise FOLLOWING on from John Monaghan’s letter (April 1), everyone will be wishing him well in his endeavours for Ward 5F at the JR Hospital.

Reader thinks local tour guide's April Fool's prank was unsightly

Oxford Mail: Alasdair de Voil

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

READING the article (April 9) entitled ‘No Joke as April Fool stunt gets a fine’, I agree with Oxford City Council on fining Mr Alasdair de Voil, for his unsightly prank. He currently has bicycles (one on the corner of Cornmarket Street outside Waterstones) which is an eyesore and his flyers and litter are often discarded in the city on the ground.

'Vale not competent to plan the future of our county'

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

WILL Vale of White Horse District Council explain to us in their headlong dash to concrete over our beautiful county whether they are planning homes for jobs, or jobs for homes?

Work at St Clement's hits local business claims

Oxford Mail: The building work at St Clement’s car park

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

WE welcome the decision by the Valuation Office Agency that the local traders should be given a reduction of business rates during the building works on the St Clement’s car park. This is a more realistic assessment than that of Councillor Cook who claimed that the Sobell book shop closure was not linked to the reduction of car parking spaces at St Clement’s.

'It will happen again only worse' says reader about the flooding

Oxford Mail: Flooding at Abingdon Road, Oxford, in February

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

‘Once in a hundred years’ they said of the 2007 floods. But only seven years later Oxfordshire (and much of southern England) was again under water. And it’s a safe bet it’ll soon happen again, only worse. If all this flooding misery is what we get with (so far) less than one degree of global warming, what’s it going to be like when the planet has heated up four degrees or more? And have no doubt that’s what we’re all heading for, unless we stop burning fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – altogether. And soon.

Parties have had the monopoly for too long

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

I HAVE watched the debates on television between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg and no one has asked what right did Tony Blair have to speak for the whole nation, and take us into the EU? I don’t understand why we were not given a referendum to see if it’s what the people of Britain wanted.

Does this confirm that minority control city?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

YOUR story about the Christmas celebrations in St Giles being cancelled this year raises a serious concern.

We need referendum to be held in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

David Cameron says we must be freed from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels dictating to elected parliaments but his own Government is imposing just that on counties up and down the land.

Miserable pension yield from annuities laughable

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

I THINK the Government’s new pension policy in allowing pensioners not to have to put most of their pension pots into annuities is brilliant.

Plan and land use must be considered together

Oxford Mail: Westgate Shopping Centre

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

The eye-catching pictures issued at the launch of the county council’s new transport strategy (April 3) appear worryingly divorced from its claim that the new policy will be evidence-based.

The real challenge is getting key players working properly together

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of what a pedestrianised St Giles could look like

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Oxford Civic Society welcomes Ian Hudspeth’s analysis that with 85,000 more jobs and 106,000 more homes coming to Oxfordshire by 2031 getting transport strategy right is crucial.






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