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.

Keep stadium open for future generations

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:10am Friday 11th April 2014

AFTER reading on April 1, in which the councils have been asked to try and make room for 28,000 more homes, I say in view of this, Oxford must retain the stadium ground. They must keep it maintained for the current population but it is also a must for our future population.

Bring MotoGP back to BBC for us fans please

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

I RECKON that giving MotoGP a five-year deal to BT is a mistake — it is an own goal. People like me want to watch MotoGP on television, not through another box underneath the TV.

Green Belt not more important than people

Oxford Mail: Helen Marshall

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

HELEN Marshall, director of the Oxfordshire Campaign to Protect Rural England, is a successor to members of Oxfordshire CPRE who pressed for the creation in 1956 of Oxford’s Green Belt and is always powerful in her defence of that Green Belt (The Issue, April 9).

Connecting Oxfordshire ignores vital upgrades

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

BUS Users Oxford welcomes Oxfordshire County Council’s Connecting Oxfordshire concept but we deeply regret it almost ignores buses. Oxfordshire has the highest per capita bus ridership of any non-metropolitan county but many Oxfordshire communities still get too few buses for them to switch from car to bus travel.

Reversing EU directive would help us to produce cheaper electricity

Oxford Mail: Didcot Power Station

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

I READ with interest Nigel Cole’s letter (April 7) about saving Didcot Power Station for next winter.

Decision seems to have been made already

Oxford Mail: West Way

11:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

THERE have been many letters and articles written about the West Way development plans and as far as I can see there are two main things that stand out.

Cameron's judgement found wanting again

Oxford Mail: Maria Miller

11:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

IT took the Tory MP, Maria Miller a long time to resign. But why did the Prime Minister continue to back her when he knew she had fiddled her expenses?

Many of us do not use internet for banking

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

MANY of the top six banks plan to close branches in market towns.

Scheme a daydream that will never happen

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:10am Thursday 10th April 2014

MORE smoke and mirrors from Mr Hudspeth, this time proposing trains, trams and transport 20 years hence.

Sadly the Yellows have disappointed us all again

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

11:10am Thursday 10th April 2014

Sadly the yellows have disappointed us again I am writing concerning Oxford Utd v Fleetwood.

To clap shows total disrespect for player

Oxford Mail: Deane Smalley was cheered when substituted

11:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

I AM writing to express my great disappointment regarding some fans’ reaction to Dean Smalley being substituted on Saturday v Fleetwood Town.

We need to spend money on our transport system to see any benefits

Oxford Mail: An artist's impression of a passenger station at Cowley bringing people into the city by train or even tram

11:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

I WAS very pleased to see Hugh Jaeger’s recent letter about the trams the other day.

Pound note would have saved us billions

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

IT’S finally being admitted it was a big expensive mistake to ditch the pound note for the pound coin.

Retail units have left little space for diversity

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

DEMOCRACY has given in to monopoly on the London Road, Headington.

I think ‘commemorate’ is a better word to use

Oxford Mail: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

I LISTENED to a recent programme on local radio on the EU after the Clegg-Farage debate. The Liberal representative made a comment that the EU had kept the peace in Europe and that this year we are ‘celebrating’ the start of World War One.

Cinema employees must be paid a living wage

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

I WAS very concerned and disappointed to see that Picturehouse Cinemas, who own the Phoenix in Oxford, is refusing to pay their employees at their Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, London, the London living wage of £8.80.

Stores are impacting on the character of area

Oxford Mail: Waitrose in Headington

9:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Could someone from Oxford City Council please explain to the residents of Headington just what is going on in their main shopping area.

If prices rise it will be hard for next generation

Oxford Mail: Jim Campbell

5:20pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

I am writing concerning house prices in North Oxford.

In a few years this historic street will be destroyed if it is not fixed

Oxford Mail: Merton Street’s cobblestones, beloved of movie makers and tourists alike

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

I HAD occasion recently to walk along Merton Street and I was forcibly struck by the appalling state of repair of the cobbled section up to the corner of Magpie Lane.

Town needs a relief road before houses are built

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

I AM writing regarding the building of more new houses in Witney.

There are many reasons why I object to scheme

Oxford Mail: A view of Windrush Valley

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

I’M sure many people were surprised by the article (April 2) about the potential residential development for 270 new homes off Burford Road, in a field immediately behind the Windrush Pub. Indeed if the articles has been published a day earlier many would have presumed it was an April’s Fool joke.

Tory contingent tried to vote down this motion

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

SINCE last Tuesday morning, air pollution has been a problem here in Oxfordshire.

Many early symptoms of Parkinson’s often missed

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

WE'RE constantly told by a hysterical media that we should worry about our health. The latest alarming study or a new epidemic leaving the less ‘sensational’ health issues pushed to the sidelines.

City taxi driver did not leave good impression

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

ON arriving back in Oxford after a very long-haul flight at 9pm, my husband and I (both in our 80s) took a taxi from the central coach station.

Many of us have been stranded by decision to stop 4C bus route

Oxford Mail: Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood visited Dean Court earlier this year to meet residents concerned about plans to scrap the 4C bus service. She is pictured with Laurence and Shirley Simmons

5:18pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

I THOUGHT I would write another letter about the Dean Court 4C bus route as it seems nothing has been done to reinstate it at the moment.

Common Market was a good idea but now we just have a farce in Europe

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 7th April 2014

I WRITE with reference to the recent debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage over the question of an in-out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Cyclists should use bells to warn us of their presence

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 7th April 2014

WILL someone from the cycling community please explain why no cyclist (well, hardly any cyclist) who overtakes me, a slow-paced octogenarian, on the Thames Path, ever tinkles his or her bell to warn me of their approach? What else, indeed, are bells for?

The mass of objections to West Way plans should not be dismissed

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of part of the proposed redevelopment

11:00am Monday 7th April 2014

THANK you for your front-page report on the enormity of the objection to the Doric plan for West Way.

I only wanted to point out charity staff's lack of manners

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 7th April 2014

I WOULD like to respond to Barbara Bolder’s letter (March 27).

Power station should have been saved

Oxford Mail: Didcot power station

11:00am Monday 7th April 2014

With regard to the energy crisis, I am deeply concerned that we have switched off Didcot power station and are about to blow up the cooling towers. They held the test explosions only last week.

I find nothing positive about this thinking

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 7th April 2014

WHY are we saying people of an ethnic minority, or people with a disability, should be chosen or given preference when it comes to applying for jobs? It is totally unacceptable.

Greyhounds are treated cruelly when 'retired'

Oxford Mail: Andrew Smith

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

I CANNOT understand why Andrew Smith as president of Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary (Stadhampton) is supporting the greyhound stadium in Oxford (Fans note life in the old dog stadium yet, March 31). How can a supposed animal lover have anything to do with this vile industry?

Important questions remain unanswered

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Important questions remain unanswered I am writing concerning the Oxford flood relief channel.

A new betting shop would be detrimental

Oxford Mail: Ed Turner

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

I AM writing following your article about the proposed betting shop at 4, Courtland Road, Rose Hill, on the premises formerly occupied by the Oxford Bed Shop.

Wider issue of more road traffic to service new scheme ignored

Oxford Mail: A councillor has said Oxford’s transport bosses have to “take the bull by the horns” and pedestrianise Queen Street.

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

What a red herring Queen Street has become in the Westgate development debate. Either we move the buses to St Aldate’s, as promised by the 1999 Oxford Transport Strategy, and increase the congestion and already illegally high pollution levels there, or we leave them where they are and spread out the burden.

How will people pay for these 'mansions'

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:50am Friday 4th April 2014

If Jim Campbell thinks North Oxford is a “ghetto for the mega-rich” (March 12), I suggest he comes and has a look around for himself.

If council did consent it would set a precedent

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:48am Friday 4th April 2014

With regard to your report (March 26) of a row brewing about Costa’s plans to put tables and chairs on part of the Victoria Cross Square outside their premises in Wantage, as the square belongs to the town council and as this council opposes the idea, that would appear to be ‘end of story’.

Think of others before you pick the flowers

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

CAN I just say a big thank you to the family with three children who thought it fine to help themselves to the beautiful display of daffodils lining the pathway along Witan Way in Witney.






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