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Idea should not have got past planning stage

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I am writing concerning your report that consultation has started into the Northern Gateway plan (‘Northern Gateway Views Sought’, July 25).

Resources must be used in the best way possible

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I have to reply to Cllr Howson’s letter (July 28) concerning free school meals for all. I think that I am the “leading Labour Councillor” that he was referring to.

We are trying to keep disruption to a minimum

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I am writing in response to your article ‘Drivers face 24-mile detour during works’, July 26, and wish to add some context and clarity to the story.

Lovely riverside has become an eyesore

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

We have lived in South Abingdon for nearly 50 years, and until recently it was a very pleasant walk in to town via Wilsham Road. Now the riverside between Preston Road and Caldecott Road is an eyesore. Surely the Council concerned could spare a man for a day to make Wilsham Road look nice again.

Quality of reporting and analysis excellent

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Within the last seven days your paper, journalists and photographers have done a magnificent job in their coverage of four major stories of local interest – the culmination of the harrowing Fiaz Munshi and Ben Blakeley trials, the demolition of the cooling towers at Didcot and the departure of the Pioneer Regiment from Bicester.

It was not the missing towers that took my breath away but the litter

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

As a Didcot resident for the past 22 years I too was saddened by the demolition of Didcot Power Station towers.

It was not the missing towers that took my breath away but the litter

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

As a Didcot resident for the past 22 years I too was saddened by the demolition of Didcot Power Station towers.

Check your insurance policy very carefully

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sadly, I had to put my dog to sleep at my vet in Kidlington on May 13, aged 13 and a half, with arthritis.

Underlying issues not being taken into account

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment threatens us with a massive increase in housing. South Oxfordshire District Council’s consultation paper (Local Plan 2031 – Issues and Scope) swallows this with hardly a murmur and consults us on where all the new houses should be build. Yet, amazingly to many of us, neither the SHMA nor SODC take into account underlying issues which will crucially affect how much we can absorb.

Why are there are no women priests yet?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Now the fuss over women bishops is over, can someone tell me why there are no women priests in the Catholic church?

Some serious gaps in responses to questions

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

YOUR recent report of the ‘Connecting Oxfordshire’ workshop held at County Hall missed out a few things of importance.

Confusion is preventing any proper participation

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The latest consultation on the Northern Gateway Area Action Plan in North Oxford has started badly, with local politicians making statements which show they are unaware that the size for the proposed development is now significant larger than the Local Plan allocation.

I am fed up with this system that motorists just have to put up with

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

What has the Oxford motorist done to deserve the shambolic and chaotic system that we have at the moment?

Many positives over donating your organs

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WE live in a wonderful age but every day folk die for want of a transplant and at the same time organs are burnt or buried. So why not have a donor system and carry a card if you wish to donate.

Double standards at work in political world

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

CAMERON threatens Putin, but not a word to Netanyahu.

Please express your views over car park

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I am writing concerning Old Marston car park. I would like to remind everyone in and around Old Marston about the forthcoming meeting regarding the local transport and parking issues and problems.

Children must be made aware of past sacrifices

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IN response to Sally Reynolds’ letter, (July 7) I suggest that she gets her ‘rose-coloured’ glasses checked as she appears to have misread what I was advocating in my original letter.

The serenity of my summer is shattered

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

TO clarify my letter of July 10, since 2006 a total of six Labour councillors have stood down prematurely, thereby causing costly by-elections. Four have done so in just the past three years.

A western relief road could help avoid jams

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Should we thank those who caused the recent ‘fatberg’ beneath Frideswide Square, and Thames Water for their recent excavations that closed George Street?

Should we not see if roundabouts work first before there are changes?

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Current plans to reduce traffic congestion in preparation for Northern Gateway seem focused on installing traffic lights on the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts.

Learns lessons from divided community

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IN 1997 when Tony Blair, pictured, and the Labour Party came to power and gave devolution to Scotland, we were told at the time that this would not lead to separatism.

Six points not enough for driving with phone

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

SO, the Government has finally conceded to overwhelming pressure and has allowed six points to be put on a driving licence for using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Should driver have been allowed on road?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Concerning a Wallingford lady, aged 68, killed in a head-on crash (Mail, July 16): this is not unusual about deaths on our roads.

Give the gift of life and become an organ donor

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

WE live in a wonderful age, but every day folk die for want of a transplant while at the same time organs are burnt or buried.

Explain Labour-U-turn over free school meals

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

I WONDER what Sue Such, who complained about the Lib Dems changing their minds about the bedroom tax (Letters, July 21), thinks of Labour’s U-turn on the Lib Dem Free Schools Meals policy?

Councils constrained on fossil fuel dinvestment

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

I HAVE followed with interest the recent correspondence regarding council disinvestment from fossil fuel companies.

Bus lane fine made this visitor stand and deliver

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

WHEN, after our first-time visit, we tried to leave Oxford (around 6.30pm on Saturday – a scorchingly hot day), I found it difficult to do so due to extreme congestion.

Buying homes for social housing meets needs and saves countryside

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THE assumption repeated in previous editions of the Mail – that Oxford may be massively extended into the countryside – needs to be examined.

Punishments seem to vary considerably

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

I was very interested in the article Scales of Justice (July 21).

Where is evidence group is not fit for purpose?

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Your newspaper reports that Oxford City Council is seeking to remove East Oxford Community Association (EOCA) from the East Oxford Community Centre as it has determined that the association is not fit to run such a centre.

We were unaware of changes to bus route

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

I was reading your recent article about Stagecoach’s intentions to introduce a new bus service between Carterton and the JR Hospital. Good news I thought, until I read further down the article and noticed the imminent changes to the timetables and “improved” services in West Oxon. 

This ignores widespread anxiety as levels increase

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

While we are immensely grateful to the teams that look after us during flood events, claims that the damage can be reduced by relying on local defences, such as those here in streets off the Botley Road, rather than investing in the Western Conveyance, ignore the widespread anxiety felt as flood levels rise around us, sleepless nights, the huge investment in manpower needed to deploy and man temporary defences, pumps and sandbags (used once only, then ripped apart to recycle the sand), thoughts of even more insurance blight and the turmoil caused by possible, impending and/or actual evacuation. 

Oxford is beginning to appreciate the need for something proactive

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

On behalf of the South Oxford Flood Action Group (SOFAG) I enjoyed your letter from Prof Edmund Penning-Rowsell on the proposed Oxford and Abingdon flood relief scheme ( July 19).

Be safe and stay out of quarries this summer

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

LAST year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Lots of work needs to be done on this route

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

I am writing concerning reports of the city council’s surplus cash. What are the council doing sitting on all that cash? (‘Only £15,000 spent from £362,000’, Oxford Mail, July 14).

HS2 money could be better spent elsewhere

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

SITTING out early in my garden these beautiful mornings, I can hear the Birmingham to Marylebone trains thundering past and it made me wonder why anyone would want to go faster than that, bearing in mind the HS2. Surely if you order a full English breakfast on the Birmingham to Marylebone train now, you would not have time for the toast and marmalade.

Bringing peace would be a huge step forward

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH all the dreadful loss of life in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and now Palestine, it is difficult to know where to start. But the injustice, stupidity and illegality of Israeli attacks on Gaza spurs me to write.

Infrastructure is under pressure and new measures are needed

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

There is a clear need to provide transport links from the north-west Bicester eco town to the town centre. However, the potential to improve transport for the much larger Bicester of the future must also be seized.

Department must take another look at centre

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FIRSTLY I must say how pleased I am with Oxford City Council Planning Department for listening to my objections regarding neighbouring developments. Thanks to their efficiency one proposal was amended.

There are also virtues of a time before cars

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE letter by Tony Augarde (July 17) extolling the so-called virtues of the motor car made me look back with nostalgia to a time when there were few cars. A time before front gardens, streets, town and village centres were littered by them, when you could appreciate to the full, the beauty of towns and the countryside without something blocking the view. He says that you can carry four people in a car, but how many cars travel our roads with a full load? With bicycles, each person can have their own, relatively cheap, personal form of transport which takes up little room and provides an excellent form of exercise.

Association made life easier for other parents

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I WAS surprised that your obituary, July 17, for Ann Hunt did not mention that many of us are familiar with Ann through the amazing book Can Any Mother Help Me?

The cast gave it their all and audience loved it

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Saturday morning, I open the paper – murders, wars, food banks, cruelty to old folks. I wonder what is going on in our wonderful planet.

Weekend was spoilt by trespassers on property

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I live in a beautiful spot by the river near Oxford and this weekend it has been lovely to see groups of people enjoying the weather and the amazing resource that runs through our county.

Skydive is to help raise awareness of meningitis

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ON August 25 this year I will be making a skydive (as a first timer) for a very special little girl.

It’s impossible to find a pool open for general swimming in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I HAVE tried to go swimming with the aim to teach my grandson how to swim. However, I cannot get into a swimming pool when I want, like in the old days, and when I say when I want, I mean when I want.

A Queen or republic for solo Scotland?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN the event of a yes vote for Scottish Independence, is it known if Scotland will become a republic or a monarchy?

Blessed is he who embraces equality

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DOES the Prime Minister seriously believe that many women will be silly enough to alter their voting intentions regarding the forthcoming general or any other election as a result of his elevating more of their gender into ministerial positions?

Dredging essential to help stop county’s flooding

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

READING the letter from Nick Mills (Oxford Flood Alliance Steering Group) about the western relief channel (or whatever they call it), I noticed no mention was made about maintaining this channel.

Israel should never be supported by Cameron

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE can be few who do not condemn the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers and the burning alive of a Palestinian youth.

Evolve as humans and stop bloodlust of hunting

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE must have been be countless people who were appalled, as I was, at receiving leaflets included in the Oxford Mail, advertising the CLA Game Fair.






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