A copper's duty from the old county constabulary

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

I read with interest Mr Haines’ article about his collection of items relating to the former Oxfordshire constabulary.

First Great Western are appalling neighbours

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

I wonder if anyone else has had the opportunity to experience First Great Western as a neighbour as we have?

No evolution in the way we use religion

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

In the Oxford Mail (September 8), Dr Taj Hargey writes about religious fanaticism, but what he is writing about is nothing new.

Patching up our roads a taxing issue for council

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

I quote from the Oxford Mail, Oxfordshire county councillor David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for transport, who estimates that it will cost £160 to bring every mile of road in Oxfordshire up to scratch.

We must protect Port Meadow from Northern Gateway sprawl

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

I would like to draw your attention to a statement made by the Inspector in the Introduction and Overall Conclusions of his Report on the Examination into the Oxford Core Strategy, which included the Northern Gateway Development Plan (December, 2010).

Let’s not forget such lessons from history

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

I am writing concerning Jonathan Saunders’ letter from Thursday, September 4.

This is a kick in the teeth for democracy

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Engineering the Carfax city centre by-election last week for when the students were away was a cynical ploy by Labour.

Disappointed by low turnout for by-election

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

A travesty of an election and an affront to democracy. That’s the only way to describe the Carfax city council by-election.

Shocked to hear people berating Nato response

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

I was appalled on a visit to Oxford city centre on Saturday to see and hear several people at Bonn Square armed with a megaphone, table and petition berating Nato’s response to the evil regime called IS (Not Isis as our fair river is called).

Thank you to all who made festival possible

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

May I thank those who took part getting this year’s Leys Festival up and running. There was 12 months of planning the events with the steering group, Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) and officers of the city council who made this possible.

Land claim shows council needs to urgently tackle housing crisis

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Your article (“Fears as boat owners’ group claims new area of riverbank”, September 9) about the attempts by the “Communities Land and Boat Organisation” to claim land in West Oxford for moorings highlights the desperate need for suitable mooring sites for residential boats.

There is an urgent need to favour abuse victims

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood

11:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

For around 30 years I worked as a Children’s and Families social worker and Guardian ad Litem and I would strongly support the proposals by MP Nicola Blackwood. There is an urgent need to change procedures in favour of the victims.

Amazing to find both loos in area not working

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

I took the bus from my home in Littlemore to the city centre, always a pleasant trip.

Without improvements full effects will be felt

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

If Woodstock wants to see what happens to a place doubling in size without infrastructure improvements, go to Bodicote in five years time when the full effects of the current development of 1,000 houses will be felt.

Even threat of strikes is against international law

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

TO David Cameron: I read with some trepidation that according to a recent article you are considering military involvement in Syria on the pretext of fighting the ISIL terrorists. I’m not aware that the Syrian government has requested assistance and from what I can see the Syrians themselves seem most proficient in fighting terrorism. The article quoted you saying “UK could launch strikes against ISIS in Syria without Assad’s support, says PM” due to the fact you consider Assad’s Government to be “illegitimate”.

Red Kites will not take bread from bird tables

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

I was so disappointed to read your biased report on Red Kites. What upset me most was the headline, picture and supporting caption. This promoted Red Kites as aggressive and intimidating; it even suggests they target bird tables and school playgrounds.

Council is trying to impose scheme local community does not support

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

The ‘consultation’ on the proposed Northern Gateway development for an 8,000 staff business park and 500 houses at Pear Tree is shambolic.

There is a difference between hay and straw

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Regarding your news item about the latest ‘hay’ bale fire, near Farnborough, I am astounded that, after all these years that your reporters have been following these stories, they still do not know the difference between hay and straw.

Driverless vehicles will just not work in the UK

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Although I applaud the developing technology of driverless vehicles for safer driving and environmental protection, I wonder about other effects. The idea of a platooning lorries raises images of being stuck behind such a convoy travelling at 40mph on minor roads, not being able to join a major road, access a roundabout or join/leave a motorway.

Remember everything of value has its price

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Honouring our war heroes is seemingly unpopular. But people everywhere forget the freedoms we have today were never free. Everything of value has its price.

Hopefully pilot scheme will benefit customers

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Last Sunday (September 7), East Oxford Delivery Office began a pilot of Sunday opening. The initiative is designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.

All vehicles should obey the rules of the road

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

It is to be hoped the that suggestion by Mr Tanner that cyclists should be allowed to ride the wrong way down one way streets is rejected out of hand.

How much longer will we enjoy our freedom?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

I read with total disgust the Oxford Mail of Saturday, August 30, about a man having to remove the Union flag.

Great care and dedication helped save my little granddaughter’s life

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

All too often I have heard people ready to slate and run the John Radcliffe down.

A taxing issue for those who have to pay car fee

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The news that the supply and display of the road tax disc is to be discontinued to save £10 million pounds a year made me smile.

Spelling it out for those who will miss library

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

I wonder if Sophie Brough (letters August 14) saw the notice in Headington Library when it was closed for the installation of the new lift.

Difficult to protect the riders on our streets

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

In being “polemical” and ending by asking “how many bus drivers, or for that matter, car or motor lorry drivers have been killed by cyclists in Oxford”, Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch is inviting a reply. This must be that it is not the drivers, but the vehicles that are responsible, just as some cyclists, and not bicycles, are responsible for accidents. In fact, drivers sometimes anticipate and save cyclists from the consequences of their irresponsible cycling. It is pleasing to note that some schools are now providing training for cyclists.

Do not judge this judge over obvious observation

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

It is indeed a sad day when a recently retired British judge anticipates being pilloried, albeit figuratively, for not only speaking the truth, but also declaring the patently obvious.

Money on Frideswide revamp would be better spent on resurfacing roads

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The treasurer of the Oxford Green Party, Dr Hazel Dawe is against any thought of opening up Cornmarket Street to buses and quite rightly so.

Reader running an issue up the flagpole for us

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 8th September 2014

Regarding the letter (Sepetember 2) concerning Christopher Bishop and his daring to fly the Union Flag in the face of a complaint, go to Tower Hamlets, a British borough of the British city of London, where you could find – flying from the town hall – the flag of Palestine.

Bill can make things better for world’s poor

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 8th September 2014

It’s rare that MPs get the chance to help the world’s poorest people simply by turning up to work.

Poor turnout lets down this election result

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 8th September 2014

For an election to be legitimate, voters must be able to take part.

Use some of £35m to help encourage cyclists

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 8th September 2014

The recent award of £35m in Government funds to help alleviate congestion between Witney and Oxford is surely a welcome investment for all who rely on the western approach to the city.

Independence debate should not just be about the financial aspects

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 8th September 2014

The Scottish referendum debate regularly refers to maintaining the Great in GB as well as ‘Better Together’.

You have to have a flagpole to fly a flag

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

I’m afraid Mr Alan Patterson (There is no law against flying our nation’s flag’, September 2) you are wrong. In these circumstances you have to have a flagpole to fly a flag and to have a flagpole you have to have planning approval.

Let us celebrate this historic Oxford name

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

For at least 2,000 years, presumably since before the Romans learned the name from the local Celts they found here, the Isis has been the local name here in Oxford for the River Thames – indeed should be so as far as meeting the River Thame at Dorchester. In Oxford we have been so proud of that, and many of our institutions and organisations bear the name. It is the name of the second Oxford crew in the boat race; it is the name of a host of local businesses and clubs; and it has been hijacked.

Street would become more polluted and noisy

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

To reintroduce buses to the Cornmarket will return a primary retail street to the unpleasant and dangerous quagmire it was before.

Residents must be aware of this scheme’s issues

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

Our Witney community is under considerable threat. We would encourage you to tell WODC: s No significant development should be allowed in the floodplain or watercourses immediately above the town. Water retention action is required now and it is bizarre to believe that 1,000 houses could pay for what is required and not add to the problem. If you have been subject to flooding then you need to be aware of what will happen to your home or business in the future if this development is permitted.

This summer’s debate has exposed tensions between two key claims

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

Writing as an early-taking, resit-improved student of English language O-Level, I sympathise with certain schools’ reluctance to publish anything other than final grades achieved by young people who may have had two or more bites at the maths and English cherries in their GCSE exams.

Only history can judge high cost of meddling

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

DERRICK Holt rightly questions the apparent contradictions of US policy (‘I can’t see how this would work out at all,’ August 8).

Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

CYCLING around the potholes along the Cowley Road recently, admiring that prevalent new art form that should be called ‘Impressionist road marking’, it occurred to me that the powers that be are no longer treating our road system as sustainable.

We are indeed better off together and united

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

LET'S hope the residents of Scotland have the good sense to stay within the British family. A vote to separate will damage jobs, the currency and pensions. A tiny state within the European Union will have little or no influence on the big decisions.

We do not have any traffic calming measures

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

I AM writing concerning your story about traffic speed in Kennington (September 2).

A tram service that ran along a circular route could solve issues

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE demand from bus companies and others to restore some through bus routes along Cornmarket (August 28) is understandable, but it poses a painful dilemma for transport planners who can claim substantial environmental and aesthetic benefits from removing all motor traffic from this street.

All that town needs is a revival of retail sector

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

I won’t be losing much sleep over the closure of the Cross Keys pub in Abingdon. It’s sad to see the demise of any decent pub but the Cross Keys wasn’t up to scratch really, lined up against some fierce competition. When I called in some years ago it was full of televisions and closed at lunchtime. Flats are proposed on a redeveloped site. Good idea. We need more homes.

Letting buses back into Cornmarket is a mistake

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

To return traffic to Cornmarket would be a major retrograde step, in my view. Since pedestrianisation, it is a pleasure to see residents and visitors thronging the street and enjoying the buskers.

This is not quite the same as an actual park

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

As part of the Northern Gateway consultation, Oxford City Council gave an option of using the city-wide standard of at least 10 per cent of the site area that is developed for housing as public open space.

Council’s contradictory messages on essential infrastructure funding

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Oxford is surprised to see the statement by the leader of the city council, Bob Price, in the Oxford Mail (August 30) that a £12m funding bid for road improvements at Pear Tree/Northern Gateway was turned down by the Government because it was “not listed as a priority”.

Gaza is ignored while WWI stories abound

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Apart from a one-sentence letter, ‘Cameron threatens Putin but not a word on Netanyahu’ (29 July), there have been no letters published or comments made in the Oxford Mail about Gaza where 1,865 people or one per cent of the Arab population was slaughtered in less than four weeks.

Gathering memories of Rolling Stones city gig

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

It’s 50 years since the Rolling Stones played a show at Oxford’s Town Hall as part of their rise to become perhaps Britain’s most well known group after The Beatles and certainly its most long lasting.






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