Priorities are real concern

This Is Wiltshire:

11:05am Monday 21st July 2014

I WAS so concerned to hear of the proposed 40 per cent cut to Swindon Children’s Centres (£770,000) with the result that more than half of them are to close.

Crossing fears

This Is Wiltshire:

11:02am Monday 21st July 2014

THANK you for reporting on the dangerous situation facing pedestrians attempting to cross the road at the Regent Circus development.

Control influx

This Is Wiltshire:

10:59am Monday 21st July 2014

IMMIGRATION is good for Britain and all immigrants contribute to the economy of this country, but it still needs to be controlled.

Failing children

This Is Wiltshire:

10:58am Monday 21st July 2014

TORIES are very good at reaching “difficult decisions” – especially if it doesn’t affect them!

Beware of quarries

This Is Wiltshire:

10:55am Monday 21st July 2014

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

Golf course worry

This Is Wiltshire:

10:54am Monday 21st July 2014

THE decision to hand over the town’s leisure facilities – including the poorly thought out decision to allow an unproven operator take over the ‘jewel in the crown’, Broome Manor Golf complex – was made many weeks ago and no amount of lobbying was going to change the mindset of the administration.

Recycling woes

This Is Wiltshire:

10:53am Monday 21st July 2014

TODAY was waste collection day in my area. As I had received a great deal of strong cardboard packaging lately I asked my son to break it up and fold it so I could put it out for collection. This was done, but ALL of it was left at my front gate.

Euro-sceptics on rise

This Is Wiltshire:

10:50am Monday 21st July 2014

MAY I congratulate the Swindon MP Robert Buckland on his promotion from the back benches into the ranks of the Government?

Help save the bus pass

This Is Wiltshire:

10:49am Monday 21st July 2014

I’M writing to invite all readers, old and young, to sign the Love the Bus Pass petition, and help the campaign reach 100,000 signatures by the end of August (currently we’re on 44,950).

Candles for the fallen

This Is Wiltshire:

10:49am Monday 21st July 2014

“THE lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Tributes to dead stars

This Is Wiltshire:

10:48am Monday 21st July 2014

THE Beeb has launched the BBC Music Awards. A request has been made to include special posthumous awards to pop stars killed in car crashes while on tour of the UK.

Young citizens praised

This Is Wiltshire:

10:47am Monday 21st July 2014

LAST Friday, I once again had the opportunity of attending the final day of the Junior Good Citizen project, which is held in Potterne every year for two weeks.

Political hot potato

This Is Wiltshire:

10:46am Monday 21st July 2014

THE issue of whether or not Wiltshire and Dorset fire services should merge seems to be getting ever more politicised. As the Independent member of the Wiltshire authority I have two observations to make.

No choice on parking

2:47pm Friday 18th July 2014

I HAVE just received a letter from Karen Holton, the neighbourhood housing officer, regarding the parking of cars on the grass verges in the street where I live.

Stop animal testing

1:20pm Friday 18th July 2014

LIKE thousands of others around the country, I am deeply concerned that the number of animal experiments in Britain is continuing to rise, despite the availability of alternatives.

Real youth of today

1:18pm Friday 18th July 2014

HOW many times have you gone into a shop and been served by someone with a moody, couldn’t-care-less attitude, or a rude person that can’t say thank you?

Badger cull a failure

1:15pm Friday 18th July 2014

LAST year, I read in the Adver that many people were against the field badger cull and some were for it.

Musician is missed

1:12pm Friday 18th July 2014

I WAS so sad to receive a text on Monday night from my son informing me of Gerry Hunt’s battle with cancer coming to a sad end.

Parish council facts

1:11pm Friday 18th July 2014

I ADD my support to Chris Barry’s defence of parish councils (Adver, July 16).

Remember MP's role

1:09pm Friday 18th July 2014

I READ with interest yesterday about Robert Buckland’s promotion to Solicitor General.

Museum much better

3:58pm Friday 18th July 2014

I RECENTLY paid a visit to the museum and art gallery in Bath Road, something I haven’t done for a couple of years, as the last time I visited I felt very unwelcome and vowed I wouldn’t visit again.

Nastiness all around

3:56pm Friday 18th July 2014

IN REPLY to Terry Hayward, (SA July 7) where he likens the major parties to the two ugly sisters in the pantomime Cinderella, in the original story the ugly sisters tried to mutilate their feet in order for them to fit the slipper.

Sort out college now

3:54pm Friday 18th July 2014

I WISH people would stop being so negative about converting historic buildings for other use (SA July 9). Swindon Civic Voice has objected to the conversion of the old Victorian college in Victoria Road, saying that there are better uses than housing.

Don't give away our great golf facilities

3:50pm Friday 18th July 2014

AT THE full council meeting on Thursday, July 17, the Labour Group will be proposing to exclude Broome Manor and Highworth Golf courses from being transferred on long-term leases to a private company chosen by the administration of the council.

A real bonus for Bats

3:47pm Friday 18th July 2014

SWINDON Bats would like to thank all the generous people who donated to our collection at the Co-operative store in Old Town on July 11. We raised an excellent amount of £120.45 and this money will go towards paying for activities of the visually impaired group in Swindon.

Maggie’s no different

3:46pm Friday 18th July 2014

ONE must always be concerned about child abuse and nobody should be allowed to go unpunished even for historical crimes, such as those committed by Rolf Harris and others.

A sizeable subject

3:44pm Friday 18th July 2014

DOES size really matter when it comes to doing the business? I felt a recent national debate in the insurance sector hit the spot when it said a ‘fresh and innovative approach’ rewards collaborative and flexible firms, but not perhaps in the way that was intended. The implication from some quarters is clearly ‘small firms good; big firms bad’ when it comes to such laudable attributes as collaboration and flexibility; which brings us to the old chestnut – does size matter?

From hero to zero

3:41pm Friday 18th July 2014

IN REPLY to another daily rant from Mr Warner (he does love figures), he didn’t mention that last week the Labour Party put out 23 press releases and yet didn’t mention once the strike on Thursday.

Smirch on Rosa Parks

3:38pm Friday 18th July 2014

CAN I urge C J Meek to read and familiarise himself with the life and times of Rosa Parks, ‘Where’s our Rosa Parks?’ (SA July 14). Rosa Parks, like thousands of other black Americans and black African Americans, went through what can only be described as a living hell to get equal rights.

College’s bold face

3:36pm Friday 18th July 2014

I DO have a problem with the way the New College Team are gathering the evidence for demand required by the Department of Education for their proposed new school.

Parish council merits

3:34pm Friday 18th July 2014

Ian Hunt’s letter (SA July 15) queried the relevance of parish councils. I was a parish councillor in Chiseldon for many years; I would maintain that it was an extremely useful body.

Cocooned in public sector

3:30pm Friday 18th July 2014

I HAVE viewed the recent coverage of the public sector workers’ strike with interest. A ‘1 per cent increase is not worth a can of beans’, one slogan said.

Slaves to system

3:28pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE Nasty Party’s announcement of a ban on strikes is another predictable step in their long-term plan to inflict third-world working conditions on British workers.

Great care at GWH

3:27pm Friday 18th July 2014

I RECENTLY had the misfortune to end up in GWH where I resided for three days. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff on Falcon Ward for the excellent care I received and to all the staff including the paramedics that made my journey to the ward as quick and as uneventful as possible.

Enjoy these years

3:25pm Friday 18th July 2014

EVERY year I always look forward to the Advertiser’s supplement of the Proms (SA July 15) and this year was as good as ever. All of the Swindon/district young people were well turned out, the women breathtaking and the men handsome.

Victorian values

3:23pm Friday 18th July 2014

I RESPOND to the letter of July 9, ‘Housing unfairness’.

Lord Hill who?

3:22pm Friday 18th July 2014

WHO is Lord Hill? This is the question that everyone is asking in Britain and Europe, after David Camreon appointed our new Commissioner to the European Union.

Gender on agenda

3:20pm Friday 18th July 2014

DAVID Cameron has promoted a number of women in the latest reshuffle of his ministers.

A tongue-lashing

3:19pm Friday 18th July 2014

STEVE Nibbs employs a remarkable method in his letters and his latest exchange with Martin Webb is no exception.

Public destruction

3:17pm Friday 18th July 2014

WITH reference to your report ‘Workers rally round for big day of action’ (SA, July 11) I was one of the estimated one million public sector workers who went on strike.

Clear up is a job well done

3:12pm Friday 18th July 2014

IT is good to see the Community Payback team in action in the town as outlined in the excellent reports from Dominic Gilbert and Elizabeth Mackley (SA July 10).

Heart care pledge

3:10pm Friday 18th July 2014

AS Medical Director for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, I feel extremely privileged to lead a team of highly skilled and compassionate health professionals delivering highly complex care to hundreds of patients every day.

Naval tales sought

3:07pm Friday 18th July 2014

WE are still looking for those who served on HMS Ocean, the shore base, HMS Collingwood, HMS Relentless and many more, with some lovely stories.

Amused by MP

3:04pm Friday 18th July 2014

IT was amusing to read MP James Gray’s comments regarding the debate over the future of the fire service.

Open door to help

2:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

ON behalf of Doorway, the Wiltshire charity, I would like to thank everyone in Malmesbury who supported our street collection and cake stall on Friday, June 20.

Where’s our Rosa?

2:57pm Friday 18th July 2014

AM I the only one whose perception suggests that the white indigenous population of Great Britain is being pushed to the back of the queue? Where is our white Rosa Parks?

Vote for Cinders

2:56pm Friday 18th July 2014

IN reply to Terry Hayward (July 7) where he likens the major parties to the two ugly sisters in the pantomime Cinderella.

Bring back noose

2:55pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE lowest form of human life has once again hit the media at national level, as well as an alleged stalking case locally.

It all adds up...

2:51pm Friday 18th July 2014

AFTER a year as Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney must be feeling the pressure; his efforts are not getting a good press.

Loos are a nightmare

This Is Wiltshire:

12:37pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

LAST night I had my recurring nightmare again. My nightmare dream is that I am searching for a toilet and cannot find one.

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