Not so Grand race

This Is Wiltshire:

1:47pm Friday 18th April 2014

ANYONE who has knowledge of equines and cares for their welfare would not support such events as the so-called Grand National.

No time to waste

This Is Wiltshire:

1:46pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE latest UN Climate Report warns us that the world is heading towards catastrophic climate change but that if we take concerted action now we can avoid such a fate.

Asbestos warning

This Is Wiltshire:

1:46pm Friday 18th April 2014

Emmerdale’s latest storyline featuring a young girl diagnosed with mesothelioma is welcome, as it helps organisations like the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) challenge the commonly held view that asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma are a thing of the past and an old man’s disease – when thanks to asbestos, nothing could be further from the truth.

No say over schools

This Is Wiltshire:

1:45pm Friday 18th April 2014

I was quite surprised to read the article about another free secondary school to be opened in the very near future, although it hasn’t a site.

UFO photos sought

This Is Wiltshire:

3:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I am a retired police officer from the West Midlands who has spent the last 20 years cataloguing and writing up reports of British UFO activity between the periods 1940 to the present date.

Well done runners

This Is Wiltshire:

3:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

May I, through your letters page, congratulate the Swindon runners in the London Marathon last weekend.

Police failed badly

This Is Wiltshire: News bites

3:39pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I was disgusted with the attitude of the police concerning the accident on Great Western Way on Monday morning.

Thanks for helping

This Is Wiltshire:

3:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I am writing to thank you and your readers for the support you’ve shown so far for the South West British Heart Foundation shops’ Spring Clear Out campaign.

Bad news on jobs

This Is Wiltshire:

3:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This has been a very bad month for Swindon regarding job losses in the town.

Volunteers needed

This Is Wiltshire:

3:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Barnardo’s is looking to recruit new volunteers in Wiltshire in a bid to help the charity continue its life-changing work across the county.

Culture is wrong

This Is Wiltshire:

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

For too long the process of dealing with official complaints has been too opaque, too slow and not fit for purpose “enabling” conduct that would be addressed in most other walks of life. If the system was better the situation with the Mayor should never have arisen.

Here's a blooming good idea

This Is Wiltshire: Here's a blooming good idea

1:36pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Referrence the recent letter about the potholes in Swindon, may I respectfully suggest that this could be the solution we are looking for? Over to you!

No time for apathy

This Is Wiltshire:

1:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The recent elections in Afghanistan saw an estimated 70 per cent of Afghans turn out to vote for a new president, defying threats of bombing, kidnapping and murder to take part in the elections.

De-clutter out streets

This Is Wiltshire:

1:32pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I am very disappointed at the level of street clutter on the High Street recently.

Long-suffering fans

This Is Wiltshire:

1:32pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I noticed there was a recent survey showing football’s longest suffering fans.

Support medical bill

This Is Wiltshire:

1:31pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I’m writing to appeal to your readers to get involved and show their support for The Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill before the consultation ends on April 27.

Loss of a rich legacy

This Is Wiltshire:

1:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

We hear that our leisure centres, golf courses and playing fields are to be gifted away leaving future generations no control over what should have been a rich legacy, and losing control of Lydiard Mansion and park would be a massive insult to the people of Swindon.

Rejection of beliefs

This Is Wiltshire:

11:41am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Tacit approval by senior clerics in the Church of England of gay marriage, in contravention of Holy writ and the laws of nature will result in the following: Large numbers will sever their allegiance to the C of E; many will convert to the Roman Catholic Church and Islamic faiths, and still more will reject all religious beliefs.

Today's lost souls

This Is Wiltshire:

11:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014

In the great order of things, life may seem a very long time, but in reality we are all here on this mortal coil a very short time.

The best in the west

This Is Wiltshire:

11:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Congratulations to WBLOS for a thoroughly entertaining Oklahoma. A great team effort and once again imaginative use of the Memorial Hall. Special praise too for MD Richard Abrams and his 15 talented young musicians who are clearly already experienced in orchestral music and obviously enjoyed being part of the show.

Salute to the mayor

This Is Wiltshire:

11:39am Tuesday 15th April 2014

It was with sadness that I read the Adver of 11 April, where on page 4 was an article regarding apologies from the Mayor.

Drivers all shook up

This Is Wiltshire: News bites

11:39am Tuesday 15th April 2014

There is a lovely bit of new road in Marlow Avenue, Park North but the speed bumps are too big.

What more to damage?

This Is Wiltshire:

11:38am Tuesday 15th April 2014

I am sure a touch of irony was intended in your report on the recent fire at the Locarno site in Swindon’s Old Town (SA 12 April p5). How else to explain the comment “A sharp eyed passer by managed to prevent any serious damage to the Locarno by alerting fire crews to smoke coming from the building”.

Park totally at home

This Is Wiltshire:

11:38am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Re your front page of April 9, ‘The big dig begins’, concerning Coate Water, may I please make the following points?

Bear with vital work on town's sewers

This Is Wiltshire: Letters to the editor

4:53pm Monday 14th April 2014

I know there are a number of people complaining about the work being done by Thames Water on upgrading Swindon’s sewer system, and I happen to be one of the motorists inconvenienced on a daily basis by the congestion caused around the Bruce Street Bridges where work is ongoing.

Mark a rail milestone

This Is Wiltshire: Letters to the editor

1:23pm Monday 14th April 2014

I wonder if the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Marlborough of GWR trains from Savernake Junction should be recorded.

MPs are scroungers

This Is Wiltshire:

1:22pm Monday 14th April 2014

An MP has again admitted their role in theft and fraud from public funds and has got the full support of the Prime Minister in their actions.

Taxpayers lose again

This Is Wiltshire:

1:21pm Monday 14th April 2014

Last week the railway line to the south west of England at Dawlish Warren was restored by Network Rail permanent way engineers ahead of schedule, which was a truly amazing, Herculean achievement in the face of such adversity.

No action on potholes

This Is Wiltshire:

1:21pm Monday 14th April 2014

On March 22 at 2.57pm I told Swindon Council about a pothole in Carstairs Avenue and Cranmore Road, ref: 0395-2457. The council put a yellow marker around it.

Our world's in a mess

This Is Wiltshire:

1:20pm Monday 14th April 2014

Qualmy, queasy and querulous understate the quandaries I’m currently feeling. Possibly destined to become one of Great Britain’s 14,000 centenarians ought to be a privilege but I may depart with our world in its worst mess since World War II.

Thank you to angels

This Is Wiltshire: Letters to the editor

1:19pm Monday 14th April 2014

I have never written to any paper before but this is something I wanted to do. I recently spent four weeks in the Great Western Hospital in Neptune Ward. Not only did they save my life, but I couldn’t have been treated better had I been royalty.

Evils of Capitalism

This Is Wiltshire:

1:19pm Monday 14th April 2014

George Humphries and Harold Rushden wrote to say Capitalism is the only system which can work and that “man is inherently greedy and selfish”. Mr Rushden says we have a natural inclination to capitalism.

Sign up for cut in tax

This Is Wiltshire:

1:18pm Monday 14th April 2014

I am writing to you today about the new tax cut for businesses and charities that started on April 6.

Answer please

This Is Wiltshire: Letters to the editor

11:24am Monday 14th April 2014

I attended the SBC Scrutiny Committee on Monday and told the meeting that I hadn’t received any prior notice of the Croft Consultation despite being in the immediate area and despite the fact a small area of my and my neighbours front gardens, which is owned by SBC and over which we have access to our front doors, was included in the sale contract for the Croft Leisure Centre.

Resignation call

This Is Wiltshire: Letters to the editor

11:22am Monday 14th April 2014

It appears that even at this stage , our Mayor is unable to understand the seriousness of what he said.

Problem of Maria

This Is Wiltshire:

12:27pm Friday 11th April 2014

I am annoyed. It is seemingly OK for MPs like Maria Miller to scam thousands out of the tax payer, while ordinary people are sent to jail if they make a similar mistake with their benefits claim (although they’d have to be doing it for decades to get as much). Nobody seems to agree on what to do with Miller, so here’s a suggestion:

Lawyers will profit

This Is Wiltshire:

12:29pm Friday 11th April 2014

Whilst sympathising with the sentiments in regard to Robert Buckland’s proposed ‘Cinderella’ law, my view, for what it’s worth, is that the only winners if this law becomes a reality would be lawyers.

Judge at judges

This Is Wiltshire:

12:28pm Friday 11th April 2014

Yet again our local judiciary pass a wholly inappropriate sentence on a local drug dealer who was also carrying a knife. The learned judge observed that the knife was not being carried for any criminal purpose. Perhaps he would like to tell us to what lawful use a butterfly knife can be put?

Only way to run parks

This Is Wiltshire:

12:27pm Friday 11th April 2014

ublic parks have always been run at public expense and cannot be adequately funded any other way, yet Swindon Council say that Lydiard Park can be quasi-privatised by having it run by a not for profit organisation.

I definitely smell a rat

This Is Wiltshire:

12:26pm Friday 11th April 2014

Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s resignation has just been announced.

Target politicians

This Is Wiltshire:

12:25pm Friday 11th April 2014

You reported that unemployed people are to be treated “like adults” (Swindon Advertiser, April 9). That was a quote from a UK Government minister.

Stifling education

This Is Wiltshire:

12:21pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Graham Carter’s column on education on Monday was spot on. I too read with horror the words of Michael Wilshaw (OFSTED chief) insisting pre-school age children be prepared for school.

Important principles

This Is Wiltshire:

12:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

What bizarre comments from Councillor Bawden.

No need to be elected

This Is Wiltshire:

12:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

I am responding with deep concern to the article “Go on, stand up and be counted” of April 5, in which members of the newly formed group, Better Swindon, were instructed by retiring Councillor Mike Bawden to get themselves elected to the council if they wanted to achieve anything. Sadly, much of Mike’s rhetoric was derogatory.

Outside of politics

This Is Wiltshire:

12:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Councillor Bawden has challenged ‘Better Swindon’ to put up or shut up, on the grounds that if we want a mandate we should try to get elected.

SNAFU is my name

This Is Wiltshire:

1:29pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

I was surprised to find G A Woodward had not heard the term ‘SNAFU.

Cemetery rubbish tip

This Is Wiltshire:

1:29pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

On Sunday 30 March, I went to put flowers on my mother’s grave at Kingsdown Crematorium. There were lots of people all putting lovely flowers etc on their family graves. It was a sorry sight to see the bins overflowing with dead flowers and wreaths all around them, as the public had tried to do right and be tidy. Surely staff could have kept the bins cleaned out or provided more bins on that special day of the year? People don’t want to think it’s a rubbish tip where they have laid their families to rest.

At that uncertain age

This Is Wiltshire:

1:28pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

In reply to Mike Chivers’ letter of 5 April, my apologies to him for getting his age wrong in my review in the Swindon Advertiser, of Sheila and Friends at the Arts Centre. Unfortunately Mike, like the muppet I am, I misread certain information I had. I cannot comment on Mrs Thompson getting it wrong as I don't know her sources.

Floral horse poser

This Is Wiltshire:

1:27pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Further to the letter of April 8 about the spring is sprung message written in daffodils on the dual carriageway, which we look out for every year, does anyone remember the Uffington White Horse which was picked out in white crocuses on a bank nearby?

Abandon gaz guzzlers

This Is Wiltshire:

1:26pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It’s a pity the nameless, blind critics of the Whalebridge regeneration programme in your Your Say of 4 April cannot see the bigger picture. I I see the dark smelly bus station (a disgraceful first impression for visitors to our town) gone! The equally dark and smelly and dangerous car park adjacent to the car park, gone, thankfully now closed!






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