4:03pm Tuesday 28th February 2012
I cannot believe that motorists have not commented on the crazy situation that now exists if you wish to travel west in Fleming Way at the newly completed roundabout interception with Princes Street.
You now have to turn left and travel up Princes Street and turn right at The Courts across the dual carriageway (where three-way traffic lights have been installed). The result is, of course, total chaos where traffic builds up out of all proportion waiting to turn right, with the inevitable jam building up.
Much publicity has been given to unjustified bankers’ bonuses. Well, perhaps someone will question the taxpayers’ money being spent to pay the faceless, so-called traffic experts, who thought of this system, as it is absolute crazy and takes no account of traffic flow.
While on my soap box, could I convey my sincere sympathy to Mr Macpherson on receiving his ridiculous parking notice in connection with his so-called stationary offence in the car park behind Currys.
While it is tempting to let off steam at the car park attendant who took the photo, the real blame lies with the car park owners, whoever they may be.
They will, of course, hide behind the legality of their actions and we, the public, can go through the prescribed democratic channels to achieve change. In the short term it would be more effective to simply not use the car park.
I wish Mr Macpherson well with his ticket and can reassure him that a similar ticket issued to myself was rescinded.
Michael Jones Shrivenham
Union gravy train
I understand the union at the council only has 900 members representing only 40 per cent of the workforce.
How can this low number justify two full-time union reps?
At times of constraint it is right that all budget heads are scrutinised to see where money can be saved and it seems to me this proposal is a good example.
I do not believe two people can be employed full-time on union business as Swindon Council tries to communicate with its workers. It’s time gravy trains like this were stopped and if the members of the union want full time representation then let them pay for it.
David Glaholm Devon
I don’t know if anyone else has noticed queue jumping in Swindon town centre but I have and it’s very annoying when certain people push in front of you, even to the point to barge their way past you purposely when when someone else is close together with you, which is very rude.
I think they know they break the rules in doing this, but pretend to be oblivious to what they are doing.
I have noticed this in shops, the library and when you are in the queue for National Express. You have to use your manners these days!
Thomas Stanley Newhall Street, Swindon
I would like to let Barry Woodham (EA 22/02/12) know that he is not the only one concerned by the current water situation in the Swindon area. For some time now I have been wondering how we can possibly build more and more houses with no provision for the extra water needed by these developments. We have seen thousands of houses built in the Northern Expansion and now there is the Wichelstowe development, small developments like Akers Way and Ermin Street and plans for a very large development at Tadpole Farm to name just a few. Where will this extra water come from? Water is such a precious commodity and we cannot keep taking it from rivers which are already dry in parts. Surely it's time Swindon Borough Council, Thames Water and the Government took a step back and made our water requirements a priority before more building takes place.
Carol Bartlett Bowles Road, Swindon
Fight for the NHS
I feel very strongly that as an woman of 75, who fought for a better life in old age, is now struggling to hang on to something so necessary in today’s world.
Once again we have a Tory party up to their old games, of those who can afford it are OK and those who cannot, beg, just as they have done in the past.
It has always been the case with the NHS, which was always a thorn in the flesh of the Tories.
What is even more shocking is David Cameron stood on the platform at the last election and said the NHS was safe in their hands.
Well, now we have the evidence to prove he is dodgy. He tells you one thing and does the opposite.
I sincerely hope we have a few more people like June Hautot, who confronted Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. Let us show this Coalition there is still a bulldog out there willing to fight to save something so precious, such as the NHS. It’s worth fighting for.
Eunice Staples Upper Stratton, Swindon
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