Your letters, December 19, 2013

We have a full postbag of your letters on a range of views
We have a full postbag of your letters on a range of views

Your Views - here are the letters published in the Harborough Mail on December 19, 2013.

As usual, there are lots of views and opinions on a host of subjects in this week’s Mail. If you would like to have your say on any of these issues, please contact the editor using one of the methods mentioned at the bottom of this story.

CINEMA: This plan seems to be doomed

After the recent debacle of the People’s Millions vote when the Harborough Screen entry scored the sixth lowest vote in England, isn’t it time the management committee answered some questions?

This dilapidated ex-lorry is an eyesore to the town and an embarrassment.

For five years we have been promised this cinema, which sounded great.

We now have Marion Lewis telling us they need a digital projector to enable us to watch new movies as the old projector isn’t up to scratch.

And they failed to get the public interested by getting 0.25 per cent of the town to vote.

Does this mean that the cinema is going to subject us to wearing headphones while watching old films one can rent or buy ourselves?

With the advent of cheaper mega-TVs, I think it would be preferable to stay at home and watch an older film without having to pay, walk outside to a toilet block and sit in a lorry.

I challenge the committee to tell us this.

If the members who paid money for family seats or corporate seats all pulled out – goodness knows who remembers if they are members – would this project go bankrupt?

When was the last time members were contacted and asked if they wanted to wear headphones ? Never.

It’s a shame this hasn’t worked.

Lastly, look at the findings from an American university.

Interestingly, they found that all five music players output very similar sound levels, especially at the highest volume levels. The highest volumes can be so dangerous that the researchers only recommend listening at those levels a few minutes a day, if at all.

With complexes being opened in Corby soon, this is doomed.

W Weedon, Harborough

RATS: Town needs to find a Pied Piper

Will the Pied Piper of Market Harborough make an appearance before the council does something about the rats in Market Harborough?

I don’t know if anyone else has spotted them, along with the otters and heron from other readers’ stories, but I think we are close to being infested.

My wife Mariel and I have spotted many rats around the bridge at St Mary’s Place in the town.

I don’t think there is a lot you can do about the swimming rats, but there are many others that are living around sewer pipes, and before long they will greatly increase in numbers.

Rats have a gestation period of 21 days and can produce 50 to 70 offspring.

So will the council act before the Pied Piper is called in?

Daniel Bronson, by email

SCHOOL: Thankful for help of Robert Smyth

I fully agree with the letter by David Cornwell in the December 5 edition of the Harborough Mail.

It is very easy to see the latest Ofsted report for Robert Smyth Academy as a complete negative, because only that part makes news, and brings down what is a very good school.

Like David, we have three children who have gone through the school. The first one starting in 1993 and the last one finishing in 2009.

Over that period the school has improved vastly and great progress has been made. We, too, are so grateful to the Performing arts department, particularly Helle Petersen and the music staff who were such an encouragement to our youngest son, helping him to achieve his dream of studying music further in London.

We, too, were privileged to see We Will Rock You last week.

To say the performance was amazing would be the understatement of the year!

All the concerts, musicals and recitals we have been to at the school have been superb, but this outshone everything.

I echo David Cornwell – well done cast and crew, and well done Robert Smyth Academy.

Linda Beynon, Fleckney

MESSAGE: Some challenges and successes

It is traditional at Christmas and New Year to take stock, reflect on the year that has been as well as looking forward to the year ahead.

This year has not been without its challenges. The period of austerity continues as we begin to set our budgets for 2014.

We continue to look to save whilst delivering the services residents want at the best possible value.

Many residents were also hit with devastating flooding earlier in the year but I am pleased with the response to this and the work that’s being done to mitigate the effects of it happening again.

We’ve had some great community events like Super Saturday, which celebrated our Olympic heroes, Love Your Local Market, The Big Lunch, Harborough by the Sea, School Games and carnivals, to name but a few.

This year has also uncovered the wealth of resident and work place talent that lies within our district.

Frances Quinn baked her way to success in the Great British Bake Off and Sam Bailey, a Gartree Prison officer, has demonstrated her world class talent in winning the X Factor.

Our congratulations and admiration go out to both of them; but let’s not forget the immensely talented yet equally dedicated individuals, who may never see their names in the headlines but give their time, energy and voluntary dedication to supporting groups and organisations that make the district one of the best places to live in the country!

I was really pleased with the fantastic support shown for the recent Small Business Saturday initiative.

This event coincided with the first of our three free days of Saturday parking in the Harborough district, leading up to Christmas.

It was great to hear and see reports of busy high streets.

I hope local businesses across the district can continue to reap the benefits of this initiative and consumers carry on buying local.

I was also very heartened by the impressive turn out of people at the Christmas lights switch-ons and Late Night Shopping events in the district.

Occasions like this are not just good for the promotion of our shopping communities but they help to bring communities closer together by bringing out the best in them.

You may have heard that work to The Symington Building has been completed early, three weeks ahead of schedule, and that council staff – and others – are now preparing to move back into the building.

I am really looking forward to this fantastic community building – with library, museum, shops and other services – opening for the public in the New Year.

Lastly, I do hope, not just over the next few days, that people will watch out for any elderly and vulnerable neighbours, especially those who may be alone at this time of year.

This is particularly important as the weather turns colder.

In the true spirit of Christmas we should all try to reach out to those who may be in need at this time of year and do what we are able.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a very healthy and happy 2014.

Cllr Blake Pain, leader of Harborough District Council

THANK YOU: Town’s people are so very kind

Could I please thank the kind person who found my car/home keys in the High Street on Saturday and handed them in.

Also I would like to thank the council workers who assisted in their recovery.

Market Harborough is great when it comes to acts of kindness.

Jackie May, by email

CHILDREN IN NEED: Antiques event raised large sum

Following a successful evening at the Harborough Theatre recently, where I provided a talk on antique jewellery & gems, a sum of £550 was raised from ticket sales for BBC Children in Need. A big thank you to all those that attended, and a happy Christmas to all.

Tim Thornton, TJ Thornton Ltd, Market Harborough

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