Your letters, February 20, 2014

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 February 20, 2014.

As usual, there are lots of views and opinions on a host of subjects in this week’s Mail.

FLOODS: Show the victims the money now

Open letter to Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier. Perhaps you can’t imagine how it looks to an electorate in this country who are considering the scale of flood devastation in some areas.

Well, it looks like this: £600 million aid going to a foreign country to wage unceasing war on itself paid for by the British taxpayer or the offer of homing hundreds of needy UK people.

Constant media griping about the burden of the “aging population” on the British taxpayer, some of who will not actually be the drain on society that is predicted and most who have been a British taxpayer. It is not hard to imagine why voters are turning more to a party like UKIP.

I am watching my own people of all ages in destitute conditions, many are bound to lose their homes and their belongings, and your offer is what? I’ve think I’ve seen £130million so far. Does it step up to the mark?

I want to see more being done for the people with my money as a taxpayer. Farms will lose their crops, lambs and calves will die, the wildlife food chain is decimated and there will be dead animals everywhere when the floods recede.

The people of the flooded lands and the charities that are trying to cope; the farmers; the wildlife charities and the environment agencies. Show them the money.

Mrs L Morgan, Market Harborough

INDEPENDENCE: Why waste your breath on debate

I really do not understand why the Prime Minister David Cameron has bothered to waste his breath on the Scottish independence debate.

Those of us north of the border are very well aware that a “yes” vote will never happen as the majority are far too stupid to vote for it.

John Hein, by email

COUNCIL: I wonder what we are paying for

I was very concerned to read that our council is considering a cut in the grass cutting and cleaning services in the town, as these are already insufficient.

Market Harborough is looking decidedly scruffy and can only get worse if these cuts go ahead.

To attract people to the town it needs to look attractive!

I was further concerned when I rang the council to report a large, deep hole which had appeared in the middle of the road in Hearth Street.

It posed a very real threat to safety so I was amazed when I was told it wasn’t the responsibility of the council, and that they were not willing to report the damage, but said that I should contact Leicestershire council’s highways services.

Surely the safety of the townspeople should be the concern of our district council who, at the very least should have contacted the relevant department, instead of expecting someone to do their job for them.

It makes me wonder exactly what we are paying for.

June Haycock, Market Harborough

COUNCIL: Questioning cash spent on signs

I have to query Blake Pain and his fellow councillors’ decision to spend hard-earned taxpayers’ cash [£10,000] on posh new welcoming signs in times of great austerity and when everyone else is expected to tighten their belts.

Read the Mail’s archive story here from January 30, 2014: New signs to welcome motorists to the Harborough district.

It seems odd to me that no consultation has taken place with the county council to incorporate the Harborough District Council logo with their county boundary signs.

In Caldecott Road, Great Easton, we now have the Leicestershire County Council sign and more or less on top of it the gleaming Harborough sign, and in a rural setting, the least signage the better,

I would have thought. On top of this we have a plethora of damaged and decrepit road signs in the area which could do with either a spruce up or replacement or is that just the rusticity we should welcome out in the sticks?

The old adage “of waste not want not” comes to mind.

David Hankey, Great Easton

APPEAL: Could you help Marie Curie?

I am writing to call on Mail readers to help Marie Curie Cancer Care to set up a new volunteer fundraising group for Lutterworth.

Fundraising groups make an enormous difference locally by helping to raise the vital funds we need so that Marie Curie nurses can continue to provide free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.

By being part of Marie Curie’s new fundraising group, you will help by organising fundraising activities and collections in the local community, encouraging new volunteers to help the charity, as well as supporting Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and the Blooming Great Tea Party.

If you are interested in helping Marie Curie Cancer Care to set up a new volunteer group contact Carrie Seaton on 01604 258761 or carrie.seaton@mariecurie.org.uk for more information.

Carrie Seaton, Marie Curie community fundraiser for Leicestershire

BADGERS: Petition to stop cull in district

Mail readers may like to know a petition to Harborough District Council to stop the badger cull coming to Harborough has been launched very recently. The link is Save the Harborough Badgers from the culling.

Very many district and county councils own patches of land.

If councils bar the culling companies from the land they own they may actually stop Natural England authorising the killing of badgers in the area.

Every council badger killing ban also sends a powerful political signal to government that minister Owen Paterson’s badger cull must stop now.

See the badger vaccination site www.b-r-a-v-e.co.uk for more information about the UK-wide council petitions project – and sign the Harborough petition now.

Linda Whittern, by email

EPILEPSY: Help to celebrate international day

I am writing to ask Mail readers to support people with epilepsy and celebrate the international day of epilepsy awareness.

Purple Day, on Wednesday, March 26, is now in its sixth year and has fast become a fantastic way to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy.

Here at Epilepsy Action we are encouraging people to “turn their world purple” by swapping their ordinary suits, uniforms, or work wear for something purple in return for a donation.

There are also lots of other ways for people to get involved.

Previous fundraisers have painted themselves purple, eaten purple foods for the day, baked blackcurrant pies and had purple tea parties to name a few. The money raised from Purple Day will help Epilepsy Action to support the 43,000 people with epilepsy across the East Midlands.

Anyone wishing to take part in Purple Day can request a Purple-icious fundraising toolkit. It includes an official Epilepsy Action collection box, balloons, stickers and posters. It also features lots of useful tips to help you get started.

Every year, around 32,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy – that’s 87 every single day.

Every penny raised on Purple Day will help us to continue our vital work in supporting the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.

To request a fundraising toolkit, or for more information about other ways to get involved in Purple Day, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/purple or call 0113 210 8800.

Mail readers can find out more about living with epilepsy at our website www.epilepsy.org.uk.

Michael White, Epilepsy Action

OTTERS: Pleased to read about arrivals

We were pleased to read in your paper about the otters in Harborough and the photographs were certainly excellent.

See Mail’s archive picture gallery here: Otter Watch latest pictures.

It is certainly quite possible that the high water levels recently have made otters a bit more adventurous as they try to find food and somewhere to shelter.

We know that the flooding is having a serious effect on otters. People always assume they can cope because they can swim but they are only semi-aquatic and have to come out onto land. The young cannot swim from birth and as they are born at any time of the year there will be cubs around now. If they are very young then they will simply drown because they can’t leave the holt.

If they are a bit older they can swim to some extent but with the strength of the current they may well be swept away.

I do know that at least seven cubs have been found in January alone for this very reason. So if anyone reports a cub or otter in difficulty you are very welcome to contact us for advice.

We would recommend people do not approach the otter or try to feed it in any way.

For one thing, it is an offence to disturb an otter and also you don’t want to encourage it to approach people.

As I said, the otter is protected by law, and we need to keep them in the wild and avoid any risk to the animal or possibly to the public.

For more information join the IOSF mailing list at http://eepurl.com/bLTvv.

Grace M Yoxon, International Otter Survival Fund

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