Your letters, February 27, 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 27, 2014.

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

STORMS: We may not be so lucky next time

Fortunately, we in Market Harborough have escaped the worst of the recent storms, but next time we may not be so lucky.

Perhaps now is the time for our planners to reconsider the advisability of building 1,500 new houses to the west and north-west of our town.

At present most of the rainfall here is absorbed by the land, but the huge area of concrete and tarmac generated by 1,500 houses would result in a great deal of extra surface water, all of which would drain, as the builders predict, in the direction of the unnamed tributary of the River Welland which flows southwards from close to the A4067 Leicester Road, passing through the proposed Davidsons development and then alongside existing housing before joining the river south of the A4304.

So all of this extra water will be added to the River Welland before it flows through the centre of town.

Can our flood defences cope?

David Leech, Market Harborough

HEALTH: Cost of a doctor’s signature is so high

Our doctors perform a wonderful service. When we are at our lowest point, they are the ones we turn to.

They show compassion and understanding; offer help and support.

For this, they are well paid, by us, the taxpayer.

Why then, do they feel the need to charge us £42 to fill in and sign a one-page form?

No visit, no advice, just a signature. Don’t they earn enough?

David Tomlinson, Market Harborough

GOOD SAMARITANS: So many people were so helpful

Through the columns of the Mail I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to a small group of people – all unknown to me – who came to my aid on February 19 when I fainted in Mistrys car park.

To Angela, who discovered me and held my hand reassuringly while awaiting the ambulance; to the lady from Mistrys who called the ambulance; to the Three Swans Hotel, who provided me with blankets as I lay on the ground; and Daniel, from Mistrys, who took off his coat and laid it over me before the blankets arrived.

And lastly, to the paramedics who gently took me into the ambulance and professionally gave me the once-over.

My grateful thanks to you all.

Catherine Vickery, Market Harborough

THANK YOU: Everyone so kind after town fall

I would like to thank all the people who came to my help when I fell in Market Harborough last week.

The staff at Subway were very kind.

A special thank you to the lady who stayed until the ambulance arrived.

Pauline Fitzsimmons, by hand

TOWN: Taking pride in our appearance

After reading the letter from June Haycock in the Mail (“I wonder what we are paying for”, February 20), I must take issue with her, regarding the comment “Market Harborough is looking decidedly scruffy”.

As a frequent shopper here, I have always found that all roads into the town and the centre itself are kept scrupulously clean by those that do it.

I know one chap, Ryan, in particular, who takes a pride in what he does, in all weathers, and I applaud both him and his dedicated colleagues.

I might add – if certain individuals didn’t ignore the bins and throw their litter on the road, pavements and in doorways, it would not require picking up!

Malcolm C Tagg, Wilbarston

POLITICS: Doing our best in some tough times

I wanted to respond to the letter from Jane Lewis in the Mail (February 13) headed “Uniting councils is a positive step”.

In the current challenging economic times, councils cannot invest money lightly.

The redevelopment of The Symington Building – and the Market Hall– although requiring investment in the short term, will result in gains for the taxpayer.

Money from the Government to prop up local authorities is diminishing.

We need to adapt if we are going to continue to provide the services people want.

The investment we have made in the last year maximises the use of our assets by allowing us to lease out space to generate income which can be put directly into frontline services.

It also results in a council that is financially sustainable and fit for the future.

The letter claims councillors have “little respect for putting money to good use”.

Clearly the opposite is true. Every decision we make aims to get the best value for taxpayers. Sometimes we need to invest to save in the long term.

Shrewd financial management has allowed us to freeze our share of the council tax for the fourth successive year so we are not passing on the financial burden of reduced Government funding to the taxpayer.

It’s also worth noting that we listened when people told us they wanted the council offices to remain in the town centre.

Regarding proposals to create a single unitary authority for Leicestershire: this is something that’s still to be debated and the impact on local people will be fundamental to these discussions.

In the meantime, we are working hard, in difficult times, to get the best for our residents.

Cllr Dr Paul Bremner, Harborough District Council

WAR: Listen to Tuggie’s story if you can

I was fascinated to read in last week’s Mail that Arthur Tugwell’s experiences in World War One are to be aired on BBC Radio Leicester (aired February 27, at 11am and 4pm).

As some people know, Tuggie (as we called him) and Ethel Tugwell were members of the Market Harborough Drama Society at Harborough Theatre for many years.

Ethel was a longtime director with us and Tuggie was a fine actor. I was lucky enough to see his last appearance on stage in the late 1970s.

However, his most memorable performance was at a theatre Halloween event.

When Tuggie began his story and said it was a true story from World War One, we were a bit disappointed, thinking it would be just an old soldier’s tale.

Tuggie’s account of the Christmas truce and the football game on that first Christmas of the Great War was the most amazing, moving and, yes, unexpected, I’ve ever heard.

Hairs stood up on the back of our necks and tears rolled down our faces.

He was a master storyteller and actor, but the truth of it all was very evident.

I was not the only one to have believed, until then, that the story was a myth.

We all told him he must get this on record, and he did.

At long last it will be heard by more than just his family and friends.

I remember that he made us see that there is goodness in mankind, which, of course, tended to be forgotten over two world wars.

Vivien Window, president of Market Harborough Drama Society

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