Wild bees are vital to the ecosystem

Bucks Free Press: Conservationist: help save the honey bee

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I am concerned that in the UK and other northern European nations, bee colonies according to a recent EU study, are collapsing at a faster rate than in comparison to southern Europe countries like in Greece and Italy.

Craftsmen skills of WWII are no longer

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

4:14pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

I recently visited Hughenden Manor, where I heard a very interesting talk on its role during World War II.

Did BCC rigorously scrutinise healthcare evidence?

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

4:05pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

As you reported in the BFP last week, BCC’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee was due to approve its report on urgent care in Bucks on Tuesday, April 15.

Figures do speak for themselves

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

District Councillors Colomb and Green continue to claim that the main reason to oppose the creation of a Town Council for the town of High Wycombe is that such a move would cost the residents a great deal more in council tax. However, I would have thought that anyone taking the trouble to look closely at the figures might actually come to the opposite conclusion.

Women's WWI poetry evening

3:37pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Women’s WWI poetry evening In a previous Bucks Free Press (Nostalgia, April 4), I read with interest the page on Land Girls in World War I.

Their protests are a smokescreen

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:08pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Following an exchange of letters in the BFP in recent weeks, I am not going to get into a mud-slinging match with Cllrs Colomb and Green, although if I was unfortunate enough to live in Wycombe and have them force their ideology on me, I certainly would not back down from any such argument.

Un-dynamic duo put party before people

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

12:17pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

If there was ever any doubt the local Conservative Party struggled to find good candidates for the last district council elections then step forward Dick Dastardly and the Sundance Kid, AKA Cllrs Colomb and Green who both wrote rather predictable and uninspiring letters in last week’s BFP (April 11).

Unhealthy situation needs attention

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

12:15pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

I find it quite revealing to see how the leaderships of the various Conservative Associations across Bucks use and abuse the support they have from the traditional Tory electorate.

No scientific proof CO2 is sole cause

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

John Meech (Letters, April 4) is wrong in assuming that anyone who does not agree with anthropogenic global warming is by definition unscientific and closed-minded. Roderick Taylor and I are both university educated applied scientists holding the highest professional technical qualifications.

It has been a lifeline for many pensioners

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:57am Tuesday 15th April 2014

I would like to know why the council found it necessary to close the Reggie Goves Centre.

Area is in need of residential property

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:54am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A leaflet campaign has been started in Marlow by an otherwise untraceable group, ‘Save Portland Gardens’, to convert the currently rundown site to a public garden.

Missing 17,000 fans: your club needs you

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:51am Tuesday 15th April 2014

When Wycombe Wanderers reached the semi-final of the FA Cup, 20,000 ‘fans’ made the journey to Villa Park to watch the match against Liverpool.

Single lane closure is colossal mistake

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:14am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Recently I stumbled across a statement from the council regarding their reasoning for closing one lane of the Abbey Way dual carriageway. They stated they wished to have a ‘single phase’ crossing, as opposed to a staggered crossing and that law states the road cannot exceed a maximum length.

Driving is getting more arduous daily

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:13am Tuesday 15th April 2014

It was refreshing to read about Cllr Tony Green and WDC-CM for Economic Development and Regeneration success stories in High Wycombe (BFP, March 21).

Desperate claims ignore comparison

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:11am Tuesday 15th April 2014

At the risk of prolonging the debate, I must take issue with the desperate claims made by Councillors Hall and Hayday to refute the statement that having a town council would cost residents a great deal more council tax.

Responses were entirely predictable

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:07am Tuesday 15th April 2014

‘Methinks they doth protest too much!’ The responses of Cllr Gary Hall and Cllr Darren Hayday (Letters, April 4) to my letter setting out the financial benefits to residents of High Wycombe in resisting the siren call to have a town council were entirely predictable.

Onus is on parents to raise concerns

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

10:03am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Re: The news regarding air quality and primary school PE on Thursday, April 3 I have a concern as a parent regarding air quality and pollution – the news issued by DEFRA and the Health Protection Agency with regards to the air quality being the worst for 50 years and affecting the whole of the South East, including High Wycombe.

Leaving Europe will boost global trade

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:31pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

catherine Bearder says we will lose millions of jobs if we leave the EU (BFP, March 28). What she has probably forgotten is that since we joined, 40 years ago, we have lost our ship-building industry, our aircraft industry, our heavy engineering industry and our fishing industry, to name just four.

Government needs to cut stakes to £2

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:30pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Re: Why the Association of British Bookmakers’ self-regulated ‘code of conduct’ won’t work and why making it mandatory leaves the public vulnerable.

Having our say isn’t always welcome

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:28pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

The Bucks Free Press (March 28) is to be applauded for reminding its readers that “it’s vital that Wycombe residents have their say on the Local Plan”. That applies to everyone across the district, from Princes Risborough to Bourne End, including Marlow. The WDC’s website’s home page also implores readers to “Have your say about council plans”.

UK cannot limit EU migrant numbers

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:25pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

The background to so-called Same-Sex Marriage (SSM) shows it’s impossible for Britain to remain an EU member but leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and Cameron’s claim he can renegotiate the fundamental principle of freedom of movement, is fraudulent. Five facts connect these issues: 1.The EU Parliament Citizenship Report 2010 “reiterates previous calls for Member States to ensure free movement for all EU citizens and their families, without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or nationality”. 2.a) The 2012 Citizenship Report reminded member states of a duty to implement the same 2004 Free Movement Directive rights granted to both married heterosexual couples as to civil partners and same-sex spouses. b) A majority of MEPs reintroduced a previously deleted line requiring the Commission “to ensure that the Directive is strictly applied”. c) Adina-Ioana Vãlean MEP, the text’s Rapporteur, said: “Same-sex couples face serious obstacles to their free movement, which is a pillar of the EU.” 3. Following a secret Council of Europe Conference, attended by Theresa May, the British ECHR President pledged that if “several countries” legalised gay marriage, the ECHR would declare SSM a Europe-wide human right.

Claims are simply scaremongering

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:24pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLOR Roger Colomb is missing the point or, as I suspect, choosing to miss the point about the governance of the High Wycombe Town Committee. Regardless of actual decisions made or overturned, it is an undisputed fact that HWTC has no autonomy to make decisions on projects that are important or vital to the townspeople of HW, when indeed all the town and parish councils in the district can on behalf or their own residents. Any project that HWTC may wish to bring forward for the benefit of the residents has to be scrutinsed and approved by the cabinet, which currently consists of a number of Marlow town councillors.

Councillor’s figures are misleading

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:23pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLOR Roger Colomb is clearly missing his vocation in life, with his misrepresentation of figures last week (Letters, March 28) to help prove his point.

Deniers: it’s time to stand up for science

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:21pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

The fractious debate you are hosting on climate change is always entertaining, consisting as it does on the deniers’ side of pseudo-science, cherry-picking of data and general insult. Now that a vicar, who seems to upbraid both sides, has waded in (Letters, March 28) it is time to stand up for science.

Outdated budget requires scrutiny

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

1:19pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

The published £50bn costings for HS2 require more scrutiny. A new power station, possibly the size of Hinckley Point and costing around £16bn, may well have to be built to help power the line; while other outlays, such as flood risk assessments, maintenance and compensation for blight on nearby houses, will see the budget rocket. There are also a myriad minor construction and ongoing maintenance costs not included, such as security, mitigating landscaping, tree planting and conservation.

Vanity of politicians needs to be resisted

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:45pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Your report about the Chiltern council planning to spend another £350,000 of our money on petitioning against HS2 is very worrying.

Big thank you for coming to my rescue

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

I would like to thank all those kind people who came to my rescue when my car broke down on Saturday morning on the roundabout by the flyover.

Parked cars cause an obstruction

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:42pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Re: Parents given parking tickets while picking up their children from school Perhaps the man that received a ticket should try walking? Although pavements are sometimes impossible to walk on due to cars parking on them, pavements are for pedestrians. Parking half on a yellow line is an offence and an obstruction – or are they just decoration? — Wendy Tomlin, Holmer Green

Literary event to commemorate WWI

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:41pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

The Beaconsfield Society’s literary event this year will commemorate the centenary of World War I. Gabriel Woolf and Linda Hart will read poetry, prose and songs about the war. The programme will include poems by Julian Grenfell, who had connections with the Grenfells of Wilton Park, Beaconsfield.

Steve Baker’s vote removes local power

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:40pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

In January, the Bucks Free Press published an open letter I wrote to Steve Baker, Wycombe’s MP, urging him to vote against Clause 118 (now 119) of the Care Bill.

Changes not seen as miraculous

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:35pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Regarding the climate change debate, there are theological, as well as scientific, reasons for being sceptical about man-made global warming. The Bible clearly teaches that it is the Trinitarian God, not man, who controls the climate.

Easy to see effects of extreme weather

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:34pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Having been seriously bad-mouthed in recent exchanges on climate change, I’m not yet ready to follow Dave Hampton’s suggestion (Letters, March 21) and drop the subject.

Town committee model costs far less

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:33pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

In their letters to the BFP (March 14 and 21) about whether High Wycombe should have a town council or continue with the existing system of a High Wycombe Town Committee, both Cllr Gary Hall and Cllr Darren Hayday draw entirely the wrong conclusion. They say the Conservative District Council maintains this model of governance as an underhand method of controlling the town, although it has at present only nine councillors out of 23 in the town wards.

We will need to be more imaginative

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

6:31pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Buckinghamshire is as far from the sea as you can get in England, but even so this winter’s record levels of rain have brought floods and flood alerts right across the county, from Marlow to Buckingham.

Now 47% pupils are from outside Bucks

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:32pm Monday 24th March 2014

The Bucks Free Press ran an article last week about the new 11+ test which was introduced in Bucks in 2013.

The medics were kindness personified

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:30pm Monday 24th March 2014

My mother, Anne Doreen Goldman, was taken ill with an ongoing condition while staying with me (Viv Pollock) in Bourne End and was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital A&E in the early hours of March 5,, where she died peacefully in the afternoon.

Let’s now debate on smoking and cancer

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:28pm Monday 24th March 2014

Even I’m tired of the BFP's ‘debate’ on climate change. It’s time to move on?

Mud, not so glorious, mud – a poem

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:26pm Monday 24th March 2014

Ms M Murphy has written this poem to ask the council to clear mud on the road: Driving along Wycombe Lane, Mud on the road, yet again, The hoses they spray across the road, I’ll try and walk, a different mode, Puddles of water on the path, Try to walk through, you’re having a laugh Mud, chalk, water galore, The lorries, they spray it right up the car door, My tyres should be black, the road grey, Instead they are white from all the spray, Come on the council, do something about this, A clean car and road would be just bliss. — Ms M Murphy, Wycombe Lane, Wooburn Green

Majority of people are indifferent

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:25pm Monday 24th March 2014

The question posed by John Williams about the lack of StopHS2 campaigners is a good one. After all, who wants such intrusion right on their doorstep?

Parish council needs to safeguard funds

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:24pm Monday 24th March 2014

You report Hughenden Parish Council is considering whether or not to pursue disgraced clerk Lynne Turner for stolen money (BFP, March 14). The council is considering asking only for the interest on the money, and writing off the capital.

Having town council would be positive

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:23pm Monday 24th March 2014

I write to support Cllr Gary Hall’s letter (Letters, March 14), where he spoke in defence to the idea of Wycombe having its own town council.

Success stories are worth focussing on

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

5:21pm Monday 24th March 2014

It was with great disappointment that I read yet another downbeat letter from Mr Burnham in the BFP (Letters, March 7), in which he (once again) criticised Wycombe District Council’s ambition to deliver major redevelopment projects in High Wycombe and across the district. Looking back over the council’s recent track record of urban regeneration, I am struggling to find significant areas for criticism. A few success stories spring to mind: 1. The council-led regeneration scheme in the Dovecote area of High Wycombe, which includes Sainsbury’s, Premier Inn and the skate park, has generated an estimated inward investment of £50million.

More homes planned – but still no A&E

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

12:07pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

I want to support the alarm sounded in a letter in the Free Press last week about the loss of a comprehensive accident and emergency department in High Wycombe. We now have to travel the considerable distance from High Wycombe to the hospitals in Aylesbury and Slough. In the time taken to travel there people could die or at least suffer extra pain and distress. High Wycombe is still growing and there are now plans to allow hundreds more houses to be built here. We also live alongside the busy M40 which has had some terrible accidents. Lives are at risk as a result of the closure of the A&E department – it is time more people protested.

£30,000 donation to help flood victims

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

12:06pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

The New Year floods are a memory for many people, but far too many of our fellow citizens still continue to count the cost of the deluges, among the worst in living memory.

Why repair just one pothole only?

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

12:04pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

I need to bring to your attention the dangerous state of the road on Packhorse Road. This area of road is now very dangerous, cars slow to 10mph to avoid damage, often meandering across the other side of the carriageway to avoid driving through the potholes and driving very close to the pavement, where additionally there is loose grit and an unstable surface.

Why buy a house next to a school?

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

11:58am Tuesday 18th March 2014

I was absolutely disgusted to find a ticket on my car in Grove Road, Beaconsfield, while picking up my kids today. The two traffic wardens had given out many tickets and had driven up to the school knowing there was easy prey.

Tories are afraid of opposition in power

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

11:55am Tuesday 18th March 2014

It is indeed a farcical circus, but from my more informed position for different reasons than your article suggests.

Move for more parish councils inside town

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

11:53am Tuesday 18th March 2014

RE: The article in the BFP regarding the debate by the High Wycombe Charter Trustees and whether or not Wycombe should have its own town council or not.

Climate changes are due to nature

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

11:52am Tuesday 18th March 2014

At last Eric Alexander (Free Press, 7/3/14) seems to have grasped some of the factors involved in the science of global warming, all of which – and more – are integrated in my computer model. What a pity, therefore, that he doesn’t seem to have the means of sorting out their relative influence.

Mankind responsible for just 3.8% of CO2

Bucks Free Press: The highest result school has achieved

11:50am Tuesday 18th March 2014

In ancient times extreme weather events like storms, floods, drought etc. were blamed on the displeasure of the Gods and so they sacrificed a young maiden to appease the Gods’ displeasure. In Biblical times many extreme weather events were seen as miracles. Today Eric Alexander blames it all on man made CO2 in the atmosphere.



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