Heartfelt thanks to readers for support

Bucks Free Press:

3:11pm Monday 1st September 2014

Many of your readers will have seen the national report last week placing High Wycombe eighth in the country of most generous towns in their giving to charity.

Timing of planning notice is a concern

Bucks Free Press:

3:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

An application has been lodged with Wycombe District Council to develop the old railway track between Cores End and Wooburn Green including building 22 houses.

Residents would not appreciate pollution

Bucks Free Press:

3:08pm Monday 1st September 2014

In reply to Mr Hayday’s letter (BFP, August 15): When I was county councillor for Booker and Cressex, I was on the planning committee. There was an application for the Waste Transfer Station at High Heavens. I was the only councillor that voted against the application.

Public give up their valuable time to help

Bucks Free Press:

3:06pm Monday 1st September 2014

Every community relies on a bedrock of dedicated volunteers, but so often their priceless work takes place away from the public eye and remains unacknowledged.

We should be so proud of students

Bucks Free Press:

3:01pm Monday 1st September 2014

HERE in South Bucks, we should be so proud of all the amazing students who gained such outstanding results in their A level exams and be grateful to the dedication of their teachers who helped them in their endeavours.

Canny Scots should grab every penny

Bucks Free Press:

2:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

Don’t kill the golden goose.

Sources for claims are unreliable

Bucks Free Press:

2:58pm Monday 1st September 2014

Eric Alexander’s letter of August 15 claims that May, June and July are the warmest months on record and August will be the same. He is totally wrong in his claims simply because he sources his information from unreliable, alarmist websites and a Saudi Arabian English speaking commercial satellite TV station, Al Jazeera. In contrast I only quote data from reliable scientific sources, the Meteorological Office and Phillip Eden weather statistician and past President of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Two very kind and caring people

Bucks Free Press:

2:57pm Monday 1st September 2014

A letter of grateful thanks to my two heroes of Thursday 21: the lady who so kindly took my handbag to the police station after finding it in the car park at Easton St, High Wycombe. And also to George, the construction foreman, who rang the car park office and took the trouble to go to the police station to see if it had been handed in to them. Two very kind and caring people. — Shirley Butler, Loudwater

These statements are misleading

Bucks Free Press:

2:53pm Monday 1st September 2014

Re: Group hits back at councillor’s claims (BFP, August 15) “The parish council has tried to consult with them and the public to reach a solution.”

The infrastructure is not coping

Bucks Free Press:

2:51pm Monday 1st September 2014

In reply to your anonymous correspondent regarding Slate Meadow (BFP, August 22), I assume they’ve never seen the frequent flooding at the southwest end of Brookbank across the River Wye from Slate Meadow after heavy rain as the drains can’t cope, nor experienced the dubious pleasure of being “whooshed” there in a best suit; I should have worn the suit I got for my birthday – it dries quicker.

Thieves owe £100 for boxes of beers

Bucks Free Press:

4:18pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

I am writing to thank whoever broke into my bottle store the other week and stole four boxes of bottled beers and ciders.

Let’s go back to the old Five Kingdoms

Bucks Free Press:

4:15pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

As the deadline for the Scottish vote draws nigh, what are the implications if the Scots do vote for, and get, their independence? What are the implications for us? It is said by the yes campaign that the Scots should follow the Nordic model. So why don’t we? Well, let us go back to the old Five Kingdoms; East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex and Wales? Be about the same size as the Nordic Model. Wycombe could become a frontier town, we could trade across the border, the river Thames, with the foreigners in Wessex. We could even do away with the German Royal family and bring back the old families. After all Alfred the Great was born in Wanating, (now Wantage, Oxfordshire) and that is just down the road. So bring back the old Kingdoms. — Anthony Mealing, High Wycombe

The outcome will affect 63m Britons

Bucks Free Press:

4:14pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

On 18 September, 4 million people will be voting in Scotland on whether that country should become independent or remain within the United Kingdom. There will be a simple question – Yes or No.

We need houses for future generations

Bucks Free Press:

4:12pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

What’s all the fuss about Slate Meadow?

Thanks to public for street collection

Bucks Free Press:

4:11pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Animal Aid would like to thank the people of High Wycombe for their generosity in raising £65 at a street collection on Saturday 19 July. The money will help fund our peaceful campaigns and educational work on all aspects of animal cruelty. For more details, contact 01732 364546 or visit www.animal aid.org.uk — Margaret Campbell, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator

World is bombarded with solar energy

Bucks Free Press:

4:10pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The real world I inhabit, Mr Alexander (Free Press, Aug 15), is incessantly bombarded by about 180 thousand million megawatts (MW) of fluctuating solar energy. That’s astronomical fact. This is equivalent to the full output of 90 million large (2,000 MW) power stations, or 30 thousand million of the largest available wind turbines – if they work flat out during the 27 per cent of the time they are available.

Want change? Get out of your armchair

Bucks Free Press:

4:09pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Bucks’ current Conservative MPs are on the wrong side of local public opinion as far as key Cameron Conservative Party policies are concerned: HS2, grammar schools, gay marriage and increased housing, as a result of uncontrolled immigration, destroying the leafy Bucks countryside – with the green belt being the subject of a statutory review.

Council refuse to see common sense

Bucks Free Press:

4:08pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

On the 11/06/2014 I was looking for a space in the car park. Unfortunately it was full. However since it has become an ANPR car park, the pay and display machines have been covered with bin bags, marked as out of order, and this means that a space as you enter the car park (chevroned off by yellow lines) to allow members of the public access to the machine is no longer needed.

WDC should dispute planning system

Bucks Free Press:

4:06pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

WDC is consulting residents again about the new Local Plan, this time on proposals for a Junction 3A for the M40 and on proposals to release four reserve sites for development at Abbey Barn South, Abbey Barn North, Slate Meadow and Terriers Farm, and Gomm Valley and Ashwell. You might wonder why WDC is seriously considering such unpopular proposals.

Drivers disobeying the Highway Code

Bucks Free Press:

12:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Following complaints about cars parking on the pavement in Dean Street, Marlow drivers should perhaps read the Highway Code.

Weather points to global warming

Bucks Free Press:

11:58am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Googling “hottest May and June” reveals that’s what this year has brought. Much the same goes for July, while August is shaping the same way.

Recent floods far less harsh than 1894

Bucks Free Press:

11:42am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Eric Alexander (Letters, August 1) implies that 97 per cent of scientists believe in man made climate change. He fails to tell us the source of his statistics, which I would suggest are totally incorrect.

Thank you to all who attended ceremony

Bucks Free Press:

11:40am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I would sincerely like to thank the residents of Booker area that attended the wreath laying ceremony for WWI commemoration that took place on Monday, August 4 at noon at Booker Memorial Hall. This coincided with a wreath laying ceremony that took place at every memorial within Wycombe district.

Foliage dangerously obscuring bus stop

Bucks Free Press:

11:38am Tuesday 19th August 2014

What do I have to do to get the foliage cut that is obscuring the bus stop sign on Holmer Green Road opposite Park Lane?

Parking fine for a ticket I paid for

Bucks Free Press:

11:37am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I would like to ask your readers whether they could get in touch with me if they have received a parking fine or if they noticed something strange about the parking ticket machines at the Rye lido. The date I’m particularly interested in is 30/05/14.

No need for yet another supermarket

Bucks Free Press:

11:34am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I cannot believe the idiocy of the ‘powers that be’ who have allowed another supermarket to be built and opened in Bourne End.

No budget to allow this to happen

Bucks Free Press:

11:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I would like the opportunity to respond to the recent story on page 2 of BFP ref ‘Junction 4a’ (August 8).

Children’s services should be a priority

Bucks Free Press:

11:28am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Re: Ofsted brands Bucks County Council’s children’s social care as ‘inadequate’: This report summarises many of the issues that have been raised by parents, social workers and myself for some time. It is hoped that the report will be a catalyst to change further support to vulnerable children and their parents in Buckinghamshire.

Mr Alexander is ignoring evidence

Bucks Free Press:

12:06pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

But it’s Eric Alexander who’s ignoring the astronomical evidence, while clearly unable to understand the thermodynamics of global warming. I don’t have the means of rectifying this defect. — Roderick Taylor, Bourne End

Belief in myths does not bode well

Bucks Free Press:

12:04pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

The tenet for Eric Alexander’s argument for man-made climate change (Letters, Aug 1) appears to be exactly the same as that used to delude Western Europe into belief in a Geocentric Universe. It took 1,800 years to dispel that myth, to wrest control from the charlatans and enter the Renaissance, the reason civilisation was able to progress technically to where it is today. Regression to belief in myths, so prevalent today, for the benefit of the current bunch of charlatans does not bode well for the future of humanity. — Mr P.D. Somerville, High Wycombe

Why do the traders have the last laugh?

Bucks Free Press:

12:02pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

It appears that I have hit a brick wall, although I do hope that by the time this letter goes to print that our best brains in Buckinghamshire are able to find a solution to the problem.

Why is busy Dean Street exempt?

Bucks Free Press:

12:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Harriet Wilson’s letter regarding cars parked upon the Dean Street pavements (BFP, Aug 1) raises an interesting point.

£500,000 needed for essential work

Bucks Free Press:

11:56am Tuesday 12th August 2014

We are appealing for help to raise the £500,000 needed to complete the refurbishment of Helen House to bring it up to modern standards. Helen House provides hospice care to children with life shortening conditions, living in Buckinghamshire, between the ages of 0-16 years old and their families.

Takeover causes a democratic deficit

Bucks Free Press:

11:54am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The takeover of Heatherwood/Wexham Park by the Frimley Park NHS, just agreed, will result in the people of South Bucks being robbed of having a democratic role in the future of hospital services in their area for the best part of half a year.

One-day fundraiser was the best ever

Bucks Free Press:

11:33am Tuesday 5th August 2014

On July 25 we held a stall in Beaconsfield in aid of The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS) and raised £323. TEARS helps rescue and rehabilitate animals in the Cape Peninsular.

Private sector doesn’t have same benefits

Bucks Free Press:

11:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

While I sympathise I am also somewhat mystified. I do not work in the “public sector” and, like many in the working world, am employed in what is loosely called the “private sector”. And we do not have the benefit of that public sector shelter. We do not get help with pension contributions, or annual salary rises by right, we do not have regular hours or fixed retirement etc. If we want more money, we have to demonstrate increased productivity, work more hours, increase qualifications and so on.

An opportunity for nature conservation

Bucks Free Press:

11:28am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Bees and other vital pollinators, and insect life generally, are under greater pressure than ever, due to loss of habitat from agricultural intensification and urbanisation.

Departure of an honourable man

Bucks Free Press:

11:26am Tuesday 5th August 2014

So local Tory MP Dominic Grieve has departed from the Cabinet table. He is an honourable and decent man, whom I have voted for in the past.

Sadly I can’t ignore the evidence...

Bucks Free Press:

11:25am Tuesday 5th August 2014

It’s the sun that does it, says Roderick Taylor (Letters, July 11). And it’s driving us towards a new Ice Age.

It is an accident waiting to happen

Bucks Free Press:

11:23am Tuesday 5th August 2014

I have every sympathy with Mr and Mrs Grant regarding the parking of cars on the pavement at the junction of Dean Street and Queen’s Road (MFP, July 18). It is a spot with a nasty accident waiting to happen.

Much clearer road signage is needed

Bucks Free Press:

11:21am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Well done, Chris Burmajster, for his perceptive comments on the chaos which is the Handy Cross traffic system (Letters, July 25). I use the ‘roundabout’ on most days and can bear witness to the many near-misses and road-rage incidents which are commonplace. Last year, I was hit by a car driven by a woman who was new to the system and who was totally confused as to what lane she should be in.

Not cost-effective to increase collections

Bucks Free Press:

11:20am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Re: Collection should increase in summer, a letter from Andrew Moore, BFP July 25.

Thanks for generous store donations

Bucks Free Press:

4:25pm Monday 28th July 2014

A year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from Sainsbury’s Farnham Road has made a huge difference to the staff and animals at Animal Sanctuary at Dorney Lake.

Our roadbuilders deserve a thumbs up

Bucks Free Press:

4:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

let’s raise a cheer for our roadbuilders.

Polluting, smelly buses unacceptable

Bucks Free Press:

4:23pm Monday 28th July 2014

Are the buses in High Wycombe the smelliest most polluting in the country?

Layout of lanes and markings is poor

Bucks Free Press:

4:21pm Monday 28th July 2014

So the Highways Agency claimed to have improved Handy Cross, but I have to ask – for whom? I think it’s worse than before.

Nothing but praise for treatment

Bucks Free Press:

4:20pm Monday 28th July 2014

I would like to thank all Paramedics and Hospital staff I came in contact with last Tuesday, July 15 when I was rushed to the Cardiac and Stroke Unit at High Wycombe Hospital with an extremely low heart rate.

Staff were very kind and caring

Bucks Free Press:

4:18pm Monday 28th July 2014

I have recently been a patient in Wycombe Hospital for a knee replacement. I would like to say what excellent care I received. The surgeon who did the operation, and the team of staff and helpers on Ward 12B were outstanding and all very kind and caring. The food was very good indeed, with a wide variety to choose from. The ward was light and airy. I would like to thank them, and to recommend the care I received at Wycombe. — Mary Spooner, Kiln Close, Prestwood

Collection should increase in summer

Bucks Free Press:

4:17pm Monday 28th July 2014

As you are all aware, in 2013 Chiltern District Council introduced Green Waste initiative that involves charging residents £35 a year for bi-weekly collections of green waste bins, with bag collection free.

MVAS is a vital educational tool

Bucks Free Press:

4:15pm Monday 28th July 2014

I am writing in response to Mr Blake’s letter printed [in BFP July 11] regarding the newsletter published by Chepping Wycombe Parish Council.

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