We are a country of vast inequality

Bucks Free Press:

1:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I was surprised to see on television that one of the richest parts of the south actually had a food bank.

Every conviction is a criminal record

Bucks Free Press:

1:09pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I WAS interested to read the letter in your last edition from Anthony Mealing in which he, quite rightly, bemoans the fact that he regularly sees rubbish dumped on roadway verges as he drives from Wycombe to Marlow.

Climate realists are getting impatient

Bucks Free Press:

1:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

It happened this August and can be checked out on the web...

‘Solar energy... what a source of power’

Bucks Free Press:

1:03pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Our shared home planet – bathed in solar energy. At last, some ‘data’ I can agree with, from fellow chartered engineer Roderick Taylor (Letters, August 22).

Local business is being driven out

Bucks Free Press:

1:01pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

What does Wycombe District Council and, in particular, the planning department, have against locally owned and operated businesses?

Councillor Scott should join UKIP

Bucks Free Press:

1:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Cllr Richard Scott has been asked to resign and join the Labour Party because he disagrees with the Tory party policy of massive development of the green belt in High Wycombe which was agreed many years ago to protect the environment.

Flexible licence will tackle noise issue

Bucks Free Press:

12:50pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Re: Late licence application for the Cross Keys pub, Marlow.

BCC fail to grasp urgency of matter

Bucks Free Press:

2:28pm Monday 8th September 2014

The reaction of Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council, and Angela MacPherson, cabinet member for children’s services, following the Ofsted Report which found widespread and serious failures by Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Safeguarding Services, was a predictable response. Whenever in the past an outside inspectorate has drawn attention to the failings of the council they have had a stock reply: “We knew we had an issue and we were taking action.” As if that absolves them from all blame.

Community didn’t let rain spoil the day

Bucks Free Press:

2:27pm Monday 8th September 2014

After seven years of the sun shining on Beaconsfield Country Fayre, it was inevitable that one day the heavens would open up and try to ruin our eighth fayre. But the community would not let a bit of rain spoil the day and it was great to see so many people brave the horrendous weather to come and enjoy the various activities. We were particularly thrilled that Mary Berry was able to open the Beaconsfield Country Fayre, and despite the incessant rain, she said it was a “real privilege” to be there.

Need to keep the lanes free of cars

Bucks Free Press:

2:20pm Monday 8th September 2014

As a resident of Beaconsfield and a keen cyclist I was delighted to see that the long awaited cycle lanes have started to appear. My feeling of euphoria was short-lived however as this morning I cycled down Burkes Road only to see that cars are parked in the cycle lane, rendering it completely useless and a complete waste of money. Hopefully this is just temporary and better parking restrictions will help to keep these life saving lanes free of cars and open to cyclists. — Russell Green, Beaconsfield

Who is responsible for clearing waste?

Bucks Free Press:

2:18pm Monday 8th September 2014

What untidy people we have become. On my walk to get my newspaper – about 500 yards – I regularly pick up a full carrier bag of litter, mostly drinks cans, plastic bottles and crisp packets, which I deposit in one of the many litter bins en route. Also en route there are five discarded traffic cones and the same amount of easel-shaped road work signs that have been left long after any road works have been carried out. They are just lying in the grass by the roadside. Is anyone responsible for clearing these? They can be easily spotted on the approach to the Marlow and Bourne End roundabout on the A415. There is also a large one at the end of the slipway on to the A404 bypass.

Someone must know whose rubbish it is

Bucks Free Press:

2:16pm Monday 8th September 2014

I have the privilege of being able to drive from Wycombe to Marlow two or three times a week to my place of work. I leave early to avoid the school runs and the 8 o’clock scramble. This enables me to enjoy, for a short time, the wonders of our countryside.

Our task is to tackle marginalisation

Bucks Free Press:

2:14pm Monday 8th September 2014

Re: ‘Terror on our doorstep’.

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.

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