Letters to the Mercury - 17 February 2012

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Councillors should drop £25 charge

SOUTH Kesteven District Council believes it is unfair that people with small properties pay tax for a green recycling service which they cannot use.

Under the banding system the larger the property the higher the council tax. People with larger gardens pay more council tax, often for services they cannot use.

Coun John Smith announced that new joiners to the green recycling scheme will pay the collection fee (£25) and only £10 for their green bin. Will householders who have paid £20 or £26 for a bin receive a reduced rate for collection?

Why are district councillors looking at options to convert green bins by offering silver lids? Extra expense – no savings.

In 2005 there was no suggestion that householders joining the new scheme would, in the future, be charged for collection.

Surely the payment and delivery of a bin constitutes a contract for the collection of green waste within our council tax?

Councillors claim there has been extensive consultation on this issue but green bin users have not been informed or consulted.

Using the magazine SKtoday is the ideal way to publish advance information and consult all taxpayers on the annual council tax proposals. This system would also make savings on the consultation budget.

To save is to live economically within our budget. The £25 charge is additional income for the council – not savings.

£25, albeit £1 per green waste collection, is an additional lump expense from an often limited household budget.

We have been duped into believing we joined a green recycling scheme which would produce compost and reduce landfill waste and taxes for everyone.

Now our council expects us to pay an additional fee to collect green waste, purely for the benefit of private contractors. Our district councillors should abandon plans to impose this council tax surcharge. It will create an unnecessary tier of bureaucratic expense and will increase landfill waste. The surcharge also sets a precedent – this year green bins, next year household waste?

JOYCE STEVENSON

Obthorpe Lane, Thurlby

Shoppers’ support

I would like to thank all the customers of the Waitrose store in Stamford who voted in January to support Brownes Hospital as a deserving cause to receive a community donation.

Through shoppers’ support Brownes Hospital has now received a most welcome and generous donation of £500 from Waitrose. I think the concept of asking the public to nominate their “deserving cause” is a true indication of what support there is for different activities in the town. Thanks again.

Terl Bryant

Chairman of trustees

Brownes Hospital

Stamford

Wonderful example

The Queen in her jubilee statement that she made at the weekend mentioned both friendship and neighbourliness.

She hoped people would concentrate on this during her diamond jubilee year.

It is a sad fact that some people have not got a clue about “true” friendship. Something quite small upsets them and one either does not see them much again or they stop communicating altogether.

It is no different for many who attend church, Sunday by Sunday – there can be an uncaring detachment of friendliness.

Our Queen gives us a genuine example of how Christian people should behave. In this she is streets ahead of many bishops and clergy. Let us hope that each of us learn something in this jubilee year.

Sandra Taylor

Greatford Road, Baston

Long wait for ambulance

The family of Mrs Kathleen Windsor would sincerely like to thank the numerous people who came to her aid after her serious fall on the ice on Saturday afternoon in the passage off New Cross Road, Stamford.

Thank you all for providing blankets, TLC etc so as to make her as comfortable as possible while lying on the snow-covered footpath in great pain for two hours waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

When the ambulance did finally arrive it was from Peterborough East of England Ambulance Service, not East Midlands Ambulance Service, as it did not have an ambulance available.

Our grateful thanks also go to the East of England ambulance crew and the A&E staff at the hospital who were all excellent.

On arrival at Peter- borough City Hospital, 77-year-old Mrs Windsor was diagnosed with hypo-thermia, due only to the long wait for the ambulance, serious fractures to her wrist and ankle which both required surgery.

Thank you all once again.

Carolyn and John Dean

Foxley Court, Bourne

(also writing on behalf of Mel and Phil Day and Tracey and Tim Duff)

Strange ways with a pen

Have you noticed the strange way that most people hold a pen these days?

They seem to form a fist and write with their right elbow stuck out. Obviously schools don’t teach kids how to write properly.

They did in my day. Mind you, when I was at school my teacher used to go to great lengths to assure me that my handwriting was the worst in England.

“The trouble with you, boy,” he would say, “is that your brain is two sentences ahead of your right hand. You must learn to type as soon as you can.” I took his advice.

Perhaps if I formed a fist and stuck my elbow out my handwriting would be a lot more legible.

Len Loullis

Hillary Close, Stamford

Passengers would benefit

IT’S odd that Mr Spiegl says the high speed line is: “All to save 30 minutes” when the main purpose of the project is to relieve pressure on the West Coast mainline which is near capacity.

Space is needed for more freight and stopping passenger trains.

One long-term benefit for Stamford passengers would be more northbound trains stopping at Nuneaton which is a useful interchange for passengers going north, but very poorly served at present.

One reason for that is lack of capacity – the slower the train, the more the stops, the longer on the line, the less there is space for another train.

So, yes even Stamford passengers stand to gain from HS2.

PETER HONNIBALL

Dunsby

Tremendous help

I would like to say many, many thanks to you wonderful friends, if I may call you that, for your support at the Valentine Lunch on Sunday at the Abbey Church hall.

Many, many thanks to all the helpers I love you all – and many thanks also to Charles and Mel for the wonderful rendering of “You are my sweetheart and I remember it well”.

Roses were given by Tom to all the ladies to thank one and all for supporting him for the London Marathon.

We all helped to raise £1,300.

Thank you all again for supporting my friends and I to help children with cancer.

Nellie Sanders

Gladstone Street Bourne

Battlefield journeys

EACH year the Lancs and Yorks Historical Society organise pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World War.

The tours are in August and September, covering France and Belgium. This year we plan to visit the Somme battlefields, and the Ypres salient, we can also visit the battlefields at Arras Vimy Ridge and Loos, if these are requested.

The trip specialises in visiting specific cemeteries or memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested, and an experienced battlefield guide will accompany each trip.

The historical society was formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen, who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the battle areas of France and Flanders and we support a variety of ex-service charities and institutions, these trips are open to anyone who might be interested, and we welcome all enquiries.

We are a not for profit organisation. For further information write to me at the address below or telephone 01977 734614. A medium sized SAE for postal replies please.

JOHN BATTYE

32 Rhodes Street Hightown, Castleford West Yorkshire WF10 5LL

Push in right

direction

Many thanks to the Uppingham School lads who gave a push on Saturday evening on the hill near the church in Uppingham and kept the traffic moving in the snow, helping so many cars keeping going. Thanks also go to the police.

I write as a grateful motorist.

Mrs G Brewster

Cold Overton Road Oakham