LETTER: Warm welcome at Oddfellows

Through a recent survey, we sadly discovered that it’s not uncommon for people who’ve lost a partner to also lose contact with friends. At a time when friends are needed most, people are left feeling even more isolated. Over 40 per cent of people questioned felt that others didn’t know what to say, while another third felt isolated after their ...

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LETTER: Blocking merger the right thing

Barry Fisher is absolutely right to praise the invaluable work of our MP, Sir John Hayes. (Voice 21/05/2019) It is difficult to overstate just how much damage the proposed merger between Asda and Sainsbury’s would have done to local farmers, growers and food firms, many of whom are already struggling to get decent conditions and a fair price for their ...

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LETTER: Risk of building on farm land

Following the recent lousy weather, the partially, deep, constructed road on this development now looks like a new Holbeach river! Surely the South Holland planning department should in the future now consider the potential risk to using prime agricultural land for development, because had this road been completed, where would the water have gone? Name and address supplied

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LETTER: Different opinion on flood issues

As I am sure you are aware things totally escalated last Thursday requiring residents of Battlefields Lane South to sandbag their homes and tankers were deployed to help remove the water. I genuinely believe this is a catalogue of errors by the authorities. I have lived in this house for 21 years, my neighbours have lived in their home for ...

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LETTER: Refuse lorry is adding to pollution

As a learner driver, I am studying the Highway Code. As a young person of 17, I also care passionately about the environment, especially air quality and its effect on human health. For a few years now I have noticed that nearly every Tuesday between 8.30am and 9.30am, the council environmental services recycling lorry parks in Grange Drive near Halmer ...

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LETTER: Looking for family of Harry Facer

I am hoping to trace any descendants or relations of Harry Facer who may still be living in this area. Mr Facer died in 1919 whilst awaiting discharge from the Army. Whilst researching on behalf of Lincolnshire Family History Society I came across an article in the newspaper archives which detailed the death and subsequent military funeral in Spalding cemetery ...

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LETTER: Cut backs affect most vulnerable

Expenses? Pensions? I also note that in the middle of a previous general election the council awarded themselves an expenses increase. Hoping to get in under the radar? Now they have given themselves iPads. Not any old iPad but a top of the range model! The cut-backs in council spending will affect the most vulnerable members of our community. This ...

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LETTER: Motor production needs saving

The UK and Ireland’s largest union, Unite has warned that the UK is in the grip of a manufacturing emergency after the latest economic figures showed manufacturing had shrunk 3.9 per cent with motor vehicle production plunging by a record 24 per cent. Calling for a no-deal Brexit to be taken off the table in the wake of June 10 ...

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LETTER: Will NHS be bargained away?

The NHS is in the news again. The old argument flares over whether we are spending enough on it. And now there’s a new question: will a Brexiteer prime minister bargain it away as part of a trade deal with the USA? In 2000, we were spending just over six per cent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for councillors’ efforts

I would like to thank Couns Christine Lawton and Roger Gambba-Jones for the  quick work in getting the manhole cover replaced in Wygate. For weeks we had to listen to the constant thud, getting louder and louder each day from the manhole cover on the main road as cars, lorries, etc, ran over it. Residents were getting more agitated as ...

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LETTERS – iPads? I care about speeding

I am absolutely dumbfounded by the amount of money wasted on buying councillors ‘top of the range iPads’ and at how quickly they authorise themselves to buy them – councillors are given a lot of money which should allow them to buy their own iPads. I have been chasing Coun Brewis for three and a half years for something to ...

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LETTERS – Proposed names for relief road

I had a very interesting evening at the SHDC Planning Committee meeting regarding sections one and five of the Spalding Western Relief Road. From the discussions on section one, some councillors raised concerns over the proximity of the road to the main drain, as in other parts of this area road stability was an on-going problem where they were adjacent ...

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LETTERS – Brexit Party is not the answer

I appeal to your readers to proceed with caution rather than reaching out towards The Brexit Party. I understand the frustration that, three years on, Westminster has still not implemented the result of the EU referendum and the farce of the recent EU elections; which were an appalling waste of resources and funds. However, the Brexit Party is a private ...

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LETTERS – Who says politics is all about Brexit?

Robert Thomas (www.spaldingvoice.co.uk/letter-inspiring-to-hear-sir-john-speak/) is right to highlight how Sir John Hayes MP has taken up good causes of late and championed them in Parliament. Over the past few months alone he has spoken with passion on behalf of parents who can’t afford to bury their deceased children; on the needs of those suffering from diabetes, and acquired brain injury; on ...

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LETTER: Students are a cut above for me

I am a wheelchair user and have difficulty in accessing some of the hairdressers in Spalding due to the height of the steps or insufficient door widths. Imagine my surprise when I came across a little gem called The Style Academy on Red Lion Street. It is fully accessible and they offer a wide range of services. It is true ...

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LETTER: Artists help festival hit top note

I would just like to say a big thank you to all the bands, musicians, artists and the sound crew that made the musical side of the Spalding Festival possible. Everyone worked extremely hard to produce such a professional and enjoyable event. Special thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers without whose help we would not be able to run ...

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LETTER: Tell the police of dog attacks

Over the past year there have been many dog attacks in Fleet Hargate. These attacks are usually against small dogs but the attacking dogs are always huge. It has also been noticed that the larger the dog, the smaller the owner. I often see a man walking two very large, menacing looking dogs and before I walk my dog within ...

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LETTER: My past and my political foundations

Elections are highly personal – always have and always will be. The insults on the doorstep stay with you, and the small successes matter disproportionately. But I find in the thick of the campaign, and during the wash of the aftermath, I am reflecting on why I am involved. Who spurred me into this? There are a mixed and myriad ...

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LETTER: Proud that we have a great MP

Speaking recently in the House of Commons, our superb Member of Parliament, Sir John Hayes emphasised how welcome the news is that the Competition and Markets Authority have blocked the merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda supermarkets. Quite rightly, the independent CMA concluded, following a detailed investigation that the merger would ‘raise prices at the supermarkets’ petrol stations and lead to ...

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LETTER: Inspiring to hear Sir John speak

It was inspiring to hear Sir John Hayes speaking in the House of Commons last week about sufferers from acquired brain injury. This is a cause on which he has led the way for many years, drawing on his own personal experience. The detailed, measured and valuable report which the All Party Group he co-chairs has produced is a blueprint ...

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