LETTER: Speechless over town plans

I would like to know what planet our local councillors are living on?I was speechless after reading plans they have put forward regarding the traffic flow through Holbeach High Street.Have they not learned the lesson from paving over the High Street in Spalding?Twenty years ago it was a busy and bustling town with lots of lovely shops. Now it is ...

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LETTER: Note difference between votes and peerage

Several correspondents have recently, yet again, drawn attention to the imbalance between the voting record of Sir John Hayes and the alleged benefits he brings to his constituents.In that context it should be noted that what an MP says in the constituency may bring votes, what is said in the House of Commons may bring a peerage.It appears that Sir ...

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LETTER: What about leave it as it is?

Thank you for your very revealing article in The Voice (November 26) relating to Holbeach Parish Council’s proposed changes to Holbeach High Street.The council gives only two choices but surely there should be a third one – leave it as it is.As Holbeach residents we regularly travel along the High Street to shop or pass on to Spalding and all ...

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LETTER: Water taxi is very popular

A. Dear writes (Spalding Voice November 26) that SHDC is blinkered and that he/she didn’t even know Spalding had a town centre manager. Also, that the water taxi is a ‘ridiculous service’. Those comments lead me to think that they may be the blinkered ones.Most retailers around at the time appreciated having somebody dedicated and committed to the promotion and ...

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LETTER: Raise your game planners

Lockdown has given me the opportunity to explore on foot some of the newest house building in Spalding.Some areas have nice play areas, wide pavements, attractive planting, little quiet areas, linking walkways, neat signing – all as one would expect. But, to me, several things seemed missing. There was a significant lack of planting of mature trees; very few cycle ...

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LETTER: Time to try something different

Phillip James (letter, 26 November) says he is irritated to read or hear EU spokespersons or Remain supporters ranting on about how damaging a No Deal Brexit would be to the UK economy, and that “no mention is ever made of the reciprocal damage to the EU economy”.I don’t know what newspaper or voice programme Mr James relies on, but ...

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LETTER: No sense in current lockdown

I write further to my last letter published November 12 in The Voice titled I beg to differ.The points I made against the lockdown have now been validated by a report from the Governments scientific advisers, stating that secondary school pupils are now playing a ‘significantly higher role’ in bringing the infections into households.In view of which it makes absolutely ...

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LETTER: Council works with blinkers on

I have been recently reading about how nearly £1m from a “Spalding retail development” has basically been frittered away over the past 15 years that has come from the Springfields contribution pot.To read that £211k has been spent on extra parking in the town centre astounded me the most, as I for the life of me cannot think where this ...

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LETTER: Work is not always route out of poverty

I refer to Sir John Hayes’ letter in The Voice on November 11 headed ‘No Child Should Go Hungry’.It was a detailed response, paraphrasing much of the Government’s response to the ‘Rashford’ petition, of which I was a signatory.Although I wish to make comment on one of Sir John’s points this is in no way to minimise just how difficult ...

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LETTER: Sir John has lost my vote

I am writing in reply to two or three letters in The Voice of November 12.How Mr Beal can say that our MP Sir John Hayes is a champion for us his constituents is beyond me.Since this betrayal of Conservatism of the values I have believed in all my life. I am 72. Following this overreaction to the virus, and ...

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LETTER: Littering is lazy and ignorant

The empty alcohol cans and general rubbish along the river in Spalding is getting worse.There are plenty of bins everywhere. Discarding masks and cans and cigarettes etc that have been in/on your face is the height of selfishness and dangerous during this pandemic.Why aren’t there any patrols along the river bank?It’s ruining what could be a beautiful spot for people ...

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LETTER: PM is not fit to hold office

So Boris Johnson thinks devolution is a disaster and it’s all Blair’s fault.It just goes to demonstrate how out of touch and self centred the man is.The United Kingdom ended the day he walked into No. 10, a taxpayer-funded property, with a pregnant girlfriend.The other three nations making up the UK do not and will not have anything to do ...

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LETTER: No Deal Brexit is worse for the EU

I am irritated to read or hear EU spokespersons and Remain supporters ranting on about how damaging a No Deal Brexit would be to the UK economy.No mention is ever made of the reciprocal damage to the EU economy.My understanding is that the ratio of trade is about 3:2 in favour of the EU.This means, that they sell more to ...

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LETTERS – Time will tell if measures are working

May I thank Sir John Hayes for his letter in reply to my earlier correspondence and also for the details of government action to alleviate poverty. Time will tell as to whether or not these measures are working but as long as food banks exist it must be said that they are not. Also under the current government there does ...

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LETTERS – Could put residents’ at risk

I write with regard to your recent article in relation to the concerning COVID outbreak in Ashwood Nursing Home, Spalding, which had previously to my surprise gone unreported in local news. As a family member of an infected resident I aware from reliable sources that on Monday, October 19 following a positive test on a visiting carer, ten residents and ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for opposing closure

I am grateful to the residents of Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and surrounding villages who have supported the petition against the proposed closure of TSB, Long Sutton’s last High Street bank branch. Despite current difficulties, 777 people have signed the petition forms.I am grateful for the active support of our Member of Parliament in this important matter for our local ...

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LETTERS – It’s simply not good enough

It is at this time of year that our thoughts turn to all the men and women that gave so much for our freedom. So it saddens me to see that so many people are prepared to give so little in return. Having walked to Ayscoughfee on Sunday afternoon to pay my respects to the fallen I was struck by ...

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LETTERS – Recognise the impact of no deal

The Unite general union has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “stop playing politics with people’s jobs and lives” and to recognise the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the UK’s manufacturing industries. Responding to Johnson’s statement last month that the country should “get ready “ for the prospect of no trade deal with the EU, Unite general secretary ...

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LETTERS – A salute to Harold Payne

Thank you to Harold and his wonderful team who covered 63 miles visiting numerous villages and after a short service laying wreaths at the memorials, The military convoy was especially fitting in these circumstances, it was really lovely to see around Moulton village, appreciated by the villagers, thank you. Mrs P StanleyMoulton

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LETTERS – Gent cleared the way

During these depressing days, a little uplifting story. I am 93 and use a mobility scooter – my bit of freedom to shop and get fresh air. Returning from M&S along by the football ground, I came to a complete standstill, my scooter would not move through the depth of leaves. I was really stuck until a gentleman came to ...

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