LETTERS – Fortunate to have Sir John as our MP

It is very encouraging when you see the diligence and effectiveness of a Member of Parliament to know that he represents you and the place in which you live. We are fortunate to have such an MP in Sir John Hayes. John is exceptionally diligent and highly effective. As I read how he had responded to the excellent coverage given ...

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LETTERS – Will No Deal help community?

May I thank Peter Cole of Sutton Bridge for his response to my letter two weeks ago, though needless to say I am disappointed that he failed to provide any reasons whatsoever as to why the National Farmers’ Union are wrong to say that we must avoid a No Deal Brexit “at all costs”. Surely an organisation with such influence ...

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LETTER: Might work out for millionaires

Alan Meekings’ letter drawing attention to Boris Johnson’s “do or die” Brexit pledge and the Charge of the Light Brigade is very apt as we rush towards October 31. I know that in the 1950s, the head of the charger that the Earl of Cardigan rode on in that maddest of missions was still hung in the hall of Deene ...

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LETTER: Is recent amount on top of £10b?

Funding levels seem to change as much as the position of PM these days. In Autumn 2016 the Tory government had pledged an additional £10 million of investment per year in real terms by 2020/21. This was to allow the NHS to offer 800,000 more operations and treatments and spend up to £2 billion more on new drugs. So was ...

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LETTER: Could pool become a charity?

Further to moans about the swimming pool, may I put my thoughts regarding the matter. As a swimmer of all local pools and beyond, I find Spalding pool clean and good – if you can get a swim. Yes, our pool and gym are past their sell by date and we should have a new centre asap. The trouble being ...

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LETTER: Disgusted over Coupland case

Referring to a letter from Phillip James in Spalding Voice August 8, I too was disgusted at the reporting of our local Councillor Peter Coupland. When I read the original story I was in disbelief that an innocent “off the cuff remark” could be deemed bad behaviour. And as Mr James pointed out, why was the complainant not named? Earlier ...

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LETTER: Families contributing to bulldozing

We were appalled and yet not surprised, to read the article in the press this week, confirming the agreement of the local council to fund the new SWRR with a contribution of £1 million from South Holland tax payers. Forgive us if we are interpreting this incorrectly, but we take this to mean this is being funded from reserves built ...

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LETTER: Why vandalise our garden?

It would appear that certain members of our local community have plumbed the depths of despicable behaviour in recent months. We are very senior citizens living in Georgian Court, peacefully, quietly after a life time of service in various walks of duty. We cause no trouble and though in our twilight years and seemingly living humdrum lives, we attempt in ...

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LETTER: Coupland case cause for concern

The recent media reporting of events that occurred on a South Holland District Council sponsored research mission to London in October 2018 caused me some concerns. The reporting is comprehensive and factual and clearly any actions which cause distress to any employee on council business needs appropriate investigation. The reported investigation route leading to a hearing by a Standards Hearing ...

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LETTER: I do not remember voting for a deal

Oh dear! Poor Mr Popple, getting so upset because he is known as a Remoaner and unpatriotic, get the tissues out Mr Popple whilst you write letters like last week, things will not change. I do not remember at the referendum voting for a deal, as far as I recall it was in or out, the result out, accept it ...

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LETTER: Removing stones from the beach is illegal

I was appalled to see The Voice aiding and abetting a criminal act this week. On page 22 you have included a feature entitled “Cheap ways to improve your garden”. Under the section “DIY water feature” it clearly says “Collect pebbles and stones from the beach…” I must advise you that removing stones from beaches is illegal under the Coast ...

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LETTER: I’ve always found Peter to be respectable

I write with reference to the article ‘Councillor’s bad behaviour rap’ that appeared in the latest edition of The Voice. I have known Peter for many years. In all that time, I have found him to be respectable, ‘well behaved’, hard working in the interest of his parishioners. In view of which I read the article and am flabbergasted at ...

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LETTER: I lose interest in letters after the first sentence

I am getting the impression that the Voice should be renamed The Meekings Weekly. Each week we are subjected to a long discourse on why it is wrong to leave the EU, long lectures on British history and the disasters which will befall us all. Mr Meekings goes on at such length that I lose interest after the first sentence. ...

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LETTER: Sorry UK doesn’t feel stirred to be part of it

Craig Jackson (Letters, August 1) tells us at length about the part NATO and the US have played in peacekeeping since WW2, but rather misses the point relating to the EU. The most destructive international wars of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and the two world wars of the 20th, began in Europe amongst countries that now make up ...

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LETTER – How will I be better off outside EU?

Alan Meeking’s excellent letter in last week’s issue demonstrates, yet again, the complete futility and stupidity of this country leaving the EU, with or without a deal. Expert international and national advice is that we cannot get a better deal than the one we have now. Yet the Tory right wing ideologues which currently infest our Government insist that their ...

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LETTERS – Listen to the people you represent

The Committee on Climate Change estimates that, to meet our legally-binding climate change targets, we need to plant 1.5 billion trees by 2050. In the year to March 2019, our Government fell short of its target to plant 5,000 hectares of trees by 71 per cent (Guardian, 13 June). Michael Gove, then Environment Secretary, pledged funding for a further ten ...

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LETTERS – Looking for speed watch help

Long Sutton Parish Council are taking a pro-active approach in dealing with the high levels of speeding and are continuing their Community Speed Watch campaign with some new volunteers. Following a number of serious incidents within the Long Sutton built up area the Parish Council is determined to raise awareness of the need to reduce the high speeds of many ...

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LETTER: Thanks to those who were so generous

Recently a lady, who does not wish to be named, celebrated her 80th birthday with a party at the Unique Studio Cafe in Spalding and instead of donations she asked for donations to the Spalding Hospice Foundation. Donations from her family and friends totalled a fantastic £3,000. To add to that, further, Mr and Mrs Goodwin sold cakes at the ...

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LETTER: To leave the EU is economic madness

Seeing the empty supermarket shelves the other day, I thought the no deal Brexit had come early. It is little wonder we feel the same foreboding that thoughtful people in Germany had in the 1930s. We despair at self-seeking politicians and a deluded public swept along by a charismatic leader who is driven by a fantasy of national superiority and ...

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LETTER: Looking for speed watch help

Long Sutton Parish Council are taking a pro-active approach in dealing with the high levels of speeding and are continuing their Community Speed Watch campaign with some new volunteers. Following a number of serious incidents within the Long Sutton built up area the Parish Council is determined to raise awareness of the need to reduce the high speeds of many ...

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