Pavement parking proposal is dangerous

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Sir – I have lived in Corn Street for 35 years. I am also a wheelchair user. I use Corn Street most days, going to town in my power chair. I know the rhythm of its use by pedestrians on a daily basis.

NHS care is first class

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Sir – During a recent visit my daughter, who lives abroad, fell ill.

True roots of croquet

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Sir – You said in last week’s issue that John Jaques II devised the game of croquet.

Please play safe and stay away from quarry lakes

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Sir – Last year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes in the UK, and warmer weather heralds an increase in young people and adults entering quarries uninvited, with potentially tragic consequences, reinforced by two fatalities in quarry lakes and a serious injury following a fall from a quarry rock face this year.

Free hug made my day

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Sir – I was out on The Leys on Witney Carnival day when I came across two young men carrying cardboard placards with ‘Free Hugs’ written on them.

Housing plans ignore reality of commuting

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Sir – County council leader Ian Hudspeth expressed surprise at the Connecting Oxfordshire event in Witney last week when the clerk of Carterton Town Council stated that 80 per cent of Carterton residents out-commuted.

Hanborough station's car park is filling up fast

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Sir – If, as you reported last week, county council leader Ian Hudspeth really said that Hanborough station holds the key to unlocking West Oxfordshire’s traffic problems, who was he trying to kid?

Details of monorail proposal available

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Sir – It was nice to see such a large turnout for the Connecting Oxfordshire public meeting at Henry Box School last week.

Please slow down driving around town

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Sir – I take my son to school each day on foot and see first-hand how dangerous the roads are around Witney. I would like to propose a 20mph speed limit is enforced in all residential areas of Witney.

District council links with Gloucestershire make no sense

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Sir – The plan for West Oxfordshire District Council to share staff and services with councils in Gloucestershire is surely misconceived.

Thank you for donations to Air Cadets

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Sir – On Saturday, June 28, Witney Air Cadets turned out at Sainsbury’s to raise essential funds for the town’s squadron.

Thank you to donor

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Sir – Thank you for publishing the article (Bees given helping hand, Gazette, June 25), about the Witney Woodland Volunteers.

Shores Green shambles

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Sir – Last week I presented the county council with a petition from people in Witney asking for a four-way A40 junction at Shores Green to be made a top priority to cut traffic problems.

Splash park not needed

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Sir – With reference to your article about the proposed splash park in Witney (Gazette, June 25), I recently saw for myself the condition of the paddling pool at The Leys and I am dismayed that West Oxfordshire District Council feels it appropriate to provide a grant of £45,000 towards replacing it with a splash park.

Signing off from buses

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Sir – Following my recent retirement, I would like pass on my thanks to all those involved in making my last days in the driving seat of buses around Witney such a special occasion.

New housing figures fundamentally flawed

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Sir – West Oxfordshire District Council leader Barry Norton’s comments (Gazette, June 11) questioning the validity of the self-seeking Strategic Housing Market Assessment study are to be welcomed, with the district having over-provided houses in the past.

Litter-lout teenagers leave bad impression of Witney

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir – I was looking forward very much to my first visit to the historic town of Witney, famous for having the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as its MP.

Make litterbugs tidy up

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir – The scene could hardly have been more idyllic: wonderful weather, the ideal setting of The Leys (often forgotten to be a memorial to those from the town who died in the First World War) and an appreciative number of spectators watching an interesting game of cricket.

Making public transport connect

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir – Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron wants the A40 west of Wolvercote roundabout dualled.

Reluctant conclusion on press regulation

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Sir – As you reported last week, the jury at the phone hacking trial has acquitted Rebekah Brooks of all charges.

Disabled condemned to face discrimination

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Sir – Further to my letter concerning the bollards at Tower Hill Cemetery (June 11), the vandalism to a memorial flower bed there you reported in the same issue of the Witney Gazette is disgusting – it seems respect for deceased and relatives is obviously non-existent (although I could not help thinking the bollard theft was possible retaliation on behalf of the disabled).

Opportunistic attempt to push through housing scheme

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Sir – I am writing to express my dismay and in the hope of persuading West Oxfordshire District Council not to be bound by the mistakes of the Government, both politicians and senior civil servants, whose mindless meddling in policy, without thinking through the implications of the changes they make, is leaving loopholes in a system which, in this instance, allows developers to literally drive bulldozers through.

Leisure centre staff are true professionals

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Sir – I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to two members of staff at Witney’s Windrush Leisure Centre.

Hospital care was first class

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Sir – I was admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford recently as an emergency patient and remained there for 11 days.

Support Shores Green junction improvements petition

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Sir – Every day our roads seem more congested.

Painting picture of true scale of poverty

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Sir – Witney is apparently a wealthy town. Look at the registration plates in the supermarket car parks.

Health centre staff delivered super service

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Sir – I would like to pass on my thanks to the staff at the Nuffield Health Centre.

We need exchange of ideas on hall's reopening

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Sir – At last a tantalising glimpse into the reopening of the Corn Exchange (last week’s Witney Gazette).

School on right track

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Sir – It was interesting to note that the appointment of Ian Goddard, as Wood Green School’s new deputy headteacher was tucked away (Witney Gazette, June 4).

Headline on school story was disppointing

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Sir – It is always a lovely feeling when reading some good news about our beautiful town.

Did you lose a ring in car park?

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – I recently found a lady’s ring (slightly damaged) in the Woodford Way car park.

Tower Hill Cemetery bollards remain obstacle for disabled

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – I have been asked by a visually-impaired and disabled friend to again take up the problem of the bollards at Tower Hill Cemetery in Witney.

Housing will be key General Election issue

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – I too congratulate Alex Postan on his election, with 395 votes, to represent the Brize Norton and Shilton ward on the district council.

Working hard for Carterton South ward

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – May I take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to the residents who came out to vote for me in the awful weather conditions on election day.

Thank you for handing in my lost bank card

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – Several weeks ago my bank card was accidentally left in the outside machine. I was unwell and my husband had gone to withdraw some cash for me.

London Welsh rugby heroes deserve support

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – Last Wednesday night saw London Welsh RFC return to rugby union’s Aviva Premiership at the first time of asking.

Malt House Club book poses puzzle

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Sir – I have a little book entitled Sense and Nonsense – QUOTATIONS, collected by The Malt House Club and its Friends in aid of the Witney Circuit Bazaar 1931.

Ready to stand again

3:17pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sir – I would like to thank all those who voted for me in the district council election, although I am disappointed at not being successful on this occasion I shall continue to put myself forward in the future.

Clear stance on homes

3:16pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sir – I would like to welcome the success of Alex Postan in being elected to represent the Brize Norton & Shilton ward on the district council.

UKIP faced uphill fight

3:15pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sir – James Robertshaw, the UKIP candidate for Witney South in the district council elections, puts some of the blame for his failure to win a winnable seat down to the weather (last week’s Gazette) without producing evidence to support the claim – a bit like the wrong sort of leaves on the line tale.

Gratifying outcome

3:14pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sir – When, several weeks ago, nominations closed for the election to West Oxfordshire District Council of one councillor for the Woodstock & Bladon ward it produced an entirely new situation.

Drivers pose bigger threat than cyclists

3:13pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sir – I note that the local police have announced another clampdown on cyclists who cycle on pavements (last week’s Witney Gazette).

Monorail would glide past queues on A40

10:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Sir – It was with interest that I read John Hook’s suggestion of a cable car in order to help alleviate the congestion problems on the A40 (Gazette, May 14).

Councillors should do job or resign

10:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Sir – The Conservatives have been rightly criticised for their poor management of Witney Town Council and its assets such as the Corn Exchange and West Witney Sports Ground.

Flash floods should be warning

10:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Sir – The recent flash flooding after a short period of rain is a salutary reminder of a major unresolved issue.

Thank you for support in election

10:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Sir – I would like to thank those who voted for me in the local elections last week.

Give coffee shop at Witney Hospital a try

10:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Sir – I wonder how many Witney residents are aware of a facility at Witney Community Hospital that offers a wonderful service ?

Housing developer in ridiculous rush

10:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

Sir – Justine Garbutt’s letter (Make sure you have a say on housing plans, Gazette, May 7), makes many valid points on the proposal for a 1,000-homes scheme at Carterton West.

Housing proposals are pernicious

10:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

Sir – I am writing to voice my objection to the planning application by Crest Nicholson to build 1,000 homes on Alvescot Downs, to the west of Carterton.

Witney food festival was fantastic

10:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

Sir – Congratulations to all the team who put together the Witney Festival of Food and Drink on Saturday.






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