Leys should become Witney's showpiece again

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir – You have recently published two letters about The Leys.

Democracy matters

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir – Your report last week that members of Witney Town Council could face a “gagging order” leads one to assume that once again, democracy is rearing its ugly head!

We need A40 interchanges urgently

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir – I was interested to read your report on March 26 about the proposed Shores Green junction in the A40; this was accompanied by a diagram of the resulting roads according to the local plan.

Conservatives look out of touch

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir – The intouch newsletter from the Witney East Conservatives popped through my letter box recently – ‘Local Issues, Local Action, Local Conservatives’.

Thanks for helping me after fall

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir – Last Wednesday, while out running with my dog near Madley Park I took a tumble, managing to not only break a tooth and graze my face, but also to break both my arms.

Council secrecy 'not necessary'

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sir – It is a relief we still have a free press and that the Witney Gazette has lodged an official complaint about more than a third of Witney Town Council meetings being closed to the public in the last year.

Conservatives must explain new housing policies

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir – There’s a huge field of solar panels of dubious value off the A40 just west of Barnard Gate.

We need relief road before more houses are built

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir – I write in response to your article on April 2 regarding the proposed building of more new houses in Witney.

Houses should be built where jobs are

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir – May I sympathise with your correspondent, Mr R Lee, regarding the proposal to build 270 homes off Burford Road.

Film fans let down by Cineworld

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir – As someone who supported the Witney cinema at the Corn Exchange, I am bitterly disappointed with Cineworld in Witney.

Great to see community action

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sir – It’s fantastic that over the past few years we have seen the rise of such groups as Sustainable Witney, Meet & Veg Witney – a group for local vegans and vegetarians – Edible Gardens — for those who want to eat their own produce – and so many more.

Housing estate plan no laughing matter

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir – I’m sure many people were surprised by the article in last week’s Witney Gazette, about the proposal to build 270 homes off Burford Road, in a field immediately behind the Windrush pub.

Plans to improve The Leys are in pipeline

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir – What a great pity that Mr Pearce (last week’s Gazette Letters) has not attended any of the council’s leisure and recreation committee meetings, where he would have learned of the great changes that have been planned for the play areas of The Leys and which will be started this year.

New post counter poses problems for disabled

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir – With reference to your article (Witney Gazette, March 26) about the relocation of the post office to the back of WH Smith, it might be all right for the abled-bodied but it is an absolute nightmare for the disabled.

Warehouse staff were unhelpful

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir – I can also vouch for the recent experience of David Miles regarding Sobell House’s Witney warehouse.

Sobell House deserves our support

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sir – Contrary to the letters printed in your paper recently, our experiences at the Sobell House hospice warehouse in Witney have been very different.

The Leys in danger of becoming an eyesore

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Sir – I read with interest Mr Nutt’s letter last week about the state of Church Green in Witney, and would like to add that The Leys recreation ground is also becoming an eyesore.

Time to rethink housing policies

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Sir – Is it time to rethink local housing policy?

Cycle path makes sense

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Sir – David Nimmo Smith, the county council’s cabinet member for transport, is quoted (last week’s Gazette) as saying “Eynsham residents can already use the cycle path on the A40 if they wish to cycle into Oxford”.

Cycle path would pay for itself

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Sir – You quoted county councillor David Nimmo Smith in your article about the proposed Eynsham-Botley cycle path last week as saying “to secure the funding from central Government, you have to show that it is really on an economic route”.

Businesses need help to survive and thrive

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Sir – When walking down the pathway from Witney’s Market Square via Nortons to the car park, I noticed that two cafes were closed, Cafe Ortuga and the Sweet Shop.

Councils need to sort out Church Green

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Sir – The view from Market Square down the length of Church Green to St Mary’s Church is generally considered to be the finest view in Witney.

Driven mad by delays on A40

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Sir – I travel to Oxford from Witney twice daily and have noticed the many hold-ups that occur on a regular basis and the frustration for drivers going about their business on Saturday, March 15, a car had broken down on the A40 near to the speed cameras past the Witney bypass.

No justice over bicycle crash injuries

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Sir – Six years ago, I fell foul of a speed camera in Chipping Norton.

Charity will miss out on donations

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Sir – For a number of years, my husband and I have donated very generously to Sobell House hospice, through its Witney warehouse, including several pieces of antique furniture.

Call about part for crib bought at boot sale

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Sir – I sold a Cosatto baby crib at Witney car boot sale (advertised in the Gazette) at Ducklington on Sunday, March 16, and the young family unfortunately left one vital part behind.

Thanks for generosity to food bank

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Sir – On behalf of the Witney Food Bank we all would like to thank people for their generosity in donating food and money, and also to staff at the Waitrose supermarket in the Woolgate Centre for their kind help on the weekend of March 15-16, for helping us set up and advertising the food bank in their store.

Manners missing at charity warehouse

10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Sir – Following my father’s recent death, it was decided that various items should go to charity. Sobell House hospice in Oxford was included in this as a way of thanking the staff at the Churchill Hospital for their undoubted care and support at a difficult time.

Council should get grip on litter problem

10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Sir – Every year, especially in autumn and winter, West Oxfordshire District Council needs prompting to comply with the law regarding the removal of litter from both urban and rural roads.

Post Office creates confusion over new location

10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Sir – Witney’s Crown post office closed last Wednesday.

Time to think about transport links

12:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Sir – I live in one of West Oxfordshire’s less fortunate satellite settlements, without predictable public transport into Oxford.

Parking problems could cause accident

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Sir – Regarding parking problems (Gazette, February 26): the long-stay parking problem now seems to have moved to The Leys in Witney.

Don't forget to dredge the rivers

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Sir – A proposed £123m flood relief channel around Oxford is good news, but hopefully an additional river dredging programme will be considered too.

Please fix pesky pothole

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Sir – In the UK, we used to drive on the left side of the road, now we drive on what is left of the road.

Thriving town a pleasure to visit

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Sir – On a recent shopping trip to Witney, I was very impressed by the number of independent shops and coffee houses, the friendliness of staff and, above all, the free parking.

New homes would make flooding worse

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Sir – We write to support the sensible letter from Tim Sampson (Gazette Letters, February 12), who pointed out the serious flooding problems that already exist in the Shill Brook valley, as his photograph graphically illustrated.

College's housing schemes far from Christian

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Sir – I have been following with great interest the correspondence about the houses to be built in Brize Norton, not Carterton.

Mistakes filled ponds with silt

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Sir – My wife and I have lived at Cassington for 53 years and have seen The Thames Conservancy, who were first class, with their teams of country lads who knew what to do.

Council phone system cost me dear

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Sir – Oxfordshire County Council has begun using a telephone system that generates much income by the way it leads the caller on a path to nowhere while using a premium rate number.

Gang show was just magic

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Sir – Just when it seems all our lovely old ways and traditions are on the wane, we have a hope in our hearts after seeing the wonderful Scouts and Guides’ Gang Show at Radley College.

We must work together to improve Carterton

5:00pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

Sir – I agree with Tim Sampson’s letter about the Shill Brook (February 12). It’s already a conservation target area but Carterton would really benefit from an AONB on its doorstep.

Please don't spoil my village

5:00pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

Sir – Do we need 700 houses in Brize Norton?

Don't forget to have say on housing plans

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Sir – Christ Church, Oxford, has made an application for Bloor Homes to build 700 houses within the parish boundaries of Brize Norton and comments about the proposals to West Oxfordshire District Council have been invited.

Reasons to reject extra housing

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Sir – In April 2012, we received a decision from West Oxfordshire District Council refusing an application to build one dwelling in our garden.

Extra houses will mean more flooding

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Sir – In his letter (Gazette, February 5), councillor David Harvey says that: “Flood risk is now a major planning consideration for future developments”.

Shop is too crowded to house post office

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Sir – Last Tuesday, which is not normally regarded as an exceptionally busy one, I did some shopping in WH Smith in Witney.

Thanks for help after fall

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Sir – I would like to thank the gentleman in the Vitamin Shop in Witney High Street for his kind assistance when I fell on the pavement outside on February 8.

Thanks for supporting fight for post office

10:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Sir – Thanks to all who signed petitions or cards, went to consultations, or online, to save post office services in Witney.

Site not suitable for new homes

10:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Sir – Christ Church in Oxford has put in a planning application to build 700 houses on land it owns in Brize Norton parish, next to the RAF base (Gazette, January 29).

Noise will be too much for new homes

10:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Sir – West Oxfordshire District Council needs to consider its response to the application to build 700 homes east of Carterton in Brize Norton parish very carefully, as its decision may have implications nationally with respect to noise pollution on other sites.






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