How to fight threat of housing blight to community

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir – Our Witney community is under considerable threat.

Development suggestion puts question mark over future of repatriations pavilion

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir – West Oxfordshire District Council recently distributed a newsletter entitled Creating Futures, inviting us to comment on housing targets and the council’s draft Local Plan.

We need nightspots in Witney, not more places to eat

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir – You have reported in the past couple of weeks on the opening of the Como Lounge, which has replaced the Izi bar and nightclub in the Market Square.

Bus route changes just bizarre

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir – I write concerning the recent bizarre changes to the S2 bus route.

New rules strengthen support for diabetic pupils

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir – I would like to make your readers aware of new rules introduced by the Government to help improve support in school for children with medical conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and asthma.

Rat-runners are menace in Brize Norton

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir – I was appalled to read in the Witney Gazette last week that 70 from a total of 532 vehicles travelling through Brize Norton on Station Road and Carterton Road, and in Shilton Road, Carterton, were caught speeding by police.

Consistency needed over housing developments

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Sir – Reading your report ‘Controversial homes scheme turned down’ (Gazette, July 30) has left me confused.

Solve sewer system problems

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Sir – Les Marshall is to be congratulated for raising the issue of whether our antiquated sewage system will be able to cope with the massive housing growth in the area (last week’s Gazette).

Pavements are for people, not cars

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Sir – It was interesting to read your recent report (Gazette, July 23) and readers’ letters about a proposal to allow cars to park on pavements in Corn Street in Witney.

Housing plan would eat up valuable farmland

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Sir – In the Witney Gazette on June 25, you reported on an alleged consultation event held by Sharba Homes in Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall.

I do not live in a ghetto

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Sir – I take great exception to the choice of words made by a local councillor when she was interviewed on Oxford TV on the subject of the Richmond Villages retirement development in Witney.

Please take action over pavement parking

10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Sir – I was interested to read Sandy Slack’s letter in the Witney Gazette on July 23 pointing out what a bad idea it was to propose car parking on the pavement in Corn Street.

Big day for our bees

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10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Sir – The grand opening of the new WitneyBees teaching apiary took place at Southdown Farm, off Crawley Road on Saturday, July 26.

Carroll the cleric

10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Sir – I applaud Laura Palmer’s championship of the Stammering Foundation (last week’s Letters).

Handy hints on shutting out junk mail

10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Sir – A couple of weeks ago I had a letter from West Oxfordshire District Council telling me that the way I register to vote is changing.

Bus route changes cut off Minster Lovell

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sir – Your front page article in the Witney Gazette of July 16 about changes to bus services does not give the full story.

Communication failure over bus route changes

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sir – I was reading your recent article about Stagecoach’s intentions to introduce a new bus service between Carterton and the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Minibus shuttle could complete hospital link

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sir – With reference to your front page article regarding the hospital bus link.

Museum's moving exhibition about First World War worth visit

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sir – With the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, it is a good opportunity to remind people of the current exhibition at the Witney & District Museum.

Support available online for stammerers

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sir – I am responding to Don Chapman’s letter last week about the roots of croquet.

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.






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