Development decisions by council must be consistent

10:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sir – I refer to the letter ‘Smaller developments can meet homes need’ by Nick Hobbs (Gazette, September 10).

Call halt to housing as transport infrastructure cannot cope

Witney Gazette: STANDSTILL: Traffic backed up on the A40 at Eynsham following an accident during rush-hour

10:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sir – I write as someone who has regularly commuted between Witney and Oxford for 20 years using the area’s main road – the A40, and so has first hand experience of its increasing inadequacy.

We need rail alternative to the A40

Witney Gazette: Trains meet at Witney station in the early 1960s

10:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sir – I was interested to read the article about the Prime Minister supporting a feasibility study for the reopening of the Witney to Oxford railway (Gazette, August 27).

Witney pedestrian crossing is right idea in wrong place

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sir – May I just make a correction to the quote you attributed to me in last week’s Witney Gazette about the Bridge St pedestrian crossing.

Bus link offers great London connections

10:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sir – The new S7 bus route is brilliant.

Thanks for helping Witney in Pink Day to raise more than £6,000

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sir – I would like to thank the many people who were involved in making the Against Breast Cancer Witney In The Pink event so special again this year.

Cutting traffic best way to combat congestion on A40

Witney Gazette: Hugh Jaeger

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sir – Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron claims A40 congestion is “a foot on the windpipe” of West Oxfordshire’s economy.

Communities under threat from over-development

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sir – Is the Government out to destroy our ancient market towns and villages?

Common sense must prevail on safety issues at Minster Lovell Hall ruins

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir – I appreciate that Mr Richman is upset at his son injuring himself trying to climb Minster Lovell Hall’s ruins (last week’s Witney Gazette) but surely the fault is not with English Heritage for not putting up signs.

Time for children to learn lessons about playing safe at Minster Lovell Hall ruins

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir – I am writing in response to the article about the call to make Minster Lovell Hall ruins safer, after a boy fell and injured his foot.

Join Brize Norton's tribute to village's fallen soldiers

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir – To commemorate the lives of the 18 Brize Norton residents who died in the service of their country during the First World War, Brize Norton Parish Council has planned a memorial, which is to be unveiled at a ceremony that is to take place on Friday, November 7.

Please bring back Minster Lovell's bus links

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir – On July 16, you reported that a new S7 bus service between Carterton, Witney and Headington was to be introduced, following a campaign by Witney councillors.

Bus link from West Oxfordshire to Headington hospitals is so important

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir – As one of the people who “agitated” for a bus link from Witney to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, I was sorry and surprised to read Peter Fry’s letter (Gazette, October 1) in which he told us that when he recently used the service, for much of the journey he more or less had the bus to himself.

Thanks to Good Samaritan who posted 'lost' birthday cards

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir – On Friday, September 26, I lost two birthday cards on my way to the post office.

Carterton has sites suitable to take new homes

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sir – It is fascinating to see that someone has compared Carterton and Brize Norton to Russia and Ukraine.

Brize Norton really is a community under threat

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sir – In all the hullabaloo following the publication of Brize Norton, A Village Community under Threat (Gazette, September 24) there has been little or no suggestion that the information contained in it is untrue.

Many communities in West Oxfordshire face unsustainable developments

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sir – Paul Creighton (Letters, Sept 24) makes some very valid points regarding landowners and developers.

UK aid for Sierra Leone's ebola victims deserves praise

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sir – I would like to thank Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron for his support for ebola sufferers in Sierra Leone.

Chequers inn is beating heart of community in Churchill

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sir – As a local farmer and regular of The Chequers in Churchill for 30 years, I was intrigued and amused to read your article over the ‘bitter row’ (last week's Gazette) currently gripping the village and pitching ‘locals’ and landlords against each other.

Group has conducted campaign of misinformation over homes plan

6:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sir – The article published in last week’s Witney Gazette with the heading ‘Housing bid likened to ‘military takeover,’ regarding the dossier by Brize Norton Action Group, deserves some comment.

Residents shot themselves in foot over housing

6:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sir – I have sympathy with the residents of Brize Norton as they oppose the new housing development planned for the east of Carterton.

Heartening show of support in fight against development

6:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sir – I am writing to thank all the dedicated residents of Witney who attended Witney Town Council’s planning meeting at the Langdale Hall last Tuesday evening.

Use new JR hospital bus link or lose it

6:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sir – There was great agitation for a bus link from Witney to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and Stagecoach introduced the S7 in July, although it was pointed out that it does not enter the JR site, but stops outside in Headley Way on its way to Brookes University. I travelled on the 13.22 bus on Tuesday and Wednesday last week.

Bees’ charity support

10:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sir – It is great to see such articles appear in the Witney Gazette (August 20, Making buzz to help boost bee numbers).

Help to plant daffodils

10:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sir – I would like to make an open invitation to my neighbours here in Cogges and Witney as a whole to come and help me achieve something quite beautiful.

Vested interests are pushing development

10:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sir – The proposed Burford Road housing development is not wanted by West Oxfordshire District Council and is not wanted by the people of Witney (Witney Gazette, September 3).

Sort out cycle paths

3:48pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir – Please can we get our cycle paths attended to?

Councillors won’t help

3:47pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir – The residents of Minster Lovell are continuing to suffer severe difficulties due to the withdrawal of the Stagecoach bus service S2.

Don’t forget other links

3:45pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir – The recent award of £35m in Government funds to help alleviate congestion between Witney and Oxford is surely a welcome investment for all who rely on the western approach to the city.

Alternative to the car

3:44pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir – The proposed guided bus system (last week’s Gazette) would be a disaster.

Vital questions to answer on transport

3:43pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir – There is a connection between the proposals to carpet West Oxfordshire with housing and a guided bus system linking Witney and Oxford.

Smaller developments can meet housing target

10:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir – After reading the letter by Helen Nicks (August 13), I couldn’t agree more about the need for consistency in planning decisions.

Puzzle over Bishop's Palace

10:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir – It was interesting to read in your Gazette Past article on August 27 about the discovery in 1984 of the remains of the Bishop’s Palace, off Church Green.

MoD came to senses over need for new RAF transport planes

10:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir – For many RAF aircrews and engineers at Brize Norton, the expected arrival there later this month of the RAF’s first A400M Atlas, new generation, Airbus-built transport aircraft could not be more welcome (Gazette, August 20).

Planning recklessness raises risk of floods

10:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Sir – I am writing in response to Stuart Harrison’s hard-hitting letter published in last week’s Witney Gazette, which, in my opinion, hit the nail right on the head.

Flooding means site simply not suitable for housing

10:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Sir – On reading through the draft Local Plan for West Oxfordshire, I find, unbelievably, that the district council is proposing to build on land at the back of Eastfield Road in Witney, knowing full well that Eastfield Road, Hailey Road and Cannon Pool all flood almost every year.

Speeders are putting lives at risk

10:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Sir – I would like to agree with everything that Diana Homer said in her letter (Gazette, August 20).

Enstone Show organisers should listen over animals' appearance

10:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Sir – Although not an Oxfordshire resident, I do visit the country frequently and have always enjoyed my time there – it is truly a beautiful part of the UK.

Welcome for Gazette website's new look

10:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Sir – I am writing to say a very brief thank you for the redesigned online editions of the Witney Gazette and its sister paper the Oxford Mail.

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.






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