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Published: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:56:44 +0000

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LETTER: Trust supports families with a seriously ill child

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:16:44 +0000

WITH Christmas just around the corner, I’m feeling particularly excited as this will be my first Christmas as a dad. My daughter may still be tiny, but I’m looking forward to starting those festive family traditions that I have such fond memories of growing up with myself.

LETTER: Increasing numbers of tourists are destroying the peace of the Lake District

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:39:00 +0000

I share the concerns about the over exploitation of the area expressed by Mr Gaukroger (Letters, November 23, 'Saturation Point is Close').

LETTER: Do you remember Annie?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:52:00 +0000

I AM looking for some further information about a lady called Annie, who ran the Ulverston Post office more than 50 years or so ago.

LETTER: We do not want these 'monstrosities' in the Lake District

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:42:00 +0000

IN REPLY to Mr Herbert from Northampton, who wrote to support the proposal to extend the life of the Kirby Moor windfarm (Letters, November 23, 'Extend life of the wind farm'), I believe that these bird-shredding, bat-mangling monstrosities have no place anywhere near the Lakes.

LETTER: 'Dirty' Kendal needs a clean-up

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:27:00 +0000

Recently my friend and I went to Keswick for the day.

LETTER: Have your say over how Cumbria County Council decides its budget

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +0000

LAST Thursday (November 23) at the Cumbria County Council Cabinet meeting we launched the budget proposal that in order to pay for the services that the county council provides the amount that is collected in Council Tax is increased by a total of 3.99 per cent.

LETTER: Flooding lessons must be learned

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:55:00 +0000

Thanks you for reporting the effects of the November floods around Burton and Holme (Gazette, November 30, 'Flood waters wreak havoc across county').

LETTER: US President Woodrow Wilson visited the Lake District five times

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:17:00 +0000

AS THE author of 'An American President's Love Affair with the English Lake District' I was delighted to see the reference by Roger Bingham (Nostalgia, November 9) to US President Woodrow Wilson's visit to Carlisle on December 29, 1918, on his way to chairing the Peace Conference in Versailles at the end of World War One.

LETTER: Let's all respect one another

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:14:00 +0000

SEEING the amazing Blue Planet programmes makes one realise how insignificant we really are.

LETTER: Peter Rabbit movie could bring benefits to the Lakes

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:59:00 +0000

THE report on page three spread of The Westmorland Gazette, November 16 edition ('Potter fans hopping mad over film trailer') on the new trailer for the up and coming Peter Rabbit Movie was a blow for the overall promotion of film in the Lake District.

LETTER: In praise of the Angels of the North

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:56:00 +0000

I was saddened by Louise Broughton’s letter concerning the NHS (November 9, ‘Privatise the health service), but heartened by Jean Wood’s splendid letter the following week, which is more in line with my own experience.

LETTER: Many people do not want the life of the Kirkby Moor wind farm to be extended

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:40:00 +0000

HAVING read the letter by Mr Herbert (November 23, 'Extend life of the wind farm'), I note that he does not live locally. The opinion of many local people and 11 parish councils is that the application to extend the life of the Kirkby Moor wind farm should be refused.

LETTER: Is the Lake District reaching saturation point with tourists?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:47:00 +0000

When does a tourist destination reach saturation? With the pressures this year on the voluntary mountain rescue teams and the ever-expanding hotel and tourist trade concerned about recruiting staff both now and after we exit the EU, the Lake District appears to be heading in that direction.

LETTER: Extend life of the wind farm

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 11:11:00 +0000

I HAVE been reading comments about the proposal to extend the life of the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm, because I often visit the Kendal area. I am a member of the National Trust and I am also concerned about air pollution and global warming.

LETTER: Traffic in Ulverston needs to be limited to 20mph

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:29:00 +0000

I write regarding Ulverston and the need for a 20mph scheme.

LETTER: The Referendum Act did not commit the country to enact the result

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:25:00 +0000

There were two letters in The Westmorland Gazette of November 2 pushing for a ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit of unknown consequence, against one defending the benefits of EU membership.

LETTER: There is no mandate for anyone who wants to reverse Brexit

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:56:00 +0000

The letter from Roger Wilkinson (November 16, 'Grim future') is typical of those who wish to deny freedom and democracy to the UK voters.

LETTER: There are too many second homes in South Lakeland

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:27:00 +0000

I sincerely hope that Tim Farron will get some support in government for his proposals on second home ownership (Gazette, November 9, 'Change the law on second homes - MP').

LETTER: Why does service differ at different hospitals?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0000

HAVING spent the larger part of this year attending hospitals in Kendal, Barrow and Newcastle one would wonder why there is no level playing field in the services provided by NHS England.

LETTER: Wonderful kindness shown by people 'up North'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:40:00 +0000

STOPPING recently at a petrol station about 20 miles south of Kendal we noticed a puncture. In the 15-20 minutes it took to unload the boot and change the tyre, the following happened.

LETTER: People must be allowed to speak at planning meetings

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:33:00 +0000

Two weeks ago, The Westmorland Gazette quite rightly reported on the discussion that took place in the planning committee of South Lakeland District Council, which was considering ways in which it could streamline its processes given its heavy workload.

LETTER: No sympathy for the bankers

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:02:00 +0000

So, massive redundancies are forecast to occur in the London banking sector as a result of Brexit.

LETTER: Rule Britannia!

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:24:00 +0000

THE writer of 'We need another referendum' (Letters, October 26), crafts a legalistic argument which misses the point of the democratic mandate from us Brits to regain control of our country from an unelected foreign commission presided over by an executive at the top of the EU pyramid.

LETTER: EU referendum did not give a very clear result

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:41:00 +0000

Just a short comment to add to the letters about the EU referendum. Of those who did vote, 51.9 per cent voted Leave and 48.1 per cent voted Remain.

LETTER: We must be ready to walk away from Brexit negotiations with no deal rather than a bad deal

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:20:00 +0000

As the EU continues to be intransigent over Brexit negotiations, the British government should be fully prepared to walk away with no deal rather than agree to a bad deal.

LETTER: Can you help service for Armed Services veterans and their families to access information, advice and support?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:46:00 +0000

In last week's Rethink Remembrance’ Podium article it is mentions that last year The Royal British Legion (TRBL) has been able to answer more than 1,077,019 requests for help from the Armed Forces community.

LETTER: Grange Pumpkin Walk was brilliant

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:49:00 +0000

This year's Grange Pumpkin Walk on Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26, was brilliant. It was the third year it's been held and the best yet!

LETTER: Kendal needs a northern relief road

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:15:00 +0000

The recent closure of both lanes of the M6 due to a mobile crane catching fire and the subsequent traffic congestion in Kendal due to traffic being diverted through Kendal once again highlights the need for the planners to be looking seriously at a northern by-pass for Kendal.

LETTER: We get benefits from our financial contributions to the EU

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:45:00 +0000

The letter ‘Threat to EU money tree’ (Letters, October 19) provides a one-sided, simplistic response to a very complex issue.

LETTER: Like it or not, the EU referendum is binding

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:43:00 +0000

Would Rosemary Lewis (Letters, October 26, 'We need new referendum') be demanding another EU referendum if the country had voted remain? The answer is no.

LETTER: We need to be more self-reliant

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 06:36:00 +0000

INDEED self-help and local resilience will overcome rural adversity, as your comments (October 12) rightly urges.

LETTER: Common land is 'for the many'

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:49:00 +0000

WHILE I am not a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn I think his much repeated mantra “for the many, not the few” is particularly apposite to the New Road situation at Kendal. That is what common land is all about.

LETTER: Still work to be done to refine the driving test

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:01:00 +0000

THE driving test is about to go through a significant change. The ideas behind the change are aimed at making the test more consistent with real life driving and are generally welcomed. However, some of the changes are quite controversial.

LETTER: We need to understand more about this common land at Kendal

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:46:00 +0000

SOUTH Lakeland District Council has prevented vehicle access to the side of New Road Common Land, at Kendal, on the legal grounds of 'safety' and access denied to lawful users for 'air and recreation'.

LETTER: Corporal punishment was a way of distinguishing the sheep from the goats

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:41:00 +0000

I AM appalled at the Scottish Government’s ill-considered intention to ban the reasonable chastisement of children by their parents.

LETTER: Why can't Kendal be more like Berwick upon Tweed when it comes to parking charges?

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:12:00 +0000

I HAVE recently returned from two weeks' holiday in the historic Border walled town of Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.

LETTER: Kendal needs a northern relief road

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:32:00 +0000

ONCE again, due to recent problems on the M6, heavy traffic has been diverted through Kendal in order to rejoin the motorway to the North. This reinforces the argument in favour of a northern relief road.

LETTER: Donate an hour to support the Rainbow Trust

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:08:00 +0000

With the clocks going back, I can’t help but think how precious time is. When my two-year-old daughter Nevaeh was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009, I desperately tried to cling on to every hour, afraid of what the future might bring.

LETTER: More people can now park cheaply after New Road decision

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:58:00 +0100

Among all the protests about the prevention of parking on the common land on New Road at Kendal there has been little mention of one positive outcome, apart from the obvious improvement in appearance of the riverside on New Road.

LETTER: Thanks for all your great help and work

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:31:00 +0100

It's very easy, and quite often justified, to hurl a brickbat now and then, and heaven knows anyone who knows me well - or has come across letters from me in this paper - will know that I don't suffer fools gladly, and have indeed hurled many a brickbat.

LETTER: Push button society does not encourage us to save

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:40:00 +0100

I am not surprised to hear that some of the young people today have serious debt problems.

LETTER: What has happened to this once great country?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:37:00 +0100

WHAT has happened to this once great country that the EU suddenly has us all quaking in our boots at the thought we may leave without a deal and have to make our own decisions?

LETTER: We need a second referendum when we have a better idea of what leaving the EU will mean in practice

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:35:00 +0100

I ALWAYS thought that in the UK we were governed by a parliamentary democracy, where we elect a representative to debate in the House of Commons and vote on our behalf.

LETTER: Cars should have speed limiters fitted

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:43:00 +0100

THE announcement that the Ministry of Justice is to increase the maximum sentence from 14 years to life in prison for causing death by dangerous driving – in line with manslaughter – might seem like a good result.

LETTER: We should give a pay rise to MPs

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:20:00 +0100

IT IS time now to increase salaries for Members of Parliament to £400,000 plus.

LETTER: Lottery organisers should go back to the original formula

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:56:00 +0100

I WONDER how many people go to bed each Saturday night feeling deflated and somewhat depressed that the 'Lotto' didn't deliver once again.

LETTER: A different way to handle domestic waste and re-cycling?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:52:00 +0100

WITH all the new houses being built throughout South Lakeland and beyond, our councils are missing a big opportunity to plan for the future of domestic waste and re-cycling.

LETTER: Common land is for everyone

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:27:00 +0100

WITH regards to the 'car park' at New Road at Kendal, the fact is that the protestors defeat their own argument by talking about their 'rights'.

LETTER: The new bridge at Staveley needed to be higher

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:29:00 +0100

The overnight rainfall of the 29th and 30th of September caused more flooding in Cumbria. The water level of the river Gowan in Staveley (near Kendal) rose by over a metre overnight - right up to the level of the underside of the new bridge opened in May, 18 months after the old one had been closed following Storm Desmond!

LETTER: Count your blessings

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:08:00 +0100

Phil Flemings Column ('Count your blessings, name them one by one', September 21) brought back memories of my days in the Mission Hall in Glasgow in my youth.