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The Westmorland Gazette /opinion/letters/

Published: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:13:06 +0000

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:13:06 +0000


LETTER: Are you a Cartmelian - or a Cartmellian?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:01:00 +0000

I EDIT the Cartmel Courier, a monthly newspaper of a retirement community in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA.

LETTER: An important asset for Kendal

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:50:00 +0000

I WAS most interested to see the Gazette report and the comment about the old Bridge Hotel in Kendal (Gazette, February 8, 'Community bids to save riverside pub').

LETTER: Answering a query about the legal status of the common land by Kendal's New Road

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:54:00 +0000

I WOULD like to thank Derek Lomax from Crosscrake for his query concerning the legal status of the common land by New Road in Kendal (Letters, February 8, 'Common land regulations').

LETTER: Convex mirror would solve blind spot

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:06:00 +0000

I AM concerned that the exit from Larch Grove on to Parkside Road at Kendal has a blind spot on the right, where you cannot observe the oncoming traffic from the vicinity of the town.

LETTER: Why not build a new Houses of Parliament in Manchester?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:58:02 +0000

IF THE refurbishment and much-needed repairs to the Houses of Parliament are going ahead at vast cost and if it’s not going to happen until 2025, then why not build a new Parliament in Manchester (or possibly some other middle of the country city), with on-site lodgings for MPs to use when needed?

LETTER: A couple of hours will make a massive difference

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:11:00 +0000

DO YOU want to be the person who enables someone with sight loss to walk into 2018 with confidence? At Guide Dogs, we believe no one with sight loss should be left out of life, and by being a volunteer sighted guide you can help us make this a reality in the New Year.

LETTER: Small gestures of kindness really make a huge difference

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:47:00 +0000

I AM a great fan of marking ‘significant’ ages in a positive way, to celebrate being alive and, thankfully, being healthy. This year I am turning 50 and rather than throwing a big party I’ve decided to celebrate in a way that benefits other people.

LETTER: Want a white knuckle ride? Go to Blackpool, not Thirlmere

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:06:07 +0000

AS WE enter the 21st century we witness the ongoing destruction of our once green and pleasant land.

LETTER: Euthanasia might be appropriate in some cases

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000

WHILE we found Silent Witness on BBC1 excellent as always, I do wonder if the scriptwriters for a recent episode - concerning a scandal in two care homes where a doctor and male nurse were euthanising residents in return for payment from relatives - have ever had a loved one of a great age incarcerated in a care home.

LETTER: Zip wires will disturb the peace at Thirlmere

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:04:00 +0000

DAVID Snaith (Letters, February 1 'Wires won't disturb peace') has obviously never used the Armboth road on the west side of Thirlmere, a lovely peaceful lane ideal for walks, cycle rides, etc.

LETTER: Where will people going to the events' hub' park?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:30:06 +0000

HOW I laughed at the front page report (Gazette, February 1, Town unveils events hub vision') regarding the former New Road car park at Kendal.

LETTER: Use Kendal's Market Place for an events 'hub' - not New Road

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:29:09 +0000

I read the report on plans for New Road at Kendal (Gazette, February 1, 'Town unveils events hub vision'). If they are anything like the grandiose, expensive plans for the Market Place one shudders to think of the outcome.

LETTER: How sad that people would resort to such depths

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:36:00 +0000

I would like to bring the public's attention to an incident that happened on Sunday, January 28, on Milnthorpe Road at Kendal between 6.15pm and 7pm.

LETTER: We must vigorously oppose the assault on our heritage

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:14:08 +0000

WITH regards to the proposed zip wires at Thirlmere, it comes as no surprise that Cumbria’s Tourism and Lake District Park Partnership Business Task Force back the commercialisation of the Lake District for the purpose of financial gain and at the cost of the beauty, peace and tranquillity that most visitors to the National Park seek, far from the noisy, polluted and ugly urban centres where they have to live.

LETTER: Politicians must prioritise to tackle inequality

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:27:11 +0000

The super-rich, huge global corporations and politicians met in the Davos ski-resort to discuss world affairs. While a lot of the focus, rightly, was on global inequality and what can be done to help developing countries, it should be borne in mind that the UK is one of the most unequal of all developed countries.

LETTER: 'Appalled' at thought of zip wires over Thirlmere

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:10:09 +0000

AS A fell walker of many years experience in the Lake District, including Thirlmere, I am absolutely appalled at the thought of zip wires criss-crossing the lake.

LETTER: Bring the sparkle back to Kendal

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:20:08 +0000

On a visit to Kendal on January 17, we parked at 9am at Dowker Lane car park.

LETTER: It's time to join up health and social care

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:55:12 +0000

a breath of fresh air Dr Joshua Macaulay is (Podium, Jan 11, 'Change is needed with NHS under severe strain') when he suggests that health care and social care be more joined up, believing that both are the same thing.

LETTER: Could you become a 'Dementia Friend'?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 11:19:08 +0000

I WANT to take the opportunity to thank local Alzheimer’s Society supporters who united against dementia last year by fundraising, campaigning and volunteering.

LETTER: Spend cash raised by increasing Council Tax on second homes on better rural transport

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 10:19:09 +0000

I read the podium column by Carl Lis, the chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Gazette, January 25, 'Action is needed to curb second homes in the Dales').

LETTER: Zip wire will not affect the peace and tranquility of the Lake District

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:44:10 +0000

Unlike Sheila Gordon (Letters, January 18, 'Screams and shout fears'), I live in the Lake District and, like Sheila Gordon, I too love it.

LETTER: Windermere is alive, bustling and on the up and up

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:24:05 +0000

Regarding the report 'Car chaos' (Gazette, January 25), it is very important for readers to know that whatever parking problems we face in Windermere it is because of how amazing and wonderful our town is.

LETTER: A Kendal northern relief road would be a white elephant

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:57:04 +0000

THAT a Northern Relief Road would help ease congestion in Kendal following blockage of the M6 is clear, but that is arguably the sole benefit it would bring to the town.

LETTER: Many of our road signs are a disgrace

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:17:09 +0000

Who is responsible, if anyone, for the upkeep of road signs in south Cumbria?

LEtTER: Litter is unsightly and dangerous to wildlife

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:30:08 +0000

NOW that the trees are bare and the hedges exposed, the amount of litter in our county is revealed.

LETTER: Thanks to all for your caring help

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:53:11 +0000

I WOULD like to thank proprietors Steve and Karen Thompson and their staff for caring response to an emergency on New Year's Eve.

LETTER: Council was right to protect drumlin landscape in South Lakeland

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:59:10 +0000

I WRITE to give credit where credit is due. In particular, the councillors of the South Lakeland District Council committee is deciding the outcome the planning application for the power station at Old Hutton.

LETTER: Our tax system needs reform

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:01:16 +0000

WITH the self-assessment income tax deadline for online returns looming large on January 31, the minds of those to whom this applies become concentrated. However, income taxes affect most of us and it is a subject in which a lot of misinformation is regularly bandied about.

LETTER: Nothing wrong with pipe-smoking shepherd statue

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:34:10 +0000

WHAT a pity people who live in Hawes have nothing more worthwhile to do than complain about a sculpture depicting smoking a pipe (Gazette, January 4, 'Pipe smoking shepherd row').

LETTER: Horrified by prospect of screaming thrill seekers using Thirlmere zip wires

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:48:11 +0000

THOSE of us who love the Lake District will be horrified by the idea of scores of thrill seekers screaming and shouting as they 'zip' along wires suspended above Thirlmere.

LETTER: Charity shop is a hidden gem

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:47:10 +0000

THE charity shop on Main Street at Sedbergh is a hidden gem. Staffed by the most helpful team of volunteers you will ever meet, an afternoon of browsing here will leave you wanted to come back time and time again.

LETTER: Nationalise the train operators

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:37:09 +0000

Robert Talbot (Letters, January 4, 'Problems with train services') discusses the appalling service provided by Arriva Rail North and the general malaise of our railways.

LETTER: Why didn't the Lake District National Park Authority object to the plans to extend the Kirkby Moor wind farm?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:07:06 +0000

THE planning application to extend the life of Kirkby Moor wind farm was refused by South Lakeland District Council on December 5. That refusal concurred with the refusal of all 13 consultee parish councils, local district and county councillors and an overwhelming objection by local individual residents of the area.

LETTER: One way to kill the 'golden goose'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:49:12 +0000

"How do you kill the goose that laid the golden egg"? Introduce a tourist tax to the Lake District.

LETTER: Does the Lake District need a tourist tax?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:49:13 +0000

A STRIKING minor episode in Buttermere over Christmas has made me wonder whether a tourist tax, used widely and successfully across Europe, might provide a solution to current constraints on Cumbria County Council’s winter roads budget.

LETTER: Donald Trump's tactics over Korea seem to be paying dividends

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:50:05 +0000

WHILE I am certainly not an admirer of American President Donald Trump the man, I do believe he is possibly serving a useful purpose in unexpected ways.

LETTER: Explanations of meteorological conditions

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0000

It was wonderful to see Leo Houlding in Antarctica enjoying one of nature’s spectacular heavenly glories of a ‘solar corona’ (Gazette, January 4).

LETTER: Building on green field sites is not acceptable to all

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:24:00 +0000

THE proposal to lend £6m to housing associations to build low cost homes in South Lakeland sounds to be a good proposal in principal.

LETTER: Having a second home is a privilege and privilege comes with a cost

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:08:00 +0000

IT’S good to hear that Mr Froggatt (Letters, December 28, 'Don't increase Council Tax') is prepared to pay 100 per cent of owed Council Tax as his contribution to sustaining local communities in south Cumbria.

LETTER: The benefits of Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool are far reaching

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:49:00 +0000

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Colin Renshaw, chairman of South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust, in that the Kendal pool needs adequate secure funding (Podium, December 14, 'Time to end cap in hand approach to pool funding').

LETTER: Is this the tattiest lamp post in Kendal?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:16:29 +0000

Is this the tattiest lamp post in Kendal?

LETTER: Using nuclear weapons would be catastrophic

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:08:00 +0000

Kent Brooks responded to my recent letter (November 16, 'It's time to doth Trident') highlighting the fact that the government is planning to squander ever more billions of pounds on the Trident nuclear weapons system by asserting that “our only way of protecting ourselves” is to threaten others “with a like-for-like retaliation” (Letters, December 7, 'Nuclear subs are insurance').

LETTER: Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool needs permanent funding

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:30:00 +0000

I have been using Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool for some time since I had two operations on my shoulder to keep me mobile and, apart from several weeks earlier in the year, have not had to receive physiotherapy.

LETTER: Waste in the NHS must be tackled

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:42:00 +0000

Laid out on our kitchen table ,which measures 8ft by 3ft, are numerous dressings plus an arm brace and a hospital gown.

LETTER: Thanks for making Santa and his Elves to welcome

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:48:00 +0000

ON BEHALF of Settle Rotary Club, I would like to say a big 'thank you' to both adults and children who made Santa and his Elves so welcome as we toured the area, from Hellifield to Clapham and Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Wigglesworth and all places in between.

LETTER: Storm-damaged New Road to Gooseholme bridge at Kendal must be reopened soon

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:14:00 +0000

As a walker I was pleased to read (Gazette, December 21, 'Flood-hit bridge reconnects parishes') that Fisherman's Bridge, near Sedbergh, has been reinstated two years after being destroyed in Storm Desmond.

LETTER: Too many trains being cancelled on the Lakes Line

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 06:18:00 +0000

THANK you for the wide-ranging informative coverage of rail-related articles (Gazette, December 14). It turned out to be very pertinent and almost prophetic, in that on the very day people were reading their copies of the Gazette, Arriva Rail North (Northern) reached a nadir by cancelling 10 trains on the Lakes Line.

LETTER: My fears of interminable waits and chaos were unfounded

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:57:00 +0000

TEN days before Christmas I slipped on black ice within yards of my home and spectacularly broke my ankle. On Christmas Eve I was back at home after an operation to put a plate and some screws in the ankle, with the prospect of a quiet Christmas and a good recovery in the next weeks.

LETTER: Money should be ringfenced each year to support Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:14:00 +0000

PUBLIC money should be ring fenced each year to keep pools like Sandgate at Kendal open.

LETTER: Alarm over trial period to relocate disabled parking bays in Kendal

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:08:00 +0000

I READ, with some alarm, the report about a six-month trial period to relocate disabled parking bays in Kendal (Gazette, December 7, 'Parking bays move agreed').