12:52pm Wednesday 29th October 2014
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3:36pm Tuesday 28th October 2014
WITH reference to Brian Marsh's letter ref Highways and the awful situation reference the current state of our roads. I very much share the frustration and sentiments of his letter. Since being elected as the County Cllr for Dursley last year I have worked with local organisations such as Parish and Town Councils to endeavour to get repairs and highways work undertaken. The current situation is not working, the County let a new contract which in theory should be more efficient and effective. Sadly this has proved not to be the case, I have submitted numerous questions seeking basic information such as has the request for a repair been registered and if so will it be undertaken and if so by when and lastly a report back on when it is undertaken. Sadly none of this information has been forthcoming. There have also been numerous problems and complaints about how the new contractor has failed to work with the volunteers who maintain our valuable public footpaths. There is a lack of staff who actual work for the County Highways, who no longer actually check if the contractor carries out the work it has been asked to do. The formal excuse from the Conservative administration at Shire hall is that there are " teething problems" with the new contractor. I believe the time had come to question whether the County have a) the right contract and b) the right contractor, which I will certainly do.
3:32pm Tuesday 28th October 2014
I WAS interested to read the front page article about changes to routes by Stagecoach. More than two years ago I contacted Cotswold Green bus company and Gloucestershire transport department on a similar matter. Cotswold Green had replaced the low/easy access buses on the route along Woodmancote with high step vehicles. My elderly friend was no longer able to come into Dursley for her shopping and has since then had to rely on friends to shop for her. The answer that I received at the time was that in due course all high step access buses would be replaced by low level access vehicles; in fact this would be the law by 2014. So what is going on here? My friend is now totally housebound so for her the matter is no longer relevant. It sounds from your report that Mrs Gardner is struggling to access one of these out of date buses. In which case the excuse I was given at the time was a lie, or the bus company concerned is breaking the law. It is now 2014 so easy access buses should be here! It might be interesting for you to follow this up and establish the facts of the case.
12:52pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
NOW that Berkeley has its own established nuclear waste site with more to come. I was rather surprised that the intention now is to build an Engineering Apprentice establishment within its confines to me this is like placing Guy Fawkes on top of the bonfire what other country in the World would do such a stupid thing.
12:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
CONGRATULATIONS to Under the Edge Arts in Wotton under Edge for staging a wonderful Literary Festival this last week! We enjoyed several events: A fascinating talk about Polio, an interesting evening with three local writers. Last Saturday a full house enjoyed an evening entitled “Cider with Laurie” a celebration of Laurie Lee with Jamila Gavin and friends. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this happen.
12:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
HAS something gone wrong at Gloucestershire County Council’s Road Division South, no road repairs seem to be going on anywhere. Example One take the potholes at the junction of Henlow Drive and Bull Pitch, BEEN LIKE IT FOR OVER A YEAR, Six potholes marked for over five weeks but no repairs, Example two the roundabout at Bull pitch, turn towards Woodmancote and the car decides to have a will of its own and you are heading for the pavement. Example three the junction of Kingshill Road and Blackboys, the roundabout is in need of urgent repair, potholes everywhere. Has the county run out of money, with over £125-000-000 in reserve, is the current road contract not all what it was cracked up to be, is someone ill and nobody to take charge. May I suggest that the Chief Executive of the county council investigates, if the situation is like it is in the south of the county, what is the rest of the county like, the taxpayer deserves an explanation. While we are on the subject of potholes, why does it need two people to mark a pothole with a white spray can, make a report, type it on to a computer, issue an order to the workman, and I guess I have missed out over half a dozen further operations this is over £400 already wasted, and not a shovel full of tarmac laid, two men and a small lorry could cover the south of Gloucestershire in a month at a fraction of the current cost.
12:33pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
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12:27pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
AS I read the item in the GAZETTE, £1m U K I P donor will contest minister's seat, I thought the tentacles of hostile political parties are reaching us here. The love of money and the lust for power are fangs that pierce deep into society. These evils flourish where the Democratic system is used or misused in pursuit of them. Democracy to stop physical fighting can be like saying, "Peace, peace when there is no peace' - like giving an opiate to make people feel easy.
2:41pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
2:23pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
My thanks to the Gazette newspaper for the competition prize. The Gift Box of Centenary Novels, such a lovely prize to have won. Thank you for your competitions which I and many other readers look forward to and enjoy.
12:53pm Wednesday 1st October 2014
ON Saturday, September 20, I was walking down Wotton's High Street to do my weekly shopping and a friend with a trolley caused me to stop whilst wishing me a 'Happy Birthday'. After thanking her I turned to pass by and remember putting my foot into the gutter but suddenly down I went on to the road and everything went blank.
11:42am Wednesday 1st October 2014
2:09pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
MAY I, through your letters page, take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the Sunday teas in any way at St John the Evangelist Church, Purton. We have all had a fantastic time, enjoying the company of old and many new friends throughout this Summer, Sunday September 28, will be the last teas for this year, just look out for the teapot sign next year, when we hope to meet you all again.
12:43pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
11:19am Wednesday 6th August 2014
I WOULD just like to thank everyone who helped Thornbury in Bloom prepare the town for the visit of the Britain in Bloom judges over the last couple of weeks. It was a privilege to show the judges so many aspects of the town that make it such a wonderful place in which to live. I know we live in a great town because so many people have told me so whilst I have been out and about working on the preparation. A huge effort has been put in by so many people, the list is very long indeed and would fill up the letters page! Anyone who looks round the town can see the impact they have on how everything looks. One of the judges has been known to say ‘wow!’ when he sees something he particularly likes, I heard him say this so many times as we toured the town.
1:33pm Thursday 31st July 2014
11:50am Wednesday 30th July 2014
THE article headlined "houses over jobs", raises the question of whether business would come to Dursley if the infrastructure wer here to accommodate it. Are all the present commerical units in Dursley and Cam occupied?
11:42am Wednesday 30th July 2014
11:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014
I READ with great interest your article re the WW1 Exhibition at Newark Park, in this weeks Gazette, regarding the demise of James Power-Clutterbuck, I have some further details of the incident, which may be of interest to your readers.
11:41am Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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2:27pm Wednesday 9th July 2014
2:15pm Wednesday 9th July 2014
WE would like through your paper to say a very big thank you to everyone who attended the Kuczaj's Bash on Saturday June 28, 2014 at Hamfields Leisure, Berkeley to celebrate Pat and Rob's birthdays also family wedding anniversaries, instead of gifts we requested a collection for Epilepsy Action, we collected the grand total of £830 to which we are so grateful to everyone.
2:05pm Wednesday 9th July 2014
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12:06pm Tuesday 13th May 2014
12:19pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
12:17pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
12:17pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
The British National Party is totally different to any other political party in Britain. We don't just tell you what you want to hear, we tell you the truth. As a result the corrupt establishment controlling this country hates us, you may have noticed that.
12:17pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
An INDEPENDENCE from EUROPE (AIP) have shown that they can better represent the UK, offer more choice to the electorate and for over ten years have exposed aggressive bureaucracy within Brussels and Strasbourg.
12:16pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
12:14pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
Only the Conservatives have achieved real results in Europe - cutting the EU budget, vetoing a fiscal treaty that would have hurt our economy and taking Britain out of the Eurozone bailouts that Labour signed us up to.
12:14pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
12:11pm Wednesday 7th May 2014
“Gloucestershire together with the rest of the South West, the UK and indeed the rest of Europe, will once again go to the polls in the European elections on 22 May: we vote to choose our MEPs and inevitably we debate if we are better off in or out of the EU.
11:59am Wednesday 7th May 2014
Labour will work to advance a reform agenda which promotes economic growth and more secure, better paid jobs across the EU. Labour will tackle high youth unemployment whilst seeking banking reform to ensure proper control of bankers’ bonuses. Labour would increase transparency about the tax multinationals pay and supports a financial transaction tax agreed by all of the world’s financial centres.
3:18pm Tuesday 1st April 2014
3:21pm Tuesday 1st April 2014
THE Spring Fayre held in Coaley Village recently, which was in aid of Cotswold Care Hospice, was a fantastic success and we are delighted to say that we raised over £960 for The Hospice. We would like to thank all the people who helped on the day, those who donated cakes and raffle prizes, and of course everyone who came and supported us.
2:27pm Wednesday 12th March 2014
HOW sad to see that nearly all the Bailey's shops are closing, I remember all the hours, miles and hard work I spent setting them up and running them the Bailey way, the good manageress that took over from me as I moved on to open others, Long St, Gloucester, Thornbury, Wotton-under-Edge, Berkeley, Nailsworth, Cricklade, Witney and lastly Stonehouse the old shop, not the new one, which I see is now a convenience store. I hope the Berkeley store will stay, but the Bailey name sadly will not, such a shame.
2:48pm Thursday 13th February 2014
2:16pm Thursday 13th February 2014
COULD I thank the anonymous Good Samaritan who picked up my dazed and bloodied wife on Saturday morning and took her to the Vale hospital? Whilst out for a run (in a high visible jacket) she had been knocked down by a speeding cyclist in Church lane, Stinchcombe and left with severe facial injuries.