Bollard affair is farcical

1:09pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Most residents of Kidlington are aware that the High Street was pedestrianised in April 2012, and it was anticipated that enforcement would be difficult due to the police funding being cut. Kidlington Parish Council put pressure on Cherwell District Council to provide some physical barrier.

Tram link for A40

1:08pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – The proposed Guided Bus System (Report, September 4) would be a disaster for Oxford, the city is choked with buses already and they want to add more.

Electric is the future

1:07pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – To reintroduce buses to the Cornmarket will return a primary retail street to the unpleasant and dangerous quagmire it was before.

Moving pavements

1:06pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – To return traffic to Cornmarket would be a major retrograde step, in my view. Since pedestrianisation it is a pleasure to see residents and visitors thronging the street and enjoying the buskers.

Cross-city service

1:05pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – After all these years I do not want to see buses trolling up Cornmarket again.

Creative alternative

1:05pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – The demand from bus companies and others to restore some through bus routes along Cornmarket (Letters, August 28) is understandable, but it poses a painful dilemma for transport planners who can claim substantial environmental and aesthetic benefits from removing all motor traffic from this street.

Preserve Green Belt

1:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – One expects assaults on the Green Belt from ‘developers’ and empire-building politicians, but it’s astonishing to see Oxford Civic Society’s chairman joining in (Councils told to agree plan for expansion of city region, August 14).

Unanswered queries

1:03pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – In a democracy, you expect to be able to engage in a dialogue with your local council. But a packed public meeting in Wolvercote was told that the council’s principal planner, Rachel Williams, had not even responded to an invitation to attend to answer local queries.

Record low turnout

1:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – For a democracy to function and for the result to be considered legitimate, the electorate must be able to take part. With Police and Crime Commissioners elected on turnouts of 15 per cent, people have rightly questioned what legitimacy they now have.

Spectacular dig

1:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – As a footnote to Chris Koenig’s informative article on Pevsner’s ‘lost’ church treasures it is worth recalling that between 1973 and 1974, before the conversion of All Saints Church to the library of Lincoln College, Brian Durham carried out what is arguably the most spectacular excavation of any medieval site in Oxford.

Line in the sand

1:01pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – It was good to see Chris Koenig reminding us that Iraq was based on the existing Ottoman provinces of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra (History Man, August 28).

Honourable fight

1:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – I was glad to read (on my return from holiday) (Stone memorial will honour Spanish Civil War volunteers, August 14) that Oxford will commemorate those that fought tyranny by volunteering to join the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Oxford has an honourable place in the fight against fascism.

Swift service

12:59pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – I applied by post recently for an Indian visa via an agent. The agent received my application midday on September 1. It was checked and sent to the Indian Embassy on the following day. It arrived back with me at 8.30am on September 4. What service.

Help to buy pub

12:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – The article on pages 114/115 of last week’s Oxfordshire Limited Edition magazine is inaccurate in stating that Raymond Blanc provided a loan to the community to facilitate the purchase of The Bull.

Overpriced stalls

12:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Each year in early September I find myself scratching my head and wondering why the local authorities allow the centre of our beautiful city to be taken over by a so-called “traditional fair”.

Listen to scientists

12:57pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Mr Tyce’s letter (Letters, August 28) attempts to relate everyday weather to climate, they are not the same thing.

Curb carbon emissions

12:56pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – It is human to err and politicians are not exempt from making mistakes. The 2008 Climate Change Act introduced by Ed Miliband made a few errors unfortunately.

New post service

12:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

New post service Sir – On Sunday, September 7, East Oxford Delivery Office began a pilot of Sunday opening. The initiative is designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.

Attractive courses

12:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

Sir – Paul Huband writes (Letters, September 4) that A-Levels must have been devalued because a pupil with 2 A* and an A at A-Level is destined for Oxford Brookes.

Community under threat

3:14pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Our Witney community is under considerable threat. We would encourage you to tell WODC:

Views ignored

3:12pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – A few months ago there was a well-attended public consultation about the Northern Gateway, held in a local hotel.

Confused messages

3:11pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – CPRE Oxford is surprised to see the statement by the leader of the city council, Bob Price, in the Oxford Mail (August 30) that a £12m funding bid for road improvements at Pear Tree/Northern Gateway was turned down by the Government because it was “not listed as a priority”.

Teething troubles

3:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Your Northern Gateway article and editorial (August 28) betray your reliance on the opinions of a councillor who has always opposed the project. If those opinions prevailed, Oxford would be damaged.

Far from wonderful

3:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – As part of the Northern Gateway consultation Oxford City Council gave an option of using the city-wide standard of at least 10% of the site area that is developed for housing as public open space.

Extraordinary man

3:09pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Your article Modest lifestyle of man who gave away millions, (August 21) August was a welcome reminder of the extraordinary philanthropy of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.

Depressing verbiage

3:08pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – The city council is currently advertising for a new Senior Conservation Officer, or — to use the snappy new title — ‘Team Leader: Design, Heritage and Specialist Services’.

Tensions exposed

3:08pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Writing as an early-taking, resit-improved student of English language O’-Level, I sympathise with certain schools’ reluctance to publish anything other than final grades achieved by young people who may have had two or more bites at the maths and English cherries in their GCSE exams.

Real dedication

3:07pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Last week’s edition included the annual GCSE “successfest” (Hugs and smiles for county’s record breakers).

Value of A-Levels

3:06pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – It was reported (August 21) that Harry Gable received 2 A* and an A in his A-Levels and accepted a place at Oxford Brookes.

Much-loved tree

3:06pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – I am aware that several of my constituents have written to you to express their concern about the felling of a magnificent 50-year-old sycamore which was a delight to residents in Frenchay, Bainton, and the neighbouring part of the Woodstock Road.

Memories of Stones

3:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – It’s 50 years ago this year since the Rolling Stones played a show at Oxford Town Hall as part of their 1964 UK tour.

God’s own time

3:04pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Can someone please perform a miracle for St Phillip and St James in the Woodstock Road, who do not seem to be able to get God’s clock to strike on time – our time ? David Bradnack, Oxford  

What’s in a name?

3:04pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – How utterly wonderful to read (shop fire article, August 28) of a fire service incident commander rejoicing in the name of Gary D’Anger.  Just marvellous Yours in the greatest imaginable jealousy, Paddy and Sara Watson, Kennington  

No place for treaty

3:03pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – We are part of the 38degrees campaign against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty that is being negotiated between the EU and the USA.

Terrible state

3:02pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – I would like to draw your attention to the terrible state of the disabled toilets at Oxford Services on the M40.

Not rocket science

3:02pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – Like most of the “technical” mandates which emerge from our EU masters the latest one regarding the power consumption of domestic appliances follows the usual pattern of being devoid of technical accuracy.

Partial advice

3:01pm Monday 8th September 2014

Sir – I hope that I was not the only reader to have been shocked at the advice offered by Andrew Chalk on page five of your property pages last week.

Bus stops removal discriminates against people

6:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – At every Connecting Oxfordshire forum, county council leader Ian Hudspeth encouraged everyone to contribute their best ideas for environmentally, economically and socially viable transport.

Cyclists need better treatment

6:46pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Two years ago, the county council agreed to improve the provision for cyclists in the design of the Frideswide Square roundabouts.

Unacceptable threats

6:46pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – I welcome the letter from councillor Tanner detailing the cycling infrastructure improvements that are planned for Oxford (Letters, August 21).

Massive undertaking

6:45pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – I write in response to your article Drivers face 24-mile detour during works and wish to add some context and clarity to the story.

Expensive rail option

6:45pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Perhaps the rail fares would rise less if there was less reckless spending.

Computer tricksters

6:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – I’m sure that all your readers know that anybody approaching them and claiming to be an agent of Microsoft is almost certainly a trickster.

Keep buses out

6:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – With regards to Matt Oliver’s article, (August 21) — No! No! No! Martin Sutton, managing director of Stagecoach, Oxon, we do not want buses back into Cornmarket.

Distressing calls

6:43pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – It took decades of campaigning to achieve in 1999 the pedestrianisation of Cornmarket and restricted traffic in the High Street, so calls to bring back buses to Cornmarket, however limited in number, are distressing (‘Call made to lift ban on buses in centre’, (Report, August 21). Even with more fuel-friendly buses, nitrous oxide and CO2 levels in Oxford city centre are already dangerously high.

Daily inconvenience

6:42pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – The issue of bus routeing through the city centre merits more balanced consideration than the rather knee-jerk reaction in your editorial (Focus minds on the buses, August 21).

Scaling down

6:42pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Buses in the Cornmarket? We are told they are necessary to service the enlarged Westgate Centre. But there is already hardly room to walk there.

‘Island community’

6:41pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – WODC recently distributed a newsletter entitled Creating Futures inviting us to comment on housing targets and the draft local plan.

Global Weirding

6:41pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – It is strange what weather we have had all winter; no cold at all; but the ways are dusty and the flyes fly up and down, and the rose-bushes are full of leaves, such a time of the year was never known in this world before here.

Podding poser

6:40pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir – Christopher Gray argues (Gray Matter, August 14) that ‘podded’ peas ought to mean peas without pods, and was surprised to find that Aldi’s came with pods unpopped.



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