If I was caught shoplifting or falsely claiming social security then, quite rightly, there would be a prosecution and possibly a custodial sentence.
So why have alleged tax evaders, with their friends at HSBC Bank, seemingly been allowed to get away with it? — SIMON CRAWFORD, Pelham Street, Newark.
— ROGER BEEDHAM, Cardinal Hinsley Close, Newark.
It was interesting to read the piece by the deputy leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Mr David Lloyd, (District Has Record To Be Proud Of, Advertiser, March 19) on his council’s achievements.
He boasts of a new leisure centre, but it is a shame he does not mention run-down, poorly maintained schools.
He mentions the new link road for the A46 and roundabouts to relieve congestion, but it is a shame he does not mention the Lord Ted and Brownhills roundabouts that are the scene of regular accidents and near misses.
— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Say Yes To Newark Hospital campaign.
In the article, Experts To Check Hospital Death Data (Advertiser, March 19) the comment: “We are confident that increased travel times do not have an impact on mortality as demonstrated by the results of two separate, comprehensive reviews,” was attributed to the chief officer of Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Amanda Sullivan.
In an emergency, patients from the Newark area face a 20-plus mile trip to hospital, which, according to an independent report, means on average a 29-minute wait before reaching a hospital.
Recently NHS England published a document that stated: “Long waiting times in A&E departments not only deliver poor quality in terms of patient experience, they also compromise patient safety and reduce clinical effectiveness.”
School could be centre of excellence
— MICHAEL SELF, Barnbygate, Newark.
In the coverage of the campaign to rebuild the Newark Orchard School (Advertiser, March 19) Mr John Slater, the service director for education standards and inclusion with Nottinghamshire County Council, is quoted as saying the council was “happy to help with any bid for Government money.”
Mr Slater said the council had submitted bids to the Government’s Priority School Building Programme 2 for each of the buildings on the two Orchard School sites suggesting a rebuild.
He said bids based on whether buildings were suitable for the pupils or fit for purpose would not have been considered.
— J. W. WRIGHT, Sloane Avenue, London.
The Advertiser (Remembering Victims Of Factory Bombing, March 12) quite rightly draws attention to the commemoration of the 41 killed and those injured in the German bombing of Newark’s Ransome and Marles factory on March 7, 1941.
My mother, Mrs S. F. Dobson, then Mrs W. J. P. Wright, a member of the voluntary aid detachment Newark Red Cross, was on duty at the Newark Hospital crematorium at the time.
There were so many casualties that the bodies had to be lined up along the walls and on the floor of the crematorium.
— BRIAN CLARK, Hay-side Avenue, Balderton.
Having used the new junction layout on London Road/Main Street, Balderton, I believe it is asking for an accident.
Widening and providing two lanes from the south should have meant the outside lane was for right-turners only, but both lanes allow traffic to go straight ahead with the road almost immediately dropping to one lane.
Highways authorities have done the same at the old Newark Hospital junction.
— M. KING, Lime Grove, Newark.
Our councillors should be protecting Grade II listed buildings like the Robin Hood Hotel cottages, not developers who costed a job wrong.
For many years this historic building has not been properly protected from the elements. Who is to blame?
The core project — the Asda supermarket — is up and running but the overall project remains unfinished.
What is there to preserve?
— DAVID COWLISHAW, Newark (Full address supplied).
I am perplexed by the intricacies of the debate surrounding the eyesore that is the remains of the Robin Hood Hotel, Newark.
The fence enclosing the area at the rear of the property hides the majority of the ground level view and above that the main structure seems to consist of breeze blocks and weeds.
The frontage, with its very narrow pavement, is only 4ft-5ft from traffic of all descriptions and, I suspect, would not be allowed on the basis of current planning laws.
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
I feel I must reply to the letter, Study Looking To The Future (News Views, March 5) regarding the comment on the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a feasibility study on the future of the Robin Hood Hotel, Newark.
Maybe there is no direct funding from the Government or the council but, without knowing the exact details of the Heritage Lottery Fund, it gets its money from that paid by the public when buying the various money-extracting games and scratch-cards that are promoted by Camelot.
This organisation appears to me to be an offshoot of Govern-ment, being another way that the Treasury can fund projects without being seen as doing so.
— RAY PEARSON, Burgage Close, Southwell.
The boss of Barclays Bank, Andrew Jenkins, was recently reported to have suggested an end to free banking.
But we already pay high interest on transactions, loans and mortgages.
If this absurd idea goes ahead, should we then expect our local retailers to charge us 10% interest for using their shops?
Not all support road change
— BARRY CLARK, Manor Close, Southwell.
Further to the article, Wait Finally Over For New Road Signs (Advertiser, February 19) there will be anger and dismay among drivers in Southwell that the No Right Turn into Halloughton Road has been implemented with so little consultation.
Some drivers only became aware of the proposed change when the new sign was erected.
Apart from the obvious inconvenience to drivers at the Westhorpe end of town, one imagines that residents in the Halam Road area will be faced with a longer loop via the town centre or Westgate to the Nottingham Road junction.
— D. HINCHLEY, Acacia Road, Balderton.
I am becoming a little tired of NHS trusts and MPs blaming elderly people for problems in the NHS.
Yes, we have an ageing population, but we also have thousands of migrants coming into this country who are putting pressure on doctors and hospitals.
NHS trusts waste millions of pounds a year.
Full name please
— PETER J. W. MEEDS, Sikorski Close, Newark-on-Trent.
I have read with some alarm recent reports suggesting the suffix on-Trent may be dropped from our town’s name.
Surely the River Trent, or at least the crossing of it, is the main reason for there being a town here in the first place — we are, after all, the Key to the North.
I feel we should not discard the town’s history so lightly.
— VIC HALL, Queen Street, Balderton.
The report on the eyesore of litter strewn across Newark and the surrounding area that was highlighted by a community walking group appeared to me to place the blame on our young people (Litter Louts Blight Town, Advertiser, March 5).
I do not blame this situation just on our youngsters. It is endemic across our society, not just in Newark, but nationwide.
Litter is thrown from vehicles, just thrown on the floor and things are dumped when no longer required.
— JOY WARD, High Street, Collingham.
... all the staff at Millbank care home, Newark, who treated my late mum, Mary Griffin, with such compassion, dignity and great kindness.
She loved the staff there and her face always lit up when they spoke to her.
I feel it is so important to remind the people of Newark of these wonderful places.
— A. C. SWAIN, Warwick Court, Balderton.
... the driver of a Severn Trent water van who immediately stopped and called the emergency services when my wife collapsed in Lombard Street, Newark, on Thursday, March 5.
Thanks also to Mrs Hillyard, of Claypole, who was across the road in seconds to provide help, support and reassurance to my wife and I; and the lady who, having some nursing experience, arrived and provided support.
A paramedic, followed by an ambulance were soon on the scene and were helpful and supportive.
— CHRISTINE HINTON, Friends of Sconce and Devon Park.
... all who donated fund for the Friends of Sconce and Devon Park to provide a public defibrillator on the park.
They include Newark and Sherwood District Council, Newark Town Council, Asda, councillor Tony Roberts, Mr David Ezard, Newark Town Football Club, Park Runners, and all who put money in the collection buckets.
The defibrillator is up and running at the park rangers’ office. — CHRISTINE HINTON, Friends of Sconce and Devon Park.