7:01am Thu Feb 26, 2015
THE shocking story of the teenage boy who was stoned and beaten in the street, which featured on the front page of last week’s Advertiser, demonstrated the growing influence of the internet and social media.
Should smoking be banned in public?

eg: Restaurant, School
Political future
­— JULIAN HAMILTON, Liberal Democrat town and district councillor for Southwell East.
Your correspondent Ray Pearson (Political Limbo, News Views, February 19) complains about the current political drift, asking how any two parties can squabble and then cosy up.

2010 was, in retrospect, a watershed in UK politics.

It may well have been the end of our peculiar system, which has permitted one-party rule without a majority of the popular vote.
Emission allowances cost companies
— ALEX EMERY, Warwick Road, Balderton.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, energy prices are said to be creating an industrial massacre in Europe.

The Climate Change Act requires businesses to pay for their quota of emissions to limit the amount of emissions made by the EU.

Obviously, this does not stop demand being met from outside the EU instead.
Still sceptical
— COLIN SOUTHGATE, Coddington (Full address supplied).
I applaud the continued debate in the Advertiser regard-ing climate and renewable energy issues, but it would seem that the established lobby is running short of convincing argument.

It thus resorts to calling opposers climate-change deniers, drags out the perennial headline-grabbing stories of rising sea levels and polar ice melting, and rubber stamps that by suggesting we all read the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report because the authors comprise 80 scientists from around the world, so it must be right.

I took considerable time to look through the report and to verify the credibility of the 80 scientists who were providing the groundwork for our political policy makers.
Thanks to...
— JANET ESAM, shop manager, British Red Cross, Newark.
... everyone who has supported our new venture for the British Red Cross Society shop in Newark.

If anyone wants to bring donations, they can park outside our shop in Middlegate to unload. We have staff on hand to help. We are grateful to all our customers and donors.
Right path
— K. E. BRAMLEY, Meldrum Crescent, Newark.
It seems Newark and Sherwood District Council is handing over control of the Market Place to Newark Town Council.

I would hope before that happens the stretch of path in front of the Town Hall steps is brought up to standard. It is a disgrace.
Junction rethink
­— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
I echo Coddington parish councillor Frank Elliot’s views on the proposed roundabout serving the Persimmon Homes development on Beacon Hill Road, Newark, and feel very strongly that the whole idea needs a serious rethink (Traffic Fears Over Junction proposal, Advertiser, February 19).

We are all aware of the tragedies that have occurred both on the A1 and its more notorious slip-roads, and Mr Elliot is correct — the slip-road is far too short for such a roundabout.

Persimmon has, no doubt, done some research. I am sure, however, that average traffic at the Brownhills exit would not show a danger in normal traffic terms.
Study not needed
— GRAHAM WOODWARD, Edward Avenue, Newark.
So a feasibility study is needed to decide the future of the Robin Hood Pigeon Hotel, is it? (Lottery Grant Will Pay To Look At Robin Hood Options, Advertiser, February 12).

If you look up the definition of this in the Oxford Guide On How To Waste Ten Grand, you will see that a feasibility study involves a bunch of people in suits sitting around a table for weeks on end, taking into account every possible opinion put to them on a given subject, with the ones representing common sense lost from the agenda.

I doubt it would take long to pick the best from a clutch of demolition estimates.
Demolish hotel
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
The idea of a feasibility study for the Robin Hood Hotel (Lottery Grant Will Pay To Look At Robin Hood Options, Advertiser, February 12) is a load of codswallop.

It is quite obvious that this building is beyond economical repair, so why throw more taxpayers’ money at it?

It is taxpayers’ money because those funds come from the public who buy lottery tickets.
All change or no change?
— PAUL GREEN, Beacon Way, Newark.
March 1 will see Inter City Railways, a joint venture between Stagecoach Group and Virgin Trains, take over the running of the East Coast rail network.

The new company is paying the Government £3.3m to operate the franchise and say that they will be investing in new rolling stock, putting on additional services and adding new routes but what difference will this make for passengers who regularly use the East Coast line?

The simple answer is nothing other than cosmetic changes for the first few years because Inter City Railways will inherit the existing rolling stock, much of which, as regular travelers know, is old, tired and noisy.
Political limbo
Ray Pearson, Burgage Close, Southwell.
Will someone please tell me who is running our Parliament?

We apparently have a coalition, but both Conservative and Liberal Democrats are busy tearing strips off each other and will probably continue to do so until May and the General Election.

So we drift on in limbo.
Calls for equality
Brian Mapletoft, UKIP prospective Parliamentary candidate for Newark.
Old Magnusians will be shocked at the latest school league results placing the Magnus at the bottom of the Nottinghamshire table.

The triumphant television dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall reminds us that Thomas Magnus, the founder of Newark’s eponymous grammar school, was, like Thomas Cromwell, a protégé of Cardinal Wolsey, and an ambassador to the then foreign court of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The lottery is funding a revamp of the former museum in Newark (in the original schoolroom of the Magnus) to commemorate the town’s prominent involvement in the Civil War.
Natural reasons to be fearful
Robert Sheppard, Beckingham (Full address supplied).
If, like me, you continue to be sceptical of a future thermageddon, regardless of whether it is caused by nature or by emissions of manmade greenhouse gases, then there may be other reasons to be concerned about the future climate.

I fear activist climate scientists and agenda-driven politicians may have tainted many people’s thinking.

To justify those predictions of gloom and doom, the sole focus of climate science has been on human-induced and not naturally-occurring global warming and climate change.
Unwelcome change
Brian Clark, Balderton (Full address supplied).
Following the article about changing signs from Newark-on-Trent to Newark (Opting For No Sign Of Town’s River Link, Advertiser, January 29) I have been looking at every road sign I pass when driving towards Newark from north, east, south or west and not one says Newark-on-Trent.

The only signs I can think of are the town’s welcoming structures.

It is time for the public to voice their opposition to this idea that is set to exceed £86,000.
Praise for hospital
Veronica Anderson, Spring Lane, Balderton.
I have just had a minor operation in Newark Hospital. All the staff were nice and pleasant, and made me welcome. The hospital is always very clean and well looked after.

On leaving I was asked if I wanted a wheelchair to which I refused as I could walk with my husband.

When I was in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, for a six-hour operation on my back, on leaving I was told they didn’t have wheelchairs in that department and my husband, who has heart problems and a pacemaker, had to chase round the hospital for one as I had trouble walking — and that is a major hospital.
Super service
Matthew Dickinson, Vale View, Grange Road, Newark.
AS A resident of Vale View sheltered accommodation, Grange Road, Newark, run by Newark and Sherwood Homes, I feel the staff should receive recognition for all their good work.

We have most of the original staff who take care of everything superbly and respond almost immediately to the residents’ pleas when we press a call button.

We are checked on several times a day and have delicious and satisfying meals made by the magnificent catering staff such as Ann and Helen, although it seems unfair to select them from all the magnificent people who work here.
Happy home
J. Langley, Sheldrake Road, Newark.
We hear so many sad stories of care staff not being as considerate as we would hope to our elderly relatives that I wanted to write in gratitude of myself and my sister to the staff at Troc Care Home, Newark.

Our 93-year-old mother has been there since September. She has a lovely spacious room with some of her treasured furniture around her. She is treated with respect and care. She is hard of hearing but is included in any events that are available — going on trips as well as activities in-house.

Our mother is a lot happier with company and appears to have a new lease of life.
Veteran's befitting send-off
Carol A. Bryan, Newark branch secretary, Royal Artillery Association.
Last week myself and the branch standard-bearer of the Royal Artillery Association were proud to join the family, friends and old comrades of Newark veteran Lewis Renshaw in bidding farewell to one of our town’s well-known and loved characters.

Lew, who was never seen without a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, had bravely served with The Royal Regiment of Artillery during the second world war before being seriously wounded in action at Monte Cassino.

As is befitting an old soldier, Lew was duly marched off the parade-ground for the very last time with full military honours.
No other choice
A. Chambers, Newark (Full address supplied).
I HAVE mixed feelings about the future of the Robin Hood.

While I hate to see historic buildings demolished, I feel the Robin Hood has deteriorated so much that demolition is probably the only option.

In that case, let it happen before the potential influx of visitors to the civil war museum.
Solution needed
Bill Davidson, Queen Street, Balderton.
The tribulations of the former Robin Hood site have been well-rehearsed over the years since the present owners bought it and assumed responsibility.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a grant for a study of possible ways forward and the rationale behind this has been well and clearly explained by district councillor Mr Peter Duncan, representing the planning authority.

Having been convinced all along that demolition would be involved in the eventual solution, I was persuaded that it would be correct to explore all options in the way that will be enabled by the Heritage Lottery Fund money.
Time for change
Robert Campbell, Pensick Grove, Coddington
As pointed out by Gill Dawn, in November 2013 almost 80% polled said they would prefer to see the Robin Hood Hotel demolished yet, some two years later, there is no change.

It would at least be a step forward if this study (Lottery Grant Will Pay To Look At Robin Hood Options, Advertiser, February 12) produces a positive proposition for the building.

There have been many letters to the Advertiser expressing disappointment at the lack of activity. It seems to me the longer the building is left open to the elements the more difficult it will be to do anything, other than demolish it.
Welcome signs of progress
Vic Hall, Queen Street, Balderton.
I wholly concur with the comments of Brendan Haigh (Hall Is Architectural Gem, News View Advertiser, February 5) that Newark and Sherwood District Council have been caring guardians of Kelham Hall.

It is, however, a great shame that they did not extend that level of attention to the Robin Hood Hotel, despite part of it being a listed building since 1971.

The minutes of a district council planning committee in November 2012 show that the developer requested permission to demolish the Robin Hood Hotel along with the listed buildings. Following a lengthy debate, members resolved to refuse the listed building application and defer the full planning application.

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