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7:58am Thu May 14, 2015
MAJOR investment will see cross- country rail services through Newark revitalised from Monday. Journey times will be cut, bringing benefits for businesses and commuters and boosting tourism.
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Crossing worry
— Vic Hall, Queen Street, Balderton
I read with interest news of the £2.4m investment to rail services (All Aboard For Boost To Business, Advertiser, May 14) that will bring a boost to business in Newark. This will increase the number of passenger trains on the Midland Line using Castle Station.

This I agree will bring much-needed business to the town and enable passengers to use this enhanced service that will bring rail travel into the 21st Century for the town, all as our Member of Parliament stated.

My only concern is the increased traffic congestion that will inevitably be caused by the more regular closing of the railway safety barriers.
Crossing worry
— Vic Hall, Queen Street, Balderton.
I read with interest news of the £2.4m investment to rail services (All Aboard For Boost To Business, Advertiser, May 14) that will bring a boost to business in Newark. This will increase the number of passenger trains on the Midland Line using Castle Station.

This I agree will bring much-needed business to the town and enable passengers to use this enhanced service that will bring rail travel into the 21st Century for the town, all as our Member of Parliament stated.

My only concern is the increased traffic congestion that will inevitably be caused by the more regular closing of the railway safety barriers.
Move with times
— John Reynolds, Collingham (full address supplied).
The modest increase in rail services between Lincoln and Nottingham (All Aboard For Boost To Business, Advertiser, May 14) will be welcomed by weekday commuters.

It is astonishing, however, that there is still no train on a Sunday leaving Lincoln for Nottingham before 3pm.

Sunday has been a major shopping and sporting day for decades now but the many in this area who would like to enjoy such things in Nottingham on that day are dreadfully ill-served.
Rebuild proposal
— DIANA FORSTER, Boundary Road, Newark.
I have an idea on how to resolve the Robin Hood Hotel situation in Newark.

Some people are keen to keep the cottages that are listed for protection.

Why can’t the cottages be dismantled, brick by brick, and rebuilt in a more appropriate place?
Service praise
— A. CLOKE, Newark (full address supplied)
AS A regular user of the rail service between Newark and Nottingham, can I congratulate all those involved in the successful campaign to improve the timetable?
Notable resident
— S. C. McCarthy, Newark (full address supplied).
Advertiser correspondents sometimes suggest that the Robin Hood Hotel buildings appear to be of little importance and ask if there was ever anyone of note who lived there.

One such was George Allen, a 19th Century publisher who was born there.

His company had links with John Ruskin, who backed him in establishing the publishing company George Allen and Sons in 1871.
Train timetable stops short
— K. Morley, Newark (full address supplied).
WHILE the improved timetable on the Castle Line, between Nottingham and Lincoln, must be welcomed, I cannot help but think that the changes do not go far enough.

The new timetable runs an extra 25 trains along the line every weekday, which is great for commuters and those wanting to shop and visit the towns Monday to Friday.

However, what about those of us who want to use the trains at night and at weekends? I cannot see any improvements at those times.
Thanks to...
— Roger Broadhead, Kirkby Close, Southwell.
...Nicola McCoy-Brown, of Nottinghamshire County Council, BT, and county councillor Mr Bruce Laughton for helping us to achieve faster fibre broadband speed and associated benefits.

All is now well.
Planting an alternative view
­— ROBERT SHEPPARD, Hillside, Beckingham.
The debate about the causes and effects of climate change rumbles on.

It may have escaped some people’s attention that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report stated in its expert assessment that in the next 30 years the rate of warming will be half what the models predicted, notwithstanding an undiminished increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide.

CO2 is often, now, referred to as a pollutant. This is consistent with proponents of catastrophic climate change use of pejorative words to advance their cause.
New appeal
­­— BRIAN THOMPSON, Kirklington Road, Southwell.
The Advertiser kindly printed a letter in January about our difficulty in finding an organist/choirmaster at St Helen’s Church, Burton Joyce.

The situation was causing much distress to the congregation of this medieval church.

There has been a choir at St Helen’s for at least 100 years and it is one of the few local church choirs which regularly sing the Anglican service in four-part harmony.
Superb show
­­— JANET GASSON, Orchard Way Balderton.
I had the pleasure of attending Charlotte Hamilton’s latest show, Step In Time.

I watched my granddaughter and all the other dancers in this really great show.

All the dancers, from the tots to the adults, put such enthusiasm into this event. The music and the excellent costumes were a pleasure to see.
Dim lights
— D. HINCHLEY, Acacia Road, Balderton.
The 20mph speed limit outside John Hunt Primary School, London Road, Balderton, is very deceiving.

The flashing lights on the post are very dim and they are on one that is behind the first post that the 20mph sign is on.

I noticed this as I was cycling past so it must be hard for motorists.
 
Simple solution
— Kevin Scott, Newark (full address supplied).
WITH regard to right turns at Asda on Portland Street, why don’t they just put yellow boxes on the road to allow drivers unblocked access?

I cannot see a problem if that was done.
Scepticism fine
— JOHN FREEMAN, Claypole (full address supplied).
It seems some people object to being described as deniers when it comes to climate change, preferring the title sceptic.

There is nothing wrong with scepticism in science, indeed scepticism is a part of the scientific process, hence the process of review before any work and findings are published.

Mr Colin Southgate (Returning Fire, Advertiser, May 16) points out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) doesn’t carry out its own research, saying it “comes from a handful of surveys and abstract-counting exercises that have been contradicted by more reliable research.”
Ideas to right wrong turns
— ANDREW HIND, Sibleys Butchers, Kirkgate, Newark.
I read with interest the observations regarding motorists turning into the Asda supermarket in Newark (Drivers In The Wrong Over Asda Right Turns, Advertiser, May 14).

As a constant moaner about the traffic situation in our town, I feel I must give my five penn’orth.

When Asda was positioned where it was, we were always going to have added congestion.
Relief road
— BARBARA BARRY, Landseer Road, Southwell.
It came as no surprise to learn from recent articles and letters in the Advertiser that some motorists were ignoring the new No Right Turn signs from Westgate into Halloughton Road, Southwell.

It was also heartening to read that not all residents of the road were in favour of the change (Angered By Turning Restriction, Southwell Advertiser, April 30).

It is well-known this has happened as a result of a few in the road pursuing their cause over many years and then gaining the support of county councillor Mr Bruce Laughton.
Access allowed
— JOHN ROBINSON, Fiskerton Road, Southwell.
The three residents quoted in the story, Angered By Turning Restriction (Southwell Advertiser, April 30) appear to have misunderstood the situation.

The upright sign clearly states that it is permissible to turn into Halloughton Road for access — i.e. if you live there or are delivering there.

Our county councillor got this measure through, after requests from many residents, because the rush to work in Nottingham made this into a rat-run.
Same again
— (Mrs) S. HOWARD, Balderton (Full address supplied).
The opening weekend for the National Civil War Centre was a triumph of organisation and entertainment.

The historical re-enactments were terrific and should become an annual event
Directing traffic
— KIM SCARBRO, Old Mill Crescent, Newark.
Well done to the gentleman who got out of his car in the rain and kept traffic flowing after an accident on Beacon Hill Road at the junction of Cross Street, Newark, at around 9am on Monday.

He did a great job while waiting for the emergency services.
Loss of beds adds to burden
­— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign.
during the General Election campaign the loss of nine beds from Sconce Ward at Newark Hospital was reported (Beds Closed At Sconce Ward, Advertiser, April 23).

Surely the removal of beds should only happen if there is a proven spare capacity?

Unfortunately, last winter hospitals that served Newark people were found to have a shortage of beds.
What a show
— JOHN WALKER, Balderton (Full address supplied).
What a fantastic evening at the Palace Theatre, Newark, when we watched our granddaughter perform in the Charlotte Hamilton School of Dance annual show.

From the tiny tots to the adults they were so entertaining and the costumes were beautiful.

With an excellent choice of music from all eras it was a joy to watch.
Thanks to...
— JANET and STEVE PARKER, Kirklington Road, Southwell.
... all those who helped our grandson, George Caudwell, on May Bank Holiday Monday after he was injured playing in a football cup final at Flowserve’s Lowfields Lane ground.

The first aiders and people at the ground were brilliant and rallied round until medical help arrived.

The first paramedic arrived in no time and his expertise and banter reassured us until the ambulance crew got there.
Thanks to...
— (Mrs) E. BOOTH, Old Mill Crescent, Newark.
... two sisters, their husbands and many more helpers who looked after me and sent for an ambulance after a I fell on Cartergate, Newark, on May 13.
 

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