7:16am Thu Apr 09, 2015
THE candidates vying to represent the Newark constituency in the next Parliament will go up against each other at the Advertiser’s election hustings next week. With only five weeks to go to the May 7 polling date this is an opportunity to quiz them about things that really matter to you, and see how they respond.
Is health the most important issue at this year's General Election?

eg: Restaurant, School
Adhere to rules of the road
— G. WOODHALL, Newark (Full address supplied).
Every day I take my life in my hands walking my dogs down the footpath of Farndon Road, Newark.

Although the Highway Code (not the law) states in rule 170 that pedestrians already crossing a side road have right of way, it seems most drivers these days choose to ignore that.

Life becomes doubly difficult for the pedestrian when drivers also refuse to signal their intent to turn, or fail to cancel a previous turn signal.
Staffing levels
— KEVIN SCOTT, Newark (Full address supplied).
The Advertiser’s main story last week was headlined Police Launch Child Abuse Investigation.

Is that all three police or are we saving one for other jobs?
Crossing danger
— JOHN R. BARNES, The Maltsers, Newark.
Pedestrians jaywalking across the road on Lombard Street near Newark’s Asda supermarket and not using the pedestrian crossing are increasingly endangering themselves and others.

At this point in the road there are three lanes of traffic and, as a driver, I fear this irresponsible behaviour will result in injury, sooner rather than later.

It may be argued that the pedestrian crossing was sited in the wrong place when the Asda site was redeveloped.
Price policy
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
Since the turn of the year we had big reductions in the price of petrol and diesel.

In recent weeks, however, prices have been rising at almost a penny per litre per week.

During this time I have not seen or heard of oil prices increasing and the pound seems to be either static or slightly gaining against the oil currency of the US dollar.
Great care
— (Mrs) BARBRA GREAVES-OSBORN, Newark (Full address supplied).
I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my sincere appreciation for the care and kindness afforded me by all staff at Newark Hospital, from smiling and helpful cleaners and those working for the meals service, to the most efficient nursing staff and doctors.

All gave 100%, both in medical services and details of progress, to enable me to fully appreciate the situation.

Without the hospital, Newark would, I consider, be a second-rate town, rather than the premium market town it really is, and in which we should all be proud.
Greener future
­— MICHAEL EARL, Old Hall Farm, Cotham.
Dr Middlemiss (Wrong Label, News Views, April 2) calls climate change deniers anti-science. I disagree.

Current climate science is based on failed computer predictions, cherry-picked data, and manipulated temperature figures.

Hard facts and alternative hypothesis are ignored, particularly if they disagree with the climate change lobby.
Don't blame man
— COLIN SOUTHGATE, Coddington (Full address supplied).
At first I thought it might be a belated April Fool’s joke, but to suggest that those who question the theory of anthropogenic climate change are “anti-science” beggars belief (Wrong Label, News Views, April 2).

Dr Middlemiss seems to have pinned his colours firmly to the mast of the modern-day Titanic, namely blaming man for everything that is currently happening.

There is hope, however, to save many others who are at risk of going down this way, and that is in the form of a paper that appeared on the horizon in 2011 to rescue them.
Scepticism is essential to science
— ROBERT SHEPPARD, Hillside, Beckingham.
Climate sceptics very reasonably object to the term ‘denier’ because of its connotation with ‘Holocaust denier’ (Wrong Label, News Views, April 2).

Your correspondent, Dr Middlemiss, recognises that such scepticism is directed towards the idea that humans are the cause of the global warming that occurred towards the end of the 20th Century.

Scientific observations indicate that further warming has not happened this century, although emissions have continued to rise.
Why was nothing done at closing time?
— A. M. WADDINGTON, Viking Way, Metheringham.
The long-running saga of the Robin Hood Hotel in Newark continues to rumble on and on.

I do not believe that one body or individual quoted in past correspondence has stated when they were given their listing by English Heritage and on what grounds, other than they were said to be substantial and important of considerable (special) merit.

Newark Civic Trust appeared, in November 2013, to favour their retention on the grounds that they contributed to the overall character and atmosphere of the Beaumond Cross junction.
Blight on town
— JOHN HARDING, Salisbury Road, Newark.
I read with interest the letter from David Atkins, of Nottinghamshire Building Pre-servation Trust (Study Looking To The Future, News Views, March 5).

My reaction to the news that a feasibility study was to be undertaken was to wonder at the whoop of delight at the offices of MF Strawson Ltd, who now appear to be off the hook as other, no doubt well-meaning, parties search for a solution as to the future of the pathetic wreck that blights our town — the Robin Hood Hotel remains.

The fact that the developers have failed to fulfil their contractual obligations will now recede further into the background of this story although, of course, they will continue to have the whip-hand in vetoing any proposal for the site.
Right-turn only
— (Mrs) C. LEE, Newark (Full address supplied).
I have to agree with Brian Clark’s concerns regarding the new junction layout at London Road/Main Street, Balderton (Wrong Lanes, News Views, March 26).

Providing two lanes for traffic from the south to go straight on does nothing other than encourage anti-social driving.

Some drivers who go into the outside lane when the traffic lights are on red then give the impression they are on a Grand Prix start line by tearing away when the lights change.
Moving on
­— DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
I was surprised to learn that Mr Paul O’Connor was no longer in employment as chief executive for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and did not serve notice from this post.

I believe that he had been in the post for less than three years.

It cannot be an easy position considering that the trust is in special measures, due in part to the Keogh Review, and has a large PFI debt among other issues.
Thanks to...
­— (Mrs) D. A. REDHEAD, Averham (Full address supplied).
... all at King’s Mill Hospital ward 11 B1 for the care and attention I received after a new hip replacement last month.

I was transferred to Newark Hospital Sconce ward for aftercare, and the nurses and staff there looked after me wonderfully.

The transport I was transferred in, along with two other patients, was, however, horrendous.
Spending plan
­— S. RAY, Northgate, Newark.
Newark and Sherwood District Council took in more than £800,000 in carparking charges in 2013-14 (Carparking Brings In £2,100 A Day To Council, Advertiser, March 19).

That is public money being paid to park on what, in reality, is public land bought and paid for with public money.

People are paying to park on something they already own, but the council seem to think they own it so it’s their carpark.
Setting stall out
— D. T. CARDER, Pelham Street, Newark.
The article, New Stalls Should Be More Robust (Advertiser (April 2) rightly states that the idea of having lighter, moveable stalls was so that events and entertainment could be held in Newark Market Place.

More than £1m and ten years later we have more or less the equivalent of the original type of stall back.

I would ask readers to just run that £1m figure through their heads.
Fine idea
— D. PRINCE, Balderton (Full address supplied).
There have been a number of recent reports in the Advertiser highlighting litter problems in and around Newark.

Local councils must spend thousands trying to stay on top of the problem, but the amount of rubbish collected on volunteer litter-picks shows they are swimming against the tide.

Are the culprits who drop litter ever brought to book and fined?
Heavy stalls are too late
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
The Advertiser reports that new stalls for Newark market, with fancy name plates on the end of some, cost £60,000 (New Stalls Should Be More Robust, April 2).

Councillors and council officials take part in budget planning to cut costs and services that are vital to the members of the public, yet spend money willy-nilly on what could often be described as follies.

Whilst accepting that these new stalls are of the heavyweight variety, they should have been bought a few years ago.

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