7:55am Thu Feb 23, 2017
THE campaign to clear Newark and Sherwood of litter continues to gather pace. The latest development in the fight sees the district council teaming up with Keep Britain Tidy as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
No watersports
— N. WARD, Balderton (Full address supplied).
I hope proposals for watersports on Balderton Lake (Watersports At Lake On Agenda Again, Advertiser, February 2) are rejected.

The site is a tranquil haven for wildlife and should not be potentially spoilt by the noise and disruption of canoeing and kayaking, and the issues that could bring with access and storing equipment.

I can’t imagine the many fishermen who use the lake would welcome watersports.
Lost character
— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
I write in reply to Fred Forshaw (Loss Of Character, News Views, February 9) regarding the former Robin Hood Hotel.

He refers to buildings that have been saved and are a tribute to the town and to those who restored them.

The comparison is flawed, however, in that the Robin Hood does not retain any of its original character; virtually none of its original features; and the fabric of the building is beyond saving.
Hotel vision
— DAVID ATKINS, RIBA, College Street, East Bridgford.
I wish to thank graphic designer Damien Pepper and the Advertiser for the opportunity to see the potential for the restoration of the three important townhouses that formed part of the former Robin Hood Hotel (Making A Case For Restoration, Advertiser, February 16).

The skill Mr Pepper used to combine the image of the depressing existing condition with the attractive potential future appearance was revealing.

The Nottinghamshire Build-ing Preservation Trust and its architect have envisaged this transformation for many years and looks forward with more hope to the possibility of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s planning committee, which meets on March 7, refusing M. F. Strawson’s application to demolish these listed buildings in view of the potential for their retention.
Home comforts
— DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
Letters of a personal nature are always difficult to write and this one is no exception.

I applaud Mr Trevor Freck-nall (Dying Man’s Final Battle (Advertiser, February 16).

I am recovering from cancer that was diagnosed in March 2016 and which has been treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and so understand the hardships involved in travelling with such problems, generated not only by the illness but also by the treatment, between Newark, King’s Mill and City hospitals, together with the return journeys.
Hospital savings
— KEVIN SCOTT, Newark (Full address supplied).
I hope the story about cancer patient Trevor Frecknall (Dying Man’s Final Battle, Advertiser, February 16) kicks someone’s backside into gear.

Once we start using Newark Hospital as it should be used it would save on ambulance travel and waiting time.

It would also save the hundreds of wasted hours travelling to King’s Mill Hospital for visits to patients — and people not being visited as their relatives have no way of getting there.
Restore services
— TREVOR FRECKNALL, North Muskham (Full address supplied).
Further to his letter (Cele-brate Fast NHS Access, News Views, February 16) and the Advertiser’s excellent coverage of my plight, I ask county councillor Stuart Wallace to please join me in calling for vital services to be restored to Newark Hospital before King’s Mill Hospital’s frontline staff completely break down and before more housing is completed in the vicinity of Newark.

He will be aware that conditions that cannot be treated at Newark are: stroke, heart attack, chest pains and major trauma; head injuries, unconsciousness; deep wounds such as stab wounds; severe breathing difficulties; cancer; and internal bleeding.

In other words, the place built to save the lives of NG24/NG23 residents cannot cope with anything serious or life-threatening.
Sports group waiting to see plans
­— PAUL BAGGALEY, secretary, Newark Sports Association.
In the article, ACV Application Causes Concern Over Stadium Plan (Advertiser February16) the YMCA and Newark and Sherwood District Council overstate the impact of the legal and legitimate registration of an Asset of Community Value.

At the annual meeting of the Newark Sports Association on November 24 council leader Roger Blaney encouraged the NSA to hold the YMCA’s feet to the fire.

When the council set aside the partnership agreement with the NSA in September of last year and selected the YMCA as its preferred partner for sports facilities development, the NSA gave the YMCA all our plans, our business plan and our contacts for local clubs and associations.
Litter lessons
Roger Templer, Brewer’s Wharf, Newark.
A dedicated person cleaning Newark’s streets of litter is a welcome appointment (On Mission To Keep Town Streets Clean, Advertiser, January 12).

But what a massive task they have given him — it’s more like a punishment. It is time for the emphasis to be turned to prevention.

Education should come first.
Local is best
Robert Campbell, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
I was pleased to see comments from Ray Pearson (Another Crisis, Advertiser, February 9) Doreen Langford (Keep Asking) and D. Prince (Cuts Feared) all of whom made valuable points regarding the situation of treatment for Newark people at Newark Hospital.

It was, however, disappointing to see the attitude of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust in the article Ward Re-opens To Help Ease Demand On Health Services. It seems when demand eases those beds will again be lost at Newark.

They are providing a valuable resource to an already overstretched NHS at local level. They also mean Newark people are looked after close to home so relatives and friends can better visit and support them.
Tree should go
A. S. Streets, Woodlands Close, Newark.
I have been to investigate the state of the fungal-diseased beech tree behind Newark Municipal Building (Register Office Tree To Be Felled, Advertiser, January 19).

I found the tree to be looking very old and tired and, to an untrained eye, very fragile and brittle.

I think some time in the near future branches could snap off in high winds, possibly injuring someone.
Exceptional care
R. Killick, Quaker Lane, Farnsfield.
THE NHS in general and King’s Mill Hospital are often much maligned, but I wish to put the record straight in light of my own recent experience.

I suffered a stroke on New Year’s Day and was admitted to the specialist unit at King’s Mill, where the level of care was simply outstanding.

Every member of the team, from the consultant to the cleaners, worked hard, not only to improve my physical health but also to reassure my family and me about the prognosis.
Dream sequence
R. Graves, Main Street, Farndon.
Father Christmas brought me a book about Irish history and in it I came across the story of Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street, Dublin.

Although a popular attraction at first, it eventually attracted aesthetic and political controversy, and one day in 1966, in the early hours, it was mysteriously destroyed.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, the police were unable to identify any of those responsible.
Counting cost
Brian Clark, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
It seems it is all right for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to take patients from Newark and district to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, to boost the coffers there and help meet targets, but the powers-that-be do not want to give us anything back.

Patient care should come first and relatives should be able to easily visit patients to help them recover.

The current situation re- minds me of when I joined a Japanese vehicle importer many years ago.

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