6:54am Thu Jul 17, 2014
THE Conservative Party’s determination to hang on to the Newark seat at last month’s by-election was reflected not only in Prime Minister David Cameron’s four visits to the constituency, but also by its spending on the campaign.
Should the £100,000 limit on election expenses be changed?

eg: Restaurant, School
Identity crisis
­— JANET GULLIFORD, Kelham Road, Newark.
If the Sainsbury’s supermarket development goes ahead Newark will lose its identity and individuality as a market town.

We are a town, not a big city.

Two hundred jobs are to be created at Sainsbury’s, but how many jobs will be lost and shops closed in the town centre?
Damage done
­— JACKIE COLLINGWOOD, Barrowby Gate, Grantham.
On Thursday, July 3, I parked my car in Newark’s Asda carpark and did some shopping.

I bought a ticket at 11.51am and returned at approximately 12.35pm.

Despite the carpark not being very busy imagine my horror when I found a big dent near the rear bumper and nearside rear body panel of my car.
No to store
­— ANDY KING, Lime Grove, Newark.
We do not need yet another supermarket in Newark.

Most people in Newark will agree that Lombard Street and Castlegate are definitely worse since Asda opened.

Allowing Sainsbury’s to build near the Castle railway station will cause traffic mayhem, especially when the train crossing operates.
— COLIN SOUTHGATE, Coddington (Full address supplied).
Edward Compton urges readers to write in support for a wind harvester turbine at Wolfeley Hill, Edingley (Wind Support, News Views, July 10).

He makes this request with clear passion, drawing comparisons with the windmills of old that were used for grinding corn, sawing timber, pumping water, etc.

He suggests we could use the modern equivalents to carry out the same tasks, but in a more efficient and versatile way.
Queries over cost of council move
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
Of course Newark and Sherwood District Council wants to move offices — it means spending taxpayers’ money.

The council says it will cost £6m to build the new offices.

If past predictions are anything to go by it will be at least £7.5m.
Unspoilt haven
— M. SMITH, Fosse Road, Farndon.
From the first time I went up Wolfeley, pronounced woofler, at Edingley in 1954, I have been enchanted by this little bit of unspoilt Nottinghamshire.

I was led along the ridge from Farnsfield to Southwell by our Brown Owl, Totty Rob-inson. Our patrol of wolf cubs had taken packed lunches for this adventure.

From the advantage of the ridge at Carves Hollow we could see all the way to Mansfield and on to the Peak District.
Thanks to...
­— DIANE SPENCER, Pinewood Avenue, Edwinstowe.
... the two ladies who came to my aid and who called the ambulance service, who were brilliant, after I fell over.
Driven to distraction
— SUE THOMPSON, Beacon Hill Road, Newark.
I live on Beacon Hill Road, Newark, and I would like to say that I am being driven slowly, quietly but inexorably insane by the work on the traffic lights at the bottom of the hill.

At the time of writing this letter it was four weeks and counting.
Plot lines
— RAY PEARSON, Burgage Close, Southwell.
Has David Cameron lost the plot by giving in to the Lib Dems.

He has agreed with them to continue foreign aid to the tune of £12bn.

India benefits from this aid.
No relief
— R. J. HART, Fairway, Newark.
In the article regarding the Growth Point south of Newark (Road To Riches, Advertiser, July 10) the proposed access road was referred to as a southern relief road and our new MP referred to it as “going some way to addressing the severe traffic issues in the town.”

The fact is that the proposed road is an access road for the new development, and not a relief road.

It is accepted from traffic studies and at a public inquiry that it will do little or nothing to reduce or remove existing traffic issues in Newark.
Essential link
— (Nottinghamshire county councillor) STUART WALLACE, County Hall, West Bridgford.
As the county councillor for Newark East I, like others, welcome the announcement by the Government of £7m of D2N2 funding towards building the essential link between the A1 and A46 (Road To Riches, Advertiser, July 10).

I also thank our new MP, Robert Jenrick, for the energy he has shown in lobbying ministers for the funding.

The decision to allocate the money will help jump-start the development of the Growth Point, bringing much-needed housing, employment opportunities and inward business investment into our town.
Show ambition to avoid oblivion
— TREVOR FRECKNALL, Main Street, North Muskham.
Once the single-carriageway link has been completed between the A46 dual carriageway at Farndon and the A1 dual carriageway at Fernwood (Road To Riches, Advertiser, July 10) the long-term aim of Newark’s unimaginative decision-makers will surely have been achieved.

That is assuming the Sainsbury’s supermarket and the new Newark and Sherwood District Council headquarters near the lorry park, so close to the archaic Castle railway crossing, will have already rendered access to the town from the north and west impossible.

Newark will be circled by gridlock: the modern equivalent of the Civil War siege, befitting a town whose official commemoration is three centuries behind every other community in the UK.
Protect parishes
­— (Mrs) J. COCKING, Gaitskell Crescent, Edwinstowe.
The question of whether we need parish councils has arisen because of suggestions there will be a move to two unitary councils.

Why? To save money? We’ve heard that before.

Is it to cut the number of councillors, elected by those who bother to vote, and to lose district councils?
Show shines
— MARILYN MEMBERY, Fernwood (Full address supplied).
My husband and I went to Chuter Ede Primary School, Balderton, to watch the first night performance of The Circle of Life based on The Lion King.

Our granddaughter was dancing and, obviously, we were very proud grandparents.

What totally bowled me over was the enthusiasm these children gave to the whole production.
Caring owner
­— (Mrs) S. C. SCARLETT, Home Farm, Staunton.
If a horse or pony is tethered by the roadside it is most unlikely to be abandoned or neglected.

I tether mine at Staunton to get them used to big lorries.

The grass is good. They have water, and are removed at night.
Thanks to...
— (Mrs) M. JOSLIN, Carlton Close, Newark.
... all those who sponsored my granddaughters and I for the Walk of Life for Cancer Research UK in which we raised £110.50.
Wind support
— EDWARD COMPTON, Farnsfield (Full address supplied).
A planning application for one wind harvester turbine at Wolfeley Hill, Edingley, has been submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council.

There have been anonymous leaflets from campaigners against such a development.

Personally, I consider those campaigners should name themselves, as I am on the supporting side.
Band on form
— JOHN STEPHENSON, Marton Road, Newark.
We are lucky in Newark to have the lovely Palace Theatre, which over many years has provided excellent entertainment suitable for all ages and tastes.

Another night of musical brilliance was recently provided by one of the most famous names in the brass band world — Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band conducted by its musical director Leigh Baker.

A varied programme by very talented musicians included beautiful solos, especially My Love is Like a Red Red Rose by Kirsty Abbott on cornet.
Parade pride
— MICK SCATCHERD, Granby Drive, Balderton.
As the co-ordinator and parade commander of the Armed Forces Day Parade held in Sconce and Devon Park I would like to convey my thanks to all those who took part and supported the event.

The parade consisted of serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces who were supported by the Navy, Army and Air cadets.

Thirteen standards from local ex-Service associations led the parade.
Visitor attractions
— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
I was interested to see Mrs Janet Gulliford’s comments that the former Nottinghamshire County Council highways depot site in Newark, where Sainsbury’s wants to build a supermarket, would be better suited to a hotel. She is right.

Hotel developers, however, need to be persuaded that the town is capable of supporting the investment needed to give a sensible return.

Unfortunately, Newark has done little to help itself attract those kinds of investments in recent years.
Cost of moving
— (Mrs) S. M. ANDREW, Elm Avenue, Newark.
So Newark and Sherwood District Council wants to build new offices that will cost a total of £6m (Council Backs Move To £6m Offices, Advertiser, June 26).

What’s wrong with using the empty municipal buildings on Baldertongate, Newark?

Surely those buildings could be used instead of going to the expense of providing new buildings.
Called to account
­— (Mrs) D. LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
How can Mrs Gill Dawn, leader of Newark Town Council, say Newark Hospital is not unique with its problems (Call For Hospital To Switch Trusts Rejected, Advertiser, June 26)?

Does she not realise that it has been reported we are one of the worst served hospitals in the country, and does she think that the distances involved in transferring patients to other hospitals is acceptable?

Mrs Dawn also states: “I can’t see much of it getting better anyway,” yet we are being told from other sources that this is not so.
Alternative idea for council offices
— MARY MOLLOSON, Chapel Lane, Coddington.
At this time of savage cuts in essential services, it beggars belief that Newark and Sherwood District Council is contemplating spending £6m on new offices (Council Backs Move To £6m Offices, Advertiser, June 26).

Surely the council should be looking at less costly solutions more appropriate to its drastically reduced staffing levels and reductions in services.

I note that the use of the Baldertongate offices, the tax office and Advertiser offices was too expensive.
Ambulance wait
— G. R. HERRING, London Road, Newark.
Once again the appaling service in the Newark area from EMAS was highlighted on the front page of the Advertiser (What A Disgrace, June 19).

On June 2 my wife was suddenly taken ill and I drove her to Newark Hospital.

The duty staff there were magnificent and my wife was seen immediately.
It's time to admit cover falls short
— (Mr and Mrs) D. INGAMELLS, Robert Dukeson Avenue, Newark.
We feel we must respond to comments made by the East Midlands Ambulance Services consultant paramedic Mr Roger Watson (Heart Attack Victim Urged To Use Car, Advertiser, June 26).

Four years ago my husband felt unwell and walked into Newark Hospital A&E where he had a heart attack.

Two years later he was taken ill at home.

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