8:39am Thu Oct 27, 2016
THE proposal for a new Newark station shows a firm commitment by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to its essential role serving the town and surrounding area.
Animal harm
­— MAX NOTTINGHAM, St Faith’s Street, Lincoln.
We are often described as a nation of animal lovers.

It would be more accurate to say we were a nation of pet lovers ­— mainly dogs, cats and budgies.

That is because we kill millions of animals every year.
Hospital demo
— JOHN MORGAN, SOS Grantham Hospital.
May I alert your readers to the situation facing Grantham Hospital?

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) announced in August that it was closing the A&E department at Grantham Hospital from 6.30pm to 9am every night.

It was originally stated that this would be a temporary measure, but it has already been extended once.
Music memories
­— ROGER WEST, Church Street, Kirkby-in-Ash-field.
I have an idea for writing a nostalgic book that concerns dance bands and/or groups and venues from the mid-1950s through to the early 1970s.

I’m looking for musicians and vocalists who performed during those years who have anecdotes, stories, tales and, of course, photographs.

I would also like to include long-forgotten venues from those days — the Palais de Dance, ballrooms, working men’s clubs and institutes, even the former miners’ welfares, pubs and holiday camps.
High praise for Scout group
— BEAR GRYLLS, Chief Scout, The Scout Association.
This is Scout Community Week and I’m super proud of the difference 1st Collingham Scouts are making in their local community.

This year, 1st Collingham Scout Group has chosen to focus on mental wellbeing.

This means, thanks to Scouting’s award-winning campaign, A Million Hands, they have spent time learning about the issue, finding out about the people it affects and taking meaningful action to improve and support their quality of life in Newark.
Ready to revolt
­— D. HINCHLEY, Acacia Road, Balderton.
If you want a revolution this is how to spark it.

The people spoke in favour of Brexit on June 23, but MPs seem to have stuck their fingers in their ears and ignored them. This is a democratic country, not a dictatorship.

On June 23 more than 17m voted for Brexit.
Rocky road
— MAX McNAUGHT, The Bar, Laxton.
The road between Farndon and the Brownhills roundabout, Newark, is one of the worst stretches of road in the country.

Newark is a lovely town but people who would come to shop are deterred by the roads chaos and go elsewhere.

This is not good for Newark.
Hedgehog help
­— JANET PETO, Hedgehog Welfare, Grantham.
Autumn is here again and this year it is very bad for the hedgehogs.

In fact, 2016 has not been a good year for them at all.

Hedgehog Welfare has loads of little ones coming in, mostly under 150g. We have some more that are in gardens that will need to come in if they stop putting on weight.
Cause of crisis
— D. HINCHLEY, Acacia Road, Balderton.
I am sick of hearing that an ageing population is causing the crisis in the NHS.

The truth is that due to immigration we are having to care for more patients.

It has recently been reported that maternity services are being abused by tourist patients, and there are no elderly people in that category.
Some don't drive
— ELSIE CORCORAN, Boundary Court, Newark.
Your correspondent states quite categorically that: “Every- one goes shopping in their cars...” (Shopping Trips, News Views, October 13).

Well, they don’t. I do not have a car, but I still like to use a supermarket.

If all supermarkets were on the outskirts of town, people like me would be disadvantaged.
One-way woes
— T. EASON, Queen Street, Newark.
I doubt that a one-way system will help Newark’s traffic problem (One Way To End Traffic Misery, Advertiser, October 6).

The main reasons for traffic chaos, which will still exist, are: the Asda traffic lights on Lombard Street; the narrowing of Castlegate just before the Beastmarket Hill roundabout; and the numerous times each day the Castle station railway crossing is closed.

A one-way system means that traffic normally using Sherwood Avenue and The Friary will have to join the regular users of London Road, Lombard Street and Castlegate, causing even more congestion, especially at peak times.
Learn lessons from the past
— LEON DUVEEN, chairman, Bassetlaw and Sherwood Liberal Democrats, Lincoln Street, Worksop.
Now we are beginning to find out what Brexit means.

Not content with just using the referendum result to take the UK out of the European Union (although I still have doubts as to whether it will really happen) Theresa May and her government are using it as an excuse to introduce some of the most xenophobic policy proposals seen in any western country in decades.

My father’s family left Europe in the 1930s, just at the time the Germans started to introduce laws against a minority there to dehumanise them and make them the scapegoat for the problems in German society.

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