Proper planning needed for hospital
— Francis Towndrow, chairman, Say Yes To Newark Hospital campaign.
The NHS Newark Healthcare Review promised in 2010 that “the vast majority of patients (85%) would still be treated at Newark Hospital; other patients would be taken directly to more appropriate facilities by ambulance.’’
Revenue is generated for a hospital trust when an ambulance delivers a patient to an emergency department. Additional money is collected if that patient is admitted to a ward.
Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust (SFHFT) is losing much-needed revenue as many Newark patients with the less serious emergencies, the green cases, are being treated in hospitals outside SFHFT, such as in Lincolnshire.
Look ahead to improve traffic flow
— Robert Campbell, chairman Coddington Action Group (Coddington Against Gravel Extraction).
Newark’s road conditions is an important aspect of our campaign against sand and gravel developments at Coddington and Averham.
From the outset Coddington Against Gravel Extraction voiced concerns about traffic implications across the whole of the Newark area.
Newark’s strength lies in the diversity and strength of smaller businesses and retailers. It has developed as a great place to live and shop and could quickly become a major tourist town, but we are likely to be the architects of our own failure unless we take a serious look at the traffic issues — now.
— S. C. McCarthy, Newark (full address supplied)
I understand that since the Growth Point negotiations in 2008/9, Newark and Sherwood District Council has granted planning permission to some 2,000 or more dwellings in and around Newark.
This was always going to result in more traffic through Newark’s narrow streets. That there would be 100% more traffic along some of these highways was highlighted in the traffic surveys undertaken for the Growth Point planning assessments.
Those of us who know when gridlock times will be (Advertiser News Views, September 25 and October 2) can plan our journeys at other times. I imagine, though, this is much more difficult for parents dropping off or picking up children, the increasing number of couriers with timed deliveries, and others who have to be at work on time.
— Brian Clark, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
With reference to reports regarding A46 congestion and in the town, there appears to be one area overlooked.
With the town’s southern development imminent, hopefully this will include a link from the A46 to the A1 in the area of Balderton roundabout.
This link should be upgraded from a single carriageway to a fully-fledged trunk road dual carriageway.
— Karen Nicholl, Wolfit Avenue, Balderton.
I wrote earlier this year about the terrible state of parked vehicles at the corner of Bullpit Road and Wolfit Avenue, Balderton, caused by people dropping and collecting children from Chuter Ede Primary School.
Unfortunately, the problem seems to get worse.
I drove along Macaulay Drive and was firstly faced with a Chuter Ede pupil pedalling his bike towards me on the wrong side of the road.
— Shlomo Dowen, United Kingdom Without Incineration Network, Mansfield.
Peel’s letter in support of their proposal for an incinerator in Bilsthorpe (Waste Offers Opportunity For Energy Generation, News Views, October 16) omits some key facts.
Peel’s proposal is for an experimental gasification incinerator on a greenfield, local wildlife site in the open countryside. No wonder locals are so opposed to it
We landfill too much and the answer is to recycle, not burn.
— DUNCAN PRICE, Whitfield Street, Newark.
How fantastic it is to have such an up-to-date cinema complex in the heart of Newark at the Odeon, sporting five decent screens, digital 3D picture and crisp digital surround sound.
Even better for me, it’s just five minutes’ walk from my house and, being someone who frequents the cinema two to three times a month, it’s a dream. What a shame then that the Newark people who use this facility are selfish and thoughtless, to put it mildly.
Cinema staff cannot be policing all the time to catch out the irritants, but I can honestly say that every movie I watch there somebody ruins the atmosphere — mobile phones constantly lighting up the auditorium, people answering calls on mobile phones, people with their feet on your chair and children kicking the back of your chair. I even had a case where some children got bored of running in and out of the screening and sat on the steps between the seats.
— ALAN WOOD, Vine Way, Newark.
It used to be widely believed that greater economic, political and military co-operation in Europe, whatever the difficulties, would prevent another major war developing.
It is strange, then, that the Ukip leader doesn’t deal with this or other critical foreign policy issues that could, if we are not careful, result in all our young people being drafted to fight.
Anyone can say: “We have had enough,” but they have to state the alternative.
— M. DUCKMANTON, Balderton (full address supplied)
I read with interest in the Advertiser’s 50 years ago column about Mr Hodson and the forge on Queen’s Road, Newark.
I bought the property about five years after he left and ran my car repair workshop there.
The forge had been removed but the rings in the wall remained where he would have tied horses for shoeing.
— ANNI KEENE, Whitfield Street, Newark.
I live on Whitfield Street, Newark. Since it has been closed to through traffic for several weeks it is heaven.
No speeders trying to avoid the lights round the corner, no cars speeding up the one-way section the wrong way and no smashed wing-mirrors.
I think I can speak for the entire street to make a plea for the council to keep it closed. — ANNI KEENE, Whitfield Street, Newark.
— A. CRAVEN, Winthorpe (Full address supplied)
...the gentleman who paid £20 off my lunch bill at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe when I was there for my birthday celebrations.
It was a surprise and much appreciated. I hope his wife’s health improves.
Road review required
— JOHN HOLLAND, Main Street, Bathley.
Recent experience makes me wonder just why big business has been actively encouraged to locate resources at Newark.
Eddie Stobart and others have established large operations and must now be regretting it because of the quite ridiculous traffic situation that occurs in the town with monotonous regularity.
The most recent antiques fair at Newark Showground was a case in point, generating queues on the A1, A17 and A46 from the early hours of the Thursday.
— R. SMITH, Newark (Full address supplied).
There is an ongoing debate about the pros and cons of wind turbines and the amount of green energy they produce.
I do not claim to have any specialist knowledge of the efficiency or otherwise of wind turbines, but on paper the principle of harnessing the elements as renewable energy sources is hard to resist.
On the far less technical matter of the appearance of turbines, I have to say I do not find them offensive.
— W. PELL, Hill Field Farm, Flawborough.
A short time ago I took an elderly gentleman to the accident and emergency department at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
We waited six hours just to get four stitches in his head.
More recently I fell down hard in Bingham Market Place.
— MIRIAM RITCHIE, Metcalfe Close, Southwell.
I have been a volunteer in the Southwell Tourist Information Office since it first opened in 2005, under the guidance of Sue Rogers.
I feel strongly that Southwell town councillors should have got their facts right before addressing a finance and policy committee meeting (In Search Of Origins, Southwel, Advertiser, October 16).
All volunteers greet visitors. Some visitors are happy to browse unobtrusively, while some local people know exactly what they want — bus and train timetables, what’s on information, etc.
Enright Close fulfilled a social need
— DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
I read with interest the reports, Concern Over Mental Health Care Provision (Advertiser, October 9) and Staff Member Labels Unit Closure A Sham (Advertiser, October 16).
These reports relate to the closure of Enright Close. the mental health unit off Boundary Road, Newark.
I have my own concerns regarding the demise of this unit after attending two meetings at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Newark.
— CAROL WELLER, High Street, Collingham.
Many thanks to the brave staff member who exposed the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s misinformation surrounding the closure of Enright Close (Staff Member Labels Unit Closure A Sham, Advertiser, October 16).
The article confirmed the anxieties expressed across these pages in relation to the closure of the mental health unit on Boundary Road, New-ark.
Many thanks, also, to this newspaper for its comprehensive reporting of the Enright Close controversy in recent months.
— R. FRYER, Newark (Full address supplied).
I read with great interest recent letters and articles about NHS trusts’ consultation processes, and particularly whether local councillors were made aware of various proposals for hospital, ambulance and mental health provision in the Newark area.
May I suggest that the current situation could be improved by Newark and Sherwood District Council’s chief executive giving a senior council official a monitoring role examining the websites, minutes, reports and agendas of meetings of the various NHS trusts responsible for these services in the district.
This official could then report to the appropriate cabinet or committee members, who could bring the information, and responses to it, to the full council, and eventually members of the public through the local press.
— (Mrs) S. BOWMAN, Lime Grove, Newark.
Over recent years many beautiful trees in our district have been cut down to enable building development or because of age and/or disease.
It would be wonderful to see a major tree planting programme this autumn.
Trees provide clean air and habitats for wildlife as well as being very attractive.