Added expense on night out in town
— CORA TOWNSON, Church Street, Barkston.
Be on your guard if visiting Newark for a night’s entertainment.
We went to the Odeon cinema and bought a parking ticket at 5.25pm.
We looked at the charges sign that said they applied from 8am-6pm, so put £1 in the machine. My daughter even gave £1 to another chap who didn’t have any change.
— D. PRINCE, Balderton (Full address supplied).
The Advertiser recently highlighted the terrible traffic problems often encountered in Newark.
The problems may be at their worst on Friday afternoons but that is by no means the only time that drivers have to be patient.
Having said that it is ridiculous that it can take, at particularly busy times, more than 30 minutes to get from one side of a relatively small market town to the other.
— ANNI KEENE, Whitfield Street, Newark.
A few weeks ago, in the same week, the Advertiser carried the news of a possible Sainsbury’s supermarket on Great North Road, Newark, and twice as many trains stopping at the town’s Castle rail station every hour.
That’s the barriers down four times an hour — plus freight trains.
New offices for Newark and Sherwood District Council are proposed to be built between the two, but has anyone noticed that it’s a very short road?
— A. STREETS, Newark (Full address supplied).
I feel I must reply to the letter, Build A Bridge (News Views, October 9).
I cannot see how building a bridge over the rail line at Newark Castle Station would ease the town’s congestion problems.
All it may do is help people get to the proposed Sainsbury’s supermarket a bit quicker.
— BOB HART, Fairway, Newark.
I refer to Councillor Kay Cutts’ letter (National Rights, News Views, October 9) pointing out the inevitable and necessary reorganisation of English government as a consequence of the Scottish referendum and its aftermath.
Such reorganisation will need to include a major review of the cost, ineffiiciency and duplication of the current two- tier system of local government in Nottinghamshire and elsewhere.
In any assessment, a single governing local authority for those areas without them has to be the way forward, and huge cost savings would be bound to ensue.
Waste offers opportunity for energy generation
— RICHARD BARKER, development manager, Peel Environmental, Peel Dome, The Trafford Centre, Manchester.
Nottinghamshire County Council has had some important decisions to make recently about how it deals with residents’ waste.
Recent council reports show that last year more than 131,000 tonnes of Nottinghamshire’s residual household waste (what is left after recycling) was sent to landfill.
Under recently-approved plans, more than 60% of the county’s residual household waste would be transported out of the county for treatment.
In the dark
— P. CHAMBERS, Bald-erton (Full address supplied).
On Mondays I drive from Balderton to Claypole at about 7.45pm. The nights have drawn in and it is dark at this time.
I am horrified at the number of youths, dressed in black, cycling with no lights. What are their parents thinking?
They should at least ensure they have working lights on their bikes.
— JOHN KIRTON, Main Street, Coddington.
I was recently given an appointment at Retford Hospital, this being the earliest one available.
After my visit I was asked to return for further tests.
I immediately asked if these could be arranged at Newark Hospital, which is three or four miles from my home — Retford being nearer 30 miles.
Congestion problems go back years
— A. M. WADDINGTON, Viking Way, Metheringham, Lincolnshire.
I was interested to read the Advertiser coverage of the state of congestion on many of Newark’s roads (Time To Tackle Friday Gridlock, September 28) but I would suggest that it isn’t just a Friday problem as, over the last few weeks, I have been travelling to and through the town on a Wednesday.
It was in 1988 that work on the Newark bypass first started.
In the intervening 25 years road traffic, and certainly freight traffic, has increased over major routes.
Dim view of lights
— ADRIAN LOWE, Sutton Avenue, Newark.
Street lighting has been changed to a white light where I live.
After a lot of shed break-ins in the Hawtonville area there has been a police presence at nights.
On one night recently, after midnight, I heard noises near my house. My dog heard them first and woke me up.
Dose of realism
— PETER JONES, Farndon (Full address supplied).
I understand the passion of people who want to ensure that services remain at Newark Hospital and I believe that those services that can be provided effectively and efficiently should be available locally.
Let us, however, be realistic. Medicine and surgery has moved on since 1948 and it is not possible to provide excellent care in all hospitals.
To quote Aneurin Bevan who created the NHS: “I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.”
— HELEN CHAPMAN, customer assistant, Tesco Express, Balderton.
I would like to let everyone know how much the Tesco Express store in Main Street, Balderton, raised throughout the last year for our Race for Life campaign.
The total was a staggering £1,180.
A huge thank you goes to everyone who made this possible. Our original target was £600.
— A. ELLISON, Newark (Full address supplied).
A Sainsbury’s supermarket seems likely to be coming to the old Nottinghamshire County Council site on Kelham Road, Newark.
We fear that no matter how much we protest and put our case forward they will be allowed to build there.
It is the residents who will suffer. Who wants a delivery entrance opposite their house?
Build a bridge
I know there will be many suggestions for solving Newark’s traffic problems, but surely the construction of a bridge over the Castle Station level crossing must be a priority. — ALEC STREETS, Newark (Full address supplied).
— (Councillor) KAY CUTTS, Conservative group leader, member for Radcliffe, Nottinghamshire County Council, County Hall, Nottingham.
It is very clear following the Scottish Referendum that voters in Scotland will hold Westminster leaders to their promises, and English people are entitled to demand the same freedom.
Only MPs for English constituencies should vote on those laws that exclusively affect our country, and more powers should be devolved to local councils.
Local government in Scot-land, Wales and Northern Ireland is based on a system of unitary authorities that deliver all council services.
— DAVID HOWSON, ANGELA DICKINSON and TERESA MARTIN, Newark (Full address supplied).
We would like to thank the lady and gentleman who stopped to help our dad, Fred Howson, when he fell and damaged his eye at the riverside by The Wharf in Newark.
Our special thanks go to the kind lady who stayed with Fred until the ambulance arrived.
After the incident Fred was nursing a very sore eye but is still taking his two walks a day.
Council not consulted on unit closure
— (Councillor) GILL DAWN, leader, Newark Town Council.
I write in reply to Mrs C. Weller (Query Remains Over Council Stance, News Views, September 18) concerning the Community Rehabilitation Unit at Enright Close, Newark, which followed my reply to an earlier letter submitted by Vic Hall.
I made it clear in my original reply that Newark Town Council has not given any consideration to the proposed closure of the facility at Enright Close, nor have we been formally consulted on the issue.
In this matter the council is in exactly the same position as any other parish council in the Newark area.