6:48am Thu Jan 29, 2015
THE future use of an iconic Newark town centre building once more hangs in the balance. Honeybars Leisure Ltd, the company behind plans to re-open the Corn Exchange on Castlegate as a nightclub, says the £2m project is now on hold.
Should road signs say "Newark" instead of "Newark-on-Trent"?

eg: Restaurant, School
Major draw
— GODFREY COZENS, London Road, Newark.
I was delighted with Chiel’s Comments on Newark Castle and the new National Civil War Centre as major and important tourist attractions for our town (Making History, Advertiser, January 15).

However, I was disappointed that no mention was made of another major, and important, tourist attraction, namely the magnificent Grade I listed Georgian town hall in the heart of Newark Market Place.

Along with 30 other volunteer guides, I show visitors around the superb John Carr building with its magnificent ballroom, civic treasures, art gallery and museum (which has free entry) six days a week.
Hospital role
GEOFFREY C. BOND, Burgage Manor, Southwell.
I agree with Ray Thompson (News Views, January 22) that we should mark the first world war as a four-year journey and continue with educational programmes about it.

With this in mind on June 13 and 14 we will commemorate at Burgage Manor, Southwell, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital from 1915-1919, where many ordinary soldiers were helped back to good health and, indeed, some returned to the front.

From a variety of activities, re-enactors and exhibitions, the importance of the Home Front will be shown and the great contribution by women.
Traffic report
— PATRICIA KEERY, Church Lane, South Muskham.
I write in response to the article, Villagers Fear Impact Of Crossing Closure (Advertiser, January 15) regarding North Muskham Parish Council chairman Ian Harrison’s concerns that closure of the Church Lane rail crossing will bring all the farming traffic and fishing traffic though North Muskham.

We in South Muskham, especially Church Lane, have had to put up with farm traffic and fishing traffic for years.

It definitely does make a difference to village life.
More to offer
— JILL CAMPBELL, Newark Archaeological and Local History Society.
I feel I must write in response to the last paragraph of Chiel’s Comments (Making History, Advertiser, January 15) which stated: “The town will soon have two major tourist attractions to be proud of.”

It related to the new National Civil War Centre and the proposals for the Newark Castle gatehouse development.

Whereas these two worthy attractions will certainly bring (hopefully) more tourists to Newark, they aren’t the only things Newark has to offer or that it can be proud of.
Crossing point
— G. PECK, Bullpit Road, Balderton.
I have spoken with Network Rail and seen the proposed plans for the Bullpit Road rail crossing in Balderton.

They will be erecting a footbridge over the power lines, above the road.

There will be a ramp either side that will go the full length of the fields either side and back again to the bridge, which will be big enough for horses to cross, but not cars.
Georgian town hall is a tourism gem
— CAROLE LOWE, Nicholson Street, Newark.
Naturally, I share Chiel’s enthusiasm that the town will soon have two major tourist attractions to be proud of, thanks to the National Civil War Musuem and castle improvements (Making History, Advertiser, January 15).

But why was there no mention of the already up-and-running Newark Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery, which is right in the centre of town, open six days a week and is, above all, free to visitors?

The lovely Georgian building is an attraction in itself with its sweeping staircases, a grand council chamber and the beautifully restored former Assembly Room, now the ballroom, which is still used for dancing, concerts and private functions.
Price to pay
— BILL DAVIDSON, Queen Street, Balderton.
Your correspondent John Freeman makes some valid points about the provision of information and consultation regarding action on climate change (Leadership Vital To Climate Debate, Advertiser, January 22).

Perhaps at some stage the truth will out, for example explaining why its proponents insist on using questionable data to support their view that burning fossil fuel is always bad and that wind power can supply all our needs.

What is in no doubt already is that each household, no matter how poor, is typically paying £112 per year in green subsidies through its energy bills.
Warming warning
— MICHAEL BASSEY, Ordoyno Grove, Coddington.
The letter by Mr Robert Sheppard expressing scepticism that global warming is caused by our use of carbon-based fuels deserves a careful answer, for I believe the scientific evidence shows that his viewpoint is wrong (Reconsider Energy Policies, News Views, January 8).

I ask all who share his scepticism to look at the website of the International Panel on Climate Change at www.ipcc.ch and read the Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report.

Eighty scientists from all round the world have contributed to this report. Among pertinent extracts are:
Resist more symbols of folly
— ROBERT SHEPPARD, Beckingham (Full address supplied).
In his letter, Leadership Vital To Climate Debate (News Views, January 22) John Freeman points out that carbon dioxide being essential to life is primary school science and so it is.

But he goes on to conflate this fact with the so-called science of man-made climate change.

The logic seems to be:
Thanks to...
— NICOLA C. TRANTER, Coddington (Full address supplied).
... Newark Hospital and its staff. My husband recently hurt his foot at work and we were advised by my mum to go to Newark Hospital.

We received a warm welcome at the reception and went to the waiting area and didn’t have to wait long.

We were told that he had probably broken his foot and he was bandaged up and given medication and went back the next day, which was followed through with visits to our GP.
Leadership vital to climate debate
— JOHN FREEMAN, Tinsley Close, Claypole.
As much as I enjoyed reading Mr Sheppard’s letter on energy policy (Reconsider Energy Policies, News Views, January 8) I believe the truth and issues surrounding climate change are much more complex.

That carbon dioxide provides an essential part of the Earth’s balance — exhaled by animals and absorbed by trees which then produce oxygen — is primary school science.

But it isn’t only scientists who worked out long ago that you can have too much of a good thing.
Tourism tonic
— (Mrs) C. LEE, Newark (Full address supplied).
More should be made of Newark Castle as a tourist attraction and the £800,00 Gatehouse project is a big step in the right direction.
Thanks to...
— M. FRANKLIN, South Muskham (Full address supplied).
... the carers from AMC who, despite snow, ice, rain and high winds still came to me.

They are always cheerful no matter what the weather is like.

Thank you ladies, you are wonderful.
Office idea
— LYNN ARNOLD, Bridge House bed and breakfast, London Road, Balderton.
Having read the article on the Newark Castle Gatehouse project (£800,000 Floor Plan For Castle, Advertiser, January 15) I had an amazing idea.

Why don’t we use the Register Office, now occupying the Gilstrap Centre, as a gift shop, learning centre and tourist information centre?

These are exactly Mr Gil-strap’s ideals.
Debating point
— Councillor JOHN MARRIOTT, Lincolnshire County Council, St Hugh’s Drive, North Hykeham.
Sorting out who should appear in election debates is surely not rocket science.

Let’s start by acknowledging that there are four nations that make up the representation at Westminster and organise accordingly. There should be one debate in England featuring all the leaders of the English parties who currently have representation at Westminster.

As these parties also campaign in the other UK nations, with the possible exception of Labour and the Lib Dems in Northern Ireland, the debates in these areas should feature those national parties as well as the nationalist parties such as the Unionist and Republican parties and the Alliance and SDLP in Northern Ireland and Plaid Cymru and the SNP in Wales and Scotland respectively.
Four-year journey
— RAY THOMPSON, South View Avenue, Brigg, Lincolnshire.
The church services are behind us, the ceramic poppies have been extracted and the surge of media attention given to all things world war one has faded to a trickle.

The centenary of the start of the war was enthusiastically embraced by the British people to the extent that we are left with a sense of where do we go from here?

The centenaries of major battles and other key events of the war will naturally be commemorated in various ways until November 2018, which provides us all with an opportunity to examine other aspects of the conflict well away from the dominant images of mud and misery on the Western Front.
In a jam
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
Some months ago we had six weeks of traffic hell at the traffic lights at the junction of London Road and Main Street, Balderton.

After about six weeks it was finished, but almost immediately a sign was put up saying that in two weeks roadworks would start for between ten and 12 weeks.

We have now had that time and the job is still not finished.

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