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8:10am Friday 6th December 2013
I T IS more blessed to give than receive, but is it? What about Christmas, when people run up debts to buy the latest technology only to see the queues at customer services wanting refunds on Boxing Day, or those who see Christmas as the season for ‘what can I get’?
6:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013
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8:00am Friday 15th November 2013
There has been a considerable amount of correspondence on the letters pages about on the potential impact on local businesses if the county council goes ahead with its proposal to introduce on-street parking charges.
3:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013
I would like to alert readers to the county council's proposal to introduce on-street parking charges to Cumbria’s market towns. This proposal flies in the face of all of the studies done into high street shopping decline in recent years. The number one factor for empty shops and lost town centres is parking cost, usually caused by excess charging from short-sighted councils. Up until now Cumbria County Council has realised the damage that the introduction of on-street parking charges would do. Not anymore! Budget Proposal, theme 4, proposition 29 of the county’s draft budget will introduce parking charges, ticket machines and all the costs that go with it to Cockermouth (and other towns) streets. This would be disastrous for our high streets and great news for the out of town supermarkets. In the long (and short) term it can only bring increased costs in its wake. Can I urge your readers to write into Cumbria County Council’s consultation process at Our area; Our future, Cumbria County Council, The Courts, Carlisle, CA3 8NA, quoting Theme 4, proposition 29, on street parking charges. I know I speak for Cockermouth businesses in appealing for your readers help in this, but many of your readers may also want to support their own local traders in this way.
11:07am Monday 28th October 2013
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12:40pm Thursday 26th September 2013
Reading last week’s Gazette, I see that on the one hand parents will be fined up to £120 for taking their children on family holidays during school term, and on the other hand a teacher strike will close schools as part of a national dispute between teaching unions and the government.
12:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013
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4:34pm Thursday 8th August 2013
While I welcome the action of Aynam Road residents in trying to get something done to prevent speeding there (Gazette, July 25, ‘Pressure grows for action on ‘racetrack’ death road’), I feel the debate needs to be widened.
4:18pm Thursday 1st August 2013
5:45pm Thursday 25th July 2013
Jumping from bridges into rivers is dangerous (Gazette, July 11). But so too is charity swimming, either in Windermere, or across the channel, rock-climbing, walking along Striding Edge or venturing on to the sands of Morecambe Bay. So too is smoking, more than moderate drinking, playing rugby, driving a car.
5:24pm Thursday 18th July 2013
I was pleased to see the report about rail upgrade bid hopes for the Lakes Line between Oxenholme and Windermere (Gazette, July 4, ‘Rail upgrade bid hopes’). I have known about the plan since it first appeared on the website of David Morris MP in response to a question put to the Secretary of State for Transport.
4:51pm Thursday 11th July 2013
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1:42pm Thursday 4th July 2013
CHCs could monitor local health services The headline ‘Shame Them’ (Gazette, June 20), summed up the general reaction to the Care Quality Commiss-ion’s response to events surrounding Furness General Hospital at Barrow.
5:08pm Thursday 27th June 2013
Well said John Miller (Letters, June 6, ‘Bridge over the bay would bring benefits’) about both the lack of progress with any bridge over Morecambe Bay, and the ongoing levels of economic deprivation and poverty in Furness.
4:29pm Thursday 20th June 2013
In response to the report claiming mass destruction of ancient woodland due to bikers building tracks (Gazette, June 6, ‘Ancient woods wrecked by thrill seeking cyclists’) I am writing to explain the building of bike tracks and the benefits to the environment and community they can often have.
5:44pm Thursday 13th June 2013
I last wrote to your newspaper about the Bridge across the Bay project on July 2, 2007. Since then I have purchased virtually every weekly copy of the Gazette and note that there have been very little, if any, letters or articles on the Bridge across the Bay subject.
5:52pm Thursday 6th June 2013
It’s time for a new and a stronger town In response to Kent Brooks (Letters, May 16, ‘Design must fit in with the surroundings’) I will have to admit that different buildings can stick out like a sore thumb. However, we should not be surrounded by the 1800s any longer. It is time for change.
5:27pm Thursday 30th May 2013
I was saddened and greatly disappointed to hear that the youth hostel at Arnside is to be sold off and that there will no longer be a youth hostel in this village (Gazette, April 25, ‘Crying shame about Youth Hostels closure’).
4:59pm Thursday 16th May 2013
5:14pm Thursday 9th May 2013
As a previously elected Public Governor of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, it did not come as a surprise to read (Gazette, April 25, ‘230 jobs face axe in health savings’) that the trust may have to cut 230 jobs to reduce the 30 million financial deficit.
5:17pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
Thank you for your detailed but deeply depressing articles on the lack of affordable housing in the Lake District and the increasing numbers of second homes and holiday lets (Gazette, April 18, ‘Villages without children’).
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4:22pm Thursday 28th March 2013
P. Langford wrote an excellent and timely letter about the contentious develop-ment plan proposed by the Lake District National Park Authority for the Glebe at Bowness (Letters, March 14, ‘Do not mess with the Glebe’).
5:27pm Thursday 14th March 2013
K Village developers who demolished the hotch potch of old factory buildings and replaced them with a splendid appearing new structure (at least from the outside), should have taken note of why it was so popular to visitors and thought about copying or improving some or all of its internal features and possibly adding more.
4:18pm Thursday 7th March 2013
The recent plan to locate a zip-wire within the confines of the quarry and adjacent crags on Honister Hause was rejected by the Lake District National Park Authority, not on principled grounds (no zip-wires in the Lake District) but on grounds of inappropriate-ness in this location - no zip-wires on Honister Hause.
5:24pm Thursday 28th February 2013
I’m sure readers are aware of the Fix the Fells programme of footpath development in the Lake District. I am very concerned that this team is being allowed to change the nature and even route of many footpaths in the Lake District National Park.
5:06pm Thursday 21st February 2013
Penny Benson makes a bold statement and dares to be challenged in her recent letter (Letters, January 31, ‘It does not rain every day in the Lake District’) stating that there were ‘200 fine days’ in Kendal in 2012.
5:23pm Thursday 14th February 2013
Regular readers of The Westmorland Gazette may recall the various articles that appeared last year regarding dog fouling and control of dogs, including South Lakeland District Council's proposals to enact certain dog control orders (backed up by a questionn-aire and local 'road show').
5:22pm Thursday 7th February 2013
From my vantage point high above Kendal it often strikes me what a waste of elect-ricity the street lighting is for most of the night. How many people are around at three in the morning and can such small numbers justify the expense?
5:34pm Thursday 31st January 2013
Any Cumbrian with a job which relies to an extent on the tourism trade - and there are thousands of such jobs in the county - will have been dismayed by your recent report on the gloomy outlook for the holiday industry in 2013 (Gazette, January 3, ‘Stormy year for Lake District B&Bs and hotels as rain batters area’).
5:23pm Thursday 17th January 2013
2:15pm Thursday 10th January 2013
It seems the problem of lycra-clad cyclists carving up town traffic is a national phenomenon and the media has recently carried reports of astonishing altercations between cyclists and drivers in the big cities.
2:26pm Thursday 3rd January 2013
4:40pm Thursday 27th December 2012
After all the outcry, protests and correspondence about the new parking machines in South Lakeland, there must be a simpler way to ensure that residents, visitors and businesses do not feel that they are being ripped off.
4:33pm Thursday 20th December 2012
So the Coalition government is now addressing the crucial issues that face our nation in these difficult times? Sadly not it seems! Instead of trying to resolve the economic difficulties it instead seems determined to press on with plans to ‘redefine’ marriage.
1:38pm Thursday 13th December 2012
The ‘disarray’ (Gazette, December 6, ‘New auction mart hits crisis’) concerning the protracted delays in opening the auction mart near Junction 36 of the M6 at Preston Patrick is distressing to stock farmers.
5:33pm Thursday 6th December 2012
2:12pm Thursday 29th November 2012
Dr Searle-Chatterjee raises the spectre of global warming (Leters, November 8, ‘Warming is a threat to us all’). She re-quotes scares that have been debunked on many occasions. She even mentions the supposed scientific consensus that is opposed by many thousands of other scientists.
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