Letters to the Editor, January 10, 2013

PUBLISHED: 13:56 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:56 11 January 2013

Modest

THE Mercury reports that the Conservative group on Weston Town Council (WTC) is proposing a modest 50p increase in the price of children’s entrance to the Water Park. The vast majority of local council taxpayers will, I am sure, support the move.

Parents - and other adults accompanying children - enter the facility for free and the entry fee entitles families to stay for the whole day. One pound 50 pence per child is probably less than the price of an ice cream and seems to be excellent value to me.

WTC’s main source of income is a small portion of the council tax which, I trust, councillors will be keeping to a minimum. I see no reason why the town council’s various facilities should operate at a loss. Wherever possible, the aim should be to at least break even. That way, WTC will continue to be able to think in terms of providing even more attractions for the benefit of local residents and visitors alike.

JOHN LEY-MORGAN

Elmsleigh Road, Weston

Councillors

NORTH Somerset Council and Weston Town Council have between them some 92 elected councillors.

Yet your coverage of political matters within the town is dominated by quotes from Councillor Mike Bell and Councillor Clare Kingsbury-Bell (his wife).

In today’s edition the cover story and the account of the proposed increase in charges for the water park are examples.

Can we have more balanced coverage please? Give the other 90 councillors a chance to have a say.

DAVID DRINKWATER

Atlantic Road, Weston

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mercury is happy to quote any councillor, of any political persuasion, on relevant issues. This means we often go to North Somerset members for comments on stories which relate directly to their ward. However, it has long been our policy to also offer councillors an opportunity to contribute to articles if they are the person/people who come to us with new, original information; this is because we believe that if they are responsible for researching or breaking a story, they have effectively earned the right to be a part of it. And while we hope it goes without saying, to stress our political balance, we would point out that in last week’s issue we quoted executive members Nigel Ashton, Elfan Ap Rees (also pictured on the front page) and Tony Lake. However, it is also worth mentioning that our requests to executive members for comments or interviews often go unanswered – or are refused.

Another raid

WITH reference to the report in the Mercury that an area next to the former Royal Pier Hotel is to be sold by North Somerset Council.

This is another raid on Weston’s assets; not to benefit the town, but to line North Somerset’s coffers.

The plundering cannot be allowed to continue. Weston must break free from North Somerset’s clutches and go its own way.

ROBERT CRAIG

WHIG (Weston and Hinterland Independent Governance)

Priory Road, Weston

Delighted

I WAS delighted to read how homeless charity comfort and warmth, which has been running a homeless shelter for the past 23 years at St Paul’s Church in Walliscote Road, Weston, provided those less fortunate a warm welcome, and a Christmas lunch over the festive period.

I recently visited the work done by the good-hearted volunteers at St Paul’s Church. The people working there over the festive period were friendly and interesting.

I thought to myself, why are our homeless people only helped over the festive season? They should be provided with food and warmth all year round.

Tell your family, friends, colleagues, councillors, MP that it isn’t good enough.

We can help our homeless by getting our Government to build more affordable homes.

Even the student accommodation and empty hotels could be used instead of sitting there empty for six months or more of the year.

I’m sure the homeless would be willing to pay to live somewhere warm during the winter.

So let’s all buy the Big Issue from the Big Issue seller so they can move forward and let’s all salute those big-hearted volunteers for making our world a better place to live in.

D F COURTNEY

Victoria Park, Weston

Performing a duty

HAVING just witnessed the excellent medical care afforded an elderly relative over the Christmas period: I would like to thank the staff involved from the first responders, doctors, nurses, and auxiliary personnel, they were all superb.

Only when you see first hand the type of work being carried out behind the scene at Weston Hospital can you appreciate and take comfort from the first class care given.

People performing a duty at a time when most others would have been enjoying Christmas with friends and family. In recent times we have heard much praise heaped on the achievements surrounding the 2012 Olympic Games (rightly so), but let’s not forget the efforts of the unsung dedicated staff of our National Health Service, also delivering a Britain at its best.

MR O J FOORD

Wemberton Crescent, Yatton

Safety net

THE Royal Observer Corps (ROC) may have been disbanded and its many former volunteers live happily with their memories.

Today a few of those who served their country have found that despite best plans, times are difficult in the current economic climate. For those, there is the safety net of the Benevolent Fund to fall back on.

The fund continues to serve those, who once served. If only they knew how to make contact.

Are you a former member of the ROC, a dependant, or do you know someone who is? Contact can be made with the ROC Benevolent Fund by going to www.rocbf.org.uk or by writing to me at the address below.

The Fund can provide financial help in many ways: mobility aids, scooters and wheelchairs; debt relief; essential home repairs or modifications and respite care.

Relief may be provided to eligible applicants by: making grants of money; providing or paying for goods, services or facilities and making grants of money to other persons or bodies who provide goods services or facilities

TERRY GILES

Deputy chairman and secretary,

Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund,

120 Perry Hall Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0EF

Well done

I WOULD like to congratulate all the refuse collectors on their collections over the Christmas and New Year periods.

Well done and thank you for keeping our streets clean.

MRS P YOUNG

Milton Brow, Weston

AS CHAIRMAN of Comfort and Warmth (Comfort at Christmas), I would like to say a huge thank you to all the individuals and companies that donated towards our 2012 Christmas Shelter.

Special mention must go to Loves Cafe in Weston for supplying free of charge a beautiful tasty beef stew and cheesy bread on Christmas Eve.

Also, anyone who donated clothing, bedding, food, and cash a huge thank you.

But finally thank you to all the volunteers, who gave up their time to come and share Christmas with out guests and me.

Next year will be our 24th consecutive year and I look forward to it being just as successful.

JON CODD

Chairman,

Comfort and Warmth charity,

Bisdee Road, Hutton


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