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What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

12:22pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ON the ongoing row about who is to blame for the failure of Stroud District Council to adopt a local plan.

It’s so sad that we have lost so much from this village

Stroud News and Journal:

12:20pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – What has happened to Frampton? I was looking back on our village life now that the last shop is closing, I remember White’s shop – which sold knitting and sewing needs, one bakery, five shops, one hair dresser, three pubs, two garages, two butchers, one dentist, one Post Office, a coal yard, undertakers, vicarage (with vicar), Cadbury’s factory, school, church/chapel, tennis court (no charge), police station, doctors, football/cricket club, Bradley’s Fox Wreaths Flowers For All Occasions and building firm (Dave Evan’s).

The facts on planning

Stroud News and Journal:

12:16pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM - So Mr Carmichael thinks it is actions of the Labour-led council causing developers to target green fields in the Stroud district?

Thank you to all who donated

Stroud News and Journal:

12:13pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – The Inner Wheel Club of Stroud would like to thank everyone who helped raise £215 by contributing to our collection for local charities at the Co-Op in Stonehouse on Friday, August 8.

By-election was a useful indicator

Stroud News and Journal:

12:11pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – It is always interesting to analyse the underlying messages in any electoral contest, and while the recent Valley by-election is based on a very small sample of Stroud’s voters, it nevertheless yields some interesting pointers.

We can bring Thomas ‘home’

Stroud News and Journal:

12:09pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – I was most interested to read the letter from Roger Brooke (SNJ July 16) about the Rev W Awdry and his creation Thomas the Tank Engine.

Take time to think before you act

Stroud News and Journal:

12:08pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – Take time before you speak is good advice and this advice can easily be extended to think before you act.

Figures were rather misleading

Stroud News and Journal:

12:05pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – I have huge respect for Cllr Mattie Ross, and the important and committed work she has put in with others over the years to manage Stroud district’s housing issues.

Stanleys have been spoiled forever

Stroud News and Journal:

11:55am Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – May I through your newspaper congratulate our MP, Mr Carmichael and his Government on their success in spoiling the Stanleys forever, during their four years in office.

Let down over housing issues

Stroud News and Journal:

11:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

MADAM – We Stroud district citizens are badly let down by both Stroud District Council’s failure to plan strategically for the housing we need and by private sector market failure by building only for profit.

Litter: it’s time to take action

Stroud News and Journal:

1:59pm Friday 15th August 2014

MADAM - With disposable packaging at an all-time high the UK is experiencing levels of litter on an unprecedented scale. The impact of this has moved beyond mere aesthetic displeasure, seriously posing a threat to both public and environmental health. All is not lost, however, as we can still do something about it.

Learning the lessons of the past: 'Pack up your troubles' for WW1 centenary

Stroud News and Journal:

1:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

MADAM - As the nation turns its attentions to marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, a number of us believe that the Centenary is an opportunity to learn from the lessons of the past. One lesson that stands out particularly strongly to me, as Chief Executive of the military charity SSAFA, is the spirit of bravery and optimism in the face of such terrible times, demonstrated not only by the soldiers at the front but by the families they left behind. We see the same courage in those we support today – be they serving personnel, veterans or family members coping with injury, illness or personal difficulties. The song ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ encapsulated that spirit during WW1, and is still sung and played today. It became what many would call the ‘viral hit’ of the Great War, and we at SSAFA are hoping to breathe new life into it for the Centenary.

Action for M.E.

Stroud News and Journal:

1:47pm Friday 15th August 2014

MADAM - Heading off to university is exciting, challenging and sometimes a little daunting, not least for those new and returning students who live with the disabling illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.).

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

12:26pm Thursday 14th August 2014

ON MP Neil Carmichael’s criticism of Stroud District Council for failing to have a local plan in place which he says has been ‘catastrophic’ for the area.

Wild flowers can brighten a day for those who pass by

Stroud News and Journal:

12:24pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – May I, through your paper, thank the people responsible for the wonderful display of wild flowers on the Horsetrough roundabout near Stonehouse.

Find another method

Stroud News and Journal:

12:20pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM - In the light of the Government's launch of bidding for more fracking licences across the UK, I hope the people of the Cotswolds will be as successful as those in other areas of the UK in standing up to this dangerous attempt to proliferate the use of fossil fuels.

Election swung on ‘trying something’

Stroud News and Journal:

12:18pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – In response to Carol Kambites’ letter (August 6) suggesting that those who would like something more radical than the Labour Party “might want to try the Green Party instead”, may I remind her and your readers that 1,542 people took her advice and voted Green in the 2010 General Election in Stroud and thus helped to replace David Drew with Neil Carmichael as our MP, and to bring in the Conservative led coalition.

Let’s examine the Greens’ record

Stroud News and Journal:

12:10pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – In response to the Green Party spokesman Carol Kambites’ letter claiming local Labour activists are at odds with the party line.

These Gaza deaths are war crimes

Stroud News and Journal:

12:07pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – I am Jewish. Despite the complexities of the Israel/Palestine dispute, I am appalled by the murder of hundreds of innocent people in Gaza by the Israeli government and its soldiers.

Steiner documents available to view

Stroud News and Journal:

12:04pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – Last week the Department for Education (DfE) was forced to finally reveal documents requested by the British Humanist Association in 2010 relating to how Steiner schools were approved for state funding as free schools.

They gave their lives for us all

Stroud News and Journal:

12:02pm Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – 100 years ago this week

A century on, we remember them

Stroud News and Journal:

11:55am Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – On August 3, I as chairman of the council attended a ceremony of the dedication of a bench in memory of one of our local young men named Private Howard Pegler of the 2nd/5th Battalion, who sadly died at the tender age of 19 fighting for his country in what was to be one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history, The Great War.

Supermarket will create no-go area

Stroud News and Journal:

11:52am Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – With the news that the Asda supermarket plan on the Daniel’s Industrial Estate in Bath Road has taken a step closer, now is surely the time to consider the dangerous and alarming side effects this development will cause.

Lloyds are keeping us all in the dark

Stroud News and Journal:

11:48am Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – As a long-term customer of Lloyds Bank I was concerned to see they were recently fined £200 million for rate-fixing.

Was life better in the good old days?

Stroud News and Journal:

11:45am Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – I did enjoy Mr Lee Prescott’s letter, in your esteemed publication on July 23.

Reforms are for the benefit of all

Stroud News and Journal:

11:44am Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – How disappointing to read Cllr Brian Oosthuysen’s ‘propaganda’ letter (SNJ July 23).

A46 is worst road in Gloucestershire

Stroud News and Journal:

11:37am Thursday 14th August 2014

MADAM – I am contacting you about the state of the A46 road between Cheltenham and Stroud.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

4:27pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

ON district councillor Liz Peters’ unfortunate use of the phrase ‘the n**** in the woodpile’ while speaking to a member of the public after a meeting of the licensing committee.

Waste collection is a real conundrum

Stroud News and Journal:

4:24pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – Black bags are for household waste. Green bags are for garden refuse.

Many thanks to dedicated helpers

Stroud News and Journal:

4:22pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – May we say a very big ‘thank you’ to anybody who helped and supported the horticultural tent at Stroud Country Show.

Weather couldn’t stop town show

Stroud News and Journal:

4:15pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – Following weeks of beautiful weather, all the tents had been erected and all the hard work done by a small band of people, everything was ready for a lovely show.

Activists at odds with the party line

Stroud News and Journal:

4:13pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – I feel obliged to point out that recent claims by the local Labour party in your publication simply do not correspond with the actions of their national party.

Inept dog walker caused us distress

Stroud News and Journal:

4:11pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – We have just returned from holiday, our cat sitter had warned us that one of our cats was missing.

Take time to think before you speak

Stroud News and Journal:

4:05pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – To the elderly man who was sitting in the doctors waiting room at Beeches Green one recent Wednesday.

State school smear is not the answer

Stroud News and Journal:

3:42pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – If Dr Richard House (letters, July 23) really believes that mainstream education is responsible for a good deal of mental illness, then would it not be better to reform those aspects which he believes are damaging, rather than promoting divisive schooling based on a pseudo-scientific cult?

Interest in scheme that gives power back to communities

Stroud News and Journal:

3:39pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM – We were delighted with the response to the launch of the Stroud Town Centre Neighbourhood Development Plan on Saturday, July 26 at Lansdown Hall.

What if nurses can’t continue to nurse?

Stroud News and Journal:

10:19am Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM - In order to help the Government manage the deficit created by the banking crisis, nursing staff in the NHS have faced pay freezes and pay restraint for several years.

More adopters needed for black children, especially boys

Stroud News and Journal:

10:09am Wednesday 6th August 2014

MADAM - The number of adoptions in England is rising which is good news.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

12:02pm Thursday 31st July 2014

ON the decision by a planning inspector to approve the contentious application by Gladman for 150 homes on Mankley Field in Leonard Stanley on appeal after it was were refused by Stroud District Council.

So grateful to all those who helped with show

Stroud News and Journal:

11:58am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM - May I through your letters page say a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, exhibitors and public who battled through the elements to keep Stroud Country Show open on Saturday.

Dog bin smell can be noticed from quite a distance

Stroud News and Journal:

11:55am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM - I am attaching a photograph of a dog bin I took this afternoon at Bussage 'Pleasure Ground'. This bin is supposed to be emptied on Fridays.

Open letter to Neil Carmichael MP

Stroud News and Journal:

11:53am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – An open letter to Neil Carmichael MP. Dear Neil – In my 76th year I reflect on life and people who think they know it all.

Greenbelt policy will backfire

Stroud News and Journal:

11:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – Very sad news to hear that the development of 150 houses will go ahead at Mankley Field, Leonard Stanley.

Fields decision sad day for democracy

Stroud News and Journal:

11:47am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – Can I start by congratulating The Baxters Field Action Group and commiserating with those who opposed Mankley Field. The latter was a dreadful decision which goes against every element of local democracy. Instead of Stroud’s MP bleating that this would not have happened if Stroud District Council had its local plan in place, it would be good to think of one action that he has taken to help this to happen? He might like to consider that it was his votes that led to the imposition of the National Planning Policy Framework, known otherwise as a “developers’ charter”. Rather he has instigated unwanted and unnecessary development which will do nothing to provide a future for the Stroud area. The so-called Carmichael Commission is nothing more than a fig leaf to cover his work with local developers. He is now promoting improvements to the A419 when this is merely a pretence to get a new settlement west of Stonehouse, and floating the idea of moving Stonehouse’s station, something which has already been ruled out by the rail authorities, without even having the courtesy of talking to local representatives. Sadly this is what you get when the MP continues to act as Westminster’s man in the constituency and not lead the fight against these dreadful impositions. David Drew Labour & Co-operative general election candidate for the Stroud constituency

Thanks for help over bike accident

Stroud News and Journal:

11:46am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – I would like to pass on my thanks, on behalf of my husband, Mike Baines, to David Weaver and several members of the public who happened to witness his cycling accident on July 1 in King’s Stanley and who stopped to help him. Particularly Hayley, who contacted me from the scene, David who phoned for an ambulance and safeguarded his bicycle and a John Stayte employee – all played a part in ensuring he was safe, reassured and quickly on his way to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Court case sends out wrong message

Stroud News and Journal:

11:45am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – It is beyond belief that a man can steal £17,000 from his ex-employer, have 18 previous convictions for 43 various offences and virtually get away with little more than a slap on the wrist.

Excellent skin despite ‘the risks’

Stroud News and Journal:

11:43am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – I would like to say how well I empathise with the letter from Lee Prescott, How does anyone survive the risks? (23/7/14).

Questions linger over factory fire

Stroud News and Journal:

11:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – After the fire and the explosions at the Nu-Pro factory in Thrupp on the evening of July 9, thick black acrid smoke obscured the sun and rolled past our homes for more than two hours. The air stank. The rubble continued to smoke for days.

Comment fails to address the issue

Stroud News and Journal:

11:38am Thursday 31st July 2014

MADAM – Your comment on recent planning decisions and conclusions fails to address the root cause of the problem and could misinform readers.

The Glorious Twelfth

Stroud News and Journal:

1:19pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

MADAM - Most people have heard of the Glorious Twelfth – the day in August when the four-month long grouse shooting season starts on Britain’s moorlands. But they know little else about a ‘sport’ that is staged and undertaken by some of the wealthiest and most influential individuals in the land.

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