Email your letters to SNJ editor Sue Smith at sue.smith@gwent-wales.co.uk

The editor welcomes letters on all topics but please keep to a maximum of 300 words and include a full address and daytime telephone number. The editor reserves the right to shorten or amend letters for legal reasons or due to lack of space.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

2:52pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ON PLANS by Stroud District Council for weekly food waste collections.

Ukip will not merge with Green

Stroud News and Journal:

2:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — I am writing further to the report in the SNJ of September 3 that Ukip wishes to enter into a ‘merger’ with the Greens in Stroud. This is not the case at all.

More wildflowers, not concrete and car tyres

Stroud News and Journal:

2:40pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM - Reading Karen Eberhardt-Shelton's article re car parks has reminded me of the history of the old meadow on which Weavers' Croft, Field Road now stands.

An unfortunately placed Ukip rant

Stroud News and Journal:

2:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — Brian Cooke’s letter in the SNJ of September 3 was, as usual, intelligent, well thought out and clearly composed.

Simple arithmetic should allay fears

Stroud News and Journal:

2:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — I want to thank you for printing the letter (SNJ: September 3) from Caroline Stephens, the Stroud Ukip candidate.

Time for a grown up conversation

Stroud News and Journal:

2:29pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — I admit my views on both Ukip and The Daily/Sunday Mail were very low to start with, but the lazy, distorted and hypocritical letter from your correspondent Caroline Stephens, Ukip’s Parliamentary candidate, scrapes the bin.

Don’t deny us a Conservative MP

Stroud News and Journal:

2:20pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — At every general election count in Stroud in which a Ukip candidate has stood, they have

The National Autistic Society

Stroud News and Journal:

12:08pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM - The National Autistic Society is calling on local people affected by autism to nominate individuals and services that have made a difference to their lives for the third annual Autism Professionals Awards.

30,000 people call for CCTV in slaughterhouses

Stroud News and Journal:

4:53pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

MADAM - More than 30,000 people have now signed a petition on the government's website calling for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, with independent monitoring of the footage.

Renegotiation is yet another politician's promise that cannot be met

Stroud News and Journal:

2:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

MADAM - The UK Commissioner, the former PR man, (Lord) Jonathan Hill now has the portfolio of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union - not unimportant.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

3:38pm Friday 12th September 2014

ON the call by Caroline Stephens for the Green Party and UKIP to ‘temporarily set aside their differences’ to show Stroud voters that there are alternatives to Labour and the Tories.

It’s a toadstool takeover

Stroud News and Journal:

3:37pm Friday 12th September 2014

Archway School student Theseus Lythgoe, 13, sent in this picture of toadstools in Randwick Woods which he took on Friday. Photography is one of his favourite hobbies. Photographs can be emailed to tla@stroudnews andjournal.co.uk

Sky action an omen?

Stroud News and Journal:

3:34pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM - I was outraged to learn recently of BSkyB's heavy-handed enforcement of a name change at Skyhook Studios.

Apologies for my improper language

Stroud News and Journal:

3:29pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – In reply to Mavis Mandel’s letter in the SNJ — this is my response.

Why is my money spent in Cuba?

Stroud News and Journal:

3:27pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – I was horrified to learn recently that the EU is paying millions of pounds of our money to Cuba to help with refuse collection, and to the Czech Republic for a non-existent fishing fleet, when that country doesn’t even have a coastline.

Culling of badgers is a shameful act

Stroud News and Journal:

3:26pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – Earlier this year, I staged a lone anti-badger cull protest at Gatcombe Park in the light of comments made by Princess Anne on a BBC Countryfile programme in which she advocated the gassing of badgers in relation to bovine TB.

Without a plan, our landscape is at risk

Stroud News and Journal:

3:24pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – In response to Simon Pickering’s open letter to me: I have never blamed officers for the failure to have a local plan for the Stroud Valleys and Vale. Instead, I have repeatedly pointed to the failure of supporters in council of the Labour-led administration.

Objections seem to be going unheard

Stroud News and Journal:

3:23pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – Further deterioration in local planning and growing dissatisfaction with planners is evident from an application to alter a single-storey doctors surgery to a three-storey block of 15 flats with insufficient parking here in Ebley.

Losing candidate needs thicker skin

Stroud News and Journal:

3:20pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – Interesting letter from Stuart Love, the losing Ukip candidate in the Slad by-election (SNJ dated Aug 27).

We need planners to protect spaces

Stroud News and Journal:

3:17pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM – I have read with interest your reports on local planning issues and the interviews with local political figures on the subject of planning.

Green Party, for all that’s beneficial

Stroud News and Journal:

3:11pm Friday 12th September 2014

MADAM - Re your item on Lord Ashcroft’s 1,000 person opinion poll, on the Stroud Parliamentary constituency.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

4:03pm Friday 5th September 2014

ON the Lord Ashcroft poll which predicts a Labour win in Stroud at the next general election.

Grateful for help after my accident

Stroud News and Journal:

3:59pm Friday 5th September 2014

MADAM – I would like to thank all those people who helped following my recent accident at Oakridge Lynch junction between Bisley and Chalford.

Touched by all the kindness shown

Stroud News and Journal:

3:58pm Friday 5th September 2014

MADAM – May we, through your paper, thank everyone who donated to Mind and Winston’s Wish following the sad death of our daughter Sharon last month.

Photo not in their best interests

Stroud News and Journal:

3:57pm Friday 5th September 2014

MADAM -– With respect to the article titled “We failed the children of ‘neglect pair’” (August 20, 2014).

Bin spending on projects in Cuba

Stroud News and Journal:

3:55pm Friday 5th September 2014

MADAM – I read with astonishment in the Mail on Sunday (August 24, 2014) that the EU, which all your parties actively support, agreed to provide £1.6 million to fund bin collections in Cuba in April at a time when many local authorities throughout the UK have been forced to implement a fortnightly bin collection, thereby attracting increased vermin to the detriment of public health.

Hope police made good use of chance

Stroud News and Journal:

3:53pm Friday 5th September 2014

MADAM – I see from your paper that the police were to help cyclists with security by registering, security marking and offering discounted cycle locks on Saturday, August 30.

If you’d had the space to fit it in...

Stroud News and Journal:

3:52pm Friday 5th September 2014

MADAM – Re your ‘Staff sub headline’ in the SNJ August 20 page four. ‘Appeal to find bike stolen by towpath’.

Time we thought of consequences

Stroud News and Journal:

4:49pm Thursday 4th September 2014

MADAM – Although some form of human life has been on planet Earth for nearly 4,000,000 years, modern man – or homo sapiens – has only been around for perhaps less than 50,000 years.

Fifth stayed true to their first choice

Stroud News and Journal:

4:44pm Thursday 4th September 2014

MADAM -–Mr Carmichael is our MP because he got the most votes in 2010.

Tactical voting will decide things

Stroud News and Journal:

4:41pm Thursday 4th September 2014

MADAM – I was most interested to read the letter in the SNJ of August 20 which reflects on the message to be gained from the recent Valley by-election in respect of the state of the parties in Stroud ahead of next year’s General Election.

Different parties, same policies

Stroud News and Journal:

3:58pm Thursday 4th September 2014

MADAM – I see no point in descending to a ‘tit for tat’ argument with members of the local Labour Party (letters, August 13), especially as Green, Labour and Lib Dem councillors are working together on Stroud District Council for the benefit of local people.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

1:01pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ON Dale Vince’s proposal to build a new 5,000-seater stadium for Forest Green Rovers FC at Javelin Park if controversial plans for a waste incinerator are rejected.

Wild scenery inspires a poem for the landscape

Stroud News and Journal:

12:57pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - Ode to the Countryside

What will cost be if appeal fails?

Stroud News and Journal:

12:51pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM – I have asked, along with other Labour councillors, the same questions about the incinerator that the Greens and the Liberal Democrats say they are going to ask the administration at the next county council meeting.

Thanks for going with Green party

Stroud News and Journal:

12:36pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - If you will allow me, I would like to thank the voters of Stroud’s Valley Ward for electing me as their new Green Party Stroud district councillor and say that I will endeavour to represent the best interest of all residents of the ward.

Planning turns to points scoring

Stroud News and Journal:

12:34pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - Your lead story - ‘Planning row erupts in Stroud’ - contains some vitally important points about the limited ability of councils, like SDC, to resist the aspirations of major developers.

Worst bullying occurs online

Stroud News and Journal:

12:29pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - Re the letter from Helen Saunders in the SNJ August 13, there is bullying in every school and she is highlighting an issue that needs to be dealt with more assiduously everywhere.

No need for this racial training

Stroud News and Journal:

12:27pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM – I am writing to express my incredulity on learning from your report in the SNJ dated July 30 that Liz Peters is to undergo some sort of ‘training’ in racial matters.

Continued attacks on the vulnerable

Stroud News and Journal:

12:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM – A few letters in the SNJ need to be addressed, so in no particular order here goes.

Wonderful work of our fire crews

Stroud News and Journal:

12:14pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - May I take this opportunity to thank the Nailsworth fire station crew of the Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue service who recently attended and rescued my daughter Samantha and her one-year-old son Leo who were accidentally locked in her car when the locking mechanism failed.

Responses needed over banks

Stroud News and Journal:

12:09pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - May I address this contribution to two of your correspondents, (SNJ August 13, p24) and to any other interested parties.

Road perils of horse manure

Stroud News and Journal:

12:05pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM - Good evening, the time is 19:43 and I have driven from King’s Stanley to Bridgend and my car is covered in horse manure equivalent to 20 dogs and has taken 30 minutes to clean.

Response of other parties falls short

Stroud News and Journal:

11:58am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MADAM – I recently had the pleasure of standing as the UKIP candidate for the Slad Valley by-election.

Back to school in the South West… give blind children a sporting chance

Stroud News and Journal:

2:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

MADAM - With the new school year looming ever closer, local children are preparing to pack their bags and return to the classroom and playing-field.

Hidden Housing Crisis

Stroud News and Journal:

2:08pm Monday 1st September 2014

MADAM - I want to draw your attention to the plight of many disabled people in your area who face the misery of living in Victorian conditions.

Boys' Brigade

Stroud News and Journal:

2:03pm Monday 1st September 2014

MADAM - Over the past 18 months The Boys’ Brigade has opened 53 new Companies across England, with over 1,200 new members and 550 adult volunteers taking its UK membership to over 65,000.

Time to make tourism accessible for all!

Stroud News and Journal:

1:56pm Monday 1st September 2014

MADAM - The UK’s tourist attractions are an integral part of our heritage, but did your readers know that according to our new research almost two thirds of the UK’s top tourist venues are not fully accessible to wheelchair users?

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).






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