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.

Icelandic lesson for our highways

Stroud News and Journal: Pot hole   (4617202)

12:09pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - In February this year I went on a trip to Iceland — the country not the shop — where at times it was -10 and there was plenty of snow and ice on the roads.

Has Parliament learned nothing?

Stroud News and Journal: Neil Carmichael (4909559)

12:07pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Has Parliament learned nothing?

Neighbourhood plans are so vital

Stroud News and Journal: Neil Carmichael (4909559)

12:05pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - Richard Hillary’s letter to the editor (SNJ, March 19) contained many inaccuracies and misunderstandings, but on one central point he was absolutely correct.

Sleeping rough not for faint-hearted

Stroud News and Journal: Neil Carmichael (4909559)

12:03pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - The people sleeping rough are wrapped in boxes, plastic sheets, blankets and I suspect being brought hot drinks.

Banks must be brought to heel

Stroud News and Journal: Wind turbines (5320082)

12:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - The soaring price of energy is affecting everyone, and the hardest hit are the poorest, who cannot afford to turn on the heating.

Sunday buses are surely worth a try

Stroud News and Journal: Double Decker Bus (5321926)

11:59am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - Last year I wrote a letter to the SNJ mentioning how after the road being improved through Whiteshill it had become faster and at times dangerous.

Put people before corporate profit

Stroud News and Journal: Wind turbines (5320082)

11:39am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - Our fuel bills are rising fast and politicians seem to have little idea what to do about it.

UKIP getting their tips from the top

Stroud News and Journal: UKIP getting their tips from the top

11:35am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - When 97 per cent of the world’s scientists are saying that what we are seeing now is climate change right across the globe with devastating effects, then I wonder if UKIP and their Parliamentary candidate for Stroud (letter SNJ, March 26, on climate change) know something that we don’t, namely through a hotline to God?

Fuel policy makes UK very vulnerable

Stroud News and Journal: Green Party (4909670)

11:34am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - It is troubling that Caroline Stephens in unable to differentiate between geographical climate variations and climate change.

No secret deals with the Tories

Stroud News and Journal: Labour     (4432907)

11:32am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - This discussion with Gerald Hartley is getting a bit futile. I would like to answer some points he made and then leave the subject.

Why the problems with Steiner?

Stroud News and Journal: Steiner Academy  (5318700)

11:28am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - Ref: Every child wins overall with more school choices.

For badger TB, read fox rabies

Stroud News and Journal: For badger TB, read fox rabies

11:26am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - Badger TB crisis solved?

Overflowing waste bins are a foul sight on the common

Stroud News and Journal: Chris Harmer letter (5317983)

11:22am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM - While walking on Minchinhampton Common, I passed the dog waste bin near the Halfway House. Do we blame the minority of dog walkers, who presumably think it is entirely the council’s fault for not emptying the bin and are obviously happy to leave disgusting litter, or do we blame the council, always a convenient scapegoat?

Money talks loudly

Stroud News and Journal: Residents, councillors and MP Neil Carmichael gather ahead of the development control meeting at SDC where the application for 150 homes at Mankley Field was refused. There are now fears that it could be approved on appeal   (5317511)

11:17am Thursday 10th April 2014

MADAM – Here we have a prime example of developers with large amounts of money retaining professional consultants and expensive lawyers to impose unwanted development on vulnerable communities.

Reducing fertility would help us all

Stroud News and Journal: Reducing fertility would help us all

11:49am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - It will probably surprise Nick James to know that I agree with quite a lot in his letter.

Bigoted view is not typical of this area

Stroud News and Journal: immigration (5090837)

11:48am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - I have noticed a number of negative comments on your letters page recently about ‘incomers’.

I can’t cope with the excitement!

Stroud News and Journal: I can’t cope with the excitement!

11:46am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - I wish to explain how exciting I find the SDC Minchinhampton single-lane traffic-calming experiment.

Is a 30mph limit worth dying for?

Stroud News and Journal: 20 MPH     (5090688)

11:44am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - I am disappointed to see letters opposed to 20mph speed limits.

Who wants a Cotswold M-way?

Stroud News and Journal: Green Party (4748532)

11:42am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - In responding to Mark Hawthorn’s letter, let’s first consider his idea that minority or individual positions are inherently wrong.

No sense in lack of house building

Stroud News and Journal: House Building (5090544)

11:41am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - Housing proposals in the Stroud area.

Only so much the council can do

Stroud News and Journal: Only so much the council can do

11:39am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - Thank you for your report of proceedings recently at Stroud District Council regarding the Conservative Group boycotting the debate on a Labour/Green motion that was supporting the imposition of a Financial Transaction Tax.

Traffic calming invisible at night

Stroud News and Journal: Traffic calming invisible at night

11:37am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - Every member of Gloucestershire County Council’s highways department should be required to drive, at night, into Minchinhampton on the Cirencester Road from the cattle grid near the Ragged Cot repeatedly until such time as they realise that the headlights from oncoming traffic render the traffic calming obstruction in the road invisible.

Is this the answer to all our pothole problems?

Stroud News and Journal: Is this the answer to all our pothole problems?

11:35am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM - I was interested to read the poem by Steve Cook, SNJ March 19.

Praise for Archway musical

Stroud News and Journal: Molly May Kent as Audrey and Daniel Holden as Seymour in Archway School’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors (5089923)

11:31am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MADAM, I am writing to express gratitude and delight, having visited Archway School this week to watch the musical production Little Shop Of Horrors.

The climate is always changing

Stroud News and Journal: Stroud UKIP Chair, Caroline Stephens (4909246)

11:31am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - In response to county councillor Sarah Lunnon (Green, Stroud Central) writing in the SNJ of February 26.

We want the best for our children

Stroud News and Journal: We want the best for our children

11:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - I found the Comment section (March 5, 2014) “We clearly don’t need any new schools” to be clearly wrong.

European Elections

Stroud News and Journal: Green Party (4909670)

11:05am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - With the European elections due to take place in just a few months time it is important to make it clear that the Green Party is committed to staying in Europe.

Free trade carries too high a price

Stroud News and Journal: Neil Carmichael (4909559)

11:02am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - Neil Carmichael writing in the Stroud News & Journal expresses his support for the free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the EU and USA and suggests that families could be £400 per year better off.

UKIP message will still be spread

Stroud News and Journal: Stroud UKIP Chair, Caroline Stephens (4909246)

10:53am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - May I please take this opportunity to use your paper to thank the farmer in Selsley who kindly offered his field to site the largest ‘Vote UKIP’ sign in a highly prominent position on a busy through road.

More pressing issues for MP

Stroud News and Journal: More pressing issues for MP

10:49am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - Although I was duly impressed with Neil’s ‘clapping press up act’ on the SNJ’s front page, I am afraid that you have to try a bit harder to prove your true prowess.

300 more cars — roads simply can't cope with the extra traffic

Stroud News and Journal: Campaigner Simon Stroud pictured urging Stroud District Council to refuse plans for 150 homes on Mankley Field in Leonard Stanley. SDC did refuse the application but there are concerns that it could go to appeal

10:45am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - There have been proposals for the construction of 150 houses at Mankley Fields in Leonard Stanley and for another 50 houses at Woodside Lane in King’s Stanley — in addition to 50-plus houses recently built and the 90 proposed for Stanley Mill.

A tidy job let’s keep it that way

Stroud News and Journal: SNJ reader Jenny Bailey praises the Crown & Sceptre for making a real effort to create a pleasant environment. The pub also pulled out all the stops to impress judges during last year’s Britain in Bloom as pictured here

10:41am Thursday 27th March 2014

MADAM - Our grateful thanks must go to the team from Leyhill who have worked so hard to shovel and sweep up the accumulated mud, litter and weeds from both sides of Summer Street.

Thanks to all who gave me transport

Stroud News and Journal: Thank you  (4748716)

11:34am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM – I would just like to thank all my neighbours and friends from the church who gave me transport to the hospital while my sweetheart was in there.

Need answers on schools' question

Stroud News and Journal: Need answers on schools' question

11:33am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM - Families thinking of signing up for the proposed Steiner free school in Stroud may be interested to learn that there is a court case pending between the information Commissioner’s Office and the Department for Education over exactly how Steiner schools were approved for state funding.

A-verse-ion to holey roads

Stroud News and Journal: Pot hole   (4748590)

11:31am Thursday 20th March 2014

ODE to a pothole

Green explanation as to how voted

Stroud News and Journal: Green Party (4748532)

11:29am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM - I have been invited through the SNJ by Labour county councillors Williams, Lydon and Oosthuysen to explain why Cllr Lunnon (Green, Stroud Central) and Lib Dem members “voted in favour of turning down the incinerator only on grounds of its height and size”.

'Fair' tax would give more to poor

Stroud News and Journal: 'Fair' tax would give more to poor

11:25am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM - I was shocked to read of the walkout by Conservative councillors on the district council (SNJ, March 2) when the "Robin Hood" tax was debated.

Need to hold firm with developers

Stroud News and Journal: Need to hold firm with developers

10:55am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM - It was reported in the national press that Princess Anne had made serious suggestions at the housing conference asking planners if it was really necessary to create large scale developments on otherwise untouched countryside and whether villages should only be enlarged with say smaller developments of 20 or so houses which could easily be accommodated into village life without destroying communities.

Our MP needs to grow a backbone

Stroud News and Journal: Our MP needs to grow a backbone

10:52am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM - Neil Carmichael recently had the opportunity to ask a question in Parliament of Planning Minister Nick Boles.

Resemblance is set in stone

Stroud News and Journal: Resemblance is set in stone

10:49am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM - When I saw the photograph on your front page of Neil Carmichael MP doing his exercises in the Stroud News & Journal offices I couldn’t help being reminded of this famous stone carving which appears on the façade of the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Should charities do job of state?

Stroud News and Journal: Stroud Foodbank regularly holds collections in super-markets. Items in most demand are tinned carrots, sweetcorn, peas and other vegetables, instant mash, UHT fruit juice and small boxes of cereal

10:46am Thursday 20th March 2014

MADAM – Last year, thanks to generous local people, Stroud Foodbank provided emergency food for three days to 3,387 people, including 1,306 children.

Volunteering day went really well

Stroud News and Journal: Volunteering (4617791)

12:35pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the organisers of the volunteering day at the Sub Rooms on Friday, February 28.

Don't rush into judging the owner

Stroud News and Journal: Dog RSPCA abandoned (4617508)

12:28pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM - I was disappointed to see such a provocative headline in the February 26, edition of the Stroud News & Journal.

Bring back a dog licensing system

Stroud News and Journal: Dog RSPCA abandoned (4617508)

12:26pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – How sad to read of the dog abandoned outside the RSPCA. recently.

Were potholes filled with sand?

Stroud News and Journal: Pot hole   (4617202)

12:22pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – I draw the attention to those responsible for the appalling state of our local roads.

Broken lift creates a very poor image

Stroud News and Journal: Merrywalks Centre (4616900)

12:19pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – I am writing to draw attention to the fact that we have not had two lifts working in Stroud since before Christmas, only one – which leads to over-loading in the precinct and a dreary impression.

Make them pay for large families

Stroud News and Journal: Population Matters (4616342)

12:04pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – Week in and week out, your columns are occupied by people angrily spitting fire at one another over a problem that should never even exist – unconstrained house building.

Small households key to situation

Stroud News and Journal: Population Matters (4616342)

12:02pm Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – Mr Duarte makes a serious point, as has Mr Plenty previously, that we must take the consequences of rising populations seriously.

Signs mostly face wrong direction

Stroud News and Journal: 20 MPH     (4297320)

11:52am Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – Speed coming down the Selsley Hill has always been a problem, especially on the narrow section at School Square.

It could well be more dangerous

Stroud News and Journal: 20 MPH     (4297320)

11:50am Friday 14th March 2014

MADAM – May I raise an objection to the 20mph speed limit in Stroud.






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