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Wiltshire is becoming more of a mess

Salisbury Journal:

10:03am Thursday 21st August 2014

AS a former resident and now an international visitor, coming home to Wiltshire has always been a pleasure as I grew up here. But on my present trip I am very disappointed by the lack of love that Wiltshire seems to be getting.

Remember the sacrifice of all soldiers

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

IT was good to see one of the first Salisbury men to be killed in the First World War remembered and honoured in the paper but many researchers working on the names on their local war memorials may have felt disappointed that it was an officer who was featured. I know I did.

Final appeal in hunt for Teddy

10:11am Thursday 21st August 2014

THURSDAY, August 14 marked two years since my beloved dog Teddy went missing on Salisbury Plain.

Response to Gaza violence

Salisbury Journal:

10:01am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WAS saddened to read our MP's non-committal stance on Gaza.

Contribute to breast cancer research

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10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

HAVE you completed treatment for breast cancer in the last five years?

Be responsible if your dog is off lead

Salisbury Journal: Dog awareness day in Chard

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD like to make a complaint against irresponsible dog owners who are letting their dogs off their leads and then allowing them to be out of control.

Arundells trip proves a delightful day out

Salisbury Journal: Arundells Open Day

10:13am Thursday 21st August 2014

CAN I just say what a delightful experience I had visiting Arundells, the former home of Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath?

Councillors aiming for a takeover with land grab

9:55am Thursday 21st August 2014

AT the Salisbury City Council meeting on July 21 the city councillors voted by 11 votes to seven to take over the whole of the parish of Laverstock & Ford, including Hampton Park and Old Sarum.

Alternative ways to consider budget cut

10:15am Thursday 21st August 2014

NNIE Riddle is usually complaining about decisions affecting us in the south of the county being made “remotely” in Trowbridge.

Bygone activity

10:12am Thursday 21st August 2014

RECENT articles involving stooks, reapers and gatherers evokes memories of my childhood in North Lincolnshire in the 1940s.

Community farm events starting to get tiresome

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10:08am Thursday 21st August 2014

AM I the only resident in Laverstock, and within audible range of the community farm’s entertainment events, who is fed up with the frequency, volume, and lack of regard for the natural habitat being practised by those running the community farm and those who sanction such events?

Dangers of traffic flow experiment

10:04am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Cathedral Close traffic flow experiment commenced on Monday, August 4 with the closing of the cathedral’s main gate to traffic between the hours of 1pm and 6pm on a weekday and 2pm and 5pm on a Saturday.

Can you help in search for old contacts?

10:05am Thursday 21st August 2014

I AM writing this for a friend of mine, a Thomas Madden from Stockton-on-Tees.

Good to be back on the Avon boardwalk

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I HAVE to just mention, it was a pleasure to walk along the Avon boardwalk once again.

City not what it used to be

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

OVER the years I have noticed on return to Salisbury the difference in the upkeep of the city and surrounding suburbs.

Bins left in a very bad way

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

BIG, fat, wriggling, white maggots. Lots of them. And the smell. Excuse me while I try to keep my stomach contents in place… Our bin men should not have to work in these conditions. It is an absolute disgrace. How can anyone think that only collecting household waste once every two weeks is acceptable, especially in the hot summer months?

Shrewton players show their class

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I AM sure the supporters of Salisbury City FC will join me in expressing their gratitude to the players of Shrewton who, at very short notice, stepped up to provide the Whites with a friendly match and a worthwhile training opportunity.

Market Place looking a mess

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

HAS anyone seen the filthy state the Market Place is in?

Elixir of Love wonderful and so entertaining

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I WOULD just like to take a moment to rave about Winterbourne Opera.

Lack of choice for tenants leaves a sour taste

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

A SO-CALLED annual meeting of the Salisbury Tenants’ Panel on July 28 was asked by the chairman John Todman to sign a voting slip supporting the discontinuing of the panel.

Stooks are such a very welcome sight to many

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I WONDER if I may add a few words relating to the making hay photo in the Salisbury Journal on August 7.

Gaza – faults on both sides

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

YOUR correspondent, Margaret Duncan, expressed her dismay at what she saw as my “non-committal” position on Gaza (Postbag August 7). I am morally opposed to the intentional killing of civilians, to disproportionate military response, and to violations of international law. Any loss of civilian life is a deeply regrettable tragedy and is an imperative for a ceasefire. I am also clear that Israel has a right of national self-defence.

Buses already catered for

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE citizens of Salisbury already have a purpose-built coach station which handles National Express, tourist coaches and country buses only 50 seconds from the inner relief road. Why should we be asked, through our extremely high council taxes, to pay for another coach facility in Brown Street due to the incompetence of some Trowbridge bureaucrat who included our current coach station in the Maltings redevelopment?

Appointment should be beneficial to young folk

10:04am Thursday 7th August 2014

WHILE the reaction to the appointment of the Dstl deputy chief executive Dr Pete Thompson as the UTC’s chairman (UTC appointment 24/7/14) has been overwhelmingly positive, I am aware from comments on the Journal website that some local residents still have concerns about our link to the defence and protective science industries.

MP’s own view deeply concerning

10:10am Thursday 7th August 2014

JOHN Glen’s View from the Commons in last week’s Journal was, if I may quote his term, deeply concerning.

Does anyone know of Rifleman Read?

10:08am Thursday 7th August 2014

I AM researching names engraved on the war memorial at Longparish, near Andover, of those who fell in the Great War.

Be careful of pedestrians

10:11am Thursday 7th August 2014

TO all those people who live and visit our city, please, please will you stop and think when crossing our roads?

Why coach plan could avert tourism disaster

10:03am Thursday 7th August 2014

I HAVE been actively involved with much of the Brown Street debate and there is wide cross party support for Brown St to be used for coach parking.

Bus error is not the first

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WAS quite surprised to read your front page story about Wilts and Dorset letting a small child off at the wrong stop, mainly because this is not the first time it's happened.

Angels come in all forms

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

ON Friday we went shopping in Tesco on Southampton Road in Salisbury.

Police those cyclists

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WRITE with reference to the total disregard it would appear that cyclists have for cars and other motor vehicles on the road.

Crafty canoe capers

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WAS interested to read the article referring to the new punts which will operate from Grasmere Hotel in Harnham (Journal, July 17).

Take part in this year’s butterfly count

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE long, hot days of summer are when many of us head for our parks and open spaces. One warm afternoon recently I went along to Harnham recreation ground to find out whether the swathe of wildflowers planted there by the city council were attracting any butterflies.

Plentiful pigeons polarise points of view

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WAS very disappointed and saddened by the intolerance and lack of sensitivity clearly displayed by contributors to the article in last week’s Journal by Annie Riddle, proposing a cull etc. on the city’s pigeon population.

Traffic scheme could be fraught with difficulties

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Pilot Traffic Scheme at St Ann’s Gate, scheduled to start on Monday is, in our opinion, potentially dangerous to life and as such we are both very much against it.

Can you help find pictures?

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I AM hoping I can find someone with old Beal photos.

Car charging point query

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I NOTICE that fairly recently an electric car charging point has been installed into Brown Street Car Park.

Market was a great success

11:29am Thursday 17th July 2014

WELL done to the organisers of the teenage market; it was really good.

Gratitude for your support

11:29am Thursday 17th July 2014

I AM writing on behalf of the independent businesses of Salisbury to say a big thank you to all those who supported Salisbury's third Independents' Week.

Many thanks...

11:28am Thursday 17th July 2014

ON Tuesday, June 3 I fell and broke my hip near Waitrose car park.

Museum’s money troubles

11:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

AMESBURY property developer and landlord, Andy Rhind-Tutt is mired in controversy.

Coincidences with potholes

11:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

A FEW weeks ago, my wife struck a very large pothole on the main A30, just after Lopcombe Corner heading towards Stockbridge.

Magna Carta corrections

11:26am Thursday 17th July 2014

I WAS very pleased to be able to share my thoughts with your readers in last week’s Journal about the relevance of Magna Carta today.

Have you lost a bike?

11:25am Thursday 17th July 2014

I FOUND a ladies’ bicycle on Friday, June 27 and have had no luck in finding the owner.

In brief...

11:24am Thursday 17th July 2014

WE are arranging a reunion for anyone who worked at Edwards Brothers Garage in Castle Street, Salisbury between 1950 and 1970. The reunion will be held at Harnham Sports & Social Club, Parsonage Green on Thursday, July 24 at 7.30pm.

Walking stick was gone

11:23am Thursday 17th July 2014

AT the beginning of July, I accidentally left my walking stick on a bench in The Maltings.

Disappointment over teddy bear jump

11:21am Thursday 17th July 2014

WHAT great disappointment must have been felt on July 5 by the many children looking forward to the teddy bear parachute jump in the Cathedral Close.

Roundabout jungle

11:22am Thursday 17th July 2014

SO the Countess Roundabout is a bit of a jungle (or wildlife haven - depends on your viewpoint).

No easy way to deal with deer problem

Salisbury Journal:

11:21am Thursday 17th July 2014

THANK you for the discussion in last week's Journal about the deer in the cemetery and crematorium.

Fire service future needs a clear sense of direction

11:03am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE local and regional media have recently reported contrasting views on the future of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service from James Gray MP and Councillor Graham Payne, pictured right.


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