A bigger town but fewer services?

Ambulance station closure protest.
Ambulance station closure protest.

The population of Daventry is set to get bigger and bigger, so why not close the ambulance station along with the police station, they even tried to move the fire station a few years ago, who are these faceless, nameless idiots who have no idea how a town works, give us their names and where they can be contacted so that we can legally lobby them and educate them at the same time.

Withdrawing vital services may be apt for a dying community, but, Daventry is not dying, it’s a living thriving community and all these services are vital, bring in brains, and chuck the drains.

Walter Williams

Holy Cross

Graveyard looks good

My grandparents, parents and brother are all buried in the old churchyard and I have tended and mown our plot of approx 5m by 5m since the 1960s.

What has been until recently an eyesore of nettles,brambles and vegetation out of control has been transformed into a very tidy mown area.

It must take a considerable time to do this and to keep it maintained to this new standard.

Well done to the team and Daventry District Council.

Peter Bennett

Roade

Ash die-back

Record trees now

According to the Forestry Commission, ash die-back disease is spreading rapidly throughout the country.

In Denmark, 90 per cent of the trees have already been lost.

Perhaps your readers might like to take this opportunity to take photographs of the many fine specimens and stands of ash trees while they are still with us to be appreciated.

In the 1970s I well remember a magificent row of English elms on the Grange estate and thought I should photograph them but left it too late – the following year all those mighty trees succumbed to Dutch elm disease.

Alan Fifield

Edgehill Drive, Daventry

School reunion

Ashby Road reunion

Were you born between September 1963 and August 1964? Did you attend Ashby Road School? If so, we have planned a school reunion for September 7. For more info, please contact richard.haynes2@btinternet.com.

Paul McKay

Waveney Close, Daventry

Weedon Crossroads

Bypass is sorely needed

Although I welcome news that work is to be done to the Weedon crossroads, I hope it does not delay further any progress on the much-anticipated bypass for Flore and Weedon. Any motorist familiar with the A5/A45 junction knows that at off-peak hours there are frequent waits, during rush hour there are lengthy queues, and if anything happens on the M1 and traffic switches to the A5 then you don’t even think about trying to go through the junction. A bypass for Weedon and Flore has been talked about for decades, every so often we hear it is ‘top priority’ for the government or county council of the day, but nothing happens due to lack of funds. I bet if developers were allowed to build houses or warehouses on land along the new road it JCBs would appear in a matter of months!

James Stuarts

Lang Farm, Daventry

Anglian Water

Water meters are optional

There have been reports that water firms like Anglian Water will be ‘required to consider’ compulsory metering in a bid to tackle future water stress.

I wanted to reassure our customers that we have no plans to introduce compulsory water metering.

We firmly believe meters are the fairest way to charge people for the water they use, but want to work with customers to encourage them to make the change.

This has been our approach for many years and has been very successful, with more than 70 per cent of our customers now choosing to pay this way.

Not only are meters the fairest way to charge people but they also encourage them to be more water efficient – on average homes with a meter use between five and 15 per cent less water and save £100 a year.

Steadily increasing the use of meters is one of the ways we have been preparing for the challenges of climate change and population growth which will further stretch water supplies in future.

Having a meter fitted is free and anyone who chooses to do so then has two years to switch back if they’re not happy – again free of charge.

We want to make it as easy as possible for someone to have a meter fitted, but we do not want to force them.

Responses to our recent customer consultation suggest this approach is the right one, with many people wanting us to do more to help them save water.

Their views have helped shape our draft business plan, which includes an aim to have 93 per cent of customers on a meter by 2020.

We’re now asking customers to look at the plan and let us know if we’ve got things right. The plan is available to comment on until August 18 at www.discoverdiscussdecide.co.uk/decide.

Paul Valleley

Director of water services, Anglian Water