Bus story is going down familiar road

Abigail Campbells’ letter re. the bus route withdrawal in Braunston is an echo of what happened in Staverton.

When the excellent Geoff Amos went into liquidation and Stagecoach took over, despite an assurance our service woould remain, within a few weeks Staverton was dropped from the Daventry-Banbury route - to save five minutes on the timetable, leaving us with a not very reliable two-hourly service to and from Leamington.T

ravel to Banbury now entails a bus journey into town and a half-hour wait for the Banbury bus. The return journey is just as awkward. (There is County Connect but, since they have extended their services, I am told there are problems with this.)

Our letters and calls to Stagecoach had no effect whatsoever and enquiries on our behalf by Bus Users’ Council in London, were equally unsuccessful.

I wish Abigail Campbell luck with any negotiation with Stagecoach, but don’t hold out much hope of success.

Jill Cotton

Staverton

LOCAL BUSINESS

Where’s the hunger?

A couple of months ago I contacted three local firms in Daventry to have two double glazed windows replaced as they were misting up between the sheets of glass. All three took my details - only one called me back. An appointment was made to measure up but they didn’t keep it, and I heard no more.

So, after waiting a few weeks, I contacted a family firm in Northampton - and amazingly they wanted the work. They made an appointment to come out and give me a quote, which they kept, gave me a good price, which I accepted, and the work is being done in a couple of weeks time.

What a difference. Come on Daventry, you’re letting the side down.

Jackie Furlong

Daventry

POST OFFICES

Closures continue

UKIP can reveal the East Midlands is losing more than one post office every month as closures grip the region.

A Freedom of Information request to the Post Office showed that more than 70 post offices in the East Midlands – Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Leicestershire – had closed since 2008. The statistics revealed in 2008 there were 957 – that figure has now dropped to 881 in less than five years.

These figures are extremely worrying – closures of this type affect communities deeply.

“It appears the Government has, evidently, decided to abandon the Royal Mail and ‘privatise’ what’s left of our postal service. It does so because of the parlous state of this vital service - uncertain deliveries, increasing costs and post office closures.

This all dates back back to 1997 and the EU’s Postal Services Directive. Under this member states were forced to open up their postal service to private firms. These companies were allowed to bid for parts of the post, so they chose the lucrative parts, the business mail.

“It is little wonder the Post Office, deprived of the income from business mail, is reduced to its present state by only being allowed to deal with the personal mail. It has been deliberately sabotaged with the connivance of our own Government.

A UKIP Government would restore the Post Offices services to their former, vibrant state.

A UKIP Government would not allow our Post Offices to be dismembered and we would restore the Royal Mail to its former state as our sole, reliable, national, mail service.

This would lead to re-opening post offices with all that means in terms of employment, social provision - especially in rural areas - and prompt mail delivery.”

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

Bags of support

I am writing to thank your readers for the support they’ve shown so far for Northamptonshire British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops Great British Bag-athon.

BHF shops are aiming to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things throughout the month of September so we really need the Northamptonshire community to join in, have a clear out and donate bags of unwanted things to Northamptonshire BHF shops. Taking part is easy, fill up one bag, or many, with unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, books, DVDs and homewares and donate to your local BHF shop. Every bag you fill makes a real difference in the fight for every heartbeat and could be worth £20 to the BHF, helping to fund life-saving research into fighting heart disease.

If you have lots of things to donate, why not take on a Bag-athon challenge and aim to raise anything from 5, 10 or even 15 bags for Northamptonshire BHF shops. You can even ask friends and family to help you reach your target – the more you bag, the more researchers the BHF can fund and the more lives they can save.

There’s still time for everyone in Northamptonshire to get involved and raise bags for the Great British Bag-athon. Those unwanted killer heels can help give heart disease the boot. You can even book a free collection from your door by calling 0844 412 5000.

For more information on the Great British Bag-athon visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon or pop into your local shop.

Best wishes and good luck!

Jacqui Whitehall

Area Manager for BHF shops