Food smell was not welcome at election

John Buckley
John Buckley

I am writing to complain strongly about the professional conduct of staff at the polling station at the community centre on Hawke Road, in Daventry.

I visited at 6.50pm on Thursday July 25 to cast my vote in the town council elections. On entering the building there was a strong smell of fish, chips, curry sauce and other foods. I was horrified to find staff at both polling booths were eating platefuls of takeaway food which was placed in among voter lists and official paperwork. While I accept that staff need to eat, meal breaks should have been planned in to the work schedule, and voters should not have been subjected to the smell of a takeaway when entering the building or have staff eating in front of them while obtaining their ballot paper. People of this town took the election seriously enough to turn out.It is a pity that the staff at the polling station did not take their role as seriously.

Sally Ryves

Daventry

Response from DDC: There is a need to balance the voter experience with reasonable welfare provision for polling staff who are on continuous duty from 6.30am to 10pm on the day. We do allow staff to bring food with them and/or have food delivered to them during the course of the day as they are not allowed to have any breaks. Staff are aware of the need to present themselves and the polling station in good order to support the voting process. We regularly review our election activities and will consider these comments further when planning for future elections.

COURT CASE

Clearing my name

I would like to clear my name, Sharon Ross. There was no case against me. No charges were brought by the police. I don’t see how my name got mentioned in court when this case has nothing to do with me. So I would like to get it straight to clear my name. It should not have been put in the public domain in the first place.

Sharon Ross

Daventry

COURT CASE

Sentence was penal

Two years in jail for £135,000 (Daventry Express, July 25) appears very penal compared to several City bankers that were knighted or honoured despite mislaying billions.

Michael York

Watts Way, Long Buckby

SPRING

Do something about spring

Why will nobody accept responsibility and do something about the “natural spring” that has for some months found its way across the Northern Way in the vicinity of the country park entrance? Telephone calls to Anglia Water and both district and county councils has resulted in no action being taken.

I am told it is a natural spring coming from the allotments opposite the country park.

It used to find its way under the road and into the park quite naturally but for some reason its course has been changed.

My concern is that during the winter months this stream of water across the road could freeze and turn to black ice. Also the road could become eroded and need some costly repairs.

Brian Green

Ashby Fields, Daventry

LOOKING

Seeking information

Seeking information about one Carl Dane born October 17, 1905, passed away in the village of Crick September, 1981. Married Gladys Arculos in February or March 1953. I believe he worked with and trained horses and to have had interest in amateur theatre productions.

Known to have resided in Chatteris Cambs in late 1946. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Veronica Gentile

PO Box 2801, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, USA 29576,or call 001 843 839 5914

ROYAL MAIL

Privatisation will benefit Royal Mail

Your readers may be interested to understand what the recent announcement by the UK Government on the privatisation of Royal Mail means for our customers, our business and our people.

The UK Government has acknowledged it is not a good owner of large businesses. Private ownership will enable Royal Mail to become more flexible and fleet of foot in the fiercely competitive markets in which we operate. We will also have long-term access to capital when we need it.

The Government has made clear it doesn’t have the money to allocate to Royal Mail ahead of schools and hospitals.

We aim to combine the best of the public and private sectors.

The six-day-a-week, one-price-goes-anywhere, affordable Universal Service will remain unchanged. It is protected by law – enshrined in the Postal Services Act 2011. Any change would have to be passed through an affirmative vote in both Houses of Parliament. The Quality of Service regime that applies to Royal Mail under public ownership will continue to apply under private ownership. Royal Mail will continue to offer good value for money. UK stamp prices are among the best value in the EU.

Many previously Government-owned companies – like Rolls Royce and British Airways - have flourished under private ownership.

We believe privatisation will equip Royal Mail for similar success.

Paul Whitehouse

Delivery Director