Letters from our January 29 edition

Devolution, planning and more views on the brain drain of secondary school pupils out of the town, readers have been sending us their views on the stories that matter most to them.

English votes on English laws?

I am in full support of our MP Chris Heaton Harris in respect of English votes for English laws.

Many years ago I lived and raised my sons in Scotland.

During this time as a community councillor I was pictured in the press welcoming Alec Salmond to the Banff and Macduff community when he entered politics as the local prospective candidate for SNP.

Two of my sons still live and work in oil and gas in Aberdeenshire. They voted ‘no’ in the Scottish referendum initiated by Alec Salmond and the ‘no vote’ won. Alec Salmond then moved sideways and now plans to fight the Gordon Seat.

I love Scotland with its idyllic scenery and Celtic charm.

I consider it fair that Scotland been given more control on Scottish issues.

Scotland already has free prescriptions for all residents. Elderly people also get better care packages upon leaving hospital, partly perhaps due to the smaller population.

The SNP has gained momentum and will possibly attain more seats in the next election, including Alec Salmond’s.

His tactical and manipulative move sideways to sit as MP could result with him ending up in Westminster and if there is a coalition SNP holds the second majority vote.

While this may appear an exaggeration, the thought of Alec Salmond leading SNP with a strong vote on laws relating to England mortifies me. English residents need to support the right for our elected MPs to vote on issues that relate to England.

We also need the referendum promised by the Conservative Party to address the archaic laws of the European agreement and address immigration. We must protect the current population, including legal immigrants, who help to sustain our economy such as the valued NHS nurses and doctors. Our escalating elderly population necessitates increasing health and social care provision.

Please support Chris Heaton Harris and vote wisely, locally and nationally, at the forthcoming election to ensure that loopholes are closed and the needs of our residents are addressed.

Gloria Edwards 

Inlands Close, Daventry

Enough for young people to do?

I feel I have to respond to Cllr Hills’ letter outlining what there is in Daventry for our young people.

While I agree that there are a lot of sporting and group activities going on in the town, most are only on once a week. What can they do without spending money?

We have the country park but it is so out of town that many parents do not want their children going there without an adult. The skate park is great and attracts many users, but what about those who don’t skate?

If they do have a bit of money in their pocket they can go to get a coffee but the shop owners don’t want them taking up a table for hours on end.

My son is 16 and plays sport, which keeps him fit and active, but what him and many others feel is lacking in this town is somewhere they can just meet up and chill together.

I know that our Labour group gets sneered at in council meetings if we dare to mention the outdoor pool, but this sis till a hot topic that gets mentioned every week and it is sorely missed by all that had the pleasure to use it – and it was affordable.

I would like to hear from our youth of the town to tell me what provision they would like to see in the future.

Cllr Wendy Randall

Leader of The Labour Group - DDC

Thanks for the support

The Daventry support group for Macmillan Cancer Support would like to say a huge thank you to local people for donations of £11,333.94 received in 2014.

During that year Macmillan invested £784,091 in Northamptonshire, and there are now 79 Macmillan professionals working in clinical environments and in the local community. We hope you will be pleased to read that all funds donated have been spent locally, and we are very grateful to those people who have helped us in fundraising.

Sadly, some donations were made in memory of loved ones and to those families we send sympathy and hope they will gain comfort knowing the donations will do so much good in the community.

Our small and informal group would be really delighted if Daventry could re-establish a local committee and if there’s anyone who feels they can join us please email John.

It does not have to be an onerous task and Macmillan provides a great deal of local support.

With many thanks.

Meryl Nicholls, Roy Sharp and John Birch

Daventry support group for Macmillan Cancer Support

A sign of the times?

Near the Daventry Recycling Centre there is a sign that reads “No Access To Ford’s”.

It had always bothered me.

The Ford motor company is spelt FORD if you add an apostrophe it is saying that it is something that belongs to Ford. So when the sign says “No access to Ford’s” I have to ask Ford’s what? It should read “No access to Ford” as in the Ford motor company.

Who made this sign and who said it looks OK, no one with a grip of English surely?

David Anderson

Via email

Brain drain

School concerns

I am pleased that education has finally become a topic of concern for our Tory MP and Tory councillors.

It’s a shame it’s taken a general election year to make this happen.

E-ACT, which maintains both secondary schools in Daventry town, has hardly figured in the debate about schools over the past weeks.

Last year Ofsted inspected 16 of the 34 schools managed by E-ACT and found it had the highest proportion of ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’ schools among the 10 largest multi-academy trusts. E-ACT subsequently lost control of 10 of its schools.

The year before that E-ACT was the first Academy sponsor to be issued with a financial notice to improve by the Education Funding Agency after it found a string of weaknesses in the reporting of E-ACT’s schools’ accounts. ​

Not a word from Chris Heaton Harris MP or Cllr Millar.

The reality is that this Tory government’s obsession with imposing a market-based ideology in education is wiping out local accountability and oversight. Ministers are trying to manage thousands of schools from a desk in Whitehall.

By contrast, Labour will ensure there is real local oversight for all state-funded schools, with a greater role for local communities to challenge under​-​performance and support improvement.

The Daventry Schools Matter campaign shows there is a need and expectation for local communities to be involved in local education.

Abigail Campbell

Prospective parliamentary candidate for Daventry (Labour)

Local voices fall on deaf ears

As a village we voted against the housing development of 240 houses on Byfield Road; it would seem this has fallen on deaf ears.

We have had so many housing developments in the past few years that there really is not an inch left to develop, now the beautiful view and the only green space we have left is to be developed. The school is full, the GPs are full, Byfield Road simply can not cope with the expected 300-plus cars which this develop will bring.

The irony of it is that the new development is going to be named Woodford Meadows. What meadows? We now have none left.

Mary Hartley

Heron Close,

Woodford Halse