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A selection of letters to the Daventry Express (January 6)

A cat was left on my doorstep

AT FIVE o’clock on New Year’s Day someone knocked the door, which we ignored.

Five to 10 minutes later, another knock.

My daughter put the chain on the door to see who was there.

Nobody was about, our own cat sat on the doorstep next to a cardboard box which held an unconscious black cat.

It was in a crisp box which smelt of cigarette smoke, it was lined with a pale coloured towel from British Home Stores.

The cat was half grown, had no collar on and there were no signs of any injury.

There were no cars about or anyone on foot, was someone watching to see if we took the cat in?

Sadly he died after having a fit. We named him Blackie and he now sleeps in our garden.

We feel very bad we could not help Blackie any more. Who did he belong to?

Name and address supplied

Thousands of fish left dead

THERE are thousands of dead fish in the lake near Daventry’s Heartlands business park.

I passed the lake on Sunday while out walking; it looks like all the fish are dead.

I don’t know if it was caused by ice or pollution. There seems to be a strong smell in the area.

I have reported it to Daventry District Council.

Paul Holmes

Via email

There’s a strong case for library

IN YOUR feature in the December 23 edition you write about the threat to the Woodford Halse Library.

Northamptonshire County Council is having to make £68 million in savings this coming year and some very difficult decisions will have to be made to balance the budget.

The proposals are out for consultation until February and no decision has yet been taken.

I consider there is a strong case for keeping the Woodford Halse Library open, particularly as the nearest library is 10 miles away in Daventry.

But, and there is a but, if I succeed in persuading my colleagues that there is a good case, I need to suggest an alternative saving elsewhere; I shall be pleased to receive any ideas or suggestions.

Gina Ogden

County councillor for Woodford Halse

The ivory tower of Camelot

I WOULD like to say out with the old and in with the new at Daventry District Council; once again New Years resolutions broken before they have started.

It will carry on and build the canal and marina, so much for the ‘Big Society’ and empowering communities.

Last March a referendum for the townspeople of Daventry voted 76 per cent against the canal and marina.

Harsh economic times and pull your belts in we were told!

Only in the Gusher a couple of weeks ago was a story about a proposal for a marina at Onley costing £15 million.

How much is 3km of canal and three marinas going to cost in Daventry, not to mention realligning of Eastern Way and removing the Ashby Road roundabout?

I think we better rename this town Camelot because we’re going to need Lottery funding big time.

Tony Branigan


Heartening to see community

PLEASE may I take this opportunity to thank the residents of the Timken estate and members of the wider Daventry community who attended the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation Daventry planning committee held on December 21 to support the objection to the planning application to establish a waste transfer station in Sopwith Way.

Those attending managed to fill the council chamber and included residents, representatives from businesses, together with district and town councillors.

It was heartening to see so many people make the effort on a cold winter’s evening and showed just how the Daventry community at large can come together to support such a worthwhile campaign.

The outcome, with the planning committee voting unanimously to reject the application, was just reward for the efforts of those concerned in mounting the campaign objecting to the application.

They deserve everyone’s thanks for undertaking such a time-consuming public service.

Cllr Chris Long


Working hard to get through

CAN I say, despite the brick bats flying around, a very big thank you to the postmen and women and especially to the refuse collectors.

They have all worked under really adverse conditions.

I wish them all a happy New Year and a sincere thank you.

Margaret Checkley

Orchard Street


In praise of the unsung heroes

‘BE GONE dull care’.

Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

Also this is the opportunity for us to show our appreciation to those who serve this country and our community often quietly behind the scenes – members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service, the National Health Service and voluntary sector.

With local government faced with the toughest cuts in living memory it is turning increasingly to the voluntary agencies and if the new ‘Big Society’ is to become a reality and play its part, we need to do our bit.

Give these agencies the resources and support they justifiably deserve.

Cllr Chris Over

Abbey South Ward


Festival was tree-mendous

ON BEHALF of Weedon church thank you for your article and photos advertising our tree festival. We raised a total of £1,935 which was brilliant.

All donations were gratefully accepted, especially as money received ensures that Weedon church is available for use to all during the years to come.

Pam Wheeler of Equestrian Way won the quilt, Helen Littlebury took the second prize of a family ticket to Sulgrave Manor and the remaining 23 prizes have all been claimed.

The post office won the ‘visitors choice’ plate with its tree decorated as Postman Pat and the WI was voted second.

A big thank you to everyone who supported and visited the church, which looked wonderful.

Pat Cashin


Water power is just not enough

MRS Hobbs, (Letters, Daventry Express, December 23) does make a few good points about wind farms.

‘Denmark and Germany admit wind power is a failed and costly experiment.’

May I quote the Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2010: “Areva gets 400 million euros wind turbine supply contract in Germany.

“Areva will initially supply 40 five-megawatt turbines. It will supply 40 additional ones in 2011.”

Seems a lot of money to waste on a ‘failed experiment’.

‘Water vapour is a bigger problem than CO2’. Water vapour is given off by the oceans at a rate determined by temperature. CO2 raises the temperature, therefore worsens the water vapour problem.

‘Turbines use neobydinium.’ So do mobile phones. The Chinese do not have the only supplies. They just have the cheapest so other countries are not exploiting their own.

‘We need to harness our rivers.’ Agreed. The ‘technically feasible’ amount of hydroelectric generation in the whole of England is 40-110MW (HDR Driscoll Micro-hydropower in Dorset).

This is the equivalent of eight to 20 wind turbines of the size proposed for our area, ie the Yelvertoft Wind Farm has about the same output as could be produced from every useable river and stream in England.

I’m all for hydro as well as wind. And there is just as much opposition to hydro plants as wind farms; it’ll cause floods, kill the fish, ruin the valleys, etc.

Far from having ‘green fixations’ I’m an old-fashioned engineer who supports carbon reduction. Or does Mrs Hobbs consider anyone worried about climate change to be green fixated?

Mr FN Kay

West Street