Letters to the Editor

A selection of letters to the Daventry Express (January 20)

Volunteers are undervalued

FOLLOWING your lead story in last week’s Daventry Express entitled ‘Phoenix fears’, I write as a county councillor for the Daventry West division to make it clear that I share the concerns of the organisations mentioned in the article.

I personally believe that the cabinet members of the county council have adopted the wrong principles in respect of the voluntary sector funding, totally undervaluing the contribution which people freely make to these excellent organisations enabling them to provide the essential cost efficient services that they do.

For every pound granted by the county council, something considerably in excess of this figure is donated in terms of time, energy and enthusiasm by members of the local community.

These are exactly the organisations whose help residents are going to need during the current difficult times and whose work, if not totally lost will, through the financial constraints, be considerably curtailed.

I sit on the financial scrutiny committee of the county council and with colleagues have forced this issue onto the agenda of budget items to be reviewed by that group.

This matter will be considered at the committee’s meeting tomorrow (Friday) when it is hoped that sufficient support will have been achieved to recommend that the effects of these proposed cuts be re-evaluated and the sums proposed be significantly reduced.

I will be reminding members of the county council that one of the organisation’s aims is ‘to help people to help themselves’.

The proposals put forward this far seem to totally disregard this item.

Councillor Chris Long

Town wardens are very helpful

I WOULD like to express my disappointment at Peter Harper’s comments about the Daventry Town Centre Partnership ambassadors.

I am also a shopkeeper in Daventry, and have found the ambassadors extremely helpful on several occasions, mainly dealing with troublesome people.

All the staff are well trained and very articulate when dealing with the general public and their main purpose should not be seen as ‘meeting and greeting visitors’, but to make everyone feel secure.

I find Mr Harper’s comment about the ambassadors as looking like “out-of-work nightclub bouncers” offensive and totally unacceptable, as they are here to help in keeping Daventry a pleasant place to visit and work.

PGE Beech

Via email

New rules won’t be enforceable

AS A former dog owner I totally agree with adoption of new rules requiring dog owners to keep their dogs on leads in most public areas and be more responsible (New rules for dogs, Daventry Express, January 13).

But I would ask how these rules would be enforced?

The rhetoric is great but enforcement virtually impossible, especially in these economic cutbacks – very little is or can be done now about dog mess or unruly dogs so these new rules will not be viable.

Ann Pells

Via email

Plans set alarm bells ringing

THE 300 plus people of the Leam Valley and many parish councils should be congratulated for registering their opposition to the planning application for a cemetery for 22,000 and crematorium facility on ancient ridge and furrow land on the outskirts of Willoughby.

The packed public meeting on Tuesday, January 4, at which Jeremy Wright MP pledged his opposition, showed peoples’ determination to see off this damaging proposal.

Residents of Leam Valley and the many townsfolk who visit this ancient rural area will be deeply concerned by the threat of vastly increased traffic along narrow country lanes and potential contamination of the water table which feeds into the River Leam.

This facility is not needed in Willoughby. Rugby Borough Council has recently approved a joint facility with Daventry District Council, to provide burial grounds for people locally.

If planning is granted for the Willoughby site hundreds of homes will be blighted and Leam Valley will be changed forever.

The landowner has already obtained planning permission for a similar site in Lichfield and is busily advertising burial plots for sale on the web as investment.

This sets alarm bells ringing that such would almost certainly be the plight of Willoughby if this application is granted.

All those who value our countryside please write to Rugby Borough Council to register your objection to this application.

Kathleen Hayter,


Proposal leads to traffic chaos

VILLAGE life means peace and tranquillity as well as a community spirit and the enjoyment of the rural environment.

Walking in the beautiful countryside and admiring all around you as you do so.

Then along comes someone from many miles away who sees a parcel of land for sale and a business opportunity to make money without a thought for anything but profit.

They submit a planning application to develop 33 acres of farmland.

“Let’s take this lovely piece of medieval ridge and furrow land, flatten the ridge and furrow, build a crematorium and cemetery with 22,000 burial plots and tell the inhabitants we are providing this for you to make your life better”.

If this sounds familiar you must already be aware of what is happening in Willoughby.

This applicant has already done the same thing in Litchfield where he is advertising burial plots for sale on the internet at £875 each and advising that as an investment you can make a 60 per cent return on your capital in two years.

Can you imagine the traffic chaos this will cause to not only Willoughby, but all the surrounding villages and also the A45 which is already signposted as a route with many incidents.

You can help stop this by writing a letter of objection to Rugby Borough Council and quoting planning reference R10/0423.

Make up your own mind by visiting www.willoughbyweb.net.

Mike Thomas

Chairman, Willoughby Parish Council

Wind power can use up energy

DURING the recent cold weather, the percentage of electric power supplied by wind turbines was officially declared to be 1.6 per cent.

But during the very cold weather they had to be heated to prevent damage, so they were taking out more than they put in at the time of highest demand.

Think what would happen if there are thousands more of them, all needing to be heated when we all need the power to heat our homes, etc.

When there is no wind the turbines don’t work. When there is high wind they are switched off.

The cost of repairs is high. One off-shore turbine near Grimsby cost £10,000 to repair.

The problem was caused by a fault in a high-voltage switchgear cabinet at the base level of the turbine, causing the release of SF6 gas.

This was the second time it happened and the turbine was offline for nearly three weeks altogether.

The cost of repairs for fire damage to four turbines in Texas was £185,000.

These are random examples only; there are plenty more.

Climate change is not man-made. It has been going on for billions of years and will continue to do so whatever we do.

By the way, to cheer up the global warming church, the huge volcanic caldera in Yellowstone Park is overdue to blow. If it does we shall have a nuclear winter.

Any more bright ideas?

Mrs G Hobbs West Fardon

An abattoir by the backdoor?

TWO years ago a planning application was submitted to Rugby Borough Council (RBC) by the Baker group for an abattoir right next to the Onley housing estate.

For two years the local community has fought valiantly against the interests of big business and in March 2010 were successful in getting the plans rejected.

Almost a year later, after plans for an appeal by the Bakers against RBC’s decision were suddenly dropped in October, guess what? The Baker group is seeking prior approval for a grain store.

Guess where? That’s right, on the exact location of the previously contested abattoir.

However, the applicants’ agents have issued a site notice to inform the public.

Where have they put it? In a position well off the main public footpath so it can only be noticed and read by people who are prepared to trespass on private land.

Does anyone else smell a rat here?

Is this an attempt to get a future abattoir in through the ‘back door’, by arguing that it will have no different visual impact than a grain store?

Should an abattoir ever be built in this location and should the plans for a crematorium and cemetery be built in Willoughby, it will not be long before the area south of Rugby will become labelled as the ‘dead end’!

Name and address supplied

Water leak has damaged road

WEDNESDAY prior to Christmas a water meter was fitted to a neighbour’s address, in Brookside Close Yelvertoft, which proceeded to leak immediately.

During the freezing conditions it was across the footpath and down the road into Ashwells Lane.

With the enormous problems that Anglian Water was experiencing we could not get through on the telephone and repeatedly tried to no avail.

But obviously someone did because a notice appeared on a telegraph pole giving a job number and date of repair, which was to have been January 5.

To date this has not been done, it is leaking faster now and bad pot holes in Ashwells Lane are now becoming deeper with the water from this leak.

How can this water waste be allowed when householders are advised how to save water?

Name and address


Stargazing was a great event

WE WOULD like to thank everyone who gave up their time to put on a stargazing evening at Daventry Country Park.

It was most informative and enjoyable and was enjoyed by all.

Hope there will be more to follow.

The Stimpson family, St Augustin Way, Daventry

Handed in purse

PLEASE through your letters page can I say a massive thanks to the person who found my purse in Argos on Friday, January 14.

They very kindly handed it to a member of staff. Luckily I was still in the store when I realised it was missing, unfortunately you weren’t, so I couldn’t thank you personally.

Once again, thank you

Kim Berrill,

via email