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A selection of letters to the Daventry Express this week (January 27)

D for Daventry not Disneyland

WHEN will Windy Millar (Cllr Chris Millar) and is friends at the West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit – Willy Wonker, Noddy, Jack and Jill, Popeye and Uncle Tom Cobley – and all realise that

D is for Daventry and not Disneyland?

We don’t want monorails and waterslides, we already have the eyesore the Abbey Retail Park which you and your friends are responsible for. It looks more like a bread bin than a retail park.

Then we have the well named iCon a building for sustainable construction, we’re told.

Well Tweety Pie tells me Daventry District Council is already looking into renting office space inside for its staff.

In this paper last week, the front page highlights Southbrook as a area requiring regeneration to overcome the problems (New strategy to improve estate). I would say if you looked around the other estates, the Grange and the Headlands, they are all in need of a bit of TLC.

So don’t you think the £50+ million for turning Daventry in to Windy Millar’s Disneyland would be better spent on those estates?

We need a plan says Cllr Millar; let’s build everything in Daventry and protect our villages.

We don’t need taking for a ride in Daventry any more. Listen to the residents when they speak out and tell you what they want and think of your nutty ideas.

Ian Freeley

Via email

Cuts will hit our senior citizens

HOW do you put a value on the wellbeing of our senior citizens?

They have worked their whole lives, raised families and contributed hugely to the community in which they live.

Now in their retirement years many find that they now need the support from the community.

Things that younger people take for granted, such as shopping or participating in social activities, can become significant issues for a variety of reasons, eg ill health, financial constraints, lack of transport, etc.

In my view they deserve all the support we can give allow them to have as good a quality of life as possible.

So, I am appalled that the first action that Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) takes to meet its financial targets is to arbitrarily slash funding to community charities that provide such essential support.

For example, I wonder if the pen-pushers in Northampton know anything about organisations such as DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) when they decide to cut its funding.

Maybe if they took the time and trouble to go and see first hand what DACT does for the community they would realise that cutting funding is entirely the wrong action to take.

Ask the hundreds of people that rely totally on DACT to get them to hospital appointments or to provide affordable community transport that allows them to form social groups that can take minibus trips.

People should not underestimate how this can be a vital lifeline for a lot of our senior citizens.

The concern now is that if funding for charities such as DACT is withdrawn there will come a time when the services it provides have to cut back.

The question is, who then will provide these vital services? I suspect the answer is nobody.

The so called Big Society is about the community taking responsibility for the services it needs and increasing the scope of activities currently undertaken by volunteers.

DACT has over 160 volunteer drivers across the Daventry district.

It is a prime example of a band of volunteers dedicated to supporting the vulnerable within the community.

It ticks the Big Society boxes but that seems to cut no ice with the pen-pushers!

I understand the size of the challenge that NCC has to cut costs but picking on the easy targets such as discretionary spend on charities cannot morally be the right way to go.

So what value does NCC put on our senior citizens and the vulnerable? It would suggest not much at all.

Dennis Clayton

Via email

Communities can fight back

IN LAST week’s edition of the Gusher a letter writer asks if the South of Rugby will become labelled ‘The Dead End of Rugby’ (An abattoir by the backdoor?).

Onley successfully fought off the proposed abattoir and now Leam Valley is forced to fight off a proposed cemetery for 22,000 and crematorium at Willoughby.

It makes one shudder to think of families, young children and elderly, having to endure the funeral traffic of up to 30 cremations/burials a day processing through this small village.

What a depressing spectacle for a vibrant village with its country pub, skittles and cricket teams and community events which keeps the community alive.

We are fighting a profit making commercial enterprise but with determination we can succeed as did the people of Onley!

There are major planning issues around traffic coming off the A45 and throughout the Leam Valley road network.

There are also huge risks arising out of local flooding in the area and contamination of the subsoil and River Leam.

Please write to Rugby borough Council planning department and register your objections.

Kathleen Hayter

Via email

Dog mess is a serious problem

AS ONE of the many responsible dog owners I welcome the new rules on dog ownership, but as Ann Pells pointed out (New rules won’t be enforceable, Letters, January 20), how is it going to be enforced?

Dog faeces left by owners is another bone of contention. I’ve seen owners walking in front of their dogs off their leads and totally ignoring it when they do their business.

The worst ones are those who actually bother to wrap it up and then throw it on the side of the path or in a hedge. What’s that all about? Put it in the bin or take it home.

Then we get the owners who take their dogs out at daybreak or when it’s dark so their dogs can do what they have to do, knowing full well they probably won’t be seen.

Dogs fouling play areas is a no-no. What mother wants her child treading or falling in dog faeces?

It puts us all in a bad light and it’s time people took responsibility for their animals.

Pat Ayers

Spring Close,


Overwhelmed by kindness

DEREK Kember and family would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and kindness shown to us during his wife Barbara’s illness and following her death.

Special thanks to the wonderful nursing that Barbara received at Danetre Hospital, to Michael for conducting a lovely services and the readers; John Birch, Colin Davenport and Steven Randall.

Also to Julie and team at John Ward and Sons for their compassionate and professional service and the staff at Casey’s Club.

The family would also like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to all those who attended the church service and especially those whom we did not thank personally.

Derek Kember and family Daventry

Hospice helped by shoppers

I NOMINATED the complementary therapy department at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice for one of the Waitrose charity collection boxes last October in memory of both my parents who benefited from relaxation treatments during their battle with cancer.

I’d like to thank the customers of Waitrose Daventry for their support.

I have forwarded a cheque to the hospice for £603.

This money will support the therapy department at the hospice which offers patients relaxing holistic and beauty treatments at the hospice as part of their end of life care.

Sara Jelley

Via email

We need secure energy sources

THE guessing game surrounding the efficiency of wind turbines is not helped by bits of information quoted out of context.

The average efficiency is generally quoted as being between 20 to 40 per cent of the available wind energy at any particular location.

The maximum efficiency they can achieve when all conditions are good is 59 per cent, and, as your correspondent notes (Wind power can use up energy, Letters, January 20), they will sometimes consume energy, rather like a car engine when idling at traffic lights.

Although often sold as a ‘green’ option, they are, in my opinion an essential part of any strategy to ensure our long term future in self-sufficient energy supply.

A useful source of information on turbines is http://guidedtour.windpower.org/en/tour/wres/betz.htm.

Matthew Kinross

King Street,

Long Buckby

Weigh up the risks for wind

MRS Hobbs has solved one mystery, why she is so opposed to wind turbines.

She does not believe in man-made global warming (Letters, January 20).

In which case wind turbines are a total waste of resources and money.

She may be right. I shall never know; I’ll be long gone before the effects are apparent.

If she is, my grandchildren will be able to claim I helped spoil the view from her bedroom window.

If she is wrong my grandchildren can claim she helped destroy the planet.

It’s called ‘risk analysis’.

Mr FN Kay

West Street,


Thank you for returning wallet

I WOULD like to thank the kind hearted lady who handed my wallet to the cashier at the Total fuel station in Station Road, Daventry on Sunday, January 16.

My faith in human nature has been restored.

P Grant

Via email

Popular carols on the green

THE Drayton Residents’ Association would like to thank the Daventry Band for coming along to our Carols on the Green in December.

Once again it was a very popular event and our residents really enjoyed the evening.

More than £125 was collected and this was divided between the band and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance appeal.

This year’s Carols on the Green will be on Sunday, December 18.

Diana Smith

Secretary, Drayton

Residents’ Association

Thanks to those who helped me

I WOULD like to express my grateful thanks to the kind people who helped me after my fall last Thursday afternoon at the crossing in New Street.

I am fine but a little bruised.

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