Letters round up (Including ‘Pub was right not to turn the Lights Out’)

Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor

A selection of readers’ letters to the editor this week.

WW1 centenary

Pub was right not to turn Lights Out

In response to the article published last week (August 6) regarding an angry but ‘anonymous’ reader, I wish to voice my support of The Boat’s decision not to turn off their lights last Monday evening.

This was the correct decision as The Boat is situated on a canal towpath and by plunging it into total darkness would have been irresponsible and very dangerous. It does not mean the mood of the community was not reflected.

In fact far from it, they serve many community initiatives from in-house.

Amanda Salvietto

Ravens Wharf

Neighbourhood watch

NaG meetings are all talk no action

So Julie Still would like some feedback (‘We welcome NaG meeting feedback Letters to the Editor July 16).
I joined the steering group many years ago before the time of Nikki McIntyre, Morgan Steel etc etc.
The steering group was abandoned then came St. champions St. action, now a steering group.
I don’t waste my time attending now as it became all talk but no action.
The councillors who are voted in by the public but once in they don’t represent us, they become part of the council (take the money don’t make waves it’s an easier life) look around you the lack of maintenance has grown out of all proportion!
GREAT ROAD, LITTLE ROAD, SPRINGFIELD ROAD, KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAY, COMMONS LANE, gonna’s do maintenance, gonna’s paint the garages, gonna’s remove the accrows, gonna’s sweep the alleyways, gonna’s clear garage roof at COMMONS WAY ... which will soon be growing its own vegetation! Gonna’s clear the weeds, gonna’s mend the paths. Gonna’s fix the roads ... 
The list is endless!
Apparently you’re GONNA do it, but you don’t say if it’s this century or the next!

Name and address supplied

Knightsbridge Way

Sporting achievement

Golden boy Max is testament to lotto

Congratulations to Hemel Hempstead’s Max Whitlock on winning five medals for England the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

His performance did the nation proud and he is inspirational role model for young people in the town and all over the country.

Everyone who plays The National Lottery and helps fund top athletes like Max should also feel proud. Their funding means our athletes can train full time and access the best coaching and facilities in the world in order to maximise their medal chances.

National Lottery players raise more than £33 million every week for good causes, with more than £7 billion going to sport in the last 20 years. As well as supporting our top athletes, the funding is improving facilities and providing a boost to local sports clubs around the UK so everyone can enjoy sport.

National Lottery players should feel proud of the difference that their money is making to people from all walks of life.

Vicki Kennedy


National Lottery Good Causes


Time to take our country back

The servicemen in the First World War and the Second World War,many of these men gave up there lives to keep us safe and free.
They would sing away these words: ‘There will always be an England,and England shall be free ,If England means as much to you,as England means to me’. 
Even the BBC at the proms plays this song and you see all the people singing away the very same words, but how many of these people voted to give our country away as our politicians have done without our consent, politicians have lied to us from the very beginning,and we the people have been taken for fools.
It is now time to think about taking back our country, next year in may 2015 we will have an election and I hope that the people remember that your vote is important and vote to save our country as our forefathers gave their lives to keep us free.
Noel Swinford

Hemel Hempstead

Traffic congestion

Road planners must be proud!

Wow! How proud must the local council “Roads Planners” feel as Apsley residents suffered, as predicted and feared, even further “GRID LOCK”! as the New Aldi opened on July 31.

As Saturday August 2 caused complete chaos for local residents, Apsley was indeed, yet again exposed to major congestion.

As our local “experts” continue to design a road system that appears to revel in heaping even more traffic congestion in Apsley it is ironic that our “mere fears” have been proved correct. While the Durrants Hill traffic caused severe congestion from Lawn Lane towards London Road, a knock-on effect was felt with traffic from London Road approaching Durrants Hill Road.

As the design of Durrants Hill Road already causes considerable concern for local residents and motorists alike, it is absolutely appalling that any sane person would allow such a scheme?

We are now having to deal with a new (but not clearly marked) one way system that local residents have not been informed about.

Roads have also been closed earlier than advertised.

Could anyone from the local authority please explain to us why our roads have been altered so dramatically in order to cause us more upheaval, more congestion and confusion (without prior warning) and HOW they intend to manage the GRIDLOCK that is now becoming a regular occurrence in Apsley?

Perhaps OUR road planners, as suspected, just sit in their seats and receive their ridiculous fees as local residents continue to endure the effects that their decisions have upon the local community?

Recent road restrictions in Apsley are highly inappropriate, completely ill thought and ridiculously designed.

Apparently our Council Tax pays for this?

Unfortunately, while Apsley residents continue to suffer from the disruption by house building, electricity supplies frequently cut, explanations are in short supply and unexplained fencing problems have been reported but unfortunately not acted on.

A very dangerous road junction has been allowed to go unchanged while local residents have not been informed and only been directed by sudden signs, placed recently.

A very confusing layout for local residents with no prior warming.

Jude Hardcastle


Bus cuts

I’ll be completely stuck without 501

I use the 501 service on Sundays as I work. If this service is cut how am I expected to get to work?

If I walk to the station its 40 minutes.

I rely on this service a lot and it would be a shame to lose it.

I don’t drive so I will be completely stuck. I really hope it is not cut.

Judith Byrne


Speed bumps

Speed bumps can damage your car

I would like to add my voice to the complaints over several speed bumps installed some weeks back in Bridgewater Road, Berkhamsted.

They certainly achieve their purpose of reducing speed (assuming you know the impact on your vehicle of travelling over them at the standard 30mph). However you need to cross them at no more than 10mph to reduce the impact on the vehicle’s suspension.

Other older speed bumps in Bridgewater Road which were not replaced during the recent maintenance work still serve their purpose of reducing speed but are easier to cross.

I am told that the new speed bumps meet current standards in terms of height, something I would question in view of the number of people I have spoken to in recent weeks.

I would urge you to look at the construction of these speed bumps as a matter of urgency.

Richard North



MP’s help proved my inspiration

In 2009 our MP Mike Penning allowed me to come up to his office at Westminster to do a full week of work experience at the Houses of Parliament.

It was an excellent week with Mike and helped bring my studies to life. Having read politics at university, which I was inspired to do following a tour of the Houses of Parliament with Mr Penning during sixth form at the Hemel Hempstead School, I had not known whether or not this was a career I wanted to go in to; following the experience my mind was rapidly made up that this was what I wanted to do.

Mike provided me with a number of tasks to increase my experience, including researching into cases related to the constituency and performing research about national issues to brief him for meetings.

I also had a special chance to attend some meetings with him at parliament.

These are things I never thought I would have been able to do but in which Mike encouraged me to partake.

It was special to be working at Parliament and I also gained crucial office skills, preparing me for the work environment.

From performing research to general administration and answering the phones, the week was vital in helping me to know the field I wished to work in in the future and gave me self-confidence. A big thanks to Mike who gave me the opportunity to work in his great office.

Sarah-Jane Patel

Address supplied


What a sad waste of our money

This week’s news that the NHS has spent £1.6 billion on making staff redundant over the past four years is a shocking indictment. What a waste of taxpayer’s money. To add insult to injury over the past three years nursing staff in the NHS have had a cost of living pay freeze.

The Government’s proposal not to award nursing staff a one per cent pay rise this year just heaps more pain on committed frontline staff. The Independent Pay Review Body has recommended nurses and healthcare assistants should get a one per cent cost of living pay rise. Just last year, the Government said it was affordable. Now the Government has made a u-turn and said it’s not affordable.

It is worth noting that last year the NHS under spent by £3 billion and that money was handed back to the Treasury.

It would have been much better spent on NHS services and staff. The Royal College of Nursing will continue to highlight what an insult this is. Our nurses, health visitors and healthcare assistants all deserve better.

Karen Webb

Regional Director
Royal College of
Nursing Eastern

Car parking charges

Parking charges are taking the p

In a recent copy of the Gazette the issue of parking, free or otherwise, in Berkhamsted High Street was raised by one of your readers.

This reminded me of another issue relating to car parking in Berkhamsted. During the last three years or so, the price of public parking in the Lower Kings Road and ‘Tesco’ car parks, has risen steadily from 40p, for the first hour, to 60p.

Berkhamsted is part of the Borough of Dacorum, but then so is Tring. Both are smallish market towns, five or six miles apart- but I would re-emphasise they are both in the same Borough.

In Tring however, unlike Berkhamsted, there has been no increase in the price of parking for the first hour. Indeed, there is no charge at all at all for parking for the first hour in the public car park(s) in Tring. So, could someone who knows the reason for this widening discrepancy in charges, please explain why, in Berkhamsted, we now pay 60p for the first hour of parking, whilst in Tring it remains free. There must be some logical reason for the difference. After all our elected representatives do not make arbitrary decisions on such matters – or do they? I think we should be told!

Frank Breadin