Questions that still need an answer

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:40am Friday 19th September 2014

Sir.–I have just read the interview which you had with Maria Miller (published Thursday, August 21).

Views on the buses

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:51am Thursday 18th September 2014

Sir.–As someone whose bus pass is becoming worn through frequent use, I look forward to the day when Basingstoke has a covered-in bus station where passengers can wait in comfort.

Don't knock Maria

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir.–Maria Miller is a hardworking MP. She is not a public school product – she went to a comprehensive school.

Trolley good idea

Basingstoke Gazette: File photo dated 19/02/14 of a sign at an ASDA Store as Asda boss Andy Clarke today hailed an improvement in quarterly sales growth and claimed its supermarket rivals were scrambling to keep up. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 14, 201

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir.–Finally, Asda has brought in pre-payment trollies, and with the payment being £1, it will certainly stop the plague of trollies left all over Brighton Hill.

Hospital food is to our taste

Basingstoke Gazette: Family hopes for lessons to be learnt from Basingstoke hospital fall death

8:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sir.–We saw on local TV the reports on hospital food did not show Basingstoke hospital in a good light.

Is Vodafone service working smartly

Basingstoke Gazette: Vodafone anticipates upturn with £7bn networks investment

8:00am Monday 15th September 2014

Sir.–I am interested to know how many people in the Oakridge area of Basingstoke (RG21) on the Vodafone network are unable to make telephone calls from their Smartphones.

Tales behind the names

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

Sir.–I am trying to trace relatives of 29 First World War soldiers and sailors named on the Longparish War Memorial.

Threat of rising population

Basingstoke Gazette: Population Matters (4616342)

8:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Sir.–As a supporter of Basingstoke Green Week, it disappoints me that, like most green campaigns, it targets the symptoms not the cause – human population growth.

Long-term action needed

Basingstoke Gazette: Politicians give their views on first year of the Gazette's Green Town, Green Borough Campaign

10:18am Friday 12th September 2014

Sir.–Thank you for your recent piece on the enhanced local opportunities for recycling. It seems to have initiated some dialogue on the topic, which is always good.

'Long overdue but still evasive'

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:06am Thursday 28th August 2014

Sir.–You invite comments on the interview with Rt Hon Maria Miller MP.

Land should be made part of park

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8:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Sir.–I believe that land next to the Hilton Hotel, in Basingstoke, should be part of War Memorial Park.

Allotments were a growing distraction

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8:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Sir.–In The Gazette recently, you mentioned about the local allotments.

Time to remember 'Forgotten Army'

8:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir.–Now that the fallen in World War One have been remembered, as well as those who went out on D-Day, may I hope tributes will be paid to those who died in Asia in World War Two.

Bus service 'unacceptable'

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Sir.–Re Cllr Colin Regan’s letter about the Number 4 bus, I am so pleased he has raised this issue as I am concerned that following the scrutiny committee's meeting with a Stagecoach representative, and a tentative promise to review the bus service in conjunction with a forthcoming Hampshire County Council review, there is a strong possibility that this issue may just melt away.

Show support for dementia carers

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8:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

Sir.–There are currently over 800,000 people today living with dementia, many of whom are cared for by loved ones, friends and other important people in their lives.

A community benefit

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:49am Thursday 21st August 2014

Sir.–Having read Douglas Patterson’s letter at the beginning of July, I chose to wait and see how others responded. I was encouraged to read the responses from Martin Heath and Paul Beavers but surprised that more people were not motivated to write in.

Trio praised for offering fall help

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8:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir.–I would like to thank the two young men and lady who came to my assistance when I had a fall in Stanford Road, Brighton Hill, on the morning of Saturday, July 26.

Thanks to those who came to aid

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8:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Sir.–I would like to thank all the people and staff who helped me on July 29, when I was hit from behind by a mobility chair.

Underwear issue is no small matter!

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8:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

Sir.–Are we a small town?

Bus changes are causing quite a stir

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8:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

Sir.–With regard to the article on page 2 recently about the change in bus services.

Can you help find lost bear's owners?

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8:17am Friday 15th August 2014

Sir.–On July 27, two little girls, their granddad and a little well-loved multi coloured bear boarded a train from Basingstoke to Fleet. They spoke to us saying they were going to the jungle. In fact they spent the afternoon at Fleet Pond – we ran into them again later that afternoon.

Art in town's heart

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:37am Thursday 14th August 2014

Sir.–When I was curating the ‘All Our Own Work’ art gallery in Festival Place, a four-year-old little girl walked in with her parents and brother and sister and said in a big, loud voice “What’s all this about then?”

Why no Satnavs?

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8:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Sir.–Recently I had the privilege of looking around one of five new fire engines bought for Basingstoke at £250,000 each.

New organic shop has good taste

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8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Sir.–I would like to say how delighted I am to have a shop in Basingstoke selling fresh, locally sourced organic vegetables, bread and cakes.

Young performers hit the right note

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8:00am Monday 4th August 2014

Sir.–On Thursday, July 17, I had the privilege of watching Year 6 of Kings Furlong Junior School perform a play which depicted both the First and Second World wars.

Alarm charges are perfectly acceptable

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8:00am Sunday 3rd August 2014

Sir.–Oh dear! Mr Nicholas Crace objects to being charged £24 per annum for police to respond to his intruder alarm (Gazette report July 10).

Garages rent rise is cause for concern

8:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Sir.–Sentinel Housing Association has increased the rents for garages it owns by as much 23 per cent in some cases.

Common has a rich and varied past

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Sir.–News that Basingstoke Old Common could be used for Basingstoke Town Football Club’s new stadium brought back many memories of my childhood when the common was used as grazing land for various animals.

Singing the praises

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir.–A little over three years ago, I received a call from Andrew Long, who is on the staff of Basingstoke hospital, enquiring as to whether I would be able to help out with a group of men who wanted to start a choir.

Clarifying status of council meeting

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Sir.–I am sorry Don Cameron (Letters, July 10) had been misled into believing he was attending a public meeting with the managing director of Stagecoach (South). It was a meeting of a committee of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

First World War commemorations

Basingstoke Gazette: First World War researchers appeal for information on Chalford's fallen men

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Sir.–Can I please draw readers’ attention to two upcoming events commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War, in Whitchurch next week.

Festival of Choirs was so moving

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8:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

Sir.–What a wonderful evening it was at The Anvil on July 6, for the Festival Of Choirs – such a moving experience, bringing many thoughts of my uncle who served in the Horse Artillery, with so many lives lost, and the horrors they faced in the First World War.

Plea to support Centenary Fete

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8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Sir.–With a minor change to plans, I diverted to the annual parish meeting recently. You will not be surprised that the attendance was unfortunately low but this seemed to come as no surprise to the parish council.

Great news for us all

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Sir.–I’d like to congratulate Basingstoke Town Football Club on their new partnership with Soccer AM. This will no doubt bring lots of exciting opportunities for the club, help them in their aim to be selfsufficient, and build on their current reputation.

Wind is way forward

Basingstoke Gazette: Politicians give their views on first year of the Gazette's Green Town, Green Borough Campaign

8:52am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir.–I wondered if Douglas Paterson, of Keep Hampshire Green, (Letters, July 3) was actually being serious when he suggested that instead of wind and solar farms, what we need is a thorium nuclear power plant in the centre of every town in the country?

What is the real cost of recycling?

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8:00am Monday 21st July 2014

Sir.–As a keen recycler and composter, I was very interested in the article regarding the recycling of more plastic packaging. However, I see that the material has to be sent all the way to Yorkshire for recycling. Is this environmentally friendly? Is this cost-effective?

Uplifting concert was full of talent

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8:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

Sir.–I went to the Basingstoke Festival Of Choirs concert A Century of War and Peace in The Anvil on Sunday, July 6, which was excellent, uplifting, and a fitting tribute to the momentous events in 1914 and 1944.

Protect memorial park as war tribute

Basingstoke Gazette: Resignation is too little too late, according to Basingstoke Labour candidate Paul Harvey

8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Sir.–At the end of the First World War, the people of Basingstoke with their own money bought the War Memorial Park in remembrance of all those who died in the Great War. That was an amazing collective gesture of remembrance.

We’re coming for you

Basingstoke Gazette: Alan Stone

9:23am Friday 18th July 2014

Sir.–I would like to give UKIP’s response to Maria Miller’s comments on us in her column (Basingstoke Extra, July 2).

Tesco plan under fire

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10:06am Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir.–I read with dismay the news that Tesco is going to submit a revised proposal to develop the old Smiths Industries site with another store.

The police have got wrong priorities

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Sunday 13th July 2014

Sir.–How I sympathise with Mr Trotman, who was fined £100 for breaking the speed limit by 5mph.

Bus service needs a rethink for villages

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8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Sir.–Having attended the public meeting, brought to our attention by Cllr Paul Harvey, I was appalled by the roughshod manner in which the managing director of Stagecoach Southern, and the representative of Hampshire County Council, responded to questions, statements and logic directed at them by public members, councillors and officers of the Basingstoke and Deane area.

Councillor's attack on residents

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9:08am Friday 11th July 2014

Sir.–I was saddened to learn from the report by Chris Gregory that a senior Odiham Parish Councillor had attacked the attitude and character of the residents of the High Street who do not agree with the proposed new parking scheme.

Stadium debate hots up

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:05am Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir.–I read your article reporting the cabinet’s go-ahead for the next stage in Basingstoke Town Football Club’s (BTFC) plans to move to The Old Common.

Immigration needs to be controlled

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8:00am Monday 7th July 2014

Sir.–Much of the need to build more houses over our precious green fields is due to the uncontrolled immigration that has taken place over the last few years, without any thought given to the effect it would have on schools, doctors' surgeries etc.

Dangers associated with trade deal

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8:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

Sir.–Many people are involved in local campaigns to protect the NHS, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty.

Forever honouring a military legacy

Basingstoke Gazette: 70 Squadon Air Cadets fundraising event for SSAFA

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

Sir.–On this year’s Armed Forces Day, June 28, we celebrated the military community within Hampshire.

Why wind power is just hot air

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:01am Friday 4th July 2014

Sir.–We have reason to be very grateful to our planning officers and planning committees.

The ride to nowhere

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:10pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Sir.–Many motorists cannot understand why cyclists do not use cycle routes. Well, most cycle routes, unlike the M3 or the M4, go nowhere. They may end on the edge of a field, in the middle of a wood, halfway along a street or just short of a busy junction or roundabout.

Saving stamps can help the blind

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8:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Sir.–With more than 72 million letters delivered each day, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is urging the public to save their used stamps to help raise vital funds for blind or partially sighted people.

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