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Saturday, 18 April 2015

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Time to choose safe renewable energies

acletturbin SIR – James Taylor’s letter (February 5) couldn’t have been more timely. SIR – Mr Millie asks “Which other councils are eligible for £30 million business rates”? I proposed that we ask that we forfeit all government support grant as ours is nearly gone from a vindictive coalition government who have never given any reason why a small northern borough has had the biggest cuts in the country and southern authorities an increase, and ask to retain all the business rates Copeland collects, all £37 million of it!SIR – The Gallows Lonning road has now been made one-way and no entry signs placed at its junction on the Rosehill road. This means the only access to the A595 using the Whitehaven to Hensingham bypass route is via the Rectory Brow junction at Parton. This route was supposed to originally join up with the new Distington bypass via a roundabout which was never installed. SIR – Fascinating to see the police in Whitehaven telling councillors about crime in and around busy town centre pubs. SIR, I would like to bring readers’ attention to an event I am organising to raise funds on behalf of the West Cumbria branch of Parkinson’s UK.SIR –We wish to thank everyone who made David Ainsworth’s life so happy and fulfilling – all his friends and the different charities and support groups he was a member of in and around Whitehaven and the West Cumbrian area. SIR – Could you help me to find the owner of a wrist watch that I found on the fell above Boot Village? The chance of it being found is so small, it wasn’t on the path and was frozen into the ice, but it is still working and the owner must have given up hope of ever seeing it again. My contact number is 01946 820 584.

Last updated 12 February 2015
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Not too late to stop NHS upheaval

hospletter SIR – It comes as no surprise, to those of us who have expressed apprehension and concern over former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s reorganisation of the Health & Social Care Act 2012, that the King’s Fund, an Independent think tank in a recent report accuses the Coalition Government of wasting three years and billions of pounds in restructuring the NHS.

Last updated 12 February 2015
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It's hard to be Green

ennwater SIR – It’s getting harder to be Green. Very hard! Serving the planet has become a priority over serving my neighbour. SIR – As we run up to the General Election in May, I wonder if any political party has mentioned their stance on Welfare Benefits paid to landowners?SIR – While I agree with the main points of Mick Farley’s article (West Cumbria Learning), I was sorry to find him stooping to stump up cheap class-prejudice in his remarks on private schools as refuges for the nice but dim.

Last updated 5 February 2015
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None out of 10 for league table changes

scafellstain SIR – The publication of the annual ‘league tables’ has caused its usual furore. However, it is clear that this year’s edition has caused as much stir as recent FA cup results. SIR – I would like to thank Mr Garrity for his reply to my letter in last week’s Whitehaven News. It came as a surprise because normally we don’t receive any reply.SIR – Regarding the ludicrous proposal to move the Coast guard in land, surely the clue is in the title: Coastguard, to guard the coast! 2.5 miles in-land and an estimated response time of 20 minutes, not at peak traffic times, is unrealistic. SIR – Like me, you are probably delighted with the nuclear investment in central Whitehaven and there is no reason why we should not be. SIR – Last week in your letters page Mr Ritson wrote that the Government decision to spend billions of pounds on overseas aid was just “crazy”.

Last updated 5 February 2015
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Copeland tries to cope with large budget cuts

SIR – I would like to bring to readers’ attention that Copeland Borough Council has been hit with one of the largest budget cuts in the UK, following Government changes in how funding is allocated. SIR, The time is right and there will never be a better opportunity for this nuclear community of ours to campaign and lobby the NDA to introduce a nuclear socio-economic fund.

Last updated 29 January 2015
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Show your love for the bus pass

ruralbus161 SIR – I’m writing to invite News readers to back the ‘Love the Bus Pass’ petition, which is supported by tens of thousands of people, hundreds of local groups, and the National Pensioners’ Convention.

Last updated 22 January 2015
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The crazy world of nuclear finance

cehoidgecumbria SIR – In my not too distant time at Sellafield, BNFL owned Westinghouse, the internationally-connected builder of nuclear reactors.

Last updated 22 January 2015
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‘Why I’m going my own way’ – councillor

SIR – Ever since my appointment to a socio-economic role within the nuclear industry here in West Cumbria, a position I held for three years, I have been compelled through a sense of injustice to work with partners to help tackle the structural causes of social deprivation and poverty, a spectre which haunts our communities.

Last updated 15 January 2015
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Draining away £300m?

SIR – Perhaps United Utilities, through your newspaper, can tell us where they are with the proposed hair-brained scheme to spend £300 million of our money on bringing us water from Thirlmere to Ennerdale.

Last updated 15 January 2015
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Chuffed at new trains

transminstr SIR – The Copeland Rail Users’ Group (CRUG) is very grateful that Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and his department have recognised the essential nature of the Cumbrian Coastal Line for West Cumbria.

Last updated 15 January 2015
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They fought for us – now fight for them

SIR – What a prejudiced narrow-minded lot your objectors in Egremont are, in opposing the proposed re-use of the ex-Police Station to house 11 homeless ex-servicemen!

Last updated 31 December 2014
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Christmas shopping tips

cestamps1112 SIR – As Christmas approaches, Royal Mail research suggests that more than 20 per cent of us leave our online Christmas shopping until December before getting started.

Last updated 11 December 2014
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Northumbria must answer our questions

SIR – We all understand the difficulties facing the NHS both nationally and locally. In West Cumbria we are at a crossroads – do we accept an out-dated plan to centralise and reconfigure services without any clear evidence (Kings Fund), or do we take the bold step of saying West Cumbrians will take the lead in configuring services according to NHS England principles that patients are at the centre of healthcare.

Last updated 11 December 2014
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Nowhere to remember our Jack

cejackparker1112 SIR– I am writing to you on behalf of the family of John Lewis Parker (Jack) who was killed on April 11, 1944, during his 13th mission from Coninsby, Lincolnshire, when his Lancaster bomber was shot down.

Last updated 11 December 2014
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Historian happy to share hero’s story

cesommegraves SIR – Recently I went on a pilgrimage to war graves in France/Belgium – the Somme. I went to try and trace my grandfather’s memorial. His body was never found but his name is inscribed on a memorial. With help from many quarters, I was lucky enough to trace his name inscribed on a memorial. There are many members of the family living in Whitehaven who may be interested with the news that I have got. If they contact me, I will supply them with all I have unearthed.

Last updated 5 December 2014
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Praise for real-life Santa Claus

cewmc2711 SIR – Foreigners?? Thank the Lord for them is all I can say.

Last updated 5 December 2014
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