Car park machines stealing money

Tom Bingham is unhappy at parking charges in Corby

Tom Bingham is unhappy at parking charges in Corby

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I hate carrying small change in my pocket.

Come to that I don’t much bother carrying any money on my person unless its for a specific purpose.

I call in frequently to The Cube and park close by in the rear car park which charges 60p and no change given.

I often find myself having to put a £1 coin in and feel miffed at having to pay about double the cost for a quick visit.

When whoever it is that empties these machines adds up the contents to match the sale of tickets it must surely read far above the money due.

Is this money, which I consider a covert form of theft we have come to accept, given to a local charity or is it simply put into the ticket money pot?

It’s time we knew just how much we citizens of Corby and visitors overpay in this manner.

It must run into thousands of pounds per annum. Is this overpay declared and the figures available to us who have it withheld from us by crafty underhanded mechanical means.

I would not like to think that car park attendant wages are made up by the theft from overpaying customers.

If there are thousands of an overcharge each year, then surely it should be spent on change machines set next to the ticket machines?

Unless of course thieving is now the way our town treats outsiders and those without change in their pocket every day of the week.

TOM BINGHAM

Corby

A celebration of county diversity

Children from all over Northamptonshire joined forces on Saturday, March 22 for a fantastic concert celebrating cultural diversity in the county.

The event was organised by the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools and it was a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to showcase their talents.

Every weekend in Northamptonshire, over 2000 young people aged from three to 18 attend one of our supplementary schools.

We currently have African Caribbean, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Tamil and Urdu schools running across Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Northampton. They give youngsters the opportunity to learn about their language and heritage, to feel confident and well-integrated – and to have fun at the same time!

The celebration concert, at Northampton High School, featured students from Corby Lithuanian School, Corby Serbian School, Wellingborough African Caribbean School and the Wellingborough Gujarati School.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to get together and have their own five minutes of fame.

They all did brilliantly and it was amazing to see so many of them in their national costumes, performing songs, poems and dances from their own cultures.

The turnout was fantastic and we’re grateful to the volunteers who run the schools – and the children’s parents – for making such an effort.

The event was attended by many local councillors and dignitaries, including five of the county’s mayors – from Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Daventry.

All schools who took part are members of the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools, an umbrella organisation that supports their work.

We ensure that staff have enhanced DBS clearance and offer training and support in all areas, including first aid, child protection and safeguarding.

ALAA ABOUZANAD

Chairman of the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools

There will be an accident soon

Re. your article “Selfish parents cause problems outside Rushden school”.

I don’t know who the resident living in Abbey Way was who said there was no problems with parking.

It might only be busy certain times, but it is a nightmare.

The parents park on the corner of Abbey Way and Manor Road completely obscuring vision of drivers at this busy junction.

There are dropped kerbs on this corner for disabled wheelchairs and scooters that are blocked by cars parked on or around these corners.

This is an accident waiting to happen.

I emailed the council about this problem in July last year suggesting double yellow lines round the corners.

I am still waiting for a reply.

The parents also park half on paths and over drives.

Some of them are very rude if you speak to them.

On one occasion my wife returned home to find a van completely blocking the drive when the occupants returned it was traffic wardens, the only time we have seen them.

I have no problem with people parking outside my property providing they park safely and legally.

ALAN JONES

By email

Find manpower to hold patrols

Re. your article about the traffic chaos outside the school in Wharf Road, Higham Ferrers.

I did a traffic count outside the schools years ago when it was first proposed to build 166 houses nearby.

This information was passed on to our district councillor Anna Saunston and presented to the planning committee.

In recent months I have had discussions with the police regarding this problem and they told me clearly that it was impossible to control the parking and traffic problems.

Not enough manpower.

I am sure they will find the manpower after a child is killed or injured.

MICHAEL HORAM

Higham Ferrers

We need national adult care service

How will my depreciating and rusty Lamborghini in the garage help fund my future adult care?

If there was ever a case for collective and community action modelled on the National Health Service, paid into but available free at the point and time of need, it is adult care.

For all the Government’s claims, they make difficult decisions with adult care, they are cowards in the face of city profiteers.

A brave Government would face them down.

Wanted; a national adult care service and national housing service that will build the houses people need in the place of the help to buy to let con trick.

TONY BANKS

Wellingborough

We do not need EU for the jobs

The Lib-Dems keep telling us we need to be in the EU for jobs.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

They tell us three-and-a-half million jobs depend on EU membership.

But in reality the jobs depend on trade, not membership and trade will continue after Independence Day.

Meantime, EU employment law creates barriers to entry in the labour market, adds to employment costs, and stifles growth and competitiveness.

It is a job destruction machine.

EU energy policy is driving up costs, undermining competitiveness, and forcing businesses to move offshore, taking their jobs and investment with them.

EU industry commissioner Antonio Tajani has said that the EU’s energy policies are “creating an Industrial massacre”.

He should know.

European free movement policy is bringing large numbers of low-skilled workers into the UK, seeking higher wages – or higher welfare payments.

This influx makes finding employment more difficult for existing residents, and causes wage compression.

Finally there’s the reckless and disastrous euro currency experiment, which has created conditions in Southern Europe which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression.

Youth unemployment close to 60 per cent in Greece, and not much better in Portugal, Spain and Italy. A whole generation of Mediterranean youth thrown on the scrap-heap in the name of European integration.

Thank heaven we stayed out of the euro – but the crisis in the Eurozone is still damaging the British economy.

It’s little satisfaction for us Eurosceptics to say: “We told you so 15 years ago.”

But we did.

And they wouldn’t listen.

In the EU, policy area after policy area has done huge damage to employment, growth and prosperity.

It is simply breath-taking effrontery for the Lib-Dems – and other EU apologists – to tell us that “We need the EU for jobs”.

ROGER HELMER & DEREK CLARK

UKIP East Midlands MEPs

Taking lives in our own hands

I couldn’t believe the comment in your story that Abbey Way in Rushden, doesn’t have any problems.

The parents abandon cars on the pavement and shout abuse at residents who try to pull in their drives.

As a relative of one houseowner, I cannot visit during 2.30pm and 3.30pm as I cannot park or even pull onto the drive.

Cars are parked on the corner of Abbey Way and Manor Road/Hall Avenue so it is a matter of taking your life in your hands should you drive round that area at end of school time.

MICHELLE SAMPLES

By email