Drivers treated worse than thieves

Drivers are treated worse than thieves, says Andrew Meads
Drivers are treated worse than thieves, says Andrew Meads

Perhaps someone could explain as to why it appears that the motorist is classed as a criminal and penalised heavier than the common thief?

Just before Christmas my disabled wife had to make an urgent trip to our pharmacist to collect medication.

Due to her incapacity she cannot walk any great distance and on arriving at the small localised disabled parking spaces – three designated spaces – in close proximity to our pharmacy she found two of the vacant spaces were parked across by a workman’s truck.

On driving around a few times there were no spaces so she had no choice but to park outside the pharmacy.

This procedure is acceptable from Monday to Thursday but sadly for some unknown reason not on Fridays.

She was in the pharmacy for only a few moments and on her return she found a parking ticket placed over her blue badge.

Subsequently, within a few days a parking fine arrived through the post.

Considering that my wife had, in our opinion, mitigating circumstances we wrote as requested outlining in great detail the reason this parking issue had happened.

We thought that once the magistrates had heard our apologies and plea the matter would be dissolved.

Far from it – not only did we get fined for the parking error we were handed additional costs for the hearing which totalled £147.

Now had one of us committed an assault or a shoplifting offence we would have most likely been exonerated with no costs or charges, especially if we had written an apology.

So why is it that motorists, especially disabled ones, are being persecuted without mercy?

ANDREW MEADS

By email

Can nations truly be independent?

Although Scotland is the land of my birth, it is no longer my home.

My brother and sister still live there and they have quite separate views about the independence issue.

In my opinion the voting should be confined to those who live in Scotland and not extended to exiles such as myself.

However, the referendums on the horizon whether they be about Scotland or Europe raise an important point of view for all of us as to how we look at our world.

I wonder if independence from one nation or another is a true reality. No nation can exist without another.

We all need our neighbours in order to achieve a decent standard of living and a peaceful existence.

Just look for a moment about what we see everyday on the A14 on our doorstep.

We can discover very clearly the various origins and destinations of goods in transit between our country and the various parts of Europe.

Banking and business have always had an international dimension.

Our nation is as it is because of the various waves of immigration that have come along in every generation since time began.

The communications industry has few international barriers and where would we be if narrow nationalisms dominated sport.

Our beloved country is a family of nations and a rainbow of cultures.

No matter where we are born we all belong to one another and we need one another to enjoy dignity, a sense of worth and true values in being full human beings.

I am very cynical when politicians and others play the independence card or stand on the soap box of narrow nationalisms.

That is when I wonder about the commitment in the minds of the powers that be to maintain justice, security and human rights.

There is an international dimension also about abolishing poverty, disease and inequalities.

What vision of life are we giving to our children and young people?

Are we really going to have a better world if we hide behind flags and nostalgia?

Independence? “Ah hae ma doots!

It might be national but it is not natural.

CANON GEORGE BURGON

Barton Seagrave

Hoping water is not contaminated

This year will see the explosion of “fracking” on our island, and is a necessary evil if we are to become free of the ransoms held by Russia et al.

There are consequences associated with drilling in this way and I am led to believe water pollution is one of them.

Four hundred years’ supply of gas, and poisoned water from our taps.

If this is the case, surely the Government is liable by issuing the licences to drill in this manner with its contamination, to provide homes with a water purification system.

It would be advisable to take a sample of your tap water now and date it, put it away in your loft or cellar in case it is argued at a later date that this is how the water always was.

If fracking is going to be our saviour and give our island independence from the rest of Europe, I think water purification plants are a must in every county.

We have already had it explained to us that gas will not get cheaper due to using this method, but it will give us independence as an island.

The drilling will, of course, be in the regions up north to begin with and the Government appearing to be a caring lot by offering employment to the run-down areas of the UK, will of course be keeping the heavy traffic and disruption as far away as possible from those wealthy city folk who live down south. Will they be Fracking in London? I think not; but will they be fracking in Corby?

TOM BINGHAM

By email

Need for homes in county villages

I write in response to your article Northamptonshire’s Labour leader calls for more homes to be built.

I would like to bring Telegraph readers’ attention to the need for homes in the county’s villages.

As a provider of affordable rural housing in Northamptonshire for 21 years, Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association is acutely aware of the need for homes.

Recent surveys demonstrate we need over 380 new rural affordable homes throughout the county in the next five years.

A small development can help sustain a village, as the residents use shops, schools, post offices and pubs – services which can face threat of closure in small communities.

Building homes can also bring significant investment to the county, helping to support local jobs in the construction sector.

This year we are proud to be working on developments in Croughton, Walgrave and Collyweston all of which will be complete in the next 12 months.

We look forward to welcoming families into their new homes.

This is a significant issue for Northamptonshire.

If parish councils are concerned about the lack of affordable housing in their area, I would strongly encourage them to get in touch.

CRAIG FELTS

Company Secretary

Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association

Lunacy to leave European Union

If there was a reward for equivocation Mr Clark of UKIP would win first prize.

Recent research published by University College London shows that migrants from the EU since 2000 pay a third more in taxes than they cost in extra spending on public services and benefits.

The EU requested that Britain provide proof that it was experiencing a problem with EU citizens entering the UK to claim benefits.

No proof was given because it is simply not true.

Migration from the EU has not had a negative impact on employment rates of native Britains.

Claiming that keeping out Europeans would help low skilled natives is wrong and delusional.

UKIP is exploiting worries about immigration in order to achieve its aim of the UK leaving the EU.

Mr Clark also states that if the UK left the EU this would not adversely affect jobs.

The OECD, the CBI and Goldman Sachs International disagree.

Nobody suggests that disinvestment would occur immediately but they conclude “large international and European companies see a Britain divorced form the EU as a much less attractive place.

“Threats to British involvement in the EU are threats to British business”.

The CBI report estimated that every British household was £3,000 better off from membership of the EU and urged that we stay.

Nissan’s senior global executive said his company would reconsider its UK investment if we left.

It is lunacy to ignore such statements.

STEPHEN BLACK

Barton Seagrave

Grateful to the female drivers

I would like to say a very grateful thanks to two lady drivers who stopped to help me on Wednesday, January 8, in Queensway, Burton Latimer, at about 5pm.

I tripped and fell while crossing the road, which is quite busy and also dark now that the road lighting has been partially switched off.

Unable to get up, I saw car lights approaching from the right.

Thankfully, the car driver saw me, stopped and came to my assistance just as a second car approached from the opposite direction, putting her own safety at risk.

Fortunately the second driver also stopped and insisted on helping me right to the door of our bungalow.

They were both extremely kind and thanks to them all ended happily.

I am only too aware that without their care and help it could have been a very different story.

Again, very many thanks.

GRETA CHESHIRE

Burton Latimer