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Why not put solar panels on industrial estate buildings, asks Vernon Toms

Why not put solar panels on industrial estate buildings, asks Vernon Toms

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Regarding solar farms, the article in the Telegraph prompts me to share an idea I have had for some time.

With all the warehouses and factories in the area, why not encourage the installation of solar panels on these buildings where they would not be an eyesore.

It could be a planning requirement on all new buildings.

An enterprising person might even start a firm installing them.

VERNON TOMS

Broughton

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Our concerns have some substance

The attitude our government has when faced with the immigration question is, that we citizens have had concerns in the past with the influx of people to our areas, and concerns have never materialised.

After two catastrophic world wars which devastatingly depleted two generations of our population this country encouraged people from the Commonwealth, initially from the West Indies and Pakistan, to come and take jobs in the UK.

Some to the newly formed NHS, the service industries and into factories to increase output.

This invitation started with a trickle, then after a while, people flocked to our small island, not only working ages, but whole families all to start a new life. They came from not just Commonwealth countries, but people also who had valid reasons, from all over the world were invited, people expelled from their country, anyone suffering a natural disaster, anyone wishing to escape their country, all came to the UK in search of a better life.

In the 1980s the government’s “Everything will be OK” attitude began to fall apart.

Technology and new methods replaced old skills, forcing redundancies and lower wages, cheaper imported goods, women coming into the workplace, birth rate increasing.

So that by the early 21st century after 50 years of unprecedented population increase, we citizens were becoming unsettled. Then in 2004 the European invasion came, stretching services beyond their limits.

Now the UK citizens really are unhappy and can only see further deterioration to our social services and lifestyle that we and our forefathers strived and fought to obtain.

So I’m afraid our concerns are proving to have some substance and any changes made to alleviate the problem will be “too little too late”.

BRIAN MITCHELL

By email

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Tenants want care and respect

My auntie lives in one of the council bunaglows in a Kettering street.

She reported a repair and was given a 90-day ticket.

But what puzzles us, as a family, is a few tenants in the street get their repairs done the next day and another few have been waiting nearly 18 months for their repairs.

People in the bungalows have health issues and added worry can cause stress, which puts more pressure on one’s heart.

People in the bungalows are most likely to be voters and with
all the money this council gets through rent and grants, repairs should be tackled in seven working days. I hope that councillors who care and respect for their tenants get in at the next election.

MARY PAGE

Kettering

Why was only half a route chosen?

I write regarding the X47 bus service on Sundays.

I wonder why only have a route was decided upon, running hourly between Higham Ferrers and Northampton and favouring Rushden, Irchester, Wellingborough and Doddington en route, whereby extra buses now run between Wellingborough and Northampton.

A periodic service between Thrapston and Wellingborough would have been more useful to run in conjunction with the X4 route between Wellingborough and Northampton while those in Stanwick, Raunds, Ringstead, Denford and Thrapston remain isolated on Sundays.

Thank you so much Stagecoach.

This area is equally deserving of Sunday buses.

ERIC HARRISON

Raunds

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Dispute is the result of buy-off

I would like to add a few words, if I may, to Mr O’Donnell’s cogent and perceptive letter in the Telegraph on July 24 regarding the present Middle Eastern conflict.

Everything has its price, and Lloyd George knew this better than most.

There is no doubt today that the Balfour Declaration was promulgated primarily, though not entirely, in order to curry favour with a few exceedingly wealthy Hebrew families at home, in the United States and in central Europe.

In effect, the whole thing was a buy-off.

If nations remain in monetary thrall to these same people, their response to Israeli aggression will be, perfectly naturally, lukewarm at best.

P F BAXTER

Finedon

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Highland event was great day out

Could I, through your newspaper, thank the organisers of the Corby Highland gathering for a great day out.

Also, thanks to the bands and the other participants who make the event what it is – and long may it continue.

I’d never been to the event before and not realised what a great show it is.

I’m looking forward to the next one already.

JASON ROBERTS

wellingborough

Let the Scottish break away

I think the “Little Scotlanders” have got it wrong in Corby, because how could the UK ever change for the better if Holyrood does not rule in Scotland and begin again on an absolute one nation formula.

Westminster should encourage Scottish independence for up to 20 to 30 years, then tempt them back into the UK with devolved home rule for places such as Wales, Northern Ireland, the south west, East Anglia and such like that Scotland will want to be in it.

Can you blame them for breaking away from our nuclear power and submarines strategy and our Beeching wreckage of railway lines up there?

Try helping independence Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg.

The result will be a new start.

TIMOTHY COLLIER

Kettering

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Concerns over the grass cutting

At 8.30am on July 15, council workers were cutting the grass at the King George Recreational Park.

There were two or three small ride-on cutters to trim the grass and one large tractor with trailing totary blades behind. Then four young lads from the nearby Meadowside School thought that it would be great fun to chase the tractor.

The driver stopped cutting.

I couldn’t hear if he spoke to the boys in question or not, but he just started cutting again with the lads now chasing the tractor and running behind its blades cutting the grass.

So much for health and safety.

Meadowside Primary School opens its gates at 8.45am, so why can’t the council cut the playing field in school times before an accident happens?

The school did call the council and the response was that the workers were under pressure to get all the work done as quickly as possible.

Second question.

A street light over the entrance to a gate to the school has not worked in three years.

With winter only a few months away, it would be nice for the children to be able to see the entrance and exit clearly.

CHRISTIAN PRESCOTT

Burton Latimer

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Vote down the recycling plant

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a report from Corby Council officers recommending that elected members should refuse the Brookfield Waste Plant planning application.

First the public spoke and now the planning experts at the council have spoken too.

Everybody who takes the time to read this ludicrous planning application draws the conclusion that the Brookfield Waste Plant is a bad idea and that the proposed waste plant would severly impact upon the lives of people living in Corby and its surrounding villages.

The decision is now in the hands of elected councillors who will meet in the Corby 
Cube at 7pm on August 19 to decide whether to give the go-ahead to this unwanted waste plant.

I would urge all councillors to do the right thing by the people they represent and vote against this controversial planning application.

CLLR ROB McKELLAR

Weldon & Gretton ward
Corby Council

Great job done by our gardeners

I would like to thank the gardeners of Kettering Council for putting so much hard work into providing us with such a beautiful display of flowers in the town.

They are truly a credit to you all.

JANET BAILEY

Kettering

I say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

It was reported in a recent issue of the Northants Telegraph that the Desborough-based lingerie manufacturing company Eveden is to become Wacoal Eveden.

It seems clear that whoever sanctioned this change is unaware and unappreciative of the nuances and subtleties of the English language.

The name Eveden conjures up an image of femininity(Eve) and paradise (Eden), appropriate to the product.

Wacoal, on the other hand, sounds like a cartoon character with colliery connections. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

JOHN KEMP

Desborough