Letters: No common sense in Wellingborough recycling bin crackdown

The message left on Mr Bernard's bin, and the offending pieces of polystyrene
The message left on Mr Bernard's bin, and the offending pieces of polystyrene
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Wellingborough Council and their contractors Norse, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to refuse collection of recycling bins stating that they are contamintaed.

In doing this it would seem that common sense has completely gone out of the window.

As you will see from the attached picture they refused collection on the basis of four small pieces of polystyrene on the top of the bin that my wife put in by mistake.

Common sense would have been to leave these four pieces on the grass and empty the bin but that, it seems, was too difficult.

In order to dispose of the rubbish, I bagged everything up and took it to the dump.

The result being that all of the recycling ended up in general waste and I used car emissions to get there.

Judging by what was in the general waste skip, I wasn’t the only one.

The local authority has continually cut our services by changing to two weekly collections and stopping garden collections in November – again resulting in trips to the local centre increasing emissions – while not reducing our bills.

Meanwhile essential services like the police are having to do more for less, and according to figures, seem to be managing this.

Meanwhile the council are just charging us the same and cutting services.

As a taxpayer, I am totally disgusted that we are now getting a lesser service and increasing CO2 thanks to our local authority.

We seem to have absolutely no choice in what we pay and no power in deciding what service we get.

GERARD BERNARD

By email

Getting the facts right over scheme

Having just read the letter entitled “Try Using Some Common Sense” I am sending a response on behalf of Higham Ferrers Town Council as there are some incorrect facts.

In response to the letter published on February 19 regarding the spending on a skateboard park, Higham Ferrers Town Council would like to make it clear that £70,000 worth of grants were received to fund the project. This was £35,000 from Mick George Community Fund and £35000 from East Northamptonshire Community Facilities Fund.

During half-term there weren many more than seven children using the park and one young lad said: “Thank you for building this for us, otherwise I would be in my bedroom on my X Box”.

This project was about giving something for young people over the age of 11 to do that was healthy and challenging and the town council has achieved that. The council is aware of parking issues in the town and is actively working with the county council to address the problems. And the council does already provide a free public car park off Saffron Road.

SANDRA MITCHAM

Town clerk,

Higham Ferrers Town Council

Frozen gridlock was unacceptable

You will, by now, be aware of the gridlock that occurred in Kettering on Wednesday, February 18, caused by an event at Wicksteed Park.

I’m sure there were more serious consequences than mine as traffic was backed up in all directions but on a personal level it completely ruined my half term treat for my grandson.

We were booked to see Treasure Island at the Castle theatre in Wellingborough at 11am. We left Stanion at 10.25am and eventually arrived in Wellingborough at midday.

As well as wasting £30 it caused me a great deal of pain; I had a foot operation just before Christmas and could have coped relatively pain free with half an hour of driving but an hour and a half was just too much. Why was there no traffic management – or at least a warning of what was about to happen. This lack of concern for the general public is completely unacceptable.

GAIL CORBY

By email

Rail warning to commuters

You ran an article recently regarding the reinstatement of the “double track” to Corby Railway Station as part of the electrification programme for the Midland Mainline.

The idea of electrification to Corby was first mooted back in the 1970s when work was under way to electrify the line to Bedford.

The new electric rolling stock built to operate the service at the time even had Kettering and Corby in the destination blinds at each end of the train.

However, when the Kettering commuters using the service at the time heard of the proposal to electrify the line they reacted in horror, as they knew that while there would be more trains to and from London, they also knew that they would lose their inter city journey times, because the new electric trains would stop at almost every station and halt on the line.

When Stagecoach, the owner of East MIdlands Trains, took over the franchise from National Express it came with the proviso that they ran a service to Corby.

Yes, we do have a service to Corby, but this service came with a pitfall.

Kettering and Wellingborough lost their half hourly Monday to Saturday service to Leicester and beyond.

Why was this? Because there weren’t enough funds available in Stagecoach’s bid to cover the costs of retaining the half hourly service to Leicester while running a new service to Corby, so something had to give.

If we are going to have an electric service to Corby you will probably find Kettering and Corby, and Wellingborough, will come under the Thameslink umbrella.

The reason for this being that it is a well known fact that there are no spare slots to run any more trains between Bedford and London, so any new service would have to tie in with the Thameslink timetable from Bedford.

This would then leave East Midlands Trains free to run fast services bypassing all the Northamptonshires stations on the route in the process.

Commuters, you have been warned!

IVAN HUMPHREY

Kettering commuter for 29 years

Other companies would be shut

The Wicksteed Park Frozen fun day caused chaos on roads and blocked access to parts of Kettering.

Roads were blocked all way up to the A14 junction with the A6

If this was any other local company, they would be shut down.

Wicksteed Park are boasting a bigger park with new areas, so why can’t they open the access at the Pytchley Road end to allow for a freer flow of traffic.

As for what Kettering Council is thinking for allowing this to happen, it shows how much they care about Kettering

residents.

M McLAREN

By email

Tough talking but not much action

Five years ago at the start of his tenure and the Parliament, David Cameron talked so tough on immigration that even immigrants with well earned British citizenship became scared.

He would bring down the net migration figure and also cut visas from Non-EU countries.

Almost at the end of the parliament, what has he done differently? Nothing! No, he’s done one thing.

He succeeded in making the UK a number three choice for foreign students.

Yet, he is still talking tough.

He should hold his hands up and accept failure, rather than the new “screaming bold face” approach he is adopting.

After surviving the “exit coup”, the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has been playing smart keeping his cool.

Not saying much on anything and particularly on the EU migration debate, but insisting on his earlier stand that UK shall not dump the EU.

This keeps voters wondering if the guy is really capable of taking charge.

TOM BINGHAM

Corby

Can you help find stolen medals

I’m writing on behalf of my Grandmother Elsie Eastwood (Nee Howlett), her brother lived along the Harlestone Road, New Duston, in the early 1980s.

Their property was burgled and a set of First World War medals were among the items stolen.

These medals belonged to her father and the family.

As we all know last year saw the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and this brought back memories to my grandmother of her father, who was my great uncle.

Her brother passed away in 1992 and my grandmother now has asked to see if we can try and locate her father’s medals if possible.

Her father’s name was Ernest W Howlett. He served in the 1/4th Battalion of the Territorial Force Northamptonshire Regiment, his Regimental Number was 200665 and the medals awarded were The Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

The 1/4th Battalion fought in Gallipoli and then they was evacuated to Alexandria, Egypt.

Ernest was one of five brothers that went to war for their king and country but only three of the brothers returned.

Two sadly paid the ultimate sacrifice in France.

We as a family would be most grateful for any information on these medals or even if they have found their way into a private collection or a dealer’s collection, this would mean a great deal of sentimental value for my grandmother who is now 93.

I can be contacted by email via chappers1664@gmail.com.

A CHAPMAN

By email

An independent body is needed

It would be fallacious to claim that some complaints made against the police are not malicious, but figures published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission show that whilethe public are having increased contact with the police there is an increasing trend of dissatisfaction, with only 66 per cent satisfied.

There is no evidence that this is because criminals are making false accusations or that some officers are lazy and others proactive, as Mr Thorn claims (Letters, February 19).

The latest figures include,for the first time, complaints with regard to general policing policies known as “direction and control” so an increase in the headline figure was inevitable but the Independent Police Complaints Commission has stated this only accounts for four per cent of the increase, so does not account for the majority of the escalating complaints.

In an era where crime is falling, resulting in fewer arrests, why is it that complaints are increasing when logic would dictate that they should also be falling?

There have been far too many miscarriages of justice based on false or misleading evidence provided by the police to ever trust them to investigate complaints impartially, hence the existence of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The majority of complaints are still dealt with by police forces, with successful appeals against these “investigations” at 44 to 49 per cent.

So, even with increased scrutiny, in nearly half of cases the internal police structures are failing to deliver justice to members of the public making a legitimate complaint.

The power to investigate a complaint should be removed from the police and placed wholly with an independent organisation that has increased powers and not one that is staffed by so many ex-police officers such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

I do not accept that there is a “trend to encourage people to make complaints”, but we are dealing with a police service with more powers, deploying CS spays and the increasing use of tazers, not always legitimately, and the public have an absolute right to question and challenge practices that are used in their name.

The police are public servants with considerable power over the individual, but they are not above the law and perform their sometimes onerous duties with the cooperation of the public.

The evidence that people are increasingly exercising their right to complain and becoming less that satisfied should concern everyone. It is crass to dismiss this trend as a result of individual police activity or just malicious complaints. In this country we have rights that are not traduced on the anecdotal musings of ex-police officers.

STEPHEN BLACK

Kettering