Crazy Hats Walk: Thank you for your understanding

Last year's Crazy Hats Walk
Last year's Crazy Hats Walk

On behalf of Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support following our decision to postpone our 11th annual walk at Wicksteed Park last Sunday.

It was one of the most difficult decisions to make but with the weather as it was on the Sunday, I know it was the right one.

We did our utmost, through the press, radio, Facebook , hundreds of personal phone calls and visual signs to let all our 2,500 walkers and volunteers know well in advance and on the morning had trustees at the gates of the park. Only three brave souls turned up.

On a very positive note, we have rescheduled our walk to May when we hope the weather will be kind to us. The date is Tuesday, May 14, with a 6.30pm start.

With Wicksteed Park being open to the public as from this coming weekend, they have kindly agreed to us having an evening walk which we know will be very different but very enjoyable.

We appreciate, and are sorry, this is not going to appease everyone due to other commitments but so far we have had an excellent response and we sincerely hope people will adopt our optimism and determination to come along.

Having set the date we were thrilled when Ashleigh and Pudsey’s agent made us aware they are still able to join us.

For those who have already registered and are unable to make the May date perhaps you could organise a walk of your own around the park at a time to suit you? Several people are taking this option.

Again, our apologies for any disappointment caused but we have no control over the weather – we want our walk to be an enjoyable occasion, not an arduous task when safety is paramount.

We look forward to seeing you all – albeit it later than planned. Thank you.

Glennis Hooper

Crazy Hats

Government and banks don’t help

Is it any wonder that the country is in such financial turmoil? If I ran my business in the same way the Government runs the country I would have been bankrupt years ago.

My son approached me to come into the family business and continue what is now the third generation. Unfortunately, we have come across so much red tape and problems that it is almost not worth it.

If it wasn’t for the perseverance of my son, I wouldn’t bother bringing my business to a local town and would have given up long ago.

The council and Government make life so difficult and are their own worst enemy. They want towns to flourish, yet they put so many restrictions in place that have the complete opposite effect.

I owned the most famous fish and chip shop in Kettering which I took over from my father.

I successfully ran this shop until 1998 when I ventured out to secure an income for retirement.

I went on to repeat the success in a further three counties and won awards at each shop.

We even won the best in England, awarded by the governing body Seafish.

My superiority in the trade even granted me a green card to America, which is no mean feat, I assure you.

It was on my return from the USA that my son approached me and we began to look for a new premises to bring our fish and chips to.

We have found an empty shop in Thrapston, which has been empty for 12 months.

Now, the banks are supposed to be lending money. Clearly they are not!

I personally have assets exceeding £500,000 and wanted to borrow just £60,000 using one guarantee. I’m not sure who the banks are lending to, perhaps it is businesses which have a turnover like Blockbuster and Comet.

I wonder how that turned out for them?

Now on to the local council and planning departments.

What a rigmarole that is.

I have spent a fortune on paper, ink and phone calls, let alone the actual costs of the application and official sound acoustic testing.

How I’ve summed that up into a paragraph I don’t know.

If, and when, staying positive, we get the permission, we will employ locally and with a small restaurant we can expand staff requirements up to a team of eight.
We have always involved ourselves heavily with the local community and will be a great asset to Thrapston.

It is due to all this nonsense and red tape that we are not there already, employing and contributing to the local economy.

MJ Smith


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Natural England is not in favour

Natural England would like to respond to Mr Garvey’s letter of March 14 relating to the proposed resource recovery park in Corby in order to set the record straight.

Firstly, we wish to make it clear that Natural England does not support developments.

It provides evidence-based advice to local planning authorities according to our statutory remit relating to biodiversity, protected sites, species and landscape.

In relation to this specific development, we actually raised a number of concerns relating to a lack of detail on aspects of the environment that may be significantly affected by the proposed development, such as water, air, soil, fauna, flora and habitats.

These concerns, which related to both the structure and composition of the submitted documentation, were raised with Corby Council in letters dated January 30 and February 26, 2013.

To the best of our knowledge these concerns have not yet been addressed, and we have not been in communication with Mr Garvey over these matters.

Once a robust environmental impact assessment has been submitted, taking into account all our recommendations in the two letters, we will be in a better position to assess the environmental implications of this application.

For more information on our position regarding this case please see our official correspondence on the matter.

The correspondence can be viewed on the council website at under the
 reference 13/00027/O.

Francesca Shapland

Land Use Operations

Natural England

Time has come for referendum

The time has come without doubt for the Government to allow the people of this country a referendum on our position in Europe.

Since we voted to join the Common Market in Ted Heath’s time the whole ramification of our membership has changed.

Successive governments have signed up to agreements and treaties that have carried us far beyond the original mandate and I as a person who voted in that referendum would like an opportunity to reconsider my position.

The terrible problems that face Greece and other European countries, plus the financial impositions facing Cyprus, are a stark warning of what may soon manifest itself here in the UK.

While it would be uncharitable to deny a person the opportunity to move to another country to find a better life it is also unrealistic to assume that any country can withstand unlimited and uncontrolled immigration without there being consequences.

Surely as a sovereign nation we should have control over our borders.

We should be allowed to set out our own requirements for people wishing to make their home in the United Kingdom, just as we would have to do were we to wish to move to many other countries in the world.

Through our Commonwealth links we have welcomed people from many different parts of the world into our community and they have in the main and in many ways enriched our society. Our overseas aid is testament to our commitment to help others.

What may bring us down unless we act quickly is that Europe sees us as the “benefits capital” for the millions of economic migrants fleeing from desperate situations at home.

We must have another referendum and soon – before George Osborne has our wages and pensions paid direct to the Treasury.

B Tunn

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Chancellor takes UKIP policy

The Budget included one or two tax cuts or freezes as a public relations exercise, while the interest-free loans for house hunters sound good and will probably be popular but it only puts off the evil day for the family.

Worse than that, it locks up revenue for five years – millions of pounds unavailable – so how does the Government intend to fill the hole? Another burden on the taxpayer at large?

The Chancellor said he was building on his previous budgets and the economy has begun to recover as a result.

If so why is growth now predicted to improve by only 0.6 per cent, when he said previously it was due to rise by 1.2 per cent?

So, a public sector pay freeze will be used to squeeze public spending, if so does it apply to the lower paid and even better paid people like the police?

But he is at last adopting a UKIP policy, in part, a £10,000 tax threshold. But why does he not take that forward to another UKIP policy – the abandonment of the employer NI contribution rather than a £2,000 starter threshold?

UKIP’s policy of cancellation would enable small employers in particular to take on more workers, that’s how to promote jobs and growth.

Derek Clark

UKIP East Midlands MEP

A back door way to make cuts?

I was under the impression that the NHS were not reducing any of their services, but now it appears they are.

The mental health day hospital in Rushden has closed and those attending are being referred to non-NHS centres for which they have to pay.

The official explanation is that the redevelopment of the Rushden hospital site has forced a two-year closure but it leads cynical people, like myself, to conclude that this could well be a back-door way of reducing services without adverse publicity.

David Brown

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Work going on in the Old Village

The Lib Dems have serious problems nationally, but now they have lost their touch in Corby Old Village which has nothing to do with them.

Their newsletter talks about items they know nothing about.

For instance, the road sweepers have just completed a sweep all around the village.

Secondly it was agreed by the county council and myself that as well as High Street being gritted up to The Jamb we should include all the way to Weldon Road.

Also the crossing in The Jamb that the county council and I have been working on for over a year should be completed soon.

Ray Lilley