Kettering’s architecture is being obscured

Dr John Fitton says the trees near Kettering Parish Church are too big
Dr John Fitton says the trees near Kettering Parish Church are too big

What a shame that trees better suited to a forest than a town centre have been allowed to grow so large so close to Kettering Parish Church.

For most of the year they now obscure what is arguably the finest piece of architecture in the town.

The clock is completely invisible from the east.

In most towns the architecture of the finest buildings is revealed for all to appreciate.

What a pity these huge arboreal weeds cannot be transplanted to surround the old telephone exchange.

Perhaps they could be replaced by smaller ornamental species?


By email

Don’t chop down this healthy oak

May I bring it to your attention and the general public that it is the intention of the council to remove a perfectly healthy oak tree within the pleasure park in Park Road, Kettering.

It is about 20ft high and in perfect health!

Even the tree surgeons have stated there is no fault with it at all.

As a floating member on the committee of Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, it does not give you much heart when all the good work that has gone into that park in the past two or three years.

Please think again Kettering Council.

I am not the only person up in arms about this action.


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Questions over roof repair cost

I have just read that last year councillors agreed to spend £600,000 of council tax payers’ money on the repair of the leaking roof at Corby Cube.

Why are we having to pay for a relatively new building to have a leaky roof repaired?

Why aren’t the constructor or the designer responsible for the leaks?

Why was it agreed to have a flat roof and a roof with trees?

Did they not learn from past buildings with flat roofs that had to be replaced with conventional roofs?

We did not ask for Corby Cube to be built and the majority of people in Corby dislike the building.

Why should generations of Corby tax payers have to pay for the repairs when the money could be put to better use?



Story of young Gordon Enfield

In the edition of the Telegraph on June 12 there was an obituary article about a young soldier, whose name was Private Gordon Enfield, who was killed in Normandy in June 1944 while serving with The Gordon Highlanders.

I am Lesley Smith. To begin with, I have never had a son.

It was my daughter who contacted twitter, and the young soldier was her uncle, my brother.

It certainly wasn’t the first time that I had seen the report of my brother’s death, as I research family history and have all details of the battle in which he died.

I also have all details of the battle in Burma where my other brother Lance Bombardier Harry Enfield was killed while serving with the Chindits.

The article also states that the three sisters of the brothers met American soldiers based at Grafton Underwood and married them.

Wrong again. One sister met and married a GI.

I really appreciated the fact that an article had been inserted about my brothers, but wish the article had the correct information.


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Left hanging on after complaint

My mother has been a resident of Weldon for 83 years.

Her telephone account is with the Post Office, and her most recent bill has been the cause of some concern to her.

Mum’s bill includes details which are confusing.

There are several calls listed which appear to have been made almost simultaneously.

For example, on one occasion there are 12 calls listed, all to the same person, between 8.04pm and 8.21pm.

The duration of each call is listed as being between two and 25 seconds. Between each call there appears to be a very short time lapse, in one case a lapse of only 24 seconds.

As mum rings the full number every time she makes a call and does not use a “one button” method, this can simply not have happened.

The friend she was supposedly calling at these times has confirmed that it did not and could not have occurred.

My mother rang the Post Office and made inquiries. She was told that her phone had been checked and was functioning correctly.

As this statement did not answer the question, mum immediately wrote a letter to the Post Office, asking for an accurate list of her calls before she paid her bill. The letter received no response.

Mum was becoming increasingly agitated about this situation, and on my advice she delayed the payment of her bill.

As expected, she then received a phone call from the Post Office regarding non-payment.

On explaining the reason for this, she again was given the answer that there was nothing wrong with her phone.

Mum duly paid her bill.

On May 27 I made a phone call to the Post Office on behalf of my mother, asking again for an explanation for the peculiar details of Mum’s bill.

Interestingly, I was told that indeed this was not right, and that the problem would be investigated.

I was promised that there would be a return call the following week to my own home number regarding the matter.

Shortly after this an incomprehensible partially-recorded message appeared on my phone, giving no details, but leaving a contact number.

I rang the given number and was barely able to hear the lady at the other end of the phone, constantly having to ask her to correct this.

Eventually I made my query regarding Mum’s bill and was told I had the wrong department.

I was put on hold, but eventually the same lady returned to say that my mother’s phone had been checked and that there was nothing wrong with it.

I explained that this did not answer the question, and asked how it could be possible for my mother to have made so many calls during such a short time. I was told that she didn’t know – and that my mother should write a letter!

Needless to say I told her that Mum had written a letter and received no reply.

In my opinion, the fact that Mum has received no letter in response to hers is simply bad manners.

The lack of any kind of explanation regarding her bill makes us wonder whether the Post Office may be making other, more serious, errors. Indeed, Mum’s bill seems extraordinarily high.

I wonder whether any of your readers have experienced similar problems?


Name and address withheld

Be aware of our food standards

Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food.

The last thing we need is lower legal standards, but a deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States could result in exactly that.

The European Union-United States trade deal aims to harmonise European and American rules in food safety and many other areas, which in practice may mean slashing European standards to match the much lower US levels.

So, products like hormone-treated beef and pork, and chicken washed in chlorine, sold by US companies but currently banned here, could appear on supermarket shelves in the United Kingdom.

Food is just one area in which this deal would give multi-national companies much more influence in our lives.

Health care and education are among the others.

The deal threatens our ability to run our society in the way we choose, and it must be stopped.