Wimbledon Guardian: Letters

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Business litter makes Raynes Park an eysore

Wimbledon Guardian: Councillors and campaigners join forces for the Big Merton Spring Clean

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I applaud the work of locals who took part in the Big Merton Spring Clean, it stated that street cleaning crews, councillors and residents took part in the initiative, no mention of any retail outlets playing a part in the scheme."

We need speed breakers in Colliers Wood

Wimbledon Guardian: Letter to the Editor: We need speed breakers in Colliers Wood

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Since the implementation of controlled zone in our street it is a blessing to find parking and the residents, I am sure are grateful and glad."

Puzzled by Merton Tories claims of ‘no risk’ to St Helier Hospital

Wimbledon Guardian: St Helier Hospital

12:43pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "With all parties campaigning to protect the hospital having forced the powers that be to think again, I am perplexed that the Conservatives are now not only backing off, but are criticising others for continuing the campaign."

Too many security guards at Wimbledon station

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon train station

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I feel that it is a waste of our money to pay for often up to eight individuals in high vis to stand in pairs against the security rails apparently doing nothing of any use or value."

We need more recycling centres in Merton and must not burn waste

Wimbledon Guardian: Conservative councillors and residents protest outside Weir Road recycling centre

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I believe that building a sustainable environment is above politics and I will and do work with all political parties to improve our planet."

We residents DO want AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane

Wimbledon Guardian: AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers April 5, 2014

3:32pm Monday 14th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Almost all of us realise that the gentrification of football in the past generation has made it a very middle-class event indeed."

Vote Conservative to cut council tax in Merton

Wimbledon Guardian: GLA member Richard Tracey

3:25pm Monday 14th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Merton Conservatives have committed to reducing the Council Tax by 10% if elected to control the borough."

New area traffic scheme in Wimbledon is unnecessary

Wimbledon Guardian: Best solution to join roads

11:05am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "It has been proved in America by scientists that people living close to such impediments have a far worse health than those living elsewhere in the same town, especially respiratory disease and back problems."

We residents do not want AFC Wimbledon back at Plough Lane

Wimbledon Guardian: ‘Caravan man’ savages “simple-minded” critics

3:03pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Football in Plough Lane on match days turned this area into a no-go area for residents back then."

South London incinerator will make last week's smog an everyday feature

Wimbledon Guardian: How the proposed incinerator could look by night

2:30pm Monday 7th April 2014

Letter to the Editor: The Beddington incinerator will also produce the toxic particulates and other pollutants which brought about last week's rise in hospital admissions and respiratory problems.

Please help me raise money for Merton Mencap

Wimbledon Guardian: Councillor Peter Walker enjoys a pint outside the Rose and Crown in Wimbledon Village

9:51am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I was shocked to learn that here in the borough of Merton there are around 4,500 people with learning disabilities, and if Department of Health figures are correct, only just under 1,000 are known to local services for the disabled."

Incinerator will add to pollution levels despite EU legal challenge warning

Wimbledon Guardian: We need to tackle traffic congestion and promote development to aid port

9:42am Tuesday 25th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "With the incinerator issue, with several other planning issues, and with St Helier, Lib Dem politicians are not listening to us."

Diverting under-25s benefits cash would free millions for small business apprenticeships

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:37pm Monday 24th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "We don’t think it’s unreasonable to give benefit sanctions if someone turns down or drops out of suitable paid training."

Merton mayor needs to ‘man up’: Explain your comments or apologise

Wimbledon Guardian: UKIP Councillor Suzanne Evans

11:16am Monday 24th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I am astonished to read I have not been invited to the Mayor’s Ball because of my ‘alleged past behaviour at previous balls.' "

New free school is scandalous misuse of public money

Wimbledon Guardian: ‘Caravan man’ savages “simple-minded” critics

11:11am Monday 24th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Like Benedict, Park Community School, once set up, will be independent, non-accountable but taxpayer funded."

Police should sell old Merton buildings to housing associations, not private developers

Wimbledon Guardian: Mayor of London Boris Johnson says chances of firing Olympic missiles "vanishingly remote"

9:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "So not only are too few affordable homes being built, but existing ones are under threat."

Merton Council right to take action on excessive traffic in Belvederes, Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian: Timely traffic light remember for Taunton pedestrians

9:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I must congratulate Merton Council for a comprehensive proposal to deal with excessive traffic volumes and speeds along Ridgway and towards the Belvedere Estate."

Merton Council forgot to repair Wimbledon town centre pavement

Wimbledon Guardian: Pavement compensation claims are down

8:29am Thursday 20th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The council and its contractor FM Conway were very proud of the Wimbledon Town Centre Olympic upgrade according to their websites."

Please Merton Council – let us preserve our community space

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon library

12:04pm Monday 17th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Merton Council frequently lauds ‘the community’, but when said community gets in the way of generating greater, private income, it loses out."

Battle to save St Helier Hospital is far from over

Wimbledon Guardian: Campaigners outside St Helier Hospital

12:33pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "It was fantastic to be part of a flashmob event in Sutton on the weekend."

Will our MPs back the Hospital Closure Clause 119?

Wimbledon Guardian: A banner still adorns St Helier Hospital saying the redevelopment is 'coming soon'

3:31pm Monday 10th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "This Clause would mean that the government could close any hospital near one that has difficult finances without any significant consultation."

Shock of Merton's burial fees was bigger than shock of mum's death

Wimbledon Guardian: Sutton & Merton Cemetery in Garth Road, Lower Morden (Picture: Google)

11:19am Thursday 6th March 2014

Open letter to Merton Council: "Are the overpaid gravediggers on double time? Special gold-plated shovels for out of towers?"

Act of kindness in Colliers Wood has restored by faith in humanity

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Council plans to provide space for a football stadium by knocking down the Savacentre in Merantun Way. Sainsburys and M&S would be relocated

11:47am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I was so overcome and broke down in tears I wonder if you could kindly print a thank you to this delightful young couple who have restored my faith in humanity."

Wonderful to see return of Wimbledon Park Hall

Wimbledon Guardian: Revamped: Wimbledon Park Hall

2:54pm Monday 3rd March 2014

Letter to the Editor: "It is 10 years since the loss of the old Hall and there was understandably much controversy when the then Labour-led Council sold off Wimbledon Park Hall against the wishes of many local residents."

Impact of train ticket office closures already hurting

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon train station

11:50am Thursday 27th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "What is wrong with Tube workers receiving “handsome pay”?"

Merton street cleaning not fit for purpose

Wimbledon Guardian: Motspur Park station

12:27pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I am constantly complaining about the litter and fly tipping in our area which has got worse over the years and is now at an all time low."

Time to end disreputable legacy of dog racing in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon greyhound stadium

12:43pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "As someone who was born and raised in Wimbledon, I find it abhorrent that, in 2014, there should be the remotest regard for greyhound racing in the town."

Merton teacher should be allowed to tweet as much as she wants

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Councillor Jeff Hanna (Labour)

12:17pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

Ms Schneider may tweet to her heart’s content and Councillor Hilton may take a running jump.

Inadequate prison sentences for bad driving

Wimbledon Guardian: Gary Bromige, also known as Gary Cody

1:12pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Careering around in a few tons of machinery is not a right."

No such thing as 'Safe Bet'

Wimbledon Guardian: Rev Peter Ratcliff: "Homosexuals manipulate police"

11:59am Monday 17th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The phrase 'safe bet' is unfortunate. There is no such thing as safe gambling."

Threat to St Helier can not be dismissed

Wimbledon Guardian: A banner still adorns St Helier Hospital saying the redevelopment is 'coming soon'

11:45am Monday 17th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Clause 118 will allow Jeremy Hunt and any future health secretary to close any hospital or department in England."

Wimbledon greyhound stadium must improve to survive

Wimbledon Guardian: Council leader, Stephen Alambritis, said the greyhound stadium in Plough Lane remained the preferred new home for AFC Wimbledon

12:44pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "They have changed the entrance which is now right round the back with inadequate lighting and lots of puddles."

MP is wrong to dismiss Clause 118 threat to hospital

Wimbledon Guardian: A banner still adorns St Helier Hospital saying the redevelopment is 'coming soon'

2:37pm Monday 10th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "This clause, if passed, would allow a special administrator appointed to look into the affairs of a failing hospital to close down a nearby hospital if they thought it would be better to do so."

Time to put the record straight on south London incinerator

Wimbledon Guardian: How the proposed incinerator could look by night

11:47am Tuesday 4th February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I have been appalled at the unfounded criticisms made by people who either do not understand the plan or choose to criticise it for political reasons."

We should stand up for teacher's right to speak out

Wimbledon Guardian: Email your letter to the editor

1:42pm Monday 3rd February 2014

Letter to the Editor: "This is simple case of bullying, as well as a means to intimidate and gag those who challenge their views."

Unwanted car park is like massive dog turd in Wimbledon Park

Wimbledon Guardian: The temporary car park at Wimbledon Park

12:18pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I’d like to give Merton Council a massive littering fine for the massive dump they’ve taken on my park."

Don't shoot the messenger and focus on wasted council money

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Councillor Suzanne Evans, chairman of HCOP

1:20pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "While both the current Labour and previous Tory Councils spent a small fortune hiring expensive financial consultants, we're getting on with doing the job ourselves."

Why so much time, money and effort spent on BSBV St Helier Hospital review?

Wimbledon Guardian: St Helier Hospital

2:53pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "it’s quite clear that any future proposals considered by local GPs must take into account the very strong feelings of Merton residents in favour of retaining all services at St Helier."

I'm a 35-year-old woman who loves stock car racing - you should join me

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:19pm Monday 27th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Anyone living anywhere near a sporting stadium has to expect a certain level of footfall and noise on meeting days, whether it be football, rugby or stock car."

Insulting to say stock car racing is enjoyed by 'Jeremy Clarkson wannabe nerds'

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:27pm Friday 24th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I find your suggestion that my sport is 'pointless' absolutely abhorrent. It belittles the significant amount of time and financial investment put in by each and every driver to make it to the meetings. "

Stock car racing noise hurts my ears from half a mile away

Wimbledon Guardian: Stock Car & Banger Racing

4:11pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "All it takes is a decent gust of wind to carry this noise from Plough Lane to make my neighbourhood sound like it’s about to be landed on by a giant wasp."

Teenage Merton Council candidate is breath of fresh air

Wimbledon Guardian: WIMB GREEN Teenager to stand as candidate in local election

12:49pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I was genuinely delighted to read that Hamna Qureshi, an 18-year old A-level student from Pakistan, has been selected to stand as a candidate in the May council elections in Merton."

St George's too far to replace my care at St Helier Hospital

Wimbledon Guardian: St Helier Hospital

10:49am Tuesday 21st January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Going to St George's would have been virtually impossible as I have problems with travel over 15 minutes."

Poor signs preventing my cat biscuit deliveries

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2:04pm Monday 20th January 2014

"I don't know who allocates addresses to new properties, but clearly it has gone wrong here."

We face misinformation over St Helier Hospital's future

Wimbledon Guardian: St Helier Hospital

12:17pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Most people I meet do not realise that this precious resource is still under threat of closure."

Wimbledon MP is against third runway at Heathrow

Wimbledon Guardian: Will airport study just call for Heathrow extension and throw out estuary plan?

11:12am Tuesday 14th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Merton's Conservatives including Stephen Hammond are against a third runway at Heathrow full stop."

Body cameras for police is welcome

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:30pm Monday 13th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "We should pilot body worn cameras on all officers in areas of London where confidence in the police is lower than it should be."

Wimbledon Common is wet but Rushmere Pond levels have fallen

Wimbledon Guardian: Lighting candles in memory of the victims of Hiroshima at Rushmere Pond on Wimbledon Common. Photo credit to Harriet Bazley

12:18pm Monday 13th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: The Commons Conservators need to wake up to the need for remedial work and pray for more rain to fill it up again!

Why has another Merton school been railroaded into becoming a Harris academy?

Wimbledon Guardian: Garden Primary School in Pollards Hill

2:41pm Thursday 9th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I am sure that Ofsted did not take into account a school needs to have a little time to "embed" new students and new staff before failing it."

Merton Council must heed Ofsted chief's comments over grammar schools

Wimbledon Guardian: Sir Michael Wilshaw

1:06pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

Letter to the Editor: "We need Merton Council to adopt an approach to education focused on the pupils and their needs."








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