Wimbledon Guardian: Letters

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Labour has failed residents over social housing

Wimbledon Guardian:

3:20pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The problem is not with the contract but with Merton’s Labour administration which time and again seems unwilling to stand up for residents and use the powers available to them. "

Despair at council’s traffic policies

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I despair at this council's attitude to anything to do with traffic in the area."

To be called an OAP is an honour earned

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

1:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: " I assure your young readers the sobriquet OAP is a badge of honour, equal to all your OBEs or MBEs."

Proposed surgery move is totally unacceptable

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:40pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I only just heard about this proposed move this morning (GP surgery may shut in favour of housing, September 11) which is past the deadline for giving comments to the council."

Newspaper plays important role in protecting services

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:24am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: Becky Middleton and Louisa Clarence-Smith have proved themselves to be very good friends to our communities in Wimbledon and Merton.

Dead white squirrel should be symbol for traffic calming campaign

Wimbledon Guardian: Rare albino squirrel caught scrapping with grey counterpart

10:09am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I was very sad to learn that one of the two white squirrels of Dundonald Park has been killed by a car."

Is this the most repeated roadworks ever?

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:22am Friday 12th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Not sure whether to laugh or cry: yes that very special hole outside Starbucks has been dug up again!"

Housing repair concerns prompt call for independent audit

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "It is clear that Merton's previous Tory administration handed over all our estates to CHMP without putting sufficient safeguards in place to ensure a quality repairs service."

Beer festival not good value for money

Wimbledon Guardian:

7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Last year's all inclusive ticket at least provided a chance to sample a variety of beers and food whereas the entry fee this year gave you nothing."

Why did council remove cameras on lamp-posts?

Wimbledon Guardian: Speed camera van, speed camera sign

9:07am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Was the expenditure a complete waste of money?"

Happy to be called an OAP (but not to be one)

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

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I am old because I am 85. I am not a senior citizen because I cannot define the term."

Box junction removal is maddening and dangerous

Wimbledon Guardian:

10:44am Friday 5th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Whoever in Merton traffic and highways department thought that the removal of the yellow box system at the junction of Wimbledon Hill Road and Alexandra Road was in any way a good idea has clearly never tried to negotiate this drivers’ nightmare at busy times of day."

Expanding Heathrow would further blight our lives

Wimbledon Guardian:

4:24pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I totally disagree with the dismissal of Boris's brilliant visionary plans for a Thames Estuary airport."

So touched by kindness of strangers after fall

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

10:54am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Letter to the Editor: "On Saturday lunchtime I had a dramatic fall whilst crossing Wimbledon Broadway, outside the station near the bus stop."

WW1 events not publicised enough

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:14pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "As a better example of a comprehensive all embracing event I suggest that an event organised by the Rotary Club a couple of weeks earlier would have provided a template for whoever organised the WW1 one."

Fly-tipping does pay

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

3:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Having replaced several fencing panels in my garden I phoned the bulky waste help line to have them removed. I was told 'sorry we do not take fencing panels'."

Assembly member's letter is 'wildly inaccurate'

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

11:59am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "If you break up violent and street crimes into infinite sub-classifications the figures appear smaller."

Positive thinking doesn’t remove real concerns about crime in Mitcham

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:50am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I found the reporting of the meeting in the Wimbledon Guardian, on August 7, to be accurate, fair and totally unbiased."

Box junction fine is “totally inappropriate”

Wimbledon Guardian: Colney Heath Lane re-opens after flooding closure

11:42am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I sympathise with the reader who got trapped in the yellow box junction."

Crime, and fear of crime, is falling sharply in Merton

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Some people may have an interest in spreading doubts and worry but the facts remain that, in Merton and in London as a whole, police officer numbers are up, crime is going down, and confidence amongst residents has risen."

MP dodges the issue over secret letter

Wimbledon Guardian: Transport Minister Stephen Hammond

8:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Stephen Hammond’s response to my request to see his letter to Councillor Judge on the subject of parking in Wimbledon Village neatly illustrates the way that politicians avoid answering questions."

Labour-run council must act on empty properties

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

6:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "There is widespread consensus, between and beyond political parties, that more housing is needed to meet insatiable demand."

High praise for Springfield Hospital

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

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I recently spent a short spell in Springfield Hospital."

Have your say on Tramlink extension plan

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Merton’s Conservative elected representatives welcome the launch of a consultation on extending Tramlink so that it connects Wimbledon directly to Sutton via Morden."

Costly and undemocratic free schools undermine Merton’s “family of schools”

Wimbledon Guardian: Education matters in Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest

12:45pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I am writing to your letters page on behalf of Merton Division NUT to express our opposition to the widely publicised plan to further privatise Merton's education system."

Positive people are the key to improving Mitcham town centre

Wimbledon Guardian:

11:35am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Following the public meeting on 2nd August about levels of policing and community perception at St. Marks Church, Mitcham, I am writing to remind us all Mitcham’s best resource for positive change, its people and the best way to change challenges that Mitcham town centre faces is always with a positive attitude."

Letter to the Editor: Inertia by health bosses is utterly incomprehensible

Wimbledon Guardian: Epsom Hospital

3:22pm Monday 11th August 2014

I read with dismay Richard Baker’s letter (and John Geleit before him) pointing to the current inertia of our Surrey and Sussex Area NHS Team who are apparently sitting on funds stopping thriving surgeries to move to newer, larger premises in line with government directives.

Letter to the Editor: Garden centre closure is dreadful news

Wimbledon Guardian:

3:10pm Monday 11th August 2014

To learn that Morden Hall Garden Centre is to close, is dreadful news. This garden centre has for many years been a wonderful asset both to Morden Hall Park and to Merton as well.

Letter to the Editor: Drivers fined in box junctions have only themselves to blame

Wimbledon Guardian: Mr Hillier claims the junction is unclear and simply a trap by the Council

2:55pm Monday 11th August 2014

The letter from M Smith (Ticket woe, August 7) complains about a fine for stopping in a yellow box junction.

School expansion will create more usable land for park users

Wimbledon Guardian: Peter Walker was sacked by Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis

10:12am Friday 8th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The buildings, after expansion on Dundonald Rec, will occupy exactly the same space as at present, as the school will use the footprint of the dilapidated pavilion to build on"

Address safety fears before investing millions in town centre

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:53am Friday 8th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Until Merton Council can generate a feeling of safety from residents, the £6.2 million regeneration of Mitcham town centre should be put on hold."

Together we can tackle anti-social behaviour in Mitcham

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

9:00am Friday 8th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "As representatives of high street betting shops, we were pleased to be invited to attend the community meeting in Mitcham last weekend..."

Plaster cast farce is health and safety gone mad

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Three weeks ago my nine year old granddaughter fell and broke her arm which resulted in her having it plastered."

Overgrown graveyard is a disgrace

Wimbledon Guardian:

8:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The graveyard in Church Road, Mitcham, is a disgrace as there are people's great aunts and uncles buried there, and the same can be said for the Miles Road park which is overgrown."

Sneaky traffic camera is unfair and money-grabbing

Wimbledon Guardian: New traffic lights will be part of the scheme

1:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Regarding the new camera sneakily installed by this council at the end of Arnfield Crescent and London Road, I too was sent a penalty charge notice for £130."

Summer pool closure makes no sense

Wimbledon Guardian:

8:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Went to use the pool at Wimbledon leisure centre Friday evening, only to be confronted with a sign informing me that both the main pool and training pool, have and will be closed from 30th June to 1st September - so all of the school summer holidays."

New road on Wimbledon Common is a big mistake

Wimbledon Guardian:

12:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Friends of Putney Common (FofPC) regret the decision made by the Appeal Court. Lord Justice Patten and his colleagues relied on Clause 39 of the 1871 Act which governs the actions of the conservators."

Park equipment needs updating

Wimbledon Guardian: Childrens playground (7418381)

9:44am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Is it please possible that the children's play area at the Sherwood recreation ground is revamped?"

Residents’ views need to be heard on estates redevelopment

Wimbledon Guardian:

1:20pm Friday 1st August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The huge scale of the regeneration plans for three of our local housing estates makes it more important than ever that residents' views are heard and their interests properly protected..."

Anger over AFC Wimbledon bias

Wimbledon Guardian: AFC Wimbledon v Morecambe - League Two - Kingsmeadow - Saturday, April 26, 2014

7:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Letter to the Editor: "It has become increasingly clear to many residents of Wimbledon Park, over the last two years, that certain cabinet members of the London Borough of Merton, in particular Cllr Andrew Judge, have a strong bias towards the idea of AFC Wimbledon establishing themselves at Plough Lane. "

Politicians should resign over police cuts

Wimbledon Guardian: Transport Minister Stephen Hammond

5:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "With regard to the fact that crime is now completely out of control in Merton, and our business community is facing millions of pounds in resultant lost investment, I am writing to demand that the invisible Tory MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, along with the Tory Assembly Member for Merton, Richard Tracey, resign with immediate effect."

Cycle death is tragic reminder of dangers of cycling

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "When I stared cycling in London seven years ago it was slower and safe. We obeyed the rules of the road. We and motorists were mutually careful. Simple!"

Free school concern

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

4:02pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I am writing to express my dismay and astonishment at your story in last week’s paper, which reported that within weeks of Labour winning control of Merton Council it has asked Lord Harris, a Tory Peer, who has given more than £3 million to the Conservative Party, to set up a free school."

Jogger says thanks to key couple

Wimbledon Guardian: Croydon Council set to introduce illegal subletting amnesty

1:57pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Whilst jogging around Figge’s Marsh on Monday evening, I lost my door key. After two laps of unsuccessful searching I met a lovely couple who enquired as to my loss..."

Council’s approach to danger road makes no sense

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

1:40pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Lack of funding appears to be the reason why Kingston Road, after recent tragic accidents, remains a problem in desperate need of a solution, to protect both pedestrians & cyclists."

Tories pledge to hold housing association to account

Wimbledon Guardian:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "The huge scale of the regeneration plans for three of our local housing estates makes it more important than ever that residents' views are heard and their interests properly protected"

Overgrown graveyard unsafe to enter

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

8:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Yes graves are disappearing, among them my great grandparents and a cousin."

Merton postal service are lions led by donkeys

Wimbledon Guardian: A Royal Mail post box

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Last Monday my niece sent me a card and cheque. I looked out for it all week but it never arrived."

Housing association repairs are a bad joke

Wimbledon Guardian: Image for Fixed Connection

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "I've lived in this house for 48 years. When I first moved in the property was owned by the Salvation Army, second was the GLC, then Merton College, then Merton Priory Homes took over and things started to go downhill."

Thanks for giving money to help prevent animal cruelty

Wimbledon Guardian: COLLECTING: Ten charities have permission.

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Letter to the Editor: "Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Wimbledon for their generosity in raising £315.53 at a street collection on 28th June, 2014."






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