Why it would be best to bypass our own planners

11:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE planning row in Malvern Hills rages on. After the turning down of the appeal by the inspector of the proposed development at Hop Pole Green, Leigh Sinton, significantly on the grounds of unsustainability, we have realised several things.

Step in the right direction for Ledbury library

3:16pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Ledbury Library Development Group were very pleased to see that our library will have increased opening hours when it moves to the Master's House in February.

Critics miss the point about threat to Hayslan fields

2:53pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FIRST it was Peter Atkins telling us the public shouldn’t be allowed on Hayslan Field (Letters, July 4).

High price of treats at the theatre

2:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT'S nice to know that at least one Malvern business is doing its bit to cut alcohol consumption and sugar-based products for customers in line with government health advice.

What's been done to ensure safety of Priory Park users?

2:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THREE of us from Cartwright Court were walking in Priory Park on our way to see Macbeth at the theatre a fortnight ago when a man came cycling far too fast over the wooden bridge and made a turn taking him round onto the path on our right.

More houses mean more council tax

1:57pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I PURCHASE the Ledbury Reporter every Friday and notice the large number of properties for sale or to let from low to high prices in the Ledbury area.

This is why we're fussing over Haysland fields

1:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

GREG Ashteron, an American in Malvern, asks how come people are fussing over Hayslan Fields.

MP's surly reaction to child sex scandal whistleblower

11:34am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT is little wonder that members of the public are reluctant to report cases of wrongdoing when they are then criticised for their actions.

I'm overwhelmed by generous offers to help the Scouts

12:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

INDEED, the Scouts were dismayed at the theft of the tow hitch from our trailer.

Please stay safe, and stay out of quarries

12:17pm Monday 21st July 2014

LAST year during a two-month period of unusually warm weather six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Why can't statue be left uncovered so we can touch it?

12:09pm Monday 21st July 2014

WE understand the lovely bronze statue currently located in the Bistro at Malvern Theatres is to be moved to a more prominent position, which is to be commended.

Quality of speeches at planning meeting was excellent

11:29am Monday 21st July 2014

I WAS a member of the main planning committee of Malvern Hills District Council that was reconvened last Thursday after tragedy at the previous meeting.

District council should listen to public opinion on food bank

11:13am Monday 21st July 2014

THE Gazette should be congratulated on doing what the Tory leadership of Malvern Hills District Council seem reluctant to do – canvassing the opinion of local people with its food bank online poll.

Hayslan fields IS private land, but public have a right to walk on it

12:31pm Sunday 20th July 2014

VERY recent letters to the Gazette have correctly stated or implied that Hayslan fields is private land.

Malvern Hills council seems intent on ruining our beautiful town

11:59am Thursday 17th July 2014

WITH farcical campaigns (cable car, anyone?) wasting the taxpayers' money, in-house fighting, sky-high business rates, undeserved pay-rises, bad planning decisions and public satisfaction at an all-time low, Malvern Hills District Council seems intent on ruining our beautiful town within a generation.

Council voting is anti-democratic

12:54pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

AT the last meeting of Malvern Hills District Council, Councillor John Raine, who holds the chair in local government studies at the University of Birmingham and who might be rightly regarded as someone who knows what he is talking about, pointed out that the council's Conservative group, which holds about 54 per cent of the seats, had made sure that its members occupied the position of chairman in 100 per cent of the council's committees.

Owners of Hayslan field should be allowed to sell it if they wish

12:31pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

I DID enjoy the tongue-in-cheek letter from Mr Atkins last week July 4).

Cost of green waste disposal in Malvern is too high

12:29pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE fortunate resident with a car and trailer no longer than 1.3 metres can visit the dump frequently for free.

Thanks for helping the Malvern Carnival

3:03pm Monday 14th July 2014

THANK you very much to everyone who took part in the Malvern Carnival parade, to the traders of Barnards Green and Great Malvern, to the stewards from Colwall Rotary Club, Malvern Rotary Club and Malvern Lions, the police, Malvern Hills District Council, Malvern Town Council and our sponsors, and finally to everyone who turned out to support the carnival both in Great Malvern and Barnards Green.

Malvern Wells residents have their say

1:45pm Monday 14th July 2014

BEING independent of the restraints of any party whip allows me to align myself exclusively to the views and fears of local residents.

So just what's improved at Sling Lane playing fields?

12:41pm Monday 14th July 2014

FURTHER to the recent advertisement in the paper by the council regarding the leasing of the Sling Lane Playing fields to a local football club, and how the improvements will benefit all.

We ask the council, again, to designate The Grange a community asset

11:43am Monday 14th July 2014

I write in support of Cllr Sheila Young's letter concerning the sale of The Grange.

We have already earmarked land for housing, why allow builders any more?

11:27am Monday 14th July 2014

DEVELOPMENT plans already submitted provide sufficient land for the next 5-10 years. Many of the “call for land” sites (which are only for top up for the 2030 totals) are on urban green open spaces.

Calling it 'urban green space' is no protection

3:02pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

IN respect of the fight to save Hayslan Field, don't rely on it being an urban green space.

Thanks for not walking on by as I lay peering into a hole

2:57pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

HAVING been mildly enraged by a bill from Severn Trent, I found myself lying face down on the Guarlford Road common, peering into the dark recesses of the hole in which my water meter is located and struggling to make out the numbers on the dial.

Decision made on a night of choking smoke

2:53pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE shared executive Malvern Hills District Council debate of June 24 was a night of choking smoke – the Tory leadership feebly trying to reassure their wide-eyed like-cattle members that smoke was good for them.

We would reverse decision on shared boss

2:47pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

LAST week Malvern Hills District Council considered whether it should share its chief executive with Wychavon, and showed itself to be deeply divided on the issue.

Does our MP, Harriett Baldwin, understand current state of housing plan?

2:44pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

I WAS shocked to learn of Harriett Baldwin MP’s understanding about the current state of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (she says she wishes the inspectorate would hurry and finish reviewing the plan).

The worst leadership team Malvern Hills District Council has had?

2:33pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

ARE David Hughes and Paul Swinburn quite possibly the worst leadership team Malvern Hills District Council has ever seen?

Wall needs a proper survey

2:24pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

MALVERN Town Council appears to have been badly advised regarding the probability of both walls at Rose Bank Gardens totally collapsing in the same time period (Malvern Gazette, June 20).

Malvern's Conservatives voted mutely and weakly for joint boss with Wychavon

2:20pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A MESS of pottage is something immediately attractive, but of little value taken foolishly and carelessly in exchange for something more distant.

Someone has the wrong end of the stick on shared boss plan

12:38pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

I WAS delighted that the Gazette quoted Councillor David Hughes ("Agreed, councils will share a boss", June 27) in saying, there was "no proposal on the table to get rid of any senior management".

I rather like this green lung idea... does it mean I can walk my dog in your garden?

12:32pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

CONCERNING 'Hayslan Field' (is that its real name?), I rather like the idea of a 'green lung' winding its way through Malvern.

Incinerator pledge is ill-informed and misguided

11:08am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Letter to the editor (Ledbury Reporter) -

We need more housing in Bosbury, but not of this scale

12:16pm Monday 7th July 2014

THERE was a well-attended and lively open meeting at Bosbury village hall last week called by the parish council.

A letter in celebration of the kindness of strangers

12:04pm Monday 7th July 2014

HOW lovely to be able to write this letter of thanks in celebration of kindness.

Upton Food and Beer Festival was such a fine event

11:20am Monday 7th July 2014

ON Sunday I attended the very fine Upton Food and Beer Festival, but where was everyone else?

Why should be trust Ledbury Places?

6:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

I WRITE with the hope that all the recent 'news' concerning grass cutting and Love Ledbury has not diminished people's awareness of the continued roller-coaster that is Ledbury Places.

I'm so pleased at interest in Henry Ward VC

12:18pm Monday 30th June 2014

MAY I say how pleased I was to read of the renewed interest in Henry Ward VC and his grave in Great Malvern Cemetery (Malvern Gazette, June 13).

Silly time to clear bracken on Malvern Hills

11:50am Monday 30th June 2014

WALKING the hills this week, I noticed signs asking walkers to take care with dogs and keep them on the path. The reason? Ground-nesting birds. Very laudable.

Council should be backing local attempts to buy the Grange, Malvern

11:45am Monday 30th June 2014

Why didn’t Malvern Hills District Council tell its executive committee that the Civic Society had expressed an interest in purchasing the Grange as a building of community interest when they voted to sell?

Malvern Hills District Council faces a future of uncertainty

10:42am Thursday 26th June 2014

SO what did we learn about Wednesday's (June 25) Malvern Hills District Council debate on the proposal to share a chief executive with Wychavon District Council?

Sharing bosses leaves me open-mouthed in astonishment

4:49pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

READING all the publicity surrounding the proposal to share a chief executive with Wychavon has left me open-mouthed in amazement.

Parents should keep children under control

7:37pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

I WOULD like to express concern that section 161 of the Highways Act is not being implemented within Malvern.

Are we selling off the family silver in Malvern Hills?

4:14pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

IT was Harold Macmillan, that great Tory prime minister, who spoke wistfully about “selling the family silver”.

Make these decisions and let Malvern Wells people get on with their lives

4:07pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

MALVERN Wells has two major developments waiting for determination.

Please cut your overhanging hedges

4:01pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE island of Jersey has a law that says residents must cut back overhanging trees, shrubs and hedges by the beginning of July each year.

Nice building, but is that a bath tub in the front window?

Malvern Gazette: England's (left-right) Fraser Forster, Jack Wilshire, Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge during a visit to the Complexo Esportivo da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 9, 2014. See PA stor

11:36am Tuesday 24th June 2014

I agree with Ursula Worth on the architectural excellence of Number 48, Worcester Road, Malvern. It's a harmonious addition to the row of period buildings, but is that a bath tub in the front window?

Jill Campbell is just latest to quit Conservative group

11:32am Tuesday 24th June 2014

YOU were right to publish your story of councillor Jill Campbell's

Courageous resignation of councillor

11:09am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE courageous and principled resignation of Councillor Jill Campbell from Malvern Hills District Council's ruling Tory group was a joy to behold, and so unexpected.






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