More houses? They must be joking!

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

4:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

8,590 MORE houses for Malvern - the planners must be joking.

Isn't this council elitism?

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

2:24pm Friday 24th October 2014

WHY has the car park in Victoria Road been included in the blueprint for the SWDP?

Thanks for helping at jumble sale

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

11:10am Friday 24th October 2014

ACORN'S Children Hospice Jumble Sale, September 6.

How many places to drink do they need in Callow End?

6:24pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REGARDING the villagers of Callow End fighting to keep the Old Bush open (October 17).

Why won't they say they want to build in 'Little Malvern'?

Malvern Gazette: (11835650)

6:20pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLANS have been submitted by Kler Group for outline planning permission to build up to 95 houses in a field in rural Little Malvern and to have vehicular access through the parish boundary into urban Malvern Wells.

Community should reject elitism at the Chase School

5:54pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT is sad to see the Chase School generating more negative publicity, as reported in the Gazette (October 10).

Chief's payoff is too much

5:47pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

QUELLE surprise! Jack Heggarty has the shared chief executive job for Malvern Hills and Wychavon district councils and gets a pay rise while Chris Bocock is getting to retire early.

Thank you the hoteliers and shopkeepers of Ledbury

1:07pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I WOULD like through your column to congratulate the hoteliers and shopkeepers of Ledbury.

Positive leadership is needed in Ledbury, not hopelessness

10:45am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I AM reminded of Private Frazer from Dad's Army with his gloomy refrain, we’re all doomed. At least that was funny.

Here are some ideas for Ledbury's electricity sub-station

3:19pm Monday 13th October 2014

SO nobody likes the look of the khaki tin tardis that has landed in our central conservation area?

A Pets at Home for Ledbury?

2:58pm Monday 13th October 2014

HAVING visited a Pets at Home Store on October 4 I was approached by a sales assistant asking if I would be interested in a loyalty card giving me access to special offers.

Ledbury should focus on creating jobs

2:55pm Monday 13th October 2014

YOUR story on October 10 about the new electricity sub-station sums up the position very well.

Malvern Hills needs a food bank because so many people are struggling

1:31pm Monday 13th October 2014

WHILE Julian Roskams and Harriett Baldwin are to be applauded for their commitment, we need to understand why Malvern needs a food bank.

What have they done to Castlemorton Common?

Malvern Gazette: Castlemorton Common. Picture by John Anyon. 3514684302.

1:23pm Monday 13th October 2014

OVER recent weeks Castlemorton Common site of special scientific interest (SSSI) has been open-cleared, disrupting the soil fauna and flora, creating essentially flat scarified earth, and creating the appearance of a managed parkland (quite a harrowing sight).

The Chase has always been a high achieving, and inclusive, school

5:20pm Friday 10th October 2014

AS a former chair of governors of The Chase (1992-2005), I should like to challenge two fallacious ideas which seem to have come out of that school in the last year.

How community spirited they are!

1:07pm Friday 10th October 2014

HOW community spirited of Malvern Hills district councillors, voting for the latest South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) because they had no option.

It's shocking to see how many houses are being built in Malvern

1:24pm Monday 6th October 2014

IT is shocking to see how many more houses will be built over the next few years. An extra 8,590 new homes in the Malvern Hills area.

Worcester Ukulele Club collection raised £118

1:18pm Monday 6th October 2014

ON October 4, Worcester Ukulele Club performed in Malvern as part of the Autumn Festival. We raised £118.03 in a street collection for our current chosen charity, the Stroke Association.

Let's have no more approvals until existing housing sites have been developed

12:36pm Monday 6th October 2014

IF the Malvern area needs to “squeeze in" 8,590 houses then fine.

Odd situation with two chief executives

12:04pm Monday 6th October 2014

AT a meeting we were told that out of the two candidates, Chris Bocock of Malvern Hills District Council and Jack Heggarty of Wychavon District Council, only one had been interviewed. We were not told which.

Episode two of Carry On Up The Council

12:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

WELL, episode two of Carry On Up The Council was more like the sinking of the Titanic.

Animal Aid's thanks

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

9:57am Monday 6th October 2014

ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Malvern for their generosity in raising £257 at a street collection on September 27. The money will help to fund our peaceful campaigns and our important educational work on all aspects of animal cruelty.

Answer our questions about Sling Lane

1:24pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A RECENT report written for Malvern Hills District Council by the Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy and charting the council’s delivery of its Sling Lane Playing Fields development says: "The project did meet active and vocal community opposition throughout, which was challenging to manage and time consuming to resolve".

If you missed Sweeney Todd you missed a treat!

12:34pm Monday 29th September 2014

ANYONE who missed Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society's latest production of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street missed an absolute treat.

Coffee morning raised almost £250

12:32pm Monday 29th September 2014

A Macmillan coffee and cake morning was held at Aston Drive, Malvern, on Friday, September 26, and a total of £247.37 was raised.

If you missed Sweeney Todd you missed a treat!

12:31pm Monday 29th September 2014

ANYONE who missed Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society's latest production of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street missed an absolute treat.

If you missed Sweeney Todd you missed a treat!

12:29pm Monday 29th September 2014

ANYONE who missed Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society's latest production of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street missed an absolute treat.

Long may Malvern Gazette letters continue to entertain

12:23pm Monday 29th September 2014

I JUST loved your letters page last week (September 26).

South Worcester Development plan is dilemma for Liberal Democrat councillors

10:45am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE notorious and ill-fated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) once again comes before Malvern Hills District Council next Tuesday evening.

Legacy will be overdevelopment and lost independence

4:17pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

ON the evening of September 23 I was present at a meeting of Leigh and Bransford Parish Council.

Critics of Sling Lane project are right

4:08pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE two recent letters referring to the dereliction of Sling Lane Playing Fields are absolutely right (September 5).

We need the right sort of homes in the Teme Valley

3:09pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

As a resident of the Teme Valley, I’m concerned about the lack of serious local debate about the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.

Thanks for finding my bag

3:06pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I WOULD just like to express my thanks (again) to the two lovely ladies who found my bag hanging on a Waitrose trolley on September 10.

I see councillor has stepped down from standards committee

2:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I SEE from the Malvern Hills District Council website that not only has Cllr Melanie Baker stepped down from her position on the standards committee, but her executive colleagues (Cllrs Paul Cumming and Paul Swinburn) have also now stepped down.

It's restored my trust in human nature!

1:56pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I WOULD like to say a very sincere thank-you to a Mrs Wardroper for finding her lost bank card that had been dropped in the street, possibly in Barnard’s Green, and for reporting it so promptly.

Children are being a nuisance

1:53pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THIS concerns section 161 of the Highways Act which says it is an offence for children to kick footballs on the highway as to cause a nuisance to others.

Prove how infrastructure will be provided for 400 new homes

1:50pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

REFERRING to Les Williamson’s letter (Gazette, September 5), Conservative Malvern Hills district councillor Melanie Baker sought to distance herself from the issue he had raised. However, by doing so she cannot draw fire from her party leadership cohorts.

Trust in council will continue to deteriorate

1:34pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

GIVEN the constant stream of letters about the dubious and undemocratic behaviour of the Conservative-controlled Malvern Hills District Council, one has to ask at what point its leadership will arrive at the realisation that it is a public body, and is supposed to administer services and finances on behalf of all the residents of the Malvern Hills District, not only the council's leadership?

Coat of arms is no mystery

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

11:15am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

PROFESSOR Basil Jarvis (Mystery of 200-year-old coat of arms, September 12) is confused.

Such good rugby at Ledbury, but why not more supporters?

10:57am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

OVER the weekend I spent some time at Ledbury Rugby Club watching entertaining competitive matches.

In praise of the beauty of wind turbines

1:57pm Monday 22nd September 2014

I READ with some dismay about another Nimby protest against proposed wind turbines spoiling the natural beauty of the landscape (Gazette, September 19).

Most of us know in our hearts what happens to the animals who come to our tables

1:51pm Monday 22nd September 2014

JON Burgess (letters September 19) has a strange attachment to war-like terms.

Why did TV ignore hill climb at the Wyche?

1:43pm Monday 22nd September 2014

CAN anyone tell us – perhaps the economic development manager at Malvern Hills District Council – why, after all the newspaper promotion, highway closure hassle and expense of policing the Tour of Britain cycle race section through Malvern, including the first major climb of the day at the the Wyche, was completely ignored by ITV4 and the BBC regional news?

I don't care how they dress; it's what they say that counts

1:39pm Monday 22nd September 2014

THANK you to those councillors who made a gargantuan effort to induce the leadership of Malvern Hills District Council to act openly and democratically at the full council meeting on the night of September 2.

If he'd read website he'd know that I resigned

1:29pm Monday 22nd September 2014

I REFER to Les Williamson's letter (Gazette, September 5).

Getting familiar with the constitution

1:04pm Monday 22nd September 2014

DURING a recent complaint into alleged breaches of Malvern Hills District Council’s constitution by senior district councillors, the independent investigator (Stephen Hind) found that there are few if any elected members who know much of the detail of their constitution.

Anti-Tory protest split the vote

1:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

WHERE in the world would you find so-called ‘local’ government ruled by autocracy, tyranny, dictatorship and totalitarianism?

Our view to the hills is at risk

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

11:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

Mr and Mrs Cale were absolutely right, in their letter of last week, to sound the alarm in connection with the lamentable proposal from Ker Homes to build 95 houses on a field to the south of Upper Welland Road. Such a scheme would entail a permanent loss of amenity in terms of the open countryside, and, as their letter states, the infrastructure is not in place to support such a crass, large-scale development within the designated AONB. The views to and from the hills would be permanent lost, not least for the large number of annual visitors to St Wulstan's Church and the Elgar burial site - indeed, Sir Edward must be turning in his grave! It is equally clear that the relative small community of Upper Welland would tend to be swamped by the building of such an extensive estate on its doorstep.

Let us know what's happening in London

Malvern Gazette: (10156169)

9:51am Saturday 20th September 2014

THANKS for your advert in the Gazette about the Tall Ships Festival. I spent a great weekend in London with my daughter Ayesha.

At least we don't have giant ditches!

11:39am Friday 19th September 2014

THE whingers who complain about a few missing cobbles in Church Lane had better not visit the beautiful city of Freiburg in the Black Forest, Germany, where open medieval ditches measuring a couple of feet wide run alongside the cobbled pavements in the cobbled main streets necessitating pedestrians to actually watch where they are walking, and doing a wonderful job of preventing parking on the pavement.






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