Spalding Guardian letters
Town is scruffy and smelly
After reading your article about the river and cleaning it up, I had a walk into town and what a sorry sight it's becoming. There seems to be no pride with some of the shops and businesses.
Dirty paintwork, some rotting, glass not clean, rubbish everywhere. There was even ferns growing by down pipes in the Hole in the Wall alleyway. As soon as it rains, blocked gutters and drains overflow. There is still wood around the pillar by the White Hart building and where you cross over by Boots two poles that were broken are still not repaired.
After all that work re-surfacing Winsover Road and Bourne Road the water from rain has gathered along the kerb because the drains are blocked. Some of the surface is already breaking along the edges. We also need larger litter bins everywhere because when they are actually used they overflow.
Why is there a smell of drains at this time of year? Usually heat causes it, but by Halfords, Market Place and other places it's still strong.
It is so disheartening as I have lived in the area for over 25 years.
Now a pleasure to visit cemetery
Through your paper I would like to say a big thank you to whoever has tided up, cut the grass and stood memorial stones up in Long Sutton Baptist Cemetery. Three or four years ago it was a disgrace to Long Sutton and to those folk who went to put flowers on their relative's graves. But now it is a pleasure to go there, it has changed so much and looks lovely, as if people care.
Well done to whoever you are. A nice seat would just set it off so loved ones can just sit for a few moments with their loved ones.
Mrs F Taylor
Church was packed for memorable occasion
On Sunday, November 4, at St James' Church, Moulton Chapel, we had a Service of Remembrance led by the Rev Gareth Atha, followed by a concert organised by Jeff Woods (Pavanotti).
Silhouettes awarded by the Veterans' Charity 'There But Not There' were at the entrance and in the church pews. Also taking part were Helen Verney and pupils from Moulton Chapel Primary School Years Five and Six. This was then followed by afternoon tea in the community hall.
This was such a memorable occasion; the church was full with many forces personnel and their families as well as local people and we would like to publicly thank Jeff and everyone who took part.
Secretary, St James' PCC
We need fireworks regulation
Sorry to go on about fireworks but it is about time that either private sales were stopped or strict times were imposed on setting them off.
Friday night was the eighth consecutive night of fireworks in Holbeach. It is unacceptable stress for domestic pets.
Death penalty will stop criminal re-offending
The death penalty is not a deterrent, but, it will stop that criminal doing it again after his or her release. I believe the death penalty should be an option for certain crimes. Not a requirement, just an option that a jury can suggest.
The best deterrent against crime is the likelihood of getting caught. At present, not as likely as law abiding citizens would hope.
Where is this end to austerity?
It's that time of year again with the run up to Christmas and the dust is settling from Chancellor Philip Hammond and his third Budget. According to 'Feel Good Phil' we can all look forward to Christmas as the era of austerity is finally coming to an end.
On taxation, the chancellor may well have pulled a rabbit out of the hat by bringing forward rises in the tax thresholds by a year. From next April , the personal Allowance will increase to £12,000, while the higher rate threshold, when tax becomes payable at 40 per cent, increases to £50,000. So pull the other one Phil, as for someone on £12,500 the increase is worth £130, but for those on £50,000 salaries it is worth £860 a year, although this is reduced to £520 once the national insurance rise slipped in very quietly by the Treasury is taken into account.
The Chancellor has taken his cue from forecasts produced by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Hammond has said that the GDP would perform better next year than his forecast in his March Spring Statement, growing by 1.6 per cent. Growth is then expected to be 1.4 per cent in 2020 and 2021, 1.5 per cent in 2022, and 1.6 per cent in 2023. Hammond has glossed over the fact that the economy this year would not perform as well as previously thought and that GDP would only grow by 1.3 per cent, not the 1.6 per cent he expected in his Spring Statement.
On welfare, the chancellor, still ignoring critics, said that Universal Credit was here to stay. On public spending, the increase in spending on the NHS has been on the cards for some time now and it feels more like a standstill budget for our NHS, and some government departments will get less. It's clear that more resources are urgently needed.
A TUC report, which featured new analysis by the NHS Support Federation, showed that in the last five years the number of patients accessing mental health services in England had risen by a third, or 540,000 people. However, over the same period the number of nurses, doctors and beds in the country had fallen.
So where is the end to austerity? The Budget does not undo the austerity that has devastated public services, and it lacks the investment needed to speed up wage growth after the longest pay squeeze in 200 years. This has to be key to the fall in capacity as we see nurses leaving the service for better pay. There has to be a better way?