Spalding Guardian letters
So many quietly soldiering on against litter
The Spotless Spalding Social Group has seen many areas cleaned and restored to a former glory but lately I’m starting to realise that the group’s popularity is helping to connect the many good people of Spalding who quietly solider on in their areas.
On our Facebook page we have been taking people’s own work and trying to showcase it as best we can. We’re really starting to see the scale of the volunteer effort going into making Spalding spotless.
Our regular meet ups have been attracting more and more attention but I want to make sure credit goes to the lone volunteers keeping their streets clean across the town.
Ian Haynes has personally been cleaning Park Road, Pennygate, Railway Close, Carrington Road and West Parade. Piet Boekestijn has overseen the clean-up of Vernatts nature reserve, and helped recruit new volunteers to the cause.
Rodney Marks has been working on West Elloe and Ladywood Road, Gunita Sele has been cleaning Mayblossom Walk, Jane Goodger in West Pinchbeck, John Cooper on Pinchbeck Road, Cath Calbert and her husband on the Coronation Channel between Fulney Bridge and Pecks Drove Bridge.
County Care Independent Living has also been out helping clean up areas across the town as part of their community skills project. This is just to name a few.
I hope many more residents can send us their photos and comments for us to recognise and inform the rest of the town. If you’re not on Facebook then email me on email@example.com
The next group litter pick is set for Sunday, February 10 Feb from St Thomas’ Road in Spalding at 11am. We’ll be meeting at the entrance to Aldi car park and making our way down the road. If anyone would like to get involved and join this huge effort across the town then it’s a good time to start. We would love to see even more new faces.
Coun Jack McLean
Spalding St John’s Ward
Another mockery of our legal system?
Andi Kilgallon breached a restraining order and was sentenced to two weeks in prison to run consecutively with an original suspended sentence of 18 weeks (Court Register. However, he is to serve just 12 weeks. I admit to only having O-level maths, but doesn’t 2 plus 18 equal 20?
Is this yet another mockery of our penal system plus very clear indication that this magistrate has little respect for the colleague that imposed the original 18 week suspended sentence?
Again, I ask that magistrate names be published. If for no other reason, it would highlight those that are better suited to a career that doesn’t command reasonable proficiency in all of the three 'Rs'.
NHS crisis has not appeared overnight
With all the focus on Brexit let's not forgive this Tory government for the crisis in our NHS as the staffing shortfall of 100,000 could reach a quarter of a million by the end of the next decade. This is shocking.
I note the latest joint briefing by the King's Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust think tanks warned that shortages of staff risk longer waiting lists, declining care quality and new NHS money going unspent.
The report - 'The healthcare workforce in England: make or break' - draws on a new forecast of the staffing gaps emerging in the 1.2million strong workforce. It predicts an increase in NHS staff shortages from over 100,000 currently to almost 250,000 by 2030. This could mean that over one in six health service posts are short of an appropriate staff member by the end of the next decade.
The three organisations warn that these shortages could be over 300,000 if the NHS continues to lose staff and cannot attract the right skills from abroad.
Our NHS workers are under a lot of pressure as workloads increase and with the continuation of low pay and rising demand caused by cuts to social care these valued workers are being driven out of the service. If the number of vacancies are allowed to double, then patients could be at risk.
The briefing comes as NHS leaders are poised to publish their plan of how the health service can adapt to the next 10 years in response to the £20.5billion funding boost confirmed by the chancellor in the Autunm budget.
Even before the increase in funding, the NHS could not recruit the staff it needed because of incoherent approach to workforce policy at national level. Poor workforce planning , restrictive immigration polices and inadequate funding for training places.
This briefing should remind us all of the damage inflicted on the NHS by the repeated failure to plan, fund and support the health and care workforce over the years as this crisis has not just appeared overnight.
Researching the Turners of Tongue End and Deeping St Nicholas
I am researching the history of the Turner family who lived in Tongue End and Deeping St Nicholas in the late 19th and early 20th century. I am very interested in finding any descendants or people with knowledge of the area who might have information or relevant photographs.
We have already found local museums and other sources very helpful.
16 West Street, Rowhedge
Essex, CO5 7HW, UK
Let's get on with the Brexit we voted for
Do not be afraid of March 29 – the date we are due to the leave the EU.
It is a date which offers wonderful opportunities for the UK, when we can be free to embrace trade across the world.
No longer will we be dragged back by EU institutions. Of course, there will be ups and downs but we can control our own destiny and open up to worldwide trade.
Remember, there are 164 countries trading under World Trade Organisation rules and from day one we can be liberated and trade freely.
Let us have pride in our country and wonderful entrepreneurs and business people we have by investing in our country and in its people.
The EU model is failing – just look at Germany which is now skirting with recession.
Brexit offers us a fantastic opportunity – so let's get on with what the British people voted for and embrace it.
MEP for the East Midlands
Parliament needs to do what we told them
We don’t need another Neverendum; the proof of the Brexit pudding is in the eating
The current Brexit impasse and clamour for another referendum have prompted the launch of liberalbrexiteers.com which revisits the case for Brexit from a liberal point of view and endeavours to reassure those in Spalding who voted for Brexit over two years ago that we took the right decision to leave the EU, an outdated idea whose time has gone.
Our future international relations must be less focused on the seven per cent of the world’s population who live in the EU and more with the 93 per cent who do not.
Calls for another Brexit ballot are wrong-headed. The last referendum cost £137million, lasted four months and was highly divisive. A second referendum and/or a third general election in the space of four years will achieve nothing other than accentuate these divisions.
Moreover, another referendum subverts the democratic rule that we vote in the light of our experience, on the understanding that we may vote differently in a following ballot if things do not work out.
We have to experience Brexit first before we can make a judgement. We can always decide to renew our membership of the EU in the future if our experience of Brexit indicates that our leaving was a mistake but the proof of the Brexit pudding is in the eating, not in endless speculation about how palatable it will be.
So we don’t need another ballot; we just need Parliament to do what we told them to do after they decided to ask us what we wanted. LibDem, Labour and Conservative politicians started this hare running in 2015 when they united to vote for a referendum. They must unite now to deliver Brexit.