Letters to the editor - July 1

PUBLISHED: 09:13 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:13 01 July 2015




The following letters were published on July 1:

A troublesome junction

I am writing to endorse the view expressed by Gordon Comley in supporting the proposal of Neil Matthews for a mini-roundabout at the Cabstand in Portishead as the solution to the traffic problems at the troublesome junction.

As long as there is a clear understanding of priorities, as provided by a roundabout, the junction should work perfectly satisfactorily, it almost works now when drivers behave with consideration.

The idea that mini-roundabouts only work when there are equal traffic flows on each leg has already been debunked by a previous correspondent.

The notion that the traffic signals should be reinstated fills me with dread, it was a failure before, the junction was at virtual gridlock at peak times, and now with increased traffic flows it can only be worse, if such a thing is possible – gridlock all day long.

I would also like to see the forest of signal poles from the failed signal experiment removed at the earliest possible opportunity, they are an absolute eyesore and serve no useful purpose.


Woodhill Road, Portishead

Out of school club

With regard to the recent Ofsted report for St Nicholas Chantry Out Of School Club in Clevedon; the recommendation of ‘requires improvement’ is misleading.

Although the inspectors did find some issues with behaviour management (which as parents will know, is already being addressed), the main reason for the grading was the fact that Ofsted was not aware of changes to the club’s committee which have occurred since the last inspection.

Whilst I appreciate this is important information, I would like to reiterate to all parents who may use the club that the bulk of the report was extremely positive.

I would encourage all users of the club to seek out and read the full Ofsted report, and not be swayed by highlighted issues.


Victoria Road, Clevedon

Wind turbine

Re: Proposed wind turbine Portishead police headquarters.

I write with increasing dismay at the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ proposal for its 45m wind turbine, and its likely planning application submission by the end of June.

While we fully understand the need for the police headquarters to reduce its carbon footprint, and reduce its energy costs, seemingly little thought has gone into considering the local residents, most especially those living on the back of Merlin Park and other very local areas.

I write this from my homes perspective from the back of Merlin Park, but feel confident that other local residents will feel much the same from other similarly close neighbourhoods, ie Valley Road, Nightingale Rise and Branscombe Walk.

If you access the Avon and Somerset Police HQ own link:


you will notice the artist’s impression has made every effort to mute the impact on the view and one may consider this almost looks acceptable.

In reality for us residents living on the back of Merlin Park, this eyesore is much closer than the artist’s impression view is, and is in fact at least 350m away, and would then appear to be about one third larger.

We will have to live with this massive and hideous nightmare, each and every time we look out of the window, or leave the house. We will have to endure the endless swishing of the blades continually each and every day as the prevailing wind tends to generally be south westerly/westerly, which will carry the sound right up the hill to the back of Merlin Park.

There is no getting away from this.

Sue Mountstevens on the other hand, does not live at the back of Merlin Park like my neighbours and I do. She will not have to put up with this abomination each and every day like we will have to.

She has obviously adopted the NIMBY approach, whereas we could use the acronym RIMF (right in my face). Could someone please talk some sense to this woman?

What’s wrong with solar panels? There is a huge field of solar panels put up at Moorhouse Farm Hallen just off the M5.

See link: lcgshareoffer.org/our-community-generation-projects/moorhouse-solar-array

So if it’s good enough for those owners, then surely something similar, admittedly on a smaller scale, could be considered instead of this dreadful turbine.

They would be discrete and out of view, suitable, and just as effective as the this field slopes towards the south, south west, the direction favoured by solar panel installers, and won’t evoke the growing sentiment of anger and annoyance currently brewing. Finally, naturally, security should be absolutely no problem as the police headquarters is literally a stone’s throw away and one would think, full of police officers.



Merlin Park, Portishead

Cleaning up

So the dog owners of Clevedon are complaining that they are to be held to account for their dogs.

Geoffrey Moore feels that he should deserve praise for ‘cleaning up’ after his dog has fouled a public park.

Well, Mr Moore you do not ‘clean up’.

The fact that your dog has fouled the public space, no matter how much you ‘pick’ up, the ground is contaminated. What about your dog’s urine.

Do you clean that up? No.

How about all the dogs that subsequently visit the offending area and cover your dogs scent with their own urine or scent marking? No.

Children and the young use this leisure facility.

They should not be subjected to this filth.

If Mr Moore wants to earn the credit he thinks he should be accorded why does he not take his dog to a more secluded area not generally frequented by the public? Or better still why not train his dog to defecate in his own garden?


Newfoundland Way, Portishead

Dogs in cars

This letter is to remind people about leaving dogs in cars during the hot weather.

I am amazed at some dog lovers leaving their animals in stationary cars with just the sun roof open about three inches thinking this is sufficient.

I am sure they would not sit in a parked car with just this ventilation. Dogs begin to suffer very quickly and can die in just 20 minutes.


Station Road, Portishead

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