Letters to the editor - June 24

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




The following letters were published on June 24:

Dig for Victory show

We would like to thank all of the helpers who made The Dig for Victory Show such a success and express our gratitude to the members of the public who attended and made it the happy and marvellous show that it was.

Thank you all again.


The Clevedon Sawmills, Old Street, Clevedon

Town is the poor relation

It was with incredulity that I read your article regarding the provision of a Weston-based police station to serve Nailsea and Weston.

The initial reason given by Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner, to close Nailsea police station was due to funding cut backs imposed by the Government’s austerity measures. It seems obvious now that the sale of the Nailsea site is partially to fund her latest empire building initiative, based in Weston of course. Does she have the courage to tell us how much these new facilities will cost over and above the Nailsea sale price? I doubt it.

Please do not insult our intelligence by telling us this will improve police services in Nailsea because quite frankly we do not believe you. It is a disgrace that at a time when considerable new homes are being built (40 apartments on the Nailsea site alone) the police are moving out.

Once again Nailsea is the poor relation and loses out in favour of Weston, it would appear that anything east of the M5 is expendable.


Hillcrest Road, Nailsea

Less of a gamble

I keep my fingers crossed that the changes proposed for the Cabstand junction in Portishead will make emerging from the Nore Road direction and turning right to enter Wyndham Way or the High Street less of a gamble.

Driving in Portishead is, to say the least, interesting. There is the slalom of Nore Road as moving vehicles dodge in and out of spaces between the many parked vehicles near the St Joseph’s development.

Then the navigation of West Hill, a narrow road at the best of times, it is now even more constricted by vehicles parked, again, by the St Joseph’s building site.

I really take my hat off to the bus drivers here, though not, of course, whilst making room for them. This can only be done by driving down the hill with my car at an unusual angle as I have two wheels up on the pavement to give them the room they need. Have I dreamt this or was there talk, a few years ago, of making West Hill one way? There is a long one way road in Clevedon which seems to be accepted and works well.

Why, when travelling along Nore Road towards Clevedon, is there no indication of the exit from Raleigh Rise, hidden by the hump in the road after you have passed The Windmill? Approaching this junction from the Clevedon direction this junction is visible but there is a sign warning of it. No logic.

Writing about logic, or lack of it, why does the very acceptable 20mph limit in the High Street end before the pedestrian crossing used by pupils of St Peter’s School and where the many pupils attending Gordano School begin to surge across the roads? They are, almost without exception, very polite and grateful when you stop and let them cross.


Raleigh Rise, Portishead

Traffic lights

Surely it is now time to return to traffic lights? With the successful re-configuration of traffic lights at junctions 19 and 21, both considerably busier than the Cabstand, are these not a significant indicator that if properly installed and monitored, traffic lights do actually work?

Roundabouts require decisions by approaching motorists whilst with traffic lights the decisions are made for them. This is particularly important with the continued increase in traffic that Portishead does and will continue to experience. We now have only to witness the constant queues of traffic in the High Street at most times of the day, to dispel the previous arguments that roundabouts work effectively.

Unfortunately there are those in positions in local authority who would see the return of those traffic lights as an indication of their own failure, so I suspect that we shall not see the return of those traffic lights in any shape or form. What therefore are we to be subjected to this time?


Roath Road, Portishead

Cabstand junction

I fully support the suggestion proposed by Neil Matthews in his letter which was published in the Times, for a resolution to the traffic problems at the Cabstand junction.

It is a sensible suggestion and cost effective. The council has thrown enough high-cost solutions at the traffic problems around the entrance to the High Street and Cabstand over the years.

Please let sense prevail and use a pot of paint and three signs to mark out the area, and carry out the work as soon as possible as the traffic problems appear to be getting worse at the Cabstand and it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.


Northfield Road, Portishead

Railway stations

Portishead’s pre-war and post-war railway stations were both proper stations with full facilities and not glorified bus shelters.

The post World War Two station had two platforms with a full-length canopy to protect the passengers, a waiting room, ticket and luggage office, toilets and staff rooms. That was what the Beeching cuts destroyed and we should have nothing less in the design and facilities of the new building.

Indeed, Portishead should have more, and certainly nothing less, as the town is now many times more numerous in both population and businesses than it was 60 years ago, when the last train left.


Lower Down Road, Portishead


I have just returned from cycling over 1,000 miles across South Africa and successfully completed the 56 mile Comrades marathon.

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the residents of North Somerset whose support for my challenge proved invaluable.

There were many tough times during the challenge but the encouragement from home helped to spur me on. As a team the Unogwaja challenge has raised over £56,000 for the Unogwaja Light Fun, enabling vulnerable South African communities to empower themselves. When I told the communities we came into contact with that people from North Somerset, England, were lending their support they were truly touched.

If you wish to see some short videos from my trip please visit YouTube.com and search Unogwajachallenge.


Binhay Road, Yatton

Thank you

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved in my stupid/reckless accident on June 13 at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre at the roller disco that afternoon.

I broke my lower leg but from the moment I hit the deck the level of care and concern from all involved was amazing. From the staff at the centre, first responders, ambulance crew and Southmead Hospital, everyone was totally professional, efficient and good humoured; I received exemplary care. It’s corny but it’s true, the NHS has come in for a lot of bad press recently but when you’re in a crisis, you want them looking after you. No insurance forms to sign or concerns about how to pay for the care you need when you are in A&E, how blessed are we?

The new hospital at Southmead is extraordinary. It’s sleek, modern and totally efficient but the calibre of all the staff make it a welcoming and friendly place to be. The meals were also delicious. I’ve reluctantly decided that roller skating at what some would consider to be slightly advanced years (61) is probably not such a good idea.


Tennyson Avenue, Clevedon


On a recent radio phone-in the subject was charity giving and I came to the conclusion that there are a large number of good people in society, and it made me feel good.

We hear so much of awful people preying on the elderly, but we must never forget that most people are decent members of society.


Clark Close, Wraxall

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