Letters, August 26: Prayers for the EU, builders' profits and David Cameron at North Devon Show
Prayers for the EU an act of betrayal
I was very disappointed to see it has been proposed that prayers are to be said in Salisbury Cathedral for Britain to remain in the EU, and this city has been chosen because it is the burial place of that arch-traitor Ted Heath.
I have never been a religious man but if I were this would put me off. If these plans go ahead then the Church of England should be ashamed of itself as it is condoning the biggest act of betrayal since Vidkun Quisling gave Norway to the Nazis in the Second World War.
Newspaper's gravitas spreads its readership
I welcome the editorial column in the Daily Press August 13, "Utility giant is taking liberties with proposed price rise", because it indicates a return by the paper to addressing its more widespread audience.
The editorial about Thames Water suggests a renewal of commitment to readers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and beyond. I was told recently that the Western Daily Press was the person's favourite paper because it had gravitas as a paper of record (rather like The Times). This is reflected by the fact that the Daily Press enjoys a readership in Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and possibly Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, all of which are outside of the South West region.
Profit should be used to build new school
I was interested to learn that profits for Persimmon Homes Wessex are up by 40 per cent to £134.3 million. This came as a shock to me as local councillor for Melksham Without North. I represent the new estate, recently built by Persimmon. The Dauncey Gate part of this estate has now been partly built for some time; we have around 270 homes that have been occupied for at least two years.
We are still waiting for basic things like waste bins play areas to be installed.
Part of the 106 agreement was to provide a new school for the residents of the estate of Melksham – it now tells us it is short of money to provide the school and is asking for planning permission on a nearby site to make up the £1.9 million short fall to fund the school.
Profits up by 40 per cent would suggest to me that it is far from short of money to keep its promises
Councillor Terry Chivers
Whitley, Melksham, Wiltshire
Smell of fish covers seafront's seating
I was at Blue Anchor, West Somerset, on August 22. The tide must have been at least half a mile out. Completely covering one of the seats was fishing gear, boxes, rods, cooking stove etc.
Now I thought the seats were for people to sit on. This is now impossible because of the stink of fish.
Something must be done so others can enjoy time spent on there.
TB reactors need to be confirmed
Rogers Evans, writing in the Daily Press, reports having a TB reactor after 30 years in the clear.
How many reactors get a post-mortem examination to confirm the results of the test?
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Cameron trying to boost election hopes
It was nice to see the Prime Minister David Cameron at the North Devon Show. Was he there to support the North Devon farmers or to boost the Conservatives' chances at the 2015 general election by fobbing them off with a "load of cow manure".
What a shame that Mr Cameron did not travel around the North Devon farms and countryside to see just how hard it can be to make ends meet and the devastation that his party is causing by allowing on-shore and off-shore wind turbines and the acres and acres of solar panels that are appearing everywhere.
Mr Cameron can not see just how upset the people of North Devon are about the ruination of a lot of AONB, which will have a knock-on effect on local tourism.
County Councillor Robin Julian
South Bideford and Hartland
At least Cameron pays for his holidays
Why do people have to have a dig at David Cameron taking four holidays. Most people get four weeks holiday plus bank holidays – he is doing no more than other people.
He has a difficult job at the moment sorting out the mess Labour left. I don't recall too many people shouting about Blair's freebie holidays – at least Cameron pays for his.
Warmley, South Gloucestershire