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September 15, 2016: some of this week’s letters

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Parenting styles discussed

Tiger, free-range – the pros and cons of popular parenting styles

What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has provoked the publication of numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting.

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Development is out of character

There is a planning application and associated listed building application regarding the development of Abbotsford School on the corner of Bridge Street and New Street in Kenilworth. I wish to record my strong objection to the proposal.

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A credit to the whole town

It can be a dangerous mistake for those of us of a different generation to think sometimes that life for young people and staff in our schools is far easier than in our time. It definitely isn’t.

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Well done for a superb show

On Monday July 14 I went to the Kenilworth School production of Les Miserables, to say that this was a fantastic team effort would be an understatement.

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Letter of the week: tell us what’s happening

Development and growth pressure is continuing to build. To the east of Rugby we see DIRFT 3 and the mast site. In the early days of the mast site, some engagement with the public was allowed with, but as the months have slipped by, discussions have continued with any information being kept under wraps. I have constantly asked for a clear timetable establishing when further consultation will take place. These requests are always kicked off into the long grass. The leader of the borough council recently stated that he expects the outline planning to be decided this year with a start on site by 2015. We recently saw Cllr Leigh Hunt in the press saying that the road from the mast site will exit onto Butlers Leap. But when officers are asked to brief the community in September we are told there is nothing to be further to add and no updated position. The developments to the east of Rugby will bring about significant change. Surely the community deserves a full update and timetable with when greater engagement will take place, or has the ‘we know best’ attitude taken over planners and the leader?

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Letter of the week: thanks for assistance

My motorbike broke down at the top of Barby Lane last Friday when it was very hot at around 4pm in the afternoon.

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Cemex plan: waste plant in the wrong place

Since my letter in the Advertiser (July 18) regarding the current planning application made by Sita UK, it seems people living in Rugby are unaware of where Malpass Farm is.

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Benefit changes: punishing the tenants

Having read the article on the “impact of the bedroom tax” (Advertiser, June 27), I would like to respond, as I am one of the tenants affected.

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Letter of the week: town centre - play to its strengths

As an regular visitor from Gloucestershire to friends who live in Rugby I have taken an interest in the debate raging about the future of the town centre.

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Musicians need a space

The practice and recording building on Lower Hillmorton Road is closing in a few weeks’ time.

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Windfarm: They won’t fool us

We welcome the editor’s comment (June 27) that included: “judging by the number of villagers mobilised, it appears there is a majority against the (windfarm) proposals.”

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Letter of the week: St Cross Hospitals’ great care

I had to go into hospital for a back operation.

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Letter of the week: a town to be proud of

I would like to see a new bus station on the Cemex/old cinema site, coupled with a landscaped car park with direct access to the Clock Towers. This project could include a large rugby football/Sir Frank Whittle museum to attract tourists and also contain a public plaza for events. The bus station would enable the removal of stands in North Street, resulting in an immediate easing of traffic. Soulless concreted-over towns are a dime a dozen and the Cemex site offers us potential for a town design we can be proud of.

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Letter of the week: weed out offenders

I refer to the comments made by Rugby Borough Council with regards to complaints made to them of overcharging by some taxi drivers in Rugby (Advertiser last week).

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Letter of the week: musical past of old pub

It is sad to see the demise of the Sheaf & Sickle at Long Lawford, especially when taking account of its history.

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Letter of the week: Moved by article

I was moved by Peter Horton’s article (Advertiser last week) and completely agree the place has an effect on one’s senses that is, in the worst sense of the word , unique. It is also what one hears that appals. My wife and I visited it in 2011 whilst staying in nearby Krakow. We were escorted around by a quietly unassuming Pole in his mid 30s and some of the things he described are still difficult to talk about. However he showed us a building used as a biological experiments centre by the SS and told us it pioneered a drug that once injected rendered men infertile. Had it proved cost effective, documents captured revealed it would have been used on the entire population of the western Soviet Union, then only partly conquered. Our guide spoke quietly and effectively and left us without words to respond. Such industrial genocide would have dwarfed even the Holocaust. The word ‘racism’ hardly begins to describe such Nazi motivation. I am glad the sixth formers got an opportunity to view the camp for themselves for the next generations must learn the story, harrowing though it may be if its lessons are to endure. My thanks to Mr Horton for his piece.

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Letter of the week: question over plan

It is great to see that an extension to the Clock Towers with a new shopping centre is to go ahead – it sounds just what Rugby needs to bring it into the 21st century. However, there are some questions to be addressed.

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Letter of the week: blown away by support of the town

May I, on behalf of Rugby Town FC, pay its due respect to the fantastic, colourful support the club received from the Rugby Town community at our play off final last Saturday. The officials of the club were truly blown away with the response from the people of Rugby that came to Butlin Road to support their local team. The attendance of 1,126 was one of our biggest attendances in the last 20 years and reaffirms our own self- belief that the football loving people of Rugby want, nay, demand a successful football team. Although, disappointingly, the result did not go our way, the whole day was still a very enjoyable experience as we witnessed a raucous, enthusiastic, support, not seen on the terraces of the stadium for many a year. With support and encouragement like that, I personally felt that this was not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter in this club’s proud history, and we urge and encourage all those that took their precious time off on their bank holidays to attend the game, to please come again and again over the following season, get behind the team and ensure that we can win this league next time out as champions. With support like we had on Monday, we could walk it!

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Letter of the week: think about hedgehogs

I have recently written to the borough council planning department in an effort to address a serious threat to our local hedgehogs. I am concerned that I have not yet seen any evidence that hedgehogs have returned to my garden. I now realise that the main reason is the type of fencing used in adjoining developments. Houses are completely boxed in by concrete posts with a two feet high concrete slab (gravel board) interlocked between them. This means hedgehogs are no longer able to move around the area foraging for food, mainly slugs and snails which are predicted to be numerous this year. A simple answer is to provide sufficient panels with suitable holes in their construction. Surely in this day and age it is not beyond the capabilities of manufacturers to produce a suitable number of such panels. Hedgehogs are now a seriously threatened species relying increasingly on suburban areas and we must do all we can to help them survive.

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