Letters round-up: Give us a bypass!

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A correspondent calling for an Aylesbury bypass is featured in this week’s round-up of the letters page.


The head of roads says that we can’t expect decent road systems around our gridlocked town; my question is why not?

I note that the few new roads will have room for expansion, why not expand them as they are built or will this take money from the south of Bucks?

Consistently BCC has made a complete mess of road building in Aylesbury.

It has missed so many chances to provide useful roads around the area.

Relying on developers to build so called feeder roads is not the answer as they will build extra houses, not roads.

A bypass is needed now.

I wonder if the bosses at BCC have tried to drive into town from the A41 dual carriageway?

It’s purgatory – stop, start and when you reach the Bedgrove lights it all comes to a standstill.

What wonderful planning.

Surely good routes across and into the town are a priority but the powers that be are seen to be lacking in the will to do anything that would help the ratepayers of Aylesbury .

Come on BCC, listen to the people who actually use our pathetic roads.

Christopher Lowe

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The Lions Club of Winslow would like to thank everyone who recently donated to our recent fundraiser for Marie Curie in Winslow and in Buckingham.

Marie Curie helps those people living with any terminal illness, and their families.

They offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

Working closely with the NHS, local independent hospices and other charities, they have pioneered and developed new ways of providing care and comfort for people’s needs.

By expanding the services they offer in local communities, especially day services, they have become regional centres of excellence in care.

The service continues to grow and a major study by the Nuffield Trust provided strong evidence that the Marie Curie Nursing Service reduces the need for emergency hospitalisation and allows more terminally ill people to remain at home and cuts hospital costs.

Marie Curie also helps those caring for loved ones.

The organisation offers support on financial issues such as bereavement benefits, TV licence concessions, Pension Planning and Insurance.

The Lions Club of Winslow has been doing collections for the past three years, but this year proved to be our best yet.

For the first time since we began collecting, we took to the streets of our native Winslow and raised £356.88, breaking the record for a Marie Curie collection in the town.

Buckingham Garden Centre also proved to be a great collection point for us and the shoppers visiting kindly donated £535.40.

With this year’s donations we have now donated over £3,500 to Marie Curie and we will be hoping to easily break the £4000 barrier next year!

Thanks again to everyone who donated…

Andrew Lowe

Publicity & Social Media Officer, Lions Club of Winslow


I agree totally with James McDonald and Sally Anne Oultram in their praise for John Bercow.

Everyone I meet seems to have been helped by John, or knows someone who has been. Far from having been denied a vote, more people have been helped successfully than before John Bercow was our Member of Parliament. Congratulations to John on being re-elected Speaker unanimously, and good luck with recognising the faces of all those new members of the House of Commons.

Jackie Phipps



The John Colet School is proud to announce an open invitation to form a student work experience partnership with local businesses.

A decision has been made to internalise the process of arranging our work experience programme which has long been considered as crucial to the development of students’ careers.

The school sees this decision as an exciting opportunity to ensure that future students will not miss out on this experience to gain invaluable insights into the real working world.

Work experience can be massively inspirational to students who are unsure as to what career path they may wish to follow.

A former student explains: “Work experience really helped me at a time in which I was beginning to consider my A Levels and beyond.

“I gained a key understanding of the working environment that was not possible to learn in the classroom. I hope that present and future students continue to get that opportunity.”

Whilst it is clear that students benefit from work experience it is important to state that the arrangement can often be mutually beneficial.

Students can reciprocate by bringing with them fresh ideas and energy.

Employers can also enhance their recruitment and supervision arrangements through work experience.

Those who consider this opportunity an intriguing prospect and believe they may be able to offer placements are strongly encouraged to attend a presentation from our work experience team.

It must be stressed that no commitment is needed at this time but the school hopes that it can gain support from the wider local community. 

We warmly invite you all to our meeting at John Colet School on Wednesday, June 3 at 7.30pm.

Please email to confirm your attendance or if you are unable to attend and you would like to discuss this further. Refreshments will be provided.

Mr J Goodman, head of work experience (jgoodman@johncolet.co.uk), and Wendy Perkins, work experience administrator (wperkins@johncolet.co.uk)


The following are comments taken from The Bucks Herald Facebook page in regard to the mother calling for permits for parent and child parking bays:

– Just because she has a kid? Why should you get closer parking than anyone else. They cause all the traffic between 3pm-4pm and then expect the perfect parking space. Jog on...

Bradley Seal

– As a new dad, these spaces are few and far between and when I get one, I know I don’t have to worry about getting my daughter in and out of the car in her car seat. A permit won’t work unfortunately but if there were less ignorant people out there who are too lazy to park in the correct spaces, it wouldn’t be needed.

Some supermarkets and main car parks just don’t have enough parent and toddler spaces, which I didn’t notice until nine weeks ago. Land is at a premium so it just takes some common decency from those without kids to make it all little easier.

David King

– I’m a mother of young twins and I think it’s a stupid idea.

The biggest problem is they are put close to the store so will always be abused. I don’t care how far away they are, it’s the space to open both doors and get twins out that’s my issue. Put them further away, I am able to walk unlike some of the disabled people who need to be close.

Mums don’t, we have legs and can use them!!

Put them further away and it’s less likely to be abused.

Samantha Ansley

– I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but most of the drivers who ignore parent parking rules are overweight blokes in cheap clothes whose cars have been made to look a bit more expensive than they really are.

Ben Glazier

– Personally it grinds my gears when people use those spaces when they don.t have children with them!

For me its more about idiot drivers that park so close to you in normal spaces that when trying to get either a carry car seat or child in the car it’s impossible to do so!

Child and Parent spaces are wider for that reason, plus your child isn’t then sat behind your car in a trolley that potentially somebody could reverse into (I have witnessed a near miss) whereas the allocated spaces your trolley can be beside your car and your child is a lot safer.

Suzie Weston-Klein

– I don’t understand why parents get so angry about this issue. If there are no mother and child spaces available, park somewhere else in the car park. These stores have ample parking for everyone.

Parents of young children should keep a closer eye on their children when getting in and out of their vehicles.

It’s scary how many times I see parents on their mobile phones not paying attention to their children whilst crossing the car park and then letting them run around without a care for their safety. Its a car park! Parents with young children don’t need allocated parking, they need lessons on how to keep their children safe in what is after all a dangerous place. Don’t leave you child in the trolley when putting your shopping in the boot of your car...put your child in the car first..then unpack...Trolleys move around and can roll away into the traffic...Yes I’ve seen it happen.

Better a squashed trolley than a badly injured child!

Joanna Lloyd-Sontowski

– Utter rubbish, how the hell do you think we coped when we had kids and no parent and child spaces? Seems to me they want everything given to them on a plate. I must send old David Lidington a message telling him if he plans to go ahead then put it the other side of the car park, so us geriatrics can park closer.

Jacqui Edwards

– Disabled spaces are constantly abused despite permits. Permits are useless when no-one enforces them.

Sarah-Jayne Taylor

– The financial implications would be too high for this to ever be feasible. Are people paying for the permits to be processed and sent out? Who is monitoring them on private land? Private parking companies who everyone just ignores tickets from anyway? I understand her frustration but honestly, a permit system is never going to happen.

Emily Munro

Why should you be treated any differently because you have children , it’s your choice deal with the consequences.

There were never parent and child spaces when I was growing up for my parents to use. People these days!

Ben Glazier


The new Conservative government has made a key plank of its work withdrawing from The Human Rights Act.

This Act effectively incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights, which was drafted by British lawyers and lauded by Churchill, into British law.

It enshrines a system of protecting citizens against the excesses of government and is common to nearly all citizens in Europe (except in Belarus).

The Conservatives seem to have forgotten our proud historic involvement and are prepared to put all the rights we hold so dear at risk, the fundamental rights that protect us all from the state � trashing the legacy of Churchill in the process. The Rights at risk include preventing the state from spying on us, protecting soldiers on duty, protecting those in care and defending domestic violence and rape victims.

What’s more, it is ironic then that this year we will celebrate the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta, the precursor to so many further conventions that protect our human rights. So I am delighted the two candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats have come together to launch the campaign to stop the Tories from abolishing the Human Rights Act. The Liberal Democrats fought hard in government to protect the Human Rights Act and we will do so from outside government too.

I’m proud to be a citizen of Britain which has the long tradition of holding up to the rest of the world our human rights record.

Catherine Bearder

MEP for South East