New tennis courts please

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I would like to see tennis courts (grass and hard) on the Estover playing field at March.

There are currently NO courts in March that the general public can use and, therefore, no town tennis teams or tennis coaching.

Anthony Boyce,

March.

FOOD BANKS

Are they here to stay?

The General Election campaign is over and a Conservative government has been returned to power. We are told that the economy is booming. But is it?

Britain is one of the world’s richest societies and a country that prides itself in having welfare provision designed to care for its citizens from cradle to grave.

But statistics from the Trussell Trust paint a very different picture.

Between April 2008 and March 2009 Trussell Trust food banks handed out 25,899 parcels. Between April and Sept 2014 that figure had increased to 492,741. With the election of the new Tory government I am not confident that these figures will not continue to increase.

Surely the new Government should be monitoring the use of food banks and looking at ways to eradicate them?

At the very least it should be considering some of the recommendations outlined in The Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK, instead of sticking its head in the sand and hoping this state of affairs will one day go away. As a nation do we feel proud thousands of our citizens are having to rely on food banks to feed their families?

I am sure the Bullingdon Club members couldn’t care less and have no conscience about it. But I do hope that the ordinary working men and women of this country recognise that we cannot really believe that the economy is working for everyone until these food banks disappear from our towns and cities.

John Cook,

Parson Drove.

COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION

£7,000 bill to fill seat

With the resignation of county councillor Peter Lagoda (UKIP), we are faced with £7,000 bill to find his replacement.

We have four choices to choose from, each offering something different (or so it would seem).

So perhaps a quick appraisal is in order. Let us start with the UKIP candidate Susan Carson.

She represents a party (in my view) that wishes to divide a community, based on ethnic origins. This can never be to the best interests of the community as a whole and will only exacerbate any simmering tensions between the people of Wisbech.

The second candidate, Josephine Ratcliffe (Lib Dem), represents a party that garnered only eight MPs – down from a mighty 57 in the last election. Not exactly a resounding endorsement from the general population (think broken promises).

So that only leaves Samantha Hoy (Con) and Dean Reeves (Labour), to choose from.

With 34 out of 39 seats already occupied by the Conservatives, I would question the need for another one.

In the words of our local Conservative MP Steve Barclay MP, “ I have never believed that any one party has a monopoly on all the best ideas”.

So there you are, a ringing endorsement to vote for something different – Dean Reeves (Labour).

A stalwart of the community, he works within the civil service and has been a school governor and sat on youth offending panels.

And, with over 20 years’ experience working for the community, he is ideally placed to represent us all.

Steven Smith,

Wisbech.

CYCLING

Why use the pavements?

I noticed your correspondent last week moaning about the dog walkers who do not clean up after their pets in Nene Parade in March.

Another widespread problem is the number of people cycling on footpaths.

You feel like you’re taking a huge gamble just walking to the shops. I know cyclists have a right to be safe – but at pedestrians’ expense?

Angry reader,

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