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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Discussion has begun again on the fate of the Tesco site in Chatteris. This is clearly a waste of everyone’s money – both Tesco’s and the local government’s.

Attracting another supermarket at this time may be possible and the most desirable solution – but we believe there is another way forward.

We envision this building being used as an indoor market, attracting stall holders, local business and entrepreneurs to get together and make it a destination for those in local towns and villages, putting Chatteris back on the local agenda.

Whether this would be a temporary arrangement (six or 12 months) or a permanent addition to the community we believe this is a better step forward than keeping the status quo of having a large disused folly just outside of town.

We have set up a Facebook group to focus on this issue and gauge the community’s desires. https://www.facebook.com/ChatterisIndoorMarket

We would very much like to hear everyone’s views and opinions on this and would like to hear from those who could make this a reality.

Brian Edwards,

via email.


Park to stay a vision?

Re Mr Bevis and his letter, ‘Garden town for the Fens’ (June 3). What a lovely idea this is, a country park with flowers and a place to stroll and rest.

The only problem is we have a council that takes forever to make any kind of decision. I, of course, refer to the country park, and Sainsbury’s at Whittlesey.

It has been four years now, and still no end in sight, so to suggest they take it up with gusto and vision, it will remain just that – a vision. I will probably be too old to walk by the time they make a decision.

It’s about time the council had a major shake-up, or you just keep on dreaming about what might have been.

Ian Brown,



Sour grapes?

Mr Smithee seems to have sour grapes about the election (Letters, May 20).

The public voted correctly. They must remember the last two Labour governments – i.e. Blair took us to a war that wasn’t necessary and Brown sold our gold off cheaply. Today’s prices, if sold now, would pay off the National Debt. Plus Brown left us bankrupted.

Good on you, Mr and Mrs Public. At least you saw what the Labour government are capable of. As for unions, all you ever did was brought the country to its knees.

And about the minimum wage of £10 per hour – how many people does Mr Smithee employ at £10 per hour? Please get in the real world.

Labour is finished, so hopefully are the unions. Will Mr Smithee stop writing dribble?

P Davis,



A valid faith

Re Mr Hodgson and his letter ‘Better off without it’ (June 3).

I am so sorry his experience of religion in this country has been so negative. It is often true Christianity among other religions has been seen to be divisive and irrational. We have often not lived up to the standards of our own faith.

Many, however, are able to see it as a valid faith and that it is perfectly rational for them to accept its message. Many institutions have a bad side; what we ask is that Christianity, as well as other faiths, is judged by the best we have to offer rather than the worst.

Dr David Rees,


Joyful thing

We were saddened to read the letter fom P Hodson and sorry that he/she has had such a bad experience of Christianity.

There is a big difference between “religion” and having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Real Christians, of whatever denomination, understand that we are all weak and sinful and that, when Jesus died on the cross and rose again, it was so that we could be forgiven and live our lives with God’s help and power.

Of course Christians still make mistakes and get things wrong as we are still human, but true faith should be a joyful thing which reaches out into the community and shows God’s love and care to everybody whatever their background, colour, gender, religion, mental or physical health. As Christians we are so sorry that the church doesn’t always live as God intended us to.

Richard and Maggie Welford,

Oasis Christian Books, Wisbech.

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