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

With widespread coverage of many months, we are all aware of the dangerous decline in bee populations and the government should not only be encouraging all of us to make a positive contribution to increasing bees to our gardens, fields and beautiful countryside, but actively doing things to discourage further decline.

However, it has allowed bee-killing pesticides back into fields in our county. I am one of thousands of people calling on our MP Stephen Barclay to pressure the Prime Minister to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Suffolk are all on the list of counties that Liz Truss, our environment minister, has approved the use of neonicotinoids (the pesticides scientists know damage bees).

The news is we’re expecting a great rapeseed harvest without the use of these pesticides – so it makes no sense to use them. If we’re going to stop these pesticides from reaching our fields and ruining our bee population we need to act fast and spread the word.

I would urge you please to spread the word about this impending disaster and help our environment minister see sense before it is too late. Thank you.

Beverley Wickenden,


auction hall closure


I read the article on page 9 of the Fenland Citizen (August 5) and was pretty irate.

Mr Maxey states that the Wisbech Auction Hall is closing because the law will force him to pay a living wage to those he employs and he can’t afford it. What utter codswallop!

I read plenty of history books where wealthy landowners expect serfs to tug a forelock and work for starvation wages and be grateful. Well those times are long gone Mr Maxey.

All you had to do is to raise the buyers’ and sellers’ commissions by 10 per cent and that would have covered the shortfall you mentioned.

Since I believe I am a moral person, I shall make a point of spending my money with any employer who is happy to pay their workers a wage they can live on without constantly being in debt and stressed by it, and by anyone NOT using zero hours contracts.

The employers who use low wages to keep their employees in debt, and therefore terrified of losing even their badly paid job, can all go bust as far as I’m concerned.

Low wages and fear of slipping further into debt is simply a modern form of serfdom!

You should be ashamed of yourself Mr Maxey. You should have consulted with your workforce and found ways to keep the business going.

I wish his employees the very best of luck for the future and hope they find a good job soon.

Pam Thompson,

Tydd St Giles.

phone and tv signal

Bad reception under fire

I thought our government spent millions of taxpayers’ money recently to subsidise and improve the mobile phone and digital signal industry.

So why the hell at Chatteris do I still get poor signal quality and have to keep switching my phone off and on to reconnect to the signal? In fact I received a text message one week late.

Our TV is pixelated or just a black screen and in the last 18 months I’ve purchased two new TVs because the intermittent signal and me having to switch them off and on to re-search for the signal has blown them up!

Also could the military stop using their aircraft communication signal over the top of our house, AGAIN! I know we live under a military flight path but I don’t have to intercept their messages on my TV or mobile phone.

I have now put in planning permission for a 200ft wind turbine tower in my front garden so I can install a TV and mobile phone signal receiver on top! LOL

Mark Burton,


low flying aircraft

Were they banned?

On July 30 I was walking through Wisbech Market Place when suddenly an American F15 Eagle jet flew very low above the town – approximately 500 feet.

I thought I could see that it was fully-loaded with missiles and bombs.

I thought after the terrible tragedy of 1977 this type of aircraft was banned from flying over the town – it’s the first I’ve seen since that fateful day.

If anything had gone wrong with that aircraft the effect would have been devastating.

Why was it flying so low seeing as Wisbech is not an area for low-flying jets?

Paul Thompson,


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