I read Mr Ostermeyer’s letter in the April 29 issue of the Fenland Citizen, regarding dyke cleaning. This was in respect of dumped tyres at Barker Lane.
Various bodies were huffing and puffing about cost. Ten years ago it cost £1 plus VAT per tyre for a reputable disposal company to remove. Hardly ruinous. Clear up, then argue!
In January the Middle Level had a cutting back of overhanging trees along the River Nene on both sides of town.
I regularly dog walk from Wigstones footbridge to the pump station beyond the rail.
I was appalled when only the large branches were removed by the “punts” and the cuttings left laying everywhere, along with ankle deep mud on the lower path.
Half are still there. The rest are floating down the river, waiting to snarl in a narrow boat propellor.
A clear-up in a smaller way was done two years ago, but the smaller size branches and twigs went through a chipper and were left in piles along the bank and were less noticeable.
Out of town, the cuttings have been thrown into the brambles growing down the bank. This includes quite a bit of polystyrene, which is now getting covered by bramble as well.
Then there is man-made garbage that neither Middle Level or Fenland District Council own-up to being responsible for. I have contacted both of these bodies, but not Anglian Water.
Middle Level claim their remit is to keep the Nene free-flowing so that, in heavy rain, the water keeps flowing!
The cuttings should have been taken – they say they have no room on their land and the cuttings have to stay in situ. But wind and vandals are threatening this waterway, as with dykes close to where we live.
March is very low lying, as was shown on August 14 last year, when a deluge caused havoc. We were close to flooding in the spring of 1998, I think, when Welney Bridge was close to overflowing.
Whoever gets out and clears the tyres and our River Nene of rubbish – that’s what you are paid for!
Rural areas ripped off?
I have been looking to upgrade to the superfast fibre broadband as it is now available in Tydd St Giles.
I have however been shocked at the cost when comparing like-for-like services in different PE post codes.
Forgetting any start-up offers or discounts the underlying cost for 38mbps broadband where we live (PE13 5LH) is £27.50 per month plus line rental compared to £19.99 per month plus line rental where my parents live (PE31 6YE).
How can the ISP’s justify such an excessive premium or are they just passing the costs of installing the new equipment in rural areas by the back door.
It just feels like we are being ripped off yet again for living in a slightly more rural area. I would be interested to know how they justify these costs as I certainly won’t be upgrading until there is better parity with other areas.
Is Britain religious?
I cannot remember an election where so much vitriol was traded. Every current issue was aired: the NHS, immigration, the haves and have nots, etc.
Mr Cameron spoke in glowing terms of the church’s work for the poor and homeless: “We should be proud that our island gem is a Christian country,” said he.
In my view Britain’s traditional faith hangs by a thread. We need to be careful when assessing faith. A global survey ranks Britain among the least religious countries – fewer than one-in- three upholding the Christian faith.
If Britain was truly a Christian country there would be no poor and no rich either.
There would be no consumerism, no money markets practising dubious business, no homeless, no fear of foreigners and no contentious religious influence, no envy.
These are the basic cause of the world’s worsening problems, and they were foremost in the mind of the man who, hundreds of years ago, accurately foretold the future and who laid down the blueprint of a good life centred on love, respect, generosity and unselfishness using the abilities given to us all at birth.
Politicians big on words and small on actions make vain promises, but how many are aware of the written word as we lurch from one crisis to another?
We cannot say we haven’t been warned.
St Peter’s Road,
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