Council is not cutting learning centre services
I WOULD like to reassure Debbie Walker (Closing services will hit troubled youngsters, Letters, January 16) that no learning centre services are being closed by the city council.
The service provided at the Denewood Centre, Bilborough, will continue to be provided, in better facilities, at the Unity Learning Centre in the Arboretum area.
The move makes the service more easily accessible for most people and will be an improvement for younger pupils and allow the older pupils to continue with their education, which largely takes place off-site.
It is not driven by cuts, but is part of the council's programme to rationalise the number of buildings it uses to ensure facilities are fit for purpose and services are run as efficiently as possible.
Denewood is an old building which is far from ideal for housing a learning centre; the Unity building on Forest Road has had investment which makes it a far better building.
COUN DAVID MELLEN
Portfolio holder for children's services
Nottingham City Council
REGARDING high hopes of the government getting behind plans to get more visitors to Nottingham's attractions: start by leaving places and buildings alone.
They seem to be wanting to destroy our heritage of the finest attractions in the Midlands. Look what they want to do at the castle; look at the artist's impressions – it looks like people are wearing Roman togas.
28 Alma Road
I WOULD like to take issue with Mr G L Hatfield, (Letters January 18). I am a keen cyclist but I don't jump red lights or ride without lights. I also have third party insurance of £1m, though the law doesn't require this.
When he sees a cyclist breaking the law it doesn't mean we all do. I've seen plenty of car drivers jumping red lights, and reading in court reports in the Post many don't have insurance; using Mr Hatfield's yardstick am I to assume he is a lawbreaker too?
I am also a car driver but I consider the road, or to use the correct term public highway, is not just for motor vehicles that are there only by licence, but also for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders who are there by right.
P BOWLER Underwood
WE saw your pictures of the city's new tram line and we were shocked.
We live in Southchurch Drive, Clifton. The street is narrow and it is already crowded because of cars, buses and lorries from all over the UK. We expect that from the end of 2014 when trams start to work, the quality of our life will drop dramatically.
Apart from trams, we can see on the artist's picture cars and buses as well – too much action and too noisy on this street. We are sure that apart from this we will be witnessing a lot of accidents as our estate is mostly occupied by very elderly people. We think that Nottingham City Council should rethink its decision concerning traffic at Southchurch Drive.
MR AND MRS MORETON Southchurch Drive Clifton
WHILE I've never knowingly eaten horse meat, I doubt that it is unhealthy or unpalatable.
What concerns me more are the high levels of chemical additives and fillers that bulk up burgers and sausages, not to mention the saturated fat.
Consequently, I do my best to avoid either.
No doubt M cDonalds will capitalise with their usual 100% beef advertising claim.
MICHAEL HERRING By email
I HAVE just read your article about congestion around the QMC roundabout. I live in Wollaton and work in the city centre part-time. I have no trouble getting to work in the morning, but when I leave work at 1.30pm I travel down Ilkeston Road and then hit traffic at Triumph Road.
It took me 40 minutes the other day to get over to Wollaton, goodness knows what's going to happen when these works begin.
Perhaps the council could start the works in the evening to minimise disruption?
I would love to know what plans are in place for emergency vehicles.
I AM delighted that Eric Pickles has finally realised that his department's policies (or lack of them) have resulted in a shortfall of affordable housing. However, his silly warnings about Eastern Europeans taking what little housing stock is left fails to take account of the bigger problem he and his friends are creating.
Where will the UK house the estimated 2.8 million Brits who live in other EU countries when they lose the right to live, work and retire anywhere within the EU should we leave?
I HAVE just received notification that the ridiculous 20mph speed limit scheme has been approved by Councillor Urqhart, with the exception of 18 roads out of about 200 in Sherwood.
At a time when our council daily invokes the restrictions imposed on them as a reason for reducing services, how on earth can they propose wasting a reported £200,000 on a scheme which was only supported by six per cent of the residents canvassed?
This is neither logical nor democratic nor fiscally efficient and I am outraged that the council taxes of the 94% of residents who did not support the scheme can be overridden in this manner.
Time for changes in the way these decisions are taken.
I THINK it's sad that young children can no longer walk to school with their friends without adults, but agree they must be kept safe.
However, I live close to Bluecoat School in Aspley Lane and a large number of 11 to 16-year-olds are dropped off and picked up by car or taxi every day.
The parents often arrive half an hour early to get their parking place on double yellow lines as close as possible to school.
Even when asked to move further down the road (only about 100 yards from school) because my drive was blocked, a parent objected, saying she wouldn't be long and didn't want her child out of sight.
This is surely taking safety too far and giving children no experience of negotiating their own journeys.
WHAT is happening to the finances of Nottingham City Council. Last month we saw the announcement of 36,000 people, many falling into a average £3,000 debt for the first time, being overpaid for over a year in housing and council tax benefits costing £25,000.
The main reason offered was due to a heavy workload caused by the change of individual details. The recovery system, particularly for the housing benefit, is a minimum of £5 per week taken from future benefits. It does not take a mathematician to calculate the years it will take to recover any amount.
Then comes the statement that a further £25 million has to be found from various areas that receive funding from the council.
Now there is a nearly £5 million debt from non payment of council tax. The deputy leader of the council says this is only a small percentage of the total collected each year. We cannot run a city's finances on percentages, it is hard cash that is needed. The council should use their options of payment recovery in a more positive way and stop blaming others for their failure.