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Thame letters: “I agree on the dog poo, but not so sure about the single mothers!”

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I am writing in response to the letter published from Tony Ellis on Fri 11th July. I found the tone and words used offensive, phrases like ‘Single teenage mothers breeding the next generation of benefit scrounging non workers’ and ‘Young people moping around pushing prams and smoking fags’ have no place in an intelligent debate, Its just crass generalisation.

I am writing in response to the letter published from Tony Ellis on Fri 11th July. I found the tone and words used offensive, phrases like ‘Single teenage mothers breeding the next generation of benefit scrounging non workers’ and ‘Young people moping around pushing prams and smoking fags’ have no place in an intelligent debate, Its just crass generalisation.

Does Mr Ellis know each individual and their circumstances? the majority of young people I know and meet in Thame are hard working polite individuals and a credit to the town. Perhaps he would be better using his time addressing the important issues facing the young people of Thame like affordable housing and decent job opportunities.

He is correct on one thing though dog poo is an issue all over the town but I think he’s targeting the wrong people there also, from my experience there is certainly an element of the town who consider themselves too posh to pick up poop. As for restaurants has he never tried the Thatch?
Simon Munday - Address supplied

To the gentleman driving a Black VW Golf along Thame High Street at 08.45 on Saturday 12th July –

I signalled to you to slow down while I was crossing the High Street near the Town Hall as you were driving way too fast in an area where members of the public were going about their daily business. The fact that you had to brake hard to avoid a gentleman crossing the road near the dry cleaners should have served as a lesson. Your acknowledgement of my indication, by raising your middle finger in my direction, only demonstrates your ignorance and contempt for other road users and pedestrians.

Name and address supplied

Although I don’t subscribe to all of Tony Ellis’s views (letters, July 11th) I do agree with him entirely about the dog poo, and the hazard to school kids. The amount of dog poo, plus litter and graffiti too, deposited on Thame’s streets and paths (and structures) has reached almost epidemic proportions. The town centre would no doubt be awash with it too if it wasn’t for the work of Alan the cleaner. Not only is dog poo nasty, hazardous, pathogen-containing stuff which lazy dog owners should clear up, but all this creates a lazy, negative impression of the town too.

Surely the town council should act to be the force behind anti dog fouling, littering and graffiti initiatives?

Though the Pheonix Trail too is owned and managed by SUSTRANS, it is now an integral part of the town.

The town council, working in partnership with others like SUSTRANS and using simple measures like signs, bins and regular volunteer litter picking groups, could help restore pride to this lovely but sadly messy town. I would be glad to help. Please can something be done?

G Sandalls - Address supplied

I have just read Tony Ellis’ letter regarding.his views on Thame.

Whilst I agree that it is not right for people not to pick up “parcels” left by their dogs, I am incensed by his views on young mums!

I am 24 years old and currently on maternity leave with my first baby. My partner and myself both work (when I am not on maternity leave) and we have our own home. I also happen to have a Bsc in biology. However, if anyone saw me in the street I fear that, some narrowminded people, may tar me with the same brush as in Tony Ellis’ delightful letter.

I happen to know a lot of people my age, who are also lucky enough to look very young still, who have gotten married, are in full time jobs and are now expecting their first baby.

Lastly, some men are away serving their country or even just out at work which would lead to the female being out on their own.

Would all these people also fall under his judgemental umbrella as he is so keen to pass his judgment without really knowing all the facts? Is every young mum out on their own a benefit scrounger?! What annoys me even more is that he won’t be the only one with these narrowminded views!

I hope this is put in next weeks’ Thame Gazette as I feel people with such limited views on others need theirs eyes opened a little.

Kayleigh Williams - Chinnor

In last week’s Thame Gazette you report that the police are cracking down on illegal parking.

Just a few years ago Thame had a traffic warden who kept the streets clear of illegal parking but due to short sighted cut backs it was decided that a traffic warden was not required.

The parking problems will most probably increase with all the proposed housing developments around Thame, this will increase the volume of traffic in the town centre.

It is apparent that now would be the right time to employ traffic wardens to control the traffic problems.

Tom Wyse - Address supplied

When the police are out targeting illegal parking, perhaps they could also speak to the mainly though not all lycra clad cyclists who seem to think the pavement is a shared space with pedestrians.

Pedestrians have enough to contend with looking out for the speedy oap’s in their mobility scooters, jumbo sized pushchairs, teens on skate boards, and toddlers on trikes .

Until the pavement is marked up as shared space as in other towns, they should stay on the road or the phoenix trail.

Helen Marshall , Thame

Much as it pains many people, including me, to encroach on any green areas for road and house building, I am supportive of Richard Moss’s suggestion in his letter (Friday July 11, 2014).

With over 770 houses soon to be built round our beautiful market town, we are likely to experience much heavier traffic to clog up the present inadequate bypass and roundabout systems, especially at rush hour and school times, thus forcing more traffic through our historical town centre. 770 houses could produce over a thousand extra cars, plus additional delivery vans and other occasional users.

Parking is already a problem, and pollution from exhaust fumes in confined streets will

only get worse for our health.

May I suggest that the Council Planning Department takes a revised look at the local map to consider how best to implement Richard Moss’s proposal?

Simon Dickinson, Thame.

 

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