THAME LETTERS: “We need to protect wildlife and children from dog poo”

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Tony Ellis was too negative about our lovely town but he is right about the dog poo.

The problem is not only on the Phoenix trail but it also occurs on the wonderful Cuttle Brook nature reserve.

This 30 acre wildlife haven is unique being situated in the middle of a busy town.

Dogs are exercised there every day which is good therapy for both dogs and owners.

However, we need to protect the wildlife plus school children and young families who learn, play, and picnic there.

Many people including the Cuttle Brook Volunteers pick up the huge amount of litter every month but there is dog excrement not only on the paths but in plastic bags thrown in hedges and long grass.

These get caught up in our mowing machines and are a real nuisance especially for the farmer who cuts the flower meadows.

Please dog owners, bag poo and bin it in the three dog bins on the reserve or take it home.

If you want to see a wildlife spectacle then visit the meadows just after they are cut at the end of July.

Red Kites, buzzards and other raptors circle the meadows looking for voles and mice which have been disturbed.

We are putting on a display at Thame Museum throughout September celebrating the history of 21yrs of the Cuttle Brook nature reserve.

We are anxious to improve the reserve for both visitors and wildlife so if anyone has suggestions as to how this can happen then make their views known at the Exhibition.

Thank you for reading this letter.

Gill Deacon, secretary of Cuttle Brook Conservation Volunteers

Make no mistake regarding the extent of vandalism the Thame townspeople have been exposed to by the Town Council allowing the Elms Field in the Neighbourhood Plan.

This pasture land was seen by South Oxfordshire District Council as “important open space”.

English Heritage claimed it would be “most damaging” should it ever be developed.

Can you believe any council would be so backward as to put the Elms Field into the Town Plan?

It beggars belief what the incentives to do this were.

Now that the development plans are available we know that the line of trees that divide the Elms Park from the Elms Field are destined to be bulldozed down.

When in Spring blossom, these trees are one of the town’s finest sights.

Indeed, each of the trees, being in the Conservation Area, are of sufficient size to be protected by the Tree Preservation Orders.

These trees have been there for 60 years and a developer sees fit to take them out – a disgrace.

But money rules of course.

I question if anything is safe or protected under this Council? I think not.

Ron Clanfield,

a lifelong Thame resident

Dear Thamensian, just a quick note to try and iron out and maybe correct your version of my letter last week.

Firstly you did actually ask for people to write in with opinions.

You seem to have got your wires crossed and think I am blaming you personally for dog fouling, also you seem to think that I have a problem with all teenagers.

If you re-read my letter you will see that I only have a problem with single teenage mothers who claim benefits.

As far as the pubs in Thame go, I did actually say that there are a few good pubs – so you have actually mis-read or

misunderstood all of my points then you have written in correctly about them all in this week’s edition.

Maybe if you have journalistic experience the need to

misquote and sensationalise was irresistible.

Thankfully several friends have contacted me and said how wrong you seem to have got everything and wonder whether you actually read my letter at all.

As far as having a drink with you I can do that whenever I like [tee-hee]


Tony Ellis, Thame