Not everyone feels the same

Times Series: Margaret Thatcher

4:09pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Having disclaimed any wish to patronise your readers, Stephen O’Byrne immediately proceeds to patronise them most offensively by imputing to them all his own personal hang-ups, political prejudices and historical fantasies regarding the late Lady Thatcher (‘Saddened by naming request’, Opinion, July 10).

Send workers in to keep it tidy

4:04pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Many years ago, I wrote to you about the woeful condition of Sunnyhill Park. Promises were made by Barnet Borough Council about improvements in the near future. Is there any change? Well, yes, there is – woeful has now degenerated into disgraceful.

Pulling the wool over our eyes

4:02pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Councillor Reuben Thompstone is trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes concerning class sizes in infant schools (‘Strong record on delivering’, Your Views, July 17).

Scheme must be thrown out

3:57pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I am writing in response to a letter written by John Cox regarding the Brent Cross development (‘Councillor could refuse to sell’, Your Views, July 3).

We are reliant on generosity

3:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I would like to highlight the tremendous generosity of the people of Finchley, particularly those who were shopping in the North Finchley Waitrose superstore on Saturday, June 28.

Some people do not understand

3:40pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Many of the staff at both Barnet Borough Council and Barnet Hospital do not know the London telephone code. It is 020, not 0208. After 020 there are eight digits starting with 8 or 7.

Delay is down to the developer

3:38pm Thursday 24th July 2014

You reported on the unacceptable situation in respect of Dollis Park (‘Neighbours at the ‘end of their tether’ over ‘eyesore’, Barnet & Potters Bar Times, July 10).

Hospital offers a wonderful service

Times Series: Barnet Hospital

3:36pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Barnet Hospital.

We will be representing all of the people of East Barnet

4:18pm Thursday 17th July 2014

As the newly-elected Labour councillors for East Barnet we would like to thank all those who voted for us on May 22.

Strong record on delivering

4:17pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Assembly Member Andrew Dismore recently wrote a somewhat misleading letter about a shortage of school places in the borough (‘More school places needed’, Your Views, July 3).

Condition of park is a joke

4:15pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I know that Burnt Oak is usually written off as the armpit of leafy Barnet (I believe Barnet Borough Council lists it as a deprived area) but the condition of Watling Park is way beyond a joke.

Think carefully before renaming

Times Series: Margaret Thatcher

4:13pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I didn’t respond to a letter written suggesting that either a street or Finchley Memorial Hospital should be named after Margaret Thatcher because I honestly thought it was a joke, especially as there was even a hint that she was worthy of being made a saint (‘Name street after Margaret Thatcher’, Your Views, June 19).

Good news for local people

4:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

From this September train company Govia will be operating the Thameslink line, which runs through Hendon and Mill Hill Broadway stations. I took an early opportunity to meet Govia to discuss some of the issues that have been raised by residents, notably frequency of service, the introduction of new trains, step-free access at Mill Hill, and staff presence at stations.

Old road sign photo appeal

4:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

This is a long shot appeal, but until about 2008 when they brought in the 20mph limit there was an old road sign on the corner of Wood Lane and Blair Avenue in Hendon, and although I saw it nearly every day for many years, it didn’t occur to me to take a photo of it as it was always there and so familiar.

Thank you for trusting us

4:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

We would like to thank Colindale voters for putting their trust in us and electing us with a huge majority.

Pushing on an open door

Times Series: Richard Cornelius

4:04pm Thursday 17th July 2014

At the Any Questions debate at Friern Barnet Community Library on June 20 the question was put: “When does the panel suggest that the library lease be extended by the council to ten years or more?”

Cycling facilities have to be much better than this

5:19pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Recently I attempted to go to the High Barnet councillors surgery, which is advertised on the Barnet Borough Council website. When I arrived there were no councillors in Chipping Barnet Library.

Would you vote for them again?

Times Series: Richard Cornelius

5:16pm Thursday 10th July 2014

On Friday, June 20, the Friern Barnet Community Library held a Question Time evening at which three local councillors were present – one Labour and two Conservative.

Not listening to local taxpayers

5:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014

It is understandable if people become disillusioned with politicians – both at the local and national level. This was highlighted recently in the run-up to the local council elections when an election leaflet from the Tory councillors fell on my doormat on April 26 – a month prior to the vote.

Saddened by naming request

5:09pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I was saddened to see Aniello Capone’s request to see Finchley Memorial Hospital named after Margaret Thatcher (‘Name street after Margaret Thatcher’, Your Views, June 19).

Barnet has a car crisis

5:08pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Your report on parking problems in Selwood Drive (‘Motorists warned over parking outside homes’, Times Series, June 26) omits to mention that parking and traffic dominated the whole Chipping Barnet Area Forum where the matter was raised – and what’s more, always do dominate the forums.

Never asked to meet director

5:06pm Thursday 10th July 2014

In his letter (‘Rising passenger satisfaction’, Your Views, June 26), David Statham, managing director of First Capital Connect (FCC), suggests that he offered to meet me a number of times this year. This is not true. I have had no invitation to meet him or anyone else from FCC.

What about the Mercedes?

5:05pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I understand why Councillor Richard Cornelius is not aware of the council’s ceremonial cars (‘Council is in fact saving money’, Your views, June 26). I fell for a story published on April 1, 2009. But truth is stranger than fiction.

Councillor could refuse to sell

3:11pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

How much would you bet at Ladbrokes on who will be running the Borough of Barnet in a year’s time? Let’s keep our money safe, and worry instead about the nasty Brent Cross developers. They are now attempting to demolish more than 200 homes, which is just ‘collateral damage’ in building a bigger Brent Cross shopping centre.

Correcting some inaccuracies

3:08pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Your Choice Barnet (YCB) would like to correct some inaccuracies and clarify some misunderstandings regarding YCB, which arose at the public Question Time session at Friern Barnet Library on June 20.

Rename hospital – No! No! No!

3:06pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

I am writing in response to the letter by Aniello Capone (Name street after Margaret Thatcher’, Your Views, June 19).

A bus stop here would be great

3:05pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

I am writing in response to a letter about Copthall Stadium (‘Divert bus to stop at site’, Your Views, June 19).

Politics is a dirty business

3:03pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

It is disappointing to hear of the mayor’s activities in the property market. Activities which must surely taint the post of the First Citizen of the Borough and consequently the reputations of all the citizens a mayor represents.

More school places needed

3:01pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

In May 2010, when I was still Labour MP for Hendon, there were no infant schoolchildren in Barnet learning in oversized classes. New figures show there are now 1,343 Barnet infant schoolchildren sitting in overcrowded classrooms of more than 30 pupils, at a time that is vital to their future development and progress. Barnet children are paying the price of the Conservatives’ dogma.

Rising passenger satisfaction

4:06pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Andrew Dismore, who is hoping to become Hendon’s next MP, claimed in a letter to your paper last week that First Capital Connect could not run the Thameslink route (‘Country’s most unpopular line’, Your Views, June 19). The fact that we carry 180,000 passengers every day, to and from the capital across 582km of railway, while managing 73 stations and maintaining the train fleet rather disproves the point.

Council is in fact saving money

4:04pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I’m sure Fred Leplat (‘Do Tories have a mandate?’, Your Views, June 12) will be thrilled to learn how wildly mistaken he is with his claim that the council bought two ceremonial Daimlers for £120,000.

Media coverage blackout

4:02pm Thursday 26th June 2014

One aspect of the recent elections is that there has been an almost total blackout of the Greens by the BBC and other media.

We were denied the knowledge

3:59pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I wasn’t much surprised by the selfish and underhanded activities of Barnet’s new mayor Councillor Hugh Rayner, although I know that there will be those who were.

It would cost less open

3:56pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Barnet councillors should hang their heads in shame over the abandonment of Church Farmhouse Museum in March 2011 and the inevitable decay of the building. Of course it is an opportunity for thieves to steal York paving slabs and goodness knows what else will happen before the building is put on the At Risk Register by English Heritage. What makes matters much worse is that we taxpayers are paying £85 per day for security. What on earth is the security company doing? Barnet Borough Council was told at the time that once the museum closed it would be a target. It would have cost the council less money to keep it open and continue to provide a much-loved and used amenity for the borough.

Labour has no chance

Times Series: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

3:54pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Hiring any PR guru locally or from abroad to snatch Ed Miliband from the jaws of inexorable electoral defeat at the next general election is delusory, and a waste of time, effort and money.

Name street after Margaret Thatcher

Times Series: Margaret Thatcher

4:01pm Thursday 19th June 2014

I understand that Barnet Borough Council is consulting residents about changing a street name to honour Margaret Thatcher.

Thank you for your support

3:58pm Thursday 19th June 2014

I would like to thank all supporters who voted for myself, Devra Kay and Adam Langleben to be your local councillors in West Hendon ward.

Country’s most unpopular line

3:56pm Thursday 19th June 2014

I welcome the demise of the First Capital Connect Thameslink franchise with the news that the contract has now been awarded to Govia. FCC could not run the railway. It was the most unpopular line in the country last year, which was no surprise to users of the line.

Lack of money spent is a joke

3:54pm Thursday 19th June 2014

I have been a Labour councillor representing Colindale for the past four years. For family reasons, I have decided to stand down so I am not contesting my seat. I take issue with the comments Councillor Mark Shooter has made in his letter (‘Be grateful for improvements’, Your Views, June 12).

Divert bus to stop at site

3:51pm Thursday 19th June 2014

I am an active Hendon resident aged 67 suffering from painful arthritis. I do not drive but would like to access Copthall Stadium.

Mindless jeering and interruption

3:48pm Thursday 19th June 2014

Although a floating voter now, I was brought up in a family with strong socialist traditions going back to the middle of the 18th Century.

Catcalling is not part of politics

Times Series: Cllr Hugh Rayner

3:38pm Thursday 19th June 2014

The behaviour in the town hall public gallery at the inauguration of the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, on June 2 was some of the worst I have heard in my years on the council.

Badges for your journeys

12:38pm Friday 13th June 2014

Around 11,000 pupils from 37 primary schools in Barnet took part in this year’s Walk to School Week and showed how beneficial walking to school can be for children, parents and the wider community.

Standards of care put at risk

12:38pm Friday 13th June 2014

Caring for the elderly and vulnerable people with disabilities is one of the most important jobs we do as a society. And yet the people who do this essential work on our behalf are poorly paid. (“Borough care workers vote for strike action over pay cuts”, Times Series, June 5).

Do you know this cruel man?

12:36pm Friday 13th June 2014

At about 9am on Monday morning when I was walking down the lane leading to the park between Lawton and Victoria Road, I heard a dog yelping and squealing very loudly.

Councillor who has integrity

12:34pm Friday 13th June 2014

I was saddened to hear that former councillor Kate Salinger lost her Coppetts seat.

Do Tories have a mandate?

Times Series: Councillor Richard Cornelius

12:34pm Friday 13th June 2014

Councillor Richard Cornelius claims that there was a clear victory for the Tories in the elections and they have a mandate.

Deprived of our right to vote

Times Series: Ealing defends delay in declaring poll results

12:32pm Friday 13th June 2014

As my wife and I were going to be on holiday on polling day we applied for postal votes — well ahead of the deadline.

Be grateful for improvements

12:31pm Friday 13th June 2014

David Beere painted a rather bleak picture of Colindale, claiming a failure to invest in Colindale and a reduction in services (‘Hard to believe new promise’, Opinion, June 5).

Footpaths need to be made safe

12:29pm Friday 13th June 2014

I would like to draw attention to the incredibly dangerous public footpaths in Edgeworth Close, Hendon.

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