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LETTERS: your views.

Thanks for a fantastic clean-up at Copsewood . . .

I WAS most impressed by the work carried out recently clearing the rubbish and general debris from the Copsewood Pool, off the Binley Road.

Coventry City Council's countryside projects personnel worked in abysmal weather removing dozens of beer cans, bottles, shopping trolleys, wheel barrows etc. Congratulations and many thanks.

The pool creates a lot of interest to numerous people and is a vital habitat for numerous species of birds, frogs and other wildlife. But unfortunately it's a popular place for the mindless minority who dump rubbish.

Condemnation is at the same time in order to the contractors working nearby on the Marconi New Century Park who ripped up 50 yards of hedgerows, which is a natural habitat and nesting site for blackbirds, robins and dunnocks.

This might be necessary for the developments planned, but surely it could have waited until after the nesting season was over.

Mr B Williams, Swinburn Avenue, Stoke.

Parking chaos

MANY readers must have experienced the lack of parking spaces available at Coventry and Warwickshire and Walsgrave hospitals. It causes anger and frustration among both patients, visitors and staff.

The problems have grown steadily worse especially during the daytime and are likely to continue.

We have a new hospital on the way and no mention of any additional parking. I understand there are intentions to increase or improve public transport, is this really the answer? Will people really decide to leave their car at home and catch a bus instead? I understand that the local government will not allow a multi-storey car park to be built. Does anyone know if this is true? Or are there other reasons I am not aware of?

Hospital worker, name and address supplied.

Have confidence

I AM a former Royal Marine responding to Alan Hartley's letter about the commandos posted to the mountains of Afghanistan (Your Views, May 22).

Alan, first of all you are not a defeatist, you are a realist. The motto with the Royal Marine Commandos is this: the impossible we can accomplish, but miracles take a little longer.

The training of Royal Marine Commandos is done in Devon, but it does not stop there.

It's taken to the mountains of Norway, the jungle of Borneo, to Canada to the Californian desert. Only half will finish the course.

I have seen men cry because they don't make it. Commandos are not those big hefty types you see in films.

One lad I was with was only 4ft 3in tall, he could do everything we could do. Royal Marine Commandos are trained to work on alone or as a team.

The 1,500 Royal Marine Commandos in Afghanistan will complete the job they have been assigned to. They are very well trained. They will do what it takes.

I trust this will give you confidence in the Royal Marine Commandos.

John Bevan, Ernesford Grange.

Life under a stone

IN RESPONSE to Paul Griffith's letter in Monday's (June 3 Your Views).

Mr Graffiti's believes that all the public houses in his area should close during England's World cup games, so ensuring that locals can get on with their day to day lives without fear of loutish behaviour. He goes on to say that had he known a week ago that the World cup would be taking place, he would have booked a holiday to be away from it all.

Well, fear not Mr Griffith, I doubt if you will come to any harm beneath the stone that you must surely be living under.

Mick Williams,

Stevenson Road,


Look what happens when you rely on public transport

WE ARE urged to use public transport. This is my experience of a visit to Birmingham.

I arrived at the train station in good time and made my way directly to platform three. The 11.26 was cancelled and the next train on the board was 11.56.

So I sat in the 11.33 local train - then a Virgin train arrived on platform three. No good dashing to try for that one.

When it was time to return from Birmingham and I was in good time for the 1.15pm train home.

Ten minutes on the platform and there is an announcement - the 1.15 train is cancelled.

The announcer is sorry for any inconvenience caused. He must be the most sorry man in England for the number of trains late and cancelled.

I catch the 1.45pm train which is only 10 minutes late. Back in Coventry my bus from the Burges does not arrive and I have to catch a later one.

H J Philp

Greycoat Road, Whitmore Park.

. . . now how about the Butts?

I HAVE noticed how overgrown and derelict the car park that used to belong to the Coventry Technical College in the Butts has become.

Could it not be used for a park and ride scheme for the western part of the city, as we have two very good ones for the north and south of Coventry now operating?

David Hughes,

Belgrade Square, Corporation Street.

New findings on late miscarriages

WOMEN who suffer the heartache of losing their babies at a late stage of pregnancy on numerous occasions may be suffering from a condition known as antiphospholipid syndrome (APS).

APS was only discovered 20 years ago by a London rheumatologist, but a simple drug treatment has now increased the chances of a woman having a successful pregnancy from 20 per cent to 70 per cent.

However, some women who remain undiagnosed suffer multiple late miscarriages before the condition is finally spotted and they are offered treatment.

Medical research charity the Arthritis Research Campaign (arc) is this week holding an awareness week and have produced two new booklets, Pregnancy and arthritis and antiphospholipid syndrome which explain how pregnant women can be affected by arthritis and APS, the best types of treatment for both mothers to be and their babies, and symptoms to look out for in APS sufferers.

Both booklets are available from the arc booklet hotline on 01636 677775 or can be downloaded from the arc website at

Diane Waring,

Arthritis Research Campaign, St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield.

to the point

I WOULD very much like to thank the kind unknown lady that bought me the pounds 5 clock last Saturday, May 11, in the charity shop. It was a shock to me to meet such kindness.

Winifred Taylor, Sewall Highway, Wyken.

IN LAST Thursday's Evening Telegraph in an article about the Phoenix Initiative you have changed Chris Beck into Colin Dale. Can we please have Chris Beck back? Otherwise lies confusion.

Les Lewis,

Baginton Road.

Mr Dale was correctly titled in the articlee as project manager of the Phoenix Initiative; Mr Beck is director.

I AND all my family were all brought up in and around Coventry, but my granddaughter from Brighton who is 35 and a widow has now come to live here where all her family are. But can she get anywhere decent to live, let alone a council house? No, yet all my family have always paid our rates etc.

Bedworth resident,

name and address supplied.

THERE'S just no pleasing some people is there? I refer to Rob Summerfields recent letter criticising our council's attempt to transform Bull Yard into a restaurant quarter. Mr Summerfield obviously doesn't recognise a good baked potato when he sees one.

Ray Wilkes,

Partridge Croft,

Bell Green.

A LITTLE tip for columnist Maureen Spring who was having trouble with sticky tape.

When using tape just turn back the corner before you let it go and you get no waste and you can use your roll until the end.

Mrs D Fleming,

Bucks Hill, Nuneaton.
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Date:Jun 6, 2002
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