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Live harmoniously with gulls and don't feed them.

I'D like to raise a point of clarification regarding our stance on gulls nesting in our towns and cities. In your feature on "sexed up seagulls" on Saturday July 8 you assert that "according to the RSPB nesting gulls 'pose a real risk to public health'."

We feel demonization birds will not matters Daniel Jenkins-RSPB '." We have been trying to track down the source of this quote but we can only find mention of it in this sentence on our website: "Where nesting gulls pose a real risk to public health, the RSPB accepts that measures to prevent them nesting may be necessary.

I'm sure you will agree, this is not quite the same as the RSPB saying that our gull population is, without exception, posing a real risk to public health.

While we, of course, accept that some gulls' behaviour leaves a lot to be desired and can, on occasion, cause considerable alarm, we feel the demonization of these birds will not resolve matters.

The RSPB would like to see gulls and people living alongside each other harmoniously.

This starts by reducing situations which can create conflict.

We need to stop gulls seeing humans as sources of food.

Stopping people from giving them items of food would be a good start - and many councils are now, quite rightly, starting to issue fines to people who feed gulls.

We then need to look at cleaning food waste from streets, where again many councils are doing good work.

If we can do these things the problem should be greatly reduced, if not hopefully eradicated. Daniel Jenkins-Jones Pennaeth Materion Cyhoeddus, Cymru/Head of Public Affairs, Wales, RSPB Academics back the of these resolve change in law IN the light of a campaign being launched this week to support the physical punishment of children, it is important to state again that changing the law to protect children from assault, just as adults are protected, has the support of a wide range of academic experts, based on the available research evidence.

Jones Not only is there strong evidence linking smacking to mental health problems and behaviour problems in children, but also we know that similar changes in the law elsewhere have been effective. For example, Sweden was the first country to make this change. Public support for smacking in Sweden has gone down over time and prosecution rates have remained steady, which should reassure those who are nervous about criminalising parents. Julie Doughty, Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University Jonathan Evans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of South Wales Emma Renold, Professor of Childhood Studies, Cardiff University Amanda Robinson, Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University Jonathan Scourfield, Professor of Social Work, Cardiff University Katherine Shelton, Reader in Psychology, Cardiff University | | Every Saturday, the sender of our Letter of the Week receives a set of first day covers and a presentation pack courtesy of Royal Mail.

Chris Taylor, Professor of Education, Cardiff University Nigel Thomas, Professor of Childhood and Youth Research, University of Central Lancashire Jane Williams, Associate Professor of Law, Swansea University Does this mean higher train fares? SO ATW is buying second-hand London cast-off trains which are completely useless on our rail network because we are not electrified yet. Good move! But they go on to say the trains have been refurbished which means that they won't need to take time out for modifications, presuming they fit the diesel engine and not ATW? All in all in my mind another total waste of money which will be covered by the commuter in higher train fares.

Ray Winter Canton, Cardiff People fall for false hopes and dreams THE Welsh Labour government needs to look up the words "priorities" and "misleading" in the dictionary. In the Corbyn manifesto he promised to lift the NHS pay cap, abolish student fees and protect Welsh jobs from a hard Brexit. In reality Welsh Labour MPs voted with the Tories for a hard Brexit. Welsh Labour AM's will not scrap the NHS pay cap and have now raised tuition fees to PS9,295, both within their power to do so. Welsh Labour misled all students and the young, public sector workers and workers in general. Still the people of Wales fall for their false hopes and dreams they can't deliver.

Andrew Nutt Bargoed Pushing on with school mergers THE RCT Cabinet agenda for Tuesday 18th included an outline plan to apply for government funding to, amongst other things, build two more "through schools."

As RCT Welsh Lib Dems warned previously, Chief Executive Chris Bradshaw and the Labour Cabinet are determined to push on regardless with plans to create merged primary and secondary schools throughout RCT.

They are already doing it in the Rhondda, despite significant opposition from parents, former and current staff and local Liberal Democrats. Now, without even waiting for that project to be completed and any evaluation of it to be carried out, they are looking to roll this plan out elsewhere.

So where will these schools be? They are not saying just yet - the report says that "It is premature to name potential school projects at this time, as it could raise aspirations, which the council is unable to deliver for the foreseeable future."

I don't remember seeing any mention of this in the Labour manifesto for the recent council elections.

We warned when the Rhondda proposal were brought about that this would only be the start, but most who weren't directly affected weren't in the least bit bothered. Well now other schools are going to be affected. Other parents will be faced with the prospect of their three year olds attending schools alongside 16 or even 18 year olds.

Which schools will they be? Not Aberdare as that has just been rebuilt. Mountain Ash is an outside possibility, but our money would be on Bryncelynnog and Hawthorn, and with a Labour AM and MP parents shouldn't expect any help to fight the plans from that quarter. Karen Roberts Chair, RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

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