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Parking charges

2:42pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

HAVING CAERPHILLY Council Car Park charges for parking at its five country parks. just read an online report about the Caerphilly council meeting on July 16 16/08/14, I am disappointed at the way the members seem to have totally disregarded the views of many residents – including a petition signed by 3,000 people – who raised concerns about the charges for car parking in its five country parks, about charging for parking at its Country Parks. There appears not to have been much discussion and a dismissive attitude towards the objections that were put forward.

Burglary agony

2:11pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

I WOULD like to say a big thank you to the burglars who broke into my parents’ home in Machen.

Bottom of class

1:30pm Thursday 19th June 2014

CARWYN Jones lost faith in some councils delivering a high standard of education.

Licence refund

11:17am Friday 13th June 2014

AS THE university summer break begins, and students in the University of South Wales move back home for the summer holidays, TV Licensing is reminding them that they could be eligible for a very useful refund of almost £37 on the final quarter of their annual TV licence.

Cuts fall-out

11:44am Wednesday 4th June 2014

MORE than 1,800 Caerphilly county borough residents waited over an hour for a first response after calling 999 for an ambulance last year.

Mining tragedy

11:36am Thursday 22nd May 2014

AS I listened to the tragic news of the Turkish mining disaster, I could not help the tears flowing down my cheeks.

Marriage worry

2:33pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

MANY believe the dust has now settled over same-sex marriages. The issue is still much alive, especially as we approach the European elections.

Poor 15 years

2:30pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

WALES marks the 15th anniversary of Labour’s record in the Welsh Assembly. For 15 years, Labour has been running Wales into the ground, wasting money and pursuing populist gimmicks while Wales gets poorer and public services are stretched to breaking point.

Postcode lottery

2:50pm Thursday 8th May 2014

COUNCIL tax payers of Caerphilly CB Council have to ask themselves what they think their council will look like by the next election, in May 2017? Also, how much do they think they will be paying for it?

Make us equal

10:43am Friday 2nd May 2014

IF SCOTLAND votes Yes that’s the end of the British state. If they vote No, they could end up with devolution-max, with only defence and foreign affairs reserved here to Westminster.

One law for MPs

12:49pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THE watchdog in charge of parliamentary expenses has declared war on MPs, saying they can no longer be trusted to police their own affairs.

Leave us alone

12:11pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

I’M INCREASINGLY annoyed by the constant attacks on Wales by David Cameron and the Daily Mail. Cameron constantly refers to NHS failings in Wales which he blames on the Welsh Government. Clearly he is determined to convince the electorate that socialism does not work.

Price isn't right

2:54pm Thursday 20th March 2014

CAERPHILLY Council Tax hits £900 (2 up and 2 down).... They’re having a laugh! Services CUT, and the cost goes up!!! What a cheek!!

Poll opinion

2:01pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

THE PEOPLE of Blackwood get a chance to show their opinion on the living wage and other Labour failures.

Beacon of light

1:55pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

TONY Benn is dead – we will not see his like again.

Call for peace

11:41am Friday 14th March 2014

NATO was set up as a defensive organisation at the end of the Second World War, to combat Russia’s supposed warlike intentions. Since the Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall came down, Nato has grown more and more aggressive and more warlike.

Back the Bill

12:40pm Friday 28th February 2014

ON MARCH 5, I will be leading a debate in the National Assembly on my proposed bill for a legal duty for Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels.

Inquiry needed into Welsh NHS

12:38pm Friday 28th February 2014

HIGHLY skilled professionals from one of our top universities have expressed concern at the high mortality rates in Welsh hospitals.

Fracking debate

2:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

I NOTICED with concern that fracking is slipping off media agenda. In order to satisfy their gas/petrol guzzling public with their huge cars, the Americans embrace fracking with open arms. Already there have been more than 150 recorded incidents involving contaminated water; many of the underground water tables are polluted, and the latest worrying incident occurred in a small village in Pennsylvania where a fracking well exploded with a huge fire, causing parts of the surrounding inhabitants to be evacuated.

What hope?

1:01pm Thursday 13th February 2014

LABOUR MP Ann Clwyd has criticised the Welsh Government for not answering her concerns about the standards of healthcare in Wales.

What a mess

12:57pm Thursday 13th February 2014

HAVEN’T the Welsh Assembly and Carwyn Jones got anything better to do than to propose yet another upheaval by inflicting yet another reorganisation of local government on the people?

Re-brand waste

1:23pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A ROSE by any other name would smell as sweet!


1:06pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

I PLEAD forgiveness for being more than sceptical at the timing of the announcement by CCBC that they have delivered an underspend of £4.5 million. Having listened to many residents of the Western Valley and a number from the Bedwas and Trethomas areas over recent years, all have agreed this local authority has done little for our areas. To add insult to injury this CCBC is now embarking upon consultation on “proposed changes to school admission arrangements in 2015/16” in the Islwyn West Area.

Car loans shame

10:54am Tuesday 7th January 2014

WITH THE latest shame to hit Caerphilly council is that taxpayers were subsidising employee car loans for workers who apparently rarely used their vehicles for council purposes. Between April 2009 and March 2013, the value of outstanding car loans declined from £269,000 to £118,000. But over the period 35 people were repaying loans at the low interest rate of 5.9%.

Files show truth

10:47am Tuesday 7th January 2014

WITH the release of secret Government papers under the 30 year rule, at last the truth has come out about the 1984-5 miners strike. Despite all their denials at the time, Margaret Thatcher and the Tories had a hidden agenda to destroy the mining industry, through her well-planned strategy of killing off Britain’s weak, poorly-led Trade unions. She first struck at the engineering unions, and provoked a strike with British Leyland.

Jpbs for the boys

3:23pm Monday 6th January 2014

CHANGES will allow unelected members of the public co-opted on the council committees to claim more public money in the New Year.

Face up to it

11:27am Monday 30th December 2013

LABOUR’S Education Minister Huw Lewis has apologised for the Welsh Government’s rule over sliding school standards.

Awful Osborne

1:02pm Monday 16th December 2013

THIS year’s autumn statement is classic Osborne, full of the usual denials and misinformation that has come to characterise this awful Chancellor. The Institute of Fiscal Studies has run a coach and horses through Osborne’s autumn statement pointing out that there is a whopping £12 billion black hole in his sums, which will mean further tax rises or more cuts in essential services. They also point out that due to wages falling so far behind the cost of living, that for every year Cameron has been in number 10 we are £1.600 worse off.

Mandela light

12:08pm Thursday 12th December 2013

NELSON Mandela is dead, but the flame of freedom he lit will live on.

Pay anomaly

12:06pm Thursday 12th December 2013

UNBELIEVABLE! The increase for all MPs pay/salary at such a high percentage. What should be considered is the way they are paid. Why should all individual workers, some in same workplaces, be paid at different rates yet all MPs be paid equally throughout the nation. They should all be paid their expenses from a central fund whilst on duty at parliament. But, their pay and expenses whilst in their own constituencies should be raised from their individual constituency and the constituents would be charged through their local rates. It is then up to the constituents to decide what rate the individual MP should receive, even if there is a need for a constituency ballot on it.

Do right thing

12:05pm Thursday 12th December 2013

PLANS to award MPs an 11 per cent pay rise have been criticised across Westminster, with one minister describing them as “utterly incomprehensible”.

Mandela missed

12:59pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

ALTHOUGH I never had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela, I found it extremely moving just listening to the experiences of many people who had.

Millions wasted

12:56pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

ALLAN Pritchard, (December 6), expressed the view that the First Minister showed “utter disrespect” when answering questions on the education rating for Wales. I accept his right to make such comments and would fight for his right to make them. However, I cannot but believe that he is being a bit holier than thou in this instance.

Poor response

11:48am Friday 6th December 2013

I HAD the misfortune to listen and watch the debate in the Assembly on the latest appalling Pisa education results for Wales.

Twisting the tail

12:02pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

I AM writing to ask you how much more damage can this bunch of clowns at Westminster inflict upon this once great country of ours.

Super switch-on

12:00pm Monday 2nd December 2013

MAY I take this opportunity through your letters page to thank everyone who came out to support the recent Blackwood Christmas lights switch-on? sponsored by Blackwood Town Council.

Shame on you

12:11pm Thursday 21st November 2013

I DOUBT the Monmouth MP David Davies would know an impact if it hit him in the face, I see he is on the committee of MPs investigating the effects of the spare bedroom subsidy, clearly living in an extremely nice part of Wales doesn’t reflect the poorest parts of Wales and the effect it is having on a very lot of people.

Nuclear mistake

12:40pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

HOW CAN our government coolly announce the go-ahead for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point while at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, workers are still battling to clean up the disaster caused two years ago?

Democracy out

11:30am Friday 1st November 2013

A COUNCIL already at the centre of controversy for awarding huge secret pay rises to senior managers is now under investigation over further preferential payments to top earners.

Thanks to all

11:21am Tuesday 29th October 2013

IT IS with a great deal of pride I write this letter, as a member of the Newbridge Environmental Group. I wish to thank the staff and children and some parents of Pentwynmawr Primary and Pant Side primary schools for their efforts and enthusiasm on recent litter-picks in both villages, it’s so reassuring to see the children taking part. Every time we go out with them they seem to be even keener than before. Thank you both schools.

Care outcry

11:16am Tuesday 29th October 2013

ACCORDING to a new report, 15-minute “flying” care visits are on the increase with patients often forced to choose between staying thirsty or using the toilet.

AM question

11:15am Tuesday 29th October 2013

THE recent report regarding more Assembly Members is predictable, while at the same damning to all those who peddled the lie that more powers would not mean more politicians.

'Rule' is sad

12:26pm Monday 21st October 2013

AS THE secretary and a trustee of (Pontymister Youth AFC) I feel the need to air my concerns regarding getting young children involved in sport. I recently wrote to three schools in the area with the aim of recruiting youngsters under the age of eight to join the club and get them involved in sport and keeping fit. Included were flyers introducing the club. As the turnout to the advertised session was poor, I contacted the schools to follow up my request. I was appalled to be told by Risca Primary School that they were unable to hand out the flyers as they could only send out literature received from Caerphilly County Borough Council. I find this hard to believe when I know pupils are sent home with requests to donate to charities, such as filling shoe boxes with gifts for children abroad. It is appalling to think that they can help such charities, yet cannot help a local charity such as Pontymister Youth by handing out flyers and help by encouraging their pupils to get involved with out-of-school activities.

Funds recovered

2:06pm Thursday 17th October 2013

ONCE again I read Cllr Dix has raised the same misinformation he peddled prior to the last council elections, when he claimed Caerphilly council under Plaid lost £15 million in the collapsed Icelandic banks in 2008.

Secrecy charge

1:36pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

IT IS very interesting to read Cllr Dix (Oct 9), he clearly fixes responsibility for Iceland essential car users allowance and holiday buy outs on Plaid Cymru and not the public servants of Caerphilly.

Unsavoury act

12:43pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

I’M GLAD to see the independent Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has decided not to take any action against pa a Plaid Cymru councillor at the centre of Caerphilly County Borough Councils’ pay scandal.

Shaping up

12:40pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

SO, THE chief executive of the NHS in Wales says, “we are in good shape” – really?

Leadership woes

11:48am Monday 14th October 2013

I CAN believe what both the leaders of Conservative and Labour have said in their recent conferences.

Bedroom tax

1:09pm Friday 11th October 2013

CAERPHILLY Against the Bedroom Tax took to the streets of the town centre to campaign against the Tory-Lib Dem Bedroom Tax, and call for its repeal.


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