27th Jun, 2022

LETTERS: Your discussion from across the city in this week's Observer

Lots of noise but no sense behind it

Well didn’t they make a lot of noise whilst saying nothing? Evidently that was the plan.

If the extraordinary general meeting held on June 12th to discuss (sorry evade) the city centre parking debacle had been shown on television, channel-surfers would be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon some form of comedy that satirises the inner workings of a local authority.

During what was arguably the worst performance by a ruling group in many years, Coventry was again embarrassed nationally by those elected to serve the residents of the city.

I wonder what Hull would have done. Yesterday was just more of the same aggressive, concerning (mis)behaviour adopted by Coventry City Council year after year.

The slurs and smears are always ready for launch. It just so happens I’ve been called worse things by better people. Unfortunately for the public, if Coventry City Council refuses to be a good example, then they will just have to be a horrible warning.

Richard Heneghan

Road safety campaigner

They should have supported to PM

For complete transparency I voted remain and feel nervous about the fact we are leaving the union. However as an elected member in this city I am absolutely in support of the Brexit process and want it to go through, giving us the best posssible result.

I therefore find it puzzling our elected Labour MPs voted against the wishes of most

Coventry residents in the recent Bill. Lord Halisham put in his wrecking amendment as a device for stopping Brexit.

An act of rebellion in the unelected house against a democratic decision many there do not like. That is its only purpose, there is no new principle of trade at stake here, merely an elite tantrum.

I find it rather unfortunate that our elected MPs would seek to endorse that attempt at a legislative coup. They should have supported the Prime Minister, defeating the Lords’ amendments and delivering the Brexit that Coventry voted for.

I am pleased the government won the vote 324 vs 298.

Coun Tim Mayer (Conservative),

Westwood Ward

Coventry City Council

Desire for publicity behind these letters

I feel that the continued publishing of letters from Councillor Tim Mayer is more

than coincidence. It clearly is his political strategy – an attempt to gain publicity.

This is I feel not the purpose of letters to the editor. Indeed this particular page should contain letters about local and national issues from readers who may be critical of local councilors from any party.

If your publication would wish to favour any particular political party, it would be better served by articles clearly marked by the author, as to regard to the political party he represents. This is done in many local publications, in the form of a regular contribution from constituency MPs and Councillors.

Richard Williams, via email

Drivers must not lose sight of safety

The population of Coventry is increasing, and so is traffic, with more and bigger vehicles being driven, often above the speed limits. Telephoning or texting while driving is particularly dangerous. traffic accidents and I have personally seen several vehicles totally written off in recent months. Life is very precious and we can all make mistakes. I hope that all drivers will realise the possible dangers to others and themselves, and remember the adage: ‘drive to arrive’.

Coun David Skinner

(Conservative), Westwood Ward

Coventry City Council

Offering support and advice to carers

Every day, another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility and, by 2037, it’s anticipated that the number of carers in the UK will increase to 9 million.

To coincide with Carers Week 2018, Independent Age, the older people’s charity, launched a new, free advice guide to help people identify as carers, and access the practical, financial and emotional support available to them.

The guide, called ‘Caring for someone: How to get the support you need’, is suitable for anyone who might be a carer. It explains carers rights, and the benefits, services and support available to help look after someone else. It also looks at what happens when a caring role ends. ‘Caring for someone’ is free to order and download from www.independentage.org/caring-for-someone, or can be ordered for free by calling 0800 319

6789. To make a donation or find out more about how you can support the work of

Independent Age and help older people stay independent, please visit www.independentage.org.

Lucy Harmer

Independent Age

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