Why were these trees cut down?
I AM a concerned resident opposed to the greenfield sites off Wyaston Road being built on when there is a perfectly good flat brownfield site around the Ashbourne Airfield.
I am now astonished to find that three perfectly healthy mature trees that were growing in the hedgerow bordering the site with planning reference number 14/00354/OUT, that is still under review and not yet approved, have now been cut down under instruction of Radleigh Homes.
It is yet another blow for the campaigners to stop this decimation of a greenfield site.
It is so tragic to see these magnificent trees lying in the field, for potentially no reason if the campaigners are successful in preventing this field becoming a housing estate.
Come on, Radleigh, the council planners and the Government, stop this destruction of natural habitat and use the brownfield site.
Please call me again, Lillian
A LADY called Lillian Wignall very kindly called me after seeing the piece about out our upcoming upholstery workshops.
I have tried to ring her, but I seem to have an incorrect phone number.
Would she call me again, as the offer of some upholstery tools was very kind and would be much appreciated? Thank you.
Old Forge Upholstery Supplies Kirk Langley
A big thank-you to town's people
TO the people of Ashbourne, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those kind-hearted residents for the gestures of goodwill and support we have received since we opened our shop, The Village Rainbow, on St John Street, in November.
We've put so much effort into providing a unique shopping experience for the people of Ashbourne, so to open in the manner we have has been out of this world.
The reception we have received from the local shopping community and fellow retailers alike has been overwhelming.
Ashbourne is a fabulous market town with so much to offer and we feel truly privileged to be part of that family.
The high street has to work much harder nowadays to compete with the big online retailers, which is why we've tried to offer something a little bit different.
Not only do we stock one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, fair-trade products and hard-to-find gifts – but we also provide a welcoming environment where people can feel at ease and makes themselves at home.
If you've not been in yet to say hello, please do.
It's always nice to meet new people.
The Village Rainbow
Council left us nowhere to go
I HAVE long doubted the sanity of certain officers of Derbyshire Dales District Council and, by inference, our councillors who employ them.
Think back to Streetfest when, despite the huge number of visitors and road closures, parking enforcement officers were, nevertheless, sent here.
The latest act of total stupidity was seen on Sunday, the day of the Highland Gathering.
At about 6pm as the happy crowds surged towards the town centre for the parade of pipe bands, sure enough the Shawcroft public lavatories were locked.
Possibly either one of our councillors or one of the officers responsible would explain to us where those visitors and Ashburnians alike were to go.
We (I say "we" because it is our money) spend a small fortune on these splendid lavatories and then they are closed when needed most.
I'd like to make a small tribute to the council employee who unlocked the disabled cubicle when asked to do so.
Facts about Painters Lane
IN the News Telegraph, I see that Painters Lane is still mentioned as being part of the A52. This is not so and the county council should be aware of this.
Painters Lane is at Yeldersley and so-called because most of the families living along it were all relatives called Painter.
The A52 has been for many years the main road to Derby or Ashbourne.
Painters Lane is on the opposite side of the road to Osmaston Lane, ongoing to Yeldersley, Shirley Hollow, Shirley Common, Rack of Stones, Common Side and Brailsford. A lane is usually a narrow road, which doesn't quite fit with the A52.