Over­gown verges a com­plete sham­bles

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

WHAT on earth do visi­tors to this city think when they travel in by road?

The road­sides and verges are a com­plete sham­bles ev­ery­where you look with over­grown grass and lit­ter. Apart from this dis­grace, the Sowe Val­ley pub­lic footpath is so over­grown it is now only pos­si­ble to walk sin­gle file, you can­not see who is com­ing, if it’s peo­ple with dogs there is no where to move out of the way. Parts of the walk, the path is no more than a don­key track with rose bushes hang­ing across the paths.

It is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble for any­one with a pushchair and it is a good job most cy­clists wear a hel­met to save them from head in­juries as tree branches are hang­ing that low. In fact what was once a lovely walk is down­right dan­ger­ous, with net­tles sting­ing you. I un­der­stand there have also been men ex­pos­ing them­selves and school­child­ren use this walk.

May i sug­gest the coun­cil spend more on a de­cent work­force for this city in­stead of run­ning round af­ter stu­dents, and make the roads a wel­com­ing sight in­stead of the sham­bolic mess it all is now. Gill Gates Wyken

Amaz­ing re­cov­ery of venus fly­trap

IN April 2017 we bought a soli­tary venus fly­trap plant for the TLC bench at a lo­cal nurs­ery. It cost a pound. We took it home and planted it on a bed of sphag­num moss. It grew and a few days later sent out some tiny side shoots. These de­vel­oped into full plants and they con­tin­ued to grow. This year they have sur­passed them­selves and have pro­lif­er­ated con­sid­er­ably. The most interesting fea­ture though is the flower spikes they have shot up. There are nine of these, each with a sin­gle flower head ex­cept for one which has 11 mini-spikes which I think is un­usual. M T Han­cock Wyken

On­line shop­ping is caus­ing dam­age

WITH many more house­hold retail names ei­ther clos­ing or hav­ing to dras­ti­cally re­struc­ture the man­ner in which they trade, the high streets of our towns and cities will never re­gain their for­mer pop­u­lar­ity.

Most of us are guilty of help­ing with this de­cline as we turn to the in­ter­net to pur­chase items that stores ei­ther do not have in stock, or in my case when pur­chas­ing ob­scure books, do not even ex­ist on their com­puter sys­tems.

There is an­other side effect of these changes in our habits. Air pol­lu­tion and con­ges­tion on our roads is in­creas­ing at an alarm­ing rate and this is partly driven by the boom in in­ter­net shop­ping.

Heavy goods ve­hi­cles still sup­ply our stores but an in­creas­ing num­ber travel around the coun­try sup­pling distri­bu­tion cen­tres for on­line com­pa­nies. Coven­try and Rugby alone are sur­rounded by hun­dreds of these cen­tres.

When our or­ders have been fa­cil­i­tated (that ap­pears to be the new buzz word) they are car­ried by a vast army of vans to our homes. Some packages are no larger than an en­ve­lope. Since re­tir­ing I have no­ticed a con­tin­u­ous pa­rade of vans around our streets. Yes­ter­day a van parked and left his en­gine run­ning while he sorted through his load. Once he had se­lected the parcels the driver left the van door open and the en­gine run­ning while he walked up the road to the de­liv­ery ad­dresses. If an item is not re­quired it is even pos­si­ble to ar­range for a courier to pick up un­wanted goods to re­turn to the sup­plier, adding to the con­ges­tion and pol­lu­tion.

Things will never re­vert to how they were in pre-in­ter­net days, but our new way of shop­ping is hav­ing con­se­quences that could never have been fore­seen. Bill Sut­ton Chapelfields

Bank Hol­i­day is a priv­i­lege not a right

THE House of Com­mons passed the Bank Hol­i­day Act in 1871 (May 25).

Shame that this was never a right, but just a priv­i­lege for many work­ers.

Some work­ers get these ex­tra days off work, any oth­ers do not have that op­tion. Fred Foster Radford

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