Vi­tal role of the Gazette

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

THERE was a good ar­ti­cle about lo­cal newspapers in the Daily Tele­graph on 29th June en­ti­tled “If lo­cal pa­pers die, so does democ­racy”.

This re­ported that we are los­ing so many won­der­ful lo­cal newspapers - some of which have been run­ning for over 100 years.

The Gazette has been a much needed source of democ­racy in this area. Lo­cal cam­paign groups had to fight off the pro­posed clo­sure of Ruis­lip Manor Li­brary on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in the past and they couldn’t have done this with­out the Gazette high­light­ing what was go­ing on.

The li­brary was saved and today we’re very grate­ful to Hilling­don Coun­cil for all the many great li­braries that we have!

In 2003 The Gazette also helped fight the pro­posed clo­sure of the world-renowned Mount Ver­non Cancer Cen­tre.

The Gazette pub­li­cised where the pub­lic meet­ings against this clo­sure were be­ing held, so res­i­dents could attend and put their views.

Like the Tele­graph, I fear for democ­racy if we don’t have a lo­cal news­pa­per to pub­lish our let­ters and be a voice for the peo­ple, and tell us any­thing which read­ers should know about.

So Gazette, please dis­trib­ute your newspapers to shops in Ruis­lip and other ar­eas around Uxbridge. Not only would your staff lose their jobs if peo­ple can’t get hold of a Gazette, but it would be a sad day for lo­cal democ­racy. Name and ad­dress with­eld

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