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PUBLISHED: 11:50 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 August 2010

Double standards by campaigners OUR town has been subjected to an irritating and mindless campaign of plastering No to the Tower stickers on street furniture and lights which is already costing the council time and money to remove.  It is therefore quite

Double standards by campaigners

OUR town has been subjected to an irritating and mindless campaign of plastering No to the Tower stickers on street furniture and lights which is already costing the council time and money to remove.

It is therefore quite appalling that Martin McKay from Urban Gravesham fails to condemn the placement of the stickers in a statement reported this week in the same breath as vowing that his group, which produced the stickers, would not condone anything illegal.

It is an interesting definition of "illegal" that doesn't include vandalism and littering disfiguring our town which is covered by several laws including the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and can result in a £2,500 fine.

For someone who claims to be trying to protect the town's heritage and image, it seems he has little care for it.

Perhaps he'd like the council to send him a bill for the removal of these messages adorning every conceivable piece of street furniture. Or maybe, since he says they are "easily removable" he'd like to volunteer his group to go around and remove them.

He might find they are considerably less easy to get rid of than he claims, but at least if they did remove them themselves we won't have to waste council taxpayers' money doing it for him.

Cllr Mike Snelling

Leader of Gravesham Borough Council

Volunteer with Marie

I'M appealing to Reporter readers to turn a couple of spare hours into nursing care for terminally-ill people by volunteering for Marie Curie Cancer Care's Great Daffodil Appeal.

This March, the charity will encourage everyone to wear a daffodil in support of Marie Curie Nurses like me, and we need 18,000 people from across the UK to man these collections on their local high street.

All money raised will help fund Marie Curie Nurses in your region, providing terminally ill people with the choice to be cared for at home.

Most people want to die at home or in a hospice but the majority die in hospital, so I'll be out collecting to ensure more people get to die peacefully, surrounded by the people and things they love the most.

Our services are free but can only be provided with your support.

To volunteer visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107.

Lorna Clarkson

Marie Curie Nursing Ambassador of the Year for England

Arctic weather out of control

WHAT the devil is going on with the weather at the moment?

I have lived in Gravesend for 20 years and I am finding it hard to remember a winter that was as cold as this one.

I am one of these people that doesn't really believe in global warming, but with the unpredictable weather over the past year, I am deciding whether to change my opinion.

Heavy rainfall, strong winds, snow in April and now we have temperatures dropping to Arctic conditions, what is happening?

Maybe it's about time that we did something about the environment to stop climate change getting any worse.

Sarah Kerr

Gravesend

Sympathy for out of work store staff

I WAS saddened to read the stories of the Woolworth's employees who lost their jobs when the store closed last year.

They seem like such a lovely group of people and it must be heartbreaking for anyone to lose their jobs so close to Christmas.

Like the ladies in the story said you used to think you had a job for life but now it seems as if no one is safe. I hope they are all able to find jobs quickly.

Michelle Phillips

Denton.

Duo spent final hours together

I WANT top pass on my condolences to the family of Fred Smith, who died a day after celebrating his 70th wedding anniversary.

Fred, who was married to Kathleen, tragically died the evening of their celebrations, and what a sorry way to go.

At least he got to spend his final day with the wife that he loved so much.

Hannah Burns

Gravesend

Illuminate the town all year

WE should thank Edinburgh House (the tower people) for their continued financial support to the council in relation to the Christmas lights in the town.

I wonder why?

If that dreadful tower is ever built then I suggest it could be lit every year like the Blackpool Tower!

Now that would be an iconic building.

Simon Baker

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