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Patients need consideration

Sir, – Unfortunately for me, I had to spend Christmas Day in hospital. The service to the patients and staff was nil.

The paper shop had a day off and opened the next but had no papers and yet they were published.

New Year’s Day was the same, no shops opened. By January 2 we had some newspapers.

When you are sitting all day just a read of the papers passes the time.

I don’t know who has the contracts for WH Smith and Marks and Spencer but I think they need to get their heads together and give a better service.

There are a lot of people in the ward I am in who cannot get downstairs for a paper.

I am lucky that I am able to do so and can get papers for a few of the patients.

WHR has a good little cafe and if they have enough staff they will come round the wards with papers, sweets, juice etc. but, because this is voluntary, it does not come round very often - only once a week.

Surely somebody would be ready to jump at the chance and get something up and running to give people a service every day.

Years ago you used to get it and now, even with so much unemployment, we get nothing.

I left the ward on Monday, January 5, to go to a hospital in Glasgow and the nurses thought the hospital shops would be open then.

We know people need their holidays but thousands of others have to work. – Yours etc.,

Mrs J. Cowie

Deanfield Court

Bo’ness

Front page

Sir, – With reference to the front page article “Ministers intervene in housing dispute (P1 Linlithgow Gazette edition, January 2), I would like to assure residents of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge that the Community Council is currently engaged with the appeals relating to Burghmuir A and Clarendon Farm.

Our case for the refusal of both developments has been put to the Recorder appointed by the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals both in writing and verbally at the public hearing.

We have written to Alex Neil in his ministerial capacity stating that further development of our town has to be preceded by a master plan outlining the infrastructure, education and health provision necessary to support a modest expansion of housing, specifically affordable housing.

We have reiterated to Alex Neil the view expressed at public meetings that there is general acceptance that planned development in the order of 600 houses over the next 10 years is practical given the prior resolution of current problems relating to infrastructure, education and health but we have emphasised the point expressed at the public meetings that the current incremental and random field by field development approach to Linlithgow’s expansion is not acceptable. – Yours etc.,

John R Kelly

Linlithgow Community Council

Development

Burghmuir

Fears raised

Sir, – I fear that the dispute over the proposed housing development at Burghmuir has taken a sinister step (Journal and Gazette, January 2 P1 Linlithgow edition)

Wallace Land and Investment Management was refused planning permission by West Lothian Council but lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government.

The sinister step is that instead of being decided by a reporter, the appeal will be decided by Scottish ministers.

It will be recalled that the public were against this proposal for 200 houses, the planning department recommended refusal and the elected councillors agreed.

The town is already under extreme pressure in respect of school places, the doctors’ surgery and parking.

For those who hope that the Scottish ministers will refuse this appeal I have bad news for you.

A similarity exists in respect of wind farms appeals by developers to the Scottish Government.

Of the far too numerous turbine appeals to the Scottish Government, only one was upheld and the rest allowed developers to continue with the irresistible march of the destructive Triffids across our landscapes and more taxpayers’ money going into foreign developers’ pockets. – Yours etc.,

Clark Cross

138 Springfield Road

Linlithgow

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