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LETTER: Solar compactors - who pays for these new toys?

Derbyshire Dales District Council are indulging in a selective rollout of a new US-based eco-wheeze - “Bigbelly” solar-powered compactors of rubbish deposited in public places.
So far abundance has been rained on Matlock Bath rather than on Wirksworth. Instead of these high-price objects being plastered everywhere, there has been a selective weeding-out of existing rubbish bins.
Very sensibly, there is now no rubbish bin at all to serve a food takeaway next to a newly opened pub.
Who pays for the new toys, and what good do they do?
My direct approach to the council with similar enquiries has been met with replies amounting to “Don’t worry your pretty little head”.
I do worry. 
The contraptions apply solar energy - a source currently disregarded in Government policy - to produce a grey sludge with supposed benefits as a fertiliser.
Couldn’t existing rubbish bins be emptied regularly and the product diverted into the existing recycling scheme?
And couldn’t the takeaway and pub site have the old rubbish bin back?

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LETTER: Housing - just a hotbed of angst

LETTER: Housing - just a hotbed of angst

Among, no doubt, many other readers I received a mailing in the post last week. At first, I thought it was a missive from a fundamentalist religious sect predicting the end of civilisation as we know it (unless you join their cause of course).

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LETTER: Saddened at political ‘point scoring’

LETTER: Saddened at political ‘point scoring’

In response to the letters in last week’s Mercury (Lib Dems-John Tresadern and NHS-Cllr SueBurfoot), I would like to make a few comments.

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LETTER: Doctors ready to leave due to Brexit

LETTER: Doctors ready to leave due to Brexit

A survey of European Union doctors by the British Medical Association has found more than four in 10 are considering leaving the UK in light of the EU referendum result.

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LETTER: UK is third worst in Europe for congestion

Recent research has found the UK to be the third worst country in Europe for traffic congestion (INRIX study, February 20, 2017).

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Deadline today to defend your free press

LETTER: Abolish law and protect press freedom

I strongly object to the threat to press freedom contained in section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act.

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LETTER: How will history view the changes?

LETTER: How will history view the changes?

In the year 2066, 50 years after the referendum which resulted in Britain exiting from the EU, people looked back and thanked their lucky stars that this decision had been taken to escape from the political nightmare that this organisation had become.

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LETTER: Democracy is disappearing

LETTER: Democracy is disappearing

For some time now it has been obvious to me that the majority of MPs are totally out of touch with the British electorate and the higher they climb, the more out of touch they become.

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LETTER: Harsher action on mobile using drivers

LETTER: Harsher action on mobile using drivers

In response to the recent rail strike, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling quoted “no increased risk” from the Rail Safety and Standards Board, and has threatened to ban rail strikes. He also, said: “if I had the power to end it, I would.”

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LETTER: How will history look back on 2016?

LETTER: How will history look back on 2016?

In the year 2066, 50 years hence, the history books of England might read something like this:

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LETTER: Andy Murray does have personality

With regard to the recent letter on Andy Murray and his suitability to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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It could be me?

LETTER: Sort us out before sending tax payers’ money overseas

So the government has given the green light to local authorities to put rates to pay for social care, i.e. disabled and people who are in care homes.

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LETTER: Respect shop workers during festive season

I would like to wish your readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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LETTER: Remember the animals of war

As Remembrance Day approaches, it is important to remember war is not just a human catastrophe.

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LETTER: Compulsory dental care for refugees could be seen as punishment

LETTER: Compulsory dental care for refugees could be seen as punishment

I was surprised by Tory MP David Davies’ sudden interest in the dental care of the few young refugees who are at last being allowed to enter the UK from the Calais “Jungle”.

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LETTER: Money is driving factor behind fracking

LETTER: Money is driving factor behind fracking

We are being bombarded with the issue of fracking. 
Is it right or wrong, good or bad for the people who live in areas where fracking will take place?

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Britain has decided

LETTER: Don’t moan on return to top up your teabags

I’m fed up with reading about those who have retired into the sunshine complaining from their pool-side loungers about the EU referendum result and its possible impact on their lifestyle.

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LETTER: Has your care been up to scratch?

In the face of deep cuts to social care funding, we feel many disabled and older people are being denied the care and support they need to live independently and with dignity.

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Gloria De Piero MP

LETTER: MP is backing Owen Smith

I would like the roughly 70 per cent of Ashfield voters who voted ‘leave’ in the referendum to be aware that Gloria de Piero is backing Owen Smith for the Labour leadership.

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LETTER: Brexit decision has been made - get over it

So Owen Smith claims that he is going to keep Britain in the EU by potentially blocking Brexit in Parliament if he gets to be leader of the Labour Party.
There is no need for a vote by MPs in Parliament because the public has already made that decision. 
Does he think by saying that he will be elected as leader of the Labour? He must be out of touch with the Labour voters because I believe it was they who swung the vote to leave the EU.
Just look at the last Welsh leader of the Labour Party, Neil Kinnock. Making silly remarks like that Mr Smith, you will be finished in British politics like Neil Kinnock.
You people need to realise that the decision has been made to leave the EU and there is nothing you can do about it, so get over it. There’s probably some good causes in Wales that could keep you occupied.

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