Think before using parent and child spaces

St Helens Star: EARNINGS: Official figures show Carmarthenshire county council made  £487,000 profit from car-parking charges last year.

10:12am Thursday 18th September 2014

TO the gentleman at Asda who, when I pointed out he had parked in a parent and child space without a child, swore and asked me if I was "a traffic warden" before intelligently ending the conversation by sticking two fingers up.

Shrug off the benefits stigma

St Helens Star: Job centre - jobs

9:55am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE Who Benefits? coalition campaign reveals that benefit claimants face physical and verbal abuse and widespread discrimination. The negative perception of benefits claimants often portrayed in the national media reflects a small minority of claimants and is simply used as political propaganda.

Plain packets will work

St Helens Star: Government bans under 18s from purchasing electronic cigarettes

9:49am Thursday 18th September 2014

MIKE Ridgway's comments "plain packs" (letters, August 28) defy logic, the basic rules of marketing and common sense.

Act now to save the planet

St Helens Star:

9:41am Thursday 18th September 2014

AROUND the world this Sunday, millions of people will gather in towns and cities to demand urgent action on climate change.

Basket break for bold beauty

St Helens Star:

9:33am Thursday 18th September 2014

LILIA Hughes snapped this curious creature on Saturday. As she picked up her laundry basket, she noticed the speckled wood butterfly looking back at her.

Is it too little too late?

St Helens Star: Alex Salmond sends message at Cumbrian businesses

9:21am Thursday 18th September 2014

I WATCHED with interest as a large number of our MPs and senior politicians past and present all headed north of the border last week as it suddenly dawned on them that the unthinkable could happen this Thursday and Scotland could actually vote for independence.

A forward thinking business

St Helens Star:

9:10am Thursday 18th September 2014

I READ about the opening of Phoenix Apparel in the town centre, which looks incredible. It is about time we stopped being a throw-away generation. These women are so forward-thinking.

We are customers after all

St Helens Star: How are we to get into town?

4:57pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

An open letter to Arriva: I WOULD like to state that my intentions within this letter of complaint are not to seek any form of compensation, refund, nor are they to gain at the very least an apology.

Remembering Grange Park

St Helens Star: TAKE-OFF: A Sunderland flying boat in the air

4:55pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

CHRIS Coffey’s recent article on Grange Park School was very interesting as I was there during the war. Mr Stringer taught art and once gave us a Readers’ Digest to pick a picture to draw.

Crack down on these louts

St Helens Star: Parts of East Lancashire are among the country's worst areas for anti-social behaviour

4:51pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE police have had all the powers they have needed to crack down on this for ages, yet they haven’t.

Congratulations for another set of excellent results

St Helens Star: RAISING STANDARDS: The two-year Schools Challenge Cymru scheme is the latest in a series of measures to drive up Welsh exam results.

4:38pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE governing body would like to pass on their congratulations to the headteacher, staff, students and parents at St Augustine of Canterbury on their GCSE results for 2014.

Not enough dog waste bins

St Helens Star: BIN IT: Reader Alan Grubb refers to people not picking up dog waste bags, not dog mess itself.

4:42pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

I CONSIDER myself to be a responsible dog owner. I walk my dogs daily on the land situated off Borron Road, Newton-le-Willows.

Such a poor show from Saints

St Helens Star: Nathan Brown

4:15pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

COMING away from Langtree Park on Thursday night I was finding it hard to take in what I had just seen.

Send your photos to the Star

St Helens Star:

12:14pm Monday 8th September 2014

STAR contributor, Denis Williams, continued his stunning wildlife photographs with this shot of a heron spreading its wings at Carr Mill Dam.

Slipshod road repairs

St Helens Star: Storrington road closure for £150,000 drainage works

12:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

I’M WRITING to make two points.

People need a support network

St Helens Star: Employers urged to attend session on bereavement and suicide

12:07pm Monday 8th September 2014

The article ‘Strategy looks to address suicide’, published in the(Star, August 28) edition, revealed that 75 per cent of people who died from suicide were widowed, divorced, separated or single.

Why should I have to pay for a bin?

St Helens Star: Brown Bin

12:02pm Monday 8th September 2014

COULD someone from St Helens Council have the courtesy to explain to me why I have to pay for a “replacement” brown bin when I have never had one to replace?

Labour left office with 'satisfaction in NHS at record levels' says Dave Watts MP

St Helens Star: Dave Watts MP says the future of the NHS looks grim under the Tories (8886291)

11:32am Monday 8th September 2014

I WOULD like to respond to the letter from Mr Mike Perry (St Helens Star, August 14) regarding my concerns about the future of the NHS.

Recyling centre is a credit to the town

St Helens Star: Large cardboard recycling trial to be held in St Albans

11:02am Monday 8th September 2014

AFTER the recycling centre in Rainford closed, I had heard that the one on Burtonhead Road was quite a nightmare to use.

Bring back the old market

St Helens Star: Husthwaite Village Hall Autumn Market

10:56am Monday 8th September 2014

I READ with interest the article in the Star dated August 21 about Bury Market and about our market in St Helens when it had outdoor stalls.

Lack of respect at the cemetery

St Helens Star: St Helens Cemetery (Pic Robbob)

10:31am Thursday 28th August 2014

LAST month I visited St Helens cemetery at around to lay flowers for my husband’s anniversary.

Thanks for giving us extra time with my dad

St Helens Star: DVD highlights the plight of young Wirral carers

10:28am Thursday 28th August 2014

IT IS common nowadays to criticise local town councils and care companies – sometimes rightly.

A lot of work goes into keeping St Helens streets clean

St Helens Star:

10:19am Thursday 28th August 2014

FURTHER to recent letters in the Star concerning litter, I would like to point out that St Helens Council goes to great lengths to keep its streets and public spaces rubbish free.

There have been too many cuts to the health service

St Helens Star: RECKLESSNESS: Upper Amman Valley patient groups have expressed anger over the creation of a new "super surgery" which could see three doctors treating 14,000 residents.

10:11am Thursday 28th August 2014

Mike Perry you stated that the private sector are providing a cost effective service in the health service.

Simon's a Star

St Helens Star:

10:07am Thursday 28th August 2014

WE WOULD like to say a special thanks to Simon Mulligan of the St Helens Star for all his time and effort in raising awareness for our son Jack Mordecai. We couldn't have done it without you.

Saurus were a real success at Summer Streets

St Helens Star:

10:01am Thursday 28th August 2014

SUMMER Streets brought some lovely entertainment to St Helens town centre. The stilt walking dinosaurs were excellent and a particular favourite of mine. Was a pleasure to be in town for the day.

Plain packets don't work

St Helens Star: ALERT: Smokers have been warned about the dangers associated with e-cigarettes

9:45am Thursday 28th August 2014

I WRITE in response to your article ‘Plain cigarette packaging could boost St Helens' health and economy’.

This greedy Grebe caught on camera

St Helens Star:

9:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

THIS Great Crested Grebe getting its beak around an afternoon snack was snapped at Taylor Park by regular contributor Denis Williams from West Park.

Who killed my cat?

St Helens Star: SPEED: The camera turns on the speedometer showing the car nearing 130mph

9:29am Thursday 28th August 2014

I WOULD like to know if anyone has any information regarding the car that hit and killed my cat outside my front door on Thursday, August 14 at 5.20pm opposite the Rainbow medical centre on Robins Lane.

Bus stop upkeep

St Helens Star: Smell drifts over from factory leak in France

9:16am Thursday 28th August 2014

WHO is responsible for the upkeep of bus stops? The bus stop outside St Helens Junction railway station was a disgrace the other day. Both the sight and smell were a haven for vermin.

Crackdown on litter louts gets my backing

St Helens Star: Big Stithians spruce up planned

10:38am Thursday 21st August 2014

IN RESPONSE to your article on litter and dog-fouling (August 7), I would like to congratulate St Helens Council for their proposed crackdown on littering and dog-fouling in the borough.

We could learn a thing from Bury

St Helens Star:

10:29am Thursday 21st August 2014

I AM writing in reply to a reader’s comments about the negativity for St Helens town centre.

Stop these litterbugs

St Helens Star:

10:34am Thursday 21st August 2014

I FULLY back the new council scheme that will allow wardens to fine litterbugs.

Singers made the evening so special

St Helens Star:

10:16am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD like to use your newspaper to express our thanks to all the people who came to the Sarah Cowley Memorial Concert and made the evening so special.

Town festival was a breath of fresh air

St Helens Star:

10:05am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD like to say that after watching the town centre suffer over the last few years, the Summer Streets Festival was a much-needed breath of fresh air.

The crown jewels are up for grabs

St Helens Star:

9:57am Thursday 21st August 2014

I wonder if anyone has noticed as I have how many young lads these days spend time in public with their hands down the front of their pants.

A room with a bird's-eye view

St Helens Star:

9:44am Thursday 21st August 2014

REGULAR Star contributor Lilia Hughes sent us a picture of this young blue tit that made itself at home in her house at West Park.

Hospital staff were 'amazing'

St Helens Star: Call for feedback on A&E app

9:22am Thursday 21st August 2014

In response to the recent letter headed ‘Hospital worries’, I had to take my daughter to A&E on the first day of the school summer holidays after she broke her arm.

Do you think he Saurus?

St Helens Star:

12:37pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THIS lady visitor to the town centre got more than she bargained for as she snapped a photo on her phone when one of the stilt-walking dinosaurs Saurus got in on the action.

Taylor Park lake is a disgrace

St Helens Star: Green Flag status for two Ealing parks

12:33pm Thursday 14th August 2014

I AM disgusted at the state Taylor Park lake is in.

Music festival will ruin our park

St Helens Star: Shower at Sherdley…just one of the stunning entries submitted by local photographers.

9:27am Thursday 14th August 2014

I RECENTLY found out about the planned music festival in September and I am horrified.

Our A&E was fully staffed says hospital chief executive

St Helens Star: Ann Marr outside the new Whiston Hospital Pictures: Dave Gillespie DGCO40310

9:24am Thursday 14th August 2014

In response to Miss K L Jones’ letter published on Thursday, August 7, titled ‘Hospital Worries’.

Fate of NHS does not depend on next election

St Helens Star: Dave Watts MP says the future of the NHS looks grim under the Tories (8886291)

9:16am Thursday 14th August 2014

I AM RESPONDING to the article about Dave Watts in the Star on August 7 where he claims that the result of the next General Election will decide the fate of the NHS.

Will spitters be fined under new rules?

St Helens Star: Should yobs who spit in public be hit with a criminal record? We hear your views.

9:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

I SUPPORT St Helens Council’s move to fine people for dropping litter, as the town can end up a right mess.

Let's get behind the town instead of constant negativity

St Helens Star:

11:49am Thursday 7th August 2014

I’M fed up with reading about negativity on social media about St Helens town centre.

Reward drivers for the right reasons

St Helens Star: Free car parking in York on Saturday mornings is due to start next month after a three-week delay

11:39am Thursday 7th August 2014

IN response to the council's plans for free town centre parking on Saturdays, the Association of Town and City Management suggests this approach won't work as it rewards the wrong behaviour.

Let's not get on the road to ruin

St Helens Star: Quality of road repairs needs to be monitored

11:31am Thursday 7th August 2014

I JUST wanted to bring up a point about the state of the roads and who is responsible for their repair when they are dug up by utility companies.

They will never be forgotten

St Helens Star:

11:19am Thursday 7th August 2014

THIS immensely poignant image showing crosses of poppies left at graves of First World War casualties was taken by Star contributor Robbob following Sunday's Remembrance service at St Helens Cemetery.

Sort this rubbish out!

St Helens Star: Carr Mill Dam gets dreamy

11:04am Thursday 7th August 2014

I TOOK my family on a leisurely country stroll during the nice weather the other week. We started off at Sankey Valley and made our way up to Carr Mill Dam.

Alexandra Park is an embarrasment

St Helens Star: GONE FISHING: A serene spot is at Llanover on the Usk just above Pantygoitre Bridge.

10:56am Thursday 7th August 2014

IT may be vying for the title of rubbish tip 2014 from both Boundary Road and Crowther Street, but I believe Alexandra Park is pulling out all the stops to maintain its lead.


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