Saturday, 18 September 2010


The following letter appears in today's Telegraph:
"Old seats for new
SIR – I was horrified to read of the massive waste of money on chairs in Peter Hain’s former department, Work and Pensions – with 9,209 chairs being bought in 2007 for £1.036 million (report, September 14).
Meanwhile, there are honest, hard-working antique dealers the length and breadth of Britain who would have been more than happy to supply suitable 18th- and 19th-century examples, which are considerably more robust than most modern chairs. They also encourage correct posture and are usually easily restorable in the event of an accident.
Having almost certainly had some conservation during their lives, they show fantastic green credentials as an example of recycling.
Research published this week in the Antiques Trade Gazette states that pieces of antique furniture are likely to have a carbon footprint 16 times lower than a newly manufactured item.
David Harvey
Witney, Oxfordshire
David Harvey, who is obviously a very busy man, is Conservative Witney Town Councillor (Ward: Witney South) and sits on the following committees: Planning, Chairman - Policy & Finance , Consultation Working Party, Strategic Plan Working Party, Public Halls Working Party, West Witney Enhancing Sporting Facilities Working Party, Town Council Nominee - Witney Town Charity Town Council Representatives - West Witney Sports and Social Club, Town Council Representatives - Witney and District Twinning Committee.

He is also a member of West Oxfordshire District Council (Ward: Witney South)and sits on the following committees: Cabinet, Human Resources, Cabinet member for Environment, Cabinet responsibilities: Waste Collection and Recycling; Street Scene (Cleansing Litter and Grounds Maintenance); Environmental Enforcement; Environmental Health; Health and Safety; Climate Change and Energy Advice; Licensing; Car Parking and Transport; Concessionary Fares.

He also finds the time to be a member of Oxfordshire County Council (Ward: Witney West) and sits on the following committees: Oxfordshire Waste Partnership Joint Committee (meeting with the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership) and is Chairman of the Pension Fund Committee.

Additional Information:
David Harvey, born and raised in London, worked in Germany before returning to England to run the family Fine Antique Furniture Business located in Corn Street, Witney.

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