Letters and emails on December 3, 2010

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On numerous occasions this year the Lancashire Evening Post has highlighted cases of clamping, which have led to distress, anger and confrontation. On every occasion involving Preston-based National Clamps, it was reported that nobody from the company was available for comment. It beggars belief that, on November 15, the company founder came out of hiding to announce: “A member of the public is going to be killed defending their car parking space.” Mr Whitehouse stands to lose a considerable percentage of his income when the Freedom Bill is introduced next year. Perhaps he would like to tell the Evening Post and its readers how many members of the public were killed prior to his company being formed? It’s curious that with the risk of being spat at, run over by a car and attacked with baseball bats, he would wish to continue clamping. It strikes me that this has been a very lucrative operation which will be curtailed next year by the Freedom Bill. Come on Mr Whitehouse, you’ve not been bothered about the public in the past... So what’s changed? John Gornall, Chesmere Drive, Penwortham

A broadside from Broadgate

While endorsing his support for community policing in the area, I would like to take issue with some of the comments forwarded by Mr Dave Johnston, in your letters pages of November 24. Firstly, there is no “Broadgate Ward. Broadgate is part of the Riversway Ward. Secondly, I’m not sure which part of “Broadgate” Mr Johnston lives, but as a lifelong resident of the actual area, I certainly do not live “in one of the most deprived areas in the country.” To describe it as such, does the area and its residents a great disservice. It is comments such as these, combined with the attribution of criminal activities that actually happen off Fishergate Hill as “Broadgate” incidents, which can bring down the good name of an area. No area is without its troubles, but here in Broadgate we are far from deprived. James Wilding, Winckley Road, Preston.

Starving game birds in garden

As far as I am aware there has never been any public consultation on the regular commercial game shoot that takes place within a few hundred yards of my home at Woodplumpton. This business does not help the local economy or create employment, apart from a little part-time pocket money for the beaters, perhaps. I am concerned that the shoot takes place within yards of many residential homes and a primary school. I have a great fear that someone will be injured on the public footpaths which crisscross the land. There is also the dreadful noise of gunshots. The sound reverberates for miles. We never receive any notification and no warning signs are displayed on the public footpaths. We have pheasant pollution. I have starving pheasants in my garden and they eat all the food I put out for the wildlife. Game and poultry are susceptible to pulmonary diseases that can be transferred to humans. More than 45 million pheasants and partridges are mass-produced to serve as feathered targets for wealthy ‘guns’. This bloody and brutal end to their lives is the final insult. Most people would rather watch wildlife than kill it, but my local foxes, rabbits, various birds, moles and other species, are being massacred with shot, traps and snares to maximise the land for pheasant shooting. Killing animals for fun has no place in a civilised society. Beverly Kirwan, via email

Not really such a shining example

Prime Minister David Cameron is busy campaigning for England to host the 2018 World Cup, on the basis of the “brilliance of English football.” Does this mean he is in favour of the outrageous wages that are paid to these “brilliant” players? I thought he was a supporter of austerity. Football at the top level is as detached from reality as it is possible to be. Mr Cameron would do better concentrating on the plight of the “have-nots.” Realist, via email

Make me proud to come home

I live in the South of England but read the LEP on a regular basis via the website which enables me to keep up with the proposed redevelopment of the city. I was born in Preston but moved away from the area many years ago. On an annual basis I stay in an hotel on the outskirts of the city in order to attend a special event. During that time, if possible, I avoid having to go into Preston as the city centre looks increasingly unappealing. Petty squabbles and point-scoring related to improving the city should be set aside in the interests of civic pride and wise stewardship. In 2012, the Guild Merchant will take place but for people like myself, what inducement is being addressed to make it worthwhile to return to Preston for the celebrations? Ex Prestonian, Reading.

Landlords against court closures

Last week, some 5,000 landlords’ signatures were presented to Downing Street in opposition to proposed court closures. The petition, organised by the Royal Association of Landlords, was created in an attempt to persuade the Government to reconsider their intended closure of county and magistrates courts across England and Wales to save money. If these 100-plus closures go ahead, there will be longer delays for landlords awaiting eviction hearings. Faced with troublesome tenants, they can already wait for up to six months to regain possession of their properties. If the court closures are implemented, there will be even longer queues for hearing dates. Most eviction hearings are due to defaulting tenants refusing to pay rent. Landlords already face serious loss of rental income and legal costs, now compounded with court closures and more distant court dates, They could even have their properties repossessed for failing to meet mortgage payments due to the loss of rental revenue. Sim Sekhon, Legal 4 Landlords, via email

The devil you don’t really know

I was taken aback at what Michael Smith had done (“Peadophile was boss of children’s charity,” Evening Post, November 25). He used to work at the Deepdale centre on a Wednesday evening and, when that closed, at the Moor Lane centre. It was a youth club for disabled children. This is going back maybe 30 years when I was a volunteer at the club. Smith used to take some of the disabled children to Glassen Dock. I hope they were all safe in his company. You read about these things happening but when it’s someone you know it makes you feel sick and go over things in your head. Name and address supplied