Reader’s letters - Friday August 7

A correspondent says rural residents should accept change in the countryside. See letter
A correspondent says rural residents should accept change in the countryside. See letter
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Consider the wider picture

Am I the only one who thinks people who live in the countryside want the best of two worlds but only pay for one?

They live or move into the countryside to escape the rush and bustle of town life, nothing wrong with that, but at the same time expect to receive the same services and infrastructure that townies receive.

They demand the same broadband speed, bus, council, postal, banking, and other services, at the same costs as town dwellers, even if it costs the suppliers of those services an arm and a leg to provide them.

Then we have the outcry when a builder wishes to provide houses located near their precious piles for other people who would like to emulate the lifestyle.

Then even bigger outcry when an industry wishes to locate a facility near to their hamlet that may provide an essential service to the whole country, for instance fracking.

No, it is time to curtail the power of the NIMBYs and consider the wider picture.

If they live in the countryside, they must expect to pay the full price of infrastructure and services, not expecting poorer town dwellers to subsidise their lifestyle. When builders wish to increase the rural housing stock or industry wants to provide an essential service for the country as a whole, their planning leverage needs, for the common good, to be downgraded.

Bernard Darbyshire via email

It’s a nightmare on our roads

I write further to my previous letter, Many problems with plans, (LEP Letters July 15).

After getting over the upset of the devastation caused to the greenfield sites, we never anticipated the HGV traffic movements and the lack of consideration of Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council in acknowledging our concerns regarding this ongoing problem. Preston City Council’s answer is to ignore us.

One developer continues to use an entrance/exit from their site on to Sandy Lane, Cottam, which was only supposed to be a temporary access when the developers commenced work.

On Monday, when it rained continuously, this was 3” deep in mud, resulting in Sandy Lane being covered in mud. Although they were sweeping the road, there was too much to move.

Apparently Lancashire County Council has agreed verbally that it is acceptable for this entrance/exit to be used.

On complaining about this issue, the response was to the effect that where a development takes place in North West Preston it is the norm.

The traffic then leaving this site, and the site on the opposite side of Sandy Lane, travels the length of Sandy Lane to its junction with Tabley Lane, and then travels the full length of Tabley Lane to the roundabout at Tom Benson Way.

If anyone remembers the film Hell Drivers where tipper truck drivers race each other, these drivers passing our property are practising for its sequel.

Ellen Moon (disillusioned resident)

Calling school pupils of 1983

I am arranging a school reunion for the 1983 leavers of St Cecilia’s RC High School in Longridge. I have contacted the majority of people but I’m still struggling with a few others.

The reunion will take place on Saturday, August 22, at St Wilfrid’s Club in Longridge and starts at 7.30pm.

I am asking for £10 from each guest to cover the cost of room hire and food etc, and anything left over will be donated to the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of our classmate Warren Legg, who passed away several years ago.

If anyone wishes to contact me, they can call/text me, Susan, on 07855666076 or email 
scrosscostello@yahoo.co.uk.

Susan Cross-Costello, Longridge

We created this global mess

Re: the lack of mention of the Turkey/ Syria story (LEP Letters, July 31). So you said people were in uproar last year about Gaza, it’s hardly the same.

Israel was making the residents’ life not worth living, with bombing after bombing, and half the population were children. There is no water or food. They live in a prison, where everything is controlled.

The world was in uproar because, for the first time, they saw Israel as an apartheid state and a bully, yet no one can help the people of Gaza.

Charities had their accounts frozen, and a ship full of goods was shot at.

Actors and famous people who said anything were targeted by the media. They were scared they would end up with no job.

There were no charity concerts for the Gazans.

Everyone was muffled, otherwise there would be claims – “oh, you are supporting terrorists!” by the media.

What really upsets me is the lack of mention of the Israeli Defence Force. Some happen to be our British kids who have dual passports. They are going there in the summer holidays.

There is more of them going there and no one bats an eyelid.

Israeli settlers are torching Palestinian olive trees every day to get land, who mentions that?

All these conflicts, at the end of the day, is about greed, money and cheap oil. It is going to run out at our end soon.

Cheap petrol, cheap holidays, cheap clothes, cheap food – they don’t grow here.

We have to invade other countries, on a different excuse.

Then we create displaced people, who want to come here.

Migrants – we have created them.

Syria is a British problem, so is Palestine. Look at the history. We always leave a mess!

Jasmine via email

Free playday was amazing

I would like to thank Chorley Borough Council and everyone involved in organising the free Playday on Chorley Recreation Ground on August 5.

I took my two grandchildren, aged three and six. They had an amazing day, there was so much to do and it was well organised.

We are looking forward to the next one at Astley Park on August 26.

June Seddon via email