Reader’s letters - Friday December 12, 2014

Fly tipping in Preston earlier this year but one reader fears the problem could escalate (see letter)
Fly tipping in Preston earlier this year but one reader fears the problem could escalate (see letter)
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A charter for fly-tipping

After reading that Lancashire County Council is considering charging us for tipping too much at the local refuse tip (LEP, November 29), I feel compelled to congratulate Coun Janice Hanson and head of waste management Steve Scott in their efforts to encourage more fly-tipping.

After numerous articles about fly-tipping over the past few months, do these people not realise that by charging for the privilege of recycling, all they will do is blight the local countryside with rubbish?

I myself had to report to the council that somebody had emptied a dustbin full of rubbish on a local country road on Monday. It looks terrible.

I would like to know what they expect the householder to do if suddenly he or she decides to do a bit of DIY at home and then be responsible and take their rubbish to the tip, only realising they haven’t got a permit nor weighed the bags.

It is, in my opinion, just another way of taking more money off us. In the end, it will cost more to clean the countryside of fly-tipping.

Name and address supplied

Future must be part of plan

I think Mr Harris, the chairman of CPRE Lancs, has misunderstood the thrust of my letter (letters December 8). All industry should be regulated and independently monitored and shale gas is no exception.

So I am pleased to see that the CPRE plan calls for the recommendations of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering to be addressed.

The Government has managed to ignore its own Royal Society for two and a half years (the RS made 10 recommendations in June 2012, of which only one has been implemented) – I wonder could the CPRE voice be the tipping point? The CPRE has also called upon the Government to “inform the public about the risks and benefits of shale gas,” yet the Autumn Statement announced a fund to provide evidence about the robustness of the existing regulatory regime.

There is no mention there of informing the public about ‘the risks’, in fact quite the opposite.

The Royal Society report also stated, “Ensuring well integrity must remain the highest priority to prevent contamination”.

Quite apart from the damage to the well when Preese Hall was fracked in 2011, it has recently suffered annular pressure problems, much higher up the well. These indicate a failure of well integrity. And remember, this well has not yet reached its fourth birthday. So residents are concerned about shale gas for a number of reasons, not least our experience on the Fylde.

Then there are engineering issues you simply cannot regulate against. Prof Davies of Durham said to the Lords: “Steel rusts and cement breaks down.” So in 20 or 30 years, a well may leak into the surrounding rock, as this cannot be reversed, the environment is permanently contaminated.

And while I recognise the CPRE plan could improve the short-term safety, if the government chose to listen, I do not see that it addresses the long-term consequences of shale gas. And so puts the Fylde at unknown risk, and all in search of a short- term transition fuel.

T Froud, Lytham

Onus should not be victims

The video from his own helmet camera showing cyclist Mike Inkley colliding with a car is shocking to watch (LEP December 10)but it does beg the question why he had to produce his own evidence for the driver to be prosecuted.

Surely Preston Council has CCTV covering that stretch of Church Street. Shouldn’t they have been able to provide the evidence needed in this case?

Michael Roberts, Fulwood

Make time to view treasure

Well done to the Harris Art Gallery for the exhibition celebrating 70 years since the purchase of the painting ‘Pauline In A Yellow Dress’.

Bought for £1,000 by the then curator gallery Sydney Paviere, the picture has been admired by generations of Preston folk ever since.

The exhibition gives an opportunity to view that painting close up and also the other paintings of Pauline by her husband Sir James Gunn.

For our pleasure there are paintings of ‘Pauline with a Striped Blanket’, ‘Pauline with a Red Cushion’, ‘Pauline in Paris’ in an evening gown and ‘Pauline - a Venetian Souvenir’ in a velvet coat.

Little wonder ‘Pauline In A Yellow Dress’ was dubbed the ‘Mona Lisa of 1944’ and to see that painting flanked by the other stunning portraits is a delight.

It is a treat worth seeing with even the yellow dress itself on display.

Don’t miss it – and remember it is free to see. Myself along with visitors from Dublin enjoyed the exhibition, and Pauline certainly caught the eye.

Keith Johnson, via e-mail

Landmark back in business

After two years of closure, the absolute jewel of Preston, Saint Walburge’s Church has now been consecrated by his Grace the Bishop of Lancaster to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

The Church offers the Sacrifice of the Mass in the Traditional Latin form of the Mass, every day at noon, and a sung Mass at 10.30am on a Sunday, the Divine Office, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession and other Sacraments.

All are welcome to attend the Mass and there is no need to have any understanding of Latin. Booklets are provided at the back of Church for the Ordinary of the Mass, and for the Proper (the Gospel, Epistle and other prayers) are in Latin and English.

It seems such a shame that the people of Preston are still unaware that this priceless gem of Faith is still not known to those who used to attend the Church.

For far more information please see the website www.stwalburge.org.

I hope you will publish this for the knowledge of the good people of Preston.

Stephen Guest, via e-mail