Reader’s letters - Friday, July 17

A correspondent asks why there is a difference of opinion between solar farm and fracking applications

A correspondent asks why there is a difference of opinion between solar farm and fracking applications

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Confusion over varied views

To a large extent, I applaud the opinion column in the LEP (July 11), which comments on the approved planning application for a “solar farm” at Grimsargh.

However, it leaves me slightly confused by the differences of opinion between this and the rejection of the fracking application at Preston New Road.

The LEP editorial opinion piece on Saturday forgot to mention that during the community consultation for this scheme, concerns were raised regarding the use of agricultural land, and the potential landscape and 
visual impact for this 25-year scheme.

The solar farm will take up to three times as much agricultural land as the fracking proposal.

To also suggest there would be no traffic impact from this solar farm scheme is simply not true. In ‘phase two’ alone, the traffic movements would involve over 1,500 vehicle movements (including cement mixers, waste trucks and 20 tonne HGVs) lasting approximately 14 weeks – Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.

It should also be borne in mind that the energy from the solar farm will be dependent upon the light being emitted from above and that there is many a long dark night through the winter months when output will be lower but the demand will probably be higher, as 
well as a few miserable dark days throughout the whole 
year.

Put simply, the electricity that solar generates can’t heat the 80 per cent plus of Lancashire houses that rely on natural gas for heating and cooking and will continue to do so for decades to come.

I’m not knocking the solar farm approval.

We need a variety of energy sources, solar, tidal, wind, nuclear, gas.

I’m just confused as to why public representatives can have such a wide variation of views on similar topics, or if they are simply influenced by the importance of the people making the objections.

Name and address supplied

Rabbits – always a nice sight

Whilst on the bus to Preston, and going via the university, I noticed two/three ‘bunny’ rabbits playing on the grass.

Why is it that, no matter how old or young we are, we never fail to get excited at the sight of rabbits playing joyfully in the fields?

Could it be that we have never grown up and still hold in affection The White Rabbit, created by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Bugs Bunny, created by Leon Schlesinger Productions of Hollywood, and Peter Rabbit, created by Beatrix Potter?

My mum told me that to carry a rabbit’s foot always brought good luck but, typical of my Dad, he would put a damper on it and say: “Norm – it didn’t do the rabbit much good did 
it”?

Norman Tomlinson, Lancaster

Tube drivers not underpaid

My 22-year-old grand-daughter is a hospital staff nurse, a job she loves, and to get it she studied hard at university for three years,graduating with first-class honours.

She works full-time undertaking shift work, which includes night shifts and she is responsible for people’s lives.

For this her basic pay is less than £22,000 a year, but she doesn’t complain.

So please Mick Cash (general secretary of the RMT union) don’t try to tell me that London tube train drivers who get in excess of £49,000 a year are ‘under paid’. Next time they threaten another day of disruption, sack the lot and offer their jobs to others.

Malcolm Nicholson via email

Slipping and sliding in city

It is all very well Lancaster City Council spending loads of EU money repaving the streets of Lancaster, but do you not think it would be advisable for those ‘Burghers in Dalton Square’ to put up the following notices: “Be careful – slippery when wet”?

This was the case on Monday of this week.

In the last week or so – I’ve visited a few towns in the North West thanks to my ‘Wrinkly Bus Pass’ –I’ve found there are many towns who have all put up such signs advising people to be careful when there’s rain !

Do you not think Lancaster City Council could do likewise, before claims for personal injury coming flooding in ?

Norman Tomlinson, Lancaster

Protect cats from dogs

Regarding the article (LEP July 13) about the cat who was killed by greyhounds, we suffered similar circumstances a few weeks ago.

Our cat was killed because

a large dog jumped over our fence from the park into our garden.

The cat had no chance to get away and was tragically killed right in front of us.

It has devastated the family.

Something should be done about dogs that have killer instincts.

They should only be allowed out in public on a lead, or if they are wearing a muzzle, so things like this cannot happen to beloved pets or children.

Anonymous

Looking for my siblings

My father Geoff Anyon (also known as Acky) passed away aged 68, leaving no will or estate.

He had lived in many places in Preston including Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Greenhalgh and Ingol to name a few.

He told me I had several siblings but he gave me no other information.

Therefore I wouldn’t know where to begin.

I am aware that I have an older sister from his early marriage, but I am unaware who my other siblings are.

If anyone has any further information and would like to get in contact, please do.

Address and contact details will be provided upon request.

M Dixon via email