Reader’s letters - Friday June 13, 2014

Archive photograph of the old dock Offices, in watery Lane, Preston
Archive photograph of the old dock Offices, in watery Lane, Preston
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Missing Art Deco treasure

Since 1936 the Dock Offices, in Watery Lane, were graced by a pair of very fine bronze Art Deco door handles designed by Harry Walters.

He worked for Preston Engineers Office in the 1930s. His Dock Office designs were quite splendid and they should have been listed.

Walters set up his own architectural practice in 1936 and he became associated with Sir George Grenfell Baines. He designed many private houses in the Preston area and Tulketh High School, Ashton.

The Dock Offices seem to have changed hands recently. Soon after, the handles went. What has happened to them?

Have they been asset-stripped? Are they being sold? Have they been stolen for scrap? Are they in store?

Many Preston people and commuters will miss these fine examples of Art Deco craftwork. It will be a shame if we have lost them.

Aidan Turner-Bishop, chairman Preston and South Ribble Civic Trust

Australian law not the answer

A recent letter suggested we introduce compulsory voting – using Australia as an example. I’m an Australian citizen and lived there for 30 years.

Under that system certainly the turn-out is very high but a big percentage do not have political opinion are not aware of the candidates policies or couldn’t care less and are only there to avoid a fine.

In fact a ballot is held beforehand to decide the order of names on the voting slip as the donkey vote, 1, 2,3,4 etc is worth approximately five per cent of the total vote – which could be decisive.

I always voted – not because I had to but because of my concern for the country.

The only time I failed to do so was because at the last minute I had to work late, the polls were closed. I was fined, this despite an appeal and an employer’s letter.

So if you want to go along the road where apathy can elect the government – so be it/ but it won’t get my vote!

Steve Noblet, Longridge

Pitfalls of shale gas fracking

About this fracking, what about radium and radium gas which has been on this planet from the beginning of time locked in the rocks. What are we going to release in fracking, are we going to drive this nuclear waste to the surface contaminating the ground we grow crops on, or poison the water supply etc.

On Clifton Marsh there is stored nuclear waste buried in the ground from the Springfield site, with a membrane sheet which stops it entering the water table or the ground.

What will happen if this sheet breaks or tears through fracking, it will be a disaster.

Why do they need chemicals with the water and what are these chemicals nobody has told us?

Give us a name for these chemicals and what they do.

Dennis Sutton, Ormskirk

Schools need to open the books

I note that from 2016 the government will demand all schools give detailed information of examination results on their websites. Such information will be welcomed by pupils and parents who at the moment have to rely on Ofsted reports which are often couched in language that is difficult to fully comprehend.

At the moment some Preston schools are already giving full information of their examination results on their websites whereas others are not. One can only conclude those in the latter category are trying to hide something.

Ian Robertson, Goosnargh

Hospital staff were brilliant

In these days of some people knocking the NHS I would like to express my ‘heartfelt’ thanks for the wonderful treatment I received recently.

Last Monday lunch time I suffered a couple of fainting attacks at home and my wife rang 999. The ambulance arrived promptly within five to 10 minutes and decided I needed to be taken to A&E.

At Chorley hospital I was thoroughly checked out and advised I needed to stay overnight and put on a heart monitor.

I was therefore moved to medical assessment ward and the monitor detected a heart pause. The consultant said I would need to be fitted with a pacemaker and he would do this on Thursday in Royal Preston. I was monitored in coronary care ward until I was transferred by ambulance to Royal Preston cath lab early Thursday morning for the operation to fit the pacemaker. I was back in Chorley Coronary Care by early evening and discharged on Friday morning.

All the time I was in hospital I was treated excellently with care, dignity, friendliness, efficiency, humour and professionalism by each and everyone I came into contact with: doctors, nurses, ambulance personnel, porters, X-ray staff, cleaners et al.

I could not have wished for better care and attention from every single member of staff. I even enjoyed the food!

In these days when we all, myself included, find it easy to moan and whinge I felt I should try and redress the balance and give credit where it is due.

This was my first stay in hospital for 40 years, since I had my appendix removed as a twenty something, and my experience is that we still have a NHS to be proud of.

Yes, I know that perhaps it is not always as rosy as just described, but let’s just appreciate what we have in this country/area.

Name and address supplied

Thanks for aid for animals

I would like to thank everyone for their kind donations when we held our street collection in Preston on Saturday, June 7 on behalf of Prevent Unwanted Pets.

We raised £144.97 which will be put to good use helping animals in need in Lancashire.

Many heartfelt thanks once gain.

Kathy M Pate, Prevent Unwanted Pets