Reader’s letters - Friday May 29, 2015

Haslam Park's play area needs investment says one reader. See letter

Haslam Park's play area needs investment says one reader. See letter

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Drivers are prosecuted

I refer to the letter in the LEP about 20mph speed limits (May 27).

The answer to the initial question raised is a very clear YES. Many police forces are actively policing 20mph areas and prosecutions are in the system.

The second point about relative accident rates is irrelevant.

Lower speed limits will inevitably mean a reduction in accidents and this has to be positive. One less incident involving serious injury or fatality has to be applauded.

The kinetic energy in a moving vehicle rises proportional to the square of the speed of such vehicle, therefore the destructive power of a vehicle travelling at 30mph is 2.5 greater than that at 20mph.

In simple terms, a person or child ( the loved one of someone) is far more likely to die or suffer serious injury when hit at 30mph as opposed to 20mph.

In answer to the third point, yes, police are monitoring speed in 20mph areas. Be under no illusion.

Interesting that the writer suggests that it would be difficult to get up to 20mph!

It begs the question why is he/she so concerned about 20mph limits in the first place?

Studies suggest that the average urban speed during the working day is between 17 and 21mph.

Not a statute in place?

Get real – the presence of a red circle round any sign indicates that it is mandated in law, therefore prosecutions will undoubtedly follow.

I am at a loss as to why the contributor bothered to post a letter at all. It is all about negativity.

He/she states it is “pointless to bring in such a limit”.

They have no idea about the relative increase in the destructive power of a vehicle at 30mph, as opposed to 20mph, and does not appear to understand that 20mph limits are legal and enforceable.

They believe there is no police to enforce. There is “none so blind as those who will not see.”

Happy – but safe motoring

A McKay, Chorley

Investment for park is needed

Regarding the recent article on Haslam Park (LEP, March 11).

Haslam Park is very popular and deserves its Green Flag awards. But it doesn’t deserve any awards for the children’s play area. This area has been neglected, baring a touch of paint last year.

The picnic benches have been removed, and some of the areas cannot be reached without walking on the sodden grass areas.

When you visit Ashton Park, Moor Park, and Frenchwood Park, there is no mud involved, and the areas are fully tarmacked, along with soft landing areas around the slides.

We have a large area for tennis, fully tarmacked, used by a maximum of eight people for perhaps four to six weeks around Wimbledon time, and a play area, when not wet, used daily by children, mothers and grandparents, all year round.

Some investment from Preston Council is urgently needed.

J Parker, Preston

Keep dogs on leads near farms

Why is it so difficult for people to take some responsibility (Dog owners warned after attacks, LEP May 27)?

Farmers and shepherds shouldn’t have to worry about their livestock being harassed and/or injured by unleashed dogs.

They’re not asking owners to cut off a limb. They’re asking them to simply leash their dogs when they come into close proximity with livestock. Surely, that isn’t too much to ask?

Togzie via LEP website

Let’s keep up the good work

The Government has taken research evidence seriously and has backed the Systematic Synthetic Phonic approach for teaching young children to read. Evidence-based research has at last made its way into the classroom.

How was it that, in the past, some programmes/initiatives that were not research-driven were able to take hold in our primary schools while research-driven studies were ignored? Someone, somewhere has seen, listened and taken positive action. The results are now bearing fruit, so let’s keep up the good work.

I worked in an ‘Outstanding’ school that took on Synthetic Phonics years ago and many other schools did too. Children’s phonic learning was systematic, progressive and at each stage consolidated to ensure the majority of children were fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.

We must all now, parents included, work in partnership to enthuse and engage children in wanting to learn to read. Boys especially must see a purpose in reading. The strongest purpose for them of course is that they can learn more about things that are of interest to them. This is common sense as children, like adults, have interests and book preferences.

This reading at home doesn’t always have to be a ‘school reading book’ as this book is not ‘the be all and end all’ of reading. The major focus for young children must be enjoyment as the choice of reading material is highly significant to the progress children make. Library and charity shops have ideal cheap reading material so there’s no excuses, so let’s get all children ‘hooked on’ reading.

Supplementary Synthetic Phonic resources provide parents and teachers with activities, crossword puzzles and phonic games, providing structure and rules that children have to abide by, these teach the discipline of taking turns, communicating and listening to each other’s views and opinions, a fun ‘inclusive’ way to bring boys in particular on board.

Active learning phonic activities and games are seen by boys as having a purpose, their concentration levels are increased and they become focused making phonic learning highly effective.

These games and activities also promote ‘character building’ attributes. Children are by nature happy, busy and curious with a growing number of interests. If we provide them with the books and resources to feed their interests, they will want to read more and grow daily in phonic skills and knowledge.

Jo Conway, address supplied