Reader’s letters - Friday November 07, 2014

One of Cuadrilla's seismic monitoring stations which will be installed near to fracking sites
One of Cuadrilla's seismic monitoring stations which will be installed near to fracking sites
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Fracking claim misleading

I would like to respond to Elaine Smith (letters October 31) and in particular the misleading impression that our application to install a network of seismic monitoring stations represents ‘industrial development’.

As is very clear from our planning applications and from our extensive pre-application consultations we are applying to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of natural gas from up to four horizontal wells at each of two proposed exploration sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.

As part of our planning applications we are proposing to install a network of seismic monitoring stations around each of these two proposed exploration sites the purpose of which is to provide data about seismic activity and prevent any felt tremors.

Each of these monitoring stations would typically occupy an area of four square metres and we are proposing to have up to 90 monitoring points around each site.

Approximately 10 of these at each site would contain a small cabinet (approx. 1.1m in height) at surface level and the other monitoring stations would contain buried seismometers with nothing other than a small perimeter fence visible.

To represent these monitoring stations as “industrial development” as Ms Smith has done, is broadly equivalent to calling a post-box an industrial development site. To further claim that “Cuadrilla will have the choice to develop any of these monitoring locations into a fracking site” is just plain wrong. We would not have and do not seek such a choice.

I understand that many people want to understand more about our planning applications and we have answered and will continue to answer their questions and in that process I hope that we are reassuring people that our proposals are both safe and sensible. It is disappointing therefore to have our proposals misrepresented. I hope that this letter corrects that misrepresentation.

Francis Egan, chief executive Cuadrilla

Beware divisive devolution

Following the Scottish referendum, and the groundswell of opinion questioning why Scotland has more delegated powers from Whitehall than the rest of the UK, the Government has revealed its hand.

Rather than tackle the overall devolution issue head on, it has offered to create a Mayor for Manchester, devolving some powers to them, but ignoring Liverpool and the rest of Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria etc.

In this way, it has managed to fragment the overall wish for greater devolution by setting the parts of the region to argue with each other.

We should not be confused by this latest attempt by the Whitehallocracy to maintain their power, devolution is still a live issue. We need to have politicians whose decisions are truly accountable to their electorate rather than to the current monolithic party structure based in the south. Regional assemblies could each represent as many constituents as the current Scottish and Welsh assemblies with real devolved powers, and the need for as many national MPs would be vastly reduced as they need not have a constituency role.

Alan F, Leyland

Join Mayor in remembrance

This year’s Remembrance Day is as important as ever marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

I encourage people to come to the service and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice from Preston and across the country, 100 years ago through to this day, so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Coun Nicholas Pomfret, Mayor of Preston

Caring touch has been lost

I could not agree more with Supporter of sheltered housing (letters October 29). We do need consultation, is there somebody out there willing to listen and take on board residents’ concerns.

The older people have worked and paid their dues by way of taxation but obviously it could not be foreseen how the elderly would suffer under the proposed cuts.

Executives and directors alike enjoy their pay rises and golden handshakes whereby it helps to retain and maintain their standard of living.

Older people need a purpose in life to promote their sense of wellbeing, this can only be achieved by mixing with like minded people within their communities along with the help of a willing landlord, this way they can prove how the elderly can contribute to our society.

Gone are the days when we could rely on a resident warden who was someone who genuinely cared for the elderly, she listened and acted upon their concerns, now we have a housing support officer with limited duties, how long for, we do not know.

Name and address supplied

Ghostly past of city landmark

Interesting to read the story of the property on the corner of St Wilfred St and Fox Street (Retro October 29).

The Cookson family, (solicitors), being my grandfather, uncle and father owned the building, and in the 1960s were approached by the Mormon Society who wanted to purchase the building, due to its past connection with the Mormon Movement.

By that time my grandfather had died, but my uncle and father were still plying their trades, and having listened to the pleas of the Mormons, who mentioned apparitions in the cellars, they refused to sell up.

My father, I believe, retired about 1965, and the property moved into other hands.

I have often been upset by the appearance of the place and wondered who now owned it.

It has three stories and cellars, and had quite posh doors and brass plates.

I noticed recently that there appeared to have been vandalism, followed by the placement of outer doors.

What a shame.

Ann Holmes, Walmer Bridge.