Reader’s letters - Friday November 21, 2014

Preston Police Station is a bit hidden away for one reader (see letter)

Preston Police Station is a bit hidden away for one reader (see letter)

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Global priorities not right

It is extraordinary how listening to the media could cause you to become extremely confused as to where our priorities as a World really lie.

There is a devastating Ebola virus epidemic raging in West Africa with thousands reported to be dying daily and we are also hearing that internationally promised donations to fight this outbreak (which could eventually spread to other nations), are not forthcoming.

But we are also hearing that the scientists are now requesting donations to fund further exploration of the Moon, that is when they not already busy spending further millions on landing a rocket on a comet speeding to certain destruction on the Sun.

Whilst reluctantly acknowledging that this is an extraordinary feat, the question does arise what is the point of it all, other than attempting to satisfy the curiosity of a few academics.

It is abundantly clear man’s brief life cycle on Earth will never permit him to travel the extraordinary distances to explore other galaxies which is what our creator surely intended, so why don’t we do our best to resolve the problems being endured by our fellow man down here on earth first?

E J Tilley, Chorley

Hidden HQ is a secret tactic

Due to the cutbacks in the police budget, they are having to reduce their workload. The Preston police have found a unique way of carrying this out. They have hidden the police station.

I managed to get directions from the Town Hall and after walking for nearly half an hour I managed to stumble across it.

But as they weren’t interested in my problem, I walked back to the town centre, by this time I was out on my feet as I’m getting on a bit and I had to sit on a bench for 15 minutes to recover before going for my bus. I was determined at that time that I wouldn’t go back there again. So you see their strategy does work.

Name and address supplied

Multi-storey is not the answer

After reading your article about hospital car parking (LEP November 18), I was amazed this project is being considered.

An increase of 470 parking spaces is by no means anywhere near sufficient. This plus other steps would need to be taken. How about the defunct park and ride at Fulwood for staff therefore freeing up a further 210 places. Shift times are usually at specified times therefore buses could be arranged around shift patterns.

Whereas out patient appointments and emergencies could use the parking on site, we appointments rarely run to time.

Name and address supplied

Politicians not helping police

Our police forces are trying to fight crime with one hand tied behind their backs. Lack of funding and resources mean they are no longer able to provide the service the public expects.

They are under severe scrutiny and every mistake is magnified by the media who conveniently forget police officers are only human after all.

The public expects superhuman powers from them, but the Government choose to fail them at every turn.

Sadly they do not help themselves by their appearance, often being unshaven and untidy. Again the Government demands they wear a uniform which does not lend itself to smartness.

I am certain the majority try hard to do a good job of service but a mistake or error of judgment, by the odd individual, brings retribution on the rest.

They simply cannot restore public confidence without help from government and the public.

Peter Hyde, address supplied

Frack sites not industrial scale

I am writing in response to the extremely misleading correspondence about Cuadrilla’s monitoring works applications (letters November 19).

In the ‘Planning now for future’ letter from Christian Thompson it’s claimed that if ‘you look at their application that the (monitoring) sites they specify are ‘20m x 20m’.

Neil Simmonds in his ‘Pandora’s box fears for shale’ letter goes even further stating they will ‘comprise of a ‘20x20m concrete surfaced pad’.

Well, I’m sorry to disappoint these scaremongers, but I have taken the time to look at the planning statements and they are both wrong.

The planning statements show that Cuadrilla are proposing to install a network of seismic monitoring stations around each of the two proposed exploration sites.

Once installed, they will be used to record background seismic data.

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.

These public documents make clear that it will take between one to two days to install each array point.

What Thompson and Simmonds fail to point out is that the ‘illustrations’ they refer to show what would be left – after a couple of days of installing – is an enclosed area approximately 2mx2m.

Not, as has been claimed by this pair, a site 10 times as big.

As for the ‘concrete pad’ that so alarms Mr Simmonds, it would be similar in size to the small square or rectangular cover for a domestic water meter.

I think Cuadrilla’s CEO Francis Egan (letters November 7) put it very well when he said in his letter, that to represent these monitoring stations as ‘industrial development’, is broadly equivalent to calling a post-box an industrial development site.

To further claim that Cuadrilla will develop any of these monitoring locations into a fracking site is just plain wrong.

Frank McLaughlin, North West Energy Task Force