Reader’s letters - Friday October 03, 2014

Opening hours could be extended at the Pavilion Cafe, in Avenham Park (see letter)
Opening hours could be extended at the Pavilion Cafe, in Avenham Park (see letter)
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Fight late night hours plan

I wish to make readers aware of and protest in the strongest possible terms at the proposal by Tribourne Catering Services Ltd to serve alcohol until 1am, seven days a week, in the Avenham Park Pavilion Cafe which they own (LEP September 30).

The proposal makes a mockery of the recent £5m restoration scheme which aimed to return Miller and Avenham Parks back to their Victorian splendour.

The parks are a much needed source of peace and tranquility in the heart of Preston, a prize asset not only to the city but to the region and an important part of the local and regional ecosystem, supporting an intricate biodiversity on the banks of the river Ribble.

This proposal not only smacks of blatant commercialisation of what is, and should always remain, a free and public space, but will violate the park’s aim to serve the public as a haven for relaxation and landscaped beauty.

Serving alcohol until such a late time in a relatively isolated part of Preston may bring about unwelcome attention and may lead to increases in anti-social behaviour – knock-on effects that will be borne by the local community in Broadgate, Avenham and Frenchwood, and the parks’ biodiversity and habitats.

Allowing a venue to serve 
alcohol until 1am in the heart of an important bio-diverse ecosystem is akin to the recent furore surrounding London’s Zoo’s ‘late night parties’ which have attracted a 75,000-strong petition and protest from the RSPCA – which along with five other animal welfare charities – rightly claimed, “Zoo Lates, which take place outside normal opening hours, while animals would normally be resting, are likely to have an even greater welfare impact, particularly if the visitors behave in a manner that stresses the animals.”

I urge readers to protect the unique beauty and biodversity of Avenham and Miller Parks by objecting to this proposal which should be done before October 13 to licensing@preston.gov.uk

H Livesey, via e-mail

Tax sums do not stack up

Your anonymous correspondent (letters October 1 ) making a comparison of dividends and 
income tax /NIC makes a number of errors in his calculations and grossly simplifies the comparison between earned income and dividend income . In fact all of his illustrated figures are incorrect .

Although the basic premise of his letter, that it can be cheaper to withdraw profit by means of dividend rather than salary, is correct , it very much depends on the circumstances.

For example, a person earning £75,000 in salary will pay £ 24,358.28 in income tax and NIC in 2014/2015. However, the owner of a company who pays himself or herself £15,000 salary and £60,000 dividend is taxed in a number of ways .

On the £15,000 salary he will pay £1,845 in tax and NIC. On the dividend he will pay an additional rate of tax of £8,956 as he is a higher rate taxpayer and the notional tax credit of 10 per cent attributed to dividends is insufficient to satisfy his liability at 32.5 per cent.

However, he will also have to pay corporation tax at 20 per cent on his taxable profits and employers NIC at 13.8 per cent on that part of his salary over £7,956. This means he will need to earn £90,972 in the company to afford to pay the corporation tax and employers NIC and still have sufficient remaining to pay the £15,000 salary and £60,000 dividend. Overall, therefore, he will have paid tax and NIC as follows :- £1,845 on his salary , £8,956 on his dividend and £15,972 in the company, making a total of £26,773.

As one can see this is more than the employee, although by careful planning and deferral of dividends it could in fact be 
reduced considerably.

Ian Cherry, chief executive, A I Cherry Chartered Accountants, Preston

Not a fan of our man Freeman

How I agree with Mr (or Ms) Smith. More often than not I give up on Mr Freeman’s articles as I haven’t a clue what he’s on about.

I don’t event bother to “read his tortuous sentences several times”. If I can’t understand it in the first few sentences, why bother.

Mr Freeman needs to take a lesson or two from Peter Richardson who gets straight to the point and with a touch of

humour, straight away.

Name and address supplied

Standard of TV comics no joke

I was interested in the letter sentby D Ashton regarding

Blackpool (letters September 26). He mentioned the 60s’

Voyage To the Bottom Of The Sea. It was my favourite. I assume he means the one with actors Richard Basehart and David Hedison.

I last saw it about 20 years ago. For some reason, it is never shown. As for these so-called

comedians, I find them very

unfunny. Also, does the audience get paid for laughing at nothing?

Parkinson of Preston

Famous name in sport history

Having watched the exciting

Ryder Cup Golf played at Glen-eagles last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I wonder how many

local people are aware that Samuel Ryder, who donated the cup, was actually born in Walton-le-Dale. If the house is known then surely it would be fitting for a Blue Plaque to be placed on the wall of the property marking the occasion and therefore a tribute to the motto “Proud Preston”.

Keen golfer, Gregson Lane

Hunting for a lost pen pal

My name is Bente, I come from a small town called Aalesund, in Norway. For approx 30 years ago I had a penpal from Lancashire. His name is Andrew (Andy) McCarthy, and by now he should be around 50-years-old.

I have for some time now, tried to find him, just for the fun of it. Would be very nice to catch up, and get to know him again.

I have a Facebook profile, Bente Hovdan Mølmann, my maiden name was Bakke.

Bente Mølmann, Aalesund, Norway