Reader’s letters - June 23, 2015

Chorley Bus Station, Chorley. A reader is appealing for an improved bus service. See letter
Chorley Bus Station, Chorley. A reader is appealing for an improved bus service. See letter
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We need proper bus service

Two quid for two stops. How on earth do the elderly get about in Chorley? In the old days, buses regularly ran to and from notable places such as hospitals, factories and theatres – but not anymore. These days getting about by bus in Chorley is more of a happy dream than a reality.

There isn’t a really useful joined-up bus service in Chorley.

Oh, there’s a flash of something big and empty rushing by periodically but, as for a bus service in the true sense of the word, that I fear is a thing of the past.

A joined-up bus service would suggest an enterprise connecting the rural parts of Chorley with the centre of town and the surrounding towns.

A powerful network of busy vehicles serving all parts of the community and not just the lucky few who happen to live near a diminishing number of bus stops.

I seem to remember how keen the government was to get the elderly clicking away on their computers and I imagine that is where they all are instead of on the buses bringing their disposable income into town.

We hear much these days about ‘The Northern Powerhouse’ and if any part of this grandiose scheme is to benefit Chorley and surrounding districts than surely one of the first things we need is a bus service fit for purpose.

Joseph G Dawson, Chorley

Cuadrilla will provide jobs

As a local person, who previously worked for Cuadrilla, I want to share my first-hand experience of the benefit they bring to Lancashire.

Before working for Cuadrilla, I’d been in the army for five years and, after leaving, found it difficult to get a job.

In 2011 I was taken on by Cuadrilla as a well service technician, since then Cuadrilla has invested in my career and I‘ve worked at Annas Road, Preese Hall, Grange Hill and Becconsall.

It hasn’t always been easy working on these sites in the face of protest and abuse, but the professionalism from colleagues has always been exemplary. On all sites we worked closely with government agencies especially the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive.

It’s only from working in this industry that I’ve learnt how many oil and gas wells there are around the UK. Most people are not even aware of these, as a completed well is predominantly in a cellar below ground level and very low key.

The shale gas industry will be beneficial to Lancashire and it will create employment so other people can have the opportunity I did. Cuadrilla’s operations will require numerous rig crew personnel along with geologists, engineers, electricians and mechanics.

The positive effects will also be seen by local businesses, Cuadrilla will use local plant hire companies and staff will rely on local hotels, guest houses, supermarkets and shops.

I hope Cuadrilla is granted planning permission so people in Lancashire can begin to fully benefit from the opportunities shale gas exploration brings.

Neil Harrison, local resident

What about the safety issues?

I am a recently retired midwife who has worked in the NHS for over 41 years.

I am disgusted that LCC is even considering fracking.

The evidence against is incontrovertible and has devastated communities all over the world.

There is an appalling record on safety.

Local newspapers have played down the safety issues.

Why were major reports not given proper space and consideration?

For instance, Frackerdemics, Public Health England, and The UK Health professions report?

The fact is that the key report on the impacts of fracking was censored 63 times in 13 pages.

Disgusting.

Eileen Foulkes via email

Top memories from Top Rank

Regarding the Top Rank Suite (LEP March 18), in 1965, I met my future wife there when I was working as a DJ.

We used to put a lot of sixties groups on and had a resident band, Jonnie Wolastau.

I had some fantastic times there and would dearly love to have a look around the old building again.

The Lancashire Evening Post came and took my photo there after we had a fire at my parents’ house and I put it out.

I married the young lady I met there and we were married for 47 years, until she passed away this March.

The Top Rank held some

great memories for me and my wife.

Name and address supplied

A new Citizen’s Pension needed

Everyone is suffering under a regime of austerity that’s seeing essential services, from children’s centres to libraries, bus services to social care, slashed back or disappear altogether, while young people face low-wage insecure employment and massive student debt. But too many pensioner households are also continuing to individually suffer, despite the government’s much-trumpeted “triple-lock”.

Sixteen per cent are still living in poverty, putting Britain a disgraceful 16th on a European league table of pensioner poverty, with the level of the basic pension at only 32 per cent of the average wage, much lower again than most of our neighbours.

That’s why I am calling for a “Citizens’ Pension” set in current circumstances at £180 a week for singles and £310 a week for couples. That would ensure no pensioner was living in poverty – something that in the world’s sixth-richest country we could achieve, if multinational companies and rich individuals paid their way with taxes and decent wages.

Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader

Guild Hall boss should be proud

Re: Dance academy to move to Guild Hall (LEP, June 19), well done Guild Hall owner Simon, .

It looks like you’re going to turn round the shipwreck which was the Guild Hall.

If you do indeed manage it as I expect, you should be very proud of yourself.

Cottam Kid via LEP website