Reader’s letters - Monday December 01, 2014

Works at Deepdale Retail Park are causing problems for mourners, according to one letter writer
Works at Deepdale Retail Park are causing problems for mourners, according to one letter writer
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Shoppers have no respect

Having read the news on how difficult it is to get in and out of the Deepdale Retail Centre I admit to avoiding it at all costs.

However, within the past two weeks we have attended two funerals at St Gregory’s church on the corner of Blackpool Road at Deepdale.

On both occasions we had trouble trying to get to the church on time and accessing it from Blackpool Road.

You might think a funeral cortege would deserve respect from fellow motorists, it certainly used to.

Not only do drivers not stop to allow the cortege to pass but they block the access to Manor House Lane and defy anyone who wants to get ahead of them, their shopping comes first.

The yellow hatched areas by the traffic lights are blocked as are the entrances to any side road off Blackpool Road. There is no traffic management at all and cars will continue to block others as long as no one takes action.

Just get one space ahead at all costs, no matter the consequences. Funerals bring their own stress without the stress of the traffic situation and thankfully I do not have to experience this on a daily basis as local residents must.

Motorists will continue to block junctions whilst there is absence of traffic management and maybe some action by the police.

Christine Abram, Cottam

Questions over city schemes

Regarding Deepdale Retail Park gridlocked. This problem has been ongoing for the last few years, one big problem, cars overlapping lights etc, this problem should have been resolved a very long time ago.

Regarding Preston Bus Station, how many tenders have submitted? By whom? And what interest the people involved, who accept these tenders have, in tenders received.

Mr J Simpson, Preston

Listen to those hit by fracking

Where are our human rights and human respect – why should we have to do as we are told and what to do,there’s no benefit from fracking at Roseacre.

We have no gas and will never get gas and we have to put up with all the stress it is causing.

The Government decide and we are supposed to agree, we realise we need more energy but there are alternatives it is all about money.

We might as well live in a communist country, we are told this is what is going to happen regardless of our opinion.

Please listen to the dangers that can happen, nobody knows what is under our houses and the beautiful land that surrounds us.

It is too late when it all goes wrong. The Fylde is mainly built on sand – what about subsidence and compensation?

They won’t have it in the South only the industrial North how dare they say this Please listen before you decide which way to vote.

M Taylor, via e-mail

Allowing their agenda to be set

In a speech, on November 18, Yvette Cooper, the aspiring leader of the Labour Party, talked constantly about immigration.

We were regaled with platitudes about the subject but in a dull speech there was no substance or supporting evidence whatsoever to back up her assertions. Because of two recent by-elections and a General Election in six months time her party is taking every opportunity to discuss this important matter.

A few months ago the subject would have been severely off limits. Labour has come to the party rather late. The electorate are very used to political U-terms; somersaults are less familiar. Who knows what acrobatics we will witness come the new year?

Dr Barry Clayton, via email

Car a piece of motor history

I was interested to see the photograph sent in by Joyce Wignall (looking back November 27).

The car pictured is a Leyland 8, produced by Leyland Motors as a rival to Rolls Royce. It was designed by J.G. Parry-Thomas in 1920, then the Chief Engineer at Leyland Motors who later went on to break the land speed record at Pendine Sands, Wales.

The actual car in the picture is now the only Leyland 8 left (they only made around 18) and is now on show at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.

It was built in 1927, several years after official production ceased, probably from left-over parts stock.

There’s lots more information available online.

Mark Gardner, Penwortham

Time to light up city waterway

Could British Waterways kindly give consideration to the installation of lighting along Lancaster Canal, between Penny Street Bridge and the Lune Aqueduct?

I have seen the number of people using the towpath increase considerably, and with new housing being built these new housing estates will all back on to Lancaster Canal, resulting in even more people making use of the towpath.

In addition, there is an ever increasing number of people who train – either on foot or on their bicycles – and with the nights drawing in those coming home from school or from work, make ever increasing use of the towpath. This does not include those people who exercise their dogs.May I say, that if an EU grant is obtained to install new pavement in Lancaster city centre, then by the same token and logic could not British Waterways, together with the MP approach the same people, in order to obtain funding to install lighting?

When the subject of lighting along the cycle-track between Lancaster and Morecambe was raised no questions were asked, therefore the same criterion should be applied regarding lighting along the towpath of Lancaster Canal. Long gone are the days when the towpath was used by horses to pull barges, and in the intervening years, used by ramblers and dog owners. The towpath is now a major artery into Lancaster.

However, may I put forward another question: do you not think it’s about time the canal was dredged?

Norman Tomlinson, Lancaster