Reader’s letters - Monday July 21, 2014

One reader reckons there is no need for the new speed limit on the A6 near Broughton
One reader reckons there is no need for the new speed limit on the A6 near Broughton
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Menace of mobility scooter

Along with cyclists and pedestrians, a new menace is fast emerging on our roads with the upsurge of the mobility scooter and it’s fearless driver.

It is understood and accepted disabled people need transport to travel around, but not on the Ring Road, Penwortham Bypass or dual carriageways.

Not seen one on the motorway yet!

The question of insurance, road tax and driver training springs to mind as these mobility scooters being driven on our roads are very dangerous and a serious accident waiting to happen.

Worried driver, Preston

Who supervises roadworks?

The centre of Lancaster is wondrous to behold in its chaos.

For example, who on earth decided the route that buses from Morecambe now have to follow to get to the bus station?

Double decker buses have to career up narrow Lower Church Street, round the sharp corner into Cheapside, back down to another turn past the closed church, which they have just passed on the other side, and turn into the bus station the back way.

Temporarily taking down one road sign and removing a small area of road island by the church, to allow a turn there, would have avoided most of this.

However, readers will also have seen the considerable amount of time and effort (and yes, money) being expended on the re-paving of most of Lancaster’s centre.

From the signs, it is good to see that our friends in the EU are contributing to this work.

But I would ask whether we know if anyone is running a sweep on how long it will be before some organisation (probably one of the utilities) arrives on the scene, digs up a chunk of the nice new paving slabs, and after they have completed their work, ‘makes good’ the resultant damage by dropping in a dollop of tarmacadum and stamping it roughly smooth, rather than properly replacing the paving (some of which will have been destroyed anyway).

The result of a few times when this has happened in the past, is that nicely paved pedestrianised areas become a rough patchwork quilted mess of tarmacadum and broken paving slabs.

There seems to be little or no supervision of such work when it is carried out, and the quality of work done by the culprits to remedy damage is frequently quite poor.

Quite soon money spent on paving becomes wasted.

Actually I have heard that a sweep is unnecessary as someone may already have already dug up some of the slabs, quickly spoiling some of the work done.

M R Williamson,

Repton Avenue,

Morecambe

No need to cut limit on the A6

Re: the new speed limit on the A6 near Broughton (LEP, July 11).

Not much chance to do 40 mph on this stretch of road except in the evenings and early mornings.

I live in the area and wasn’t aware there were any accidents attributed to speed.

The new light controlled crossing ensures that access to the primary school is safe, and the 30 mph limit is unnecessary and seems to be just a money gathering exercise.

No doubt many contributions will be forthcoming in the next few weeks when the cameras are deployed.

Broughton Bob,

via lep.co.uk

Gender not the decisive factor

Moves for the next EU foreign policy chief to be a woman, so that the right image is presented, is a joke.

The current incumbent, Catherine Ashton, ticks that box but has been generally ineffective.

And she a woman who has got to the top earning an annual gross salary, including allowances, of £287,543 – making her the second highest paid female politician in the world – and without every having been elected by the public to any position whatsoever.

I am 100 per cent behind women being in positions of power - but because they are the right caliber and not just because of their gender.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP North West MEP

My way to clean up Parliament

While I was at Homebase I was looking at new showers - and a lady came up to me and said hello.

Then she asked me how I was – to which I replied; “I’m not too bad. I have a little headache.”

Then the lady said, “If you take a shower you can wash everything clean away.”

To which I replied: “Gosh, is that right?

“Then is there any chance of putting all the members of the English Government into one big shower - and washing them all clean away?”

For some unknown reason the woman started to laugh hysterically.

Was it something I said?

Darryl Ashton,

Blackpool

Thanks over coffee funds

I would like to thank everyone who help out at our coffee morning in Longridge.

We made £246.45 profit so I thank you all again.

The Saint Lawrence with St Paul C.L.&.C.G. Brigade will be well pleased with that and it will be put to good use .

It never ceases to amaze me how the people of Longridge come out to give us support.

The next one is on Thursday August 28 for the Navy, so come along and have a good lunch meet old friends and make new ones.

Hilda Marle Collis,

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