Reader’s letters - Monday July 7, 2014

A reader sent in this photograph of  a rat bearing down on  grey squirrel in Moor Park, Preston
A reader sent in this photograph of a rat bearing down on grey squirrel in Moor Park, Preston
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Shame on driver who fled

I would just like to convey the consequences of the heartless act of a car driver who drove recklessly past my house on Sunday June 29 about 11.30pm.

You have robbed a family of a much loved and happy pet. You left her in the middle of the road, with serious injuries, at risk of further injuries from other cars.

You had not one ounce of compassion in your body or regret for your actions you just carried on driving and didn’t even stop to see what harm you have caused.

You have left a family with a young daughter bereft and inconsolable. I cannot come to terms with this appalling act.

While I know that you didn’t have to stop, why didn’t you? Why did you leave an animal suffering and in so much pain that she had to be taken to the emergency vets (by a wonderful lady who was driving behind you who mercifully stopped) and had to be put to sleep?

Words completely fail me at the complete selfishness and lack of compassion that people show.

Heather Norman, via e-mail

Aftermath of carnival a mess

It was nice that the carnival had nice weather, there was still people enjoying themselves after nine o’clock at night.

I live in Deepdale and decided to go for a walk on the park as it was such a nice night. All the bins were overflowing with rubbish and bags were piled up around them.

Big metal bins with lids on should be permanently placed on the park, a fence could be put round them, it would help with the vermin.

I also noticed people were having barbeques on the grass, it was all burnt. Passing the bowling greens near the toilets from the hedges at the back out came a big rat, I made a quick exit of the park, it really spoilt my evening walk, something drastic needs to be done, the sooner the better.

Very concerned resident

Who will keep speeds to limit

The signs have arrived in our street, signalling new speed limits of 20mph – but where is the enforcement?

Passing motorists who previously rarely managed to stay below 30mph are still driving through exactly as they did before. In my experience, the new limits appear to have done nothing at all to change driving habits, even at times when children are playing out on the streets concerned.

It seems, as has been said so many times before by fellow residents all over Lancashire, that the new signs are an expensive waste of money.

Unless the new rules are enforced, they mean nothing.

I recall a suggestion by a county councillor some time ago that residents could ‘shop’ a speeder by taking their number and passing it on to the authorities.

But how many are going to do that – and would it make any difference anyway?

Bob Townsend, St Annes

Paving a missed opportunity

I am very disappointed with the results so far of the improvements to Market Square and Lancaster city centre. The problem is the bad choice of paving material.

It’s dreary, it clashes with Lancaster’s fine old stone buildings instead of complementing them as it should, and, on top of that, like certain colours we’ve all been told to avoid wearing, it shows every mark.

It’s already filthy, and in some places sordid and disgusting. .

Tasteful re-paving has had wonderful transformative effects in many cities in Britain and Europe. What a wasted opportunity for Lancaster. The money could have been much better spent.

Norman Fairclough, Lancaster

North Lancs is a great home

I was born in Morecambe in 1968 and lived here until I took the long journey to join the British Army (Royal Engineers) in June 1984. I returned with my family in November 2013 having completed a fulfilling career to settle in Heysham.

I can honestly say Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham has so much to offer and I for one am proud to call myself a Morecambrian.

My family and I have enjoyed Heysham Village and the Barrows, Sandylands, Happy Mount Park, Lancaster Castle, Lancaster Quay, shows at the Platform and a cruise on Lancaster Canal to name a few.

It goes without saying that venture slightly beyond our ‘door step’ and a whole host of new adventures open up in the Lake District. There are some obvious ‘downs’ but the run down areas are replicated in any large town or city, these can be made to look more appealing if people could use rubbish receptacles.

Only with a sense of pride and self discipline from local residents and visitors will Morecambe be able to improve the less pleasing areas.

Respect and appreciate what this great area of Lancashire has to offer is my advice.

Michael Heath, Heysham

Open door to new scandals

Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food.

The last thing we need is lower legal standards, but a deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could result in exactly that.

The EU-US trade deal aims to ‘harmonise’ European and American rules in food safety and many other areas, which in practice may mean slashing European standards to match the much lower US levels.

So, products like hormone-treated beef and pork, and chicken washed in chlorine, sold by US companies but currently banned here, could appear on supermarket shelves in the UK.

Food is just one area in which this deal would give multi-national companies much more influence in our lives.

Health care and education are among the others. The deal threatens our ability to run our society in the way we choose, and it must be stopped.

E Boardman, via email