Reader’s letters - Monday June 01, 2015

Speed cameras will be operating across the county
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Drivers go faster than 20

I was interested to read A McKay from Chorley’s response to earlier correspondence to the 20mph speed limits (Letters, May 29). It appears that, in A McKay’s Utopian World, most drivers tend to obey the 20mph speed limit as he quotes that ‘studies suggest that the average urban speed during the working day is between 17 and 21mph’. Well, those studies clearly did not include Walmer Bridge, which has 20mph speed limits on both the main road through the village (Liverpool Old Road) and on an approach road (Gill Lane).

Here a recent study gave the average speed as being 28mph, nearly 50 per cent above the ‘legal and enforceable’ designated speed limit.

This also means that, in A McKay’s Utopian World, some drivers in his quoted studies will be doing far less than 20mph almost, in fact, to the point that they will be making undue progress which is also a road traffic offence, but I bet not many are prosecuted for that.

In the Western Parishes of South Ribble Borough Council, we have the rather inconsistent approach to speed limits as other villages (Longton, New Longton, Hutton and Much Hoole) have 30 mph speed limits on their main roads to and through their villages.

When I tackled the county councillor for the area on this, he seemed to wash his hands of it, claiming that he was not in post when the decisions were made.

As I understand it, it was the parish council who voted for this anomaly but, due to non-enforcement of the 20mph speed limit through Walmer Bridge, they now find themselves caught up in reports of vehicles exceeding the 20mph speed limit on Dob Lane, on offshoot of Liverpool Old Road. Well surprise, surprise! Ward councillors claim that the ‘Your Speed Is’ interactive signs give lots of data on speeds.

Councillors, if all you want to do is collect data, then that’s fine but, if it serves absolutely no purpose, why should we council taxpayers have to pay for something which is totally ineffective with regard to enforcing the 20mph speed limit, especially as said speed limit seems to be being ignored by most people (and that includes some cyclists!) who travel along it.

We must thus look to those who could actually enforce the 20 mph speed limit through Walmer Bridge: the police.

Well, I haven’t seen many yellow and blue vans around Walmer Bridge of late, nor anyone wearing a high viz jacket pointing a laser speed gun at any vehicle recently.

Thus drivers regard the 20 mph speed limit with impunity, some to the point of exceeding the speed limit by at least double, and, even if the interactive speed sign shows them doing above the speed limit, not only do they not slow down, but they actually speed up!

I thus invite the county councillor for the area, all the Western Parishes councillors and the Walmer Bridge Parish council to sit with me opposite Gill Lane to witness the speeds that some do through Walmer Bridge, then invite the police along with one of their yellow and blue vans. I think they may well find a difference in the average speeds between the two scenarios.

Oh, and just for the record, I DO stick to the 20mph speed limit but am hassled by those who wish to ignore said speed limit and indeed other parts of the Highway Code by driving up to and almost on my rear bumper.

A Walmer Bridge Resident

Interpretation a sinister one

Following the latest allegations of sexual abuse within the Methodist Church over a long period, they can now join a long list of sexual predators within the various religious faiths.

Perhaps within the Christians sects, the instruction to ‘Suffer Little Children to come Unto Me’ had a more sinister interpretation to it, that we ever gave credit to?

Denis Lee,

Ashton

A different verdict on cake?

I’m sure that most of the Post’s readers have read or heard about the reports of the Irish Christian bakers Ashers refusing, because of their Christian beliefs, to bake a cake for a gay man with the words ‘Support gay marriage.’

It ended up in court, with Ashers losing the case and being fined £500 by the court.

Why didn’t the ‘offended’ gay man go to another bakery who would have done it, rather than take Ashers to court?

Obviously to promote gay marriage, and he saw a golden opportunity to do so.

Ashers refused as, being Christians, it was against their religion and they didn’t support gay marriage because of this.

Now, imagine the same situation if the gay man had asked a Muslim bakery to do the same thing and they, quite rightly, totally refused on the same grounds as the Christian bakers, i.e. that Muslims are against homosexuality as their culture and religion forbids it.

Would the case have gone to court? If it did, do you think the court would have ruled against the Muslim bakery? I personally doubt it. I’d like to know the opinions of readers on this subject.

John, practising Christian.

Walton-le-Dale

Risking cycling fine or death

The Food Standards Agency is putting pressure on retailers after a study found three-quarters of supermarket chickens were contaminated with potentially deadly campylobacter. ‘With the bug responsible for some 280,000 infections a year and 100 deaths, the director of consumer body Which? said: “It beggars belief that nearly three-quarters of chickens on sale in supermarkets are still infected with this potentially deadly bug.”

With the first pedestrian killed in 1896, the technology to kill 99.9 per cent of household bacteria, and identify the DNA of the world’s inhabitants, doesn’t it beggar belief that some 3,000 cyclists a year are being killed or seriously injured on UK roads?

Why aren’t drivers caught using a mobile phone banned from driving the same as drink drivers? Is it fair that, as drivers, we are allowed to drive 10 per cent above the speed limit plus 3 mph, but ‘must not cycle on a pavement’ to avoid these potential killers? Should cyclists risk a £50 fine or death?

Allan Ramsay, Radcliffe