Reader’s letters - Monday September 01, 2014

The anti-fracking protest camp  in Little Plumpton last month (see letter)
The anti-fracking protest camp in Little Plumpton last month (see letter)
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Stress of life in frack zone

We are writing to you in response to Cuadrilla’s email sent out to the local press and councillors regarding its support of local farmers and its impending legal action as a result of recent protests. This appears a little one sided.

As representatives of local residents in Little Plumpton, Roseacre and Wharles – ie those villages which will be directly 
affected by its plans – we are 
appalled at Cuadrilla’s actions and ‘holier than thou’ stance.

There is no mention of the impact its own actions is having on local residents and we wanted to express our views.

Since Cuadrilla announced its plans in February our lives have been severely disrupted and residents have suffered much anxiety and stress. We consider the statement somewhat offensive, ie by making reference to the distress of the farmer and his family over a three week period.

These are the same farmers who effectively brought this on themselves by inviting Cuadrilla to use their land against the wishes of their local communities, and for which they will be paid most handsomely.

Cuadrilla has also attempted to make it appear that more farmers are involved when in fact they list several members of the same families. The statement that the farmer makes about his milk yield being 
reduced seems very odd, given that he will drastically reduce his land for grazing by allowing Cuadrilla to use it. Or perhaps he intends to allow the cows to graze around the drill pad?

Since the beginning of July residents in Little Plumpton, Roseacre and Wharles have been subjected to an increased, and totally over the top, security presence.

We have to endure security guards stationed in fields in our villages with their cars, tents, portable loos, cameras trained on our public footpaths, helicopters flying over head (at great cost no doubt), vehicles being driven around fields at night, 
increased security vehicles parked in our lanes, people being photographed when they stop to read the signs, additional police presence and so on.

This heavy handed approach is not appreciated by the local community and it is actually causing severe distress to many residents and has done so over many months.

Our lives have been severely disrupted since February by having to try to fight these plans, which will in essence destroy our communities, have a severe impact on our health and well being, and cause damage to our wonderful environment. So to quote the distress of this farmer over a three week period pales into insignificance compared with the constant stress, worry and helplessness felt by locals who do not have a hefty cheque to look forward to, as these farmers do.

We actually respect people’s right to protest over something which they feel strongly about. Public opposition is mounting as more people become informed about what fracking really entails and the impact it will have on our wonderful county.

Barbara Richardson, chairman of

Roseacre Awareness Group and Pat Davies, chair of Preston New Road Action Group

Farmers forced to sell off land

In all the controversy about the forthcoming building boom we seem to have forgotten one of the roots of the problem.

We know our are farmers struggle to preserve their rural way of life. It’s a hard and unrelenting responsibility. They tell us of declining subsidies, growing pressure from supermarkets to cut prices and that milk is barely profitable. And we all want lower food prices.

Is it any wonder they have little option but to sell their land to these greedy and grasping speculators who want to cover every square yard with brick and tarmac.

Let’s have some sympathy for our farmers. There are victims at both ends of the deal.

Confused, Name and address supplied

Fly flags where they belong

I agree wholeheartedly with Gillian Fitton (Letters, August 19), flying a flag isn’t a humanitarian gesture, it’s a sign of support.

Once a very wise and famous man said: “Give a man a flag to wave and you’ve taught him how to hate.”

He was so famous I’ve forgotten who said it, but nevertheless it’s true. Can I just say, in what I hope is an end to the debate, please come to Penwortham Hill and have a look at our refurbished cenotaph.

Beautifully done with a flag either side, one the Union flag and the other, the Red Rose of Lancashire. In my view these are the only flags that should be flown here.

It tells you who we are and what we are and what we stand for. I reckon if you wish to fly any other flag, take it to the place it belongs to and fly it there, where no doubt it will mean something.

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

Programme too late for fans

BBC TV bosses are very unhappy with their viewing ratings for their birthday celebration programme for Match of the Day football highlights programme.

As a special 50 years celebration they showed a special tribute to their iconic football TV programme but what a daft time to schedule it at 10.35pm.

Had they screened it between eight and nine in the evening they may have got a very high

audience tuning in to watch. Even I missed it. I would like to think it will be repeated again at a more realistic time. How about an early evening slot?

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool

Shoppers leave dog at home

Regarding the dog left outside Morrisons (LEP August 22), a similar thing happened to me at Morrisons, in Leyland, near Christmas.

Poor little thing was left tied up in the freezing cold for close to two hours and no one wanted to know. When I went in for the last time I said I would take it home and a member of staff came out with me.

Lo and behold it had gone. As I left I saw an older lady and a younger man with a lot of shopping walking with it. Leave it at home next time!!

Veronica, via e-mail