Reader’s letters - Monday September 08, 2014

Preston's indoor market and market car park in the city centre which have been earmarked for demolition
Preston's indoor market and market car park in the city centre which have been earmarked for demolition
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Scandal of market decline

It’s time the city status was revoked for Preston, along with all the Labour councillors.

Preston, even when it was a town, which it still is, they have always let any property fall into disrepair instead of maintaining their properties.

The housing stock all got sold off to Gateway, Places For People, now we have the once Pride of Preston market under threat of demolition. But the outside market, little fish market you could get anything and everything on Preston market but not anymore. The outside large market is a shadow of its former self.

More action on car boot markets Tuesday and Thursdays and now the indoor market car park left to rot with no maintenance carried out all these past years.

I presume the Labour councillors, Labour leader Peter Rankin, county councillors maintain their own properties but they are quite happy to take rents off the stall holders all these years but don’t seem to know how to set aside funds for a rainy day to maintain their properties.

UClan have too much say in what happens in Preston. We need a new medical practice in and around Ashton Street, Preston, but where is there any property that would suffice.. . none, all properties spaces taken by UCLan for student accommodation. Time students paid council tax and their landlords.

Mrs M Fazakerley, Preston

Spend cash on market revamp

It seems that the council is determined to demolish the indoor market hall. I think that a better idea than using the covered market in its place would be to spend the £5m pounds that would have be to used to convert the old post office building. With a good architect and some imagination I believe it would be ideal.

Senior Citizen, Preston

Keep wrecking from traders

Our demolition council is determined to demolish something.

If they can’t demolish the bus station why not one of the most popular shopping areas in Preston ie the indoor market?

The same old excuses quoting exaggerated estimates for renovation and then intending to spend a great deal more on demolishing.

I feel the loss of this market would discourage large numbers of people from travelling to Preston to do their shopping. It has been a popular place to shop for many years until recent events of shop closures, which could have been avoided by lowering rents, better less rents than none at all.

It seems like Preston is having the life squeezed out of it.

Name and address supplied

Post Office may offer new home

With all the talk going on about the indoor market moving to the outdoor fish market, which has not gone done well the many of the stall holders.

Is there any reason why the GPO building could not be used for the new indoor market? This would solve a lot of problems and would bring a listed building back into use, instead of letting it go to rack and ruin.

Mr Dobson, Preston

Skewed debate on Scotland

Is it my imagination or is the over-sized Scottish contingency at the BBC pushing the ‘Yes’ vote. Heavyweight Scots presenters appear to have already made up their minds and seem to be seeking to surreptitiously influence others.

And then there’s the matter of so little coverage of the ‘No’ vote - surely in a fair world both sides of the ballot should be given equal coverage?

Joseph G Dawson, Withnell, Chorley

Frack firm is playing its role

Regarding Barbara Richardson’s letter ‘Stress of life in frack zone” published in the (letters September 1).

Barbara Richardson’s view of the recent anti-fracking protest is rather curious considering the facts. You only have to look at the comments from the NFU and the local farmer who had his land invaded to know the protesters were not welcome.

The feedback I get from people is that Cuadrilla has been very good at keeping the local community informed.

From regular information days in the community, frequent newsletters and technical information as well as setting up community liaison groups for each site, the company has tried to have an open dialogue with residents and be a good neighbour. The most interesting comments come from people who visit the existing site at Elswick, which was hydraulically fractured some 20 years ago.

Proof, if ever you needed it, that this is an established technology with a long track record.

I’m confident this industry will be well regulated, safely operated and will bring lots of economic benefits and jobs to the region.”

Bernard Whittle, OBE, former Lancashire County Councillor, North West Energy Task Force

No licence for law breaking

Whilst I make no judgement in the regard to fracking and its benefit or detriment to the people or the environment, I do make a judgement on the people who believe they have a cause and this gives them the right to break the law and affect other peoples lives.

If you don’t own the land, it is simple, keep off. If you don’t want Caudrilla to drill on a piece of land then buy it.

I hear the protesters say there is a petition of over 250,000, so the country is against it, I believe this to be wrong as 49 m people have yet to agree.

Mike Denny, via e-mail

No safeguard, no support

Surely half the fuss surrounding fracking would go if a proper, independent regulator with teeth was established. Why are the government so reluctant?

Jack Frack, address supplied