Reader’s letters - Thursday 13 March 2014

Fixed odds betting terminals have been dubbed 'the crack cocaine of gambling'
Fixed odds betting terminals have been dubbed 'the crack cocaine of gambling'
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Halt surge of bookmakers

I fully share the concerns expressed by the Evening Post over the huge increase in the number of betting shops and gaming machines in and around our city (LEP March 10).

We are a nation that is becoming addicted to gambling. All research indicates that this growth is greatest in the least well-off areas of our community.

This, I am sure, reflects the desperation of many people to escape from the cycle of poverty and debt.

What I find even more worrying, however, is the proliferation of television advertisements for online gaming sites.

Gambling is, by law, restricted to over 18s. Other restricted activities, such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, are controlled by law and cannot be advertised on television, certainly not during the daytime.

Why, then, is it permissible for online bingo sites to advertise freely during the day when young people are watching?

Even worse, why is in-play gambling encouraged during sporting events, such as televised football matches, when children are watching?

Should we really be teaching our children to gamble? Ray Winstone and others should be ashamed of themselves.

I urge the Evening Post to continue its campaign to restrict numbers of betting shops and gaming machines, but to widen its remit to seek a ban on television advertising of all gambling.

Geoff Horton, Chorley

Parking woes lie on horizon

Having lived within the vicinity of Royal Preston Hospital for over 30 years, I’m aware of the migration and movement of traffic problems surrounding the hospital.

The ever increasing traffic problems associated with residents living near to RPH is set to become worse in the near future.

Plans unveiled will see two new extensions with immediate start dates as early as May 2014, which in turn will displace over 100 car spaces to roads and venues in Sharoe Green.

I attended Sharoe Green PACT meeting, with 20 plus residents and three Conservative councillors, on February 19 at Fulwood Police Station (soon to be closed).

Traffic management and parking issues were high on the agenda for discussion. Methuen Avenue, Raleigh Road, St Clare’s Avenue and Moorfields Avenue, with access to driveways and obstructions for emergency vehicles and refuse trucks, were problems at this time, because of forced movement of vehicles from other restricted areas around Sharoe Green.

The CEO and administrative agent for RPH has been advised by planning to discuss with local councillors and residents to try to alleviate the problem.

It was most disappointing to find that Conservative councillors were aware of impending plans to displace more than 100 vehicles into the equation, which would further exacerbate the situation, without discussing the problem with residents at any recent PACT meetings.

Surely the proposed multi-storey car park should be in their immediate future development discussions (not every resident wants this).

This alone would create an impact with more traffic on Sharoe Green Lane.

As a Labour candidate, who lives close to RPH, I want to help, not become involved in political point scoring.

Clearly residents must be at the forefront of these discussions, not kept in the dark. The closing date for objections is March 21.

It would appear the work on site is due to commence in May 2014. Documents can be viewed online at www.preston.gov.uk/planning

REF: 06/2014/0100

REF: 06/2014/0106

Any objections, you should write to the planning officer at Lancastria House.

John Wilson, Fulwood

Boundaries are always on move

Mr Wilson wrote about the

Fulwood boundary, this brook was called boundary brook and ran under the railway (letters March 10).

I notice that Ashton has spread too and it now includes lots of the streets off Plungington Road.

The Cattle Market pub was known to all in the area as The Big House, I don’t remember people calling it the cattle market when I lived round there.

Also the New Cattle Market was further up Brook Street on the opposite side of the road, near to Eldon Street, This was

always called the New Cat.

I agree that to keep changing pubs names is meddling with our history, for what reason?

Doreen Dawson, via e-mail

Sir Tom was a sight to behold

The tributes to Sir Tom perhaps did not bring out fully one point, the sheer aesthetic pleasure his artistry brought to those of us privileged to see him in his prime, now few in number.

Whether it was the balletic leap which took him high above the reaching hands of Gil Merrick to head the opening goal in the destruction of Birmingham City or the way he would dance up to some bemused full back, like a Mongoose hypnotising a cobra, before darting away and leaving the defender flat-footed.

The memory is burned into the mind and it is tragic that there was no videotape then to record his games.

The old leather football was to Tom what the violin was to Paganini or the piano to Liszt.

His was a unique original

genius, which still photos and odd scraps of newsreel footage cannot possibly convey.

Geoffrey Connell, Lytham St Annes

Face in a crowd from the sixties

Regards your Looking Back picture of the crowd at Deepdale (letters March 7).

The game was about 1967, I am at the front lent up with a scarf round my neck. My friend is at my right looking a little squashed.

I am Martin Theaker, my friend was Anthony Whittaker we both went to Eldon Street County Primary School at the time of this photo. I’ve kept it out and cut out, it was 46-47 years ago that photo.

Martin Theaker, Fulwood