Reader’s letters - Thursday 20 March 2014

The driver of this car has written to thank everyone who helped at the scene
The driver of this car has written to thank everyone who helped at the scene
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Backing new look gateway

As representatives of organisations with a significant interest in the future of Fishergate and Preston City Centre in general, we felt compelled to write about the current Fishergate Central Gateway project.

The most recent phase in this project involved removing the traffic lights where Butler Street and Corporation Street meet Fishergate on Monday this week.

It is fair to say that the comments in Saturday’s Evening Post, drawn from the website, expressed a degree of scepticism about whether removing the traffic lights would work, and indeed about the scheme in general.

Before carrying out this work, Lancashire County Council piloted the removal of the lights back in January and had also reassured us that a similar scheme in Poynton, on a street with nearly three times the volume of traffic, works successfully.

We are delighted to report that the removal of the lights has worked very well and has actually led to a better flow of traffic along Fishergate, with none of the forecast problems.

We would also like to put on record our support for the project as a whole. For years, people in Preston have rightly complained about a lack of investment and the failure of projects such as Tithebarn.

The Fishergate Central Gateway project brings a £3.4m investment which is set to transform the city centre, including Fishergate, making it a more attractive place and bringing more people, businesses and prosperity to the city.

We feel the development overall will be a positive asset to the community in the long-term, but are, of course, truly sympathetic to residents and customers for any inconvenience or disruption the project may have caused them to date.

Keith Mitchell, General Manager, Fishergate Centre

Beverley Wilkes, Store Manager, Debenhams Preston

Road crossing is perilous

Today I walked up past County Hall to the train station. I wanted to cross the road to the train station which is now surrounded by road works.

If you like to dice with death this is the spot. As I had a buggy with me this was not an option. It was horrendous trying to cross whilst keeping my precious cargo safe.

Surely this situation cannot continue as it is asking for an accident to happen on this busy road.

Coun Christine Abram, Cottam

Put the planet before profits

Our fuel bills are rising fast and politicians seem to have little idea what to do about it. Just changing energy suppliers isn’t going to provide a long term fix.

In years to come, coal, oil and gas prices are likely to carry on rising whilst the cost of renewable energy will fall as long as we invest in infrastructure projects.

What is most worrying is that the banks are quietly investing billions of pounds in dirty coal and fossil fuel projects in the developing world. This will only result in much more pollution, global warming and extreme weather conditions.

We need to refocus on what people and the planet needs and not just on company profits.

Janet Ramsay, Central Lancashire World Development Movement Group

Thanks for aid after accident

May I please send a big thank you to the police, fire and ambulance services, especially the young policeman who managed to squeeze behind me and hold me up until the fire brigade cut me out of the car which ended up on its side on Watling Street Road on February 24. I was not as injured as first thought and am now recovering well.

So again thank you all for your help and kindness shown to me.

Name and address supplied.

Make it easier to have say

Recently, Chorley Council was seeking residents’ views on the re-opening of Market Street via Facebook or Twitter.

As I don’t use either of these, I thought I would make my views known via the council website, only to find that there was no

facility to do this.

On contacting the council, I was asked to send a general email which would be passed on to the ‘communications’ department.

I did as they suggested and while doing so I also posed the question: “Has anything further been done towards publishing a proper town street plan or

establishing a tourist information office?”

Although my email was

acknowledged, I have since had no further response.

Does this mean the council’s ‘communications’ department is now ‘Incommunicado’?

Graham Archer, Chorley

Homes ruling a blow for town

I am disappointed and concerned that the recent appeal by Fox development for the Ridings site in Longridge has been allowed and that outline planning permission has been granted by the inspector.

Despite our valiant efforts the inspector did not take the arguments that we put forward as detrimental to development.

He was of the opinion that the recent road improvements at Broughton had addressed the reason for dismissal by the inspector at the previous appeal.

However, our concerns are that the majority of traffic from this development will access Preston via Grimsargh and therefore exacerbate the congestion already evident on that route.

Stonebridge roundabout will become even more dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross.

Again it seems that the fact that the majority of this development lies within a designated Area of Separation on Preston’s Local Plan has been ignored because the plan has not yet been fully signed off by the inspector, which seems to put us on an uneven playing field.

So it would appear the battle continues to try to preserve some green fields. We now await the further application by Fox developments for the same site, but with an additional 20 houses instead of the swimming pool.

Lona Smith, Preston Rural North

councillor, Longridge