Reader’s letters - Thursday August 28, 2014

Preston's indoor market needs investment not demolition, according to readers
Preston's indoor market needs investment not demolition, according to readers
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Lessons of market towns

I am writing to express my concern at Preston Council’s attitude towards stall holders on Preston’s indoor market.

The suggestion stall holders should move lock stock and barrel across to the draughty, exposed and tatty old fish market borders on the bonkers.

Preston Council claim they are strapped for cash but soon find funds for “consultants” ie the Tithebarn fiasco £750,000, are our own planning department not up to it. My wife and I regularly shop in the indoor market and find the place a hive of activity with plenty of chat and excellent food and merchandise at reasonable prices and still the heart of the town).

The market looks bright and cheerful with colourful signs apparently put up and paid for by the stall holders themselves not PCC which seems more concerned with supporting the night clubs etc. to improve the night life in Preston, not much use to the majority of Preston’s citizens who avoid the city centre at night like the plague.

I have recently visited Blackburn , Chorley and Bury towns which have councils which obviously appreciate the value of a thriving market to their towns with a fair amount of capital expenditure and good forward planning. not a last minute botch up as with Preston who appear to be prepared to relocate our food stalls to a dirty , dusty old fish market. Preston City Council has made some good moves recently ie the improvements to our wonderful Avenham and Miller parks, full marks there, and the ongoing improvements to Fishergate and let’s hope the plans to make Winkley Square, a city gem, come to fruition soon.

So please PCC give us a market to be proud of like neighbouring councils who appear to have taken the lead in understanding the value to their towns of having markets that not only serve their own citizens but attract people to the town.

Frank Schofield, Barton

Middle East is city’s priority

I would like to comment on a letter regarding the state of Preston markets. Whilst I am in complete agreement with the comments about a total lack of investment in maintaining the fabric of not only the market but also the bus station.

I am afraid it is completely remiss of your reader to criticise Preston Council over such boring mundane matters ,when certain of our locally elected representatives are busy dealing with pressing matters of international significance, eg Palestine.

I feel it is completely inappropriate of you and your fellow citizens to expect your locally elected representatives to deal with such local matters of import to you, if indeed you are labouring under the illusion as to that is why they were elected in the first instance then you are severely misguided. I do hope you find the foregoing explanation helpful.

T E Riley, via e-mail

Paying price for years of neglect

The bloke off the news the other night said, at the end of the bulletin, he was going to read out a joke, voted the best “one liner” of the year. I didn’t wait, I know the line. It’s “Preston is a City”. Now that is funny.

If we are anything other than a small market town, I’m amazed. And now, they missed out on the bus station and Guild Hall, so they want to pull down the indoor market and plunge the stalls back to the outdoors.

I feel so sorry for Michael Clark, my favourite butcher and the many other stalls who face this bleak future.

Are there any more backward steps planned? And what will take its place? I notice the huge car park is doomed as well.

Usual excuse, it needs £8m to bring it up to scratch.

Does that mean its been constantly neglected for the past 40 years. All sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it?

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

History of a fallen soldier

Corporal Peter Lang (Looking Back August 25) was included in an article printed in the Preston Guardian on January 22 1916.

It said he had been serving with the 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment and had been invalided home from France with pneumonia. The article included an interview with his second wife Margaret Lang (nee Burns).

The article gives some information about the military service of three of his sons with his first wife, whose name was Harriet. Their names are Peter, Thomas and William Lang. His son-in-law is also mentioned.

Private (10506) William Lang died on September 28 1914 while serving with the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial.

His brother-in-law Lance Corporal (6482) William Woods, who served with the same Battalion, died on September 291914. His name is also recorded on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial.

The article contains images of Peter and William Lang and William Woods.

Adrian Kay, Preston

Editor’s note: Thank you to all of those people who get in touch with information about Peter Lang. The details have been forwarded to his great, great, great grandchildren Robert and Bradley Bolan.

Help needed for family tree

I am in the process of researching my family history and at present I am back to 1805 with Robert Dixon who was born in Wrea Green on the April 1, 1805.

Towards the end of his life he went to live with his daughter Ann who was married to James Smith and they lived in Hammond Street and St Thomas Street in Preston. I am anxious to trace any of their grandchildren who may be still living in the Preston area. I can be contacted on: pauldixon47@hotmail.co.uk.

Thanking you in anticipation

Paul Dixon, via e-mail

Tribute keeps memory alive

It is hard to imagine the full horror of the Freckleton air crash all of these years later (LEP August 25) but also heart warming yo know this tragedy is still commemorated to this day.

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