Reader’s letters - Thursday February 12, 2015

Homes protest: Signs against builing plans by the Guild Wall in Broughton (see letter)
Homes protest: Signs against builing plans by the Guild Wall in Broughton (see letter)
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New cinema is not needed

Having read about proposed plans for the demolished indoor market site, I was surprised to see a cinema suggested.

Years ago Bob Hope said that television is were movies go to die. In my opinion the only hope for a cinema in the centre of town is if it screens matinees costing next to nothing.

What about a roller skating rink? Years ago English Martyrs had a roller rink and it was well attended every night, (probably not in the afternoons because everyone worked).

It is said that young people need to exercise more and that is surely one solution.

Over the Christmas period my grandchildren enjoyed the ice rink on the Flag Market, and there were queues every day, all day.

Retrospectively, the crazy health and safety rules would step in and spoil it for all.

Barbara Gray, via e-mail

Don’t build on Guild Wheel

Unfortunately Paul after reading your letter you have completely failed to put our mind at rest regarding the planning application to build 118 houses on the D’urton Lane section of the Guild Wheel (letters February 5).

How you can say the development (if approved) will have a positive effect on the Guild Wheel is beyond us, in fact it’s an outrageous statement and totally misleading.

D’urton Lane currently has numerous traffic calming measures, chicanes, speed humps, 20mph speed limit, all of which have not deterred drivers from using it as a short cut.

The proposed plans, which we presume you have been heavily involved in, will have little or no positive effect on reducing traffic.

Even if your delusion was true, any reduction would undoubtedly be offset with an increase in traffic from the new housing estate, which despite being ‘well hidden’ would have access directly on to the Guild Wheel via an inappropriate access at one of the narrowest points.

As for the proposed plans making drivers more aware of the shared usage (118 houses would equate to a minimum of 236 cars), that fact is currently blatantly obvious, it’s a narrow country lane with no footpaths for the vast majority of its length!

If this development was to go ahead it would at the detriment of the Guild Wheel which successfully brings family and friends together, in the fresh air to exercise whilst enjoying the beautiful Preston countryside.

More importantly it would seriously compromise the safety of the thousands of users on the most hazardous section currently and if approved it would only be a matter of time before a serious accident occurred.

A Change.org petition has been initiated recently, called ‘Don’t Let Them Build On Your Guild Wheel’ and we already have the signatures of 420 likeminded people who are very proud of the Guild Wheel and who want to keep its users safe.

We would like to urge more people to sign this petition and make their comments, which we plan to present to Preston City Council on a weekly basis.

Together we can protect our Guild Wheel, our lasting legacy and stand up to these land owners and developers who have no regard about the devastating effect their proposals will have and are more than happy to allude to the fact they have the Preston City Council and Lancashire Highways department firmly on their side (to make us all think it’s a done deal and not worth objecting) and so ensure their ultimate aim of a healthy profit is achieved.

Don’t let them build on your Guild Wheel!

Planning reference 06/2014/0872 – objections can still be made through the Preston City Council Planning Application website.

Jason and Nicola Goodwill, via e-mail

Plans not right for Post Office

So a group called Our Local Heroes Foundation has ideas for the former Post Office building to convert into flats and a series of charity shop units (LEP February 6). This will be the end of our city centre.

We already have many charity shops along Fishergate and Friargate, many in large units just supposed to be a stop gap until a more traditional retailer would take up residence.

They are still there after several years. I am not against charity shops, but they offer no staff employment apart from a manager. The suggestion is this foundation will “train” veterans, again no real wage and many agencies already do.

It is offering nothing new, just the opportunity to get their hands on a fine building in the very heart of Preston centre.

Leonard Foster, via e-mail

On look out for 1930s campers

I am writing a book on Camping Coach Holidays on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in the 1930s.

This was a scheme whereby the railway company took old carriages out of use, converted them into holiday accommodation and installed them at country stations during the summer season. I would like to find folk who used the scheme during 1934-1940, who of course would now be in their eighties.

I have a particular interest in the sites at Blackpool Squires Gate, which was used by many people from the Manchester/Liverpool/Lancashire area, also the Leeds/Bradford area, and also am keen to talk to anyone who stayed in camping coaches at Coniston, Knott End and Ingleton. If there is anyone out there who can help with holiday photographs and memories I would be delighted to hear from you.

There were camping coach schemes after the war as well, but please note these are beyond my terms of reference.

This photograph of a camping coach at Coniston (see above) shows the coaches referred to as LMS ‘Caravans’ in the early years of the scheme. If you had experience of such a holiday before the war and would like to contribute to the research, please contact me.

Mike Fenton, Apple Tree Cottage

Locks Lane, Withington, Hereford HRl 3QE

Tel: 01432 851192

email: fen.lonesomedove@virgin.net