Reader’s letters - Thursday January 15, 2015

PNE manager Simon Grayson talks to the fourth official during the club's match against Sheffield United

PNE manager Simon Grayson talks to the fourth official during the club's match against Sheffield United

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Start the year at a bus stop

So the festive season has come and gone for another year, and once again, Lancashire residents have been victimised by there being no bus services in the county on New Year’s Day.

Why should this be? Of course there will be very few out and about early on New Year’s Day, except those heading home after an all night party, but many folk will see in the New Year and head to bed soon after, and will rise at a reasonable hour on New Year’s Day and want to do things.

Whether it be hitting the sales (and bear in mind many of the shop staff in those centres would normally commute to work by bus), attending a sporting event, (there is usually a full schedule of football fixtures), visiting friends and relatives, especially those who are in hospital, or just simply going out for the day to get some fresh air and exercise after all the eating and drinking of the past few days, and there is no public transport.

The railways run a near normal service for a public holiday on New Year’s Day so why not Lancashire buses? Most other areas in the UK have at least a Sunday bus service on most routes on New Year’s Day, so why not Lancashire?

Of course bus drivers are entitled to time off over the festive period too, to spend time with their families, but they also provide a public service which is provided by them every other day of the year, bank and public holidays included, except Christmas Day, when there is virtually no public transport nationwide, so why not on New Year’s Day?

I wrote to the then Conservative Cabinet member at LCC a few years back, highlighting this scandal and got a load of typical Tory waffle in reply, which said nothing and definitely didn’t answer the arguments I was making.

Last year I wrote to the Labour Cabinet member for transport. He didn’t even acknowledge my letter, let alone give a reasoned reply.

Let us see on future New Year’s Days, a minimum of a Sunday service on all bus routes that would normally have a Sunday service, and let us see our bus operators providing us, the residents of Lancashire, with a bus service when we want to use it.

Tim Young, Penwortham

Pay the price for tinkering

Preston North End 2, Norwich City 0. Brilliant. Next game Preston North End 0 Walsall 2, Rubbish. And why? Because the North End Manager decided to make seven changes for the Walsall game from the Norwich fixture. Yes seven changes!

And of course this result means Preston now have a mountain to climb to reach the Johnston’s Paint Cup Final. If Preston fail to reach Wembley we know who to blame... Yes tinkerman Simon Grayson.

Neil Farnworth, Fulwood

Impact of all the new houses

It was good to see the photograph of “idyllic” Halfpenny Lane (Looking Back December 31). It WAS a quiet lane but not anymore. Now is it a “short-cut” between Whittingham Road and Inglewhite Road with heavy vehicles speeding along carrying soil to be dumped elsewhere as the two mentioned roads have each a building site.

We also have container vehicles visiting the supermarket (probably guided by their sat-navs) and a huge volume of cars all day on this road which has a 30mph speed limit, but nobody follows this rule.

More houses are to be built in this area – Whittingham Hospital/Ridings 200 plus and probably Barratts 500 on the cricket field if passed.

Has anyone thought about the increase in traffic when these houses are built? The builders don’t care and it seems neither do the council which passes these plans.

Name and address supplied

Burrowing for tunnel details

A vote of thanks to Tim Booth C Eng for his contribution (letters January 7) relating to the construction of the Preston Bus station; informative and entertaining. His piece was very interesting, as was the captivating Looking Back photo and I wonder if there is any reader who could do a similar write up about the image of the water tunnel beneath Longridge Fell.

In comparison with some of the excavations featured in Evening Post the water tunnel is completely underwhelming, but it illustrates a very different technique to modern tunnelling practice. Can anyone enlighten interested readers with a fuller explanation of this waterway, how it worked and some confirmation of the purpose of the cables, ducts and rails visible.

Grandad George, name and address supplied

Wind turbines need backing

“Will the minister assure us that, in future, planning inspectors will give far more weight to localism and to the views of local people before deciding to impose hideous industrial furniture on a local community?” (LEP January 8).

Finally, I thought, a local MP with the foresight and courage to stand up in Parliament in defence of Lancashire people threatened with shale gas extraction! Alas, no such thing. It was MP Nigel Evans speaking in the Commons against the erection of three wind turbines in the Ribble Valley.

How totally depressing can it all get? Where is the urgency to control Co2 emissions in the face of increasing climate change?

National Grid statistics show wind energy generated enough electricity last year to meet the demands of more than 6.7m households across the UK, an increase of 15 per cent compared with 2013; and that a new record for a monthly high of 14 per cent of all UK electricity was generated by wind in December 2014.

Renewable energy is clean, effective energy which already provides many jobs across the UK. Why is the Government so determined to push ahead with more and more fossil fuel extraction in the face of warnings from 95 per cent of the world’s climate scientists and when clean effective sources of renewable energy are available right now?

Mrs D Kelk, Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth

Burrowing for tunnel details

A vote of thanks to Tim Booth C Eng for his contribution (letters January 7) relating to the construction of the Preston Bus station; informative and entertaining. His piece was very interesting, as was the captivating Looking Back photo and I wonder if there is any reader who could do a similar write up about the image of the water tunnel beneath Longridge Fell.

In comparison with some of the excavations featured in Evening Post the water tunnel is completely underwhelming, but it illustrates a very different technique to modern tunnelling practice. Can anyone enlighten interested readers with a fuller explanation of this waterway, how it worked and some confirmation of the purpose of the cables, ducts and rails visible.

Grandad George, name and address supplied

Wind turbines need backing

“Will the minister assure us that, in future, planning inspectors will give far more weight to localism and to the views of local people before deciding to impose hideous industrial furniture on a local community?” (LEP January 8).

Finally, I thought, a local MP with the foresight and courage to stand up in Parliament in defence of Lancashire people threatened with shale gas extraction! Alas, no such thing. It was MP Nigel Evans speaking in the Commons against the erection of three wind turbines in the Ribble Valley.

How totally depressing can it all get? Where is the urgency to control Co2 emissions in the face of increasing climate change?

National Grid statistics show wind energy generated enough electricity last year to meet the demands of more than 6.7m households across the UK, an increase of 15 per cent compared with 2013; and that a new record for a monthly high of 14 per cent of all UK electricity was generated by wind in December 2014.

Renewable energy is clean, effective energy which already provides many jobs across the UK. Why is the Government so determined to push ahead with more and more fossil fuel extraction in the face of warnings from 95 per cent of the world’s climate scientists and when clean effective sources of renewable energy are available right now?

Mrs D Kelk, Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth