Reader’s letters - Thursday, July 23

A common lizard ' a rare species despite its name ' is found in Winmarleigh Moss. See letter

A common lizard ' a rare species despite its name ' is found in Winmarleigh Moss. See letter

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Put our countryside first

People in Lancashire need to be aware that the Government has recently done a U-turn on its promise to exclude fracking from Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), our most important nature sites.

This shows that this Government simply cannot be trusted to protect our countryside.

Lancashire County Council’s recent planning decision to reject fracking applications on two sites in Lancashire were based on recognisable threats to local neighbourhoods such as heavy traffic, visual impact, noise pollution and uncertainties about the ecological impacts of shale gas extraction.

Now however, some of our most important wildlife sites, such as Winmarleigh Moss, an SSSI north west of Garstang, could be at risk from fracking and the related issues such as water stress, disturbance, and habitat fragmentation that comes from multiple gas well pads being sprawled over large areas of our countryside.

Winmarleigh Moss is within Cuadrilla’s licence area, and is home to a number of rare species, including the unfortunately named common lizard.

Our political representatives must put our countryside heritage before developers’ profits, otherwise it will be lost forever.

Philip Mitchell, Wyre Area 
co-ordinator,

North Lancs Green Party

PC gone askew in the movies

From the viewpoint of the average male, I am finding a worrying trend among the various international movie companies that can only be explained as political correctness gone askew.

Not content with deciding that the perfect villain is suave, sophisticated and British, we men now have to look to our laurels in the presence of Magic Mike XXL.

I take it, the shine has gone off The Full Monty then?

Since we were told many a year ago that films that demean the female form are no longer acceptable, it has become more or less mainstream to reverse the role.

Now the not-so average male is the theme in Hollywood’s current ‘chick-flick’, but are 
we fellas feeling any less derided?

On the one hand, yes.

Us average males are up for the laugh.

But on the other hand... perhaps the old saying concerning sauce, geese and ganders is appropriate here.

Likewise ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’ also springs to mind, and while hopefully Magic Mike XXL will sink without trace, an alternative offering of say, Magic Mikaela (with or without the XXL, you decide) wouldn’t even get the chance to surface.

A level playing field is what’s needed, equal amounts of ‘liberal’ content for both sexes, or none for either.

But wait, it gets worse.

The latest movie-of-the-
year has arrived, namely Southpaw, an epic about boxing, it is said. So now the average male who is left-handed is the subject of the moment.

Ultimately, Southpaw can be construed as an offensive term, and as a left-hander, I should know.

You may also care to learn that ‘Sinister’ is Latin for, you guessed it, left-handed.

Yet ‘Dexter’ as in ‘dexterous’ and ‘dexterity’ is Latin for right-handed – even the Ancient Romans had it in for 
us!

I suppose the makers of Southpaw weren’t intending to take a swing (excuse the pun) at the average leftie, but it does rankle that ethics and morals are applicable only where they cannot be avoided.

It is to be hoped there is no sequel, Southpaw II – Cay-fist of Fury would be too much to 
bear!

Martin Sutcliffe, Grimsargh

Protect and value route

The Guild Wheel is the flagship of the county. It took years to plan and it is just three years since it was completed.

It has won awards, has many, many users from the young to the old, yet Lancashire County Council highways officers have started to wreck it!

How was the planning for a large junction in a quiet country lane, which is part of the Guild Wheel, allowed to go ahead?

Has no one thought of the safety implications of huge lorries and traffic to the cyclists and walkers who use the lane?

The large junction on Lightfoot Lane has destroyed this quiet lane and is a hazard for the cyclists and walkers.

The Guild Wheel provides a safe place for adults and children to ride their bikes, most of it is off road.

It is a 21-mile circuit of Preston city, interesting, varied and challenging in parts, it meets the needs of many groups, individuals and families.

At a time when we are all encouraged to take more exercise and use the car less by government and health institutions, one would think that the Guild Wheel would be valued and protected as an excellent cycle way for leisure and cycle journeys to work and school.

I used the Guild Wheel as a training regime to improve my fitness so that I could join a cycling club and be fit enough to go on their rides. I use parts of it frequently in my rides.

It is a valuable resource for the city of Preston. It provides a fantastic cycle way away from traffic, it must be protected!

Pam Piotrowska via email

Risk to green and pleasant land

News of a further German advance on Longridge comes with the announcement that yet another supermarket will soon be giving away the produce of our farming communities. Meanwhile we continue to protest against the loss of green field sites while happily taking advantage of the absurdly low prices paid to those who tend and nurture them. Should we not think what is going to happen to our green and pleasant land if all our farmers shut down, because they are unable to make a living?

Despite repeated appeals to our politicians to sort this potential disaster out, nothing is ever done. Soon Longridge will be ringed by supermarkets, looking gleefully at the great concrete jungle springing up everywhere around them.

Gordon Garment, Chipping

The Guild Wheel is the flagship of the county. It took years to plan and it is just three years since it was completed.

It has won awards, has many, many users from the young to the old, yet Lancashire County Council highways officers have started to wreck it!

How was the planning for a large junction in a quiet country lane, which is part of the Guild Wheel, allowed to go ahead?

Has no one thought of the safety implications of huge lorries and traffic to the cyclists and walkers who use the lane?

The large junction on Lightfoot Lane has destroyed this quiet lane and is a hazard for the cyclists and walkers.

The Guild Wheel provides a safe place for adults and children to ride their bikes, most of it is off road.

It is a 21-mile circuit of Preston city, interesting, varied and challenging in parts, it meets the needs of many groups, individuals and families.

At a time when we are all encouraged to take more exercise and use the car less by government and health institutions, one would think that the Guild Wheel would be valued and protected as an excellent cycle way for leisure and cycle journeys to work and school.

I used the Guild Wheel as a training regime to improve my fitness so that I could join a cycling club and be fit enough to go on their rides. I use parts of it frequently in my rides.

It is a valuable resource for the city of Preston. It provides a fantastic cycle way away from traffic, it must be protected!

Pam Piotrowska via email

Risk to green and pleasant land

News of a further German advance on Longridge comes with the announcement that yet another supermarket will soon be giving away the produce of our farming communities. Meanwhile we continue to protest against the loss of green field sites while happily taking advantage of the absurdly low prices paid to those who tend and nurture them. Should we not think what is going to happen to our green and pleasant land if all our farmers shut down, because they are unable to make a living?

Despite repeated appeals to our politicians to sort this potential disaster out, nothing is ever done. Soon Longridge will be ringed by supermarkets, looking gleefully at the great concrete jungle springing up everywhere around them.

Gordon Garment, Chipping