Reader’s letters - Thursday November 20, 2014

Inconsiderate car parking in Ribblesdale Place, Preston, (see letter)
Inconsiderate car parking in Ribblesdale Place, Preston, (see letter)
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Tram would ease gridlock

I write to support your readers thoughts that Preston City Council should think seriously before rejecting the idea of having trams in Preston (your comments November 14).

This is a private enterprise and would not cost to the people of Preston anything, what’s more the council have now allowed Deepdale Retail Park to have additional units built which will make getting off the car park even worse, (on writing it has taken my wife over an hour to leave the car park).

I understand that the tram company had proposed a station at the retail park, which would at least make some in roads to the parking problem

Cliff Fazackerley, Landorn Boarding Kennels

Where does the shale truth lie?

Two announcements were made last week, one, that thousands of students are to be trained as shale gas specialists at a new energy centre at the Blackpool and Fylde College, and the other made by the UK Energy Research Council (a Government funded body) is that Ministers have “completely oversold” the potential of shale gas.

So according to Minister Matthew Hancock, “Shale gas is an enormous opportunity for the UK and one that we simply can’t afford to miss out on”.

Whereas Dr McGlade, one of the authors of the UKERC report said: “There is really no evidence that there will be a huge boom in the UK.

“Where the government got its rhetoric from I’ve no idea. Absolutely explore, but stop banking on this idea that shale is going to be plentiful and cheap.”

One might be tempted to think that the left hand of Government does not know what the right hand is doing?

But worse, if the UKERC report proves to be accurate, there could ,in a few years time, be thousands of graduates emerging from our local college, encumbered by debt, but with no jobs to go to.

T Froud, Lytham

Fear for future parking misery

On Sunday there was a meeting for ladies of the Asian community held at the Harris Building.

Cars started arriving at 8.30am and by 9am the whole of Ribblesdale Place had cars parked on the pavement on both sides of the road turning the whole length into a single lane.

As this has now become a main thoroughfare into the town centre this turned into a free for all as cars struggled to get passed each other.

This is the first time the building has been used for years and carried on ‘til 3pm.

If this is going to be a regular thing when the building is in use I think residents need to be warned in advance and the council put traffic management in place.

Our family were arriving for Sunday lunch and could get nowhere near our house.

TC, via e-mail

Need for links to west coast

As an ex-pat Leylander living on the US West Coast, I was disappointed not to see, in the article about Manchester Airport (LEP November 11), any mention of possible introduction of non-stop services to this side of the country. Despite Washington state being the home of Boeing, Microsoft,, Costco and many others, the area gets repeatedly ignored. How about non-stops to Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, even maybe Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas?

I had long hoped for a non-stop between Bellingham (about 70 miles from Anacortes where we live) and Blackpool. Interesting how “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same!

Frank Damp, Anacortes, WA, USA

Strange sort of opposition

Our household has received a very one-sided “special survey” from David Morris MP, inviting us to agree with his opposition of a wind turbine at Heysham Port, on the grounds that it will be a “blot on the landscape”.

I find it difficult to understand why he is so concerned about the visual impact of a wind turbine, whilst actively supporting a new nuclear power station nearby.

Surely this will be an even bigger blot on the landscape?

According to an article in July, his other objection to wind energy is about the decommissioning process, which again seems very minor compared with decommissioning a nuclear power station. I would be interested to know what his actual problem is with wind turbines.

Jane Dutton, Heysham

Reunion plans for aero staff

Next year will be 50 years since the TSR 2 aircraft was cancelled and I think that it would be nice if we could arrange a get together of those who worked on it in the 1960s.

I have spoken to the Weybridge Museum about my idea and they are showing a little interest . I worked at Weybridge in the main workshop on XR 219 -220 -221 and the DORT which I took to Farnbourgh hope you can help.

The TSR2 used to come done to Weybridge for the final assembly with two gangs rotating every two weeks.I was working as a sub contractor at the time for C F Taylor (now part of the Begle Group) based in Christchurch.

Anyone interested can e-mail me on and I have set up a website which will be updated with information

John A Whelan, via e-mail

Cub leader is a role model

Well done to Cub leader David Foster for helping to save the life of a man who had been stabbed.

Our Cub leaders give up so much of their own time to help children enjoy the adventures Scouting has to offer and are great role models for our young people. It is clear that David is just such a role model and should be recognised as such.

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