Reader’s letters - Thursday September 25, 2014

St Walburge's Church, in Preston, is all set for a new future (see letter)
St Walburge's Church, in Preston, is all set for a new future (see letter)
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Return to former glories

Reading of the revival of St Walburge’s, a beautiful building in any book, I was filled with memories of my youth as a member of this lively and vigorous parish.

Names of the school mates and their families that served and were the friends to everyone. The Lunneys, Maginties, Moxhams, Fieldings, Weirs, Finchams, McMullans, and Swarbricks. I could carry on but the list is endless. All part of one of the friendliest parishes in Preston. Everyone seemed to move out to the suburbs after the war and we all moved to other districts when we came home.

I sincerely hope the revival has success and the magnificent building recovers its former glory.

Hugh Bell, Penwortham

Station clean up not enough

In your paper you bemoaned the fact Preston Bus Station had not changed in the time since it was afforded listed status (LEP September 24).

You reported a spokesman for Lancashire County Council had said, “We have given it a decent clean”. Really? The spokesman should get on the top deck of a bus, any bus, at any stand and look at the level of filth on top of the number signs and window frames.

He would also see the filthy outside windows and the areas of bare metal and long-established rust on the door frames and window frames.

Does the spokesman honestly believe ‘a decent clean’ of this standard, is sufficient to make the old girl look loved and cared for?

Addressing the problems of the bus station with a half-hearted clean and believing it to be sufficient is a little like telling a householder with black mould in the home, “Well, we’ve weeded the garden, that’ll help”.

Jim Walker, via e-mail

Cut out unfair town hall tax

Ed Miliband has pledged a future Labour government would scrap the ‘bedroom tax,’ describing it as cruel, vindictive and unfair. At a local level, does Peter Rankin promise a similar proposal for the extra council tax introduced by him on empty unfurnished properties in April 2013? Unlike the ‘bedroom tax’ there are no exclusions for pensioners, neither are there any for health reasons, more importantly there is no appeals system.

As an owner occupier having moved home because of age and health reasons, the failure to sell my home because of the current housing market, has resulted in me being severely financially penalised.

I have been faced with the ludicrous situation of paying more in council tax on an empty property, than I am currently paying on where I now live.

Burdened with all the usual expenses associated with maintaining both properties, I have been forced to rent this as yet, unsold house, in order that I can pay the loan on the property I moved to, until such time as I eventually sell my old home.

I would be interested to know if a similar tax is levied on empty business properties, including those owned by Preston City Council.

Denis Lee, Ashton

Raise a glass to Scottish leader

Alex is the man for me, he’ll have a malt and then he’ll see, what needs be done both north and south, to bring a wondrous change about. Thank you Alex keep it up, ‘Yes’ was ‘No’ but I raise my cup in salutation, thanks and praise, for all you’ve done in recent days.

The Salmond syndrome spoke to Scots, but at the border didn’t stop, it resonated ‘cross the land and made us think what we could have, so dinna greet and don’t be sad, what you did for England was champion lad.

Joseph Dawson, Chorley

Wage rise will hit businesses

Derek Barton stated, “There’s an overwhelming consensus ...... to increase the minimum wage” (letters September 24).

Within his cocooned Trade Union circle that may be a consensus but in the real world I’m sure it isn’t. Anybody who has a smattering of economic sense realises wages, like any other commodity, have to obey the rules of the market place.

If a manufacturer raises the wages of his/her employees, without a corresponding rise in productivity, will have to raise the price of his product.

The product becomes uncompetitive in the market place, consumers buy from a different company (not necessarily based in this country); the existing company sacks a number of overpaid employees to become competitive or even closes the business completely.

Any amount of demonstrating, marching or attending rallies will not change the basic rules of economics. That, Derek, is the real world.

Bernard Darbyshire, via e-mail

German lessons to be learned

I have just returned from a very enjoyable holiday with relatives in Germany. During my stay I noticed a few cultural differences, although there were many more things that we have in common. But the one huge difference I noticed was litter.

No matter where I went in Germany, in the spectacular countryside, the quaint old towns, or even the modern cities rebuilt after the war, there was a remarkable absence of litter. When I asked my relatives why everything seemed so tidy, they said it is simply that the German people do not tolerate littering – for them it is a social taboo.

If a litter bin overflowed (but they never do), people would be queuing up to pick up litter from the floor, they would be so offended by the sight of it.

Now I’m back home and the amount of litter here makes me ashamed to be English. On a walk around Clitheroe, or even in the Ribble Valley countryside, litter is everywhere. Every grass verge or public area is strewn with it and I see people walking along casually dropping litter without a thought, or even throwing it from car windows. It’s time we had litter wardens issuing on-the-spot fines in the same way the dog mess wardens do.

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