Reader’s letters - Tuesday 29 April 2014

Work underway on the �3.4m improvements on Fishergate, Preston
Work underway on the �3.4m improvements on Fishergate, Preston
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Midlands schools concern

It should come as no surprise to anyone with a reasonable knowledge of Islam that Muslims in Birmingham have sought to impose hard-line Islamic teachings on the local schools.

The Establishment has shown itself to have a very clouded view of the political and expansionist nature of Islam and of the obligations on Muslims to disseminate their ideology via whatever means possible.

Of course this is usually done under the premise of Islam being a religion, and Muslims in this country exercise their rights to freedom of expression as they are entitled to.

However, let us not surmise that all Muslims are ardent believers in God, or that they have a good adherence to a moral code.

Why is it that we have seen so many incidences of Muslims in the UK who are involved in gender oppression, child exploitation, insurance fraud, crash-for-cash events, tax evasion, terrorism, money laundering, drug distribution, etc? It cannot be because they are God-fearing champions of morality.

One obviously realises not all Muslims are involved in such dismal activities, but surely it’s time now that even Muslim apologists and moderates must acknowledge there is a problem of ethics in their community that, without action, will only get worse as the Muslim population increases.

I hasten to add such problems are not prevalent with congenial folks such as the Sikhs and the Buddhists. Perhaps a pause for thought is in order.

Charlotte Walmsley, Preston

Judge new look road in time

I write with reference to your recent story and correspondence regarding the ongoing work on Fishergate (LEP April 19).

The current works will create a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive city centre, with a tree-lined Fishergate, less dominated by cars, which will attract more commercial investment and boost growth in the area.

A recent survey by Preston’s Business Improvement District showed 79 per cent of people were in favour of the scheme.

Whilst I understand concerns over the current disruption, similar projects creating a shared space have been used successfully in many places, including here in the north west, and in places with much more traffic.

Our design team has worked closely with consultants who have been involved in similar successful schemes and has drawn on their experience to ensure the best possible design.

With regards to the removal of traffic lights, there were initial problems but, as people have got used to the new arrangements, there are already signs that drivers and pedestrians are beginning to adapt to the changes.

And this already works elsewhere, for example a similar scheme has been used successfully in Poynton, in Cheshire, which sees 26,000 vehicles per day, compared with just 10,000 on Fishergate, and residents and businesses are really pleased with the end result.

I am confident when it is completed this summer the scheme will be hugely beneficial to the whole of Preston and the current roadworks and temporary disruption will be a distant memory. This is a significant investment in the city, which has been much needed, and I’d ask people to give it time.

County Coun John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Hype behind new look news

Are we all really bothered or excited about a new look Good Morning Britain?

It will just be another boring TV news programme with egoistic presenters who will themselves be earning over £1m a year dishing out all the bad and very depressing news. I, myself, will not be tuning in to watch it.

Daryl Ashton, Blackpool

History of mill unravelled

The residents of Myerscough near Preston, and visitors to Myerscough Agricultural College, in St Michaels Road, may have observed a feature in the front garden wall of a detached thatched roof dwelling in close proximity, namely a beautiful Mill Stone Wheel.

Myself and a close friend, John Siddall, both local historians and members of Preston Historical Society decided to research its history. It transpired this mill wheel was in actual fact, the original mill wheel which stood in the frontage area of Myerscough Hall, complete with its own mill pond. This is clearly indicated in map references of the area, in 1844 and 1892 at Lancashire Records office.

Records also revealed the mill dates back to 1712/13, when it was initially developed. In 1868 it was owned by William Swarbrick and family of Myerscough. William married in the same year and moved to reside in Preston, but died suddenly in 1875.

The mill comprised of a kiln with the dyeing floor above the coke house and two storeys, containing pails of stokes, screen sifters, elevators, sack hoister and hoppers, with all the wheels, spindles and shaftings complete.

The farmhouse on the mill site, contained a living kitchen, sitting room and three bedrooms. The mill wheel was left on the site when the mill was demolished and sold by Hothersalls and Sons Auctioneers at the Bull and Royal Hotel, Preston on January 23, 1918. The remaining lots were sold by E T Reeds, Fishergate on October 30, 1922.

Perhaps, when one passes this point in St Michael’s Road, Myerscough, in the future, take a moment to look at this lovely old mill wheel, which has stood the test of time, and reflect on this little piece of history of which Myerscough can be quite proud; alongside the history of the old Myerscough Estate.

Hilda Mclaughlin,Fulwood

Tackle danger drivers plea

I must protest about the

irresponsible drivers who hurtle down the A6 past my cottage at Catterall, doing 70mph-80mph. It plainly says 50mph many times along the roadside.

Trying to cross the road on foot has become a life threatening experience. A few speed

cameras are vitally needed to force a slowing down by way of painful payments. Please can somebody, somewhere address this serious problem.

Anna Easton, Catterall