Reader’s letters - Tuesday 4 March 2014

Northern Lights photographed looking north from Longridge Fell on February 28 by reader Karl Kirkup, of Longridge
Northern Lights photographed looking north from Longridge Fell on February 28 by reader Karl Kirkup, of Longridge
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Make pledge on heritage

In response to the letter from Mr Brimfield, that Cuerden Hall is no longer fit for purpose as a neurological centre (letters March 1) we can quite understand why the Sue Ryder company now has to build a new 62 bedded home.

We also agree with their many supporters, that they and their dedicated staff do provide a remarkable service and have no issues with that whatsoever. As we live in the area of Cuerden we have all supported them over the past 14 years and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.

Our concerns are with their planning application’s proposals to build the new centre on top of ancient and post medieval woodland and protected species feeding habitats, Lady de Hoghton’s plantations. This record can be found at the Lancashire county council’s ‘Historical and Environmental Record’s’ office.

Over the past year, we have been able to carry out extensive research on the area in question, regarding its historical, ecological, archaeological and heritage status and categorically believe Mr Brimfield to be incorrect.

Regarding his pledge to preserve the ancient woodland, we would like to question him why in the summer of last year, before a permanent tree preservation order had to be placed upon the area of the proposed development, did he feel there was any need to heavily pollard two beautiful veteran beech trees on their driveway, revered and admired by the many patrons and visitors at Cuerden. The two trees in question are at least 100-years-old and yet they have now very little branches – if any- to sustain life. According to the ecological report on their planning application there has been found a very large colony of long eared bats –of regional significance at Cuerden Hall and they rely on these types of woodlands to feed – they are a protected species under European and British law.

To fell so many trees, not only in Lady Hoghton’s plantations but on their proposed car parks as well will have a detrimental effect on the ecosystems which have developed here over hundreds of years. We would like to ask Mr Brimfield to please think again about the proposed development and speak with patrons, the parish council, Lancashire County Council and Chorley Council about finding an alternative site to build the neurological centre on. If Chorley Council allow this to go ahead it opens doors to other developers to build on Green Belt land and woodland – a disastrous situation waiting to happen!

Two more unhappy residents of Cuerden

FA let down a great servant

While all those involved in the arrangements for the memorial service for Sir Tom are to be congratulated upon organising such a magnificent occasion which will last long in the memory of all Prestonians and did Tom and his family proud it is a great pity that the Football Association was simply represented by the sole presence of Sir Trevor Brooking at the service.

The FA chairman Greg Dyke and his fellow suits chose, unbelievably, to attend a London board meeting as opposed to paying their final respects personally. Surely it was their duty to be present and I feel that this crass decision and lack of judgement by Mr Dyke, who after all was a non-football appointment, not to be at the Minster and bid farewell to a legend who was such a wonderful advert and ambassador for English football to a worldwide audience is lamentable, unforgiveable and nothing but a downright disgrace.

Jim Oldcorn, Great Harwood

Message was a lovely touch

Nice touch by Tom Parker Ltd on Marsh Lane, Preston, on the day of Sir Tom’s funeral their rolling LED message board read “Sir Tom Finney RIP goodbye to a legend”.

Ian Howarth, via e-mail

Legend tributes were brilliant

Everything has been said and written about Sir Tom in the past couple of weeks and every day brought a tear to my eye with the stories and testaments not just from Prestonians but people from other towns and cities as well as other countries.

I saw Sir Tom play many times, have a scrapbook about him and have a signed copy of his first book Football Round The World published in 1953 which I still cherish.

What has taken place since St Valentine’s day has been out of this world and Sky TV, the BBC and ITV coverage has been

excellent and let’s give great credit to the Evening Post for all the articles, special reports and supplements.

The paper has done Tom’s family and all of us readers proud. Hats off to the LEP.

Tony Monks, Fulwood

Mystery of new mast by railway

I wonder if you could answer me this one, I travel by train to Blackpool each day and just recently I have noticed a new aerial near the A583 around the Salwick/Lea Town area as viewed from the train window.

Any idea what it is? Looks similar to the Magic 999 transmitter at Longton ie a very tall slim ‘mast radiator’ type of structure which I take to be a medium wave or shortwave station. Intrigues me as it only seems to have been there about a week.

I can’t be the only one

eccentric enough to be curious about it!

David A Walsh, Layton, Blackpool

Nightmare of waking dead

A Mississippi man has been found literally alive and kicking in a body bag at a funeral home after being declared dead. Workers were preparing to embalm Walter Williams when he moved.

A coroner pronounced the 78-year-old dead after finding no pulse when he was called to Mr Williams’ home in the city of Lexington on the previous evening.

It is thought his pacemaker may have temporarily stopped working. Blimey, can you imagine had they laid this man down in the ground to rest – or placed in the furnace to be cremated – what a shock he would have got had he come round? It sounds like something out of an Edgar Alan Poe film. Talk about ‘keeping pace with your maker’!

Daryl Ashton, Blackpool