Reader’s letters - Tuesday December 02, 2014

Scores of pied wagtails have been roosting in Lancaster city centre, see letter
Scores of pied wagtails have been roosting in Lancaster city centre, see letter
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Ticket to grim Christmas

I think it would make interesting news how Preston Council are helping make the city welcoming to Christmas shoppers... it is 7.35pm and we have seen already, just driving through the city centre, nine.

Yes, nine exceedingly busy traffic wardens cheerily giving out parking tickets by the score.

Does the council really think that their presence will help the already depleted and quiet shop and retailers of the city?

How very sad that this is their main concern,especially at this time of year.

C Brown, via e-mail

Country needs protecting

I would like to respond to the Countryfile column, written by Carola Godman Irvine ‘Going Batty Over EU regulations!’ (LEP November 29).

Firstly can I ask, why is a farmer from Wivelsfield in Essex, president of the Lewes Tory Party, dweller of Ote Hall, near Brighton, writing a column about the EU wildlife regulations in a Lancashire newspaper?

I’d never even heard of her until now and had to read about her on the Internet. I would like to know what qualifies her to give such a damming report on our much loved British wildlife such as bats, badgers and other protected species as deemed by Natural England and EU directives.

Wildlife campaigners, such as the Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, Simon King, David Attenborough, Bat Conservation Trust and RSPB work very hard to protect our native species and people like her are obviously unconcerned and simply clueless!

Her Tory party have a tree as their logo and when elected they claimed to be the greenest party ever and yet in 2012, she was responsible for cutting down hundreds of trees in her neck of the woods to make a huge letter E on the hill near where she lives to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee – what a waste and what species did she move out of the way for that? What did Elizabeth the Second’s son, Prince Charles, think of this – I believe he is the Patron of The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts?!

I could argue that her hundreds of cows produce methane and carbon which pollutes our air and that her destruction of a forest causes flooding and loss of habitats.

She ought to be reading DEFRA’s ecology guidelines and taking some lessons from Lord de Mauley and Mr Pickles – or are they all in this plot together?

Voter, Clayton-le- Woods and Cuerden Parish, Chorley

Nature among bustle of city

For the last few winters I have observed between 150 to 250 pied wagtails roosting in the two lime trees on Horse Shoe Corner in Lancaster’s Penny Street.

It’s a great spectacle watching and listening to them gather in their communal urban roost every evening just before dusk.

They do this from late summer, through winter, to early spring and often go unnoticed as people go about their business in the hustle and bustle of town life.

The reason the pied wagtails roost there is because the trees and buildings offer warmth and protection against the elements during the winter months.

I was concerned the council would disturb the roost due to the bird droppings in the immediate area below as a result of possible complaints from the public. Thanks to Lancaster City Council’s Paul Cocker, an amateur bird watcher himself, who expressed a desire not to disturb the roost but, rather, ensure the mess is pressure washed away early each morning when the street cleaning teams are at work. It’s encouraging that the council recognises the value of urban wildlife and its coexistence among shoppers and businesses, but more importantly, working to protect it.

Andy Killiner, Lancaster

Tackle all of the area’s eyesores

So this totally inept government – you know which party/ies it represents – on one hand has

allocated £500m to bury circa 650 pylons situated in green belt/ areas of outstanding natural beauty.

This works out at approximately £7.7m per pylon – yes, I too, would like the contract. Meanwhile, on the other hand, the good citizens of Wilpshire, in the Ribble Valley, have to view three monstrous wind turbines erected, at least in my eyes, on green belt/an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Moreover, these have been constructed under the benefit of government subsidy. Is it feasible that the inhabitants of Wilpshire could themselves apply for a government subsidy to bury these wind turbines? It would after all leave sufficient funds to inter the remaining 647 pylons.

I know we would lose a smidgeon of energy, that is if they ever start to rotate, but personally it is a price I would be more than happy to pay. Talk about the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. You could not make it up!

Sean Gallagher, Brockhall Village

Nations break up a good thing

Looks to me like the Westminster elite will soon be obsolete. How long will it be before Scotland becomes independent – not long I’d say – a year or two, maybe 10, and in their wake will come independence for us all in a mettlesome break up of unprecedented uncertainty. No longer will the weak be bailed out by the strong – funds for the fittest only in the New Britain to come.

Our exit from the EU will test us further and Europe’s star will dim on the thought that if a little band of four can’t get along what hope for a clutch of 27? A cold wind already blows over these islands and the signs are it will turn arctic before it drops.

Have the nationalists in Scotland lit the fuse on self-destruction or renewal? Renewal I’d say.

I can’t think of one incident when something destroyed hasn’t resulted in something better.

Take Strangeways prison for example, it had seven bells knocked out of it some years ago and look at it now, it’s a hotel.

So perhaps the break-up of the UK and the EU is no bad thing – can we live without Europe – of course we can. The EU was our idea, we just need to think of a better one.

Joe Dawson, Chorley