Reader’s letters - Tuesday December 06, 2015

Mass at St Ignatius Church, Preston, from 2008 (see letter)

Mass at St Ignatius Church, Preston, from 2008 (see letter)

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Do not give up the battle

The Bishop of Lancaster has stated very publicly that he reads all letters and e-mails sent to him. I have written three times and never had a reply as have many other people. In addition telephone calls are not returned.

Please come out of your Ivory Tower and reply to criticisms in the LEP which appear on a nightly basis.

The people of Preston need to know, and have a right to know, the real reason for the closure of their spiritual home, St Ignatius Church.

A solvent church, it is in a good state of repair, with a weekly congregation of 130 instead of the 85 at St Joseph’s, which now appears to be the main church. Your comments are awaited with interest.

I ask the congregation of St Ignatius Church and the people of Preston to continue writing to the Evening Post with their concerns, thus showing the Bishop that this matter will not go away despite trying to ignore it.

In 2006, a black hole of £10.2m was found in the diocesan finances.

With the closure and sale of so many churches in the Lancaster Diocese, it makes one wonder if the same situation is happening again and this is the real reason for so many churches being closed down and sold.

Every time my friend’s four-year-old granddaughter passes St Ignatius, the church where she was baptised and has attended every Sunday with her family, she asks her grandfather: “Can I go to church?” Or “Why can’t I go to church? Why is it locked? When will it open again? I liked going to church.”

What is he supposed to say to her, Bishop, perhaps you can provide an answer?

Christ said “suffer little children to come unto me” obviously not a sentiment shared by you, Bishop, and you complain there is a lack of young people attending the church. No wonder, there are no churches to go to!

Ignatian, name and address supplied

Drawing lines for election

Our Tory MP has made it abundantly clear he supports fracking in our area. He and other advocates of fracking promise a windfall from a process they claim is safe and stands to lower household bills. As an opponent of fracking, I don’t want to dispute those exaggerated assumptions here – campaigners and experts are already doing that.

Instead, I want to outline our options.

Ben Wallace, like his party, has backed fracking to the hilt, yet a significant proportion of his constituents, if not an outright majority, are simply unconvinced fracking is anything more than an unnecessary risk to our health and the environment.

Even the most charitable view of his support for fracking would still admit that, as things stand, a large body of voters are being ignored, or worse, taken for granted as a guaranteed Tory vote, irrespective of their legitimate concerns about the process and its safety.

May’s General Election is your chance to have your say on fracking. If you want it, a vote for Ben Wallace might be a good bet. If you are concerned about fracking, vote for the Labour candidate who shares those concerns.

Ben Whittingham, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre and Preston North

Help finding a family treasure

I live in Mission, British Columbia, in Canada, and I recently purchased a needlework sampler from a consignment store.

It appears to be created by someone from your area.

The information contained within the alphabet sampler reads: Elizabeth Smithies 12

Withnell Fold 1891

My hope is to correspond with the family in your area so that I may send it to the family who will truly appreciate it.

Eileen Stover, 8062 Guest Terrace, Mission,British Columbia. Canada V4S-1E4

Just who looks after the land?

Can somebody explain the letter delivered to residents of Croston Road from Lancashire County Council Highways?

It details that the directional sign near the traffic lights is to be moved to the pavement near the Chinese because the sign is currently on private land.

The posts of the existing sign appear to be in the grass area that is maintained as part of the Garstang in Bloom landscaped area. Who therefore is the owner of this land? The map sent indicates it is not part of No123.

If it is Garstang Town Council or Wyre Borough then what is the point of moving the sign? If not why is the land maintained by Garstang in Bloom and Wyre?

Resident Croston Road , via email

Economy heads on to right path

I welcome the new figures showing yet another fall in the unemployment rate in the South Ribble constituency. There are 581 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010 – a whopping 52 per cent fall.

Overall there are now a record 30.8m people in work, with 1.75m more people in work since 2010.

In November we saw the great news that South Ribble is leading the way in the North West with job creation; more jobs have been created in the borough in the past eight years than Manchester and Liverpool put together.

This is happening because we’ve been backing businesses to create more jobs with lower

taxes and better infrastructure, and fixing the welfare system to make sure work pays.

We’ve been seeing this work locally with new jobs at places like Dr Oetker in Leyland and the new Waitrose distribution centre in Buckshaw.

The City Deal will bring millions of pounds of investment to South Ribble, further improving the infrastructure and boosting economic growth.

The Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is delivering for South Ribble; bringing more jobs into the area and lowering taxes for workers. This fall in unemployment was an early Christmas present for many families across the constituency, providing a better future for families as more people have the financial security and self-respect that comes with a good job and a regular pay-packet.

Seema Kennedy, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for South Ribble