Reader’s letters - Tuesday, July 28

The fracking meetings at County Hall - see letter

The fracking meetings at County Hall - see letter

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Feeling lost at end of service

Regarding the free bus withdrawal by Booths (LEP July 23), do these people understand what they have done to the elderly shoppers at this store?

The elderly and disabled feel lost at the withdrawal of this service.

The care and attention they receive from the bus driver of Avacab was beyond his job, helping them getting on and 
off, putting the heavy shopping in place of safety and much more.

It is always the elderly who finish up being left to fend for themselves.

Last but not least, why couldn’t the manager discuss the issues with these people?

They might have been prepared to pay towards the cost.

Renee Blow via email

Democracy not compromised

Democracy has not been compromised in the decision Cuadrilla made to appeal against Lancashire County Council’s ruling on the fracking exercise. It is their democratic right to do so.

I also wonder how the protesters claim democracy has been put at risk when there is a small number of anti-fracking locals, supported by a much larger group of what looked like professional protesters from all parts of the UK, and even at that, they barely covered the Pitt Street office’s entrance and part of the railway station bridge.

Personally, I am happy to live with the decision either way provided it is supported by the majority, not the vocal minority.

Incidentally, one of the individuals on photographs spent most of his working life at BNFL. I don’t think his professional protesting supporters would like to be associated with the nuclear industry. I wonder if the acronym NIMBY is appropriate.

Ron Crowe, Penwortham

Junction risk on the Wheel

Today I walked part of the Guild Wheel, something I enjoy and a place I feel safe from main road traffic.

Unfortunately today was different. I walked along old Lightfoot Lane and could not believe what was in front of me.

A new junction to a housing development where I did not have right of way. Then a lorry soon made me jump out of the way, he apparently has right of way.

I was glad I wasn’t on a bike.

Who on earth has given permission for this on the Guild Wheel, where not only walkers and cyclists use it, but pupils also use it as a safe road to school?

I cannot believe that local councillors and Lancashire County Councillors would give planning permission for this barmy and dangerous junction. Or who are the officers who designed this unsuitable junction?

Reading letters in the LEP, how many more developments are in the pipeline to completely spoil the whole wonderful 21- mile route?

I have since found that the cost to build the Guild Wheel was £2m and that last year 100,000 cyclists and walkers used it.

Does developers’ money come before the safety and enjoyment of the proud people of Preston, and the residents?

I have since done more research since my narrow escape and found there is land which already has planning permission for building in Cottam where the infrastructure is already there and is no danger to cyclists and walkers or the demise of the Guild Wheel.

Walking Guild Wheeler

Morecambe not Blackpool baths

The photo in the Retro section shows Morecambe baths (Super Stadium) not Blackpool outdoor baths (LEP July 22).

Lawrence Bland, Lancaster

How about a floral display?

The heart of every Prestonian must have swelled with pride on Friday at the sight of your splendid picture of the award winning display by the Preston Parks Department at Tatton Park RHS Show (LEP July 24).

As a Prestonian who resides in Fulwood, my ego was further boosted on Saturday when I read the words of Coun Afrin describing Fulwood Leisure Centre as “an important Preston resource”.

She and fellow councillor, Coun Boswell, positively glowed with pleasure in the accompanying picture of them being warmed by the new biomass boiler there.

Is it too much to hope that a little touch of cross-fertilisation may occur within Culture and Leisure at City Hall that could produce a floral display in the concrete planters at the leisure centre which have sat barren for years. Or is that a job for Jam Rad, guerilla gardener of Harrington?

Hopeful Grandad George

My memories were happy

It brought back happy memories to see the picture of Lostock Hall Convalescent Hospital as it was in 1949 when, as a student nurse at PRI, it was part of our training to spend eight weeks at one of the three continuing care hospitals which existed at that time and were closed when the Royal Preston Hospital was built (LEP July 7).

There was “The Willows” at Ashton for males, Fulwood Hall for orthopaedic patients requiring long stay, and Lostock Hall for women and children.

It was a wonderful experience for my friend and I to continue nursing care of the patients there until discharge. The patients appreciated the care they experienced there which gave them and their relatives more confidence to continue with their lives at home.

Lostock Hall was virtually self-sufficient as there was a vast area of land where all the fruit and vegetables were grown and a farm area with pigs, hens and cows and looked after by W. Worthington (handyman) and W. Hewidge (gardener) who lived in two cottages in the grounds. The kitchen staff did a marvellous job with healthy meals as food was still rationed following the war.

It was a sad day when it had to close in 1982 as it then created the problem of patients staying in an acute bed for too long or being sent home too soon. Happy memories of the good old days.

Joan Grimshaw, Preston