Reader’s letters - Tuesday June 30, 2015

Preston engineer and inventor Sir Richard Arkwright. One writer likens fracking protesters to those against Arkwright's ideas

Preston engineer and inventor Sir Richard Arkwright. One writer likens fracking protesters to those against Arkwright's ideas

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Proud, progressive Preston

They are at it again. Hundreds of years ago, these same NIMBYs hounded Arkwright out of Preston, first to Derbyshire which gained untold wealth from his ideas, and then to the USA where he is revered and there are statues in abundance to his undoubted genius.

Another hero, Fr Daddy Dunn, introduced street gas lighting to Preston. Just imagine the furore that would have caused now.

These days electricity wouldn’t have even been allowed a planning application.

What about a metal cylinder flying above people’s heads? The potential for death and destruction. I am feeling sick at the very thought of it.

It’s a good job trains were never allowed to prosper. It was reported that, after a certain speed, ladies would faint.

Mind you, it would take a lot of people off the dole if cars had to have lanterns and flags to warn pedestrians of the danger.

It’s all smoking mirrors with the sandal brigade and tree huggers. It’s always what could happen and what might happen.

I know the sight of men bare- chested and lorries going past people’s houses will be very disturbing, but how long is it since their property was classed as green belt and petitions got up to keep them out?

The world is changing very fast and nobody owes the Brits a living. The Chinese, Indians, and various other far-thinking nations will just walk right over us.

Do you think we will be receiving overseas aid in a few years?

Preston and Lancashire have a fantastic opportunity to make Preston not just the power house of the north, but also of the whole country.

We can’t let this once in a lifetime gift go .

We must of course ensure that safeguards and health and safety are put in place to protect everyone, and no corners are cut. This is paramount.

The councils should also insist that as many jobs as possible are created to help local people and that the bulk of profits stays in the area.

Me, I am off to see some new- fangled idea about indoor toilets. I can’t see how that would work, surely it would explode.

Let’s make it the Three Ps – Proud Progressive Preston.

Tony Slater via email

Fears unlikely to be realised

I’m writing to you as someone with a 20-year career managing environmental risk. I’m backing Cuadrilla’s planning applications, not only as a businessman, but as a family man who lives in Lancashire.

As managing director of a local SME called Remsol, based in Preston, my experience tells me that the activity of exploring for shale gas can be carried out safely, is very well regulated, and that the environmental risks are no greater than many of the other industrial processes we take for granted and that already co-exist with Fylde agriculture and tourism.

For many of the people in this debate, and that are minded to oppose shale development, I imagine it’s the first time they’ve ever really considered where energy comes from, or encountered the processes of creating it.

What was before distant and abstract is suddenly coming to a field near them.

But it will be a missed opportunity for Lancashire if we allow safe and responsible shale gas development to fall at the first hurdle based on fears that I genuinely believe are unlikely to be realised.

I wouldn’t support it if I thought otherwise.

I very much hope the planning committee considers the application on its merits and gives shale gas a chance so that other local SMEs can perhaps one day benefit from work in the supply chain, just like my company already has in the last few years working with Cuadrilla.

Lee Petts MCIWM, MIoD, managing director

Much potential for Moor Park

It’s nice to see that a skate park is being built on Moor Park for youngsters, but the duck pond should have been a priority.

It’s an absolute disgrace.

It stinks, it’s dirty, it’s full of rubbish and rats.

Those poor ducks have to live like this.

Money has been allocated for the park, why has work not started on it?

You only have to go to Haslam Park, it’s a pleasure to visit.

People I know have stopped visiting the duck pond because it’s so neglected.

Also the rubbish bins are always overflowing and are not big enough.

People should be encouraged to take leftover food home.

Big bins should be put

at every entrance to the park.

It could be really nice around the duck pond.

The seating area could have little individual kiosks selling ice cream, cups of coffee and so on.

Table and chairs could be put out.

Toilets could be installed

at the sides of the seating

area. They would stop people using the bushes, which I have often seen them doing.

A sand pit and paddling pool could be put there by the private sector.

A small fee could be paid, also.

When all these things have been done, it would encourage people to use the park instead of keeping people away.

Something drastic needs doing now.

Name and address supplied

The cows in the city centre

In response to Mona Street Memories (LEP June 15), I recall John Turner’s father’s barber shop on Fylde Road, which was the first barber shop I went to, and I do remember all the shops he refers to in the St Walburge’s area of Preston.

I myself resided in Whittingham Street and my grandfather had the dairy in Ashton Street and had a number of cows in the yard.

He took the cows every day down Fylde Road, up Tulketh Brow, to finish in a field somewhere at Ingol.

The Cock Robin Bonfire group he refers to, and which I was part of, was based in Farrington Street and not Carlton Street.

Frank Hastie via email