Protect our green fields
I have much sympathy with Nick Walker (letters, March 6) who highlighted some of the current problems with the Government’s planning legislation which has allowed excessive building on our green fields.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has been campaigning vigorously for amendments to our current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which diluted previous planning protections for councils to refuse applications on Green Belt and particularly greenfield sites. Councils who cannot get their five-year housing programme approved in time have been assailed by house builders claiming they need ‘sustainable’ large developments ‘to fill the gap’!
This has led to many protests, especially in Whalley where the CPRE gave help to the Whalley Action Group.
This legislation has permitted good farmland to be built on instead of regenerating brownfield (previously developed) sites: planning inspectors ignore local opinion that what is needed in our countryside is real ‘sustainable’ development of small developments of starter homes that reflect village styles – not large developments of densely-packed four and five bedroomed high-profit houses. This new legislation has become a ‘builders’ charter’.
CPRE Lancashire has pointed out to the Housing Minister that an amendment is urgently needed to prioritise brownfield land.
And, most important, that where planning permissions have been given for development, these should be counted as part of the housing plan – not ignored because builders say they cannot complete them within five years and then another green field has to be given up for housing development.
We are continuing to fight this battle at Government level – please sign our charter on www.cprelancshire.org.uk and, yes, do ask all prospective parliamentary candidates what they will do to protect our green fields: we are certainly asking.
Audrey M Dawson
SNP scenario bad for country
A recent voting survey was carried out by Lord Ashcoft in Scotland, in which he declares that the SNP are likely to sweep away all remaining Scottish Labour MPs,in the upcoming General Election. This, on the face of it, may cause much jubilation in the Conservative Party ranks, however SNP have declared they will never join a Coalition with a Conservative Government but would be highly likely to form one with a depleted Labour Party.
So this is the likely future scenario for any coalition Government enabled by the SNP, which will almost certainly be required to provide them with a further Scottish Referendum to leave the UK.
Although this scenario is presently being played down by the SNP party leader, this is the most likely price they will exact for their support, and they are much more likely to succeed this time around. Apart from the damage this future action might do to our united country in the long term,it would also in the shorter term leave the UK at the mercy of an unreformed Labour Government still wanting to borrow vast sums of money, having apparently learned very little from their previous 13 years of misrule.
This may well cause the Tory Party to reflect on the wisdom of their recently declaring they would never form a Coalition Government with the UKIP Party, who would certainly demand a UK Referendum on our continued membership of the EU.
Any future saving of these EU membership fees would certainly provide the money required to fund the needed NHS reforms, without increasing our already disastrous levels of debt.
E J Tilley via email
Has anyone found ring?
I wish to appeal to your readers with regard to the loss of a ladies wedding band and would like to explain why we would desperately like to find this and for it to be returned.
My mum and dad would have been married 56 years in June this year. Sadly, my mum passed away at the age of 81 on September 17, last year.
After my mum had passed away peacefully at the Royal Preston Hospital, the nurse removed my mum’s wedding band and put it on my dad’s little finger, next to his wedding ring, and he said; “ Look, we are still side by side”.
My mum had never removed her wedding band since her wedding day when my dad put it on her finger. My dad misses my mum terribly, as we all do, and although I now live in Nottingham, I travel up every Wednesday and take him shopping and out for a meal.
On Wednesday, March 4, at around 4pm, we went shopping at Asda in Fulwood and then to Owd Nells Tavern (around 5.15pm) on the A6 for a meal and a drink.
Whilst sat at our table, my dad realised that my mum’s wedding band had slipped off his finger. We have looked high and low, but as yet have not found the ring.
We believe that he has lost the ring either at Asda Fulwood in the store, in the car park, or the outside cashpoint, or at Owd Nells Tavern, again either in the car park or the restaurant.
The staff at Asda have been fantastic and have also searched the areas we were in on Wednesday, but unfortunately have not found the wedding ring either. I have also reported the loss to the staff at Owd Nells Tavern, but again it has not been found. My dad is understandably very distressed at losing such a precious item.
In desperation, and I know it is like finding a needle in a haystack, I would like to appeal to readers that if they have found this wedding ring to please return it to my dad. The ring is a plain, ladies, 18t gold wedding band.
Ann Gorman via email
(If anyone finds this ring, please call the LEP on 01772 838102 )
Greeting is all in the name
A friend of mine worked for the London Council at County Hall in the 70s. A friend often had to ring my friend’s colleague at work, whose name was Frances Hough.
He always answered with the greeting: ‘F Hough’ (pronounced ‘Hoff’) probably saving him a lot of conversations!
Darryl Ashton, Blackpool