Reader’s letters - Tuesday November 04, 2014

Preston adventurer Aloysius Smith aka Trader Horn but should the city have a blue plaque for him?
Preston adventurer Aloysius Smith aka Trader Horn but should the city have a blue plaque for him?
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Fund right site for award

In a recent letter Mr Smith (letters October 29) suggests that the Preston and South Ribble Civic Trust opposed the installation of a blue plaque for ‘Trader’ Horn.

Mr Smith wanted to have a blue plaque installed on the exterior wall of St Ignatius’s church - a Grade 2* listed building.

We advised him that this would be unlikely to obtain Listed Building Consent and that he needed the written consent of the Bishop of Lancaster before a planning application, costing over £300, could even be made.

We advised him to consider an alternative location such as on Horn’s house (still in a conservation area) or perhaps inside the church as a privately sponsored memorial tablet.

St Ignatius’s church, which is sadly to close soon, might also deserve a plaque to Gerard Manley Hopkins, the world-famous poet, who served as a curate there in the 1880s.

It is very likely that English Heritage and other bodies would firmly oppose a collection of blue plaques on the outside of a grade 2* listed building. Giving sensible and informed advice is not opposing.

Aidan Turner-Bishop, chairman Preston and South Ribble Civic Trust

Improve rights for workers

The Prime Minister is proudly stating there are more people in work than at any time during this parliament and here is why!

Companies like Sports Direct use people to work as and when the company please and with few if any employment rights.

People power has forced one of the biggest abusers of zero hours contracts to make lots of changes.

Sports Direct will now be giving their zero hours staff the rights they deserve, including holiday and sick pay thanks to 38 Degrees members chipping in to fund the lawyers to fight the case. I am a resident of South Ribble and have suffered and witnessed at first hand how unethical business owners abuse their workforce.

I want the Government to do the right thing and fight Draconian employment practices, listen to the people who elected them.

Rob Frazer, Clayton Brook, Preston

Think of loved ones of victims

As a young ‘CID Aide’ in August 1966 the brutal slaughter of three unarmed detectives by Harry Roberts as they patrolled Shepherds Bush in Foxtrot one-one a Triumph 2000 Q car had a massive impact on the entire police service reminding us all of our own mortality.

Fast forward to present day when the Parole Board in their infinite wisdom have decided to release him from his life sentence, undoubtedly influenced by views of the European Court of Human Rights.

Roberts has expressed no remorse nor contrition for the killings which were committed in the pursuit of crime.

At the time of his arrest some time later in his forest camp hideout he was still in possession of two loaded pistols.

I strongly believe life should mean exactly that and for the Parole Board to retain any of its credibility the public deserve, nay demands, an explanation for their decision.

One final question, what consultation or dialogue if any took place with the victims’ families?

Jim Oldcorn, Great Harwood

Making correct turn on route

Regarding my letter of October 31 2014 could I please clarify part of the letter should read filter in turn not filter in lane as you inadvertently published.

I send this as the former properly explains the procedure the latter does not make sense.

DH Caunce, Leyland

Remembering television show

It’s my age, I know. I can walk you round a classroom at Emmanuel School in the 1940s and name everyone.

I can name all the lads in my form at Preston Grammar and even tell you (well about 80 per cent) which house they were in.

Which brings me to the current disaster. Ann and I love “Lewis”. We were so pleased they had decided to do a new series. So what did they do?

No longer a satisfying two hour show, it’s now one hour, then part two next week. So our short term memory! We spent the first half of part two, trying to decide a) what had happened last week, and b) who the hell were these people and had they even been in part one? Totally ruined it. We decided something had happened to somebody last week and they arrested a women this week, but we had forgotten who she was! Terrible.

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

New homes will need new road

As a resident of Longridge for the past 20 years I have watched with interest as the area has expanded to cope with the ‘residential development needs of the town’. I looked on from afar, impressed, as local residents fought off plans for Dilworth and Chipping Road to accommodate large scale housing estates.

I counted myself fortunate I was unaffected by these proposals situated as I am at the southernmost end of the Mardale estate with green fields at the rear. I must confess in the back of my mind I had a nagging ‘I know I am next’ foreboding given the current predilection for pouncing on any greenfield site.

However, I convinced myself it would never be practical to build here as the current development opposite Spout Farm is already placing a strain on the traffic flow through to Grimsargh. I was wrong!

Last week I received a four page document outlining on behalf of two Longridge businesses their plans to develop the Grimbaldeston Farm site off Preston Road to the tune of 345 homes.

The document has the usual PR spin readily developable, natural extension to the community, etc, but one really caught my eye. There are plans to ‘help to develop a dedicated Longridge to Preston cycleway…..’ If this gets the green light, rather than a cycleway I’d say a dual carriageway from Longridge into Preston would be more appropriate.

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