Reader’s letters - Tuesday November 11, 2014

Preston's Christmas lights switch on in 2013 but will this year's lure in shoppers (see letter)
Preston's Christmas lights switch on in 2013 but will this year's lure in shoppers (see letter)
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Festive lights not enough

The councillors of Preston know what is best for the city, in fact they are so clever I can not begin to understand how they arrive at their decisions, they know it’s not worth explaining their rational as ordinary folk would not understand the complexities.

Their wisdom is typically demonstrated by their efforts to attract shoppers to the town centre, £125 000 on coloured light bulbs for decorating the city centre at Christmas.

Why would I, or anyone else for that matter, pay a few quid to park their car in order to lug a load of shopping around town when the same goods can be bought all together with no parking fees at one of the peripheral shopping malls.

Granted there may not be so many coloured lights but Boney M will still be playing in the shops and Father Christmases will be everywhere.

Who dares risk admiring the coloured lights in the pedestrian precincts with the ever present risk of being knocked down by a car, how much road rage and frustration will the new ‘shared spaces’ create?

It is no wonder the city centre is all but deserted, give me free parking, convenient shopping, better still online shopping, rather than trudging around town with heavy bags whilst avoiding traffic and hoping I have enough change to pay the car parking fee and that I won’t have to queue for more than half an hour to get out of the place!

Mike McCarthy, Ribbleton

Speed traps are still out there

I can reassure your correspondent that the police are indeed enforcing the 20mph limit (letters November 3).

I saw two of them at the top of Church Road, Warton, zapping homegoing BAE workers.

Two minutes later, stationary at the traffic lights at the bottom of Church Road, I saw four vehicles (including a bus) charging blithely right through the red lights on the A584.

This behaviour is very common, but the police seem to take no notice, so I can only conclude that they deem it less unacceptable than exceeding 20mph.

Nigel White, Warton

Have your say on blueprint

I’d like to encourage people to have their say while they can on a huge development for Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge and Leyland. It’s called the Cuerden Strategic Site, a huge development stretching from B&Q to the Stanifield Lane Roundabout (road to Leyland), reaching as far back as Lydiate Lane.

South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council have included the development in their local plan for development over the next ten years.

This is will substantially change the character of the area, with fewer green spaces and even more traffic.

The development, sadly, can’t now be stopped. People can influence the scale and type of buildings from houses, retail and commercial. Please email our local councillors with your concerns as the development is not being widely publicised, particularly:

-Increased traffic congestion and noise from the dual carriageway A582 Lostock Lane and local roads being used as rat runs

- Limit the height and visual impact of buildings on the edge of the development

- Retain as many trees, hedgerows and other greenery as possible

- Ensure the development does not negatively impact on Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge village and Leyland town centres.

Please do make your feelings known, no matter how minor - We need to act now.

This is our only opportunity to have a say on what will be a major development in South Ribble.

Name and address supplied

Border control during wartime

There is a factual error in the article about SAS founder Jack Byrne (LEP November 4) which some readers may misinterpret resulting in possible historical confusion about Poland’s role in the war. It comes in the reference to “the Stalag Luft III camp in Poland.”

This was a German POW camp which was built in Germany (Deutsches Reich) by the Germans.

When the Allies (illegally) moved Polish borders westwards after the war, the site of the camp ended up in present day Poland.

I would remind you Poland was on the winning Allied side but the country lost the war since it was betrayed by the Allies to 45 years of Soviet Communist oppression.

It is therefore inaccurate and unfair to call this a camp in Poland.

For information, it was the Germans who murdered the 50 RAF personnel of the “Great Escape”. Six of these 50 were also Polish.

Chris Jezewski, via e-mail

Better mental health strategy

Local authorities have a remit to prevent both physical and mental health problems in the communities they serve, using their public health budgets.

Millions of pounds are spent every year to prevent people developing physical health problems like obesity, heart disease or cancer.

But research by the charity Mind found that local authorities spend far too little on preventing mental health problems and are confused about what they should do to help prevent people becoming mentally unwell.

In the North West, only 2.2 per cent of this budget is spent on mental health.

With around one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem this year, this figure is unacceptably low.

Demand for local NHS mental health services is rising and rising and we have all seen reports that our NHS is struggling to cope.

Prevention is the key to making sure we reduce the impact on the health service in future.

We need the next Government to introduce a national strategy to ensure local authorities know what to do, and use their budgets to prevent mental health problems developing and reduce the number of people becoming unwell.

Kerry Fenton, via email