Reader’s letters - Tuesday September 02, 2014

St Walburge's Church is soon to be open seven days per week (see letter)
St Walburge's Church is soon to be open seven days per week (see letter)
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Traders should join talks

I think it’s great that plans for the Market Hall are finally coming along. I understand traders concerns about the changes but not threats to shut down their businesses entirely.

Why not wait to see the plans, take part in the consultation? That building is crumbling, looks awful and won’t last another 25 years.

I think a great temporary measure would be to move the indoor market to the former Morrisons store in the Guild Hall. Great access from the bus station and will boost visitor numbers to the Guild Hall area.

The canopied markets can only be improved if they’re surrounded in glass and protected from the elements - the area will become a destination like Bury or Leeds market - and the quality of traders improved too.

No more tacky and totally inappropriate car boot and junk stalls. The city centre is not the place for that.

Name and address supplied

Church does so much good

I have read letters once again having a go at the Catholic Church (letters August 21)this is very sad, all areas of society have rules otherwise there would be chaos. Strange it only seems to be when it comes to the Church rules do not matter. I feel sorry for Catholic priests, especially these days they are an easy target for all kinds of reasons.

Odd the Catholic Church has been around for more than 2,000 years, yet people are so quick to say they know better. The Church is Devine but run by weak humans here on earth. All over the world Catholic priests daily in countless ways are there for people in need in some of the worst areas of this planet.

When people are hurt by the Church its a great pity, but millions are helped everyday, but that never gets in the media. I feel very blessed to be a member of the historic Catholic Roman Church which has been there for me in good times and sad times.

Preston will very soon have the joy of St Walburges being open seven days a week and run by a new young order of Catholic priests.

Jim Aherne, Penwortham

Fracking not as bad as painted

I am growing weary of the continued protests against hydraulic fracturing and the hysteria that surrounds it. I would listen sympathetically if this process was some new unproven technology with unknown risks.

Facts are hydraulic fracturing has been taking place since the 1940s on gas, oil and, interestingly, water wells. There have been more than 2m wells drilled worldwide, using this process, and over two hundred drilled on land in the UK since the 1980s.

Chemical hazards have also been overstated. The ‘deadly’ mixture consists of water, sand, a flow resistance reducer whose chemical base is used in face cream products and a very weak acid mix that is also used in the preparation of drinking water wells. The fear of an earthquake is another concern expressed. New Zealand, a country of similar size to the UK, experiences on average 20,000 tremors a year of the same magnitude that may possibly occur during fracturing. The majority are unfelt.

If readers remember the news footage of the Christchurch earthquake or the one in Japan that followed, they are earthquakes – not something which makes the bone china tinkle on the dresser. We all have to face the facts renewable energy will never fulfil the UK’s energy requirements and nuclear for base loads with gas will still be required. To the protesters who have chosen to camp out, please check out the true facts. If your opinions remain unchanged, throw away your camping gas stoves and plug your kettle into a solar panel and see how long you wait for a brew.

Steve Appleby, address supplied

Remembrance day a success

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the Walk Of Remembrance through Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge on August 4.

We visited eight churches and laid Poppies at their War memorials. The reception we received at each church was overwhelming.

Our sincere thanks to all those who attended the Candle light Service at the War Memorial and special thanks to Rev Margaret Rimmer, Fr Xavier and Calvery Fellowship for their support and putting together a very meaningful service.

It was a honour to be part of the whole evening,thank you all so very much. We did remember them.

Michael Turner, chairman,

Lostock Hall Royal British Legion Branch, Penwortham

Reduced speed zones ‘a danger’

I agree proper residential side roads and school zones should be 20mph. Recently I’ve been teaching my son to drive and he’s sticking to the limits as he should.

On four occasions over the past few weeks he has been overtaken on different 20mph roads, which due to the many joining minor roads is extremely dangerous. The last incident involved him braking suddenly as he was about to move out for a parked car. Would this have happened in a 30mph limit? I doubt it.

Also for those who say it’s all for safety of the children, answer this; why then is the road past the main primary school still 30mph? It is a complete waste of tax payers’ money and totally unenforceable. Whoever decided that this scheme would work needs strapping to a signpost.

Name and address supplied

Bus trip along memory lane

Our oldest vehicle is a 1931 built Leyland Lion bus which has taken nine years to restore. The story of its life and restoration is told in a booklet published by the trust and available for £5 post free from RVPT, 78 Wateringpool Lane, Preston PR5 5UA

This week the bus visited the yard of C & W Berry Ltd., Leyland to be weighed. Berrys provided or machined much of the timber used in the restoration of the body, free of charge to the trust , a most generous offer.

Bill Ashcroft, Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust