Reader’s letters - Wednesday June 24, 2015

Preston's parks department needs a rethink over its mowing policy, says a reader
Preston's parks department needs a rethink over its mowing policy, says a reader
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Mowing destroying flowers

I am curious to know the policy of the parks department with regard to the mowing of grass verges.

Two years ago, there was a beautiful display of wild flowers along the Boulevard in Preston and in selected areas near the city centre.

Last year the mowers were back.

I’m told by a council employee that it was in response to complaints that the roadside was “untidy”.

This year a compromise was attempted, I thought, by early mowing of only half the grassed areas, leaving the rest to produce another glorious display.

Until this week when the mowers were again brought in to cut down flowers in their prime, leaving unsightly heaps of dead grass and, crucially, destroying next year’s display by preventing flowers self-seeding.

In one swipe of the strimmer, three lovely plants were destroyed–purple vetch, yellow birds foot trefoil, and blue speedwell.

The parks department supervisor certainly knew of the absolute necessity of providing for bees to compensate for loss of habitat in new building development and surely everyone knows that bees are vital for food production.

So,what’s the thinking among the policy makers?

They can’t claim “the cuts”.

Think of the cost of fuel for the mowers and how much more workers could do in the time saved by not mowing.

I’d be interested to know why children cannot be allowed to enjoy picking a few flowers for Mum or blackberries along the way to the playground.

Joan Higginson, Preston

From Balcombe to Lancashire ...

From Balcombe to Lancashire with love.

At Balcombe, it all started when we heard that an oil and gas company was coming to our tiny village, to drill, frack and flare.

We soon realised we didn’t want this. And the more we found out, the more we realised we wouldn’t wish it on others either.

Along the steep learning curve of the last three years, we have awakened from our innocent slumber. We have discovered much about politics and the way power works.

This fight is about communities having a voice. We are fighting potential pollution of this country’s air and water and ultimately we have to prevent climate change.

Investing in fracking will leave a horrific legacy for all of our children.

G7 leaders have just pledged to wean us off fossil fuels. Fracking flies in the face of their promises. Our government listens only to oil and gas industry lobbyists, and seems to care only about their profits.

Instead, our leaders could be investing enthusiastically in energy conservation, in renewables – as we have begun to do in our small local way with RepowerBalcombe.

Our fight against Cuadrilla is for you too, today and onwards, for as long as it takes. We stand with you, Lancashire.

Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association

Desperate need for markings

The newly designed junction on Ringway and North Road is in desperate need of yellow box junction markings. Driving from Ormskirk Road today, we could not cross the lights at Ringway because of gridlocked traffic.

Cars and vans continued to try to cross the junction, even though it was obvious the traffic was at a standstill and therefore they completely blocked the junction with no traffic able to exit Preston from Ormskirk Road. When this new junction was designed, did no one think about this?

Christine Abram, Cottam

Mystery poems sent to daughter

My daughter is a hairdresser.

She is in Yell as a mobile hairdresser called Hair by Tiffany.

We are opening a large salon in Langley Moor when it’s refurbished. This is called Hair at Tiffany so, when Tiffany got a letter with a handwritten envelope, black paper and white writing, exactly the same mystery poems as hairdresser Victoria Cunningham received, we thought it had something to do with the new salon, but it’s addressed as the mobile salon.

I googled the poet’s name and Victoria and your report came up from December 2011. I can only think the poet contacts other hairdressers from the Yellow Pages. The poems are sweet, but my daughter is only 23 so it does not relate to her. Nice that they end in ‘chin up’ and ‘keep smiling’ which is nice. It’s a demanding job and every hairdresser could do with kind words.

The post mark is Lancashire and, as I said, we come from Durham. Very intriguing.

Dawn Tweddle via email

Make BBC3 a sports channel

Saturday hadn’t been good.

Lousy weather, but at 4.45pm I thought I would test my tiny brain against the other contestants on Pointless. Switched on, tennis!

Never mind, there’s a documentary on BBC2 at 5.30pm about the Cunard line. Switched on to see Sue Barker and the cat gut kids overrunning again!

“Do I pay my TV license to be treated like this ?” I enquired.

“You don’t pay it at your age!” quoth my unsympathetic wife. Fair cop, but that’s not the point.

I have nothing against tennis, or any other sport, but isn’t it high time the Beeb got a grip and gave us a dedicated sports channel? They tell us BBC3 is to be ended as a normal service , so why not make use of it for sports?

Allan Fazackerley via email

Can you help group’s appeal?

Next year the Ramblin’ Riversiders Skiffle Group will celebrate their 60th year of existence and would like to contact founder members Peter Brindle and Gordon Johnson. If the afore mentioned or anyone knows their whereabouts, please contact Neil Farnworth or Harold Dearden on 01772 713713.

Neil Farnworth, Preston