Reader’s letters - Wednesday May 28, 2014

Concern: One reader was upset about out-of-control yobs at Preston bus station
Concern: One reader was upset about out-of-control yobs at Preston bus station
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Concern over station yobs

On Tuesday of last week I was in the bus station at 4pm (a very busy time).

Three teenage yobs suddenly appeared up the underpass and at speed went in and out and around the passengers grinning and using obscene language as they caused havoc.

I went to the security office and was told that it is a regular occurrence by the same yobs and when approached they laughed and verbally abused the staff.

They said little could be done and it was a matter for the police. They agreed that it waiting for a serious accident and then something will be done.

A concerned reader

How to achieve green targets

Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth would like to thank those councillors in South Ribble who supported their attempts to prevent the passing of what we consider is a flawed supplementary planning document on low carbon and renewable energy.

This document contains a restrictive minimum separation distance of 1km between any wind turbine and dwelling.

Separation distances, other than those required for safety reasons, are not consistent with national planning policies or with the Local Plan.

They will make any future wind energy projects in the borough extremely difficult to implement. This will have a detrimental effect upon farms and small businesses in the area.

Friends of the Earth were disappointed but not surprised when the document was authorised by the full council, with 27 in favour, 16 against, and one abstention.

At the present time South Ribble is likely to achieve less than 10 per cent of its expected renewable energy target by the year 2030. Only 51 megawatts out of a projected 589 megawatts.

At a time of growing anxiety about the effects of climate change we will watch with interest how South Ribble aim to achieve their renewable energy target.

D Kelk, Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth

Making music in the garden

Let’s begin by saying I could be wrong, I’m not a scientist and I know precious little about gardening, but if results speak for themselves then cop for this.

I know old CDs have been used to scare away birds and small animals in the garden but I can find no record of the following: Pondering the poor performance of this year’s cabbage I applied some old CDs around the stems (shiny side up) with the aim of directing sunlight to the dark underside of the plant.

And a week or two later those with extra light seem to be doing rather better than those without - slug damage seems to be reduced too.

Joseph G Dawson,Withnell, Chorley

Who decides on flood risk area?

Whilst trying to secure a more competitive quote for property insurance, my local agent informed me that a property I own on the A683 in the village of Caton is now in a designated high risk flood area. Having double-checked this revelation with the underwriters I was told this well-known insurance company would be unable to provide cover at any cost. Designated by whom I ask? Did local planners consider this issue before allowing the adjacent Moor Platt housing development?

If so, perhaps it was a condition to allow consent for the removal of so many trees so they may be used in the construction of an ark. As far as my current insurers are concerned “the renewal cheque is in the post”.

John Clarkson, Halton

Can you recall the caravans?

I hope someone has an answer! In the 1940s if I walked out of Hammond Street and turned right into Greenbank Street, walked up the hill, I would come passed terraced houses until my nostrils and I encountered Marco Firelighters.

On the left was the huge Queens Mill, now weirdly, in the middle of this, covering what would have been the bottom of Villiers Street, was a big cinder pad. On this pad, in the middle of industry, was a collection of caravans.

And I mean wooden ones. My grandma called them Dewhurst’s hobby horses and not given to flights of fancy, warned me “they’ll grab you and we’ll never see you again”. My wife recalls the site and her mother told her they were gypsies. Were they fairground folk? I bet someone knows.

All I remember, and I can see him now, there was a grey haired man, used to sit on the steps of the nearest van.

He often used to smile and shake his head quite sadly as I scuttled past. He probably knew what my grandma had told me.

So who were they and how long were they there?

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

Photos of the Finney family

The photograph above and one published yesterday of Sir Tom Finney and his brother and sisters as children have never been seen by our family before.

This one shows my Grandad and Grandma Finney with my Uncle Joe as a baby.

I never knew grandma as she died very young leaving the six Finney children, the eldest just nine and the youngest only 15 months old.

This picture has only come to light after the last of the six siblings died.

How happy they would have been to have known of the existence of these photos

Edith Treasure, Penwortham

Clients were not informed

Re: the concerns over care changes story (LEP, Tuesday) - LCC sent out a questionnaire to a few thousand people asking what they want from homecare.

They have not written explaining the changes.

I know this as none of my 15 clients with council funding knew.

Nicky,

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