Readers’ letters - December 11

Animals have better regulations regarding transportation than humans, says a reader who complains about crowded carriages

Animals have better regulations regarding transportation than humans, says a reader who complains about crowded carriages

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Not enough space on trains

Some weeks ago I was travelling on a Northern Rail train of two carriages, leased to TPE, from Manchester to Buckshaw Parkway.

My carriage was packed, with 40 people standing.

At Salford station, an elderly lady in a wheelchair was pushed into our carriage.

She was pushed across to be stationary between the guard rails of the facing doors of the train.

She was surrounded by passengers standing.

When the train arrived at Bolton station, the wheelchair was blocking this exit, with the platform being on that side.

Passengers leaving the carriage had to either squeeze or climb around her to get off the train.

I understand there are regulations of numbers affecting the transportation of animals, but not people.

Possibly next year, rail travel may be a lot worse.

Paul Helmn, Charnock Richard

Lower voting age to 16 years

The voting age needs to be lowered to 16.

Why?

Because at 16 you can leave home. At 16 you can work full time. At 16 you can pay tax. At 16 you can drive a moped.

At 16 you can have sex. At 16 you can marry. At 16 you can join the armed forces and die for your country.

I have over 30 years of experience of working with young people, which has taught me that they want to be involved in decision-making processes on issues that affect them.

During the Scottish Referendum, 16 year olds were allowed to vote, reflecting the responsibilities they already have, and giving them the opportunity to shape their own future.

All 16 year olds should be given the same opportunity in the European Referendum to decide.

After all, they will be living with the results of that decision longer than we will.

 Julie Ward MEP

Appeal to help flood victims

We are launching a Flood Relief Appeal to help communities which have been affected by the recent flooding.

With the people of Preston being a generous bunch, we’ve organised a drop-off point at Morrisons, on Blackpool Road, Deepdale, this Saturday from 10am, for people to donate supplies, in particular cleaning products.

We are collecting mops, buckets, disinfectant, and anything else you can think of that would help clean up.

Christ Central Preston has links with Kings Foodbank, in Kendal, which is working hard to help people who’ve had their lives turned upside down by floodwaters. All donations will be put in the back of a van and whisked up the M6 to help people.

If anyone in Preston has been affected by the flooding, feel free to contact Christ Central Preston and we’ll see what we can do to help.

More details can be found at www.christcentralpreston.co.uk/news/flood-relief-appeal-lets-give-them-a-hand

Andy Williams, Christ Central Preston

Let there be light in dramas

Is it my television or has electricity not yet been invented?

The latest dramas such as London Spy seem to be 50 per cent shot in darkness.

When you enter a room at night, the first thing you do is switch on the light.

Okay, lamps are nice for atmosphere, but I would like to see what’s happening.

It really puts me off watching perfectly good dramas.

Jennifer Elferink, address supplied

SNP and UKIP are both wrong

Have there ever been two political parties more short-sighted than the SNP and Ukip? At least the SNP have won a lot of the seats, so we must treat them with more seriousness.

The two parties have something in common. Both fly in the face of the fact that we now live in a global environment. Gone are the days when small or medium-sized countries could survive in isolation, maintaining total independence.

Worldwide terrorism, plus international crime, including cyber crime, are gigantic menaces. I would add the threat of competition from the likes of Brazil, India and China, which can undercut the economies of small nations.

The case for close association of traditional countries in areas such as Europe is self-evident.

Union is obligatory, not an optional extra. Of course, Scotland has the advantage of the support of its southern neighbour. Banks are well embedded between the two and one can only imagine the chaos which would ensue if all these links were severed.

What would happen if independent Scotland hit the economic buffers? If aid was forthcoming, no special treatment could be expected. The final absurdity is the SNP would want to stay in the EU. Talk about illogicality! The days of nation state are done. Thank goodness if we look back to two world wars.

Don Burslam via email

I will miss my cafe customers

Hello to all my customers and friends of No.65 Café. It’s difficult to put into words how much I will miss you all. We have had great laughs and friendships. Sadly tears too, but we have been a comfort to each other through those times. I have had the most wonderful of times at the café which leaves me with so many special memories.

It goes without saying how much I would like to thank all my past and present staff. You have been fantastic and have given me great support. Thank you all customers, friends and staff for my wonderful presents and cards. There were many tears wept when reading them.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish Christine Robinson ‘Good Luck’ with taking the café forward. I know you will all support her as you did me. (By the way, she makes amazing cakes!). Much love to you all.

Susan Chenery, No 65, Longridge