Readers’ letters - December 14

Joe Marston (second from left) with  Bob Foster, Tom Finney, Angus Morrison and Tommy Docherty in 1954. See letter

Joe Marston (second from left) with Bob Foster, Tom Finney, Angus Morrison and Tommy Docherty in 1954. See letter

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Cut our tax to compensate

I wholeheartedly agree with Christine Abrams in the article regarding the massive development in Cottam (LEP December 3). It has a great impact on Higher Bartle as well as Cottam. At this moment, and for some considerable time before, most of the HGV traffic is using Tabley Lane.

For the person who commented on the article online, stating they remember the massive house building drive in the 1960s. I too remember all the developments, but I also remember I was not afraid to set foot outside my front door to walk, ride my bicycle or drive.

There was not the volume of traffic and the wagons were nowhere near the size of the monsters trundling past my house now. Also in the 60s, the wagons were incapable of the speeds the HGVs have at the present time.

At this moment, Maxy Lane is closed to traffic, or so we thought. Some idiots are still using the lane. Obviously they are incapable of reading signs. By the time they have got out of their vehicle to move the signs, they could have travelled the correct route in less time.

On Saturday evening there was another major issue at the roundabout, which takes you on to the motorway or the A6, in that it was flooded so badly a policeman had to be drafted in to divert traffic.

There has never been floodwater there, that is until the developers came onto the site. I cannot understand the mentality of the council. Why are they letting the developers just do as they please?

We can now look forward to more developers starting building, and whoever let them go ahead with building houses over three storeys high is beyond me.

This will be totally out of character with the area.

The council has just been greedy and is currying favour with central government as to how wonderful they are by meeting the housing target. The council will be coining in on all the extra council tax they will be receiving, so I suggest they think long and hard about reducing the council tax for the established residents, it is the least they could do under the circumstances.

E Moon, address supplied

HGV hazard 
is intolerable

Tarleton village – must someone die before we get a relief road to take the HGVs? Even a short walk to the shops in Tarleton is likely to bring a close encounter with a heavy goods vehicle.

Massive, 44-tonne, six-axle juggernauts carrying produce to and from the moss-growing areas now pass through the village centre at the rate of about one every two minutes – or 300 a day!

They struggle to pass in the narrow streets, break up the road surface, straddle both sides of the road in negotiating the mini-roundabout at the village centre, and have flattened whole lengths of the kerbs by riding up over the pavements.

In the village centre, with footpaths less than a metre wide in places, they daily pass within inches of shoppers, schoolchildren and the elderly.

The law is on the villagers’ side – or should be. HGV operators are required to ensure that their fleets operate on roads that are fit for purpose, and do not compromise the safety of the public.

Two reports on the unfitness of the village roads have been submitted to Lancashire County Council. Its response? That delivery of the planned relief road is “not justified by the safety case”.

Yet anyone can see that this is an accident waiting to happen.

Almost everyone in Tarleton has their own account of a near miss. I nearly ended up under the trailer of an articulated lorry which overtook me on my bike in the village, and then pulled sharply back in to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

So can the Highways and Transport Committee please look again at this decision?

The hazard from HGVs in Tarleton has become intolerable.

It can only be a matter of time before there is a tragedy.

Christopher Hamilton, Tarleton

Sad passing of my hero Joe

I could have done with some good news recently to take my mind off this awful weather, but sadly, none.

Instead my Post informed me of the sad passing of another of my heroes (LEP December 1).

It was the big Australia centre half Joe Marston.

With his death, he became the last but one of the 22 players to play in the 1954 Cup Final.

The only remaining one is Tommy Docherty.

I got an email from my mate in Oz who tells me Joe was a sporting hero over there, and indeed, it was only a year or so ago that Barry sent me a sheet of their postage stamps of their sporting legends. And there was Joe!

He came to England, recommended by a Blackpool scout. Lucky for us, the Blackpool fans didn’t want him. Their loss! Thanks for the memories, Joe.

Allan Fazackerley via email

There’s help for

ex-members

I would be grateful if you could publish this letter to draw attention to a possible source of assistance for those people affected by the recent floods in Lancashire.

The Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund is a charity that provides assistance to former members of the Royal Observer Corps and their dependents who are in need, hardship or distress. Members served across the UK, often in small communities, and were active in Lancashire.

Information can be found at www.rocbf.org or by contacting the secretary, 120 Perry Hall Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 0EF, or e-mail info@rocbf.org.uk.

Kathryn Little, Managing Trustee

Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund

Olde worlde Fishergate

I must compliment the council on their introduction of a wonderfully quaint olde worlde atmosphere in time for Christmas in Preston. Dickens would be proud of them getting rid of those brash modern traffic light things and replacing them with servants with stop/go placards.

Perhaps next week they could get a man with a red flag to warn shoppers as he walks down Fishergate in front of the horseless carriages.

Your obedient servant,

Ebenezer.

Matt Hodges, Scorton