Readers’ letters - December 21

World leaders at the climate change conference in Paris this year. Readers give their views on the subject
World leaders at the climate change conference in Paris this year. Readers give their views on the subject
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Not such a green success

After two weeks of negotiation in Paris on the climate, it is outrageous this deal is being talked of as successful when the world’s most vulnerable communities have nothing binding to ensure a liveable climate for future generations.

The PM had some fine words about our children and grandchildren seeing us do our duty, yet this government has axed support for onshore wind, slashed subsidies for solar, scrapped tax cuts for less polluting cars, stopped the green deal that helped households cut energy use, fought for fracking and binned rules to ensure houses are carbon neutral.

“Greenest government ever” – some joke. Our rulers are accustomed to grabbing what they can for themselves, no matter what the consequences.

The obvious solution of public investment in jobs, renewable energy, well-built council homes, public transport, would free us from the failed policies of the free market.

All this deal does is shift more responsibility on the poorer countries that were not responsible in the first place.

A shameful lot in charge.

Royston Jones, address supplied

On a one-way trip to oblivion

The mutual back-slapping at the conclusion of the Paris climate change jamboree was nauseous in the extreme. We are told by the believers that climate change is down to human activity. Fine, I will accept that.

No mention in the agreement about the breeding habits of human beings which must have a bearing on the subject.

UN figures indicate the world’s population has trebled in 60 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Based on this figure and no acknowledgement of it, can I suggest we are all on a one-way trip to oblivion if, of course, the climate change supporters are indeed correct with their opinions?

Andrew Suter via email

Job statistics for short memories

It was odds on unemployment was to show a fall, what with all the steel jobs to go – and others around the UK – and no job creation, and the thousands of Syrians to come here and thousands of other non-working migrants arriving, the government has to make it look good for those with a short memory.

How many unemployed on income-based JSA, not counted in the statistics, were forced with threats of sanctions if they refused a scheme and those after six months on contribution-based JSA came off the statistics on to means-tested income-based JSA?

G Ellison via email

Football makes the headlines

Knowing that the initial results of David Cameron’s negotiations with other leaders regarding immigration was imminent, I tuned into the ITV Evening News at 6.30pm, expecting the inevitable bad news.

Shock! Horror! Worse than I had expected! A football manager had been fired. The first six minutes of a major news organisation’s headlines devoted to football. Heaven help us.

Brian W Nickson via email

Bins a hazard 
to pedestrians

It’s a very good idea to remove wheelie bins when they are not removed from the street on time (LEP December 2).

Not only are they a hazard to pedestrians and unsightly, they are a problem on windy days and nights. When empty or only half full, they blow over, spilling the content, or blow about making a terrible noise all night.

Name and address supplied

Proposals bad for residents

Are you aware that planning applications 15/01145/FUL 15/01144/FUL and 15/01143/FUL have been made to open up Studfold and Edgefield to through traffic to Dutch Barn Close and Chorley Hospital?

If approved, these applications will not only result in a substantial increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Studfold and Edgefield, these roads will also become a rat run and could well result in double yellow lines being applied to Studfold, Edgefield and Foxcote, to control on-street parking by hospital employees.

The residents at Rookwood experienced severe problems with parking and security before the hospital gate was closed off some years ago. We have been given short notice of these planning applications and would invite people to register objections with the council before December 23. The more I discover, the more it is becoming obvious to me that this could simply go ahead, regardless of the objections of the residents.

Why is Dutch Barn Close suddenly being regarded by the council as ‘a development’ – even though no planning permission for any development has been submitted?

The worry is that once access via Studfold and Edgefield has been established, the hospital could then close off the access to Dutch Barn Close. Then in years to come, the private owners of Dutch Barn Close could eventually apply to replace the existing houses with some tower blocks.

This will provide a substantial number of much needed ‘affordable housing’ units in a prime location: Chorley.

Alex Barclay, Chorley

Help people out with budgeting

This letter isn’t going to go down well with some people: food banks are not the solution.

Old Chinese proverb: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for life.

Fact: People need help with budgeting, not handouts.

Fact: Food banks are no benefit people in rural areas.

Fact: Many people on low wages receive less than those on benefit, but still budget within their means.

The only time when someone is in need of food is when they lose their job, and benefit payments are not paid immediately.

This could be overcome by the benefits system making emergency payments.

Kath Almond, Croston