Readers’ letters - December 22

Lancashire County Council could save on postage says a reader. See letter

Lancashire County Council could save on postage says a reader. See letter

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Cash-saving tips for council

I read with interest your article regarding the county council spending £6.6m to save money (LEP December 17).

This morning I received a two-page letter and a map from LCC regarding the Preston Western Distributor and East West Link Road.

This was in an A4 envelope and the postage cost was 81p.

This could easily have been folded into A5 size, and the postage available to franked mail would be no higher than 37p.

How many of these has LCC sent out and at what postage cost?

Perhaps the LEP could ascertain, under the Freedom of Information Act, LCC postal costs for 2015 and then, never mind consultants, many of your readers, myself included, could advise the council how to reduce substantially their postage costs.

This service could be provided for free by concerned council taxpayers.

Peter Watson, Goosnargh

Decisions make no sense at all

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has announced it is spending £6.6m on consultants to tell them how to save money.

Surely the officers and the political leadership should be making those decisions and, if they are incapable of doing so, they shouldn’t be in post.

At the same time LCC are closing libraries, museums and youth clubs etc.

This decision ranks with the idiotic decision by LCC to bail out its Labour colleagues at Preston City Council by buying the Preston Bus Station and then cutting the bus services.

It really is a case of the lunatics running the asylum.

It is no wonder that Wyre Council voted not to join LCC in a combined authority.

Councillor Peter Gibson

Leader Wyre Council

UK becoming more unequal

New figures published by the Office for National Statistics on UK household wealth paint a worrying picture of growing wealth inequality.

In cash terms for 2012-14 the top 10 per cent owned £5.0 trillion of household wealth, which is 44.8 per cent of total UK household wealth (£11.1 trillion). This is up from 43.6 per cent in 2010-12.

The bottom half of the wealth distribution has seen its share decline.

The least wealthy 50 per cent had only 8.7 per cent of total UK household wealth in 2012-14, which is down from 9.6 per cent in 2010-12.

The growing share of wealth for those at the top reflects an economy that is too dependent on growth in the value of property and financial investments.

The economy is paying people too little for hard work, and too much just for sitting on wealth.

It is making Britain more and more unequal, with those who are already rich moving even further ahead of the typical family.

The government must reshape the economy to address the UK’s over-reliance on property and financial investments.

Future growth must be built on the firm foundation of higher wages in both the public and private sectors, and investment in skills and industry.

Derek Barton, Preston & South Ribble Trades Council Press Officer

Overpopulation a big problem

I agree with Andrew Suter’s letter (LEP Letters December 21) that human overpopulation is a problem for the environment.

The more people there are, the more we consume – whether it’s energy or food.

And the more we consume, the more we destroy other species’ habitats and pollute the atmosphere.

Climate change is a big problem, but so too is overpopulation.

Jane, Lancashire

Moving time at new memorial

Re: the article about a Preston airman awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal 72 years ago, (LEP Retro September 30), I attended the unveiling of the memorial to Bomber Command in October.

The setting for the new memorial at the International Bomber Command Centre is atop a ridge overlooking Lincoln. The centrepiece, a steel spire, stands a few metres from the crest of the ridge but affords a clear view across the valley to the medieval cathedral which dominates the countryside.

The cathedral was particularly significant as a navigational aid because the bomber crews saw it as a sign they were nearly home, but sadly for thousands it was the last sight of England they would ever have as they set course for enemy territory. We were blessed with beautiful warm sunshine, and the presence of at least 300 wartime veterans in what perhaps symbolises their last significant gathering in such numbers.

If anyone who wishes to support the cause, make a donation or arrange a guided tour starting in January, please visit the official website (www.internationalbcc.co.uk).

During the war, Lancashire factories manufactured the four-engined Halifax (on Strand Road, Preston), and twin-engined Hampden (in Samlesbury).

Brian Wright, I BCC volunteer

Is beef really to blame for CJD?

On my return from holiday I was informed that an article had been published, without my knowledge, concerning CJD which tragically led to the death of my wife (LEP September 24).

I would have thought that I may have been forewarned of this as CJD is a disease of such a sensitive nature.

The article states that my wife died of the human form of mad cow disease.

I wish to make it clear that her medical records state that she had Sporodic CJD which is the more common form and has been around for many years.

The media seem to be obsessed with blaming beef for CJD.

The excellent article on the opposite page explains all that was done to prevent the further spread of BSE in cattle. At what cost? Was it necessary?

I think we should all look forward to the day when we can consign the connection of beef with CJD to the history books.

John Knowles, Garstang