Readers’ letters - December 31

A mock up of how the Eric and Ernie sculpture could have looked like for Morecambe Promenade. See letter

A mock up of how the Eric and Ernie sculpture could have looked like for Morecambe Promenade. See letter

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Bring Ernie to Morecambe

I was saddened to read the article about the proposal to scrap the bronze sculpture of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise on Morecambe seafront (LEP December 9) and cannot understand the lack of appeal that the sculpture and ‘walk of fame’ has supposedly generated.

Surely to have the chance to have this attraction opposite the Winter Gardens is something we must grab with both hands (certainly not let it go to Blackpool) – it’s part of the town’s heritage, also recognising that ‘Little Ern’ was half of Eric.

We have the opportunity to completely re-generate the seafront here with the proposed new development of Frontierland, new sea wall and hopefully something done to finish the concrete ‘lump’ sympathetically – what better than the sculpture to complement this work?

With the link road opening next year, it certainly wouldn’t do us any harm!

I am sure there are many people in the area who may not be aware of the proposal – this has been borne out on the Facebook page ‘Morecambe & Heysham Past & Present’ –and hopefully the situation regarding this opportunity can be re-opened with a public meeting.

Chris and Susan Reed, Bare Village

Floods: There’s no place for cuts

We are, I am sure, all feeling huge sympathy for the recent victims of floods. It should be yet another wake-up call that we have to do our bit in our efforts to avert even worse climate change.

Austerity cuts have no place when it comes to saving our planet or to saving our communities and infrastructure.

It is pointless pleading that we have spent more on flood defences this year when we know that spending on flood defences was cut by 30 per cent after 2010/11 and many planned projects have been cancelled or delayed.

These are serious problems which need to be addressed by everyone pulling together.

Past mistakes must be admitted and the best brains on all sides must be harnessed and given the money to make a difference.

Barbara Penny, address supplied

Wake-up call for Government

The devastation caused by the floods should be a wake-up call for the Government and environmental agency to get a grip.

They continue to allow housing to be built on known flood plains and do not practise good housekeeping such as the dredging of rivers and the clearing of drains.

In the last floods in the south of England, a farmer stated that dredging was ceased on the part of the river that broke its banks 26 years before and the pumping station that pumped the water out when it reached a certain level mothballed a few years later.

This is negligence on a grand scale.

As a child, the gentleman clearing the drains was a regular sight, as was the dredger on the canal near my home, this may not prevent all flooding but it’s a good start.

Judy Goodwin via email

Bin service is highly efficient

Those who run our household collection bins and recycling services seem to get what used to be called more kicks than ha’pence. And yet today, bang on time, they were here as if they weren’t going to let recent huge local problems stop them. I doubt there is a better such service anywhere in the country.

They come when they say, are highly efficient like trained sportsmen or performers, and make light of a quite unpleasant job. Well done to the workforce and the managers.

Allan Bolton, Hest Bank

Crushing blow for students

The Government has recently delivered a crushing blow to future nursing students by removing their bursaries – the financial support that helps many to complete their studies and go on to be nurses.

Without this essential support, many of us who are currently studying would not have been able to fulfil our dreams of becoming a nurse and we are worried about what this move means for the future of the NHS, our future colleagues and, above all, patient care.

Student nurses are not like other students. Half our time is spent doing clinical work and our academic year is longer, giving us fewer opportunities to earn money in our spare time.

We also tend to be older and many have families to support.

Taking away these grants and replacing them with hefty loans will only pile on more personal financial pressure to an already over-stretched part of the health care workforce.

Not only that, but many may never be able to pay back the loans, which will not save any money in the long run and make little financial sense.

Student nurses are the profession’s future and their relationship with the NHS is critical.

But this decision risks severing the critical link between the NHS and nursing students and, in doing so, the Government is effectively absolving itself of any responsibility to ensure that the right numbers of nurses are in the right place and with the right skills. With this move, they are also throwing student nurse training open to the market and this is very concerning. We are disappointed that the Royal College of Nursing, with its long track record in nurse education, was not consulted and hope that we are allowed to work with the Government on a solution that looks at these very real risks and concerns and finds ways to mitigate them. The future of nursing must be protected. Our patients deserve nothing less.

Rhys Mood, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Student Committee member

The end of coal mining

I cannot believe that the powers that be can allow Kellingley colliery to close. There is 20 years of coal down there we are told, yet it’s shutting up shop, this cannot be right. Coal mining in England is dead. What a travesty.

Jayne Grayson via email