Readers’ letters - July 15, 2015

Artists impression of how the �80 million site at Cottam Brickworks will look
Artists impression of how the �80 million site at Cottam Brickworks will look
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Many problems with plans

I am writing in response to Jeff Seel’s article relating to housing developments in the Longridge area (LEP July 8). How I sympathise with him.

I live in the Higher Bartle area of Preston.

In the Lancashire Evening Post (July 8), there was a front page and an inside spread whereby the councillors were patting themselves on the back about the city’s vision for future.

I found the pictures quite stunning, tree-lined roads, parks and greenery.

I wonder who will maintain all this parkland and greenery?

Preston City Council cannot maintain the parkland and greenery it has already created.

You only need to drive along Eastway and other areas to see there is nothing being done. In fact, it is a disgrace.

I read with interest the Homeward bound section to find 1,100 new homes at Cottam Hall, and 1,300 new homes at Cottam Brickworks, but no mention of all the houses now under way in the Lightfoot Lane, Hoyles Lane, and Sandy Lane areas.

I think the council has forgotten we exist.

They have allowed three major developers to commence work at the same time.

Our lanes cannot cope with the HGV traffic, Sandy Lane has hardly any footpaths, the same for Tabley Lane, and Hoyles Lane does have a footpath but you have to walk in the road because the hedge hasn’t been cut back. It is as if we do not matter, but we still have to pay our high council tax every month.

If anyone would care to visit the area, they will see the devastation of what was once an idyllic area to live.

As far as I can see, words are cheap, we accept houses are going to be built, this is no longer the issue. The issue lies with the way we are being treated.

Dr Patel has written an article on the health care of around 20,000 people. Nowhere does there appear to be any plan for a further hospital with maternity facilities. Royal Preston Hospital is bursting at the seams. It is quite frightening to think that all these houses are being built with no health facilities in place.

There is also the other pressing matter of road infrastructure.

Preston is already one big traffic jam at peak times.

What is going to happen when everyone is living in these houses? There are no jobs in the area and, therefore, everyone is going to have to commute. I expect Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council will do what they do best, build single lane roads, roundabouts and traffic lights, so that it will become an even bigger traffic nightmare.

Ellen Moon, disheartened resident of Higher Bartle

We could have female statues

Preston has not forgotten Sir Richard Arkwright (LEP, July 9).

There’s a fine bronze sculptured plaque to him on the Harris Museum staircase.

A few years ago a public appeal bought Joseph Wright of Derby’s portrait of Arkwright. It now hangs in the Harris.

Arkwright House, where he lived and developed his invention, has a blue plaque to him.

His greatest monument is the World Heritage Site Arkwright Mills complex in Cromford, Derbyshire. Can you think of any other Prestonian who has a World Heritage Site named after him?

Not many people realise that Winckley Square is a patchwork of privately-owned gardens. The Robert Peel statue stands on its own tiny plot. Any extra statues would need the consent of the gardens’ owners, who might have to maintain and insure the statues on their land.

All the statues mentioned so far are of men.

If Preston had more statues, it would be good to include women.

I feel that a statue to the women millworkers, who created the wealth on which the town is built, would be a fitting gesture.

Aidan Turner-Bishop, Preston

Catch the Wind a great success

More Music would like to thank all those who came to the recent Catch the Wind Kite Festival and all those who contributed to make it the best yet.

Catch the Wind is a well-established highlight of Morecambe’s summer season, attracting people from far and wide for a great weekend at the seaside. We would like to thank all the wonderful artists, performers and musicians for providing such a unique range of entertainment that represented a wide cultural diversity of talent and provided opportunities for people to experience something new, exciting and beyond the mainstream.

Thanks are due to our funders, sponsors and our festival friends. Funding from Lancaster City Council (who gave us £2k) and Morecambe Town Council, (who awarded More Music £4k), our sponsors Lancastrian Estates and Marsden Building Society, and other local support enabled us to put together a wonderful programme of family activities, street entertainment and music.

It is fantastic to have the backing of the business community for this well loved family festival, and a real endorsement of the significance of the event and its contribution to the community and the local economy.

Partnership working is key to the long-term future of festivals and to Morecambe itself as a great place to live and a fantastic place to visit.

We are very pleased to announce the date of next year‘s Catch the Wind Festival, which will be July 16.

Kathryn MacDonald, development director, More Music

Memorial will honour our dead

I would like to thank the chairman and committee of the Euxton war memorial. Through their hard work, Euxton has now got a war memorial to honour the people of Euxton who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts.

I know that the committee overcome many obstacles in the past five years and shed blood, sweat and tears to get this magnificent memorial for the people of Euxton. It was an honour to be able to take part in the Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, July 12.

Euxton can now hold its head up high when at last we can now hold a service at a war memorial on Remembrance Sunday to honour the dead of Euxton.

Coun Danny Gee, Euxton North