Readers’ letters - March 25

Members of the public gather at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to leave tributes following the bomb attack. See letter
Members of the public gather at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to leave tributes following the bomb attack. See letter
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Madness of homes plans

Your recent correspondent complained about the 125 homes being built just off Lightfoot Lane, and correctly pointed out the madness of this, especially being so close to the busiest junction for miles around (A6/ M55 roundabout) – not to mention all of the other developments underway.

On February 8, you wrote about plans submitted for 300 homes between Eastway/ D’urton Lane.

You couldn’t get much closer to the roundabout if you tried – again sheer madness to say the least.

More concerning is that work seems to have started – has planning approval been granted?

The area has been marked off, fencing removed, trees 
on Eastway cut down, roundabouts driven over by lorries – or is there some other explanation?

Anon

Preston

Be safe and vote to leave union

The latest terrorist attacks, this time targeting Brussels, must come as little surprise.

Isil warned last year that they would use the migrant crisis engulfing the European Union to infiltrate the refugees with their jihadists to wreak havoc with terrorist attacks.

The situation has been ongoing since early last year and still nothing constructive has happened to resolve it, other than a shambolic “deal” with Turkey which will lead 
to allowing early membership 
of the EU of its 77 million citizens.

This will just add to the problems already being faced by the security services of member states, as the terrorists are now targeting the transport systems to cause “lock-down” situations, as in Brussels, inflicting as many casualties and as much disruption as possible.

What should be happening is a security clampdown on all migrants to establish their credentials as well as scrutinising members of the local ethnic communities and ensuring all are eligible to remain and, for those who are not, deported, or, in the case of terrorists, justice must take its course.

Thanks to the human rights brigade, the terrorist groups appear to be gaining ground and, unless firm action is taken, these atrocities, along with the death and destruction, will continue.

David Cameron stated that we will be stronger and our streets safer by remaining in the EU.

What has happened in Paris and now Brussels, as well as the events in Germany on New Year’s Eve, tell a completely different story.

Only leaving the EU can start to make us stronger and once again safer, we will then be in control of our own security matters and doing what is best for Britain and the British people.

Vote for Brexit.

Philip Griffiths

North West President 
UKIP

Puzzle over tree felling

Shopping in the village one hears the most peculiar things.

Strange how when a local man wants to cut down four relatively young conifers, before they become a nuisance, planning permission is denied by the council, but when a builder wants to cut down 40 nearby listed mature trees – each with a number tag attached – the council can’t wait to grant permission.

And what will these trees be replaced by?

Oh, yes, a similar number of small highly manageable sickly saplings that will hardly reach breast high before they conveniently fade and die thus clearing the land... It’ll all come to pass, just wait and see.

Joseph G Dawson, Withnell, Chorley

Renwicks’ clocks and watches

Re: Shops in Church Street – Past Years.

In regard to the letters published recently in relation to the above, my father (Philip Seddon), who was a watchmaker, was employed at Renwicks (Jewellers) until his early death in 1952.

I can no longer remember the number of the shop but, going away from town, it was about three quarters the way down, on the left hand side.

I was taken to the shop once, as a little girl, possibly about 1946/7. Even as a child I can remember it was very old- fashioned, very Edwardian.

I was taken through the shop, all huge wood and glass display cases and a long glass counter, manned by Mr Renwick’s sister, then an elderly lady. Behind the shop was a large lounge, very dark and gloomy.

I can remember a fireplace, a sideboard and a suite of furniture in dark wood and dark green velvet.

There was a sofa with a strange shaped back, chaise lounge, chairs, and stools.

On reflection, it was probably a seven­-piece suite.

At the back of the room was a window which looked onto the yard, so when the shops were built, the residents obviously lived on the premises.

At the rear of the lounge (would it then have been called a sitting room?) was a scullery – I won’t glorify it with the description of kitchen.

This had an old gas stove (I think!) and a stone sink.

Outside, at the end of the yard was a wooden cabin, the width of the yard, on huge stilts, with steps leading up to the workshop.

I was used to dad bringing home watches and clocks to ‘test’ and repair, but this was something else.

Every available wall and worktop space was full of clocks and watches, whirring, ticking, striking.

I was instructed ‘not to touch anything’ as he knew where everything was.

Many years later, a property across the road was knocked down and you could see into the neighbouring yard, where, to my surprise, was an identical workshop to the one at Renwicks.

When Renwicks eventually was sold, I debated with myself whether I should obtain a key and have a last look round. In the end I left it to the memory I had when I was a little girl.

Maureen Costello, Walton-­le-­Dale