Readers’ letters - November 26

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Put people before profit

I am writing to express my concerns about the impending closure of Booths supermarket at Lane Ends, Ashton.

This supermarket has been serving the needs of its local community for decades but is soon to be closed and sold.

Now, I know Booths seems to be only interested in profit and not the needs of a local community, but does it not have a social responsibility as well?

Do you just suck the money out of people then abandon them when times get slightly tougher?

That responsibility extends not only to the customers but also to the loyal, caring and hard-working staff it employs which perhaps it does not deserve.

My elderly mother is still able to walk to Booths, do her shopping and walk back again.

This gives her chance to exercise and have social contact.

Without Booths, she would have to walk much further which, sadly, I do not think she is capable of.

This will lead to increased social isolation and a deterioration in her physical and mental health.

Booths, although not a cheap supermarket, has been selling quality produce for a long time and people, especially local, elderly people, have come to depend on it.

A member of staff told me Booths is not prepared to spend money on the store as it wants major shops like the one at Fulwood.

I think it is short-sighted and Booths will regret it.

Most other supermarkets seem to be doing the opposite and opening smaller, local stores.

Could Booths not use what’s left of its imagination and expand the Lane Ends store upwards and build another floor or outwards?

Forget the car park, people would sooner have a supermarket than a few parking places.

Shame on you Booths. Put people before profit. I will no longer be shopping in any Booths supermarkets if it treats its customers and staff this way.

H Fishswinger, Ashton, Preston

‘Dark Days’ will affect many

With reference to the article Dark Days (LEP November 13), it seems the only way for employees to find out about the financial outlook is to read this newspaper.

It is hardly surprising that Lancashire County Council has had to make devastating cutbacks due to the austerity measures implemented by the current Government.

However, in recent years, LCC has spent an absurd amount of taxpayers’ money by sending all employees on worthless time- wasting courses.

These courses relate to Health and Wellbeing and have no relation or benefit to somebody’s ability to carry out their daily duties, as listed in their job description.

All these courses are funded by the taxpayer.

Of course I do not condone this type of thing, but I do feel that money-wasting agendas such as these do not contribute greatly to the overall financial situation that the authority now finds itself in.

Just over a year ago, this newspaper reported that the One Connect Limited partnership between LCC and BT was to be scrapped. Not one employee affected was notified.

Again this was a huge embarrassment to LCC.

As it stands, the decision on cutbacks has to be formally announced this week.

There will be many redundancies, which the workforce has acknowledged.

However, one thing is for sure, they won’t be cutting back on the pen-pushers or paper- shufflers (management).

In the meantime if the Lancashire Evening Post hears anything regarding the up and coming authority restructure before the staff are notified, please do let us know!

Anonymous employee

Memories of the runabout

Readers may recall the days of the introduction of the Pound Runabout ticket for one week, by British Rail combined with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Boat Company.

This was very popular, particularly in the 1950s period.

This was before travelling abroad by aeroplane became the norm in the summer holidays.

Like many other children of my generation, I often travelled with my parents to Fleetwood Harbour by train to board the Isle of Man boat.

The platform of the railway line was right along the dockside.

The Steam Packet also ran from Heysham and Liverpool locally.

The railway line to Fleetwood was terminated in later years, very sadly.

The photo in Looking Back reveals the S.S Snaefell in the 1950s. On researching the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, other main passenger ships of this period readers may well recall travelling aboard were as follows: Ben ‘y’ McRee, Lady of Man, Mona’s Isle, Mona’s Queen, Tynwald, Manxman, Manx Maid, Victoria, King Orry and The Viking.

Memories vividly remain of these happier times after the war years, and travelling on these passenger ships to the Isle of Man was a delight.

This Pound Runabout was indeed good value at that time, and was taken advantage of by many families as I recall.

Now it is just a piece of our historical past.

John Siddall

Fulwood (Historian)

An absolute gentleman

In the midst of the tributes to our French brothers and sisters, we should not overlook the passing of Jonah Lomu. A great rugby player taken far too soon. I watched an interview. What an absolute gentleman! I hope his soul rests in absolute peace.

Jack Banner via email

Remember on November 11

I don’t see why there needs to be a separate period of

silence after every major disaster. It detracts from the acts of remembrance on November 11. Terrorism is another type of war whose victims can be recalled on those November days.

Tim Micklbeurgh, address supplied