readers’ letters - October 13

Members of the winning 1965 English Martyrs Juniors team met up at a special reunion
Members of the winning 1965 English Martyrs Juniors team met up at a special reunion
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Delays to school expansion

Lancashire County Council is currently in the process of developing a scheme to expand Primrose Hill school in Euxton.

A planning application was submitted on June 9, and asked for comments, and the planning application was due to be considered by the development control committee in October.

However, because of residents’ objections relating to the extra traffic that will be generated by the expansion, this has created a delay as planning will suggest a site visit to the area is necessary.

I welcome the site visit as those making the final decision need to witness what the school, residents and myself – as the area’s county councillor – have known for years is a big problem and this needs to be addressed.

This centres around the road safety issues and nuisance created by traffic dropping off and collecting at the beginning and at the end of the school days on Primrose Hill Road.

Primrose Hill Road is in a residential area that was just not built for the current amount of traffic, never mind future traffic when expansion to two form entry occurs!

I’ve visited the area with the Lancashire road safety team on many occasions to observe the situation, which is a big safety issue constantly raised by residents and parents.

I have now been informed that, although LCC Highways has not objected to the proposal, it does suggest some highway improvement works are carried out.

In order for the new accommodation to be complete in time for September 2016, construction work needed to start on site during October half term this year.

This now looks unlikely to happen due to the delays, so I am asking LCC what it intends to do about getting the expansion built and ready by September 2016 and meeting residents’ concerns.

Both issues need addressing as quickly as possible so every-one can see progress made.

County Coun Mark Perks, Chorley North

Sandy Lane or dirty lane?

The developers in the area of Cottam and Higher Bartle are supposed to be keeping our lanes clean.

But when I decided to walk to the post office on the afternoon of Thursday, October 8, Sandy Lane was covered with mud. It was slippy underfoot and cars, speeding along the lane, were spraying mud everywhere.

Had I been hit by the spray, my clothing would have been ruined. My shoes were covered in this sticky mud.

These developers have no consideration for the existing residents whatsoever.

They have stripped us of all our privileges of enjoying the once beautiful countryside, and of being able to walk freely and enjoy the area.

Driving has also become a hazard. The HGV traffic will not slow down on the lanes.

I dread to think what we are going to have to deal with when the nights draw in and winter descends upon us.

We don’t even get a respite from the HGV traffic on a Saturday because some Saturdays they are thundering along our lanes.

E. Moon, address supplied

Destroying the rural landscape

Lancashire leads the way with house building in the North West (LEP October 7), or you could say Lancashire leads the way in the destruction of England’s once green and pleasant land.

Or, in a few years, as transport costs rise, you could say Lancashire tops the league in imported food. Or how about Preston tops the league of derelict town centres? With the influx of people for all these new houses, how are they going to be fed? Where are they going to work?

This is nothing more than short-sighted profiteering.

Tigger1200 via lep.co.uk

Thanks to Wilf for our reunion

A word of thanks is due to Wilf Riley for arranging the reunion on Friday, October 9, at the Ale Emporium. This was held to commemorate the Catholic League (Junior) Cup Final, played at Deepdale in 1965, between English Martyrs and St Joseph’s B.

Not an easy task to co-ordinate a meeting like this as it included inviting many local players from the 1960s/70s etc, and many of the players who attended were able to chat about matches and incidents of the past, followed by a hot pot supper.

George Ross, PNE stalwart of the 1964 Cup Final team, was guest of honour, and Wilf managed to “bring the house down” by relating the story of how he had sent an invitation to Sepp Blatter to attend, but the request was returned with a message saying that, as he was unable to open any brown envelopes these days, he couldn’t come. Good one, Wilf.

So 50 years have passed since the final, and it was interesting to find out, from talking to Brian Wilson of St Joseph’s, their team. A photo of the winning English Martyrs team has appeared in the Evening Post, but I and many others never knew the opposition.

Brian, who still turns out to play at 67 years of age, informed me their team was: Bob Rawlinson, Peter Coupe, Brian Wilson, Martin Gee, Jeff Thornton, Harold McLoughlin, John Catterall, Mick Burns, Jack Gough, Harold Bolan and Alan Parry.

Also, one player, who shall remain anonymous, owned up to scoring the “own goal” in the game, so well done to him. Your secret is safe with me! Thanks again, Wilf.

Dennis Higgins, Fulwood

People watching got us in bother

Thank you for that nostalgic picture of the old LEP building (LEP October 10). Those broad windowsills were the lunchtime grandstand for people watching, but it did get us into bother!

We had the barmy idea of making squares of white card with black numbers, and when a pretty girl passed, up went the score. We got many smiles, until a young lady in RAF uniform went past to a whistled chorus of the Dam Busters march, and even though we gave her a big score, she was not amused.

A memo came down from on high, threatening us with sudden death. Shortly after, we were transferred up to Broughton printers. On the whole, death would have been preferable!

Allan Fazackerley via email