Readers’ letters - October 16

Part of the north Lancaster greenbelt. The council should use brownfield sites first of all says a correspondent. See letter

Part of the north Lancaster greenbelt. The council should use brownfield sites first of all says a correspondent. See letter

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Build on brownfield instead

We were shocked and dismayed to find that Lancaster City Council is considering building on precious greenbelt land to fulfil its housing requirement needs.

Only last year local residents were consulted and objected to this idea. What is the point of holding a consultation only to ignore its outcome? Is talking to the public just a box ticking exercise?

Sadly more and more of us are coming to believe there is a pre-set agenda here. Shouldn’t the council listen, not dictate, to those it says it represents?

By proposing to build on greenbelt land, the council is flying in the face of central government policy which states: “Unmet housing need is unlikely to outweigh the harm done to the greenbelt”, and David Cameron himself stated: “I am a countryman and I will protect the greenbelt”.

Instead of building over the countryside, the council should use initially brownfield sites to fulfil its housing need and focus (as the government says) development on existing urban centres.

Land to the south of Lancaster has no greenbelt restrictions and excellent access to the M6 and city centre.

Greenbelt land to the north of the city has already been gobbled up at an alarming rate for the Heysham link road and now the council seeks to eat away at more of it to destroy the rural beauty of the area forever.

By proposing to build over the fields between Slyne and Bolton-le-Sands, the council is ignoring the top planning document in the country, the NPPF, which states that greenbelt serves to check unrestricted sprawl of urban areas, to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another.

This is exactly what would happen.

Nor is this a sustainable location, another key criterion of the NPPF.

Five hundred additional homes would generate realistically 1,000 extra cars and 1,000 plus extra people.

There are no large shops nearby, the local schools are full, there is no large employer in the immediate vicinity, the bus service would not cope.

We should be responsible with the countryside by retaining our greenbelt, look, as government policy suggest, to brown field sites and recycling of urban land.

We need homes but we mustn’t and don’t need to sacrifice the countryside.

Save our Villages, Save our Greenbelt Campaign

‘Improvements’ made it worse

I would like to congratulate Lancashire County Council on the unmitigated disaster that is the Stancliffe Lane Roundabout improvements on the A582 in Lostock Hall.

It really takes some going to end an occasional quarter mile queue from the A5083 (Stancliffe Lane) and spend millions to create a daily two- mile queue.

It stretches from the roundabout down the A582 (Lostock Lane), through to the roundabout with the A6, and 
a further mile down the M65.

Now the small problem on a non-essential road has been turned into a major bottleneck on the three main transport arteries of South Ribble (A582, A6, M65).

God help us when the A582 becomes a dual carriage and the council works its magic on the other roundabouts in the 
area.

The local residents await the outcome of the current ‘improvements’ to the signalling mess that is the Tardy Gate end of Brownedge Lane.

Heaven forbid if they actually start work on the Carwood Road/The Causey link road, and for once tackle the bottleneck problems in the area after the building of hundreds of homes without a thought to transport infrastructure.

Shaun Fielding

Lostock Hall

Charity bags are left uncollected

Since the beginning of October, I have received various bags for donations of clothes etc to raise funds for charities.

The bags are posted through every door with the date they are to be collected. They also include phone numbers.

The 0845 phone numbers given on the bags are never answered, and the dates of when they should be collected aren’t correct as they never come to collect them.

Unfortunately, throughout many areas, the bags remain uncollected for so long that people put them in bins.

The cost of putting bags through every door, in every town, must be very high!

Also the cost of manufacturing them, and printing costs, must be enormous. This practice must be wasting time, money and effort with no return.

It is obvious these charities are paying these people to collect them which they don’t do.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the age when unreliability is the norm, and people, in good faith, save and collect these items, which are never collected.

The money which could have been given to the charities never gets to them because these bags are never collected.

Mrs Marguerite Ralphs, Leyland

Tim’s from Lostock Hall

Please ease my mind that I wasn’t having a senior moment.

When Jeremy Corbyn was being considered as new Labour leader, a few weeks ago, I was sure your paper stated that he was brought up in Lostock Hall and went to Lostock Hall High School.

But last night I was made to feel as if I was going mad. He’s from London and lived in a mansion! I heard an interview where he said he lived in a road overlooking a gasworks.

Name and Address supplied

LEP note: It was Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, who is from Lostock Hall and went to Lostock Hall High School.

Coffee morning fundraiser

A coffee morning was held in Hoghton by Jackie Butterworth and Dorothy Hitchen in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It raised £601. Thanks.

Mrs P.A.Mackenzie via email