Readers’ letters - October 28

John Fishwick & Sons bus depot at Tuer Street, Golden Hill Lane, in Leyland. See letter

John Fishwick & Sons bus depot at Tuer Street, Golden Hill Lane, in Leyland. See letter

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Bad news for competition

I too, just like other members of the community, was very sorry to learn of the ending of bus/coach services operations by John Fishwick & Sons.

This now will, no doubt, leave an opening for big bus and coach operators to become larger and eventually, if not already, become a monopoly within the network, and becoming an uncontrollable giant in the business world of public transport.

I, for one, believe that the privatisation of public transport has become a failed policy of central government in removing the overall financial and general control by the local city and district councils.

Since the 1990s, John Fishwick & Sons is not the only bus operator to face closure of its operation within the United Kingdom.

Another example locally is Preston Bus.

No doubt the community of Preston will recall Stagecoach had applied to Lancashire County Council to take over the financially struggling Preston Bus company.

However, as it transpires, Rotala provided a solution and allowed the Preston Bus company to continue trading.

However, the sad fact is that the vast majority of bus companies are no longer independent service operators.

I feel, in the future, the multi-national companies may also start to have some problems due to the sheer scale of the operations.

It is also a fact that, in other types of business, such as retail services, they are struggling to remain in business due to the poorly managed policies of our central government.

Another factor for bus/train companies is the intervention of the private car. The economics of revenue for public transport must be less than that of the sales of the car industry.

I believe the only way forward in future years is firstly, for more members of the public to use public transport where possible.

And secondly, a percentage of the council tax should be required to supervise bus/train operations.

It is also a fact that too many business directors/managers of massive companies/corporations are, and have, become millionaires out of the labour of their employees in the past and this may still be the case.

This government needs to bring about a fairer society and bring back British manufacturing, thus creating millions of jobs, even if initially it has to kick start it with public money.

Name and address supplied

Memories of green buses


I am so sorry to hear of the closure of those lovely green buses which filled me with delight when I arrived at Preston Train Station from London for my summer holidays in Lostock Hall.

My day was complete if my dear Uncle Jack Hunt was the driver of our bus.

Oh, and that tiny little bus station in Fox Street!

However did those drivers steer the bus in without knocking down the red brick walls?

Only memories now!

Mgt via email

What will the penalty be?

While having to admit that many small employers may not be able to afford paying the so-called living wage, I don’t suppose many are surprised to learn hundreds of those capable are to be named and shamed, as they put it, for not conforming.

I’d just be interested to know what the government intends to do about it!

Or will it be just a slap on the wrist, like members of their own establishment who ‘fiddled their expenses’ or have money in off-shore accounts to evade their liabilities?

As for the attack on tax credits, if employers making large profits were made to meet up with their obligations, the need to pay tax credits would become extinct.

Ernest Lundy via email

EU is ‘expensive and outdated’

Despite the fact that most people would prefer to be governed by their own democratically elected government, the EU never stops its self-promotional machine, spending at least £500m a year extolling its virtues.

Now that the referendum campaigns have started, they are aiming their propaganda at our farmers, forcing them to display permanent bill boards publicising that they have received EU grants, so that they can be seen by the public, and if they refuse they will have the money clawed back.

As the UK is a net contributor to this outlandishly expensive club, it is our own taxpayers’ money coming back as part of our rebate and we are then told by the EU what we can spend it on (even if we don’t want or need it).

This is just another example of how the EU is becoming more undemocratic in their desperate battle to keep us shackled to the European project.

If we were not EU members, we would be able to provide our farmers and other industries with grants, without the need to display signs. It is definitely time we voted to leave this expensive and outdated institution.

Philip Griffiths,

North West President, UKIP (UK

Independence Party)

Far too early for TV festive ads

I’m dreading the Christmas adverts by major companies getting ready to invade our TV screens. Please, am I the only one who wishes they’d leave all their Christmas TV adverts until the month of December? I wouldn’t have any problems with that.

Even my TV is getting worried and experiencing ‘channel-hopping anxiety’, as it is only a matter of time before these intrusive Christmas adverts start. And at the same time as Halloween! Trick or Treat? Help Me... Please!

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool