Readers’ letters - October 6

The Royal Preston Hospital car park. The issue of staff and visitors parking in nearby streets may not be resolved soon says a reader
The Royal Preston Hospital car park. The issue of staff and visitors parking in nearby streets may not be resolved soon says a reader
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Don’t expect too much

I would suggest that the “Excited Residents, Fulwood” (LEP Letters September 24), don’t get their hopes up too high.

I too went to the meeting at Royal Preston Hospital on July 8, and, as I said at that meeting, I had previously received correspondence from the Lancashire Highways Services director.

The correspondence stated: “The current position is that we are awaiting the outcome of the latest planning application at Royal Preston Hospital before considering any more traffic regulation orders in the area as it is unsustainable to incrementally introduce parking restrictions which simply move the parking problem.

“The problem of hospital staff parking in the surrounding streets is recognised and the county council has made clear and firm recommendations to the hospital’s management that it takes the problem of on-street parking and the impact on residential amenity into account as part of the current planning application and delivers a robust travel plan as part of the latest submission.

“We are waiting on the outcome of the planning application and, if approved, will reconsider any further measures in the area once we have had the opportunity to monitor the success of any new arrangements”.

That could mean that no further parking restrictions will be in force until the new car park has been built, whenever that may be.

At that same meeting there was talk of considerable costs to the hospital.

Having previously made a freedom of information request, I can tell you that, so far, it has cost Preston Council taxpayers more than £33,000 in yellow lines and parking restrictions because of hospital staff parking on nearby streets.

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There are rules for charities

Darryl Ashton raised two important points in his letter, A time and place for donations (LEP September 28), the behaviour of fundraisers and when (if ever) is it appropriate to ask for a donation?

Charities rely on the voluntary support of the public to be able to provide services for their beneficiaries.

But the evidence shows that people are only likely to give if asked.

That “ask” might be from a friend, family member or fundraiser, but it is vital 
for charities to encourage people to come forward and 
donate.

Nonetheless, people should not feel unduly pressured to donate.

The Public Fundraising Association work closely with more than 100 local authorities to monitor fundraisers employed by charities and agencies and ensure they comply with this requirement on the high street.

We also have a mystery shopping programme that spot-checks this and other aspects of their behaviour.

The PFRA rule book is very clear that fundraisers cannot dishonestly, manipulatively or deliberately use guilt.

This is an important protection for the public.

Where a fundraiser is found to break our rules, the PFRA has powers to fine the relevant charity or agency they work with.

As a member of the public, if you would like to make a formal complaint about any aspect of a fundraiser’s behaviour, we would recommend that you speak to the charity concerned in the first 
instance.

If you are not satisfied with this response, then please contact the Fundraising Standards Board on 0333 321 8803.

Zoe Mayers,

Policy and Communications 
Officer, The Public Fundraising Association

Memories of rugby games

I apologise to Val Andrews (LEP September 30) for not stating which code of rugby I meant, but since I was talking about the current World Cup, it was, I thought, self-evident.

But that was never the point. I was comparing the behaviour of the players of the round ball game to those of the oval ball game.

I watch both codes of rugby, and in the days of my loan to the Wigan Post, sportswriter Eric Thompson gave me a ticket for Central Park, but I had to be back for the press run, which made me an expert on the first half of Wigan home games! Now that was a long time ago – the days of Billy Boston and Eric Ashton, great players. So, which sport do I like the most? Cricket actually.

Allan Fazackerley via email

Healey changed view on Trident

I read with interest the letter from Mr Clayton (LEP letters October 1) in which he describes Denis Healey and uses a quote from him to defend the renewal of the Trident programme.

He might be interested in a latter quote from Healey (2009) in which he states: “My view, and I say this as an ex-defence secretary, is that we ought to cut defence spending.

“I can see no point in the Trident programme, for example.

“It doesn’t affect the war in Afghanistan. The wars we get involved in are not wars between countries, they are wars inside countries.”

As Mr Clayton says, Healey was the finest ever Defence Secretary.

Robert Boswell via email

Meet up with old classmates

The Preston-based Park School Old Girls’ Association is holding this year’s reunion on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, Bowgreave Drive, Garstang, (7pm for 7.30pm).

The evening will be an informal buffet supper.

We are also having a coffee morning on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Garstang Golf Club, from 10.30am to noon, when husbands, partners and friends are also welcome to join us.

If any Park School Old Girl would like to attend any occasion please get in touch with me or phone Eileen Rawsthorne 01772 823327.

Lynne Cowperthwaite nee Lavender, Ingol, Preston (Tel. 01772 732200)

email lynnecowp@btinternet.com