Readers’ letters - October 8

The bungalow on Liverpool Road, Penwortham, could have been used for housing says a reader

The bungalow on Liverpool Road, Penwortham, could have been used for housing says a reader

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Wasted chances for housing

At their conference in Manchester, the Conservative Party have been making proposals designed to create more homes.

Whilst there is an argument over whether ownership should be pursued at the expense of the rented sector, there is a consensus that we need more places for people to live.

In Penwortham we have two controversial developments which represent wasted opportunities for achieving this.

As reported in the LEP, a delightful four-bed dwelling at 42 Liverpool Road is to be converted for retail use, plus there is now an application to include a wine bar.

At the old government site on Cop Lane, South Ribble Borough Council granted permission for Sainsbury’s to erect a superstore some years ago.

It has remained derelict ever since, but now Tesco thinks it can make a go of it.

Locals pleaded for this site to be used for housing but the council decided we needed more superstores in addition to those on the docks, in Penwortham and at Bamber Bridge.

Communities need planning decisions by councillors attuned to local opinion, not decisions which assume the money-making developers are always right.

John O’Donnell, Penwortham

Penny for the guy, 5p for a bag

As bonfire night approaches, the cry of “penny for the guy, sir” will be joined by “5p for the bag” as supermarket cashiers throughout the land grapple with the Government’s latest bout of bureaucratic lunacy.

Many people believe that charging for carriers is a good idea.

While that may be so, why do the powers that be need to accompany it with fines for shoppers and supermarkets who do not do as they are ordered?

They way things are going, it will not be too long before school leavers are able to study for a degree in Bag Awareness Psychology, almost inevitably a new civil service quango will come into being, charged with responsibility for overall surveillance of global wrapper distribution statistics, or some equally farcical waste of time and money.

The chief executive of this body (remuneration package in the region of £280,000 per annum) will appear regularly on the Today programme and will in due course receive a knighthood.

I rest my case, having forgotten to bring my bag for life!

Gordon Garment, Chipping

I try to recycle everything I can

I felt I must reply to the letter from the Green Giant (your say, September 30) regarding recycling.

I agree with his comments about plastic packaging. Personally, I recycle everything that I can, especially packaging which has the arrowed triangle symbol.

As for milk, I have had it delivered for the past 46 years and my milkman is very good and reliable.

Looking through the phone book I can only find one dairy listed, which is in Chorley.

I dare say more dairies and milkmen can be found online.

Mrs Smith, Walton-Le-Dale

Petition to help steel plant staff

Readers, please support a petition for the United Kingdom Government to keep the Redcar Steel Plant working, not mothballed.

If you have internet access, please go to www.petition.co.uk, enter the employment section and sign the petition Red Car Steel Plant.

If you do not have internet access please try your local library.

Mr Sharpe, Plymouth

Pensioners won’t forget

The North West’s largest older people’s organisation, the North West Regional Pensioners Association, called on the Taxpayers’ Alliance to apologise for remarks made by its research director, Alex Wild, during a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference.

Mr Wild is reported to have said that the government could cut older people’s benefits such as the winter fuel allowance because many of those affected might “not be around” at the general election or would forget which party had taken the benefit away.

Mr Wild’s remarks are both politically cynical and personally offensive.

It represents some of the most awful ageist nonsense

I’ve heard in a long time.

He doesn’t consider the fact that the winter fuel allowance is essential because every year tens of thousands of older people die from the cold.

Taking it away would just make this worse – but perhaps that’s what he wants.

He also suggests that younger people would support making their grandparents worse

off.

That’s all part of this phoney generation war that the TPA and others like to promote.

Families care about each other, and grandparents often help out their grandchildren where they can.

Contrary to what he suggested, Mr Wild can be sure pensioners won’t be forgetting this in a hurry.

Derek Barton

Press officer for the

NWRPA

Grateful to my kind helpers

During a visit to town on Saturday, September 26, I was taken ill and, after staggering to Tithebarn Street, I was unable to cross the busy road to the bus station.

A young man saw my distress and escorted me to the bus station and sat me down.

Although I was happy to be left there, he went off to get help and did not return.

However, he had informed a police constable who came and, after a few questions, drove me home in the police transport.

I unfortunately did not ask the man for his name nor took note of the officers number.

If I may, I would like to say thank you to them both for their kind assistance.

Bob Duddle via email