Readers’ letters - September 29

Proposals for Garstang (above) and Nateby seem to lack research says a reader
Proposals for Garstang (above) and Nateby seem to lack research says a reader
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No care taken with plans

The rationale for the 500 houses proposed for Nateby were reportedly advanced with the usual chat-up lines: housing shortage; affordable housing; jobs for the area; turning us into a thriving community and so on.

All very altruistic but perhaps the decision takers would like to be rather more specific as to precisely how many jobs and how much the local economy is likely to grow as a result of this development, and include a published projection of the expected profits so we can all assess the extent of this altruism.

At a conservative estimate, such development means more than a thousand extra people requiring access to all the usual facilities: schools, doctors, shopping, services and car parking.

Could we be advised how much research and planning has been undertaken in this regard?

Talking of car parking, it is interesting that, at the other end of town, there is a planned reduction of parking capacity.

This is because the old council offices are to be sold off because they are apparently an underperforming asset (arguably a rather dubious proposition).

But is the car park also an underperforming asset?

And have the effects of traffic on the high street, which normally heads north from the car park, and is now being directed through it, been assessed (perhaps our first traffic lights)?

To say nothing of the impact on visitors to our town, who will no longer get the benefit of the open vista of the Fells and handy access to the riverside walks and picnic areas.

Perhaps we could have some hard-costed reassurances on these points?

Garstang is a fine town with considerable charm, character and history. These proposals represent major surgery and like all surgery should be approached with care, precision, competence and with the best long-term interest of those affected in mind. Not, as it seems to me, with all the insouciance of an elephant running amok in a bread roll factory!

Name and address supplied

Diesel is the real pollutant

For years the wind industry and the Greens have had the misguided obsession of telling us all to lower harmless carbon dioxide, yet totalling ignoring the higher emissions of harmful and the very real health-threatening nitrogen oxide gasses. Make no mistake, for without carbon dioxide there would be no life, as we know it, on our planet. The Continentals know the worth of carbon dioxide by pumping this gas into their greenhouses to enhance plant growth!

At last it has all now been exposed by the scandal of VW (of all companies) and readers should recognise that diesel fumes contain a cocktail of more than 40 toxic pollutants from the cancer-causing benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde to the tiny sooty particulates and nitrogen oxides – compared to petrol engines, diesels produce 22 times as many particulates, and far more nitrogen oxides.

Thus the exposure truly shows the idiocy behind the Kyoto protocol in 1997 and the commitment to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to combat so-called global warming.

Where was the commitment to reduce diesel pollution?

Dave Haskell, address supplied

What about help nearer to home?

Regarding refugees, will somebody within Preston council tell the people of Preston how many families etc, are still waiting to be re-homed?

And how many will be housed before the so-called refugees?

One housing project near us where people need re-housing is Millbank Court, Edmund Street.

Mr Simpson, Preston

Support the Poppy Appeal

I am writing to you as Chorley’s First Citizen to ask for support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

Their welfare services this year have seen over £1.3m a week spent on a variety of services, from helping a young widow through an inquest to ensuring that an older veteran can stay

independent in their own home.

Last year, the Poppy Appeal received generous support from the public, raising more than £45m.

This year’s appeal begins on October 24 and I write to seek the continued support from

the local community.

Coun Marion Lowe, Mayor of Chorley

Nothing but praise for RLI

I would like to pass on a few words regarding the A&E and Ward 39 at The Royal Lancaster Infirmary. I was taken there by my family as having a suspected stroke on September 15.

The attention and the treatment I received during my stay was excellent and very thorough, from arriving and then my admission to Ward 39, from the consultants, nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and, of course, the domestics who very rarely get a mention.

Luckily it was a TIA (mini stroke). I cannot thank the staff enough. The RLI gets criticised but I have nothing but praise for them.

Many, many thanks and I am on the road to recovery.

A final thanks to all my colleagues at Slyne Road community therapy, I will hopefully be back with you soon.

D Holden, Heysham

Confusion over traffic signals

Intriguing, but perhaps not so surprising. One department at County Hall closes Skerton School here in Lancaster in July, but another department keeps the lights flashing on Owen Road during September and thereby restricts the flow of traffic to 20mph. Is this an example of that “left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing” syndrome?

Gordon Arkwright, Morecambe