Readers’ letters - Thursday, December 1

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Stop destroying our countryside

Re: Planning application to build 450 houses at Yew Tree Farm, Coppull Hall Lane, Coppull.

Stop this blight of our countryside. England’s green and pleasant land is under threat as never before.

Over decades, with urbanisation pushing out from cities and towns, all that kept the countryside from being concreted over was the green belt, the rural ‘lung’ which provides a precious space for the whole nation to enjoy.

But nothing is sacred to this Government or local councils.

A terrible price will be paid though, as fields, trees and hedges vanish forever.

The landscape will be irrevocably changed as cities run into each other, with not a blade of greenery between them.

Having a home of your own is wonderful.

But so is living in a land where you are never far from the beautiful countryside.

Carol Owen

Coppull

What were the reasons?

An open letter to whom it may concern.

We are told that, in an effort to find staff to enable our A & E department at Chorley Hospital to re-open, our local hospital Trust has received over 150 CVs, resulting in 12 job offers being made.

However, to date, all the applicants involved have declined the jobs offered!

In my early years, whenever I applied for a job and was unsuccessful, I was told to ask the reason why.

Armed with this information I would improve my chances for further job applications. This was certainly good advice.

Surely this should now be applied to the job offers which have been turned down with the local Trust?

If the Trust ask those who have refused positions offered to them, they will know the reasons why this has occurred. Hopefully, jobs can then be offered in a more acceptable manner and these positions filled without further delays.

The question is, has this been done? If not, why not?

Answers please, without further delays or excuses.

Graham Archer

Chorley

Neon sign is illiterate

Following on from my letter complaining about Preston Council’s plan to erect a giant neon sign across the front of the Harris Museum proclaiming Everything will be alright, I discover that most style guides to English frown on ‘alright’.

The Guardian Stylebook says: “All right is right; alright is not all right”. Fowler’s Modern English Usage advises that: “The words should always be written separate; there are no such forms as all-right or alright.”

Bill Bryson declares that ‘alright’ should ‘never appear in serious writing’.

Not only is the council’s planned neon sign insensitive, costly, and damaging but it’s also illiterate.

Preston Council will become a laughing stock if they approve the neon sign.

Aidan Turner-Bishop

Frenchwood

Holiday trip of a lifetime

Memories of Concorde flying to New York on October 18, 1986 – when the Lancashire Evening Post was 100 years old and 100 North West passengers were on that flight including me and my husband, Doreen and Alan Rigby of Bamber Bridge, who won the holiday!

It was the first prize in the LEP Centenary Draw in aid of the Scanner Appeal for Royal Preston Hospital.

We returned to the UK by QE2 and it was certainly the holiday of a lifetime!

Ann Hankin from the LEP was our guide throughout the trip.

Doreen Rigby

via email

If Ann sees this letter and would like to get in touch with Doreen to catch up with memories, please ring

the Lancashire Evening Post on 01772 554537 or email lepforum@lep.co.uk and we will pass your details on.

Lucky to have our hospital

Longridge Hospital is a great asset to our local community and I feel I should express how lucky we are to have this on our doorstep.

Following my father-in-law’s recent stay there, I cannot fault the excellent care which was shown to him and the rest of our family.

Whether it be through cups of tea, keeping us fed, words of kindness or a meaningful hug.

All of the staff were fantastic and I know, as a family, we could not have got through a difficult time without their dedication, skill and care. So on behalf of my father-in-law and family, I would like to say a great big “thank you” to all of them, and hope they get continued financial support so we do not lose this brilliant and vital service.

Joanne Slater

via email

Terms will be astronomical

No point in MPs scrutinising Britain’s Brexit proposals because these will be automatically thrown out by EU fury at the prospect of losing their second-biggest paymaster. The terms which they will seek to impose will be astronomical, and what we shall have to do is to face down those impossibilities.

Arthur Quarmby via email