Readers’ Letters Wednesday July 22

A correspondent says Stephen Hawking's proposal to find alien life is a waste of money. See letter

A correspondent says Stephen Hawking's proposal to find alien life is a waste of money. See letter

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No point looking for aliens

It is sad to learn that Stephen Hawking is organising a multi- million pound scientific project, and is wasting a considerable amount of money which could be used for more profitable purposes rather than looking for evidence of other intelligences who are perhaps attempting to contact us from elsewhere in the universe.

If he weren’t such a dedicated atheist, he would perhaps be aware that the prophet Moses, many centuries ago in an interview with the Creator, asked for information about these other creations, but was firmly told that only information about this world would be revealed to him.

The implication being that such other worlds, containing the Heavenly Father’s children, may well exist, but they are not required to contact us, or we them.

These distances, measured in light years, separate us from other galaxies and, together with our restricted lifespans, make any such contact totally impractical, which is why our Creator in His infinite wisdom has designed this separation.

The recent reawakening of the spacecraft we sent out many years ago reporting on the presence of the planet Pluto (which is still in our Solar System) is itself a considerable scientific achievement, but nevertheless illustrates the extent of the vast distances and time involved.

The other imponderable is how advanced these other civilisations (which I’m sure do exist) are compared to us and why we should assume that they are actively seeking to contact us.

Perhaps it has been revealed to them what a mess we are presently making of our own planet and they should therefore forbear from attempting any contact with us as ‘undesirables’.

I’m sure that it is mainly morbid curiosity that drives scientists, many of them atheists like Hawking (funded by a Russian multi-millionaire oligarch), to seek answers to such questions, instead of seeking to learn for themselves what has already been revealed of the real reason for our comparatively short life here on Earth.

E J Tilley, Chorley

Are we being left in the dark?

Are residents being left in the dark over the latest housing development? The residents of Northern Avenue and Smithy Lane, Much Hoole, are to face yet more building work if housing plans get the go-ahead.

The applicant behind this latest plan is Much Hoole Parish Council. It plans to demolish the current Hoole Scout Hut complex and build a number of houses on the site.

I only found out about these plans by accident.

When I was walking past the Hoole Scout Hut, I spotted the one and only rather ambiguous South Ribble BC Notice of Planning Application.

It was stuck to a lamp post and part hidden in the hedging outside of the Scout Hut.

On further digging on the internet, I found out via the SRBC website that four three-bedroom detached houses are to be built on the site.

This will mean the loss of the current Hoole Scout Hut, along with the designated car parking area for the recently completed Hoole Cycle Track, that was agreed when plans to build the cycle track were approved by SRBC planning committee.

The complete lack of publicity shown by Much Hoole Parish Council regarding these plans to build houses on this site is in stark contrast to the publicity for the recently held Much Hoole Spring Fair.

Every lamp post in Hoole had a poster stuck to it, along with multiple leaflet drops asking residents to support the spring fair and dig deep to raise funds towards the new village 
hall.

One thing is for sure, the views of residents affected by this development will be ignored by the powers-that-be!

I S Houghton, Much Hoole

System needs to be changed

At a time when the parents of about 80,000 pupils have learned that they have not got their first choice of school, it comes as no surprise to learn that almost 188,000 of the 695,000 UK births in 2014 were to migrant mums.

The figure has more than doubled since 1997 when Tony Blair introduced New Labour’s open-door immigration policy. And it is expected to rise as high as one-in-three births by 2021.

We need much tighter immigration controls, our country is bursting at the seams and our

infrastructure is struggling to keep up with demand.

It has recently emerged that net migration has soared by 50 per cent in a year to 318,000 – the highest level for a decade.

We just cannot go on like this.

We need to leave the EU and introduce an Australian-style points system for immigrants so that we have control over who lives here and brings the skills we need to grow our economy.

We owe it to our children who are already being affected by the over-demand for school places.

Louise Bours, North West UKIP MEP

Where are Rolls of Honour?

I attended Chorley Grammar School between 1948 and 1955.

In the Assembly Room were two Rolls of Honour Boards, one to commemorate academic achievement and the other to remember those fallen in conflict.

They were large, about 6ft high, in oak, with gold lettering.

Nobody knows where they are now, not in the library or at Parklands. Does anyone know?

Geoff Snape via email

Help with a family quest

Regarding your correspondent M Dixon, who was searching for siblings via LEP Letters (LEP July 17), an initial search reveals her father married a Patricia Russell in Lostock Hall in 1966, with a subsequent child, Catherine, in 1968.

There are four Anyons in the greater Preston telephone book.

More personal details by your correspondent could open further avenues and success in the quest.

Stewart McLoughlin

Vice Chair Preston Branch Family History and Heraldry Society