'Change to TV licence just won't happen'

Letters: Many over-75s are concerned about the proposal that they should pay for a TV licence.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th November 2018, 2:03 pm
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 3:09 pm
Many over-75s are concerned about the proposal that they should pay for a TV licence says a correspondent
Many over-75s are concerned about the proposal that they should pay for a TV licence says a correspondent

Bearing in mind that we ‘oldies’ are most likely to vote, why would the politicians wish to commit political suicide?

Remember that we’re the 60s generation. We have the ability and time to organise. What are our ‘leaders’ to do when they discover that many of us can’t pay, and more of us won’t? Arrest us all? Chuck us in jail?

If they did, we’d be able to watch programmes for free anyway.

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So don’t worry, it’s not going to happen.

The idea will be quietly dropped, and the BBC will have to find some other way of funding the salaries of the ex-public school ‘presenters’, ‘gardeners’, and ‘adventurers’ who didn’t go into politics.

G Cooper

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So the BBC is thinking of removing free TV licences for the over-75s.

What a travesty this would be.

Many older people rely on TV for companionship, particularly in this day and age when many families live far apart and visit rarely.

Why not take a few thousand pounds from so-called celebrities such as Graham Norton and Gary Lineker?

I’m sure money could easily be made from such modest cuts of enormous salaries without depriving older people of their best friends.

Hilary Andrews

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Speed humps in wrong place

Re: New road calming in Cottam. What on earth are the local authorities thinking of in their latest venture of speed bumps and humps along Cottam Way?

What a ridiculous assortment of obstacles they have created, none of which can be approached safely at anything like the speed limit.

I shall be the first to make a claim when my car’s suspension etc is compromised.

I can understand the concern for speeding to be tackled but this is absurd.

I dread to think of the cost involved.

Traffic lights are a must but this is a main road and, as such, anyone crossing it should be aware.

A much better idea would be to install a few near Lea Endowed school. They are certainly needed there.

The speed motorists drive past at all times is reckless.

I despair.



Pav’s insights helpful to us all

I was thrilled to bits to read about Pav Akhtar in Saturday’s Post (Top of the crop, LP November 3).

It was moving to read about his recognition of the care and support he received while in a local authority children’s care home.

It makes me proud to be a Prestonian.

I’m so glad to be associated with a Moor Park lad who has struggled and made it to the top.

Pav Akhtar knows the issues he is dealing with through and through.

In fact, we’re all dealing with them day by day, and the insights, sensitivity and clarity he brings are helpful to us all.

LGBT+ friends experiencing the realities of injustice and abuse will be strengthened by Pav Akhtar’s advice.

I salute his integrity, experience and endurance.

Pete Johnstone



What about

the starlings?

I’d like to bring it to your readers’ attention that it looks like work has begun around the Adelphi roundabout in Preston city centre.

For many years, starlings have roosted on a regular basis in a large leylandii tree, which is situated opposite the Adelphi pub.

We all know that the starling population is in sharp decline.

Will UCLan be contributing to the decline of the starling population by removing this tree when building work starts in earnest?



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city centre

Preston started from a low point

Re: Preston has been named the most improved city in the UK (LP November 1).

To this good news, I say “Hmm, considering the amount of money being spent on the city centre and on roads around the periphery, it should


However, Preston is starting from a very low point and the proof of the investments need to seen over the next five to 10 years, so watch this space to see if it climbs from 14th as a desirable city to live near in the UK.

Here’s hoping.

Roger Morgan

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