Readers' letters - May 9

Road signs are being ignored by motorists

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 5:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 5:51 pm
Broughton crossroads

Re: Broughton crossroads. Can no one understand road signs?

Since the bypass opened last October, there is a group of people who do not read road signs.

They ignore the Give Way, No Trucks except Access and 20mph signs...

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They hurtle up or down Garstang Road and ignore the crossroads that are well signed.

They just carry on and, as a result, lots of cars of law-abiding drivers, who are passing east to west on the B road, get hit.

I hope they are not locals, as some sat navs still have the incorrect route, but I would have thought that most people have at some point passed their driving test and know the Highway Code.

The works start shortly on the road to narrow it, enhance the village and give the Guild Wheel its own lane but, until they start, do we have to put up with these bad drivers?

Bringing back the traffic lights will not make any difference except to delay the east west traffic, but enforcement of the speed limits, the give way signs and the trucks going through would.

BUT, more importantly, we need the car drivers to

be sensible and obey the signs.

Our city councillors and Coun Iddon, the county cabinet member, have done all they can.

Pat Hastings

via email


Come and help us help nature

Readers are cordially invited to the membership launch of Grimsargh Wetlands Trust on Thursday, May 31, 7.30pm at Grimsargh Club.

Grimsargh Wetlands is a new and exciting nature reserve, situated on the outskirts of Preston, and is of regional importance for its wintering wildfowl, breeding birds, flora and fauna.

Membership of Grimsargh Wetlands Trust offers you the opportunity to become part of a newly formed charity that is seeking to conserve, protect and improve The Wetlands for Grimsargh.

As members, you will receive certain benefits, including: guided walks of The Wetlands; regular email updates; a free car sticker; the chance to purchase Grimsargh Wetlands merchandise; the opportunity to attend the annual AGM and an invitation to attend various social events throughout the year. More importantly, you will also have a real opportunity to contribute to nature conservation in Lancashire. If you would like to find out more about Grimsargh Wetlands, please join us at Grimsargh Club on May 31. Alternatively, contact Jayne Woollam, Secretary, on [email protected] or phone 07749 934 208.

David Hindle


Grimsargh Wetlands Trust

road safety

Target red

light culprits

I was in Preston city centre today and there were numerous cars driving the full length of Fishergate. No doubt they will all receive fines in the post.

If the cash-strapped council needs to raise money then it needs to liaise with the police to have more cameras covering people driving through red lights at junctions. Routinely, two or three cars go through on red at each traffic light.

Arguably, this is more dangerous than speeding, which is given priority. It’s time to clamp down.

Colin Beesley



Team was St Walburge’s

The team pictured is the 1950 Ord cup finalist St Walburge’s (LP Looking Back, May 3).

Pictured are: Mr Paddy Woodcock (teacher), Joe Botham, Wilf Houghton, Raymond Jackson, Ken Atkinson, Ian Whitehead, Mick Fitzimmons, and possibly Morgan, Beardwood, Leek, Astley and Ribchester.

Rick Barker

via email


Engineers and credentials

In last Friday’s News in Numbers section, it was reported that one third of women allow gas engineers into their home without asking for credentials (LP May 4).

Whilst the onus is on the individual, let’s hope that with all the scams so rife these days, the engineers (particularly from the large companies) point out the errors of their ways to them for future safety.

Sam Johnson

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Save a life – be a blood donor

Sadly the demand for blood goes up in our hospitals every day. Have you ever thought of being a blood donor? A pint of blood given by you could well save someone else’s life from certain death. It is now very easy to give blood. To find out more go to:

David S Ball

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