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Letters: Bulldozing genuine concerns of residents

Picture: The plans for new homes off Brindle Road were rejected by South Ribble Council but the decision has been overturned after an appeal
Picture: The plans for new homes off Brindle Road were rejected by South Ribble Council but the decision has been overturned after an appeal
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The recent appeal for development of 193 homes on land off Brindle Road has successfully bulldozed the genuine concerns of local residents as being of no importance.

Even worse, we are now faced with another similar farce over the rest of site S, towards cramming even more new homes on the last few hectares of farmland, bordered by two busy and noisy motorways.

Not only does this manifest a gross failure to respect the wishes of an entire community, but also disregards the major problems that will face the incoming tide of new residents.

Despite the battle to sustain our council’s services, one finds many facilities stretched to breaking point, with no obvious solution, yet the higher authorities pay no heed!

Once the developers have poured their quart into our pint pot, it will be too late to call them to account.

But then, they won’t have to live with the consequences of their failure to leave farmland to continue to be farmed.

G W Richards

Bamber Bridge

Brexit

Europe failed

to help us

Mr Voges makes a convincing argument when he refers to the UK standing “without friends to support us” when “Argentina reoccupies the Falklands” (LP Letters, All this for a spurious notion, October 9).

Who could ever forget the splendid sight of warships from our European partners joining the Task Force as it sailed for the South Atlantic, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Royal Navy as troops were landed in the face of Argentinian air attack to liberate the islands?

Except, of course, it didn’t happen.

New Zealand made available two warships, Canterbury and Waikato, to relieve Royal Navy vessels on station in the Indian Ocean in order to release them for Task Force duties, while our European comrades provided nothing in the way of military support.

French technicians were, however, present in the area throughout the war, helping to maintain and fit Exocet missiles to the Argentinian fleet of Super Etendard aircraft, one of which crippled HMS Sheffield, while a second sank Atlantic Conveyor.

Whatever the merits or otherwise of Mr Voges’ argument, the events of 1982 hardly represent a shining example of the support that the UK might expect from our European friends.

Geoff Hewitt

Penwortham

BREXIT

Voting Tory to preserve Brexit

Now that Labour has admitted they intend to call a second EU referendum if they win the next general election, all Leave voters should vote Conservative or UKIP in the next election.

This should be the case even if they are traditional Labour voters because Labour are trying to reverse a democratic vote.

They have shown their true colours and laid their cards on the table, proving to actually be a Remain Party.

One MP even threatened a general strike to try to force an early pre-Brexit election to try to derail Brexit.

That is taking us back to the bad old days of the 1970s.

If this did go ahead, any union members that voted Leave should flatly refuse to strike on the Brexit issues.

I say this being a former union man and former Labour voter who is prepared to vote Tory in order to preserve Brexit.

R N Coupe

Lostock Hall

town centre

Support our local traders

Re: Chorley. A recent article on Market Towns had the following to say: “Old fashioned and attractive, with retro charm, market towns are the Morris Travellers of this world.

“Typically they are full of independent shops and cafes, where young and old mix, giving them an inclusive quality you seldom find elsewhere.

“If you walk into a market town to do some shopping and have a coffee, you can guarantee you’ll end up chatting and getting to know people”.

Remind you of somewhere?

Let’s hope that the new developments to Market Walk don’t detract from the things we hold dear!

Please continue to support your local traders and help to fill those empty shops, before we lose our high street, like so many other towns are now doing.

Graham Archer

Chorley