Reader’s letters - Friday December 19, 2014

Broughton in Amounderness C of E Primary School, Church Lane, Broughton, near to a proposed bypass. See letter
Broughton in Amounderness C of E Primary School, Church Lane, Broughton, near to a proposed bypass. See letter
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Preserve rather than pollute

I read with interest your recent article on the Broughton bypass (LEP December 16).

I am sure most people would agree there is a need for a solution to the congestion problem caused around the Broughton roundabout and the village along the A6.

However, the proposed solution by Lancashire County Council is ill-thought out and likely to cause as many problems as it solves.

This is demonstrated by the fact that the proposals have been called in for an independent planning enquiry which starts on April 14 .

However, LCC persists with its head in the sand attitude by commenting that the enquiry should not delay work starting.

It will if the independent planning enquiry cancels the scheme following the enquiry.

Furthermore, LCC representative Martin Galloway, the head of network management, exhibits muddled thinking in his own comments that “there are no indications of any air pollution hotspots in the vicinity of the primary school or church” whilst also commenting “current levels of pollution on the A6 within the village of Broughton are above acceptable levels”.

His solution is to divert the traffic flow from the A6 to within a few feet of Broughton Primary School and Broughton Church. Where does he assume the above acceptable levels of pollution will flow from the A6? Obviously with the traffic to Broughton Primary School and church .

This is not only in contravention of common sense, but also against recently issued government guidelines .

Broughton Primary School is the oldest primary school in England, dating back to 1590.

The origins of St John Baptist Church Broughton can be dated back to the 12th century and the church is one of the oldest working buildings in the UK, with its tower dating back to 1533 . Surely we have a duty to future generations to preserve this heritage not pollute it.

I encourage LCC to think again and take an open view of the independent enquiry starting next April .

After all these are the same people that thought it a good idea to put a ring road through the town centre!

Ian Cherry via email

Looks matter in parliament

In my opinion there is no way in a billion years that the good people of Great Britain are going to send the unfortunate Ed Miliband abroad as their prime minister.

Yes, I do think looks matter and from every angle 

Lacking for me is the authority of a statesman.

Granted politics isn’t a beauty contest but in the past so much has been won by people who look the part rather than those who don’t and I’m afraid – possessing the longest wagging first finger in Westminster – won’t be enough.

Joseph G Dawson,


Females work for no wages

Recent headlines read Slavery In our Midst and I thought – “huh, yes that does ring a bell” for “slavery” has, and is, in our midsts 24/7 every day, every week, every year throughout their lives.

Yes, I refer to women’s lives, with slavery carrying on forever for female population with nobody caring an eye-blink about this but just sitting back letting women take all the work, all the hassle, all the worries of the home each day, week, year – all for no thanks, no praise, no appreciation and no wages ever.

What male would do even half of these million-and-one jobs all for free? None. Males think they shouldn’t do any shopping, washing, cooking, child-minding and all general caring.

B Sherlow, Preston

Outsourcing has benefits for NHS

In reply to Colin Hartley (Letters, December 9), he is barking up the wrong tree. What should matter is that patients get the best care with the best clinical outcomes at a cost the country can afford, bearing in mind the continuing pressure the NHS is under.

If a private company can provide the service and outperform the NHS in all departments and still do it cheaper, then what has the profit the company makes to do with it?

I did not see Colin Hartley complain when the Labour party embarked on their £90bn NHS PFI debacle, which ensures companies make huge profits and give poor service for the remainder of the 30-year contract.

Outsourcing of certain contracts, which incidentally are overseen by the NHS to ensure standards are maintained, if set up correctly, can be of great benefit to the NHS, making sure that it stays free at the point of need.

Mike Denny via email

Delight as Fields plan is rejected

At the meeting between SRBC planning and Brindle Road residents on Wednesday evening, the proposed application to develop on Shuttling Fields (east of the M6) was unanimously rejected.

Naturally we are delighted with this result, whether “stalemate” or “checkmate”.

Concern is being expressed about the inescapable pollution from diesel exhaust fumes which abound at this location, hemmed in by motorways.

So the longer we can defend our green areas the better. It was a well-orchestrated response, thanks to a handful of resourceful people to whom we express our sincere gratitude.

G W Richards, Bamber Bridge

Praise for how staff treated me

We are always hearing negative things about our NHS, but I would like to tell you about my dealings at Royal Preston Hospital. I must congratulate the NHS for my treatment at RPH this week. I saw my doctor on Thursday morning and was referred for a hip X-ray. I was given an appointment for the next day.

I was treated exceptionally well by the staff. I was very impressed, especially as I am an 87 year old.

Mrs M Smythe, Fulwood, Preston