Reader’s letters - Friday March 27, 2015

The courtyard of the proposed new student development off Marsh Lane, Preston. See letter
The courtyard of the proposed new student development off Marsh Lane, Preston. See letter
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It will only benefit students

My husband and I attended a presentation on Wednesday, at the P.A.C.T meeting at St Walburge’s Church Hall. The P.A.C.T meeting covered the university city ward, including St Mark’s and St Walburge’s.

I myself tried getting hold of our councillor, county councillor Carl Crompton, to see if he knew of the development in Marsh Lane area, which will go as far as Ribblesdale Autos under the railway bridge.

Marsh Lane, at present, has a cycle lane, as well as being open for cars.

We hadn’t ourselves been told at that presentation that any planning position had been granted to the university and Preston councillors this week to be carved out.

At the P.A.C.T meeting, there were some very angry residents who are already plagued with noisy students in their area.

Uclan wants to remodel Adelphi roundabout to make a square for students. There will be more students, that’s the plan for the city.

A block of 315 bedrooms is to be approved, this, plus more student accommodation planned and a boutique hotel for young professionals on Friargate – the block where Bambers Furniture shop once stood.

All this development is only benefiting the students and the University of Central Lancashire.

There will be no benefits for the residents in and around all this development.

The university tried once before to close off Marsh Lane to traffic a number of years ago.

Stop this development in its tracks before Marsh Lane gets closed off to traffic for residents to get into Preston city centre.

M Fazakerley via email

Helping elderly in care homes

I am a retired lawyer living in Fulwood, who did a lot of work with the elderly during my working life. On retirement I wanted to do some voluntary work to enhance the quality of life of elderly residents of nursing/care homes.

With the support of our local representative in the House of Commons, the backing of the RSPCA and together with some of my friends, who were also eager to volunteer, and inspired by reading articles about various initiatives which had been a huge success, approaches were made to nursing homes requesting a meeting to discuss what we could do for them at virtually no extra cost or work.

For validation, a letter was sent out from my MP in the House of Commons in February, followed by a letter from myself a couple of weeks later.

To date, none of the nursing homes have responded in any way.

I had made it clear there was no implication that the care provided was inadequate but merely wanted to trial some ideas – such as an opportunity for the residents to interact with pets which the RSPCA were happy to help with, provision of iPads to enable contact with family, even when they were on holiday or unable to visit, memory boxes etc.

Given the amount of reporting on the lack of mental stimulation experienced by many elderly persons resident in nursing homes, I am bitterly disappointed at this wall of silence.

I am writing to invite approaches from any nursing/care home in Preston who would be willing to at least have a meeting with me and hear my ideas.

I am not looking for any remuneration and will stand my own expenses – for example, travel, phone calls etc.

Each nursing/care home is unique and can choose from a range of ideas depending on which they feel most comfortable with.

P Taylor, Fulwood, Preston

If any nursing or care home is interested, please contact the LEP at lepforum@lep.co.uk and we’ll pass your details on to Mr Taylor.

Dr Cank was a medical marvel

I would think most kids living and playing on the streets of Preston in the late 1940s and 1950s remember having broken bones, cuts and things in eyes and ears seen to by Dr Cank, the master of Preston Royal Infirmary (PRI ) casualty department (LEP letters, March 25).

I can see him now walking down the slope from the wards to casualty, white coat open, top shirt button undone, newspaper in one pocket, stethoscope in the other, and puffing on a cigarette, pausing before entering casualty, looking around the plain wooden benches that formed the casualty waiting area and exclaiming “another crop of fools”.

As you went into casualty, the left hand wall was covered with charts showing the wards and available beds. Dr Cank’s station was behind the right hand entrance door so that, when he was ready, he could lean around the door and growl “next”, then the first one on the end of the first bench would go in, leaving everyone else to shuffle along to await their turn.

At the back of the waiting area was a wall with a hatch in it, staffed by an elderly lady. Her job was to take your details and decide on the urgency.

Needless to say we were always at the point of death and needed immediate attention, to which always came the reply “you can see the undertaker or wait your turn”. She was always on the ball.

Dr Cank was a marvel. He could sort you out in no time. His stitching left the smallest scars.

He could remove what felt like rocks and fence posts from our eyes and ears in a blink. No sirens, ambulances or paramedics for him, just straightforward commonsense doctoring.

Name and address supplied

Labour for the working class

Just as Scotland outside the British state would be a busted flush economically, socially, culturally and with very minor influence in the world, so would Britain be outside Europe.

Apparently, 87 per cent of UKIP-likely voters are former Conservatives, be that as it may.

UKIP have tried to appeal to the white working class. As always, there is only one party who can serve the white working class and that is the Labour Party.

The Labour Party do not stir up hatred of immigrants to try and gain support.

Graham Nelson, Preston