Reader’s letters - January 19

Peter Rankin, Jennifer Mein and Edwin Booth at the official start on the construction of the Broughton Bypass. See letter
Peter Rankin, Jennifer Mein and Edwin Booth at the official start on the construction of the Broughton Bypass. See letter
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Follow Staveley’s example

With the current furore over the Broughton bypass, I wondered if the following tale would be of interest?

There is a village called Staveley on the road from Kendal to Windermere.

It used to take most of the traffic going to the south of the Lake District.

Everything, including tour coaches, heavy lorries, vans, motorbikes, cars and bicycles, navigated the narrow main street through the village.

It had been this way since Moses was a lad and was a traffic bottleneck with regular jams.

Eventually, an old lady had enough of the danger to villagers, especially for young children crossing the road, before and after school, and the elderly and disabled who were lacking the speed to nip in a sprightly way between the traffic.

So her anger and frustration drove her to do something about it and she campaigned for a bypass.

After a long time (we all know how long it takes the authorities to make a decision), she got her wish and was allowed to cut the ribbon on the day it opened.

The bypass must have cut at least 15 minutes off the journey from Kendal to Windermere and the residents of Staveley have got their quiet village life back.

Health for the villagers is better because there are no standing exhaust fumes polluting the air, and crossing the road to go to the shops is not the life-endangering exercise that it once was.

Children, the fit and able 
and the elderly, now have a quality of life, safety and peace, that was once thought to be impossible.

Think about it Broughton, it could well be the best thing that ever happened to you, unless you are a nimby of the first water of course.

Jim Walker


Ann was wrong about Bowie

I was absolutely livid when I read my Evening Post on Friday (January 15).

In the They Said section, Ann Widdecombe was bemoaning the coverage of David Bowie’s passing, as if it was wrong to give it as much publicity as if it were the death of a monarch.

Well, excuse me, Mrs Clever Clogs, no monarch has ever inspired a nation’s youth with fantastic innovative music and art, nor offered ordinary people an inspiration to do something other than the expected.

I, for one, am grateful that I followed Bowie from the early 1970s and learned more from his lyrics than I ever learned at school.

I do love the monarchy.

They have a credibility, but you have to earn people’s attention and respect, and goodness he has more than earned the coverage he has received.

I, for one, thank the press and television for it, and Mrs Widdecombe, you are so wrapped up in politics and grandeur that you fail to see that we have a right to respect who we wish.

Jim Pomfret


Mission to save bowling club

Our fundraising events to save Wymott Bowling Club have come to a close for this season. Our thanks and appreciation must go to Myra, who organised a car boot sale; to Pam, Roger, Pauline and Kevin who hosted garden parties at their homes; and to Pam for administrating a ‘50 Club’.

Our final fundraising event to celebrate Christmas was held at the home of Marlene and Phil.

Indicative of the strong feelings surrounding Wymott Bowling Club’s situation was the presence of Chorley’s Mayor. Support from friends, neighbours, members of the club and other clubs was also evident. No-one wants to see this popular club close and your support is vital.

Our fight will continue.

Wymott’s Bowling Club Committee

Lax attitude a sign of the times

I am often bemused by the all too frequent misuse of the apostrophe on signs and notices.

I can, however, understand the greater importance to greengrocers and market traders of displaying their wares rather than correctly publicising them.

But when this lax attitude extends to educational establishments then enough is surely enough. The line must be drawn somewhere.

There is, in Lancaster, a sign for vacancies at a nursery displaying the plural “two year olds” as the possessive “two year old’s”. What sort of a start is that to a child’s education?

Mind you, in this area there are grounds for confusion with Lancaster City Council’s street name boards showing several St Peters Road but also a St Peter’s Mews. In Morecambe, there’s an NHS establishment on Euston Road that considers “childrens’” to be an acceptable spelling.

How many more are there?

Gordon Arkwright, Morecambe

‘Dangers of medication’

The use of medication by the NHS could be said to be a ‘crime against humanity’. The medication is petroleum-based.

In a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, that spanned from 1976 to 2006, they found that, from 62 million death certificates, almost a quarter of a million deaths were stated as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors. The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than £136bn annually, greater than the cost of cardiovascular or diabetes care. Adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in one out of five hospital patients. The government has an illegal drugs misuse policy but I can’t find one for the misuse of prescription drugs.

Mark Cleaver, Preston

Keep Army for UK emergencies

The involvement of the Armed Forces in helping to deal with the aftermath of flooding has made me wonder if some could be reallocated into a permanent civil defence unit, able to deal with emergencies such as this.

It’d be far more use to the UK than involving them in foreign conflicts overseas which aren’t really relevant to us.

Tim Mickleburgh via email