Tax fuels the black market
Further to your article (LEP March 12), Deborah Arnott of ASH states: “Raising the price of tobacco through taxation is the most effective way of reducing smoking and saving lives”.
However, the reality is that raising the price of tobacco through taxation is the most effective way of encouraging smokers to buy cheaper tobacco through the black market.
Already a packet of 20 cigarettes costs around £9 in my shop and £4.50 on the black market. It is precisely because there is so much tax on tobacco in the UK, compared to the rest of Europe, that the UK has become the smuggling hotspot of the EU.
Smugglers take sales from hard-working legitimate retailers like me – threatening our livelihoods – and bring crime into communities across the UK.
North West spokesman Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance, Blackburn
Rail crossing is a danger spot
The problem Network Rail is now having throughout the UK with level crossings is very relevant to Bamber Bridge at this present time.
The level crossing on Brindle Road, by the Hospital Inn and on a sharp bend, has been an increasing problem over the past 10 years.
There are dozens of vehicles each day which travel at speed on the wrong side of the road, overtaking traffic waiting for the crossing to open.
The council has just stated they are going to put signs down on the road, hoping to stop this happening.
There are already double white lines on the road and drivers just cross over those to overtake despite the fact that it is totally against the law.
South Ribble Council was warned of the problems with this crossing when it was considering planning permission for the housing next to the railway.
It gave permission for that development, despite the fact it took up the land which could have been used to bypass the crossing with a tunnel or bridge across the railway line.
It is now about to give planning permission for hundreds of houses on Brindle Road, so increasing the dangers and inconvenience of the already grossly overloaded rail crossing, sited on a tight blind bend that increases the dangers many times over.
Network Rail has expressed a desire to close the crossing, because of the dangers. But a South Ribble councillor stated a few weeks ago that the council had done a survey of the residents and everyone wanted the crossing left open. Where did they do that survey then, sat down in the Hospital Inn?
I live on Brindle Road, just a matter of yards away from the crossing, I and everyone else I know living here, would like the crossing permanently closed for safety and having our lives given back with regards to the road.
Let South Ribble and Network Rail carry out a full survey of the local residents, to find out exactly what they want doing with the crossing.
Had Enough Brindle Road Resident, name and address supplied
Parking needs sorting out
I recently had the privilege and honour to attend the funeral of a very dear friend, held at Charnock Richard Crematorium.
Such was the measure of the man, it was a ‘standing room only’ occasion and the car park was full to capacity, with vehicles having to park down the approach road to the actual entrance. This caused considerable problems when the next funeral arrived and cars could not, for a time, get in or out.
An additional exit road and added parking is sorely needed to avoid this situation, which can only cause added distress to those involved, on what is already a stressful occasion. I do hope that those responsible can come up with a solution quickly.
Graham Archer, Chorley
School musical was great night
We had the pleasure of being
invited to Longridge High School to attend the performance of Grease – The Musical.
The entire performance was professional and was enjoyed not only by the audience but also by the cast – as was evident from the many smiles and great enthusiasm they showed throughout!
Special praise must go to the entire cast and also to the
‘unsung heroes’ the stagehands who quickly re arranged the set, to the light and sound team, to the costume designers and to the many staff who had assisted the pupils to ensure the show was such a success.
It was good to see so many of the youngsters from our community demonstrate their wide ranging abilities, working as a team and supporting each other.
We are sure many of the skills they have learned from this production will assist them in their future studies and career paths. Coun David Moon and Mrs Sheila Moon, Longridge Town Mayor and Mayoress
Charity night will save lives
St Francis Catholic Primary School in Goosnargh held their annual dinner dance recently to raise money for school funds to provide equipment to enhance the learning experience within the school and thanks go to all who contributed to its success.
Susan Ferrari and her team did a fantastic job, as always, at providing a great venue and fabulous food. The tables looked amazing thanks to Tracy at Charisma for her stunning balloon creations and Lisa at Occasion Flowers in Goosnargh. The PTA would like to thank Ferrari’s, Ribby Hall Holiday Village, George Banks, Mr and Mrs Coupe, East z East, Longridge Golf Club, Canova Medical and all those businesses in Longridge who supported us.
Also parents Phil Griffiths and Duncan Fishwick wanted to raise enough money for a defibrillator to be bought for the school as we are very rural.
They managed to raise enough pledges for six defibrillators, to distributed to any club, school or association where children are. The vision is for associations which require one will raise money to put towards one defib to keep the momentum going. The aim being that no child in Lancashire is in a place where there is not a defib on site.
chair of St Francis’ School PTA