Reader’s letters - Monday, August 10

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Get your brain into gear

While walking down Gregson Lane recently, I noticed that yet again a car had gone into the hedge on the bend approaching the junction of Gregson Lane and Hoghton Lane.

Many people walk on the lane and parents walk their children to the local primary schools.

I feel sick when I think one of these children could have been walking past at the same time the car went into the hedge. It’s getting more and more dangerous because of these drivers who constantly speed and who seem to have little or no consideration for the public,other drivers or even themselves.

As the evidence shows, they are driving so fast they can’t control their vehicle and this means it’s a time bomb waiting to explode, and it’s only a matter of time before, God forbid, someone is seriously hurt or even killed.

The residents of Gregson Lane and surrounding areas have in the past brought this problem to the attention of the police and the local councillors, but to no avail and the problem continues.

In certain parts, the lane is very narrow with only just enough room for a car and bus to pass safely, yet cars speed up and down as if they were on a race track and it’s terrifying being a pedestrian when the vehicles are passing you at such speed. They seem to be getting away with it.

I have lived in the area for over nine years now and in that time I don’t ever remember seeing a speed camera or a police speed control unit on Gregson Lane.

An attempt has been made at the crossroads at the top of Gregson Lane where they have made a 20mph zone but, to be honest, very few drivers adhere to it.

The problem needs addressing before someone is hurt or even killed, so come on councillors and police, get your heads together and make our local roads safer for our children, all the people who walk down our lane and all the drivers who do drive responsibly.

And to all you speed merchants, get your foot off the accelerator and put your brain into gear and slow down before you kill yourself, or even worse, someone else.

Jack, Hoghton

Piglets all had a good time

I feel I must respond on behalf of the Goosnargh and Longridge Show to the letter from Melanie Janus in last week’s LEP (LEP Letters, July 30) with regard to the piglet racing.

When the idea of piglet racing was first mooted, advice was taken from both DEFRA and local vets with regard to any welfare issues that may have affected the piglets and neither the vets or DEFRA raised any concerns.

The owner/trainer of the piglets is also the breeder of them and so has experience of keeping pigs and their behaviour, and in no way would the owner/trainer allow the piglets to be mistreated in any way whatsoever.

In fact, these piglets in particular will live a very happy free range life rooting about in a field before becoming food for humans, unlike many millions of pigs that are kept in intensive rearing conditions in piggeries all over the world.

On the day, the piglets themselves were chasing after a bucket of feed to encourage them to race and, to my “untrained eye,” I must admit they looked to be having a good time and not stressed or upset in any way. The main problem seemed to be getting to the bucket of feed first!

This is our local agricultural show and one of its founding principles is to promote and inform the general public about agriculture in general, and allow people who have no connection with farming to come and have a great day out whilst also seeing farm animals and farm machinery etc.

It is not in the interests of the show to allow anything to occur on show day that could be taken to be unkind, cruel or unpleasant to happen to any of these animals.

Adrian Hill, President, Goosnargh

and Longridge Show Society, Longridge

High praise for St Catherine’s

I grew up in New Longton but, at the age of 19, accepted a position in Virginia, USA. I have lived in the USA for the past 40 years.

For the last four and a half months, I have been looking after my aunt Irene Eccles, in Clayton-Le-Woods. She is bravely fighting pancreatic cancer.

Throughout my time here, I have had daily dealings with St Catherine’s Hospice.

As I can compare the medical care here to what I experience[d] in the USA, you have a true jewel in St Catherine’s.

We have dealt with wonderful volunteers who drive my aunt and myself to the hospice on a regular basis. They are all so kind, respectful and caring. My aunt has been attending day therapy at the hospice every Monday. She originally was hesitant to go, but now it gives her something to live for! The nurses, carers and everyone she meets on her day there are exemplary.

We meet with Dr Andrew Fletcher, the resident hospice doctor, on a regular basis. He is a kind, respectful and extremely patient doctor. My aunt feels so safe in his care.

Last week she was admitted to the hospice to work on getting her pain under control. She is 89 years old, so leaving her home was difficult. But knowing she was going to St Catherine’s where she feels so loved made the decision so much easier!

I wish so very much that the United States had a system similar to St Catherine’s. I know I would feel so comforted that, at the end of my life, I could go to such a special caring place.

The respect and understanding is unbelievable.

I have been reading in your paper how St Catherine’s needs help to raise more funds. So, I am writing in the hope you will publish this letter from a USA citizen.

Everyone should make St. Catherine’s their main charity. I have never experienced a place like it. I intend to put them in my will and I don’t even live here.

Sylvia Ghorbani, USA

Stop cycling on the pavement

Regarding cyclists on the pavement, something is going to have to be done about the abuse of the road traffic act. These cyclists are getting out of hand.

Somebody is going to end up getting seriously hurt. Why is it you give these people an inch and they abuse it by taking a foot?

Paul Jones via email