Reader’s letters - Monday February 09, 2015

Preston's old fish market (see letter)
Preston's old fish market (see letter)
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Fined while taking a rest

After a recent holiday in Blackpool we were stuck in a traffic jam returning home for nearly an hour.

We had our three boys with us aged nine, seven and six and they were getting restless so we pulled into the Welcome Break at Charnock Richard services station in Chorley.

We watched the traffic via the television screens and through the window via the Costa Coffee and Subway where we ate and spent our time waiting for the jam to subside.

We stayed for just over three hours spending money in the services , effectively trapped by the situation, not wanting to get in a jam that was moving at an extremely slow pace.

Imagine our surprise when returning home a few weeks later we received a fine from a company called Parking Eye which had photographed our car entering and leaving the area to tell us we had overstayed at the Welcome Break and promptly charged us £100.

All our reasons not knowing that this charge was required , not being able to enter the motorway due to a jam) were merely dismissed as mitigating circumstances.

I would love to advise people in this area that the Welcome Break services are employing this company to penalise those that stay for more than two hours.

It is a disgrace and I feel people should know.

Bryn Thomas, via e-mail

Freezing price could back fire

I recently received, through my letterbox, a letter from the local Labour candidate. At the top of the letter it quoted one of her pledges for the forthcoming General Election campaign – namely to “freeze energy bills for two years.”

Well, if Labour were to win the election in May and Ed Miliband were to become Prime Minister then their useless brand of economics would once again put the country on the brink of bankruptcy, as they did under the last Labour government.

I say useless brand of economics as they want to freeze our energy bills just when the energy firms are cutting the cost of gas.

All six of the big energy firms are cutting their gas prices; including npower by 5.1 per cent and British Gas by five per cent.

Ed Miliband was an advisor to Gordon Brown in the Treasury when we spent more than we could afford and left the country in a perilous state when the financial crash happened.

Labour’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, left a letter to the incoming coalition government in 2010 saying, “I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards and good luck!”

Well, if we were to follow Ed Miliband and his candidate’s pledges it won’t be just the government with no money, but all of us with higher than necessary fuel bills.

I can’t afford another Labour government and their useless brand of economics and I doubt there would be many others in South Ribble who can either.

Peter Wearden, New Longton

Market switch makes no sense

This is not the first time I have posed this question regarding the proposed closure of the indoor market and “transfer” to the old fish market. How does one get a quart into a pint pot?

The current indoor market is on two levels, as opposed to one on the other side of the road.

Also, if the car park is demolished where will people park? Surely there is no need for a cinema in the town centre, especially if there is nowhere to park close by. Do the council not realise that the previous cinemas closed down due to lack of interest and better parking on the outskirts of town?

Perhaps the council can clarify, or leave things well alone. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

Interested Citizen

No harm done by repairmen

I was intrigued by the photo of the lamp repairers when I first saw it on the Internet and then I learned it had happened locally so I read the report with considerable interest ... and disappointment (LEP January 16).

Fair enough that one of the managers had been warned previously – but both of them had survived whatever health and safety failure was involved then.

From reading the description it seems they had taken several precautions in this escapade – it’s not as though the pallets were loose.

The fine of £8,000 each seems quite huge to me (how do the powers-that-be arrive at these figures?) and did the men manage to repair the light?

Finally, whose responsibility was it to maintain this street light? How long had they been waiting for LCC to attend to it? Driven to distraction by inaction, perhaps.

Gordon Arkwright, Morecambe

Misery of rural broadband

For pure excitement and suspense the TV drama series, Broadchurch, has few rivals, that is unless you find yourself cast as a victim in the BT nightmare series of ‘Broadband’ (and how to get it fixed).

It opens in a tiny Lancashire village nestling in the foothills of the Pennines, strong winds and driving snow are battering the countryside and in particular a stone-built farmhouse inhabited by an old man and his considerably younger wife.

The man, looking in many ways nothing like George Clooney, is on the telephone, his voice shaking either with suppressed anger or age, or possibly both.

The camera then switches to India where a Bollywood starlet with headphones clamped to her ears is sitting along with 20,000 other operatives trying to reassure BT Broadband customers that ‘an engineer will be with you soon.’

Meanwhile, back in the farmhouse, George Clooney’s unlookalikey is seeking solace from the contents of a bottle of Booth’s secret red wine (still available if you now where to look).

The much younger wife throws bogus George an Ava Gardner smile, ‘just calm down darling you could always read a golf book or write one of your interminable letters to the newspaper!’

Gordon Garment,Chipping