Reader’s letters - Monday June 15, 2015

An exploratory fracking drilling rig. Cuadrilla writes in response to a previous letter on fracking
An exploratory fracking drilling rig. Cuadrilla writes in response to a previous letter on fracking
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Range of energy needed

I write in response to Dot Kelk, of Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth (LEP, June 9).

The points she makes in her letter on behalf of Friends of the Earth are, unfortunately, fairly typical of the misleading scaremongering we have come to expect from her organisation.

The truth is that the UK will need to rely on a range of energy sources including solar, wind, nuclear and gas to meet our electricity and heating needs for many years to come.

It’s just over a year since we submitted the applications for our proposed two new sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

I find it strange that Dot implies that we have not communicated with people. We have carried out an extensive consultation during that period – including several local public information days, regular community newsletters, community liaison groups and extensive information in the local media.

The planning applications for Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road – and the accompanying Environmental Statements – are all public documents available for everyone to read on Lancashire County Council’s and Cuadrilla’s websites.

To address Dot’s claims precisely:

n If we are given the go-ahead for our planning applications, our hydraulic fracturing fluid would contain just one non-hazardous, non-toxic, friction reducer in a relatively small amount (0.05 per cent by volume).

n We are proposing to re-use flow back fluid in the hydraulic fracturing operation to reduce water demand. Local water supplier United Utilities have made clear that, ‘even under the most optimistic assumptions’ for shale gas production in the North West, the water required for hydraulic fracturing would amount to less than one per cent of their current water production.

n In the planning applications for exploration in Fylde, we have committed to a maximum of 25 HGVs per day for the relatively short peak periods (approximately 12 weeks in aggregate over a six-year period) with the average number of HGVs over the drilling and fracturing operational period being just five HGVs per day.

n If we moved into a production stage, which would in any case be subject to further planning applications and public consultation, over decades potentially between 80-100 well pads could be installed over Cuadrilla’s total 1,200km2 Bowland exploration area.

The total land area at surface would be approximately 2km2.

Eric Vaughan, Cuadrilla’s Well services director

We don’t want EU interfering

I am appalled that both the British Conservatives and Labour in the European Parliament have voted for the European Commission to interfere in British laws on funding for political parties.

The European Commission should not interfere in any aspect of funding for British political parties.

UKIP does not support interference by the European Commission in any aspect of funding for British political parties.

We support the laws which are already in place in Britain which prohibit foreign funding of political parties.

We do not want to establish a precedent for the European Commission to interfere in any way with the laws the British parliament makes on funding.

The commission must keep its nose out of British politics.

What needs to be questioned instead is the vast funding it makes to organisations in Britain such as the BBC, which between 2007 and 2013 received €30.2m (approximately £22m) from the commission, and the funding given by the commission to such pro-EU groups such as the CBI.

Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader and North West MEP

Memories of Mona Street

Your image of Mona Street paved the way for me to enter memory lane (LEP, June 9). Assuming the image was taken from the junction with Carlton Street, my grandma and aunty, Mary and Doris Radcliffe (on my mother’s side), lived at the second house in 27. I spent many happy childhood years at this address and memories came flooding back.

Proceeding down Carlton Street, on the right was a typical back street garage which provided my first dream car, a red and white Vauxhall Cresta (1950s). Further down Carlton Street, on the left was the local chippy, Turners. Towards the far end of the image was Ashton Street, down on the right was, would you believe a dairy, to this day I am at a loss as to where the cows grazed! Opposite was a confectioners which sold mini loaves costing one old penny. Further down on the right was the Savoy, as it was a cinema in those days, and opposite was Dr Guyer’s surgery , next door to a sweet shop.

On the corner of Ashton Street and Fylde Road was a newsagents, Annie Greenwoods, who provided my first paid employment.

In the middle of the row of shops opposite was my father’s hairdressers shop where I resided. There was also Chris Moss Bike shop, Bramwells temperance bar, a pet shop, whittles butchers “Aunty Wynn’s’’ toffee shop and Council’s grocery shop (later Margerisons).

Back to Mona Street, I recall being a recruit of the Cock Robin Group of boys, whose main annual task was to gather wood for the local bonfire, held at the top of Carlton Street. Playing marbles in the back alleys and empty cigarette sleeves provided interesting games by flicking them against others stacked against the wall or covering other players’ cards.

John Turner via email

A pat on the back for store

I recently visited Isis in Preston to ask if they could repair a pair of earrings, just ordinary Christmas present earrings, nothing special but special to me.

They were in poor condition having been worn frequently for a few years, plus one had been lost and run over by cars in the street many times.

Not only did they bring them back to their former glory but refused any payment.

What excellent customer service, particularly in this day and age. Thank you Isis.

Name supplied, Hoghton