Reader’s letters - Monday May 12 2014

The controversial road changes under way on Fishergate have sparked debate
The controversial road changes under way on Fishergate have sparked debate
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Road claim not a fair one

I would like to comment, County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport’s, letter “Judge new look road in time” (letters April 29).

First he mentions Fishergate will be less dominated by cars, perhaps he can enlighten us as to why he believes this to be so.

When vehicles coming out of the multi-storey car park in Lune Street have only one access and that is on to Fishergate, it is in frequent use all day long, in addition we have busses and taxis travelling from the Church Street end down the whole length of Fishergate with no traffic signals until one arrives at Bow Lane.

The lack of traffic signals at the Corporation Street junction is particularly hazardous as people coming into Preston town centre from Liverpool, Southport Leyland, Longton, Penwortham alight the bus at the railway station on Fishergate and all have to cross either to the right of Fishergate by Debenhams or over Corporation Street to enter the left hand side of Fishergate.

He also mentions a similar scheme has been used in Poynton, Cheshire, where he says 26,000 vehicles per day are travelling through.

He fails to mention that this is not a highly pedestrian area in fact the 26,000 vehicles are on a main road between Stockport and Macclesfield and only a small number of pedestrians actually cross this road.

Having said that there is at times tail backs of traffic at the junction of Chester Road and Park Lane where forcountless years traffic lights have controlled the flow of tragic amiably.

In conclusion I lived in Poynton for many years and am a frequent visitor.

Poynton is a village with nothing like the number of pedestrians which we have in Fishergate so there is no comparison to be made.

Bryan Young, Longton

Lights need to go back up

I was astonished recently when walking down Fishergate towards the railway station to find that even the traffic and pedestrian lights outside Swintons had been removed.

Cars and vans were whizzing up and down the side street to and from the railway station.

It was extremely hard to negotiate the traffic and cross the road.

By chance, two policemen were walking up the side street so I asked them if they could please lobby for these particular lights to be replaced so that pedestrians, often lugging heavy suitcases, could cross safely.

One of them told me the police had already put their views to Preston City Council but had been over-ruled with the words that traffic would “slow down’’ once the new traffic scheme was complete. There was no evidence of any slowing down the day I was there - and both traffic and pedestrians ended up playing a dangerous game of dodgems.

If the council fails to re-install such traffic lights, will it also take responsibilities for the resulting accidents? It is a particularly busy corner.

Sue Hicks, via email

NHS staff do a terrific job

I have read so much recently about the pitfalls of the National Health Service and I think its about time we all applauded this wonderful service we are lucky (very lucky) to have in this country.

From poorly people to helpless drunks, no one is charged or turned away, only helped.

I am very lucky to live across the road from another branch of the caring profession, the humble chemist.

They also serve the public with care and respect, giving out helpful advice and consideration.

So please, let’s all give a big thank you to this profession and the lovely country in which we live.

Mrs Julie Anderton, address supplied

Outrage hides other agenda

The current vociferous

campaign against Halal and

Shechita slaughter of food

animals is a transparent excuse to get away with showing the sort of prejudice against Muslims and Jews that is no longer acceptable in a multi-racial and multi-faith society.

After all, if anybody really cared about animal suffering, they’d be vegans and not debating about whether pre-stunning is necessary. As an atheist carnivore, I can merely attest to the infinitely superior flavour of animals killed by these methods.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to procure a supply of pork so killed. But if any of your readers know of a religion or culture which mandates killing in this way and eats pig meat, I would be glad to hear from them.

John Eoin Douglas, via e-mail

Pull the plug on electric cars

So, Nick Clegg has announced £35m of taxpayers’ money is to be spent on further support for electric cars. Currently, the £500 bribe to buy these vehicles has failed as sales are lamentable.

This is because these expensive, complex, yet useless vehicles are mainly driven by smug people with far more money than sense, as they discover when attempting a trade-in down the line.

It is impossible to travel any real distance without stress and anxiety, particularly if the radio and wipers are working, which drain the costly battery.

They are also very dangerous to pedestrians who cannot hear them approaching. Very soon, manufacturers will be forced to incorporate false engine sounds.

Why this handful of buyers should receive our money to

indulge their travel preference is a mystery to most people. Mr Clegg believes it is a “no brainer decision” and he is correct, but not in the way he means.

Michael A Clynch, address supplied

Motives may not be so clear

While world leaders belatedly

offering help to Nigeria to find the kidnapped schoolgirls is to be welcomed, would they have been in such a rush if Nigeria was not so rich in minerals?

Their record in other areas of Africa suggests not.

Michael Roberts, Fulwood