Reader’s letters - Thursday 16 January 2014

Walkers at last year's Bark in the Park, in Worden Park, but one reader says the attraction is becoming less dog friendly
Walkers at last year's Bark in the Park, in Worden Park, but one reader says the attraction is becoming less dog friendly
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Turning dog owners away

Sad to read that South Ribble Borough has made even more of Worden Park unavailable to dog walkers (LEP January 7).

To be fair, children’s play areas should obviously be out of bounds but, these areas, together with other parts of the park that require dogs to be on leads, have reduced Worden to a bewildering patch-work of forbidden zones, leads only zones and run-free zones - if, indeed any of the latter still exist.

It is not that long ago that a dog-walker there was reprimanded for their pet exiting the car without a lead on. Draconian measures indeed. All of which lead me to the conclusion that Worden Park and, in fact Leyland in general, will not be playing the convivial host to my dogs and/or myself any time soon; and in an age when every town council values every footfall and even pawfall, I cannot help but think that South Ribble Council are driving potential punters (and Pointers!) away.

To paraphrase an old joke - Worden Park has become somewhat like Australia; a nice enough place, but who in their right mind would want to go there?!

Martin Sutcliffe, Grimsargh

Shame on filthy animal owners

Farington Moss used to be a pleasant area to live in. St Paul’s park has a small children’s playground, it borders on the bowling green and there is a grassy area for older children to play and benches for relaxation. It is also about a ten minute stroll to the shops in Tardy Gate.

What has changed? It now resembles an open air dog toilet. Walking up to Tardy Gate one morning I counted evidence of 31 “dollops” of dog muck, many of which were in the park itself and around the school, one even where the crossing lady stands. On this instance I was on my own but if I had been pushing a pram and walking my toddler granddaughter the journey would have been impossible. As it was today, when trying to get in the park, there were three enormous dollops of dog dirt by the safety barrier which made it impossible to push the pram through.

Generally it appears to be adults who take dogs for walks. Surely these adults can think of the implications to others especially when they leave their dogs’ excrement in the middle of a path through a park or in the middle of the pavement. Many dog walkers do clean up after their dogs but I am asking those who don’t to think of others and use the bins. Would they leave this in their own back garden for their children to play in?

Linda Walsh, concerned grandparent, Farington Moss

Fracking vital for our future

This week’s announcement by the Government is a welcome step forward in the responsible development of natural gas from Lancashire shale, encouraging local communities to positively engage with industry and allowing them to benefit from their natural resources through community benefits and the retention of business rates. As locally-based job and wealth creators, we can see the clear benefits shale development can deliver to the Fylde, including creating jobs, generating economic growth and boosting tax revenues.

In order to do this in the most effective way, we are further encouraged by the announcement by the industry to conduct a supply chain and skills study, which will help tailor the needs and increase the capabilities of local businesses.

In an increasingly competitive global economy, it is vital communities, government and industry work together in securing our future energy needs.

Rob Green, head of enterprise and investment , Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company; Sean Lord, director, Lytham Technology; Lee Petts, managing director, Remsol; Frank McLaughlin, retired commercial director

His Lordship confrims fears

I think Peter Mandelson may be on to something with regards to his recent speech in the House of Lords. He inferred it would be foolish to allow the ‘ignorant’ British public to vote in a referendum on the issue of whether we remain in the EU or not.

He could just be right in his assumption of our collective ignorance, as wasn’t it this same uninformed public which voted in the party he represents between 1997 and 2010 with an end result that left the country on the brink of bankruptcy?

However, let’s not bear grudges though as for the first time ever Mandy could be right on this one. Perhaps we would all be better off in a benign dictatorship under the leadership of Mr Mandelson and his ilk. Let’s scrap 1,000 years of democracy and rid ourselves of unfashionable ideas such as, ‘of the people, by the people for the people’ as expounded by Abraham Lincoln.

What! Did I hear cries of protest? Off with their collective and ignorant heads! We know what’s best for the nation. Just carry on paying your taxes and let us, without interference from you ‘plebs’, get on with bringing the country to its knees.

I was never quite sure if the utterances from Peter Mandelson were codswallop or not. After his latest speech there is now little doubt remaining.

Derek Rogerson, Bamber Bridge

Who’s who at Teasmade date

Regarding the Look Back photo (letters, January 13). I may be able to claim to identify at least four of those gentlemen featured. From left we have Jim (Jock) Ingram, John Dean, James (later Sir James) Drake, (unidentified person possibly a member of the Masonic Hall establishment?) and Norman Walsh.

Mr Drake was Lancashire County Council’s County Surveyor and bridgemaster from 1945 to 1972. Mr Dean was Mr Drake’s deputy (also acting county surveyor from 1967 to 1968).

Mr Ingram became deputy county surveyor before being promoted to the position of county surveyor and bridgemaster from 1972 to 1974, Mr Walsh was Mr Drake’s chief administrative assistant.

The event at the Masonic Hall might well have been to mark the retirement of Mr Dean who was being presented with that Goblin Teasmade.

Mr Alex Miller, via e-mail