Reader’s letters - Thursday, August 6

20mph speed limit zones need better policing says a correspondent. See letter
20mph speed limit zones need better policing says a correspondent. See letter
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Speeding in 20mph zones

I read with interest Twenty’s Plenty (LEP August 3). You may recall that I wrote to the LEP with letter, Drivers go faster than 20 (LEP June 1).

I would thus like to make that and this letter compulsory reading for all Lancashire County Councillors, together with the Lancashire Police. I also read the mealy words by the latter establishment and I quote its statement where it encourages ‘residents to contact them if they were concerned about speeding in 20mph zones’. Does no one in Lancashire Police read the LEP?

I did try to raise this issue with our community bobby at a recent meeting, but he said that “he had better things to do with his time rather than listen (to an ongoing dispute with the parish council and the borough council)”, so left the meeting before I had the opportunity to broach him on the matter of speeding vehicles.

The police often refers to ‘engaging with the public’ on matters, yet when the opportunity to do so arises, they choose to scuttle off to somewhere else ‘better’.

Community policing should be a two-way matter.

I thus re-invite all the county, borough and parish councillors, together with a representative from Lancashire Police, to sit with me at the bus shelter, opposite Gill Lane, to see the effect on local drivers’ response to the 20mph speed limit, together with the absence of any policing of the problem. This will show a representative sample of what really goes on as regards 20mph zones.

Oh, and want to save yourselves and us a bit of money?

Well, forget about putting up those ‘Your Speed Is’ signs every so often. I’ll gladly give you my glum, rather than smiley, face for free, because that is all they show as yet another speeding motorist whizzes past with disdain.

One thing seems clear, however, and that is the county council only appears to have done part of the job for, according to Nick Lloyd of RoSPA, traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps or chicanes, should have been introduced along with the change in speed limit. Looking around Lancashire, that seems a long, long way off being completed.

The Same Walmer Bridge Resident

We’re clarifying 
the situation

I write regarding ‘Are we being left in the dark’, (LEP Letters July 22), which details a recent outline planning application for a housing development. It states: “The applicant behind this latest plan is Much Hoole Parish Council. It plans to demolish the current Hoole Scout Hut complex and build a number of houses on the site”. I write on behalf of Much Hoole Parish Council to clarify the following:

n The parish council owns the land.

n The scout organisation has a lease from the parish council to use this land.

n The scout organisation has been assured publicly, and documented in the minutes of the parish council meeting on June 10, that they will not be forced to leave the Pinfold Site land unless the scout organisation was confident any concerns they may have are addressed.

n The parish council and the village hall committee are two entirely separate organisations and act independently. However three village hall trustees are also parish councillors.

n The parish council and village hall committee have submitted a joint planning application for a new village hall but the parish council is not involved in the design new hall.

n The village hall committee has submitted an outline planning application for a small housing development on the land owned by the parish council.

n The village hall committee would like the parish council to sell the land to raise funds to help provide a new village hall. This has never been discussed at a parish council meeting.

n All planning applications are advertised and discussed publicly at the parish council meetings.

Jane Lingings, clerk to the parish council

More to the BBC than just sport

I was interested in Eric Greenwood’s critique of the BBC (LEP Letters August 3).

Someone should point out to Mr Greenwood that there is more to life than sport and much more to the BBC.

Think plays, music, documentaries, dance, comedy and current affairs to name but a few.

I wake up to BBC Radio and I go to sleep with it.

I have two children living abroad who would be quite isolated without it.

Ask anyone who has done any amount of travelling what television is like overseas...

Simple soul that I am, I was under the impression that Gary Lineker made his money being rather a good footballer, and Stephen Fry, being an author and actor.

And as for Claire Balding, she has made as much money on commercial channels as she is ever likely to on the BBC.

Sky has outbid the BBC to obtain the rights to show sports because of the £500 per year they charge to watch.

There is also the dubious pleasure of inane mind-blowing commercials every 10 minutes and often inferior reporters.


As a post-script, I would point out to Mr Greenwood that I do not dislike sport.

In fact I love tennis, golf, gymnastics, Formula One, and I have a season ticket for Wigan Warriors Rugby League.

There is no need to brainwash people into thinking BBC is the best.

It is.

Valerie Andrews, St Annes on Sea

Where was the tram located?

The section I look forward to most in the Lancashire Evening Post is the weekly dose of nostalgia called Retro.

I love any pictures of old Preston, and enjoyed the offering regarding transport in our area, in an article about another book by David Hindle (LEP August 5).

I have some of his books, mainly on local entertainment.

My only grouse is the large photo of a tram in Fylde Road.

I am positive that it is Ribbleton Avenue we can see, with the prison to the right, and the old County Hotel to the left.

Also, it does say Ribbleton on the trams board.

I could be wrong, not surprisingly, I often am!

Allan Fazackerley via email