Reader’s letters - Thursday March 05, 2015

Trees have been chopped down outside Preston Minster to make way for road improvements, see letter
Trees have been chopped down outside Preston Minster to make way for road improvements, see letter
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Time to spruce up centre

Church Street could do with some individual shops. No more fast food shops please. Remember Church Street when it had clothes shops, also a hat shop, pet shop, chippy etc. It needs to be made nice with a nice seating area.

How about the college etc, a doctors, chemist, medical centre different things like that. It also needs a good clean (more bins) with the Guild Hall and the Queen Street Development going ahead it could be made nice.

The Range is opening in the old Do It All store. The land next to it on Stanley Street has been cleared of all its shrubbery. It’s where the bank and Post Office use to be. When jobs like this are done, why don’t street cleaners follow on and clean it up.

These places are left full of rubbish just like the area in Manchester Road is full of rubbish, it’s a disgrace.

They should be made to keep it clean, the car park at the top where they have car boots is kept clean. It all boils down to money and pure laziness.

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Time to lay off the pensioners

David Cameron’s commitment to maintain universal pensioner benefits if he remains Prime Minister after May 7 has again sparked a debate about a phoney war between the generations.

A number of think-tanks and media commentators were quick to argue older people were being cushioned from austerity, whilst younger people were struggling.

The group Policy Exchange also argued people should have to opt-in to receive the winter fuel allowance and the state pension should be subject to the welfare cap imposed by the government.

Yet the facts don’t support the claim that the generations are divided. Both young and old have a poverty rate of one in five and they share concerns about housing and public transport.

What really lies behind these attacks is a desire to take the attention away from bankers, financial markets and the City for their role in the economic crisis.

It wasn’t pensioners who caused the crisis, yet we seem to be taking the blame. We’re fed up with being told we’re getting something for nothing, when every year our generation puts back £40bn into society more than we receive in pensions, benefits and care through our taxes, volunteering and unpaid caring.

We have paid in all our lives for a decent pension and what do we get one of the lowest pensions in Europe.

Derek Barton, West Lancashire Pensioners

A yearning for days gone by

I shouldn’t be this way but, like many of my generation, I much preferred the England I grew up in than the England of today.

At one time I was happy to see that people of other cultures wanted to live and work here. Sadly , we now seem to have many who although wanting the benefits of living here, don’t like our culture, and want to have their old ways among us , schools, laws , etc .

So I suggest that the young men who leave to fight for IS not be allowed back here and why are we paying for our police to chase three young women who want to leave to become Jihadi brides? It’s as yet a free country we live in so if it doesn’t suit them, leave by all means.

Obviously their parents are distressed but they should have a close look at their teachers who have brainwashed these women.

As the older generation they will know full well, what a life their kids can expect as brides.

I feel no sympathy for the men, they know they are going to be trained with weapons, but who has told the women their choice to leave was a good thing to do? I find the our present world very sad.

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

Road damage is not acceptable

Recently, I spent two hours of the morning cleaning my car and then decided to go and do some shopping, part of which would be a visit to Tesco Chorley on Foxholes Road.

Off I set in my gleaming chariot and proceeded down Collingwood Road and on to the mini roundabout leading to Foxholes Road. As I did so, I noticed the opposite side of the road was like a dirt track and covered in mud and as I approached Chorley Nissan a large yellow tipper wagon emerged from my left in front of me, and the road surface then deteriorated into a mud bath.

As the wagon accelerated, my car was sprayed with mud and small stones and large clumps of earth fell from the rear tyres. By the time I got to Tesco, my car looked like it had been on safari, and I had to run it through the car wash. I am informed this has been an ongoing problem since a trucking company was allowed to use a new depot close by to this bad corner and accident blackspot. Surely the haulage company has a duty of care to clean the tyres of debris before leaving site, and that the road should be swept clean.

What on earth is the council doing, in failing to monitor this ongoing situation? It is a major accident waiting to happen and requires immediate attention by the authority in question.

Mr W E Matthew, Chorley

Medical staff were brilliant

On December 17, I was involved in a road accident on Broadway, in Morecambe, and had to be cut out of my car and airlifted to Preston Hospital.

Thankfully I came out of it with no lasting injuries, but maybe only now am I realising the size of what happened and the impact it had on me and the people around me.

I would like to give a massive thank you to all of the passing people who quickly came to my aid; to all the emergency services; and to the medical staff at Preston Hospital for their quick and efficient work.

People complain about waiting times at hospitals, but when you really need to be seen, I always say our health service is second to none. Lastly, to all my family, friends and colleagues, sorry for giving you all such a major scare and thank you so much for all your kind words and cards.

Mike Barrow, Torrisholme