Reader’s letters - Tuesday June 3, 2014

UKIP's three North West MEPs Louise Bours, Steve Woolfe and Paul Nuttall at last week's European election count
UKIP's three North West MEPs Louise Bours, Steve Woolfe and Paul Nuttall at last week's European election count
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Migrants not the big issue

So, the Tories still think the UKIP effect was the electorate sending them a message - how bizarre (hearing voices too are they).

The Conservatives haven’t listened to one ‘message’ (and there have been many) sent in recent times - neglecting completely the fact that what suits the City and favoured business has no meaning whatsoever to legions of ordinary folk who for years have watched their livelihoods and their country either shipped overseas or diluted out of existence. It’s not all about immigration - our standing in the world and self-esteem are important too - how many Poundstretchers, food banks and charity shops do we need before the truth dawns?

Personally, I think It would be a grave mistake to imagine people who voted UKIP are so unintelligent they can easily be persuaded to vote Tory on promises that history has shown repeatedly hardly ever materialise.

Joseph Dawson, Withnell, Chorley

... immigration is the big issue

With the risk of being labelled ‘racist’, it is apparent the recent news that 300,000 African refugees are poised in Libya to invade Europe via Italy (and for some ultimately to invade the UK) will provide further ammunition to UKIP’s assertion that we need a ‘points system’ to control access for all immigrants to the UK and a total rejection of the EU’s ‘open borders policy’ which we are presently ruled by, in spite of our present government’s contrary assertion.

Obviously this can only worsen in the years to come as more people in future attempt to flee conflict in their own countries.

Europe urgently need a policy to prevent this unauthorised international immigration, rather than pretending only their own members will have such future access, when it is apparent to us in the UK, that even this uncontrolled access by present members is undesirable.

When will our politicians accept what the average voter can see, that we need to flee the EU Superstate and be ruled by our own Parliament to implement policies to suit our needs, rather than be continually forced to accept a ‘one policy that fits all’ imposed from Brussels.

Cameron was quite happy to allow a referendum on Scotland’s severance from the UK, with all the potential chaos to our and their economies which this will inevitably cause, but was unwilling to allow an ‘in out referendum’ on our continuing EU membership. This must be the ultimate example of how ‘out of touch’ with our country’s real needs our politicians are.

E J Tilley, Chorley

Someone must take up fight

Is it just me or is no-one else concerned about what is happening to our precious countryside? I have been reading recent reports about the proposed new western distributary road and, whilst I agree this is needed, it made me realise we are rapidly in danger of losing what precious, little countryside we have.

So far there are significant housing developments planned in Bartle, Cottam and Warton, two proposed fracking sites in the rural communities of Roseacre and Little Plumpton and a large wind farm at St Michaels.

Surely, if all these developments go ahead, and with the threat of further fracking sites across the Fylde, we are in danger of becoming one large, industrialised, urban centre. I, for one, value our rural heritage and the associated agriculture and tourism business it generates.

I am expecting our elected representatives, on both the borough and county councils, to see sense and protect us from this creeping urbanisation.

Am I asking too much? We need to stand up and protect our rural heritage and open countryside; these are important and should not be eroded away.

Barbara Richardson, via e-mail

Hospital does a wonderful job

If I may, through the Evening Post, I would like to say the Royal Preston Hospital does a wonderful service.

I am in the middle of various treatments in different departments about my health, on some of the visits I’ve had to stay in hospital but what I’ve found is the amount of care and kindness displayed by the staff, not just the front line troops if you will, but the unseen work one doesn’t see, and this is happening day and night. A first rate service is given from the doctors, consultants, nurses, auxiliary staff, etc.

I know some people have had bad experiences with hospitals and I apologise for this, these are on rare occasions. I just like to thank everyone from the receptionist at the front right through to coming back out again. Thank you Royal Preston Hospital.

R L Vick, via e-mail

Fair workers a friendly bunch

My family were the Dewhursts who lived on the site mentioned by your correspondent (letters may 28), they were not gypsies they were fairground people who had a set of gallopers and various other rides.

They travelled around all summer, then came to their site which they owned for the winter lay up. Your mother, and many others, were ignorant to this, probably because they lived in caravans. Maybe if you had spoken to them you would have found how friendly they were. People who lived in the area knew them well.

Steve Bannister, via e-mail

Dentist search is a real pain

I returned to Lancaster in November 2013 and from January have tried to find an NHS dentist.

After several attempts I was told in March there is a waiting list which is about 12 months and has 1,000 on it. I contacted the Department of Health who stated: “NHS dental treatment should be available to all who need it”. I also contacted Eric Ollerenshaw MP in January and he said he would make inquiries. I have since contacted Mr Ollerenshaw again and visited him but to no avail. We pay our taxes and national insurance, and would be in trouble if we didn’t, but if you need a NHS dentist in Lancaster you cannot get one and no one seems to be willing to make NHS dentists available.

David Atkinson, Lancaster