Reader’s letters - Wednesday 23 April 2014

Coun Christine Abram has complained about the roadworks near Fishergate Centre, Preston
Coun Christine Abram has complained about the roadworks near Fishergate Centre, Preston
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Such a shambles in city

I would like to thank Councillor Christine Abram for her front page destruction of the crackpot scheme to turn Fishergate into a narrow country lane (LEP, April 19).

Like Coun Abram, my initial emails to Lancashire County Council (or ‘Let’s Create 
Chaos’) were met by meaningless boilerplate auto-responses.

I’ve yet to receive a satisfactory reason to justify removing traffic lights and public crossings from one of the busiest streets in the city.

I’ve yet to receive a satisfactory reason to justify replacing traffic flow management with ‘chicken run’ pitch-and-putt, where drivers have no reason to slow down or pedestrians any safe place to cross.

I hope beyond all hope that this unwarranted, unnecessary, unsafe and unbelievably chaotic mess is reversed.

Fishergate has been turned into a dangerous and confusing shambles without a single tangible benefit.

Please can we have our traffic lights back, 

Liam Pennington, Preston

Disaster on Fishergate

Which bunch of clowns is responsible for the disaster being created along Fisher-gate?

They must be clowns because “laughable” is the best thing anyone can say about 

To take away the traffic lights – the only thing that kept traffic and pedestrians apart – is unbelievably stupid.

Even at less busy times, it’s first come, first served at the junctions.

It’ll be a free-for-all, and 
it’s certain to result in accidents.

Or maybe these so-called planners are trying to get rid of cars altogether.

If that’s the case it’ll work, because I’ll never shop in the town again.

TC via email

Artwork could be attraction

I read with interest the acid comments of your readers about the £30,000 new artwork for the Ribble Link (LEP April 19) on the very day that I visited another Lancashire artwork, in Burnley. The “Singing, Ringing Tree”, as it is known, stands high on the moor above the town, and – like the proposed Preston one – is yet another example of modern art.

In fact, it is just a collection of hollow metal pipes, fastened together in an iconic way that produces a distinctive “singing, ringing” sound when the wind blows, (which it certainly can do up there!)

Time, of course, will tell what the overall reaction of Prestonians will be when this replacement for the “Ribble Piddler” makes its formal appearance in the not-too-distant future.

Will it be greeted with the same kind of response as that forthcoming from those of your readers first off the mark?

Or will it become a source of civic pride, like that at Burnley, where the curious come from far and wide, in their hundreds, in cars and on foot, to get a close-up of this strange piece of architecture?

For those who haven’t seen “The Tree” yet, it can be seen from the comfort of your own settee, by Google.

But, if you choose to see it in person, the moor there can be draughty.

And, if you are unlucky like me, it is not guaranteed to make music every day.

Peter Dugdale, Penwortham

Could you help with keepsake?

My name is Michael McGivern and I live with my family in New Zealand where I work as a

nursing tutor.

I am from the UK and did my SEN and RMN training at Whittingham Hospital in the early 80s.

It is sad to see the hospital being demolished after all these years. I have good memories of my training at Whittingham and the commitment the staff showed to caring for the patients.

I am writing to ask if anyone has one of the Whittingham Hospital nursing badges that they no longer require which I would be proud to wear on my uniform.

I am also wondering if anyone has one of the Whittingham ward keys which they would be kind enough to let me have, which would be a great keepsake. I would gladly reimburse any costs involved. If anyone can help, my email address is

Michael J McGivern, New Zealand

Looking for old photos for book

Last year I finished writing a book called Gregson Lane Past and Present, which I did as a fundraiser for the new Gregson Green Community Centre.

I was lucky to get this book fully sponsored as printing is very costly, and made £8,500 for the Community Funds. The Lancashire Evening Post did a wonderful two page spread on the book which boosted sales no end.

I am now writing another book on part of Hoghton Lane A675 – from Mather Fold Farm to the Chorley Council sign, and Coupe Green, Carver Brow and Fox Lane areas.

Could you possibly put out an appeal for old photographs for these areas, of people who have lived in the area?

I would love a picture of Marie and Dick Helm, who had the little grocer’s shop next to what used to be the Bay Horse Inn, where there is now a supermarket and two houses. Some of the farms have been demolished or altered and others replaced by a new house.

I would love photographs of Homestead Farm, Pear Tree Farm and Olive Farm on Hoghton Lane, Coupe Green Farm and Lower Bank Farm, in the Coupe Green Area, also Jolly Fold Farm and the original Maypole Farm now two properties. I also need a photograph of Black Brook House, on Daub Hall Lane, Hoghton. I can be contacted on 01254 852727 or 07720 052 911. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Margaret O’Neill,

2 Bournes Row, Hoghton