Readers’ letters - December 8

Traffic queuing on Bulter Street in Preston, where commuters and shoppers battle to exit Preston via Fishergate
Traffic queuing on Bulter Street in Preston, where commuters and shoppers battle to exit Preston via Fishergate
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Fishergate car park fiasco

A open letter to the Mayor of Preston and chief of police.

While visiting Preston on Friday, at 2.15pm, we attempted to exit the Fishergate Centre car park. We were unable to move from the disabled spaces, which back onto Butler Street, for two hours.

The cars behind us did not move at all during this period.

We returned to Debenhams briefly.

Even by 5.15pm, the same cars had progressed only about three car lengths.

We finally got on to south Fishergate at 7.15pm.

During this period, we inquired about the delay. On an earlier day in the week, we were told, the police had disclaimed responsibility, as had the council.

I have done a “back-of-the-envelope” calculation of the cost to the public of this unnecessary fiasco.

There are likely 600 spaces in both North and South car parks, and possibly a similar number in the multi-level car park at the station. If half of each were attempting to escape the hostage situation which we found ourselves in, let’s say 600 cars, average occupancy, shall we say two, and average earnings, again shall we say GBP 20; 20 x 5 x 600 x 2 = £120,000.

Add waste fuel cost. During this fiasco, my rental Fiat used up 40 miles worth of fuel, 173 at the start, 133 when we got free, likely two litres at £1.08, so £2.16 per car x 600 gives fuel wastage in excess of 1,200 litres.

(This country espouses green behaviour? Thought not.. )

When we looked around Fishergate about 5pm to check for any police presence, all we saw were two uniformed plods arresting a purported perp, maybe a shoplifter. Clearly of greater importance than the hapless hostages in the parking lot.

Just think, if New York’s finest had taken similar action on 9/11....

We don’t appreciate having to lose half a day of our holiday in England, and will make other Canadian tourists aware of the ineptitude made obvious here.

It seems that motorists should be taught to take turns, as they do in North America.

In my opinion, the council and police in Preston are clearly not up to the task of traffic control in this busy season, and the function should be handed over to the army, who professionally learn logistics and traffic control. Maybe someone will proceed with a class-action suit to get recompense for the unnecessary social costs in excess of £120,000, such might focus the minds of those who neglect their responsibility to the public and stores in Preston.

Prof. D. M. Cape,

Professor Emeritus – Economics

MP Mark made right decision

I would like to publicly thank Preston MP Mark Hendrick for voting against air strikes and bombing Syria.

Mr Hendrick, unlike my MP Ben Wallace, has demonstrated the foresight to recognise that the case for bombing does not add up.

Moreover, if, as Mr Wallace and the pro-bombers suggest, the pretext for bombing is to make the streets of Britain safer, then perhaps he can also explain why those living in Russia and France have, on the basis of similar actions, experienced the most terrible reprisals.

The case for war simply does not add up, when, if ever, have bombs ever defeated ideology?

This, and given the staggering costs of the four wars that Britain has already engaged in this century, all seemingly against similar ideologies, makes such enthusiasm impossible to understand, especially in the wider context of austerity.

Well done, Mr Hendrick for putting your constituents first and through recognising that the recent actions of the UK government will harm innocent civilians, both in Syria and the UK.

Dawn Judd, Fulwood

Not surprised at shop closure

I sympathise with your Lane Ends correspondent regarding the closure of the Booths store (LEP Letters November 26).

I sympathise but am not one bit surprised.

The very same thing happened here in Penwortham when Booths opened on Millbrook Way, and although we can’t prove it, many here are sure we were promised the Liverpool Road store would still be here.

Well, it is, but has been empty for a long time.

There has been a lot of ‘promise’ of a store on the Government building site, but I have doubts .

Someone wrote recently that we didn’t need another store, as we had Booths, Lidl, and Morrisons, ‘some’ within walking distance.

Yes, right, depending on age, fitness, and where you live.

Allan Fazackerley via email

Outstanding experience

After frequently hearing grim news of NHS strikes, hospitals being put into ‘special measures’ and shocking waiting times, I feel the outstanding experience I had at Chorley Hospital’s Urgent Care Department on Monday morning should be shared.

The quality of care and attention I received from the receptionist, nurses, student doctor, doctor and, most notably, the fantastic health care assistant, not only restored my faith in the NHS, but left me feeling determined to promote the quality of care offered at the hospital.

The staff could not have done any more to make my trip to the hospital as pain-free as possible.

Thank you.

Edd Draper via email

Life-size figures at cemetery

If you go down the new cemetery, you could be fooled into thinking two men are staying at the graves in the corner for long periods. On closer inspection, you will find they are life-sized figures. What is going on?

I thought there were rules regarding what can and can’t be put on a grave and height restrictions! Small items have been cleared away from graves.

What is going on here? It’s not fair to allow these in our cemetery.

What does the public think?

Concerned Prestonian