Readers’ letters - November 7

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‘Super rich to blame for unequal society’

Having just watched BBC Two’s The Super-Rich and Us, weren’t billionaires going to make us all richer too?

Their wealth was supposed to trickle down into our pockets, making the economy big and strong.

Britain is drowning in billionaires, more than any other country, yet we are the most unequal in Europe.

Why have we not seen a single penny from them?

The billionaires were wooed to Britain as a deliberate strategy to reconfigure the economy.

However, once here, the filthy rich were able to exploit loopholes to preserve their wealth, depriving us of even a trickle of their gold. The strategy not only failed to grow the economy but strangled it.

The O.EC.D now says our economy would be 20 per cent bigger had billionaires not flown their private jets to our shores.

But the biggest failure of wooing the filthy rich is the fact that they have actually driven inequality, mostly by hoovering up properties which have turned Britain into a nation of renters.

Unaffordable housing is a key factor, pushing the rich up and everyone else down and Britain’s billionaires are to blame.

Tax avoidance, frequently assisted by government complicity in providing loopholes to be exploited by wily accountants, result in inadequate resources to finance areas referred to by Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions –namely health, education, and social care.

Labour have proved again and again that taxation is necessary to provide a civilised society.

Royston Jones

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road safety

Perils of new zebra crossing

I would like to see if anyone else has had problems with the new pedestrian crossing in Runshaw Lane, Euxton, Chorley. Lancashire County Council announced work on the new crossing near the shops on Runshaw Lane would start at the end of July, which meant remodelling the access road to the parade of shops and installing the zebra crossing. Work was scheduled to last four weeks.

The Belisha Beacons and new overhead lights have still not been commissioned, with the result that the crossing at night is not obvious. I reported this issue to LCC via its website as I could not get through on the telephone.

Local councillors for Chorley BC were canvassing and I raised the matter with them. They were aware of the problem. LCC is apparently blaming cost-cutting. Why? When a project has already been costed and work commenced then this argument is facetious.

I reported this because, one night I was driving home carefully about 10.30pm, a car coming the other way was also driving carefully, but its headlights were bright enough to obscure my vision of the crossing.

As this car cleared the crossing and I approached it, a pair of brightly coloured stockings appeared suddenly in front of me on the crossing. The wearer had dark clothing on her upper body. Fortunately I was able to brake without any incident.

The point being that, with dark nights now occurring from tea time, the public should be made aware that technically, if the beacons are not flashing, then the crossing is not operational.

If somebody is killed or injured because of this, then who is responsible?

Stephen Wood

Euxton

memorial

More could be done with rec

I write regarding the planned extension of Berry Lane Medical Centre (BLMC) (pictured) onto the Recreation Ground (the rec) at Longridge.

I personally never realised the rec was a memorial to the First World War and I’m sure I’m not alone. What puzzles me is this, when the Drill Hall on Little Lane was dismantled and the date and sculptured stones from it were used as part of a garden of remembrance, why was it stuck outside a pub on Berry Lane and not found a suitable site on the First World War memorial ground (the rec)?

There is no mention on the rec of this being a memorial to the local men who gave their lives during the First World War, not even a plaque on the skate park.

The rec is in dire need of some help. The ground between the play area and the goalposts is just a bog. Maybe this area could be excavated and paved, with a few picnic benches. It could be a solid surface for the fun fair instead of them churning the ground up every year.

As regards the BLMC plans, I’m not sure what the answer is, but now it has been brought to everybody’s notice that we have a First World War memorial ground in the centre of our town, maybe we need to be doing more with it, especially as next year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War.

Paul Dinsdal

Longridge

energy

Fracking’s not just a local issue

I am writing in response to the letter from ex-councillor Bernard Whittle (LP Letters, October 31). It is mentioned many of the anti-fracking protestors are not local.

This statement shows a lack of understanding of what the protest is about.

While it is true that people living in the vicinity are being adversely affected by Cuadrilla’s actions, fracking is a national and international issue.

This country is a signatory to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and this is incompatible with further development of fossil fuels. To describe fracking as a “welcome industry” is absurd. All mining of fossil fuels should be banned.

Many countries have imposed a permanent ban on fracking. England is now the only part of the British Isles which allows fracking.

If we had a stronger government at Westminster, which was able to force the energy industries to invest entirely in renewables, the whole issue would be resolved, and the protestors would go home.

Christine Tootill

Lytham St Annes