Readers’ letters - October 26

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Environment matters more than fracking

We need a healthy environment, not fracking. I recently visited the entrance to a well site. There I saw the police, as an institution, facilitating the industrialisation of the countryside against the will of the local people. It is a waste of time and resources on all sides that we can little afford.

It is sobering to witness that for all the science and technology they pride themselves about, human beings have yet to accept the basic fact that they live on a finite planet, with finite resources, and that it is time to learn to use those wisely.

We do need a healthy environment to exist.

At a time when the UK government is under scrutiny for its lack of action to tackle air pollution, while nonetheless imposing the polluting and water consuming industry that fracking is to unwilling populations, it is worth putting the current debate into perspective.

One can survive a few minutes without air.

One can survive a few days without water.

Yet homo sapiens have lived and thrived on Earth for a couple of hundred thousand years without using natural gas or needing electricity.

I am not suggesting a return to hunting and gathering, rather I plea that we become aware that our planet is precious, and endangered, and that we should all join together to protect what is left of the countryside and of wild places for we cannot take them for granted.

So here is the choice we have to make, as individuals and as society: dig for gas despite the risks involved, despite the added pollution, despite the sacrifice of local communities, for the sake of a few decades of supply or decide now to protect what we have left and turn towards renewable sources of energy.

The impacted communities and water protectors who have put their lives on hold have made a clear choice unheeded by the central power.

And they will not give up, for what is at stake goes far beyond their personal well-being and livelihood: it is the future of the planet itself.

Alice Courvoisier

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sport

No link with club for years

Your recent story about boxer Mark Hall made reference to the fact that he was a former Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club fighter.

While we apportion

no blame to the Post, we would like to point out

that, at the time of the offences, for which he was jailed, Mark Hall had no affiliation to our club for many years.

In fact, he was a professional boxer who had long since left the amateur world behind.

Our club is run by volunteers and does a lot of good work with children and young people from schools in the area.

We would not like to think that these children would not get the chance they deserve to take part in this wonderful sport because of an association which is no longer relevant.

I would be happy if you would point this out to all your readers, as well as parents and teachers of our young boxers.

Joe Kilshaw

Chairman

Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club

traffic

Plea for safer roads

The Government has pledged to make Britain “the safest place in the world to go online”, saying: “As a Government, we also have a duty to protect children and vulnerable people from the less family friendly corners of the internet”.

If they can’t make simple public highways safe for children, and other vulnerable road users, how can they make the immensely complicated, so called super-highway safe?

To make the internet safer, the Government will employ ‘technological solutions.

Britain has been ‘at war’ against speeding/polluting drivers for decades, and is still nowhere near winning.

The latest road casualty figures show a four per cent increase in road deaths.

Also, 50,000 die each from lung disease.

The ‘technological solution’ to winning the war against speeding/polluting drivers is surely satellite-controlled speed-limiters.

Even 10mph limits would be adhered to, and children who want to cycle to school could enjoy the same benefits as children in The Netherlands.

Also, for people fighting obesity and poverty, cycling surely fits the bill for 50 per cent of the population.

By employing speed limiters, they would serve as ‘traffic police’, and allow more police resources to be employed fighting child abuse and terrorists.

Also, speed bumps could be made redundant, making for smoother flowing and less polluting traffic, and the money saved could fund the NHS.

Allan Ramsay

Radcliffe

benefits

Universal Credit fears

I’m increasingly worried about the impact of Universal Credit, the Government’s initiative to combine benefits into a single payment.

While I support the new system’s principle that work should pay, lessons haven’t been learnt from the pilot.

Imagine that you didn’t know what salary you’d receive each week or month.

Then imagine you have no guarantee you will be paid the right amount.

And, when you phone for help, no-one has your details and they can’t help.

That’s the reality for the thousands of people now claiming Universal Credit.

Government pilots show the six-week wait for benefits pushes many struggling with basic day-to-day costs even further into debt.

I worry that already- stretched services won’t be able to meet increased demand.

This might force the most vulnerable people in our society to take drastic measures just to make ends meet.

Mervyn

Jones

via email

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Why is road a free car park?

Can Lancashire County Council please tell the council tax payers of Preston, who use Fylde Road every day, why Fylde Road has become a free car park?!

Fed up Council Tax Payer