Readers’ letters - October 7

The hedges along Lightfoot Lane, Preston. A reader says it is impossible to walk on the footpath
The hedges along Lightfoot Lane, Preston. A reader says it is impossible to walk on the footpath
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Overgrown hedges danger

I despair with the planners at Preston City Council.

Why on earth have they set down conditions to the developers that the original hedges have to remain because of ‘preservation’?

Surely preservation went out of the window when they allowed all these developers into the area of Higher Bartle and Cottam?

This photo shows what happens when hedges have to remain in place.

No one will cut them back, hence it is impossible to walk on the footpaths.

This is a prime example taken on Lightfoot Lane.

Walking down Hoyles Lane in front of the development, the footpath will not take two people walking alongside each other, let alone anyone with a pram.

And this is the situation after the developers were made to trim back the hedge.

Before the hedge was cut back, you had to risk life and limb by walking on the road.

Who in their right mind, except Preston City Council, would allow this to continue?

The common sense approach would have been to let Taylor Wimpey remove the hedge and widen the footpath, but then again it seems Preston City Council are not blessed with any common sense.

People with young families will move into these developments.

These lanes are busy with traffic at the best of times, without the increase in traffic all these developments will incur.

What is going to happen to these hedges, which are a condition of being left in place, when no one will take responsibility to maintain them?

The footpath will become non-existent because the hedgerows will become so overgrown.

Will someone please waken up to this dire situation.

Ellen Moon via email

Be proud of Red Rose County

Lancashire Day is on Friday, November 27. The Friends of Real Lancashire are currently compiling their annual list of Lancashire Day activities from all over the County Palatine and beyond. We would like to hear of any schools, organisations or individuals who have planned an event to take place on the day or during that week.

As well as showing loyalty to our red rose county, Lancashire Day is an opportunity to raise money for charity and for businesses to promote Lancashire produce. At the beginning of November, events are posted on our website (, details are sent to the local press and to our members, so they may support an event in their locality.

Events usually include: Lancashire Day proclamations, Lancashire nights with traditional hot pot supper and entertainment, lunches, afternoon teas, shops with Lancashire produce, restaurants with a special menu, exhibitions, heritage walks, quiz nights and reading of Lancashire dialect. Remember if you were born between the river Duddon in the north and the river Mersey in the south you are first and foremost a Lancastrian. Please email your events with full details and telephone contact number to

The Friends of Real Lancashire via email

Band memories are precious

In response to Martin Riding asking if anyone remembers the Savannah Show band, I do (LEP Looking Back September 25).

I am the daughter of the youngest son Noel. Unfortunately he died at the young age of 47 and the family has never been the same. The memories of the band are now precious and it was a unique childhood.

It is lovely that someone else remembers them as I was talking about them just the other day.

Name and address supplied

Bringing back good memories

Well done to the LEP for the interesting feature on local football (LEP October 3) and congratulations to Wilf Riley for his effort and commitment in organising the forthcoming reunion.

The article will have evoked many memories for those who played in the 1960s and 70s, of valued team mates, difficult opponents and club and league officials who willingly gave their time and organisational skills which enabled young men to play.

Playing football enabled us to develop sporting values and forge lasting friendships and improve our health and wellbeing.

The photograph of English Martyrs juniors team had a special fascination for me as I played for the team two years earlier.

I recall the team was captained by Brian Myerscough and the star man was Bernard Smith whose attitude and style of play was Roy Keanesque!

I was subsequently banned from the league as I wasn’t a Catholic. Only a few years later the Catholic and Sunday School Leagues merged and dispensed with the outdated and prejudiced rules.

I look forward to the reunion and renewing connections with lads from what, for many, was a wonderful era.

Malcolm Rae OBE, Fulwood

Taking us back to the future

Now that Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as Labour Party leader – largely thanks to the membership fee of just £3 – the anarchists have seized control and, with help from some in the unions, appear to be threatening to break the law.

The demonstration in Manchester against the legitimately elected Government is a reminder to everyone of the great danger they represent to the future of our country.

While most people want a better future for their families, these people, who represent a minority, would introduce a severe and punishing regime, as they wanted in the 1980s, that would wreck our economy and affect everybody’s lives.

Far from moving forward, they would be taking us back to the future that they are determined to impose on us.

Philip Griffiths, North West President, UKIP (UK Independence Party)