Your Say - Tuesday October 23

flood worries: Flooding, as shown here in Whittle-le-Woods, is a major concern for one reader
flood worries: Flooding, as shown here in Whittle-le-Woods, is a major concern for one reader
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Flooding hell needs to be sorted

Pippin Street in Brindle, Chorley, is a lane in a country parish that is surprisingly busy with private, commercial and agricultural vehicles.

Because the lane is narrow with no pavements, most of the vehicles have to drive over the grass verges.

As a result, mud from the verges and from vehicles spreads on to the road, blocking the only two drains in the road and causing the lane to become severely flooded.

This makes it impassable by pedestrians and children walking home from school, which means they have to walk along the main road – Sandy Lane – with no footpath in order to continue their journey along Smithy Lane, which also floods, in order to get home.

To conclude, I must add that we have put up with a public highway unable to be used in wet weather and highly dangerous with ice in winter.

Residents have tolerated this problem for over seven years, leaving us with no alternative but to contact the press and other authorities.

Something must be done urgently, on a permanent basis in order to alleviate this problem for good.

J Croasdale,

Pippin Street, Brindle

How could police make mistake?

Regarding the story about Colin Farmer, the man with the white stick who was shot with a Taser by police who believed he had a Samurai sword (LEP October, 19).

Let’s get this right. If the officer could not say with absolute certainty that this man had a samurai sword he should never have used the taser.

Anyone who cannot tell the difference between a blind man tapping his way along and a criminal wielding a samurai sword is the one who needs a white stick.

It’s no use saying that the light was poor, he should have made absolutely certain.

All I can say is that it is a good job the officer didn’t have a 9mm pistol. Sound like a panic attack to me, the officer not the blind man.


via LEP website

Thanks for views on wind turbines

I would just like to thank Mr Tom Sutton for his letter of October 17 which spelt out clearly and concisely the concerns held by many people about wind turbines, not least people like myself and my family who would be living close to one of these things if the planning application in Hoole is approved.

They are costly, inefficient and a possible danger to health and certainly not the solution to our energy problems.

They only benefit the landowner who draws the subsidies paid for by all of us.

I am not a Nimby, I would be the first to welcome wind turbines if they were a panacea for all our energy problems and I was not so concerned for the health of my family.

Concerned Local

via email

Officer suffered judgement error

Everyone has an opinion on the Colin Farmer incident, even though nobody really knows the full facts.

If you were the officer and you were aware that a person was walking around with a sword and you thought you saw them would you go and tap them on the shoulder say, ‘Excuse me but is that a sword in your hand?’

The officer shouted at Mr Farmer what else can he do? If he had waited and waited to see what was going to happen then another member of the public may have got stabbed (remember the officer thought mr Farmer had a sword).

He can not win either way.

Imagine the headline ‘Officer sees man with sword and does nothing resulting in the stabbing and death of a passerby’.

Give him a break, it was a error of judgement.

What now, via LEP website

Police could not just ask victim

Lets be honest here, what would you have done in the policeman’s situation?

If the officer honestly thought the white stick was a sword he would hardly tap Mr Farmer on the shoulder.

Ka, via LEP website