Letters and emails on March 16, 2011

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The Carrington Centre revamp

Dear Editor,

As an existing retail tenant of The Carrington Centre in Eccleston for the past six years, I thought it appropriate to voice my opinion on the proposed redevelopment of the site given the recent speculation in the Guardian.

Speaking from a commercial perspective, there is significant unrealised revenue potential at our Eccleston branch when compared with our nearby stores in Tarleton and Parbold. This is fundamentally due to the current dilapidated condition and poor layout of the site.

My long-held opinion is that a comprehensive development is the only sensible way forward. Replacing the rather dated and rundown shopping mall with an upgraded village centre will provide the opportunity for us to work and shop in much improved, lighter, brighter, modern surroundings.

The investment in the site will be for the common benefit of Eccleston residents and surrounding villages with improved access for public transport.

Provided that existing businesses are satisfactorily accommodated during the regeneration, then I personally and as a business owner wholeheartedly welcome the proposals to develop The Carrington Centre.

The eventual alternative here is that the site is left to ruin, with more units being left vacant and existing traders having no option but to vacate, leaving Eccleston with very few shops or amenities.

Jane Hardiker, Company Director, Do-It-Yourself Centre

Round of applause

Dear Editor,

Well done to CADOS for the recent production of Neville’s Island.

The set was just incredible and created the perfect atmosphere for the theme of the play.

From the moment the first actor waded on stage, the audience were hooked.

Excellent acting with the balance of comedy and soul searching pitched at just the right level.

The Chorley Little Theatre is a real gem.

Mrs J Nelson, Calderbank Barn, Chorley

A poem for busy lives

Dear Editor,

Please see my poem of reflection for those with busy lives:

Doing this and doing that,

Sorry I’ve no time to chat.

Dashing here and dashing there,

Hardly any time to spare.

Need some help? Of course I will,

But must do it quick, no time to kill.

Life is lived at break-neck speed,

Love this life, just what I need.

Called round today, 10 minutes to spare,

Knocked on the door but you’re not there.

All my rushing now is done,

I will miss you now you’re gone.

Now there is no me and you,

Heed these words that ring so true.

Wish I’d taken more time to chill,

And of life’s simple pleasures took my fill.

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Parking should cost nothing

Dear Editor

I think Chorley Council should be encouraging people to shop in Chorley - not discouraging them by stamping out abuse of sharing car park tickets at the Flat Iron (Guardian, March 2).

If shoppers had pay-on-exit with the first hour free many more people would use Chorley instead of other park for free options.

We have become so accustomed to parking for free, that to charge for parking is all that’s needed to discourage us from using our town centres.

I use the market and local shops as I am really trying to reduce my food miles - but I absolutely resent the premium that’s charged to do this in the form of parking charges.

So Chorley Council - stop bleating about shopping locally, keeping the town alive, being greener and make it a real, viable option by addressing the parking charges.

Pay-on-exit - not fiddle about entering extra details into a parking machine - more shoppers in Chorley!

Sue Thwaites, Clayton-le-Woods

Remember all the heroes

Dear Editor,

I write in response to Michael Finan’s letter (Guardian, March 9) regarding the Welsh Guards Falkland Memorial in Astley Park.

I would have thought that Mr Kevill must have approached someone regarding this Welsh Guards stone.

It was reported in the Chorley Guardian in 2004 ‘that it was being moved from a private residence in Croston’.

This was the former residence of Martin Kevill and he needed to have the stone moved. Surely the Chorley British Legion did not come across this stone by chance?

The stone does not commemorate all those that died or served in the Falkland Islands however, it remembers only the men of the Welsh Guards who unfortunately lost their lives in this campaign.

No other unit or individual is mentioned on the stone and there are no Chorley men on it.

This is understandable I suppose, due to Mr Kevill being an ex-Welsh Guards Officer and it being commissioned by him initially for his private residence. It is wrong to treat it as anything else than a Welsh Guards stone in my view.

When Chorley Council and Lindsay Hoyle were approached about this they would not have been aware that extensive work would be carried out in the future on the Chorley Cenotaph either.

I have recently spoken to a couple of Welsh Guards men that I served with and they are also a little baffled as to the location of this stone.

One had never even heard of Chorley. Another said this is a bit like having a Lancashire Regiment stone in Cardiff.

Any future parade in the town, irrespective of the month it is to be held, could still be held around the renovated Cenotaph.

It would also remember all who died in both World Wars and all subsequent campaigns and not just appear to focus on the Falklands conflict.

The question that Michael Finan raises (i.e ‘does Chorley really want to be seen as a town that is removing memorials’) is not relevant really.

Chorley is a town that is renovating and bringing our Cenotaph up to date at last. It is including the names of our local dead from World War One up to the present day conflicts. If the Welsh Guards stone has to be removed or relocated to achieve this then it must happen in my view.

Of course all of this should be handled sensitively. Perhaps the Welsh Guards Association should be approached with regard to this stone.

I am also sure that a lot of relatives of these brave men, that paid the ultimate sacrifice, would prefer to see it around their local area than in some distant park they are not at all familiar with.

They have earned the right to be remembered - but please let’s have it where it makes a more fitting tribute and makes more sense.

Neil Whittaker, Wheelton

Stop crowing over 0% rise

Dear Editor,

In all the trumpeting of a zero per cent increase in council tax we should not forget that it was on Coun Peter Goldsworthy’s watch as leader of Chorley Borough Council that £2 million was put at risk after it was invested in Icelandic banks.

There’s not much use claiming that we will get the money back as the latest prediction for repayment of a possible £800,000 of the £2 million (and that’s all that is available) is that this will not be before 2040.

Inflation is likely to eat into any monies returned in 2040 which means any repayment at that time wouldn’t buy the proverbial packet of crisps in today’s money.

Also we should not forget that the £2 million was presumably replaced by borrowing.

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