Letters and emails on February 16, 2011

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Just what the doctor ordered

Dear editor

I was taken into Chorley hospital one evening unexpectedly and would like to thank the doctors and nurses for the excellent care I received.

I was attended to by three nurses and a doctor and they kept bringing me cups of tea and checking on me and thanks to their care, I was able to come home as soon as possible.

Joan Foreman-Brown, Farington Moss, Leyland

Make changes before too late

Dear editor

I am pleased to see the proposal to reduce the speed limit on the A49 from 60 to 40 mph (Guardian, February 9), but how sad that someone has to die before road safety measures are improved.

Another problem which needs some attention is the traffic flow at the crematorium.

I am the next-door neighbour of Brian Heap, the cyclist , who was recently killed on the A49.

I attended Brian’s funeral at the crematorium and was very concerned with the traffic chaos caused by two large funerals following each other.

The car park at the crematorium was full, so cars arriving at Brian’s funeral were forced to park on the approach road.

Cars started to leave the previous funeral and met cars arriving at Brian’s funeral but there was not enough room for the cars to pass.

This resulted in cars having to reverse out on to the speedy traffic on the A49. If something is not done to improve this problem, the result will be many more clients for the crematorium.

Gwen Bode, Conway Close, Euxton

Doing our bit to keep street safe

Dear editor,

I’d like to respond to last week’s article ‘Crime hotspots in the town’.

The national crime website is part of the Government’s transparency agenda and has been produced to stimulate debate and get the public interested and involved in their communities.

However, the way the data has been pulled together by the police doesn’t accurately reflect the number of crimes in a particular area.

The maps don’t include a lot of the streets in Chorley so crimes occurring in some streets will be included in the figures for other streets, which is very misleading.

The figures shown on the map said that there had been 27 incidents in High Street and 19 in Crown Street during December – the reality is that there were actually seven incidents in High Street and two in Crown Street.

Chorley Community Safety Partnership, which includes Chorley Council, the police and other agencies, is committed to ensuring that Chorley is a safe place to live, work, visit and play.

It’s important to remember that crime is still at an all time low in Chorley with all crime down by 3.8 per cent in the three months leading up to the end of December.

We will continue to do our bit by keeping our funding in place for the borough’s PCSOs and the extensive CCTV system that helps us to proactively tackle crime.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, Leader of Chorley Council

Election for one spot is ‘crazy’

Dear editor,

Further to the article headlined ‘Pitch row heads to ballot boxes’, resident John Bamber said: “This is what we have wanted for some time.”

So where were these people last year when there were four vacancies on the council?

Where were they when the Tarmac row was going on?

To call an election at the expense of the taxpayer now for one vacancy is ludicrous.

At a time when the councils spending is already called into question £8,000 is a lot of money by anyone’s standards.

Also to close Balshaw Lane School for a whole day is going to cause hardship to overstretched parents who already have a lot of child care to find.

How do they justify that? In the apathetic society we live in, to get people to come out and vote in a general election is difficult.

To get 100 people to vote for this would be a miracle. I urge all the people involved in this to think again.

I would point out that my observations have nothing to do with football pitches, it is a point of principle. It’s about the money and the closing of the school.

Name and address supplied

Let’s consult the village

Dear editor,

I write to set the record straight in relation to the story about the planned football pitches in Euxton.

Euxton Parish Council claims that a study shows 47 per cent of residents in the village are in favour of the plans, with just 32 per cent objecting.

This makes it sound like the parish council has asked all the residents for their views, when they categorically have not.

In fact, these figures are based on the 102 responses they got from a feedback consultation event, in June 2010.

This is the only consultation the parish council has ever staged.

When put into context this equates to 44 people, from an Euxton electorate numbering 7,680.

I am a founder member of Euxton Green Belt Residents Action Group.

From Sport England figures, we estimate the cost of the project to be over £1m.

We think that if Euxton Parish Council is spending that amount of taxpayers’ money, then they should ask the electorate whether this is what they want, in a proper ballot – and we would abide by that decision.

Mark Parr, Pear Tree Lane, Euxton

All the way from Brussels

Dear Editor,

How good for the UKIP MEP for Chorley to comment on the work surrounding the Cenotaph. How refreshing for someone from the European Parliament to show an interest in local affairs. (Letters 9 Feb)

I agree that it is only right that we restore it to its full glory whilst cracking down on anti-social behaviour within the park.

It is the intention within the next two years to add all the names of the Chorley people who have lost their lives from World War One up to present day conflicts.

Perhaps Paul Nuttall can now obtain for the people of Chorley some European funding/grant to assist with this project ?

There have been a host of other projects around the country that have had European money allocated.

This is a truly worthwhile project and a perfect opportunity for our MEP to demonstrate his support for the people of Chorley.

Neil Whittaker, Wheelton