Letters and emails on January 26, 2011

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Do we need another Asda?

Dear Editor,

I refer to the story that Asda is set to take over Asda (Guardian, January 19).

It’s like waiting ages for a bus – and then two come along together! (Do we really need two in this town?)

On another subject, I have a sister, who also lives in Chorley, not here, but the village of Chorley near Lichfield.

While away at the New Year, I found another village of Chorley, this time in Cheshire.

This set me thinking, where do all these Chorley villages come from and what does the name mean?

A little research and I found that the name originates from the Anglo-Saxon Ceorla-leah, meaning a Peasant’s Churl or parcel of land cleared in the woods.

No chance now of the ‘Peasant’s land’ changing into ‘Pleasant land’ but, as all our local shops disappear, it could soon become a clearing once again, this time surrounded by supermarkets.

The sad thing about this is that when our local Netto converts to another Asda, I won’t even be able to get my cheap wine, in which to drown my sorrows.

Graham Archer, St Michael’s Close,Chorley

Picture dated back to 2007

Dear Editor,

I refer to the article regarding the success of Chorley and District Building Society which appeared in the Guardian on January 19.

As I appeared in a photograph attached to this article I wish it to be known that the photograph was taken in 2007.

I have not worked for the Society for over three years.

Sheila Myers, Euxton

EDITOR’S NOTE: As is common policy in newspapers the photo came from the Guardian’s extensive library to illustrate a story about chief executive Stephen Penlington. Mrs Myers was not named in the article and her presence in the picture was coincidentall. We will be updating our photo library.

Keep smiling Chorley FM

Dear Editor,

I’m sorry to hear of the plight of Chorley FM (Guardian, January 19).

They should imagine the glass is half full instead of half empty and get about producing things people want to hear - local subjects are wonderful.

There’s a great big world out there directly affecting everyone in town.

Joseph Dawson, Chorley Road, Withnell

Don’t brand me as ‘anti-pub’

Dear Editor

I was naturally interested to read Greg Heath’s letter (Guardian January 19) in response to my criticism of the so-called regeneration of Hough Lane, Leyland.

Sadly to give a full response to include the presentation given by Coun (Michael) Green would require a full page. If I could just say that concerns of filling one of the last remaining outlets that can accommodate the bigger household names that Greg refers to with a pub has nothing to do with being part of any anti-pub movement.

Andy Farrell, Moss Lane, Leyland

Flooded road is top priority

Dear Editor,

I am writing following the letter in the Guardian (January 19) regarding the flooding in Euxton Lane, Euxton.

As the County Councillor for the area I share everyone’s frustration with this problem and understand the considerable inconvenience caused by Euxton Lane being closed some 13 times since last September.

Nobody will be more pleased than me when the drain is repaired, but I’d like to assure people that there is no ‘stand-off’ between the county council and Network Rail, we are working closely together to find a solution to the problem.

A number of factors have combined to make this problem uniquely difficult to fix.

A drain on land belonging to Network Rail has collapsed, causing water to flood the road whenever it rains. Not only is the affected drain many years old and buried deeply in the ground, it also covers a considerable distance and is situated very near to the West Coast mainline making excavation work impossible.

LCC highways engineers will continue to pump water away whenever possible but the road may continue to be closed following rain .

Pumping only provides a temporary solution and can be ineffective during periods of continuous or heavy rain when closing the road is the only reasonable option available.

Lancashire County Council and Network Rail have vowed to maintain momentum to find a permanent solution to a flooding problem on a road in Chorley.

The council has spent over £7,000 removing the flood water in tankers.

Network Rail has allocated some £120,000 to investigate the problem using remote cameras and water jetting techniques to diagnose the source of the problem and identify the best possible solution.

Further line closures have been schedule over the next three weeks to allow work to continue.

Everyone involved is keen to see progress made on this issue and I will continue to do all I can to make sure residents’ concerns are heard and all reasonable efforts are made.

Coun Mark Perks, Chorley

Council must pay up cash

Dear Editor,

Isn’t it about time employers took some responsibility when found guilty of unfairly dismissing their employees (Guardian January 5).

For Chorley Council chief executive Donna Hall to claim that the decision against her council of unfairly dismissing Wayne Andrews needs to be challenged to save council taxpayers’ money is a travesty, given that the council has no doubt already racked up thousands of pounds of council taxpayers money in legal fees, defending the indefensible in this case. It’s about time the council stopped dithering and accepted the fact they were wrong to dismiss Mr Andrews because of his union role.

If they really want to save council taxpayers’ money, they should pay the compensation to Mr Andrews immediately.

Maria Moss, Regional Organiser, UNISON

Why not play on Sunday?

Dear Editor,

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but couldn’t Chorley FC’s match against Wakefield that was postponed last Saturday because of the weather not have been rescheduled for Sunday?

With such a horrendous fixture backlog and the weather forecast suggesting a thaw surely an agreement could have been reached between the teams, officials, and the Evo-stik League.Or am I being unrealistic?

Neil Farnworth, Fulwood, Preston