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I was dismayed and very surprised to read the story ‘Tell us where our money went’ in the Leyland Guardian (March 23), and would like to set the record straight.
The story, which related to South Ribble Borough Council’s disclosure of all its spending of more than £500, states that council expenditure totalling “£34,000 was left unaccounted for”, which is absolutely not the case.
Every last penny has been accounted for, but some details must be withheld to protect personal information under national guidelines including the Data Protection Act.
We have always taken pride in being an open and transparent council, but we also have a duty to protect the confidentiality of our residents where appropriate.
I was extremely disappointed not to have been offered the opportunity to comment on this issue along with Coun Matthew Tomlinson and the Taxpayers’ Alliance, especially as the reasons for the exclusions were given to the Guardian earlier in the month.
Coun Stephen Robinson, Cabinet member with responsibility for finance and resources, South Ribble Borough Council
EDITOR’S NOTE: The story was correct but the council should have been given a chance to comment and we have apologised.
Court case was an utter fiasco
I just wanted to say thanks for running the story about the councillor’s dispute and their name calling in the Leyland Guardian (March 23).
I had a real good laugh at the stupidity of some of our local politicians and the lengths they go to and the games they play.
Next time Coun Alan Best should keep his mouth shut, broaden his shoulders and stop acting like a petulant child.
There are too many of them in politics in my opinion.
As for ‘Comrade’ Stoker, it is nice to see a politician who talks direct and feels passionately about something.
You don’t have to agree with his political views to admire his straight talking.
I suspect many people will agree with me when you look at this fiasco and the cost to the taxpayer.
It seems even in these times of cutbacks, our local politicians don’t understand the problems our local communities face judging by this political own goal.
Greg Heath, Managing Director, Derbyshire Booth Financial Management Limited
William Hill is a bad bet for us
As you know I comment on the so-called redevelopment of Hough Lane, Leyland, because of a presentation given by Coun Michael Green which contained such theories that allegedly would improve the area and in turn entice ‘big name retail’ players to Leyland.
The news that another bookies (William Hill), no matter how big their reputation is, coming to the area has however left me lost for words.
Andy Farrell, Moss Lane, Leyland
Clean signs are bad thing
As your local UKIP MEP, I am pleased to hear that Chorley Borough Council will be taking the responsibility of cleaning up many of the dirty street signs that have been left neglected (Guardian, March 23).
Road signs are essential for providing information regarding speed limits and access restrictions and need to be clean and clear so they can be noticed easily by drivers.
One of the biggest hazards on our local road network is caused when drivers miss signs informing them of a 30 mph speed limit and continue along at 40 mph.
Not only will this measure lead to safer roads, but clean street signs will also create a greater sense of pride within the borough and make our streets looks more pleasant.
Paul Nuttall, UK Independence Party MEP
Love-struck frogs beware
It’s frog-watch time as they head in droves for the Withnell lakes for what I assume is a bit of a love-in.
A hazardous business for them.
They carry on hopping across busy roads whether traffic is coming or not.
A friend in Withnell Fold who gave a lift to one met a couple of youngsters carrying three across the road.
So far, they said: “We have assisted 16.”
On successive evenings I have carried frogs across the A674.
Geoffrey Mather, Withnell
God show was not offensive
It’s a shame your correspondent Alex Barclay (Guardian, March 23), thinks our recent comedy show ‘Christ On A Bike’ was deeply offensive and mocks God.
I admit the show has a provocative title but if Alex had come along he’d have discovered the very things he writes about are brought up in the show itself, often at the expense of writer/performer Richard Herring rather than Jesus Christ.
The show explores modern attitudes to religion and the effect it’s had on Herring’s life, and although there are some cutting jibes it’s meticulously researched and explores transubstantiation and theology.
Herring looks deeper into the Bible than I think many devout Christians do (and I don’t think anybody’s faith would be knocked by the show).
We even had the Vicar of Preston, Timothy Lipscomb, among the audience and he enjoyed it, stopping behind for a good chat with Herring afterwards.
We’ve got plenty of shows on now, and obviously can’t please everyone and I’m sorry Mr Barclay was offended, but this show was a sell-out so clearly appealed to many people.
Richard Herring will be back next year with a show about love, and I’d be happy to give Mr Barclay free tickets to see it and to know what he thinks.
Ian Robinson, Chorley Little Theatre
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