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Houses are for local folks

Dear Editor,

I have no doubt that people living in Croston would have been chuckling when they read the response from Chorley Community Housing to Coun Peter Wilson’s claim that people from outside Chorley are getting houses in Chorley ahead of residents.

Croston is currently having 24 houses built by Chorley Community Housing built on a stretch of land on Moor Road. I myself tried to apply for one of these houses to be told that the priority was given for ‘assisted movers’ or those nominated by ‘a council’.

Literature put through letterboxes for a public meeting before the planning was approved stated that these houses were for families from Skelmersdale, Wigan and Liverpool. Needless to say no extra provision has been given as regards to school places etc.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Richard Houghton, Director of Operations for CCH, said: “All the homes at Moor Road, Croston will be advertised via the Select Move scheme nearer the date of their completion and anyone registered for rehousing with Select Move will be free to bid for one of them. However, our lettings criteria for these homes are set out in a legal agreement between Adactus Housing Group and Chorley Borough Council.

The legal agreement requires us to give highest priority to those households in housing need with a local connection to the parish of Croston.

Local connection is defined in the legal agreement as having lived in the parish for at least three of the past five years, having worked in the parish for at least twelve months or having a parent, grandparent, child or sibling living in the parish for at least five years.

The only exception to these criteria is where an applicant can demonstrate other special circumstances to the Borough Council that should be taken into consideration.

We will work closely with the borough council in selecting who will be rehoused at the scheme and will carry out thorough checks to ensure that the households who are offered accommodation are genuinely local people as defined in the legal agreement.

This process is designed to ensure that as many as possible of the 24 dwellings are let to households with a local connection to Croston.

If there are insufficient households with a local connection to Croston, we will consider rehousing applicants with a local connection to the adjoining parishes of Bretherton and Eccleston.

Don’t ever defend drugs

Dear Editor,

I was appalled to read last week’s front page story, with the headline ‘My daughter has lost her dad’, in which it was said that a convicted drug dealer had been given a jail sentence that was too long and had been made ‘an example of’.

Yes, a child has been left without a father for some time, but the drugs that this person was dealing would mean that many families would be destroyed for ever.

At least this person is still alive and has a future. This would be denied to many of the people using the drugs that he was attempting to import.

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Justice needs to be served

Dear Editor,

I am, quite frankly, shocked and appalled about your story on Leanne Fitzgerald featured on the front page of the Chorley Guardian (September 7).

She was speaking out after her partner, Philip Jennings, was jailed for eight years for his involvement in an international drugs plot.

Ms Fitzgerald’s opinion of her boyfriend’s sentence shows her lack understanding of justice.

Of course Ms Fitzgerald is entitled to be ‘gutted’ that her boyfriend is in prison and I am also sure that he ‘hates it in prison’.

However, the article trivialising the seriousness of his crime.

He attempted to smuggle £600,000 worth of cocaine from Trinidad in to the UK.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison. Ms Fitzgerald notes that ‘murderers don’t even get that long’.

This is incorrect. If there is a conviction of murder there is a mandatory life sentence, the court is given no discretion on this sentence.

Mr Jennings was given eight years when the maximum penalty is life.

I submit that he got off lightly. Drugs trafficking is a very serious offence. Use of cocaine can cause sudden death.

Anyone involved in the trafficking of drugs, especially Class A drugs, such as cocaine, are vicariously responsible for all of the issues above.

Thank goodness they got caught and thank goodness he is in prison. The headline should read: ‘Justice served as attempted drug trafficking is intercepted in the nick of time.’

Decriminalising these people is a crime in itself.

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Thanks for a great day

Dear Editor,

Astley Village Residents Association would like to thank everyone who attended our funday at the rugby club on Sunday, August 21 and made it a day to remember.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and we would like to say a special thank you to Places for People, Green Space, Lancashire County Council and Small Sparks for their funding which made this event possible.

Also, thanks for Chorley Council, Places for People, Sports Development Team and Buckshaw Juniors FC, who gave up their time to help.

A big thankyou to Natalie Holt and Alan Priestly, Neighbourhood Officers and local councillors Alan Platt and Mark Perks, who helped us out and worked throughout the funday.

All this could not have been achieved without the help of Marc Brook, chairman of Chorley RUFC, who loaned us the full use of the rugby club.

Watch out for next year’s funday, which will be even bigger and better.

Kath Gorman

Astley Village Residents Association

Great news for Corey

Dear Editor,

I saw the Guardian (September 7) about the fact that the Corey Ashcroft Appeal has reached it’s target of £210,000.

Wow! It’s a great achievement that the money has been raised. Well done to everyone.

Joanne Copeland

Chorley

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