Readers' letters - Friday, November 18
We have it perfect now
After reading with great interest about Chorley town centre and the answers from Mr Alistair Bradley in the Chorley Guardian, I feel I need to put pen to paper once again.
Everybody I speak with is deeply concerned about the markets.
The cinema, it’s just not for me, but to be fair I am an older person and would not want to stand in the way of the youth, but please rethink the location for the build. There are so many spaces in Chorley town centre, such as the old post office or the former Odeon.
Mr Bradley and his council have done so much to improve Chorley and we thank you for that.
We have a great time every Tuesday at the Flat Iron market, it is a place for everybody.
If the market goes into the streets as proposed, the traders will suffer as they will lose the great friendships they have with one another and also with us, the customers. We love that atmosphere.
Mr Bradley said, in his letter in the Chorley Guardian, that they know parking is an issue but that people will have to change their habits (Guardian, October 25).
We have it perfect now for everybody. If you change Mr Bradley, you will make a lot of Chorley residents happy.
Mrs Dewhurst, Chorley
Coun Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, replies: We can only build a cinema on land that we own and control and that is suitable for such a development.
The proposed location is the one that works best when you take into account all the factors, and that is evidenced by the fact that no company wants to run a cinema on other sites in the town. We hope Mrs Dewhurst has taken part in the markets consultation so we can capture her views.
The feedback that we’ve had so far is that many people, including the traders themselves, welcome moving the market on to the shopping streets. We know there are challenges to overcome but, if we get everyone’s concerns, we can do our best to address these, but as I say lots of people are generally very positive about this move.
With regard to car parking, if we are to make our town centre sustainable for the long-term we have to make improvements.
We could do nothing and leave it as it is but my view, and that of many other people, is that we need to make these changes to bring more people into our town and that will ultimately benefit everyone.
NHS is being dismantled
So Donald Trump has won in America.
Don’t be surprised.
One of his main campaign promises was to dismantle Obamacare, the American equivalent of our NHS.
But that is already happening here.
Our NHS is being dismantled, and moving rapidly towards the private sector.
Locally, our A&E has closed and the Urgent Care Centre is now privatised.
Why, you may ask?
Mainly because a large proportion of MPs are financially involved with those very entities it is being sold off to. Don’t believe the tales of these organisations being run on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis, it’s more cash in the pockets of those we thought we could trust. They have already accomplished privatising the dental system, so why stop there?
If there was an election tomorrow and a political party ran on the promise of keeping the NHS as a public body, the present Government would disappear!
If you do not object loudly NOW, you are guilty of sleep walking the NHS to oblivion. It’s time to stand up and be counted, before it really is too late.
I had to request hospital change
A resident of Chorley, I have required hospital appointments on two occasions.
On each occasion, I received by post, without consulting me, appointments for clinics held at Royal Preston Hospital.
Only after direct requests were the appointments changed to Chorley Hospital. (There is an old saying, if you don’t use it, you will lose it).
I am 85 years of age and can only walk short distances with the aid of a stick.
I can, however, manage Chorley Hospital by public transport.
For Preston, the Ambulance Transport Service is required, putting extra strain on that service and expense on the health service.
Finally I quote, with his permission, our popular local councillor, Ralf Snape: “Chorley Hospital for Chorley people.”
Let’s support our nurses
Nurses across the North West are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to scrap the one per cent pay cap when he delivers his Autumn Statement on November 23.
The one per cent cap on pay increases for public sector workers has meant that some nurses have seen their pay fall by up to 14 per cent in real terms since 2010 – a massive impact.
Nurses are telling us they struggle to cope on their current pay levels and feel undervalued which leads to low morale and staff leaving the profession for good. Unless the Chancellor takes urgent steps to ensure nursing pay reflects the complexity and value of the role, the nursing profession is being led into crisis.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing are calling for a fair deal by asking the Chancellor to scrap the one per cent public sector pay cap for NHS staff, award NHS staff with an above-inflation pay increase and return to a UK-wide pay rate in the NHS.
If you would like to show your support for fair pay for nursing staff, visit www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts to find out what we are doing and to sign the petition on nursing pay.
Let’s tell the Chancellor that this is his opportunity to show that the Government does indeed value nurses. Thousands of nursing staff across the North West region are dedicated to caring for you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever your illness or condition. Please show your support for us.
Paul Wood, RCN North West
Looking for skills tutors
We are touring the country, asking talented people in each county to teach us a skill, and we’re looking to come to Lancashire next.
We’re all in our late 20s, hope to be taught at least one lesson in every county of the UK over the course of the next year, and will donate £10 to Alzheimer’s Society for every lesson we receive.
We have all lost relatives to Alzheimer’s and we’re using this challenge to raise funds to support sufferers.
Skills teachers can register their interest, and see examples of previous lessons taught, at www.teach-us.uk
Nick Street, Alice Albery and Matthew Bowen via email