Letters and emails on June 8

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Should we pay for the pleasure of using our tip?

Dear editor,

Over the Bank Holiday, as we know, the weather was rubbish.

That’s why I decided to clear out my shed of old rubbish that’s been mounting up for years.

What I thought would take me an hour to do on Saturday took nearly all day.

The shed was empty, the car loaded up and off I went to Birkacre Refuse Tip.

On the way there I went cold thinking ‘is the tip open?’

To my delight I saw a car turn into the opening a way in front of me.

I though ‘great.’

Pulling up to unload, two very polite refuse workers came to my assistance and helped me.

Fantastic I thought.

Then, a very polite refuse lady worker came over and directed me to the appropriate container for other waste.

Everyone was totally professional and very helpful.

I went over to thank the two gentlemen who helped me and in our conversation they said that there is a risk that the tip could close.

It was then we had an in-depth conversation about the impact on the Chorley area if the tip was to close.

There would be fly-tipping and all sports of waste problems.

The tip is a far bigger asset than you think and I would gladly pay a couple of pound entry to dump my rubbish there rather than take it home.

This is something the council may consider?

Again, a big thank-you to all the workers at Birkacre tip.

The local people don’t know how lucky they are.

Andrew Robinson, Adlington

Red bands are hazard to pets

Dear editor,

I am happy to see Coun Matthew Crowe has highlighted the problem of red elastic bands that are believed to have been dropped by Royal Mail postal workers in Coppull (Chorley Guardian June 1).

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and other wildlife organizations are currently campaigning to resolve this issue.

BHPS are offering postcards to interested parties featuring the graphic image of a hedgehog with a red elastic band embedded in its side, thankfully it was rescued and survived.

These are to sent to local sorting offices as a reminder of the hazards they create.

My cat has also eaten several of these bands so I now have to check there are none left lying around.

However, I was disappointed to read Royal Mail’s comments on the issue as I imagined they would take this seriously.

After all what use is a biodegradable rubber band to a severely injured animal?

Diana Tuson, Address supplied

‘We are working for the village’

Dear editor,

When I came on to the council 18 years ago it was solely for the purpose of helping the people of Coppull and making it a better place to live.

With the help of the rest of the Liberal Democrat team, I feel that we have succeeded in doing that.

Nine years ago, when we had a hung council, the Liberal Democrats were asked by the Labour Party in Chorley to form a coalition.

This we did, and Coun Stella Walsh was given the role of Chair of Scrutiny and I was asked to take over the DLO and housing maintenance, which were running at over half a million pounds loss each year.

It took nearly three years to bring it back on budget.

In all those three years, I never had any sarcastic or nasty comments from the Conservative Party about the coalition agreement.

When the Liberal Democrat coalition with the Conservatives was formed last year in Government, I thought it was the only way the disgraceful mess Labour had left us in could be sorted out. £186m in debt - I ask you.

At no time have I criticised the coalition, as the Labour Party has said I have.

My comments have been aimed at Nick Clegg being a PR disaster which affected us all in the local elections in May.

These elections should have been about local issues not the Government and the coalition.

After the elections, Coun Stella Walsh and I were asked by the Conservative Party if we would like to form a coalition with them.

After a lot of thought we decided to do so as we both think that Chorley has an excellent council, made so by the chief executive and the Conservative group over the last five years or so.

It is our intention to allow it to keep improving and not get involved in party politics, which would have happened if we hadn’t formed a coalition and given them a working majority.

The council could have become unworkable which would have affected the residents in the borough.

Both Stella and I are well aware that a lot of our votes are from residents who vote either Labour or Conservative in the General Election.

To those voters we are saying that we haven’t changed, we will still be doing what is best for Coppull and the whole of Chorley.

We want to help improve Coppull and help the residents, as we have done for the last 18 years.

The Liberal Democrats in Coppull have always worked for all the people in our village - it’s a shame that some voters were persuaded to vote on national rather than local issues, thereby losing a person who has worked hard for the village over many years.

Coun Ken Ball, Coppull

Tragic artist was a true great

Dear editor,

I was saddened to read of the death of the surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington who was born in Clayton-le-woods, daughter of Harold Carrington who owned the two mills in Eccleston.

I was lucky to have seen an exhibition of Leonora’s work at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston about 20 years ago.

I was absolutely enthralled by her paintings, I had never seen anything like them before, they were fascinating.

After I had seen them I read up on Leonora and found that her life was as exciting as her paintings.

There should have been a film made of her life.

I just don’t understand why she wasn’t more appreciated in England or indeed her place of birth, Lancashire.

There is a small corner in Bygone Times in Eccleston, which was one of her fathers mills, which has a small tribute to her and her work.

What a great woman.

Vivien Coles, Charnock Richard