Pick up your dog dirt

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Garstang’s Millennium Green is a lovely place, a nature reserve, a place for everyone to walk through and enjoy the area.

Please would the owners with several dogs together, please control them and pick up their dirt.

Most owners do this, but some people treat the Green as a playground for their several dogs.

These people do not care and have no respect for anyone.

To be surrounded and harassed by several dogs at one time is very frightening, especially for a young child and also for the one owner with their one controlled dog.

One day there will be a serious accident and then it will be too late!

Control your dogs please.

(Name and address supplied)

Re the Berry Lane toilets/ disabled access facility closure in Longridge.

Surely there is a legal obligation on humanitarian grounds for the local authority to provide facilities for disabled people – as well as others – this should be pursued: it seems that there are horses for courses – the facilities in Clitheroe and Bolton by Bowland for example are in good condition and well looked after.

Is Longridge considered second rate?

Maybe we don’t have the tourist attraction? This stinks!!

I would be happy to discuss the legal implications further and take up the issue with Ribble Valley.

I think it’s an absolute disgrace in our community that disabled people should have to be put through the embarrassment and, not least, the physical problems of having to approach shops etc for access to toilets.

If we can spend £thousands on erecting 20mph useless speed signs, maybe someone’s got their priorities wrong??

Andy Ashworth,

Bedlam Road,

Thornley.

A sad day for Longridge

I am very annoyed that such an essential facility in the centre of our town should continue to be closed and even demolished!

Then this week I received my council tax bill and discovered that next year I shall be paying £1 per month less so I can only presume that this fabulous saving is costing us the use of Berry Lane toilets.

I understand that council tax must not be increased but why go even further than necessary at a cost to our local essential services?

It will be a sad day for Longridge residents and visitors if the proposals go ahead.

‘Loo-less Lady’ Margaret Paynter,

Chapel Brow, Longridge.

Who owns these toilets?

As a newcomer (comparatively) to Longridge, there are several rumours connected to the toilets in Berry Lane: (1) that the toilets are neither the property of Ribble Valley borough nor Longridge Town councils, but were in fact given to the people of Longridge by the builder of the parade of shops opposite, and (2) that in someone’s wisdom the toilets when they were cleaned and closed were done by a cleaner commuting from Gisburn.

If the first rumour is true, how can people make decisions re the closure of the toilets when they aren’t the owners?

If the second rumour is true and rubber stamped by the councils, they are hardly the right people to make such decisions as the financial logistics would only make sense if the toilets were cleaned,locked and maintained locally, thus saving money.

Question... how does the comparison stack up, of toilets being refurbished, compared with dismantling and landscaping plus capping off mains?

Question, do the council take into consideration as to who foots the bill for the extra cleaning of both Station and Civic Hall plus cleaning supplies? Is there an allowance made by RVBC to offset all these costs and, of course, the increase in water useage?

If the rumours are true then, councillors, you should look to your laurels.

If your sums don’t balance, then may I suggest you should retire.

As ratepayers, we pay for services supplied to us, as this service is to be denied us, perhaps we could therefore be entitled to a rate rebate.

Maybe a reduction in rates for the Old Station in lieu of providing a service to the community?

Please don’t overlook the grant to cover the extra costs incurred for cleaning, maintenance and supplies.....oh and while you’re busily engaged, please make allowances for overalls etc for those volunteers of the Heritage Centre which agreed to man the office and not the toilets as well.

The town’s public conveniences could be cleaned and maintained locally, especially as they need only to be opened from 8.30am until 4pm. All other users can use schools, pubs and supermarkets.

Barry Hill,

Longridge.

Crisis over care quality

LAST week the Care Quality Commission released a shocking report which said that in 78 out of 151 local NHS areas people with dementia who lived in care homes were more likely to be admitted to hospital for an avoidable reason than people without the condition.

What a terrible indictment of our care system!

I work for a disability charity called Vitalise, which provides much-needed respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers at the Sandpipers centre in Southport.

This report comes as no surprise to us, since one of our own studies showed that six out of 10 carers suffer huge feelings of worry and guilt at the prospect of sending their disabled, frail or elderly loved ones into residential care even for just a few days’ respite, and that the issue of quality of care is the cause of their fears.

Sadly, carers’ fears are quite justified and it’s not surprising that many family carers would rather struggle on at home, risking their own health in the process, than entrust the care if their loved one to residential or respite care.

They simply have no confidence in the care system.

Vitalise has been going for 50 years now, and we know that carers’ worries can be eased if they are confident that their loved ones will receive good quality care, combined with dignity and respect, in an appropriate and stimulating environment. Is this too much to ask of our care providers?

There are already 6.4 million carers in the UK, around 750,000 of whom are in the North West, and each year two million more of us become carers.

If we are to avoid a full-scale crisis in social care, the fundamental issues of quality and choice in respite care need to be addressed now.

Colin Brook, Vitalise. www.vitalise.org.uk

Monte Carlo or bust

DRIVE 1,148 miles from Longridge to Monte Carlo in a £250 banger car!

Calling all petrol heads, the 2013 Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally is now open for entries and organisers are hopeful of finding a team from Longridge to burn rubber over the 1,148 miles to Monte Carlo via France, Switzerland and Italy.

The rally challenges entrants to source a banger car for less than £250 and take part in a variety of Top Gear-style challenges along the way and compete for points and prizes.

Teams are encouraged to raise money for a local charity of their choice and can share their progress with supporters back home via live GPS tracking.

Inspired by the classic Paramount film, the three-day crusade will see more than 100 of the finest British bangers visit some of Europe’s most exciting locations and experience spectacular roads with backdrops of sun, sea, sand and snow!

There are a series of prizes up for grabs including trophies for the best – and worst – dressed teams.

Rally spokesperson Cuthbert Ware-Armitage said: “I am laying down the challenge to the good people of Longridge to join me on Europe’s ultimate banger rally adventure.

“This is a brilliant opportunity to get your team into gear and experience some of the greatest roads in Europe in some of worst cars from Longridge.”

Monte Carlo or Bust takes place between July 12-14 and more information can be found on the event website at www.montecarloorbust.eu .

We need more bins

OVER the past few weeks I have noticed a number of litter bins and dog bins have been removed and not replaced.

The following sites have lost bins: Nateby Crossing Lane, Cockerham Road, Canal Bridge on Nateby Crossing Lane, A6 opposite the Crofters Hotel, Lancaster Road and Castle Lane.

Have any more bins gone in other parts of Garstang?

Is this yet another misguided cost-cutting measure like the closure of the recycling depot in Garstang?

As someone who cleans up after my dogs and frequently picks up litter left by others I despair that litter bins and dog bins are being removed.

Heaven knows it’s difficult enough to keep our streets and lanes tidy without the local authority making the problem worse.

On the one hand signs have appeared on numerous lamp posts warning dog walkers not to allow their animal to foul the streets while on the other dog bins and litter bins are being removed!

Perhaps those responsible for removing the street bins could let the Courier know how many sites have lost bins in Garstang and the total cost of the new dog fouling warning signs!

Duncan Brown

Hawthorne Avenue

Garstang