Letters - January 8, 2016

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WATER

Spending on wages, not on dredging

Your correspondent Judy Goodwin mentions remembering clearing drains and dredging canals (Gazette, January 4).

Before water was privatised, the water boards were made up of local councillors and MPs who were responsible for seeing rivers dredged of mud and silt. After privatisation, the officials were replaced by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from the city, who were told to make profits and found you couldn’t run a public utility for profits without dumping vital functions like dredging, but still awarded themselves huge salaries and gave massive dividends to their institutional investors. The fat cats live like Roman emperors and people watch their houses become uninhabitable.

The obvious solution is to renationalise water immediately and without compensation, as they have had enough already. If anyone wants compensation the fat cats must pay, they have fiddled us long enough now.

They spend our cash on mansions, jacuzzis, second, third and fourth homes in Bermuda and buy themselves Rolls Royces and Bentleys.

The PM hasn’t learned the lessons from the floods of 2013/14. Five months ago they threw another 1,000 environmental jobs on the scrapheap, yet he tells TV cameras he is doing everything he can to prevent floods.

Royston Jones

Beryl Avenue

Anchorsholme

FLOODING

Thanks to those who helped flood victims

I write to express my thanks to the many people of Lancashire who were out and ready to help their neighbours during the December storms – from churches and community centres that opened their doors to those who handed out cups of tea in the driving rain.

We saw the real Lancashire spirit and people’s generosity exceeded all expectations.

I also want to thank the members of the emergency services, military, Environment Agency, volunteers and all others who responded in December. I saw for myself teams of people from across the country who had travelled at short notice to help total strangers in any way they could – many giving up time with their families over the festive period to help affected communities.

To all those who gave so much time and effort your contribution was invaluable, thank you.

Elizabeth Truss

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

ANIMALS

Please support your animal shelters

Now the festive season is over, no doubt our over-crowded animal sanctuaries will have an influx of unwanted pets bought at Christmas by irresponsible people who now wish to pass the responsibility of these poor creatures’ future on to someone else.

If only more people would stop buying on impulse and put some serious thought into what owning a pet entails, including the expense, before buying one, then these tragedies would not happen.

Cat Rescue, Easterleigh, Cats Paws, Furry Tails and the RSPCA Home are full to bursting with these creatures 365 days a year.

They rely totally on the generosity of the general public to feed and care for them.

Please support these hard working charities throughout the year. We really need them. They are a vital and only safely net for all creatures great and small until a new secure and loving home can be found for them.

Cash donations as well as goods for their charity shops will always be most welcome.

Josephine Harwood

Moor Park Avenue

Bispham

KINDNESS

Thanks to delivery man for safe return

I want to say thank you very much to the man who delivers our Gazette. When he put it through for us last Saturday morning, there was my bus pass put through with it.

I had not known I had lost it or dropped it out of my pocket.

So a big thank you to the Gazette delivery gentleman, my best wishes for him.

Jim Clancy

Caledonian Avenue

Layton

TRANSPORT

It’s time to reduce the duty on fuel

In 2011/12, motorists in the UK contributed £38 billion in tax, from VAT on fuel and vehicle excise duty, to the Government and this was repeated in successive years, raising approximately the same level of revenue.

Higher fuel costs do not protect the environment but they do bankrupt families and businesses through increasing costs.

The politicians in this country need to be sent a wake-up call at the ballot box.

I believe that we should reduce fuel duty by 50 pence a litre – this would increase job creation and reduce inflation permanently.

Time for lower taxes.

Oliver Healey

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