Letters - September 11, 2015

A generic view of a household water tap as water and sewerage bills are to rise by around �20 from April, regulator Ofwat has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 31, 2012. The average bill will increase by 0.5% above inflation to �376, taking into account a rate of inflation of 5.2%, the water companies' watchdog said.'The announcement comes after Ofwat pulled back from deep cuts in household bills in 2009 in its final decision on prices for the next five years. See PA story CITY Water. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
A generic view of a household water tap as water and sewerage bills are to rise by around �20 from April, regulator Ofwat has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 31, 2012. The average bill will increase by 0.5% above inflation to �376, taking into account a rate of inflation of 5.2%, the water companies' watchdog said.'The announcement comes after Ofwat pulled back from deep cuts in household bills in 2009 in its final decision on prices for the next five years. See PA story CITY Water. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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WATER

Crisis shows water regulations work

Councillor Paul Hayhurst, in his letter printed in the Gazette (Your Say, September 8) unfairly calls into question the competence of our environmental regulators and United Utilities in the wake of the recent cryptosporidium problem.

Speaking as an environmental consultant who has worked with our regulations for nearly two decades, I would contest that the cryptosporidium crisis in fact showcases the strengths of our regulatory regime, and the capabilities of the organisations involved in keeping our drinking water safe, not their weaknesses.

The fact that the contamination was identified so quickly, and before anyone could be made ill, is testament to the amount of testing routinely performed by United Utilities and which is required by law. That they could apparently pinpoint the cause – a needle in a haystack of thousands of kilometres of pipework – shows just how skilled they are at managing their massive network of assets.

And that the boil water advice remained in force until United Utilities and the Drinking Water Inspectorate were satisfied it was safe to remove it tells me that the right regulations exist and are being properly enforced.

Given that he voted against Cuadrilla’s plans for the Fylde, despite legal advice that suggested the reasons for refusal would be unsustainable, I wonder if Coun Hayhurst is now simply latching on to any justification he can in order to support his anti-fracking stance?

Lee Petts

Managing Director

Environmental consultancy Remsol

DEVELOPMENT

They don’t know how to run a business

I find it an insult to Aldi to be told by the Blackpool planners what is best for their business, by a council which has made a number of disastrous decisions, such as the one-way system on the Promenade, the cobbled roundabouts on Talbot Road and Waterloo Road and the car park on the site of the old Devonshire Road hospital, which hardly anyone uses.

Would it not be better for the Aldi planners to help make decisions for the council?

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CHARITY

Grandparents’ work is not forgotten

This Grandparents Day (September 13) I want to shine a light on the immense contribution grandparents make supporting families today, especially those with a seriously ill child.

When a family is faced with having a child who is life threatened or terminally ill, every member of the family is placed under unimaginable pressure. For grandparents, the grief and pressure is often twofold, as they watch their child in a crisis that they cannot fix, while feeling the pain of seeing their precious grandchild so unwell.

The strength, selflessness and courage these grandparents show every day makes them truly remarkable.

So my message to those grandparents is this: “You are amazing, and you deserve this day to celebrate the very special relationship with your grandchildren and recognise all you have achieved in supporting your family. You are not forgotten, the emotional burden you carry does not go unnoticed, and I’d like to add my thanks to you all.”

To help Rainbow Trust support more grandparents with emotional and practical help, donate online at rainbowtrust.org.uk/donate or call 01372 220086.

Anne Harris,

Director of Care at Rainbow Trust

COMPETITION

Wanted – pets who have beaten death

Leading vet charity, PDSA, is currently inviting pet owners to send in their most amazing stories of miracle pets to be considered for the coveted Pet Survivor 2015 title.

Every week, dedicated vet teams help to get our much-loved pets back on all four paws again after serious injury and illness. The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards celebrate those extraordinary cases where pets have come back from the brink and beaten all odds thanks to these amazing animals’ fighting spirit, owners’ dedication and the expertise and skills of the vet professionals.

The competition is open to any pet treated by a vet in the UK for a life-threatening illness or injury between August 1, 2014 and August 1, 2015. Pet owners wishing to nominate their pet can enter online at www.pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday, October 4.

A panel of judges will then shortlist a small group of miracle pets to take part in a public vote, with the winner announced at the end of the year.

PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones