Two pages of your views
ADDRESS SAFETY ISSUE
THESE photos show vehicles parked on double yellow lines around St Johns school, Stonefold, with obvious disregard to safety notices and constricted traffic flow.
Maybe it is time we had a parking warden visiting at 3pm to fine people, as they obviously do not listen to the school staff, who constantly try to encourage safe parking.
The Spice Rooms on Blackburn Road have offered parking to the parents at school times to alleviate the traffic problems, but parents seem not to care.
There is a safety issue here, and the problem needs to be addressed. Rosemary Atherton Rising Bridge Road Haslingden
BATHS’ TIME HAS COME
I MUST say I have to agree with Annabel Shipley’s views on Haslingden Baths in the Free Press ( October 20).
Sadly Haslingden Baths’ time has come and I say this with a heavy heart as I still remember my Dad telling me of the great time he had there on the day it opened.
Ring fencing the money raised from selling the Eastbank Avenue site for the construction of a new Baths at the Sports Centre is the way to go, and whilst we are at it, make sure we charge double to any developer interested in buying Rawtenstalls Spinning Point Two site.
Haslingden paid for that concrete and we want our money back for the baths please! Dave Rothwell Warwick Street Haslingden
ALL SHOULD SPECIALISE
THE Rossendale Scribbler could not be more accurate in saying that parental choice for schools is a myth, ( Rosendale Free Press, 20 October).
However, he misses the point on the many problems created by our dysfunctional education system.
He says “Different schools specialise in different things ..” but does not challenge this illogical system.
On what basis is there any evidence that children at the age of 11 need to specialise in particular subjects?
No other countries do this and many produce far better educated people than we do.
Most don’t even specialise at sixth form level, but wait for mature and broadly educated adults to specialise at university.
Our so called specialist secondary schools create a huge transport problem because of parents’ perception that the local school delivers the ‘ wrong’ subjects for their child.
If all children went to their local school then most could walk or cycle, they would be healthier, fitter and more receptive to learning and there would be far few vehicles clogging up roads and blocking school entrances.
Instead of schools specialising in a host of exclusive subjects how about all of them specialising in high quality teaching and learning?
How would faith schools fit into this system?
According to a recent ComRes survey commissioned by the Church of England only 6% of British adults met the Church’s definition of ‘practising Christians’ yet over 22% of all maintained schools are run by that Church which plans to create many more.
It is the present Prime Minister’s policy to allow all faith schools to increase their selective exclusivity from 50% to 100% thereby totally isolating faith communities from each other.
Have we not learned from Northern Ireland?
Let’s have local schools for all children that teach a broad range of subjects including the principles of all major world faiths and no faith.
If parents want to bring up their children with a particular belief then they are free to do so at home or with their respective religious establishments, but not at the expense of the state or the health of the community. Colin Hubbard Whitworth
INVOLVE LOCAL FIRMS
REGARDING the third Bacup THI plan, my concern with the new plans is the location of the proposed taxi rank on tower street.
The only trade discussion which has ever taken place regarding taxi rank provision within the new plans was to allocate two bays in front of the relocated bus stop on market street to allow for disabled passengers to access taxi services after a bus journey not hidden down a back alley, but easily visible and accessible and to allocate taxi rank spaces behind the existing bus stops on St James Square.
The taxi trade applied a while back for a taxi rank to be installed with feeder ranks up south street, this application was blocked by the council due to police concerns that the top part ( the feeder part) being too close to new build houses at the back of the what was once the joiners arms.
And yet in this plan, not only is the rank closer to residential properties than the south street plan was, it actually takes away residential parking, making the residential flats on Tower street more difficult to rent out due to lack of parking
I really with the council would learn to involve local businesses before wasting money drawing up poorly thought out plans. David Lawrie Rossendale Taxi Association
LIFE IN CLOUD CUCKOO LAND
HAVING just read in the RFP about the rejection of plans for the Petrol Station at Bacup Hub, I am wondering where the council’s planning committee are coming from.
Do they prefer to see a derelict building ( which will no doubt be vandalised), or something that will create 34 jobs, benefit the car drivers of Bacup and the elderly people who live in the flats across the road, some of who can not always go into town to shop.
What a petty excuse that it does not fit in with the surroundings.
Are they living in Cloud Cuckoo Land? Name and address supplied
WELL VERSED IN ROADWORKS
EEH my Goodness and Flippin’ eck! ( In Lancashire Dialect, eeh by gum lad!)
Eeh my Goodness there’s roadworks in Rawtenstall agin
Bocholt Way AND Newchurch Road together - common sense never sin
Gridlock is th’order of the day all t’time dun’t tha know
But with these ‘ere roadworks there’s gonna be NO flow
T’traffic lights sequence ain’t helpin’ normally – AS IT IS ya sit there for a while
A trip into Rawtenstall these days certainly dun’t raise a smile!
It’s even a blinkin’ challenge if ya go by bike!
I feel sorry for t’shoppers and t’traders alike
The Powers that be just dun’t seem to care
They’re already drivin’ droves of shoppers elsewhere
Th’independent shops who try so hard Don’t see tha’ spending on thee bank card
Thas talk ‘o’ paid fer parking now as well ‘eeh tha couldn’t mek it up
Folks’ll go elsewhere for their shopping and filled coffee cup
Instead of treading on t’cobbles along Bank Street
Where independent traders really have tried to mek it alreet
Then there’s the big boys – Asda, Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and M and S
Wonder what they think about this mess?
Investin’ in a town that’s so full of character and charm
These regular roadworks’re doing ‘em nothing but harm
It’ll be such a shame if shoppers habits have t’take a swap
And lost is th’character of this lovely Market Town, a natty place t’shop
Let’s think agin about the parkin’ and keep it free fer all
And only do one lot ‘o’ roadworks at t’same time
Don’t send us out ‘o’ town to the bigger Shopping Mall! Gill Pilling Fields Road Haslingden
GRIDLOCK TOWN BLUES
THE town of Rawtenstall has the new name of GRIDLOCK TOWN every road leading to Rawtenstall and the roundabout as traffic chaos every day.
Have a look round council to see if you have missed any road to dig up.
I am going wear a 10 gallon hat to fit in GridLock Town. Brian Hatton Gordon Street Rawtenstall
LIGHTS OUT OF SEQUENCE
I WRITE in relation to the horrific traffic problems on the roundabout in Rawtenstall.
This has been ongoing for a sustained period of time now and is showing no signs of easing.
Traffic is regularly at a standstill as traffic waiting to enter from Haslingden Road cannot get onto the roundabout due to standing traffic on the roundabout queuing to head around it.
All too many times you hear the moans of people blaming the new McDonald’s and more recently blaming the Bocholt way closure.
This is untrue, firstly why when no traffic can enter the roundabout from Bocholt way haven’t they switched them lights off to allow traffic to move more freely.
Secondly I fail to see how McDonald’s can be to blame for this. If you travel throughout the country, there are bigger towns and cities with McDonald’s. These do not suffer from the traffic problems Rawtenstall is encountering.
The real problem is the light sequencing.
The lights at the junction of Bocholt way do not run in sequence with those at the junction of Bacup Road.
The lights at the Queens pub are on green much longer than those at Bocholt Way.
This results in traffic queuing back form Bocholt way thus meaning no vehicles can get off the roundabout.
Surely if the people of Rossendale can see this then why can’t the numerous amount of traffic light engineers that are regularly sighted at the control box also see this.
For a town that is trying to improve its attractiveness to shoppers and visitors, I feel that this seriously threatens the future for traders and the like.
I know of many people who now travel to Ramsbottom or Bury to shop than the short journey to Rawtenstall, this is because it is much quicker and less stressful. Surely LCC have some questions to answer here. Phil Harris via email
●● These pictures submitted by reader Rosemary Atherton shows cars parking on double yellow lines by St John’s School, Stonefold
●● Roadworks in the centre of Rawtenstall, on Bocholt Way and Newchurch Road have caused major delays in the town