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Letters - January 16, 2017

FRACKING

Radon is a killer and we must test for it

Fracking: Why is there to be radon monitoring in Yorkshire but not in Lancashire?

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File photo dated 22/01/08 of homes in south Derbyshire as the share of UK towns and cities that are affordable to first-time buyers is at its highest in a decade due to the sluggish housing market, a study has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday July 14, 2012. Those taking their first step on the property ladder will find homes within their means in 54% of local authority districts, the highest proportion since 2002 when 64% of districts were within buyers' reach, Halifax found. This is up from 40% a year ago and almost eight times the proportion of affordable districts at the peak of the housing market in 2007, when just 7% were in this bracket. A widening North-South divide was highlighted, with London being the only region where there were no affordable areas found for would-be buyers on average earnings. By contrast, 100% of districts in the North East were within buyers' grasp. Just 9% of the affordable districts are in the South East, the South West or the East of England, compared with

Letters - January 12, 2017

ANNIVERSARIES

Russian celebration is nothing to laugh at

Good old Roy Jones . He’s at it again.

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Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Letters - January 11, 2017

HEALTH

Underfunding, not immigration, is key

It is interesting that health tourism is debated at this time, when the country is embroiled with Brexit and we have no idea what will happen to our reciprocal agreements within Europe when we leave the union (Gazette, January 6).

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A&E in the Urgent Care Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Letters - January 10, 2017

HEALTH

We have to fix this health service crisis

It is not an exaggeration to describe Blackpool Victoria Hospital as currently in crisis.

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A group of protesters gather across from a new fracking site, off A583, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

Letters - January 9, 2017

ENERGY

Settle down and let the fracking begin

I see that work has started on the proposed fracking site on Preston New Road.

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Ken Dodd

Letters - January 5, 2017

SIR KEN DODD

See this comic legend while you can

For those who have never seen the living legend Sir Ken Dodd perform ‘live’ on a theatre stage, I urge you to do so before it’s too late. He is now 90 years of age, and undoubtedly the hardest working British comedian of all time.

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Better education from parents is needed to help stop attacks on emergency staff

Letters - January 4, 2017

ASSAULT

We’ll all responsible for our actions

I read with absolute despair your article on December 30 about paramedics fearing for their safety, even their lives as they go about their jobs.

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Protest over the potential closure of Freckleton Library.  Youngsters Evie Knowles, 11, Sean Rhodes, 10, Steven Rhodes, 11 and Kelby Knowles, 8, with other protesters behind.

Letters - January 3, 2017

RESOURCES

What can we do to keep centre open?

I was sorry to find out today that the ‘creative learning centre’ based on Talbot Road, has closed.

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Is raising council tax just a short-term fix for the cash crisis in social care?

Letters - December 22, 2016

SOCIAL SERVICES

Council tax rise is not sustainable

Social care is currently in crisis. The announcement last week from the government allowing local councils to increase spending on social care will provide short-term emergency cash, but this is not a long-term sustainable solution and will not remedy the underlying funding problems.

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Accident and Emergency (A&E) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Letters - December 21, 2016

Thanks to all at the sharp end of NHS

Recently, I started to have chest pains. At first, I hoped they would go away, but over the space of a couple of hours they went worse, to the point that I felt my chest was being crushed. My wife phoned 111 and within 10 minutes the paramedic was here.

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Anti-fracking protestors demonstrating outside County Hall in Preston

Letters - December 15, 2016

ENERGGY

Government must stand up to business

I write in with an answer to Dr Garsed’s letter (‘We have questions to be answered’, Your Say, Gazette, December 8).

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Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Letters - December 14, 2016

HEALTH

Keep private hands off health service

The Gazette article on December 7 advising readers that our local NHS hospital Blackpool Victoria is so short of cash it has decided to enter the tax avoidance world, shows the massive underfunding Mrs May and her government’s cabinet ministers are inflicting on our health service.

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Fleetwood residents want potholes on Jameson Road to be fixed

Letters - December 13, 2016

ROADS

We have to fix these dangers in the roads

I write regarding Kevin Gooder’s nonsense about potholes (Your Say, Gazette, December 9) causing him to honestly think that more damage can counteract speed merchants – that’s ludicrous!

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Photo Neil Cross
Lytham in Bloom committee members and volunteers

Letters - December 12, 2016

COMPETITION

Well done to Britain in Bloom entrants

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the hundreds of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood group volunteers across the North West region for the work they have done to bring communities together and create greener, more environmentally friendly and healthier surroundings for all to enjoy.

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Dog walkers on Lytham Green

Letters - December 8, 2016

ENVIRONMENT

Responsible owners are being penalised

Yet again, responsible dog owners are being penalised because of the odd few who do not ‘follow the rules’ (Gazette, November 28).

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A 25 annual charge for garden waste collection in Sunderland will start in March

Letters - December 7, 2016

ENVIRONMENT

Why can’t we have free recycling?

The council made a big thing about refusing to recycle our garden waste earlier this year, and told us we’d have to pay for the privilege of a recycling collection.

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Photo Neil Cross
Jason Bradbury officially opens the new BAE Systems Academy for Skills & Knowledge at Samlesbury

Letters - December 6, 2016

INDUSTRY

We should not be arming regimes

Tim Gavell’s article, headlined ‘Take off time for BAE training academy’ (Gazette, December 2), described the academy as a huge boost for the skills of current and future staff and part of lifelong learning for the next 40 years.

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Blackpool has seen buses decked out in a bewildering array of colours

Letters - December 12, 2016

TRANSPORT

We must return to the green and cream

Wilf Greaves, (Your Say, Gazette, December 1) would like to see a return to the ’proper’ green and cream colours on our buses.

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Letters - December 1, 2016

Letters - December 1, 2016

HEALTH

We should control time of our death

Blaise Tapp’s column “Do we care more for pets than people?” (Gazette, November 26) urges us to ask ourselves whether “we care about Rover or Tibbles more than we do about Great Aunt Doris”.

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Letters - November 29, 2016

Letters - November 29, 2016

ROADS

Gridlock has been solved... for now

Having lived in Blackpool all my life (67 years) I have seen a lot of changes, some good and some bad.

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