Leters - June 28, 2013

SHARING PROFITS Our correspondent Mike Turner believes fracking firms are not offering communities enough - and suggests prople get a refund of all George Osborne's 'tax break' cash - for starters
SHARING PROFITS Our correspondent Mike Turner believes fracking firms are not offering communities enough - and suggests prople get a refund of all George Osborne's 'tax break' cash - for starters
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Begging lollipop lady

Don’t report – give advice

Regarding Mary who had asked some people for money (Gazette, June 27); Had it have been me she asked I would have politely declined help as I too am too tightly strung out but not been offended in any way since it merely reflects the state of the majority of people particularly in the Blackpool area.

As for those who think she should be investigated, it is more a reflection of their ignorance and lack of understanding of a woman who does a far harder job for very low pay than those who reported her to 
County Hall.
Why? It’s no crime to ask for financial help and it doesn’t affect her work either so get off her back.
If it was grounds for suspension or investigation, then most of the complainants would have suffered the same too before now. This region is so penalty-driven in its attitude to others!
I’ll bet no one advised her to get help from Citizens Advice at the time.

Chris Wiseman

South Shore

Shale gas

We’ll never see profits

I really do get angry when I’m taken for being an idiot.
It is proposed that Fylde residents will get one per cent of shale gas profits.
These, of course, will be non-existent when all the initial disruption is taking place.
Clever accounting will ensure that the needs of directors, banks, shareholders and any other kind of hangers-on are satisfied before there is anything to take one per cent of.
I’m not opposed to shale gas per se but the work must be done properly and so far the Government response to that issue does not inspire confidence.
If we are to be bribed it should be an adequate bribe.
How about two per cent of all sales revenue plus a refund of all George Osborne’s ‘tax break’ money for starters?

Mike Turner

Saltcotes Road, Lytham


Beatles in blackpool

Remember the Fab Four

Fifty years ago this July 7, the Beatles played the first of seven concerts in Blackpool during 1963.
I am working on a project called ‘Beatlemania – A Year In The Life 1963’, a day-by-day account of the Beatles that year.
I am looking to hear from anyone who saw them at any of those seven shows in Blackpool (or anywhere else for that matter) in 1963.
If you have a story to tell and would like to share it, please contact me at 
dafyddaprees@gmail.com

Dafydd ap Rees

Main Street, Barstaple MA, America


Promenade dream

Sad state
of seafront

Living here it’s easy to forget we’re at the seaside so we headed down to the beach, in front of The Tower. It didn’t inspire much. The sands were grubby and the Promenade above, while far better than before, looked like a half-finished job. Whatever happened to the whole People’s 
Playground idea?
It’s going to look pretty grim when the remaining Illuminations, which we all know have seen far better days , arrive this year.
It’s no good having such big headlands when all we can attract is Elton John for one night.

Paul Grieves

Ingleway Avenue, Blackpool


Biker care

Don’t blame the drivers

I think Chief Insp Debbie Howard, head of road policing, has got a cheek blaming the motorist for the accident rate with motorbikes.
She should not look at the motorist for her solutions, but more the motorbike riders themselves. It would be better if the motorbike rider wore a high-visibility jacket and high-visibility helmet like motorbike traffic officers do; this would help reduce accidents.
Bikers seem to insist on wearing dark clothing at all times.
If the inspector would like to go to any motorbike gathering, eg the Ferry Café in Knott End on a Wednesday night or Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale on Sunday, she would find 90 per cent of bikers wearing black or dark clothing.
How on earth can a motorist see a blacked-out motorbike coming atthe at a junction at speeds in excess of 50 to 60mph, wearing dark 
clothing?
There are some bikers out there who don’t recognise the speed limits, perhaps it would be better if Chief Insp Howard was to campaign for a change in the law to make motorbike manufacturers produce bikes and clothing in high-visibility material.
This would give the motorist a better chance of seeing a motorbike whether it was day or night.
A lot of motorbike riders take the care to wear this type of clothing, but there are many that do not, some can’t even be bothered to put their
 headlights on when riding their bikes.
What chance has the motorist got then?

Anne and Eddie Bewes

Knott End