WHILE like any local resident I welcome efforts to clean up the look of the town centre, I wish to sound a note of caution over council plans to take over the Wilkinson’s site (Gazette July 13).
That car park is one of the very few town centre car parks not currently operated by the council.
One of the reasons cited by the council for taking control is to bring the car park within its own car parking strategy, and to ‘significantly improve the level of income from the car park’.
I believe competition helps keep prices down, and APCOA at the moment offers competition and choice to drivers.
Additionally, it is one of few car parks that allow payment at the end of a stay (rather than forcing you to predict the length of time you will require) and is most accessible to those coming from the northern parts of Blackpool.
If any changes to this site result in higher charges and/or a move away from charging by the hour, I know many of my constituents would be deeply aggrieved.
Council car parking strategy is always controversial, and this would merely stoke the fire.
PAUL MAYNARD, MP
Blackpool North and Cleveleys
Electrification is exactly what investment should be about. Spending money now, to save in the future.
Blackpool died when Dr B axed Central Station.
The same occurred all over the country in industry and the community.
The better the rail system, the better this country will be in all areas including jobs.
This is encouraging news. Improvements in the UK rail network will help sustain a good economy and will prove to be a sound investment. A direct rail link to London will help Blackpool in a big way.
Just looked up the price of a day return to London for Friday at peak times... an eye watering £306.