Letters - 18-01-11

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IT seems the clampers are not the only parking mafia operating in Blackpool.

Our street has residents only permits, good in theory, but watch out if your permit slips off the dashboard, or your tax disc obscures your permit (as in my case).

Instantly, a couple of eagle- eyed parking attendants strike, and you are £35 out of pocket (£70 if you don’t cough up quickly enough).

My next door neighbour was hit twice in two days.

Why can’t they give a warning if your permit falls off your dash?

Perhaps, like clamping, it’s a cash cow to keep our great council in gold plated salaries?

I used to be a defender of traffic wardens – not now.

PETER SMITH,

Lincoln Road,

Blackpool

FOLLOWING the overwhelming popularity of our Heroes Return 2 funding programme, I am delighted to announce the Big Lottery Fund has extended its scheme for a further year, enabling even more Second World War veterans across the Fylde to return to the places where they fought.

Originally the grants scheme was scheduled to close this month but BIG has decided to extend it.

This extension of the scheme will be a big help to those who have felt so far unable to make their personal journeys back to the battlefronts of WWII.

It is clear how valuable these journeys are in helping veterans come to terms with the traumatic experiences they remember, and to honour the comrades lost almost 70 years ago.

To date, more than 50,000 individual journeys have been made through Heroes Return 2 and its forerunner grants scheme to former battle-fronts such as Italy, France, Greece, Holland, Germany and the Far East, as well as to attend commemorative events within the UK.

The Lottery grants are available for travel and accommodation costs for veterans or their widows, along with spouses and a carer, and I urge any veterans yet to be awarded a grant from the scheme to get in touch.

Details about the scheme and how to apply are available by calling 0845 00 00 121 or visiting www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ heroesreturn.

ANNA SOUTHALL,

Big Lottery Fund

Thanks for collections

THE Rotary Club of North Fylde has, for several years, relied upon a Christmas street collection in the centre of Cleveleys.

Despite the atrocious weather this year, collections on December 11 and 18 raised a total of £928.95.

The proceeds of the collections are to be split equally between the North West Air Ambulance and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Thanks to everyone who supported us.

DAVID WILDE,

Community and vocational chairman,

Rotary Club of North Fylde