Letters - 30-04-12

Picture Martin Bostock'Norbreck residents who are calling for their tram stop to be retained as part of the new tram service.' Its future is under review and it could be removed because there will be less stops on the new service in order to increase journey times.

Picture Martin Bostock'Norbreck residents who are calling for their tram stop to be retained as part of the new tram service.' Its future is under review and it could be removed because there will be less stops on the new service in order to increase journey times.

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YOU report that building a tram stop at Norbreck is to cost £180,000 (Gazette April 26).

What on earth is it to be made of? Solid marble? You could build an extremely nice house for that kind of money.

No business would dream of paying such a sum for a simple raised platform and a shelter; they would be looking for far more realistic quotes.

Why is the council not doing the same, or is it too easy to spend money when you don’t have to earn it, but just send the bill to the ratepayers?

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool

I recently had an article printed regarding a few shots of uncovered tram tracks, which I took on Talbot Road (Gazette April 23), which seemed opportune, as recently the council had been discussing reopening such a route again. However a response (Letters April 26) seemed to infer that I had somehow suggested the trams up Talbot Road had not reached Layton.

I wish to point out that, while I admit in hindsight, I might have worded what I said better, what I actually said was, that the extension from Layton Cemetery to Layton Station, which at that time was called Bispham Station, was not built.

I can assure the writer that I was fully aware the trams did run through to Layton Cemetery. In fact, had space allowed my full article to have been able to be put in, it mentioned a funeral in 1912 of a tramways worker, that uniquely used two trams to take him to his rest there, obviously showing that I knew that they ran to there.

DAVID EVANS

Bispham

(Blackpool Heritage Guide)

I NOTICE that Blackpool Tower was not flying the flag for St George’s Day. Yet on St Patrick’s Day, the tower was turned green for the weekend.

How come so much effort is put into celebrating St Patrick’s Day, mostly by drinking too much, but nothing for St George’s Day.

MARJORIE DEVONPORT

Collins Avenue

Bispham

NEARLY eight years ago, the very kind readers of The Gazette helped Cat Rescue purchase a set of wheels for the now-famous Charlie the cat.

Well, he has finally worn the device beyond repair. It has had two sets of wheels, an addition to the frame, and new saddles for him to sit in.

If anyone would like to contribute towards the purchase of a new one, he and we would be thrilled – sadly, he is housebound without it.

Contact Cat Rescue on (01253) 720357.

CHRISTINE ASHTON

St Annes Cat Rescue

THE news the nation has slipped into a double dip recession, and that construction and built environment industry suffered a three per cent decline in the first quarter of this year does not come as a surprise.

Our Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecast predicted that 2012 will be a difficult year for the industry, with output in the North West expected to fall by seven per cent, and construction employment to fall by four per cent, as decreasing levels of demand and tough trading conditions mean the industry will need fewer skilled staff.

The huge cuts to public spending across the UK have left a hole too big for others to fill, and while output in the North West is expected to increase in 2013 by three per cent, growth over the next five years is going to be slow and uneven.

CITB-ConstructionSkills is calling on government to provide further support to the sector during these tough times.

Construction is fundamental to the health of the UK economy.

STEVE HOUSDEN

sector strategy manager

CITB-ConstructionSkills in the North West