Letters - 7-2-11

BIRD IN THE HAND: Some call it an eyesore but at least Preston has a bus station, says reader Alan Riley
BIRD IN THE HAND: Some call it an eyesore but at least Preston has a bus station, says reader Alan Riley
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I’M all for Blackpool getting city status but most cities and towns (even small ones) do at least have a bus station.

Not here, bus stops are scattered about the town centre. Many times I have been asked by visitors “where is the bus station?” and have to reply we don’t have one. You don’t have to go far inland to see good bus stations. Preston puts Blackpool to shame.

The old Talbot Road bus station was indeed appalling, but at least we all knew where to get a bus.

With all the derelict sites now available in the town centre, surely one could be designated for a decent bus station as would be fitting a fine city.

ALAN RILEY

Bispham

CRAIG Fleming’s Memory Lane (Gazette January 29) highlighted what I have thought for many years.

Fine, well-built buildings are being demolished, and replaced with bland buildings or car parks.

For instance, Devonshire Road Hospital, well built of stock brick, could perhaps have been converted to apartments like the Miners Home.

Why did it have to be demolished?

Now that we have the government cuts, perhaps councils could consider converting property rather than demolishing.

JENNIFER ROBERTS

Norbreck Road

Blackpool

JACK Croysdill is very selective in his interpretation of the causes of the recession and the need to repay government debts (The Gazette, February 2).

It is easy to blame the greedy bankers but he neglects to mention that it was the Blair/Brown introduction of “light touch” banking regulation which enabled them to start gambling with bad debts.

Then he forgets that government borrowings were escalating well before the bankers hit the buffers.

At one point there were a thousand employees a day being added to the public payroll. Then there were the billions wasted on hopelessly ambitious government IT projects that were subsequently abandoned.

Even beyond the debts that were visible, were the scandalous PFI contracts that allowed developers to build and run schools and hospitals and charge up to 15 per cent interest on their investment for up to 30 years.

While we glibly refer to government “cuts” we must remember that, even now, they are not cuts in expenditure but cuts in the increases in expenditure.

If your credit cards are up to their limit and you’re struggling to pay the mortgage you stop spending now, not bury your head in the sand while the interest continues to roll up.

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool