THE closure of any library is to be deeply regretted for libraries are, or ought to be, seen as a vital part of any community.
Today, they are in addition to their long-standing major role as a book-lending source, a focal point for information on a wide range of subjects. It is a knowledge-based social institution of major importance in an information age.
Sadly, one of the reasons why they have become a soft target for cuts is the failure of young people to use them. Reading for all too many has become a lost form of enjoyment.
It is so much easier, but far less rewarding, to turn on the television or the game station.
I despair, when, for example, history A-Llevel students, when interviewed for a university place, are asked what have they read, answer nothing except their teachers’ notes or, of course, highly dubious material on the internet.
If we are to save our libraries it is, therefore, essential that parents/schools and colleges emphasise the importance of reading to those in their care.
DR BARRY CLAYTON
REGARDING the scrapping of Norcross roundabout in favour of a traffic signal controlled junction, I disagree when former Wyre councillor Stuart MacGregor says it is case of trying to fix something that is not broken (The Gazette, February 5).
Has he ever tried getting out of Fleetwood Road South to turn up Norcross Lane at peak times when selfish drivers coming from Skippool along Amounderness Way disregard the 30mph limit on the roundabout and speed across on both lanes?
I am in favour of traffic signals but why could these not just be added to the existing roundabout presumably at much less cost? This seems to work well at Plymouth Road roundabout.
If more motorists try to avoid the inconvenience by using the narrow, winding Bispham Road from Castle Gardens, Carleton to Faraday Way I am sure there will be an accident because the road surface is already breaking up.
Mr MacGregor says “even some local councillors didn’t know” about the project. There was a public notice and an article in The Gazette well before Christmas, but surely officers at Wyre and County Council talk to each other?
I AM very upset and annoyed at how much dog mess is on our street. I live on Laurel Avenue and it has got to be the worst street in Blackpool for dog excrement. I took my six-year-old daughter to school one day and I came across six lots of dog mess just on Laurel. I have a dog and I do carry a doggy sack and pick up, but I’m sick of picking and cleaning up other people’s dog mess.
MRS JACKIE WEBB