Letters - April 14, 2015

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FLIGHTS

Our airport is a real gem for breaks

People go on city breaks to Prague and other countries and travel and endure the misery of Manchester Airport when we have an absolute gem on our doorstep.

We have just had a four-day holiday in Douglas in the Isle Of Man.

Embargoed to 0001 Friday August 16''A general view of the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, as anti fracking activists plan a weekend of demonstrations against the project.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 16, 2013. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Fracking. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Embargoed to 0001 Friday August 16''A general view of the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, as anti fracking activists plan a weekend of demonstrations against the project. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 16, 2013. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Fracking. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

We flew from Blackpool Airport with Citywing and what a friendly, efficient airline they are.

A number 1, 1a or 2 bus takes you from outside Ronaldsway Airport to anywhere on Douglas promenade for just £2.70.

I had forgotten how friendly and helpful the Manx people are.

We stayed at the Empress Hotel which was superb, while Citywing also fly to Belfast, a really vibrant and welcoming city and the second safest capital city in the world after Tokyo.

Give Citywing a try, you will love them.

Tom Walmsley

Endsleigh Gardens, South Shore

FRACKING

Shale gas warning over countryside

F-orget your countryside, it will be more like an industrial site.

R-outes along narrow lanes, unsuitable for lorries of the size that will be used.

A-griculture and tourism on the Fylde and Bowland area will be affected.

C-hildren’s safety at nurseries and schools at risk along the routes lorries take.

K-eeping our country lanes safe for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

I -nsufficient evidence of the effects it will have on the environment.

N-oise and pollution around the site and with traffic movement.

G-o on have your say, write to Lancashire County Council,

All letters and emails need to in before Friday April 17.

Not in our beautiful Lancashire countryside.

This is our county, let’s be proud of it.

Once it’s gone, it will be gone forever.

A concerned mother and grandmother

Broughton

POLITICS

No austerity for rich as privileged rule

We’re all in this together!

The Tory party recently held a General Election fund-raiser at one of the most expensive hotels in London.

Guests paid £15,000 per table and raised £3m for Tory funds. Among items auctioned were a weekend pheasant shoot for eight people – £110,000, a day trip to Santorini, Greece on a private jet for £70,000 and a shoe shopping expedition with Home Secretary, Theresa May.

The auction was full of hedge fund managers and big business owners.

The Tories rather than standing up for hard-working people are selling pheasant shoots to the super rich.

Ordinary families are struggling to make ends meet, while David Cameron dines with hedge fund managers.

So there is no austerity for the rich then.

If the Tories are elected in May we will face more of the same – tens of billions more of cuts particularly affecting deprived areas like the North West.

Cameron should go now with all his privileged mates.

Tony Wilson

UNISON NEC member (National Executive Council) member North West Region

POLITICS

Cut in austerity would cost us dear

Every penny the government spends is our money, Government having none of its own. Cutting the austerity agenda will cost taxpayers more money than we are paying now.

Labour say they will not increase income tax (yeah right, as if!) or VAT so where do they intend to take it from us?

They could freeze or cut tax thresholds, that part of your income they allow us to keep for ourselves, or they could punish motorists again.

2p or more on fuel tax at the pump is on the cards, adding to the cost of having things delivered to supermarkets and businesses all then added to the prices we pay.

Increases in road tax and TV licences are to be expected.

And all the other fees and licences and permissions will have to increase to pay for more civil servants we are managing without.

I do wish they would tell us what is on their list.

Sue Doughty

via email

VOLUNTEERING

Become a heart hero in spare time

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling for Blackpool residents to become Heart Heroes and use some of their spare time to volunteer for the nation’s heart charity.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to join the fight against heart disease.

You can get involved in a number of ways including becoming a volunteer driver, merchandising clothes, shoes and accessories to window dressing working behind the till, and administration work. We are keen to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare.

Volunteering with the BHF for just half a day a month could fund one of our scientists to carry out lifesaving research for a whole hour, but giving your time doesn’t just benefit the BHF.

Volunteering offers a great way to meet new people, use your existing skills, boost your CV and help in the hunt for a job.

Many of BHF paid shop management joined as volunteers and work in a range of positions from assistants, shop managers right up to area managers.

Our volunteers are at the heart of the charity and we simply wouldn’t be able to continue our life-saving work without them.

We have volunteers who enjoy their time with us so much they have been volunteering with the BHF for over 20 years.

We appreciate every minute people can spare and to show how grateful we are, we also hope to give something back.

Our volunteers can not only use and develop the skills they already have, but can also can keep their foot on the career ladder, work towards qualifications and gain some excellent experience.

You could even volunteer some extra time to clear out your wardrobe. Our shops always needs more stock.

For more information on volunteering opportunities visit bhf.org.uk/volunteer

Carol Mitchell

Regional manager, British Heart Foundation