Letters - April 18

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PETER Talbot asks how the Golden Mile got its name (Letters April 14). The name, of course, is usually taken to relate to the properties along the stretch of Promenade between Hounds Hill and Chapel Street.

In the 1980s, the Blackpool historian, the late Alan Stott, gave three talks to the Blackpool & Fylde Historical Society detailing the history of a short section of the Golden Mile in each.

The society hopes to publish these, perhaps later this year.

In one of them Alan explained the derivation of the name as follows:-

“In 1928 (Lindsay Parkinson) decided to expand the waxworks business, and, within two months, plans were ready for new premises on the site of Wylie’s house and the one adjoining.

“Construction became a race against time, a familiar state for Parkinson’s workforce, who had only recently battled to finish a stretch of road on time.

That [road] however had earned them enough bonus (for it) to be dubbed “the Golden Mile,” so that, when Tussaud’s was completed for a Whitsun [1929] opening, with similar rewards, they hailed the event as yet another Golden Mile.

“The aptness of this description to the surrounding area wasn’t missed, and, indeed, is with us to this day.”

TED LIGHTBOWN

Hon. Sec

Blackpool & Fylde Historical Society

LAST weekend I had the misfortune to visit Blackpool and attempt to drive on to the Promenade.

What a complete shambles. I was confronted by signs saying “don’t use your sat nav”, “no right turn”, “no left turn” and various others.

When I finally joined the Promenade, I was shocked at the total devastation that greeted me. The whole area, including the town centre resembles a bombed out area. What a mess.

I did not see a single person working during my visit. Just how long are the people of Blackpool going to endure having their front torn up and life in general (and the holiday trade) disrupted?

During the blitz on London, the streets were usable within days, and recently the Japanese had a motorway open within a fortnight, after it had been split in two by the earthquake. Perhaps a national emergency should be declared to get Blackpool sorted – and quickly.

There was no escape when I ventured further, with the entrance to Cleveleys blocked off while the tramway is sorted.

NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED

SOME time ago we learned from your columns that, thanks to the intervention of Coun Henry Mitchell, together with his ward budget, the markings on Bispham Roundabout were to be restored to the pre-chaos layout.

At long last, the contractors have arrived and removed the dangerous chicane from outside the police station. The ludicrous combination of straight ahead and right turning traffic into a single lane, which causes daily tailbacks, exacerbated by the promenade closures, remains. Time is being wasted, fuel is being wasted and pollution is being increased.

Any motorist with an ounce of common sense can see the problem. The experts? Are these people being paid by us, to work for us, or are they totally unaccountable? Is there not a council cabinet member responsible for highways and capable of knocking some heads together?

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool.