Letters - April 23, 2014

Carneskys Ghost Train
Carneskys Ghost Train

Last ride was special


As one of the last customers to ride Carnesky’s Ghost Train last Monday, I think it shameful that it has ended up being binned.

The installation is a unique theatrical experience of Victoriana and burlesque that had successfully toured the UK and Europe before coming here.

Indeed, as we all know, it is only since it took up home in this town that the attraction’s troubles began.

Council mis-management and spiralling installation costs are certainly to blame, but maybe Blackpool was just not the right sort of place for it for something of this nature.

Somewhere like York or its original location in Brick Lane would have been more suited.

Still, many thanks to Nona and the other performers for making the finale a memorable one.

And good luck to Marisa Carnesky on future projects.

Who knows? Maybe one day her train will ride again.

Barry McCann

Prescot Place


Please pick up dog mess


I would like to complain about some dog owners.

Firstly how 95 per cent of them still don’t pick up their dog’s mess which doesn’t take five seconds to do.

I myself own a dog and we pick up the mess every time.

What the council should do is either write a letter to all residents in areas from North Station to Gynn Avenue and the Promenade warning them of the fines or put more public notices on every street.

Last year it was young people not clearing up but now it’s older people. These people give dog walkers like myself a bad name.

My second issue is that other dog owners automatically think every dog is nice and friendly, yet ours bless him, needs space.

Hence why we have a yellow lead that says he needs space.

Some people don’t understand that and still insist their dogs meet up especially off the lead.

People have to realise what the yellow lead means.

They can find out more by visiting www.yellowdoguk.co.uk.

Tim Bartrop

(By email)

Dismay at loss of engine

Fire risk

I read with dismay that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service may lose one of its appliances in Blackpool (The Gazette, April 21).

The area has real potential for a major incident, you only have to look at the ageing properties in the town centre and the surrounding district littered with HMOs.

There are empty and decaying hotels and properties just waiting for vandals to raise a fire.

Response times will be badly affected by the reduction in appliances and lives will undoubtedly be put at risk.

We the residents of the area value our fire service.

At any time of the day or night they may be asked to lay down their lives to save others. What price is a life or lives when a disaster strikes?

Of course it is all down to funding and we the rate payers have to realise that this service comes at a cost and the cost has to be met from one source or another.

The police raised their precept on the general rate so, if we are to maintain an 
“efficient and effective” fire service we, the general public will have to pay more towards this essential service.

I would ask the fire service to look again at its budget so we do not lose an appliance in Blackpool.

I start as I finish “what price a life”?

Name and address supplied

Climate change fears

Votes count

If you think climate change is something to be concerned about but not the most important issue in the forth coming European Elections, please think again.

The current change in attitudes in the United States regarding climate change and its causes should make us pause for thought.

The US because of its oil and gas interests has until recently been lagging behind other countries in recognising the dangers of these changes in climate and the link with man-made emissions.

That was until hurricane Sandy came along and the 
devastation it caused.

But it’s not just ‘Sandy’ but other significant variations in weather patterns in the US e.g. the draught in California that have sharpened minds on the other side of the Atlantic.

But still the political will in every country to sort out effectively an international action plan appears to be non-existent.

Who will suffer the consequences of the predictions that include the possibility that by the end of the century sea levels could have risen by four feet bringing all sorts of unimaginable catastrophes?

Of course it’s the ones who don’t have the vote now, our children.

They will be asking why we did so little.

However there is something you can do and that is to vote Green in the forthcoming EU elections in the North West.