Letters - April 30. 2013

SAD STATE: One reader - a Palatine Road trader - says street workers are blighting businesses in the area

SAD STATE: One reader - a Palatine Road trader - says street workers are blighting businesses in the area

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Prostitution

Blighting our area

I have lived on and traded on Palatine Road for the past six years and I am personally sick of being asked if I would like some business or offered drugs.

I am also extremely annoyed when they ask our guests, who are clearly a couple together.

These street workers and their clientele are blighting businesses and communities.

Do Blackpool Council and the police want the tourist trade to finish?

Because they seem to be heading in that direction.

It’s all very well ploughing millions into the seafront, when people only have to cross the road, to see the decay, prostitution and drug dealing.

It is a sad state of affairs, when prostitutes have more rights than a tax 
paying business.

On many occasions we have contacted the police to report issues with the prostitutes, clients, and drug dealers alike, sometimes they send a patrol car around sometimes our complaints are just blatantly ignored.

We have been told it takes two officers to witness prostitution being offered for an arrest being made, so why not send two officers to attend when a complaints are being made.

Residents and businesses in and around Palatine have been complaining about this for a very long time.

Steve Williamson

Palatine Road

Blackpool

Hospital hotels

Follow Scandinavia

The idea of sending elderly patients to ‘hospital hotels’ to recover from illnesses or falls, instead of keeping them in hospital is an excellent idea.

It seems in Scandinavia, large hotel chains run the service in which patient-hotels are situated in the grounds of hospitals, where they are staffed by nurses, and given quick access to specialist consultants, if needed.

At the moment, it seems the cost of keeping patients in hospital, despite being well enough to be discharged, is estimated at £260 per day.

New mothers and stroke patients would also benefit from the services, which would provide en-suite facilities, televisions, 24-hour room service, and nearby rooms for relatives to stay.

There would be a restaurant, serving good food and wine and visiting hours, too, would be far more flexible than in hospitals.

One of the sad facts of life today, for old people, is loneliness, which hospital hotels could go a long way towards easing.

Bring it on.

Mrs J Geddes

Whitemoss Avenue

Normoss

High street crisis

Go back to ‘80s?

I’m writing with regard to the recent press stories about the high street in crisis and the Mary Portas revival plan.

My idea would be to bring back and revitalise high streets by recreating ‘the 1980s high street’, a time of my childhood where lots of retailers were all successful.

Names like Woolworth (still online) and C&A, Tandy, Rumbelows, Lunn Poly, Ethel Austin, Radio Rentals, Peacocks, Allders, Gateways – how sadly all those are missed.

However, I do agree increasing the prices of car park facilities by local councils isn’t encouragement to either local residents or visitors to Blackpool.

Carl Barratt

Ribble Road

Blackpool

Unifying the FylDe

Would save money

I read Coun Douglas Green’s article about uniting the three borough councils on the Fylde with interest (Politically Correct, April 24) .

It is difficult to get an accurate figure of total costs from the various councils’ websites but what is accurate is the number of members.

There are 42 councillors for Blackpool, which is a unitary authority and by far the biggest of the three councils, 55 for Wyre, 51 for Fylde and 14 county councillors for the Wyre and Fylde divisions.

This is a total of 162 councillors with total allowance costs of over £1,500,000 plus other expenses claimed and plus the cost of three mayoralties.

Coun Green pointed out there would be considerable difficulties in getting the main political parties to agree to any form of amalgamation.

He is probably correct in this assumption, but this attitude could be affected if there was a change in the voting method from ‘first past the post’ to some form of proportional representation.

This is a matter for Parliament but it is worth noting that the voting for elected mayors and the new police and crime commissioners was by PR.

This issue should surely be the subject of future debate.

If there had not been a change of government to a Conservative one in 1970 we would probably already be served by one council in the Fylde 
area.

Colin Shrive

Sandhurst Avenue

Bispham

Thanks to hospital

Care was excellent

After a recent stay in Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s cardiac department, I would like to thank all concerned.

From getting into the ambulance to the day I was discharged, I received nothing but five star treatment.

Keep up the excellent work.

W Birch

Poulton.