Letters - August 16, 2012

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I AM writing regarding the enormous no smoking signs which have appeared in the surrounding area of the kiddies’ playground on Highfield Road Park.

I believe these have been sponsored by the local NHS, and may have been put there with good intent.

However, I feel incensed.

Firstly at the size of them, which I believe makes our park and many others look most unfriendly and uninviting.

Plus for the last five years, at least, we have been pestering and badgering our local council to put up permanent signs asking dog walkers not to take their dogs in to the play area.

If an unwormed dog is allowed to dirty this area, it could lead to a child becoming very ill, or even blind.

It is an issue our group takes very seriously, which is why we have even put our printed signs up at times, as the council has never managed to place permanent signs up regarding no dogs in this area.

Therefore, I find it ridiculous not one but two of these huge signs can appear while the other major health issue is just ignored.

Please note, I am not the only one unhappy about these signs as I have heard other visitors to the park express the same concerns.

GARY PENNINGTON

Chairman of the Friends of Highfield Road Park

IT is reassuring that NHS Blackpool can afford to provide signs in public open spaces advising people against smoking there.

The idea of secondary smoking in breezy Blackpool is a fairly bizarre concept, and this looks more like a holy crusade to intimidate smokers from exercising their free choice, than a genuine 
health campaign to protect children.

Now we have been assured that they no longer have any shortage of staff or resources for their essential duties, they can never again use budget cuts as an excuse for any lapses of performance.

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool

I WAS delighted to see Memory Lane (Gazette June 23) showing the academic year of 1948 at St John Vianney Roman Catholic School, Blackpool.

My name is Sheila Taylor (nee Whiteside) and most of my relatives are in Blackpool. We emigrated to Australia in 1969 with our three children.

I was delighted to be able to find myself, and also a couple of classmates.

My children and great grandchildren also enjoyed the rest of the issue seeing all the Olympic torch bearers around the Fylde.

So once again, thank you The Gazette, it always was and still is a great publication and it travelled 12,000 miles, thanks to my dear sister and sister-in-law Patricia and Jacki Whiteside.

SHEILA TAYLOR (nee WHITESIDE)

Australia