THE Gazette (December 13) reports Blackpool Council are “getting tough on rogue landlords” by introducing a licensing scheme, and that “more than 75 per cent of landlords are opposed to it”.
From my many conversations with local landlords, I can advise readers this opposition to the scheme is certainly not because of the council’s intention to take action on unsatisfactory lettings and tenant behaviour, but the very high cost of the scheme.
As Landlord Association chairman Paul Bamber rightly points out, the council already has all the necessary powers to control anti-social behaviour and housing standards.
In the present financial climate, the introduction of a new scheme estimated by the council to cost more than half a million pounds is money wasted.
The immense cost, which would fall on to the landlords, will inevitably be passed on to tenants.
I wonder if the council, who were not always able to control their own social housing, realise that private landlords in Blackpool provide more than 20 per cent of the homes in the town.
North West Landlord of the Year
Service was pitched right
I HAVE just come home from a beautiful and moving memorial service at St Kentigern’s Church, arranged by Hollowell and Sons.
This was for all those who have lost loved ones in the last 12 months, and who have used Hollowells to undertake funerals.
To arrange this kind of service at this time of year is a wonderful support to all of us who grieve the loss of loved ones.
The service was led by Fr David Burns, who shared his deep empathy with us at the loss of his own mother in September.
With hymns, prayers, readings and silence, candles were lit, tears were shed and burdens were shared.
Thank you to Andrew and all at Hollowells for helping so many families prepare for a Christmas where absent family members from tables, will be sorely missed.
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Such hearty gestures
A BIG thank you to all the customers and to those who have made stock donations to your local British Heart Foundation Shop in Blackpool – you really do make a difference to the fight against heart disease.
Please help us to continue saving lives and to make it a happy new year for many families who are battling with, or who will be diagnosed with, heart disease this coming year.
If you are having a clear-out of any unwanted clothing, books, toys, DVDs, CDs, shoes, bags, bric-a-brac or have any unwanted Christmas gifts you wish to donate, either bring them to your local shop at 41 Abingdon street, Blackpool, or telephone (01253) 627792 for a free collection.
Your unwanted items will help us save lives.
Blackpool British Heart Foundation Shop