Letters - December 7

Our country is in the grip of a very, very serious financial and economic crisis, a crisis that will last for several more years. Even vital services are under threat.

Despite this, the Government has just announced that next years’ Olympics will cost a staggering £9.2bn, and that this sum could rise even more by next year. The sum includes millions for an opening ceremony, that lasts for a few hours.

The sports minister seeks to justify this by saying: “The eyes of the world will be on this country during the games.”

I suspect many in this country, including sport lovers like me, will say we must be mad.

Let us hope that, at the end of the Games, we are not left, as was Greece and South Africa, with a massive debt and very expensive buildings nobody wants.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

I feel I must comment on the Eating Out review by Marion Ainge in last Saturday’s 7days supplement, as I felt her rating of the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Chadwick Hotel, St Annes, was unfair.

I have eaten in this restaurant from time to time over the past 23 years, and have always enjoyed good quality food at reasonable prices.

Indeed, I have been there only today with a group of 43 people, and we all enjoyed an excellent festive meal.

I therefore find it sad that your reporter only felt it worthy of a score of six out of 10.

On reading the report in detail, it seems to me that Marion Ainge’s criticism has more to do with the type of venue, menu and age of clientele, than with the quality of the food served and value for money.

It is obvious that her preferred choice would have been something more contemporary.

In these days when continental and oriental cuisines seem to be taking over our restaurants, I for one am glad that there are some establishments who still promote traditional English food, well cooked and presented.

I should point out that I have no affiliation to the Chadwick Hotel or the family who own it, except as a satisfied customer, but I do like fair play.

I am sure that your readers are capable of accepting these reviews with a pinch of salt and making their own judgement.

P G SHEPHERD

Anchorsholme Lane East

Thornton Cleveleys

As the tram track upgrade is nearing completion, do we really need to have the pedestrian crossing we now have at Cleveleys?

The previous one was a straight crossing from the road, then across the tram lines. Now we have a zig zag design, which in summer I would think will result in a “People Jam”, as mobility scooters, wheelchairs, prams and people negotiate around the narrow system.

Jennifer Roberts

Norbreck Road

Blackpool

I WOULD like to express my concern for our local animal homes and kennels being overwhelmed with unwanted and discarded dogs and cats.

A significant number of these include pedigrees each year – which have been bred usually for monetary gain only.

To assure prospective owners, RSPCA Longview, Easterleigh, and kennels such as Elswick and Sundown, arrange regular visits by an animal behaviourist, who carry out professional assessments.

Such dogs deserve the love and warmth of a permanent home (and some cats make super hot-water bottles!).

Alas, it is at this particular time of year many puppies and kittens are advertised in the run-up to Christmas, with many of these animals becoming unwanted in the New Year.

Miss C M Hopkins

Breck Close

Poulton

I WRITE in regard to the Christmas market that was held in Poulton on Friday, December 2.

The whole event was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and showed what can be achieved when communities work together.

I should like to express my personal thanks to Poulton Partnership, Blackpool Sixth Form College, Poulton Rotarians and, the newly formed Poulton Peoples Choir, along with all the stallholders, who put on some splendid displays.

This superb day, coupled with the new weekly markets, held on Mondays, shows that Poulton is now taking the first steps to economic regeneration.

COUNCILLOR RON GREENHOUGH

Chester Avenue

Poulton