Letters - February 10, 2014

APATHY DANGER Young people need to make their voices heard, says one reader
APATHY DANGER Young people need to make their voices heard, says one reader

importance of voting

Don’t sit by

Whatever a young person’s political affiliation (or unfortunate lack thereof) I think it is fair to say the vast majority feel as though their significant life decisions have begun to slip hopelessly out of their control.

Over the last four years, our education system has been hit with the abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance which enabled youth from poorer households to afford the costs of attending college; the tripling of university tuition fees; and a long, seemingly endless bout of academisation of state schools all over the country.

All of these changes, which have had detrimental effects on the lives and ambitions of young people, were brought in by a Government with virtually no real experience of state education at all.

So it’s no surprise young people are starting to feel so helplessly disenchanted, and so abandoned by the Government.

And since we’re not being heard, what difference will it make if we choose to vote or not? Well, actually, a lot.

Back in 2010, less than one third of under-35s bothered to vote (compared to around 80 per cent of the wealthier over-55s).

Yes, we feel hugely misrepresented, but the only way of changing that is by changing our approach.

Now, with Labour promising to lower the voting age to 16, and 16-year- olds in Scotland set to vote in their upcoming referendum, it looks as though even people like me may soon get a say in how our country is run.

And we can’t just sit by and let our future world be shaped solely by those whose decisions have already proved so short-sighted and destructive.

There are six million young people in this country - enough to change the face of British politics - so let’s force the politicians to listen to us by registering to vote.

Madeleine Foster (aged 15)


Disabled access

Rail station

Whilst it is good to see the South Fylde line railway stations being give a facelift, it’s a pity some of the money could not have gone to provide some disabled access for Squires Gate station, the only one on the line without this facility.

Some years ago, the St Annes councillor Karen Henshaw and myself, were featured in the newspaper, struggling with suitcases up the 40 steps at Squires Gate station, in an effort to bring attention to the lack of disabled access, all to no avail.

There is room for a ramp on Squires Gate bridge, or failing that, access could be made from the end of New Road, or even another short platform built on the opposite side of the line at the end of Bridgeside the opportunities are there.

After all, this station is advertised as being the one for Blackpool Airport.

Joan Banks

Hornsey Avenue

St Annes

Cold on the buses

Shut that door!

Please note, managing directors of Blackpool Transport, winter is here.

This is not a letter to complain about bus services or times stood waiting in the dew shelters that still have windows in them.

As a famous comedian once quoted “ooh shut that door” and how true.

I frequently find drivers leaving the doors open for long periods when the sensible options would be just to open the doors when people actually want to get on or is it ‘company policy’ to let passengers freeze?

Carl Barratt

Ribble Road


Mecca memories

Glitter ball

With regard to Margaret Flynn (Letters February 1) and her memories of The Mecca, I would like to assure her that the ‘fabulous glitterball’ went to a good home.

There was a feature about it in The Gazette a few years ago, it was being auctioned for a charity.

My husband was fortunate to win the auction and the glitterball has now made its home in Hambleton.

Carolyne Crosby

Willowcroft Drive


Education positives

Celebrate hard work

Reading the article about Moor Park Primary School (Gazette February 3), how refreshing to see a positive article about education in Blackpool!

It seems to be a long time since I have read something that celebrates the opportunities hard working staff in our schools in Blackpool ( Fylde and Wyre schools seem to be good at promoting themselves) afford our young people.

Apart from the great news regarding Layton Primary being amongst some of the top schools in Britain some time ago, there has been a lack of positivity which is a shame.

Pupils and staff alike deserve to have their hard work promoted.

Let’s see more.

Lesley Bennett