Council made right call
I write in response to David J. Buckhart’s letter regarding an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) in Blackpool (Letters, February 13).
I do sympathise with him regarding noise, nuisance etc round that area, but it is a commercial area of a tourist town where among other things holiday makers come to party and enjoy themselves.
Surely his answer should be to live outside this area that caters for licensed premises.
Mr Buckhart says a lot of incidents are not reported.
I agree but can guarantee most are probably during the day time.
I have a flat on Queen Street and I work in a store starting at 7.30am each morning.
I must be cocooned on some island because I never witness all these people making a nuisance of themselves after 3am.
Yes, sometimes I hear the taxis as their doors close but that is all.
Never once have I felt unsafe or threatened when going to work in a morning.
I believe if the EMRO had been sanctioned many other businesses that survive around the night time economy would have closed.
The message it would have sent out being the death warrant for us.
Blame the police for the ‘999: What’s Your Emergency’ programme – look at the fallout from that.
I say congratulations to the council, which for once came up with the right answers for our town.
I am proud of you and now proud to be a Blackpool boy!
Drunken behaviour is not the responsibility of someone else but only the individual.
Sadly it is the common practice to penalise all but the actual offender.
However, on this occasion thankfully the correct decision was made.
Why should any business be penalised because some customers have mis-used or abused the product sold to them. If one buys a car and then commits a driving offence, do we penalise the retailer who sold the car?
Of course not! It means the late night businesses working with the police on solutions naturally, but not for scapegoat blame.
As for the police budget, that is far more to do with wasteful budgeting than a shortfall and should never result in more council tax to cover.
Just get someone who can do the job, and actually trouble-shoot the woes of the police within the existing budget.
When I was at school some 50 years we had our energy needs met by coal, North Sea oil and gas.
Deep coal mines produced more than 100 million tonnes a year.
Known reserves existed and still do today, they are abandoned now.
Nuclear power is expensive and dangerous, and we are dependent on fuel suppliers from abroad, with 40 million tons of coal from Australia and Russia, with all the environmental and transport issues involved.
But a new report from the Trades Union Congress indicates Britain could be self-sufficient again through the rapid development of carbon capture and storage.
Rather than pay for imported coal, carbon capture and storage technology does exist and has been trialled around the world.
So for us to get the benefits of cheaper electricity and security of supply, the Government must include coal in the energy policy, so we all benefit.
Massive reserves exist in North East England and Scotland that have been abandoned by UK Coal to leave to fracking companies who will damage the environment.
Fracking exploits only around four per cent of coal’s calorific energy.
So come on, is it time to exploit the reserves and develop coal feeds in parallel with construction of carbon capture and storage facilitation.
If we can spend £100bn on trident missiles we can afford to invest in energy supply.
Cut in tourism VAT needed
A cut in VAT for UK tourism is desperately needed.
Also raising the threshold of VAT registration is practical, especially for smaller guest house accommodation, many of which are struggling.
The Treasury income lost by the reduction in VAT will be gained positively by less businesses failing, generating greater employment tax revenue, reducing the welfare bill, and a boost to make UK tourism more attractive for British and European visitors.
Somerset – relatively poor rural area – flooded for weeks with no Army help.
Thames – rich millionaires commuter land – flooded for days and Army there in numbers.
So now we know where the Government’s priorities lie.
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