Letters - February 22, 2013

Artist's impression of the plans for popular grill TGI Friday's and Pan-Asian buffet restaurant Cosmo on the site of Yates's Wine Lodge at the junction of Talbot Road and Clifton Street.

Artist's impression of the plans for popular grill TGI Friday's and Pan-Asian buffet restaurant Cosmo on the site of Yates's Wine Lodge at the junction of Talbot Road and Clifton Street.

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TESCO does not belong in Talbot Square (Gazette February 13).

Just how many supermarkets does the town centre need when we’ve got a market, Ron Reddy’s butchers, the Salad Bowl etc, who have worked hard all these years to survive.

They will be put out.

The Yates’s site should be put back as it was or similar.

When so much is being spent on bringing Blackpool back to being a top holiday place, I don’t think people come here for the likes of Tesco. They can go to Tesco at home.

I think Talbot Square should be like it used to be.

It used to be a meeting place, especially at Christmas and New Year.

MRS M. TOWNSON

Preston New Road

Blackpool

PLEASE someone stop Tesco opening a new store on the former Yates’s site.

They are over-expanding in every aspect and smaller business outlets struggle and close.

Call me a traditionalist but I’d rather go to a butcher, then a grocer, then the newsagents and support individuals who give the best customer service to people who are loyal to them.

The Tesco effect has already impacted on HMV and it’s wrong how they seem to be taking over high streets.

With Sainsbury’s opening so near at the Talbot Gateway, the above store opening seems rather pointless.

Yes, it may create a small amount of jobs, but it will have no benefit to that area as a whole.

We need something more touristy or historic, a museum of trams or the Illuminations would suit the location ideally.

CARL BARRATT

Ribble Road

Blackpool

THE Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions seems very harsh. If a person fails to meet up with their advisor once they can lose their allowance for up to four weeks. These sanctions can also range from 13 weeks up to three years.

There must be some people who are left with no back-up financially and are left penniless. People need money to survive in society today for food, clothing and shelter etc. The Gazette reports many petty crimes every week. Some people left with no money could end up commiting more petty crimes because they have no other alternative.

Today we are told the Jobseekers Allowance has been reduced. That’s because these harsh sanctions are depriving people of their allowances temporarily. So the figures look good. What Blackpool needs are more permanent, proper jobs for young and older people.

MRS P. O’CONNOR

Portland Road

Blackpool