Letters - February 24

Picture Martin Bostock'Norbreck residents who are calling for their tram stop to be retained as part of the new tram service.' Its future is under review and it could be removed because there will be less stops on the new service in order to increase journey times.
Picture Martin Bostock'Norbreck residents who are calling for their tram stop to be retained as part of the new tram service.' Its future is under review and it could be removed because there will be less stops on the new service in order to increase journey times.
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REGARDING the tram stop at Norbreck North (Gazette February 16), Coun Fred Jackson’s remarks that “we have had concerns raised with us by Norbreck residents.”

Why didn’t Coun Jackson and others look into these concerns before these threats came to light?

With respect, I do wonder who the heck is running this town.

There is no thought for the residents at all.

J CLARKE

Bispham Road

Bispham

*THE threatened closure of the Norbreck North tram stop is ludicrous.

The trams and buses are there for the use and benefit of the public, and this should be uppermost in the minds of the powers-that-be when they reach a decision.

Indeed, if anything, the one kilometre between Norbreck Castle and Bispham South should have two evenly-spaced stops.

I sometimes think some drivers of trams and buses feel passengers are an inconvenience, and would love it if there were none, and they could be paid for driving their empty vehicle from one end of the run to the other.

Not only should the Norbreck North stop be retained, but an additional stop should also be implemented, and it is the public who should have the biggest say in the matter.

(Name and address supplied)

AS the Labour candidate in the 2010 General Election, I was accused by one of my opponents of being economically illiterate when I suggested the time had come for “some Keynesian economic stimulus”.

The Government’s own figures now tell us that here in Blackpool North and Cleveleys long-term youth unemployment has increased by almost 500 per cent in the year Jan 2011 to January 2012. These aren’t just figures. These are our young people.

Across the Atlantic, President Obama’s economic stimulus packages are starting to reap rewards, and yet here in the UK, our Government merely tinkers around the edges. So, a plea to Paul Maynard.

Political differences aside, is it time to admit that the current policies just aren’t working?

Is it time to accept that unemployment is not a price worth paying but rather a human tragedy?

We’ve lost the North West Development Agency, which used to fight our corner here in the North West.

So, Mr Maynard, what will you do to fight our corner instead?

PENNY MARTIN

Wyre Councillor

Labour Party General Election Candidate 2010