Letters - February 27, 2014

PUBLIC ENJOYMENT St John's Square will be lost to traffic, destroyed for a quick fix, says reader J Shea
PUBLIC ENJOYMENT St John's Square will be lost to traffic, destroyed for a quick fix, says reader J Shea
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St john’s square

Keep it!

If Blackpool licensing committee does not listen to police, councillors or the majority of residents about an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO), which is giving Blackpool a damaging reputation, who is going to listen to objections to St John’s Square being turned back into a road and bus route?

St john’s square

Keep it!

If Blackpool licensing committee does not listen to police, councillors or the majority of residents about an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO), which is giving Blackpool a damaging reputation, who is going to listen to objections to St John’s Square being turned back into a road and bus route?

Not Coun Jones. He said “people need to travel smoothly without congestion, whether on bus, car or taxi.”

St John’s Square is not going to solve congestion, but it could give Blackpool back a little bit of quality in the heart of the resort.

Let’s not destroy a potential asset for a quick fix before all the ongoing developments – the new business district, Syndicate area etc – are completed.

In the present economic climate, money isn’t available to invest in what could ultimately enhance this splendid area surrounded by St John’s Church with its wonderful stained glass windows, the restored Winter Gardens, the Opera House, the vibrant St John’s Market within a short walk, and Matcham’s Grand Theatre. What town wouldn’t safeguard what originally was conceived as a piazza for public enjoyment?

Once the Square is lost to traffic, this impressive opportunity will be irreversible.

In March, the Winter Gardens hosts the Civic Trust Awards Ceremony with international architects and urban designers attending.

Perhaps Coun Jones could show them the plan to solve the town’s congestion problem but leave the square as a pedestrian precinct for future development.

J.Shea

Trees Residents Association, Brunswick,Blackpool

Pensioners targeted

Stop this

I can’t believe once again pensioners are being targeted for travelling to different parts of Blackpool.

We travel on the trams because it’s better for disabled people in wheelchairs and small scooters.

But now Cleveleys and Fleetwood pensioners are to be prevented from travelling for free.

It’s disgusting and should be stopped. Come on councillors and MPs, do your work please.

Mrs M.A. Thomas

Hobart Place

Cleveleys


Starved of funding

Health care

I read the article by Dr David Wrigley on the NHS (Politically ,Correct January 15).

It is sad this Government of the day is trying to privatise the health service through the back door with cutbacks etc.

The Tories have been trying for years to starve the service of funding.

It’s a shame the people of this country will sit back and let it happen.

I was in the Ambulance Service for many years. You can always tell when the Tories get into government.

Again, there is a saying in this country, ‘get your own house in order before bothering about other countries.’

P.Smith

Anchorsholme


Underwater bubble fun

Showzam

After reading Chris Dixon’s review of the Showzam Underwater Bubble Show ( Gazette, February 24), it would appear he watched a different show to the rest of the audience. I volunteered for the festival and spent 10 days working on this show as a stage hand.

The atmosphere was fun and, as commented by my partner and her child, the show was very entertaining.

There was a juggler, dancers, comedy, slapstick, giant jelly fish, a huge whale, a contortionist, bubbles, lasers and lots of interaction with the audience including large inflatable bubbles bouncing round the audience at the end.

There was even a storyline running through the show.

The amount of additional equipment brought over from Latvia was staggering.

I know, I helped pack everything away and load it on to a lorry! Lighting, projectors, lasers, bubble machines, smoke machines, dry ice blasters and even specially produced carpet for the arena.

The reviewer states his kids thought the show was great but questions the ticket price of £10 for adults and £8 for children.

It costs about the same to go see a movie!

The cast took photos with people after the show and got nothing but positive feedback, their Facebook page was full of good comments and the whole run of the show was almost sold out every day.

I think the council made a tidy profit on this show.

Great show for kids, probably less fun for grumpy adults at half term expecting the Moscow State Circus for a
 tenner.

Gary Palmer

Blackpool

Moss road closure

Wrong way

Surely it is very short-sighted of Lancashire County Council to close North Houses Lane on the Moss?

It is said this is due to the cost of repairs, but with more traffic using Queensway now, won’t it just mean that road will wear out more quickly and need investment sooner?

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