I AM very much in favour of the creation of a housing estate on the land at Queensway, for several reasons.
One, we desperately need a lot more houses, for obvious reasons, and they won’t interfere with the population on the other side.
We need a decent link road because Heyhouses Lane needs a relief road, as if ever there’s a crash on Queensway, it brings traffic chaos to the whole area
Blackpool desperately needs jobs and housing brings not only construction but furniture demands etc.
There is more than enough green belt to satisfy the green lobby.
I bet the actual percentage of built-up land to green belt is very small, fly over Britain and you would be amazed at how little green belt is used up.
We need to get Britain working, and that means new housing .
AT the opening of the Queensway public inquiry, Mr Lancaster (for Kensington) outlined the proposed timetable for the developer’s submissions.
The link road is planned in three sections – the first not to be started until 375 homes are built and occupied.
More houses, and then the next section.
Thus, the link road would not be fully operational until at least 2020, if, and only if, progress goes to schedule.
There are murmurings that alternative funding for the link road could be found.
Do we need to be held to ransom by a developer?
What would happen if Kensington fails to sell all of the first 375 homes or the firm should go out of business?
AS a former resident of St Annes, I was shocked to read of the plans for 1,150 homes on Lytham Moss, which is a quagmire of land next to Queensway, and right under the flight path of Blackpool Airport.
Queensway was built so the runways could be extended when the Hawker Aircraft factory built the Hawker Hunter there in the early 1950s.
The road had to be built on rafts of Birch trees to stop it sinking.
In the late 1940s, the population of St Annes was a mere 22,000.
Now St Annes is over-developed, and another 4,000 added to the population is sheer madness.
The land would be better used as industrial estates, and leave the moss land to the lapwings, geese and agriculture.
IT was amazing to read that celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson received nothing more than a formal caution for his theft of items on several visits to a Tesco branch in Henley-on-Thames.
Would this same “softly softly” treatment be handed out to any number of other shoppers without celebrity status, when apprehended for taking goods that do not belong to them?
The regular paragraphs that appear in The Gazette involving the theft of cheese and the like from Fylde coast branches of this same supermarket chain suggest not.