Letters - January 16, 2014

Sands campaign The late Elizabeth Bland is on the back row with binoculars around her neck and our letter writer Sheila Whittaker is in the centre in sunglasses ' pictured in Pilling in 2004
Sands campaign The late Elizabeth Bland is on the back row with binoculars around her neck and our letter writer Sheila Whittaker is in the centre in sunglasses ' pictured in Pilling in 2004
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Elizabeth’s legacy

Pilling stalwart

Please can I pay my respects to a dear lady Elizabeth Bland who passed away in December?

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend her funeral but I would like to pay my own tribute to her by making it known (to those parishioners who perhaps don’t know) what an amazing local woman she was.

A “Pilling stalwart” who some years ago worked tirelessly for the benefit of the village when a section of the beach at the end of Fluke Hall Lane was claimed by adverse possession.

Against all the odds she took up this cause without any hesitation... to protect a stretch of the Sands from being fenced off and used as a “private beach.”

Her wish was for future generations to continue to have free uninterrupted “open access” to it, like generations had enjoyed before.

Her wish came true, and I for one will be forever grateful to her for her hard work, her strength and determination - which left us all a legacy to enjoy. Freedom to roam.

Sheila Whittaker


police chief’s expenses

Who should decide?

Police Commissioner Clive Grunshaw he has got away with double claiming on expenses. Whether he did it deliberately or not, he did do it 23 times, according to the CPS investigation, and that should be dealt with by a judge and jury.It should not be up to some pen-pusher at CPS to decide he made simple errors and was not really dishonest.

The word farcical comes to mind.

Keith Hallam

First Avenue, Blackpool

Is sea wall too low?

Flood risk

I write in reply to the Palatine Road reader in Cleveleys (January 11, edition) who commented on my letter regarding the flood risk following recent tidal surges.

The lady concerned has a right to be worried about her property. She says the sea was flowing down the road outside her home during the recent storms, and one does not have to look far to see why.

The back part of the sea wall drops down in height opposite Jubilee Gardens (near the skateboard park) and water pours over here during storms.

There is no secondary wall on the landward side of the road.

The newly-created access road to the car park (former tennis courts) and the tarmac drive to the gardens make it easier for sea water to pour down towards the properties situated below high tide level.

The retaining wall running along the promenade walk needs to be raised at least a metre here to hold back the waves as they wash up the steps.

This shouldn’t be too expensive to do and should stop pebbles, driftwood, and sand having to be repeatedly cleaned from the road by the council after storms.

In addition, the construction of a metre high secondary wall with metal gates covering the car park access road and the open space would help residents sleep better during stormy winter nights.

Spray will always blow on to the gardens, but a
secondary wall would
stop waves rolling across the road and down on to the gardens during surges.

At the moment, there is nothing but this wide open space.

I understand that the firm responsible for the sea wall in Cleveleys will shortly be starting on a similar project in Anchorsholme.

This is a good chance to rectify the problem. Wyre Council should move with alacrity.

John Dover

Lauderdale Avenue, 

School fields are for pupils

No dogs here please!

Living near to Hodgson Academy, Poulton, I was delighted to see the improvements the school had made to its playing fields, sturdy fences, locked gates and a bus bay installed.

They are to be congratulated for the safety awareness of its pupils.

Over the Christmas period I was disappointed to see three school replacement signs had been turned away from public view. Also, hedges had been cut back by the side of the school gates.

I can only presume the 
latter had been done in order to gain access for dog walking as ground staff at the school have had problems with dog
fouling on the fields for many years.

It is well known that dog faeces can carry Toxocariasis which when in the human 
system can lead to partial blindness. More than 100 
case were reported last 

These are private playing fields belonging to the school and they should remain for pupil use only, not for the walking and exercising of people’s pets.

Name and address supplied

Real seagulls or statues?

Cleveleys under fire

What is happening to Cleveleys? No decent market, no decent shops.

And what’s the point of a seagull statue on the Promenade when we can see the real things trying to pinch our food if we sit outside a cafe?

Mrs N Riding

East Pines Drive