Letters - January 20, 2016

Taxi drivers in Blackpool are complaining about the amount of horse manure left on the promenade by landaus.'A landau.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-9-2012
Taxi drivers in Blackpool are complaining about the amount of horse manure left on the promenade by landaus.'A landau. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-9-2012
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CARRIAGES

It is right that they should be monitored

I read, with interest, the story about the problems with the landaus on the promenade (Gazette, January 18).

I have, on several occasions, experienced difficulties with the drivers assuming that by sticking out their hand, sometimes while in the middle of the road, that it is safe to do a U-turn.

If a car driver did this in the view of the police, no doubt they would be pulled over.

I note with interest that, as the vets consider that the welfare such as feeding and watering of the horses is satisfactory, that this has been dismissed by the panel for further discussion. It may be interesting to note that last summer on a Friday morning, as I was driving South, a driver indicated and pulled out in front of the traffic, and as the horse was not moving quickly enough the driver gave the horse a couple of flicks of the whip. Does this conform to welfare regulations?

No doubt there will be a member of the public present to discuss the scrutiny report on Thursday, January 21 and it may be prudent to bring this point to the council’s attention.

Mary Priest

by email

HEALTH

So sad to read of appalling treatment

I am an 80-year-old registered disabled man, who knows only too well what it’s like to be considered to be past your sell-by-date and treated like a piece of stale food on a supermarket shelf.

Reading of the appalling, insensitive treatment dished out to Pauline Fisher by her employers the Department for Work and Pensions, brought out these feelings (Gazette, January 13).

I’m not happy over the alleged inhumane treatment displayed to a 65-year-old cancer mum who, in spite of 10 years’ loyal service, was callously dismissed.

Why hasn’t this unfortunate lady been medically examined by a doctor to assess the prognosis of her cancer? And why wasn’t she given a fair fighting chance to appeal against her dismissal?

When I read the heart-rendering story, I felt saddened that Pauline Fisher’s physical pain now had the added burden of the mental stress and pain caused by the DWP’s actions.

Evan Williams

Pope Lane

Preston

COMMUNITY

Hazel’s kind actions were a real tonic

I just want to tell you a lovely story that happened to me in wonderful Bispham, I just love it.

I thought I’d cut into Bispham Village to the chemist, so off I go, never thinking that anything had occurred.

Two weeks after, I passed the clothes shop and a young lady came running after me and said “this is yours Maggie” and handed me a £10 note I’d dropped near the counter on the floor.

Hazel – the young lady – had kept it for me, and I believe this just wouldn’t happen in any other seaside resort – Hazel’s honesty just proves there are a lot of good people in Bispham! Yippee!

Thank you.

Maggie Crawford

Bispham

EDUCATION

Parents to blame for missing breakfast

I was saddened and depressed to read that four in 10 teachers say they see children arriving at school hungry every day. Not surprisingly, these innocent youngsters struggle to learn as a result.

Young brains need to be nurtured, both physically and educationally, and breakfast is a key start to children’s days, particularly at this time of year when more energy is needed just to keep warm.

The YouGov and Kelloggs survey of almost 900 teachers in England and Wales showed it is believed the main reason is financial and shockingly 35 per cent of teachers blame parents seeing breakfast as unimportant.

So it is plain breakfast clubs are increasingly essential in schools in deprived areas and are to be welcomed. But what a sad indictment of parenting in one of the world’s richest nations.

Louise Bours

North West UKIP MEP

POLITICS

Cameron is in thrall to the ‘yes men’

It has to be said that Dr Barry Clayton is consistent in his bashing of Jeremy Corbyn, whom he claims is filling his shadow cabinet with yes men (Your Say, Gazette, January 11).

Compared to David Cameron, who has done that in his elitist embrace of his cronies from Eton, this is hilarious.

It seems he lost membership of the party, as research shows the Tory Party membership is at an all time low of 150,000. Splits in the party over Europe and immigration have led to Tory MPs defecting and joining UKIP. Contrast this with Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party with membership soaring to over 350,000.

Then we have a Prime Minister who broke all his promises between his hug a hoody years and embracing climate change. Promising that the voluntary sector would be helped to deal with problems that blight so many of our communities, such as drugs, chaotic homes and broken communities.

As Corbyn strives to democratise politics, it seems democracy is a step too far for Dr Clayton and his Tory Party.

Marjorie Nye

Knowle Ave

Blackpool