Terms are clear
The Police and Crime Commissioner ‘oath of impartiality’ (it does what is says on the tin) contains the words: “I do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of Police Force Area in the office of police and crime commissioner without fear or favour. ......” - so swore Lancashire PCC Clive Grunshaw on taking office.
He now has clearly overstepped the mark by brazenly declaring that a new Labour government was more important than keeping his own job by saying ‘I’m voting to put my job in jeopardy’ (Gazette January 20).
No Clive, you have clearly forgotten the terms of your oath, which could not be clearer in the need to be impartial.
After a colourful start to his term Mr Grunshaw now appears to be willing to jeopardise his neutrality and in the meantime the taxpayer is happily paying him £85,000p.a.
Value for money?
I think not.
UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Blackpool North and Cleveleys
Why do we need hotel?
I just cannot understand how Coun Simon Blackburn can possibly justify borrowing £11.5m to build a hotel in the middle of the town while another £10m hotel is proposed to be built on the site of the old Yates pub.
It was only a couple of weeks ago he was explaining how they had to save £25m.
I am at a loss to understand the nonsense behind it.
One minute he is talking about what will have to be cut to save this money then the next he’s building a hotel with taxpayers’ money.
He is very quick to knock anything the Tories do, but it is ok for him to do with the money as he pleases.
He says it will generate jobs for the people of Blackpool.
What about the struggling hoteliers of Blackpool?
Some of them have lost their life savings and their livelihoods.
It seems to me he just doesn’t care about the people of Blackpool, they are just a blank chequebook to him to spend, spend, spend.
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Labour fixed hospitals
Two letters disagreed with my truthful statement that Paul Maynard MP has repeatedly supported the government’s changes to the NHS even though this was not in their manifesto.
The letters complained that Labour had used Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
When Labour took office after 18 years of Thatcher/Major governments, there were a large number of hospitals built by the Victorians which had been seriously neglected.
Such hospitals were costly to heat and maintain. They needed big investment or replacing. Labour set about a massive rebuild and repair programme for the NHS.
Many such as Blackpool’s splendid Cardiac Centre were built with funding direct from the government.
PFI was used which helped to speedily upgrade or provide much needed facilities. This was the age of long patient waiting lists.
Patients were dying on waiting lists, new facilities were needed urgently.
Three hospitals were built on the Fylde coast. Rossall and Wesham replaced out of date facilities. The third provided a new facility on Kincraig Road, Bispham, which eased pressure for beds at the ‘Vic’.
This was using PFI to expedite the transformation of the NHS from a rundown service, starved of funds, to a service fit for the approaching 21st century.
That is using PFI for the public good.
It is totally different than the present underhand privatisation that is now happening.
Private health care companies are being handed contracts to run whole services and make profit out of illness. We should all be aware privatisation which puts profit first will continue unless we stop it.
Chairman Blackpool North/Cleveleys Labour Party
Yeadon way upgrade
I am pleased to see the work to repair Yeadon Way is progressing well (Gazette January 23).
As a resident I have noticed additional traffic on the local routes as a result of the closure of the road.
Thankfully this has not been too inconvenient because it is out of season, and there are not the usual hoardes of visitors adding to the traffic burden.
But it has opened my eyes to the extent to which Yeadon Way is used to carry traffic directly into the town centre.
If this route had been neglected any further and had had to be closed permanently, the impact on surrounding roads would have been huge leading to much congestion.
So I think all of us would agree that while having Yeadon Way closed is tiresome, it is far better to put up with a few months of diversions than lose this key link for good.
The contractors will have a tough challenge to get the project finished in time for Easter but I hope that can be achieved.
Will there be a grand re-opening of the road, with a ribbon cutting ceremony I wonder!