Letters - January 27, 2012

Steve Wright can no longer bring his disabled wife Diane into the Teanlowe Centre car park in Poulton because new height barriers mean they cannot get their mobility vehicle under them.'Steve halts at the height barrier.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-1-12
Steve Wright can no longer bring his disabled wife Diane into the Teanlowe Centre car park in Poulton because new height barriers mean they cannot get their mobility vehicle under them.'Steve halts at the height barrier. PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-1-12
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I READ with astonishment the article by Wyre Reporter Carla George, concerning the barriers at the Teanlow Centre car park in Poulton not being high enough for ambulances to access the premises (Gazette January 24).

I have witnessed myself on two occasions when an ambulance could not drive on to the car park -– the one mentioned in the report concerning the market hall manager George McCaffer, and another incident some months before.

It really does cause me great concern as a member of the public and regular shopper in Poulton, for Wyre Council to say that they feel it sufficient for the ambulance service to have the combination code for the locks on these barriers.

Do they not realise that it would probably take at least a minute, if not more, for the driver or his companion to get out of the ambulance and walk over to the barrier to put the code in, before returning and getting back into the ambulance to drive in.

Maybe a minute or so doesn’t seem much time to worry about, but those precious 60 seconds or so can mean the difference between life and death.

For the sake of all the staff in the Poulton precinct and market hall, as well as the public who shop there, ambulances should have free and speedy access at all times between opening and closing hours, in order to deal with any emergency.

I am mystified why this is not the case at the moment.

Is it going to take the death of someone under the present arrangement before the powers that be take notice and act?

I sincerely hope not.

JACK FORSHAW

Sower Carr Lane

Hambleto

IN response to Derek Bolton, of Ashfield Road (Letters January 14), I would like to contribute my two penn’orth to his glowing tribute to our wonderful Victoria Hospital.

Last year I had to undergo an operation at a time when the media were highlighting poor hospital services throughout the country.

I feel I must say that, during my 14 days in the Victoria Hospital, I received first class, sympathetic treatment and attention.

Are we paying our nurses the salary they so richly deserve?

Are we giving our nurses the credit they deserve?

DENIS LANE

Ingleway Avenue

Blackpool

JANUARY is a great time for resolutions

If one of your resolutions is to sort out your wardrobe, the kitchen cupboards or just a general clear out, please will you consider donating your unwanted items to my charity garage sales?

Over the last six years I have been able to raise many thousands of pounds helping, mainly animal charities, and some little known human charities, throughout the world.

The money has made a big difference to the lives of many animals and their owners.

The sales could not happen without support from people who donate their unwanted items.

If you have anything that I could sell I’d love to hear from you.

SUE ASHTON

3 Archers Farm

Peel Road

Blackpool

Tel: (01253) 731572

AFTER all the carping about the new Promenade, it is good to see the Festival Headland in front of the Tower has already attracted chart-toppers The Wanted and McFly for a concert this summer (Gazette, January 25).

Concerts like this are the reason the headland has been built, and the crowds such events will draw will increase tourism and takings for many local businesses.

But to enable the prom to host big crowds safely, steps have had to be taken to better control the traffic – hence the single lanes and the 20mph speed limit.

If Blackpool can get this venue on the map and attract even more big name performers, it will be a huge boost for the resort.

Personally, I’m hoping for Bruce Springsteen!

(NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED)

IT would appear all the stops are being pulled out in order to help a tram support group based in Blackpool exhibit their vintage trams, but it is the actual place where it is to be that alarms me.

As was stated (Letters, January 21), why is our council helping another town?

Both my husband and myself have paid our rates to the town hall here in Blackpool all our working lives.

We have seen the town go downhill in the past 40 years, and now we are retired, if we were to visit a local museum with our grandchildren, we may have to travel to Cleveleys and spend our money there.

Any proper thinking council would ensure any exhibition museum, or attraction, would be built and maintained in Blackpool, in order to employ local people.

Let our planners prove their worth, and start plans for our own museum showing all sorts of our local history and not just the trams.

MRS MARY HANCOCK

Saville Road

Blackpool