I READ with interest the article about shopping in Blackpool (Gazette, December 30).
Residents do visit Preston in preference to Blackpool, as there are many more high street names that we in Blackpool are missing.
I often hear retailers complain about the high rents in our town.
There would be more people shopping in our town if we had the choice like our neighbouring towns.
We need more upmarket shops and cafes.
Why have we become the bargain basement of shopping centres? I can remember, as a child in Blackpool, well-known names and celebrity shops.
It’s been going down for far too long and one hopes that, with the new investment at the Houndshill, that we can look forward to improved facilities and shopping.
THE Royal National Institute of Blind People is the main UK charity providing help to people with serious sight loss. We rely on voluntary contributions to keep our services running, and many blind and partially sighted people rely on us.
We are looking to recruit volunteers in the area, specifically people who would like to train as a volunteer public speaker.
Maybe someone with some experience of speaking to groups or people who feel that, with training and support, they will be confident to do so two evenings a month.
Volunteers will enjoy researching and approaching organisations in their local area to offer their services, as a speaker, as well as speaking out for people who feel excluded from their communities.
They will be someone who can inspire others to support us in our vital work.
Anyone who likes to get out and meet new people should contact me because maybe they are just the person we are looking for. Full training and local support will be given and all out of pocket expenses paid.
If you would like details, please call 0161 434 7982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community fundraising executive – North West, Shropshire & Staffordshire
I SUPPORT the introduction of a 20mph limit on all of Blackpool’s residential streets.
I live on Kempton Avenue, near Stanley Park, and up to six months ago, it was a quiet residential street.
Then the council decided to close the West Park Drive end of the nearby traffic access route from Whitegate Drive to West Park Drive (Beechfield Avenue).
This has created a rat run with alternative routes for cars and lorries accessing West Park Drive via residential streets Lyndsay/Vernon/ and Kempton.
There are no speed calming measures in force, and young families face the gauntlet of crossing these roads and accessing their cars on narrow residential streets every day.
A 20mph restriction on all these streets would be a first step in ensuring safety.
I do agree with Mr Raine however (Gazette December 30), that the enforcement of a 20mph limit is difficult.
I would, as an alternative solution, suggest all residents park legally on their streets, rather than illegally on their pavements. That would slow down the rat run brigade on their frantic daily dash.