Letters - July 19, 2013

Lee Jessop, of Furness Court Grange Park, is concerned for his two children because Blackpool Council have yet to repair crumbling balconies on the block of flats. The balconies have been propped up for 12 months with temporary supports.'Lee with his 6 month-old son Jason.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'12-7-2013
Lee Jessop, of Furness Court Grange Park, is concerned for his two children because Blackpool Council have yet to repair crumbling balconies on the block of flats. The balconies have been propped up for 12 months with temporary supports.'Lee with his 6 month-old son Jason. PIC BY ROB LOCK'12-7-2013
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Scaffolding still up

Please act

It was interesting reading about the flats scattered around the town with scaffolding holding up balconies (Gazette July 15).

I have the dubious pleasure of living in one of them.

I am an owner occupier and since the scaffolding was erected, I have been invited to only one leaseholders’ meeting and have received just two letters.

Blackpool Coastal Housing has not bothered to keep us informed at all.

We have to live with scaffolding reducing the access points to the ground floor flats.

There has been no consideration for tenants and leaseholders at all.

We are perceived as being able to put up with living conditions and if you ring and ask about what is going on you are told nothing.

For months we were told they were still waiting for the surveyor’s report.

Even when they spoke to your reporter, they promised nothing! They just said they ‘hoped’.

Well I hope too. I hope they will make my home decent again.

Marion Gourlay

Kipling Court

Blackpool

Poulton market hall

Retail on up

In response to Mr Forshaw (Letters July 16), there are certain inaccuracies in his letter concerning the closure by Dransfield Properties of the Market Hall in Poulton.

What Mr Forshaw does not understand is the fact that there was a commercial decision made by Dransfield to close the operation giving Wyre Council no notice of their intentions.

Wyre Council and the councillors work tirelessly to drive Poulton forward and the comments made by Mr Forshaw are very unhelpful and unfounded.

Yes, elections are on the horizon and we hope the electorate continue to support the hard work put in by their elected representatives.

Poulton is a success story with massive investment pending .

I only wish we had more retail space available but the future is very bright.

We all want Poulton to succeed and it will.

Coun Barry Birch

Wyre Council

Thanks to hotel

Helped us

We were on holiday at the Boston hotel, Blackpool, when my husband Ian became ill with heart problems.

Within minutes of phoning for an ambulance the paramedic and ambulance arrived.

Ian was admitted to Victoria Hospital where, after examination, he was fitted with a pacemaker.

The hotel staff and other holiday makers at the hotel gave great support.

We would like to thank Victoria Hospital, the consultant, nursing staff, paramedic and ambulance men who were terrific, hotel staff and holidaymakers who could not do enough to help.

I am pleased to say Ian is improving every day.

Many thanks once again to all for prompt action that saved his life.

Irene and Ian Ferguson

East Kilbride

Older generation

Not burden

I totally agree with Derek Barton (Politically Correct July 17)that the older generation are being continually targeted as being burdens to the state, and receiving pensions which they seemingly don’t deserve and have never contributed to.

I’m absolutely fed up with the media trying to drive divisive wedges between the generations.

I left school at 15 in 1964 and worked full-time (without any breaks) until 2009.

I receive a full state pension, and as a retired Revenue Officer receive an occupational pension also.

My combined annual incomes are just under £15,000 and yet I’m still liable to pay tax, and so continue to contribute to the welfare system in retirement.

Apart from a bus pass and the Winter Fuel Allowance, I would not qualify for any other state benefits which I’m happy about.

I’ve worked all my adult life and provided my ‘retired income’ through my own efforts.

I do not regard myself as being a burden.

Carol Davies

Broughton Avenue

Blackpool

I agree with Derek Barton, and research conducted by the Royal Voluntary Service also finds that the older generation are seen as a burden.

I attended the Pensioners Convention in Blackpool.

Older people do a lot of voluntary work and unpaid caring.

It is said the elderly caus e problems for the NHS by bed blocking but policies being set out go against older people, and we are rarely consulted on services that have an impact on our lives.

Older characters should be portrayed as an essential part of life in advertising, film, TV, theatre and radio.

What is the age group of the advertising industry?

They get away with blatant age discrimination.

Sadly ageism is shamefully prevalent in our society.

We should have respect for all ages.

The way a society treats elderly people is surely the ultimate test of humanity.

Mrs P O,Connor

Portland Road

Blackpool