Letters - July 21, 2015

HGV and cement trucks "inundating" Moorland Road, Poulton
HGV and cement trucks "inundating" Moorland Road, Poulton
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ROADS

Children’s lives are at risk from lorries

I saw the article on residents campaigning for weight restrictions on Moorland Road (Schools weigh in to lorries road appeal, Gazette, July 17) and wholly support any campaign to reduce or stop HGV traffic along Moorland Road.

I live at the Garstang Road end and can see ready mix wagons and skip wagons start using the road from about 6am. Although a 20 mph limit is in force, I see vehicles travelling in excess of 40mph.

The police have signs saying that the road is a speed check area, but they are not monitoring this problem.

I would be interested to learn how many speed checks they have conducted!

Not only is it an accident waiting to happen, the road surface is breaking up and will need some remedial work very shortly.

Children’s lives are at risk, but no action seems to be forthcoming.

Tony Ackroyd

via email

ANIMALS

Think very carefully before getting a pet

With so many animals being abandoned, I would advice anyone thinking of taking on a pet to firstly buy a book about caring for it, and read up exactly what will be involved in its day-to-day care.

Consider how big it will grow, how long it will live, how expensive it will be to feed, what suitable environment will be needed for it to live in and have you time to exercise it if it is a dog?

Once you have the relevant information, then decide if the pet is for you, keeping in mind all pets will need to see a vet, and this costs money.

If you can afford it, and are prepared to look after it properly for the full span of its life, then go ahead and buy it.

If not,then don’t start something that will only end in misery, homelessness and possibly abandonment for the unfortunate creature.

Josephine Harwood

Moor Park Avenue

Blackpool

TOURISM

Blackpool needs its own Tram Sunday

The annual Fleetwood ‘Tram Sunday’ was born in 1985 as part of the centenary celebrations of The Blackpool Tramway.

Blackpool was the first town in the UK to have an electric tramway, which opened on September 29, 1885.

Over the past weekend, tens of thousands of visitors flocked to Fleetwood for this event that has progressively grown over the past 30 years.

Blackpool has a rich and unique transport history. A transport and classic vehicle festival for Blackpool would also be a huge success, on or around the Blackpool Tramway anniversary.

Schools could encourage parents throughout the whole of the North West region to visit Blackpool for this annual event promoting and encouraging history education arts and culture. In today’s fast moving world of social media, Blackpool’s chances of gaining positive exposure around the world is much easier now than in previous times.

Vintage jazz bands, street theatre, retro themes etc would add a metropolitan feel to Blackpool’s offerings, and attract greater tourism on a National and European scale.

The impressive museum currently being developed for Blackpool is a great step forward. Promoting the town’s glorious past will create future prosperity.

Stephen Pierre

Abingdon Street

Blackpool

TRANSPORT

No.12 could cause some confusion

Was it out of peevishness or foolishess that Blackpool Transport recently selected the number 12 from its portfolio for one of the recent new bus services?

I query because the number 12 has been used for several years by Classic Bus for it’s seasonal service along Blackpool Promenade. We now have two town centre services badged with the same number going to different destinations.

If Blackpool Transport needed a pairing, could they not have used 13 and 13A or 18 and 19 or 19 and 20?

I think that this will be seen as the big boy thinking it can ride roughshod over the little operator and will only serve to confuse patrons who wish to use the services. Should not the bus regulator be looking at this?

Name and address supplied

NEWS

Gazette does report the good news tales

Where has Keith Melia (Your Say, July 17) been when the Gazette has printed the news about local success stories, personal achievements and heart-warming triumphs over adversity?

If he thinks the paper has too many bad news headlines, he should start writing to all the agencies, national, regional and local, who keep researching and writing reports which sometimes put the resort in an unfavourable light.

Should a newspaper ignore or tone down such bad news about a town?

If it did, you can bet someone would immediately accuse it of wearing rose-coloured spectacles.

I always marvel at the stories of the good work that’s being done by volunteers and people who want to make a difference.

Name and address supplied

IMMIGRATION

We need controls on immigration levels

At a time when the parents of about 80,000 pupils have learned that they have not got their first choice of school, it comes as no surprise to learn that almost 188,000 of the 695,000 UK births in 2014 were to migrant mums.

The figure has more than doubled since 1997, when Tony Blair introduced New Labour’s open-door immigration policy. We need to leave the EU and introduce a points system for immigrants. We owe it to our children, who are already being affected by over-demand for school places.

Louise Bours

North West UKIP MEP