Letters - July 23, 2013

Councillors Tony Williams (right) and Paul Galley with the new archway which has been installed at Anchorsholme Park.
Councillors Tony Williams (right) and Paul Galley with the new archway which has been installed at Anchorsholme Park.
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Anchorsholme Park

Get along

I would like to say a huge thank you to the many people involved in helping to get the concessions in Anchorsholme Park up and running again.

Members of the bowling club, the cafe owner, the staff at Blackpool Council, members of the public and Coun Tony Williams, have all come together and worked really hard to make sure the hire of bowls, pitch and putt and golf are back on in the park.

The Blackpool Gazette played a very positive role in keeping everyone updated with what was happening in the park.

The new deal for Anchorsholme Park means from 10am to 5pm anyone can hire and play golf, bowls, or pitch and putt every day from now until September.

The best part of the new deal means the toilet in the park will also be open every day from 10am to 5pm and anyone can use our four tennis courts in the park for free.

So please do come down and support our park.

We have a brilliant cafe which is open every day and sells some of the best pies and ice cream I’ve had the pleasure of eating.

Both Coun Williams and myself are really proud of Anchorsholme Park and have in partnership with the Friends of Anchorsholme Park and Blackpool Council invested heavily with new flowerbeds, a new zip wire and archway.

Just last week the Friends Group won the money to replace the old trim trail in the park with a brand new sports challenge trim trail which will be installed shortly.

We all want the park to be used by all of the community during the busy summer months to give families a low cost day out so if any readers are looking for a nice day out please do come and enjoy our park.

We have an entrance right next to Anchorsholme Lane tram stop so we are easy to reach where ever you live on the Fylde.

Paul Galley

Councillor For 

Keogh report

Still a fine hospital

Gazette feature writer Jacqui Morley once again made a most valid point with her article about the Keogh Report and Blackpool Victoria Hospital (Gazette, July 19).

The report highlighted a number of patient care concerns ranging from no specialist consultants at weekends to basic feeding needs of vulnerable patients.

The main reason behind these concerns in the report is understaffing of the hospital with nurses and doctors.

The management reply to Blackpool councillors at their health scrutiny meeting on Thursday, was the difficulty in finding suitable staff.

This is hard to believe when so many people (graduates as well) are chasing jobs.

Isn’t Blackpool Victoria called a Teaching Hospital where perhaps they could train their own staff?

We of course should blame the real culprits.

This is the Government Coalition who demanded £60m of savings from our local hospitals a couple of years ago, or are “Vic” management hiding behind this fact somewhat?

Nevertheless our Blackpool Victoria is still a fine and good acute hospital in the best traditions of our valuable NHS.

F. Martin

Dobson Road


Promenade report

Please listen

Blackpool Council has considered various options regarding the Promenade fiasco.

It had promised to cure the grim traffic problems that have occurred since the main A584 road between Fleetwood and Lytham St Annes was reduced from a four lane highway to a ‘shared pedestrian experience’ by the Tower.

So it was clear the council’s commissioned report from Manchester-based Ove Arup and Partners must have come as a heaven-sent way out of promising to ‘fix it’ to the people of Blackpool.

It is quite obvious the present situation advised by these consultants that ‘nothing should change’ is totally unacceptable to a large number of Blackpool folk.

So it is high time the 10-strong executive committee revisit their unpopular decision and support public opinion.

Having taken 14 minutes today (around 2pm) to drive from Foxhall Square to North Pier at less than walking pace, I wonder if Coun Blackburn and his executive committee simply accepts this as ‘anecdotal’?

Bob Milner

Melville Road


Beach butler service


You certainly cannot accuse Tiffany’s Hotel in Blackpool of not thinking up innovative ideas.

Their Beach Butler service (Gazette, July 20) is a brilliant move.

It might only last while we have the good weather, but at least it shows some businesses are prepared to consider all kinds of new ideas in order to boost trade.

Anything like this will help keep Blackpool ahead of the game!

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