CONGRATULATIONS to Kiran Mulholland and Liz Oades for halting as quoted a disgraceful countryside estate set on the edge of Blackpool (The Gazette, June 30).
This development is only a stone’s throw from Marton New Town, sorry Whyndyke Farm, 2,000 houses, a school, community centre, hospital, shops and industrial units.
Shame on Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), Marton is rural, and Whyndyke Farm is prime farming land. With all the local development going on, do we really need any more? We should ignore over-inflated Government figures on future housing needs, their open door policy on our borders has not helped, bringing down the influx of EU and others into Great Britain will help to ease our housing needs.
India and China’s population have disposable incomes, are demanding more and varied foods – New Zealand is now exporting vast quantities of lamb to China.
With our population about to reach 70m, we need all our farm land to feed ourselves, or maybe our grandchildren.
One thing for sure, we’re not growing more green fields.
LIKE previous correspondents, I am less than happy that a 40ft lamp-post has been positioned by my front gatepost.
This has probably reduced the value of the property by several thousand pounds.
It is claimed the new lamp-posts will make Park Road safer.
Whether or not, they will fail to stop vehicles being driven at speeds of 40 to 60 mph between Oxford Square and Bloomfield Road.
Speed reduction measures are long overdue, as is a replacement bus shelter at the Laurel Avenue stop.
WHENEVER I go on holiday I take a couple of changes of clothes – and at least 10 books.
I’ve been a total bookworm since I was six years old, and I know there are thousands of children who love reading just as much as I do. Here’s a chance to have a happy time this summer taking part in a special reading challenge to help raise money for charity.
Children of all ages are invited to take part in the Big Book Challenge in aid of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. The aim is to encourage children to read as many books as possible during their summer break. Friends and family can sponsor them to raise money for the trust, a national charity which supports some of the UK’s most profoundly disabled children.
For details, go to www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/bigbookchallenge or call 01737 365019.
DAME JACQUELINE WILSON
The Children’s Trust
READERS might like to know that recent research has revealed the wealthiest 1,000 people in the UK have assets valued at over £330bn – equivalent to almost 40 per cent of the entire debts of the UK Government!
DR BARRY CLAYTON