Letters - July 8, 2014

CONGESTION CONCERN Road jams on the A585 are nothing compared to those in Thornton which has been blamed, by one reader, on poor planning decisions by Wyre Council
CONGESTION CONCERN Road jams on the A585 are nothing compared to those in Thornton which has been blamed, by one reader, on poor planning decisions by Wyre Council
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Wyre

Planning anger

I refer to Councillor Peter Gibson’s extraordinary remarks regarding a proposed 500-house estate in Poulton on account of its size and impact.

Wyre Council has allowed the construction of 450 houses at Burn Naze, 170 at Norcross and no doubt another 100 at Bourne Way, all without infrastructure improvements.

Now that this intended estate is in his backyard he cries foul about the infrastructure.

Is this nimbyism or an admission of his planners’ failure to use statutory laws to obtain 106 money from developers?

In Thornton, the public is enduring increasing 
congestion.

Of course, there have been no road improvements, as Coun Gibson’s planners have given developers a free hand.

Forget the gridlocked A585, he should come to Thornton to see all the terrible congestion all down to his planners’ failure to act responsibly.

In 2005, Thornton 
Action Group won an
appeal regarding 500 houses at Poolfoot Farm, one reason was the inadequate roads, yet they continue without remission.

His was the same council that rejected the ‘on the plate’ offer of the yellow route, opting perversely for the blue route; such a political game cost us a relief road, now Fleetwood is a ghost town.

Now the chickens are 
coming home to roost as these problems are a direct result of Wyre Council and its 
planners.

A gridlocked A road, congested local roads, flooding, lack of schools and no rail link.

Now the issue of infrastructure has come to the fore as it’s happening in his backyard.

So will Coun Gibson do the right thing for once and contact his Conservative colleagues in Westminster, demanding a stop to this madness, get road improvements etc, a proper railway and not a useless heritage scheme, or continue to conserve and compound the congestion his planners have and continue to create? Over to you Councillor Gibson.

Graham Jackson

Fleetwood Road

Thornton


Blackpool

Bus service cuts

In reality, it is inevitable the UK bus network faces further cuts in services, as 
local authorities do not have the budgets to subsidise the loss-making routes.

It is usually the rural areas that suffer the most and these passengers 
rely heavily on some form of skeleton service public transport.

The only way bus services can be improved is for the Government to introduce a minimal flat fee for all passengers aged over 65 (except the disabled). The free travel scheme for over 65s was an over ambitious mistake. A fair and sensible fee of about 50p for all over 65s to travel on a bus or a tram would be a huge contribution and this revenue would help protect jobs, and act as contingency money to invest in new vehicles. Many over 65s would much prefer to have better affordable public transport for themselves, their children and grandchildren.

Stephen Pierre

Abingdon Street

Blackpool


Rail concerns

High Speed 2

So HS2 is not just a high speed train, it is also a gravy train. We already knew the eye-watering estimate for this White Elephant scheme – £42.6bn – would inevitably rise before a spade hit the ground.

And now the project boss is planning to hire 30 people, each on more than David Cameron’s £142k salary – so a minimum of £4.2m. This 
despite the coalition government saying public servants should not earn more than the Prime Minister.

Many hard working council employees have lost, or are losing, their jobs because of austerity cuts. They’ll doubtless be thrilled to know that the money saved on their wages is going to fund these senior HS2 jobs – on top of the £600,000 already being paid to the chairman and £750,000 to the chief executive. The Government can 
always find money when it wants, including this vanity project, which will never 
deliver the promised Northern economic boom.

Paul Nuttall

North West MEP

UKIP Deputy Leader

lost archives

Derby Baths

On reading The Gazette’s “Lost Archives – Tarzan takes a Dip”, memories came floating 
back. As a 13-year-old lad I regulary, at least twice a week, went swimming at the Derby Baths.

In those days I could dive off the board next to the top and a favourite trick of mine was to stand on my hands and drop off the board.

I remember Johnny 
Weissmuller’s visit and I was amazed at what he could do on that top board. Myself, I wouldn’t dare of course, there were no crocodiles to contend with!

Les Whiteside

Common Edge Road

Blackpool