DOES IT NEED TIDYING?
Having been to the Crematorium at Carleton on Tuesday, June 11, I feel Blackpool Council should be ashamed of the poor state of the grounds.
The rose garden should
be renamed to the weed garden, as it was one mass of overgrown weeds.
The paths in the crematorium grounds are uneven and overgrown. There is an accident waiting to happen.
Money can be wasted on bicycle hire stands throughout Blackpool which are no longer fit for purpose.
May I suggest the powers that be at Blackpool Council pay a visit to Carleton Crematorium to see for themselves.
Britain and Europe
At last Prime Minister David Cameron has nailed his true colours to the mast by campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the European Union.
This despite him becoming Conservative Party leader on an Eurosceptic ticket.
Like all Europhiles he says it is in our national interest to remain a member of the EU as it is our best way of engaging in the world and shaping the rules on trade, tax and regulation.
Even referring to those who wish to leave it (well over 50 per cent of us) as being “in denial”.
As usual, he, like the other EU enthusiasts, does not mention any detailed beneficial details, only vague meaningless statements and I suggest, that’s because he can’t produce any that would stand up to scrutiny.
The EU’s single market is shrinking while the economies of those 156 or so countries who are not in the EU are growing. By leaving we would be able to make our own world trade deals without interference and the added costs, and for the real benefit to our national interest, prosperity and independence.
Prime Minister Cameron is the one “in denial”.
UKIP North West chairman
A different view of the Prom As I pass quite regularly on the number five bus I cannot help but notice the development of the “Foxhall Village”.
Seeing the bare soil puts me in mind of around 350 years ago when Edward Tyldesley (son of Sir Thomas Tyldesley who was killed by a musket shot at the Battle of Wigan during the English Civil War), father to nine children, built his lodge on the site of the present Foxhall Reflex pub.
He probably grew his corn, barley, rye and vegetables at this future village location.
Towards the end of the summer the hay was reaped ready to be used for his horses and cattle for winter bedding.
Hard to believe now such a rural idyll could have existed on such a built-up area like central Blackpool.
The story of Edward Tyldesley has been followed in a fascinating book held by Blackpool Central Library’s Local History Centre.
His “proper” job was at the British Embassy and was partly responsible for the safe escort from Portugal of Catharine Braganza to this country in 1662 for her marriage to King Charles II.
Taking time off he would get to the Fylde coast to do a bit of fox hunting, enjoy a bit of sea fishing and maybe watch those beautiful western sunsets, strolling on the golden beaches.
What would Edward have made of today’s Promenade I wonder?
Incidentally, the present Hounds Hill shopping centre was probably the location for where he kept his fox hunting dogs.
Call for high fines
Pet owners should pay for any fouling
With so much being said in a vast amount of newspapers plus on television it still seems to have very little effect on a good many dog owners.
No matter how many notices the various councils put up and no matter how well we train our dogs, they still cannot read!
But it seems to me that a good many owners also cannot read, as a fair number of them do not clean up after their pets.
Or maybe it’s because they left their spectacles at home.
I was on the field by the Bispham campus of Blackpool and The Fylde College on All Saints Road.
The field is used by many children who play football and at weekends you see dog owners exercising their pets on that land.
When I saw a male with a big dog, he did not make any attempt whatsoever to clean up after his pet.
I am disabled and use a mobility scooter but I always pick up after my pet.
The council has four places where they provide free bags, plus there are four bins where you can dispose of full bags.
A fine of £1,000 plus 100 hours of community service cleaning up the dog mess should be enforced.
That way when their dog does mess in future, the owner will clean up.