Letters - June 14

Police at the scene of the incident in Penwortham

Police at the scene of the incident in Penwortham

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A LITTLE after 6.30pm last Thursday, there were two police vehicles, a Network Rail van, and a paramedic car at Saltcotes Bridge, Lytham.

I wandered out to have a look and, about 200 metres towards Moss Side, there was a man seemingly sitting by the side of the track with police etc in attendance. It did not look like a serious incident but, from the bridge, one couldn’t properly judge.

From your report (Gazette June 10) it would seem that impression was, however, correct.

Within the next 15 minutes the following appeared: two fire engines; three more marked police vehicles; one unmarked vehicle and one plain vehicle with a blue lamp. It seems likely there was an ambulance, which I couldn’t see.

These public services are facing financial cuts and without getting into that argument, I think we are entitled to know why such resources were considered necessary?

The appropriate authorities were at the scene in plenty of time to make an assessment of what was needed. Is this kind of turnout some standard procedure? If so, perhaps that procedure should be re-examined.

MIKE TURNER

Saltcotes Road

Lytham

FLEETWOOD doesn’t only have problems with potholes in its roads, which cause drivers many problems with their cars.

Having recently become the carer for a wheelchair user, I must emphasis we also have problems with our pavements.

The pavements are in such a disgusting state of repair, with many holes and cracked flags, that I find it near impossible to push a wheelchair along many roads and streets.

Think of the poor disabled person, who has to put up with being bumped continually, and the attendant who needs, in many cases, to have superhuman strength to navigate the many “potholes”. This is especially exacerbated when drivers park on “dropped kerbs”, creating even more difficulties.

Milton Street in Pharos Ward is particularly bad, so please, councillors, think about the people who have no alternative but to walk in our streets and roads, and not just drive.

I suggest all wheelchair users and mothers, who have prams, who come up against these problems, phone or write to their councillor, so that we can get some action which would make our lives so much easier.

SADIE SMITH

Abotts Walk

Fleetwood

WITH regard to Blackpool’s future, according to a ‘top marine biologist’, it’s finished (Gazette June 6).

However, most people in this era prefer inland entertainment, away from the sea and sand.

Compared to decades ago, when beaches were awash with holidaymakers, you could hardly place another deck chair in any available spot.

Sun and sea bathers are so few and far between, in comparison, that if the sea quality became so bad, it wouldn’t be missed as the main leisure pursuit.

The other side of our Promenade makes up for that and it would only mean the end of sandcastle building days and pool paddling. That would be catered for in venues similar to our own Sandcastle.

Yes, the problem has to be brought to our attention for authorities to act upon to get cleaner shores to the standard required, but isn’t all this scare mongering?

Reports from the likes of the marine biologist can create harm to holiday destinations, scaring people into believing they are far too filthy to bathe in or go near, but, for Blackpool’s numerous entertainment available, the sea and sand isn’t the main attraction.

CLIFFORD CHAMBERS

Ashton Road

Blackpool