Letters - June 4, 2015

AN ITV picture showing Matisse and Jules O'Dwyer on Britain's Got Talent with Dec
AN ITV picture showing Matisse and Jules O'Dwyer on Britain's Got Talent with Dec
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NHS PAGE OF SHAME

Good idea

With regard to The Gazette story about the ‘name and shame’ website for Blackpool doctors.

I think this Facebook site has potential.

However, the initial posting should not name anyone or make it possible to identify them.

The full complaint with names should go to the hospital, also telling them that the full complaint will be published if there is no response within seven days.

The next stage would be to publish in full if there are no developments, which must involve the complainant in a meeting senior hospital management.

Hospitals, like many other institutions sweep things under the carpet or to the bottom of the in-tray and other such delaying tactics. Keeping complainants in the dark and fobbing them off with junior staff is normal. It’s wake up and shake up time at the Trusts (a misnomer if ever there was one)!

Keith Hallam

Blackpool

SHALE GAS INDUSTRY

Support is just spin

As a group representing local residents and businesses across Lancashire we are extremely concerned to see that the North West Energy Task Force (NWETF) has put out quotes from 10 people in support of shale gas development here.

We find it extremely offensive that this body is trying to manipulate public opinion so blatantly. None of these people speak for our local communities. The NWETF is being backed by Cuadrilla, the company trying to frack for gas in quiet and beautiful Lancastrian villages.

We believe over 30,000 objections have been made to the applications to frack for gas at Roseacre and Preston New Road and over 300 Lancashire businesses and community groups have written to the council to ask them to reject fracking.

Surveys have shown that the majority of public opinion opposes fracking in Lancashire – because people feel the negative impacts will far outweigh anything positive claimed by Cuadrilla and its mouthpiece the NWETF.

Our agricultural and tourist industries are key businesses locally and they rely on clean water, clean air and our beautiful countryside.

Tourism brings in over £200m to the Fylde economy alone, who would want to visit an area that has been industrialised by gas production?

Evidence has shown that the NWETF’s claims are overstated – twice as much as the jobs growth seen in the US for shale. Investment in the region’s abundant renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programmes will create better and greater employment.

Frack Free Lancashire is made up of over 30 local groups and residents. We believe fracking will needlessly put local communities at risk. Gas is a fossil fuel that needs to be left in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We want to see a clean energy future for our area with much more emphasis on developing alternative renewable energy.

We hope the councillors, who will be making decisions on these two sites in the Fylde later in June, will not be swayed by the spin from the gas industry and its supporters.

Barbara Richardson

Frack Free Lancashire

NO TO ‘DOG SNOGGING’

Tetanus jab needed

I wholeheartedly agree with your correspondent Keith Hallam about ‘dog snogging,’ (Your say, June 2).

People who allow dogs to lick their faces should immediately go for an anti-tetanus injection.

There’s no telling what other diseases they could contract. If Jules O’Dwyer was my wife I would avoid kissing her like the plague.

Malcolm Boyce,

Deepdale Road,

Marton

DOG TALENT

Deserved winner

All this fuss about the BGT dog!

Even if a second dog was used and even if Jules O’Dwyer did kiss Matisse, it was still a great piece of entertainment and deserved to win.

B Smith

Marton

WALK TO SCHOOL

Thanks for support

Living Streets’ Walk to School Week is over for another year and we’d like to thank everyone who took part and contributed to it being another massive success, with a million children, parents and teachers across the UK enjoying the many benefits of the walk to school.

However, just because the week of celebration is over, it doesn’t mean you have to stop. Walking to school all year round can save money, teach children independence, road safety and social skills, and is an easy way to build activity into a child’s day.

But it isn’t just down to the parents. Local authorities and schools can help children walk to school all year round by signing up for Living Streets’ Walk once a Week scheme.

Those walking to school once a week are rewarded each month with a collectible badge. These badges are designed by children themselves in one of the UK’s largest children’s art competitions and are made from recycled yoghurt pots.

For more on WoW visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/wow

Joe Irvin

Chief Executive

Living Streets