Letters, March 10, 2015

Traffic chaos on the A585, approaching the Kirkham junction of the M55. The road is a key link between Fleetwood and the motorway.

Traffic chaos on the A585, approaching the Kirkham junction of the M55. The road is a key link between Fleetwood and the motorway.

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HOUSING PLANS ANGER

New homes will cause road chaos

As your readers will know Wain Homes are proposing to build up to 900 houses on green fields in Thornton Cleveleys adjacent to the River Wyre Country park and next door to Stanah Primary school.

In order to mitigate the impact on local residents they have devised a Travel Plan but surely they don’t expect anyone to take it seriously

It states, and I quote: “The residents and visitors of the proposed residential development at Lambs Road, Little Thornton can expect to enjoy: Improved health and fitness through increased levels of walking and cycling, increased flexibility offered through wider travel choices, the social aspects of sharing transport with others and a better environment within the site and its immediate environs as vehicular movements are minimised.

In terms of the wider community the successful implementation of the Travel Plan will lead to reduced traffic impacts as a result of the reduction in car use.”

Wain Homes claim by building on green fields they will be doing us all a favour by forcing us to walk further and use bicycles more.

And we will all become more sociable because we will have to share our cars with strangers.

The injection of hundreds of extra vehicles on our roads will actually minimise the number of vehicular movements.

They are proposing to devastate our local community with serious ramifications on the wider community as far as Fleetwood but they are doing it so that our lives will be improved.

If it wasn’t so tragic it would be hilarious

“We are not amused.”

Name and Address supplied

HOSPITAL PRAISE

Great teamwork

After being admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for a second time in two months, in December for pneumonia, and late February for a CRT-D pacemaker, I would like to place on record my thanks for the quality of care on both occasions. I cannot praise them enough. The whole experience was done by caring , professional, dedicated and friendly people in all depts.

On the Cardiac ward, pre-op, theatre staff, surgeons, doctors, nurses etc, and post op on Cardio Ward 38 all worked as one big team and I’m truly thankful and have nothing but praise for them all.

Chris Joy

Frobisher Drive, St Annes

ELECTION FEARS

People matter most

I’m glad I’m not the only person who is finding the green fields and fluffy clouds image of Britain’s economic state portrayed by the Chancellor George Osborne and his boss David Cameron so confusing with on-the-ground reality.

At a time when locally we see massive and damaging cuts to all our services, and our councillors tearing their hair out trying to save essential services to the most vulnerable, while having to stop supporting areas of education, safety and environment, it is anathema for us to hear how proud the government are about a better British economy.

I thought that governments were put in place with an essential aim of supporting people, not destroying them.

What we do see is tax avoidance at top levels being nodded through while those not fortunate enough to have been born with historic fortunes in the home counties are driven to desperation in deciding whether to keep warm or to eat.

The forthcoming election is probably the most important we have seen for many years in trying to remind politicians from all sides that people matter as much as pounds.

I hope we do see some changes for the better, and a realisation by London that the North South divide is a festering sore we must heal.

Stephen Brookes

Bispham

POLITICAL DEBATES

No call for TV event

The current furore about election debates fails to take into account the following.

First, unlike the United States, Britain has no set rules for such debates.

The leaders of political parties in this country are free to make their own decisions as to whether it is worth taking the risk of an event that in general favours insurgents.

Tony Blair decided not to risk it.

Second, there is nothing like the public interest in these debates as is often suggested.

In 2010 the debates had an average television audience of 7.3 million.

This represented only 16 per cent of the total electorate of 45.6 million.

Thirdly, only 65 per cent of the electorate could be bothered to turn out to vote in 2010.

Of these, only 25 per cent could be bothered to watch the debates.

Dr Barry 
Clayton

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys