Letters - March 11, 2011

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT:   Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin

0
Have your say

HALLELUJAH! Better late than never I suppose.

It’s taken the magic of Merlin to expose the myth of ‘Pharaoh’s Palace’ and the mirage of supercasinos.

Unfortunately, it’s also taken 10 wasted years and millions of Blackpool’s precious regeneration funds.

As Nick Varney, of Merlin, confirms, family entertainment should always have been plan A. The ‘geniuses’ at the town hall didn’t even have it as plan B as the Casino Advisory Panel so crucially pointed out in 2006.

So will there be resignations by those at the top, who so assiduously pursued the supercasino dream with other people’s money? Don’t hold your breath.

Will there be even the hint of an apology to the hundreds of hoteliers and others in the tourist industry who have gone to the wall in the last decade, whilst our money was poured down the drain?

Or to the literally thousands who have lost their jobs in the same period?

Don’t put your money on it.

MIKE EDWARDS

Lunedale Avenue

Blackpool

WITH the threat of £2 per litre for fuel being increased due to the unrest in Libya and elsewhere, could the government not do the following?

Reduce the price of fuel to approximately 50/60p a litre, then put the difference on alcohol and cigarettes. The benefits are obvious.

The lower cost of fuel would keep inflation level, as the high cost of fuel increases the cost of nearly everything.

It would also give people the feel good factor and get the economy moving again.

The increased cost of cigarettes and alcohol would discourage people from smoking and drinking as much, which would in turn put less pressure on the NHS as there would be less alcohol/tobacco related illnesses.

I’m sure with some fine tuning this idea could be implemented and most people would be better off financially and physically.

TERRY RAMSAY

Thornton

HOW marvellous to hear Argos wants to open a new store on the retail park on Squires Gate Lane in Blackpool (Gazette February 23).

Having shopped at Argos all of my life, reading this news was a pleasure and creating jobs is good news for any town.

I always shop at Argos in Cleveleys. I feel the staff there always go the extra mile to help their customers and I find them all efficient, polite and friendly, a credit to both their management and the company as a whole which is why I return as often as possible.

Keep up the good work and thank you for making shopping a treat.

CARL BARRATT,

Ribble Road,

Blackpool.

HOW marvellous to hear Argos wants to open a new store on the retail park on Squires Gate Lane in Blackpool (Gazette, February 23).

Having shopped at Argos all of my life, reading this news was a pleasure and creating jobs is good news for any town.

I always shop at Argos in Cleveleys. I feel the staff there always go the extra mile to help their customers and I find them all efficient, polite and friendly, a credit to both their management and the company as a whole, which is why I return as often as possible.

Keep up the good work and thank you for making shopping a treat.

CARL BARRATT

Ribble Road

Blackpool