Letters - March 18, 2011

Licensed Private Hire Drivers who are complaining about their restricted access to Market Street, Blackpool. From left, David Willett, Jim Harrold , Paul Hinton and Trevor Armstrong.

Licensed Private Hire Drivers who are complaining about their restricted access to Market Street, Blackpool. From left, David Willett, Jim Harrold , Paul Hinton and Trevor Armstrong.

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THANK goodness for the cabbies.

They are shouting loud and clear about the serious problems not only the taxis are having, trying to get around Blackpool, but the ordinary resident (Gazette March 16).

I’ve already had my independence interfered with by the ridiculous closing down of St John’s Square.

I am mobility compromised but, like many others, want to retain as much independent living as I can, hence I use taxis.

But to deny some taxis the right to go where other taxis can is discrimination. Also, when I telephone for a taxi, I expect it to take me where I want to go, not to be told I needed to ask for ‘whatever’.

Whoever is making the decisions in this town does not possess common sense.

And don’t get me started on the notorious cycle lanes.

Our new game while travelling the extra miles with the taxis is spot a cyclist.

So far three is the most in a day, none on a lot of the days.

RITA WALSH

Layton Road

Blackpool

TRAFFIC use of Bank Hey Street is indeed ridiculous.

It has been a pedestrian area for 40 years, is narrow, and has numerous obstacles along its length.

Restricting the hours it can be used to 7pm to 6am is also a nonsense, as peak traffic times are during the day.

Nobody wanted to use Bank Hey Street. Police objected and the council would not choose this option unless a real last resort.

Taxis only wanted it, as every other suggestion has been refused.

The only common sense decision is to re-open St John’s until the Prom work is finished.

TRAMSTOP

Blackpool

A HUGE thank you to The Gazette for the tickets I won to go and see the Australian Pink Floyd Show at the Opera House.

What a fantastic night we had, the band are first class and the show is world class.

DAVE and CAROL HANNIGAN

Keswick Road

Blackpool

AS chairman of the Fleetwood Festive Lights Committee, I must respond to comments made by Fleetwood Town Council chairman Terry Rogers and Coun Mike Sanderson (Gazette March 9). The committee has worked extremely hard during the last five years to ensure the town centre was lit up throughout the Christmas period.

To say the lights were “just a string of lights up and down Lord Street” and were “a poor show” is grossly unfair.

We organised events throughout the year and did our best with the resources available.

Fundraising was, and still is, very difficult, especially in the changing economic climate.

The feedback we received throughout the past five years was very positive, and I am in no doubt our efforts were appreciated by the majority of the Fleetwood community.

ELLEN BATER

Fleetwood Festive Lights Committee chairman