Letters - March 24, 2014

Local residents are protesting against plans to move Whitegate Drive Post Office from its present position to inside an off-licence on the other side of the road.'Locals, including ward councillor Mark Smith (second left) outside the post office.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-3-2014
Local residents are protesting against plans to move Whitegate Drive Post Office from its present position to inside an off-licence on the other side of the road.'Locals, including ward councillor Mark Smith (second left) outside the post office. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-3-2014
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Post Office plans

Check facts

It would be better if facts were looked at before a knee-jerk reaction was made against the proposed new post office on Whitegate Drive (Gazette March 20).

In the proposal it explains the wine store will be extended into the rear of the property, making it a lot bigger than the existing post office.

Also, the two nearest post offices on Devonshire Road and Westcliffe Drive are also shops that sell alcohol, so that’s another argument overturned.

What they should complain about is the disruption to the residents on Leeds Road, where parking is minimal and open to non-residents.

The fact the proposed post office can be open until midnight means that it’s going to be difficult for residents to park at all hours of the day and evening.

Toni Dagnall

Peter Street

Blackpool

Extreme behaviour

Harsh view

In response to the correspondent who criticised my views on the EMRO decision, I wish to make a few clarifications.

I never claimed ‘999 What’s Your Emergency’ was a fictional programme.

But it was a harshly exaggerated and sensationalist programme.

It is not a true reflection of Blackpool nightlife at all and for the record I speak as a younger resident who frequently goes out into Blackpool at night so I feel I am well-qualified to speak on this issue.

The show simply cherry-picked the most extreme examples of excess behaviour to make Blackpool look bad, like several other similar programmes aired over the years.

Yes I am against the EMRO but that does not mean I condone excess behaviour at all.

I simply care about the future of my town and protecting businesses who provide entertainment for so many sensible pub and club-goers like myself.

The programme should have never been filmed, it is the sort of trash television that gives our town a bad name through sensationalism and scaremongering.

Coun Christian Cox

Councillor for Squires Gate

Tyldesley Road plaque

Historic

The impending demolition of the hotels on Tyldesley Road is a welcome step in improving the look of the area (Gazette March 19).

However, their passing may be mourned by local historians.

That very block was one of the locations used in the 1972 film of Nearest and Dearest, in which Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel book into a Blackpool boarding house run by a rather amorous Yootha Joyce.

Maybe a blue plaque would be in order.

Barry McCann

Prescot Place

Blackpool

Wrote to Prince Charles

Shale gas

I might have voted for Paul Nuttall of UKIP, but not after reading his ridiculous letter (Your Say March 15).

Part of his letter states “the green lobby would rather plunge more pensioners and low income households into fuel poverty” by their objections to shale gas etc.

Well, I am a pensioner and have a low income but am intelligent enough to make up my own mind and not be swayed by dubious promises.

I heard about shale gas years ago and sent off letters to Prince Charles thinking someone who is an environmentalist would care enough to do something. He didn’t even reply.

My view is simple. Earthquake zones and fault lines occur naturally.

However if the earth is subjected to cracks caused by fracking with all its chemicals and water added, new cracks will not mend themselves.

The earth is fractured permanently and any new faults can only get worse.

The result is needless pollution, earthquakes and damage. That is what we are bothered about.

A good question came from another reader. Why have the French banned it, and also other countries?

The hypocrisy is there is actually two French companies bidding for contracts.

Why if the Government thinks shale gas is good for our economy, have they allowed the French to do this?

Rose Morley

Blackpool

Damage to trees

Reassurance

May I reassure parks staff of Fylde Council that the mindless damage to a tree on Park Road, St Annes, outside Barclays Bank, is a minority occurrence and, hopefully, those responsible will be caught with the assistance of CCTV.

As a community police volunteer, I can reassure residents police do all they can to prevent vandalism and encourage people to report crime.

Our parks staff work continuously very hard to upkeep the beautiful appearance of our town and deserve the highest praise.

It is such a shame that a minority seem to find the need to destroy such beauty with their nasty acts of vandalism.

Andrew Noble

Derbe Road

St Annes