Too many homes burgled
I was disgusted to read about the theft of property and a defenceless puppy from a house in Carleton (Gazette March 19).
The criminals involved clearly have no moral compass. Instead they are ruthless, perhaps driven by the need for funds for drugs or alcohol.
There may well be several similar teams of men in Blackpool and the Fylde who see private houses, retail outlets, public buildings and even cemeteries as opportunities for theft.
One night in July 2013 my own property was targeted during the small hours.
The culprits tried to steal an antique birdbath but only succeeded in smashing it to pieces.
They attempted but failed to break into my car and forced an entry into an empty garage.
It is difficult to see what can be done to stem the tide of theft and burglary.
There should certainly be deterrent levels of punishment for thieves who are caught.
But at present there seems to be little fear either of detection or of the punishment that would follow detection.
Why not keep nightclub?
I remember clubbing each month at the Syndicate Club, spending more than £80 a time.
It’s a shame that others will miss out on attending.
I think Blackpool Council have way too much money to be spending on more car parks.
Surely they could lease the building out for another night club owner.
There is a suggestion of building a hotel on the site, but hasn’t Blackpool got enough of hotels already?
Spending on Europe
Whilst the budget is apparently a step in the right direction with the raising of the tax threshold, help for savers and changes to pensions industry, there was one expense that did not appear to be mentioned.
We give £53m each day to the European Union and a further £25m each day in overseas aid.
This would surely be better spent on the immediate needs of our country and people and the much talked about deficit cleared far sooner.
The reduced tax on bingo and a penny off a pint is also welcomed, but it shows how out of touch and patronising the Tory-led Coalition is, referring to this is what working people enjoy.
It really sums them up.
North West President
UK Independence Party
I could not be at the Ribby Hall meeting (Gazette 21st March) but I have been at many meetings since early 2012 where Mike Hill has been speaking.
I do not recall Mr Hill ever claiming that “there are no regulations in place for the industry etc “ as alleged by the Cuadrilla spokesman (controls are in place for exploratory phase).
The regulations that are not in place relate to the actual horizontal drilling and ‘fracking’ activity since that has only ever been done once in the UK at Preese Hall.
The fact that the flowback water from Preese Hall was radioactive in excess of acceptable limits is enshrined in a report from the Environment Agency (EA).
The Daveyhulme facility for cleaning up waste water has no capability to deal with this radioactivity.
I have not seen any statement, other than pious complacency, from the EA that explains adequately how this issue is to be dealt with except for relatively trivial quantities of water.
Flaring is an inherent consequence of oil and gas extraction.
It only becomes an issue in an onshore populated environment.
I have seen no statement from Cuadrilla, the EA or HSE as to how this is to be dealt with.
There is no point in regulations that cannot, or will not, be monitored and enforced.
At none of the meetings that I have been to has there been any credible plan put forward by the EA & HSE relating to monitoring and enforcement.
The structure and staffing of the Office of Unconventional Oil and Gas (OUGO) and the fact that the EA is to shed staff and the HSE has disbanded the Offshore Safety Division, which actually knew something about oil and gas, does not inspire confidence.
It is the failure by operators and regulators to provide sensible answers to reasonable questions that is scaremongering.
Tram tracks uncovered
It was interesting to see the photograph of old tram tracks uncovered during work at Lytham Bridge (Gazette March 24).
How in hindsight, the powers that be must wish they had kept all these tram lines.
It could have helped solve so many current day transport problems!
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