Letters - March 29, 2016

Season launch for Visit Blackpool and the Pleasure Beach.  Gillian Campbell, Philip Welsh and Robert Owen with Pleasure Beach ambassadors and the Resort Pass macot.

Season launch for Visit Blackpool and the Pleasure Beach. Gillian Campbell, Philip Welsh and Robert Owen with Pleasure Beach ambassadors and the Resort Pass macot.

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TOURISM

Council is giving us nothing in return

I am writing regarding the article headlined Help Needed To Boost Resort (Gazette, March 16)

The story says that “tourism chiefs are asking businesses to put their hands in their pockets”.

I think they have a cheek. Small businesses are on their knees, they have given everything they have to the town, only to find property prices have dropped by £25,000 every year for the last four years, is this still going to continue?

The council expects that we in the business community should all contribute more, when the reality is that most small businesses have no capital. Those that have to sell up, will take a massive cut on their initial investment.

As part of the Central Blackpool Business Forum, we have asked to meet with the cabinet member for tourism, Coun Gillian Campbell, on more than one occasion, but she has declined our request.

How can business owners work with the council, when the person responsible for tourism refuses to work with us?

J Brabin

via email

HEALTH

I cannot believe this flouride scheme

Approximately 100 animal studies have also linked fluoride to brain damage and yet Blackpool Council has announced that is it “implementing a fluoridated milk scheme in schools to improve the dental health of children”.

The debate over the dangers of fluoride has been ongoing for more than six decades, despite the fact that study after study has confirmed that fluoride is a dangerous, toxic poison that bio-accumulates in your body while being ineffective at preventing dental decay.

I cannot believe that schools in this area and the council are so stupid as to do this.

Fluoride can create a calcium deficiency situation by precipitating calcium out of solution.

This causes low blood calcium, as well as the build-up of calcium stones and crystals in joints and organs.

This could potentially turn out to be a concern with regard to adding fluoride to calcium-rich mill.

Worse yet, when you consider the fact that there are 25 studies showing that fluoride reduces IQ in children, the idea of giving fluoridated milk to school children is a shockingly bad idea, even if they don’t also drink fluoridated water. Around 100 animal studies have also linked fluoride to brain damage.

What would be more effective is real education in teeth care and advice on sugary drinks, sweets and aspartame, and, most of all, access to proper dentistry – ALL children should have access to NHS dentistry.

I cannot believe schools are actually doing this, OR that the council education department is doing this.

Patricia 
Wann

via email

EUROPE

Finance giants only out for themselves

It comes as no surprise that Goldman Sachs is in favour of Britain staying in the EU – after all, they have their sticky fingers deep in European monetary affairs.

The bank played a major role in the financial downfall of Greece and while we nowadays tend to think of that country just in terms of being a magnet for refugees on their journey westwards we should not forget that its citizens still suffer from the virtual collapse of its economy.

This predatory organisation made millions by helping to hide the true extent of the debt and then almost doubled it. Its whole raison d’etre is to make as much money as possible for its shareholders, which is, of course, the way of commerce.

They do not have the best interests of the UK at heart, just their own, unlike UKIP which was set up to regain our sovereignty and we will never give up that fight. On June 23 we have a chance to free our country from the failing EU project and voting to leave is the way forward.

Paul 
Nuttall

UKIP North West MEP and deputy party leader

TRANSPORT

Will train passengers really use the trams?

The second phase of Talbot Gateway (Gazette, March 25) to replace Wilkinson’s store, making way for the expansion of our tramways to North Station, may sound a brilliant idea.

But the amount of train visitors/commuters jumping on a tram as opposed to walking to and from the Promenade or using taxis may not be as it seems when the trams will run to a timetable and not be there waiting for a train to arrive.

How long will visitors have to wait before a tram arrives to take them to their destination?

Will trams to the railway station arrive in time for passengers to catch a train? Or, arrive too early with no happy medium?

Have other readers like me had visions of passengers alighting from a train waiting 20 minutes or more before a tram arrives by which time some may have lost patience and caught a taxi or walked.

Surely the tram timetable should coincide with train arrivals and departures so the waiting time in-between will be minimal. Otherwise the whole procedure will end up becoming a farce and be a write up in some national magazine as one of the worst transport systems in the country.

Please don’t let that happen.

Clifford 
Chambers

Ashton Road

Blackpool