Letters - March 30

On a recent visit to Carleton cemetery to the family grave, I noticed this.

As you walk through the main gate, turn right at the tea rooms and you will see what a dreadful mess the footpaths are in.

It's full of craters and pot holes, it's a health hazard. The bins were stacked high with rubbish and carrier bags left at the side of bins. It was an absolute eyesore.

Will someone from the council go and take a look and get the problem sorted out soon before someone has an accident on those footpaths and see that the bins are emptied more frequently?

Mrs M Cann

Norwood Avenue, Layton

These allotments ought to be on Marton Moss

Action Desk on The Gazette on March 13 asked an interesting question for the online vote.

"Should councils build more allotments?"

Well sadly, I don't think the council own any of the land I was thinking of, but if they do, they are missing a golden opportunity.

Land that was once the vegetable and flower basket of Blackpool, and with a rural identity that is its own.

So the answer to the question is yes, we should have more allotments, where they should be is on Marton Moss instead of houses.

I enclose a picture of a Marton Moss growers carnival float.from the 1930s or 1940s

Melanie Silburn

(address supplied)

We must stop animal horror

Regarding the refusal by the council for animal activists to hold their flag day.

If pictures shown by them depicting animal experiments are too distressing to the general public, then these horrific and cruel senseless practices on animals must be stopped.

Jean Duff

Kilnhouse Lane

St Annes

Wrong to censor cruelty pictures

I was very disappointed to read (The Gazette, March 16) that Blackpool Council has chosen not to allow animal aid to hold a flag day in the town centre because the pictures depicting animal experiments are considered too distressing.

The public should be made aware of what cruelty goes on behind closed laboratory doors so that they can make up their own mind as to whether the subject of vivisection is right or wrong. Keeping people in the dark is not the answer.

Many people, including myself, believe animal experiments are unreliable, unethical and unnecessary and support charities – for example the Dr Hadwen Trust – who do non-animal medical research.

If people are denied information, how can they make a choice?

Mrs Pat Price

Lytham Road


Smoking bad for your pets

We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but I wonder how many pet owners are aware that it is bad for your pets' health, too.

Research carried out by the PDSA confirms that cats exposed to second-hand smoke are twice as likely to develop feline lymphoma, a type of cancer that can be fatal in smoking households.

Dogs are also very susceptible to smoking related respiratory problems and their exposure to tobacco smoke has been linked to nasal and sinus cancers.

In pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs, passive smoking can even contribute to hair loss.

Stopping smoking won't just benefit your own health, it will improve your pets' health too.

So there you have it, another good reason to stop smoking and good luck to all those who are trying!

Josephine Harwood

Moor Park Avenue


County mends the highways

I refer to your reader's letter 'Never mind painting, fix the potholes' (The gazette, March 25) in which your correspondent wrongly refers to Wyre Borough Council as the responsible authority for the borough's roads.

It is the responsibility of

Lancashire County Council

to maintain the highways in Wyre.

Therefore any complaints or concerns about the conditions of roads or repair budgets should be directed to the county council accordingly.

Wyre Borough Council is, however, responsible for

designated car parks across the borough and, as part of an ongoing programme of maintenance, we have made repainted the car parking spaces in Poulton to make the lines more visible so

motorists can clearly see where they can and cannot park.

We hope users of Wyre's car parks will benefit from this improved service.

Coun Vivien Taylor,

Living Places portfolio holder