Letters - March 7, 2014

SHELF STACKER One Gazette correspondent bemoans the introduction of new technology to our libraries, comparing the experience to shopping in a supermarket
SHELF STACKER One Gazette correspondent bemoans the introduction of new technology to our libraries, comparing the experience to shopping in a supermarket
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Changes to libraries

Losing a tradition

I am disatisfied with the changing face of libraries.

While bookworms like myself always use them, and while staff are friendly and efficient, I do not like the self-service machines that have been installed.

Using a library seems to have lost a tradition of having your books stamped. Now you do it yourself and print off a receipt. This may seem efficient and time-saving, but I find it annoying. I don’t even use self service tills in a supermarket!

Now we also have a security guard on duty at the library. How unnecessary.

I would also like to suggest two computers are reserved for internet/study research for people who require them, rather than for people using Facebook and playing games etc.

Carl Barratt

Ribble Road

Blackpool

Gutters are blocked

Disgrace

When are the council going to start cleaning the blocked up street drains of leaves, and general rubbish?

I have not seen any cleaning vehicles since before Christmas.

The streets in Thornton are a disgrace, the gutters are blocked and the village is a disgrace.

What are we paying rates for?

Mrs Drady

Thornton

Supermarket parking

Shop fine

If you shop at Aldi in Cleveleys, don’t forget to enter your car registration number before you leave the shop.

Last week, I parked on the car park for 30 minutes whilst shopping in Aldi.

This morning, I received a letter from Aldi telling me I was fined £70 for omitting to enter my registration number in the shop. That’s the last time I`ll shop at Aldi.

Mr Patrick Morris

Welland Close

Blackpool

Understanding Europe

Funding

The lack of understanding of how the EU works never ceases to amaze me.

The letter writer (Your Say March 3) cannot see what the EU has done for the UK, but have they never walked on the new Promenade?

Or ridden the new trams? All partly financed by the EU Regional Development Funds.

Those funds have also gone to many other towns and projects across the country.

Also the European subsidies that keep our farmers in business – withdraw those and a lot of their businesses would cease to be viable.

Then there is the European Single Market which gives us access to our largest export market, currently accounting for 50 per cent of the UK’s exports of goods and services totalling almost £50bn per year.

In addition, funding goes to research projects in such a diverse range of activities such as alternative energy, medicine, food standards and safety, agriculture, the list of areas is almost endless.

Having lived in several European Union countries, I have always had to prove I would not be a burden on the social security system, the EU directive is clear on that.

If the UK government lets immigrants to this country claim benefits, then it’s not the fault of the EU.

Let’s also not forget that that same right to reside applies to all of us in the UK.

I can recommend it, as it certainly broadens your mind.

The European Parliament is a democratically elected body, voted for by us, the citizens of the EU.

It is the Parliament and the Council of Ministers (from our own countries) that drive the priorities for Europe.

They are the ones who control the European Union Officials (the European Commission) who, incidentally, sit firmly in Brussels, not Strasbourg.

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School bank accounts

Key lesson

It was interesting to read Steve Canavan’s Viewpoint last week (Gazette February 28).

Credit unions are a growing force in the UK, but they have a long way to go to match their support in America and Canada, where most people join up as a matter of course.

Even Ireland is way ahead of us in membership.

The movement is the good Samaritan in action.

Instead of ignoring those who have difficulty in borrowing money at reasonable interest rates, those who can, save with their credit union.

Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Credit Union, for instance, pays an interest rate of three per cent to saving members.

The credit union then loans out the same money to their borrower members .

Blackpool families will no doubt come to learn about, and appreciate, their credit union from their children’s involvement.

The council’s £10 accounts for starters at secondary schools could be an inventive way of spreading the good news among a much wider circle than that of our children alone.

David Owen

Westcliffe Drive

Layton

Blackpool