It was interesting to read the response from Mark Swarbrick to a complaint of aircraft noise (Letters April 25).
Yes, if you live near the airport you have to expect some noise, but I suspect the noise being complained about is not from commercial or military aircraft but from so called pleasure aircraft and the constant drone they emit when flying overhead.
I live at Rossall Beach, well away from the airport, and as soon as the weather is clear, there is often a constant procession of these aircraft droning around and manoeuvering overhead.
Everyone underneath has to listen to it.
You can often hear a plane approaching well before you can see it and then it takes forever to pass over or turn round and go back or turn inland – and don’t get me started on aerobatics.
Add to that helicopters which swoop so low sometimes that you can feel the air pressure change, and the annoying noise that microlights make.
Some days in the garden become intolerable.
A written complaint to the airport went totally unacknowledged.
When I phoned to ask why aircraft had to fly over us when there is a large chunk of airspace out to sea I was told it was for safety reasons!
It seems better they fall on us than ditch harmlessly.
And on another occasion I was told they had no control over the aircraft.
We have a right to a certain amount of respite from unnecessary noise.
People who are in the business of flying should invest in modern equipment – judging from the sound some aircraft make they are nothing more than flying lumps of scrap metal struggling to stay airborne.
One thing that would annoy me is if I found out they pay less duty on the fuel they’re burning than we motorists.
Yobs on buses
They were rude
Three secondary school pupils were a real nuisance on the number 7 bus recently.
When they got on, their language was rude and they were making a lot of noise as they went upstairs.
Also, some liquid was thrown out of the window and caught a lady on the head and wet her.
Thankfully the driver went upstairs and made the two culprits get off.
The drivers of the buses and trams are working hard to earn a living and yobs like this make it even harder for them in what is a very stressful job anyway.
Warbreck Hill Road
Chris Wiseman (Letters April 29) refers to my previously printed comment saying ‘the key to tackling the anti-social scourge is neighbourhood policing’.
He then raises a concern about what this might actually mean in reality when it comes to tackling such behaviour in our town.
Of course I agree with Chris’s definition that it should mean the neighbourhoods being patrolled by police.
I also think there are other things that need to be happening to achieve the kind of results we all would wish to see.
Top of my list is community participation– a key component in providing intelligence and shaking complacency from whichever agency may be slacking.
Everyone has a part to play in tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Find out where your PACT (police and community together), NWG (neighbourhood watch group), or area forum meetings take place and go along and have your say.
As chairman of Talbot PACT it is more than encouraging to find 40 to 50 local residents giving up an hour or so once a month to engage with our excellent neighbourhood policing team, ward councillors, council enforcers and others who make themselves open and accountable.
That leads on nicely to what I believe to be the other vital component in fighting ASB, which is adopting a multi-agency approach to many issues that can make people’s lives such an unnecessary misery.
This joined-up thinking is already beginning to achieve results in big and surprising ways, many of which are reported in this newspaper.
Talbot PACT meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Guards Club on Whitegate Drive at 7pm.
If you ring Bonny Street Police Station on (01253) 293933 they should be able to tell you where your next local PACT meeting is to be held.
Dave Blacker MBE
He helped our club
Former Mayor Edmund Wynne, who died last month, was president of Squires Gate FC for many years.
He was not a president in name only as he helped the club out in many ways.
He helped to raise a significant amount of money to help transform a tip into one of the best playing surfaces in the country at our level.
On behalf of all the members thank you for helping put our club on a sound foundation.
Ex-Chairman Squires Gate FC