Letters- May 1, 2014

TALBOT GATEWAY One reader questions where customers and shop tenants are going to be found in the area
TALBOT GATEWAY One reader questions where customers and shop tenants are going to be found in the area
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Talbot Trams

No footfall

Once again we read in The Gazette the nonsense concerning the extension along Talbot Road, of the tram way system being approved in principle.

When, oh when, will our councillors listen to the people of the town, and in particular the business people who work or reside in the Talbot Gateway area?

It doesn’t take much business acumen to realise that if there’s no footfall there’s no business.

Why do our councillors wish to remove the visitors and potential customers from said area?

I cannot believe they are unaware of the economic blight this preposterous idea will bring. Coun Galley states it will “join all the dots” and bring economic growth to the town .

How will that happen councillor when there are no people in the area ?

Please explain how you would overcome the empty hotels, pubs and restaurants, who all survive on passing trade.

How would the taxi drivers ply their trade when there are no fares in the area?

How would you find tenants for the fabulous shops and offices in the magnificent Talbot Gateway?

No Coun Galley, we don’t want joined up dots, just simple joined up thinking will suffice.

Ron Strangwick

Rough Heys Lane

Blackpool

Yeadon Way

Closure is disaster

Well done John Jones . With regards to the council closing Yeadon Way in the busiest months of the year. Why not just put a closed sign in the M55? After the Prom delays debacle, Central Drive bus lane disgrace, the ever changing one-way system, it’s no wonder hoteliers, businesses, residents and guests are deserting Blackpool making way for one big bedsit land. Thanks again.

Tony Sayer

via email

A585 bypass

Call for Blue Route

With regards to the letter from Graham Jackson in the relief road, (Your Say April 29), Mr Jackson says the relief road for the A585 has been planned for 20 years.

In fact it was first mooted in 1953! It was recognised 50 years ago that the Fylde peninsular needed a north south route to the east of Blackpool and that Fleetwood and north Fylde needed a link road to connect to the wider road network.

Staining and Carleton fought a successful battle to cancel the Fylde Coast Easterly by-pass. Various multi coloured routes were planned but the funding had already gone elsewhere. The Blue Route was the only route that all four authorities agreed on. It was planned to help all areas to connect to the motorway system at Junction 4 negating the need for a new junction.

Much as I want to see a bypass for Singleton and Greenhalgh, it is difficult to justify millions of pounds on a local road. A new road needs building that will serve as a north/south route behind Blackpool as well as providing Fleetwood with the road link it so desperately needs.

Unfortunately all suggested routes have now been abandoned and there are no plans for now or in the future to by-pass the A585. These are political decisions, so I would urge all residents who sit outside my house in a queue everyday to write to their MP and county councillor to reinstate the Blue Route and get government funding in place to build it as quickly as possible.

Coun Maxine Chew

Singleton and Greenhalgh

ENERGY QuESTIONS

Fracking drawbacks

Fracking is being presented as a boom for the Fylde. However, residents have not been consulted and are denied a say about the numerous drawbacks.

Anti-fracking residents point to the many studies which show the costs of production far outweigh the benefits of this form of energy production. Great play is made of bringing jobs to this area !

Many of these will be technical jobs, most likely fulfilled by outside contractors who will bring their own skilled operatives. They may need quite a few lorry drivers as our country roads are likely to be choked with their heavy plant machinery and water supplies for the wells.

The gas will be sold within the European Union to countries like China. I suspect trade deals have already been baked into the mix!

Meanwhile, Fylde coast residents are going to have to put up with perhaps hundreds of horizontal drilling rigs, that will be able to bore underneath our properties with impunity .The noted oil exploration expert Ian R Crane has advised residents to conduct “Full Structural Surveys” on our houses now before earthquakes commence because we will have to prove in a court of law that it was their underground explosions that caused our properties to subside!

Many of us know where this drive for fracking is coming from. It is the same greedy banking industry and their political advocates that do the bidding for these get rich quick schemes.

Future generations will not excuse our disregard for our environment when so many viable alternative energy production schemes already exist.

G LLoyd

St Theresa’s Avenue