Left all over the paths
I note it is grass cutting time again in the Highfield Road/Walkers Hill area.
As usual a significant amount of grass is being spread on to footpaths, waiting for a shower of rain to render the paths treacherous to pedestrians.
I would have thought in this day and age a much better system could be used.
In fact I have such a machine in my garden shed. I have checked the manual and find the Latin name of this piece of miracle engineering is ‘Lawnus Mowerii’.
This machine not only cuts grass, it also gathers the cuttings into a container known as a grass box, from where they can be transferred to an appropriate recycling receptacle.
Surely the council could use a similar idea, especially as they are always banging on about the importance of recycling.
I accept they would need to use a larger version of my machine, but that must be possible.
I also realise the mower driver would have to alight occasionally to transfer the cuttings to a container he will have towed to the area.
I know the council has to care for its employees, but surely the comfort and convenience of the mowing team has to come second to the health and safety of pedestrians?
If any councillor wishes to come round to examine my machine, I will be happy to give them a demonstration and even let them try it out on my lawn.
Use verges for parking
Grass verges are a complete waste of time.
What possible service do they provide? They are costly to maintain.
The proper solution would be to turn them into parking bays. There would be no maintenance and they would be serving a useful function.
Changed my life
My name is Katie and I am 16 years old.
I have been in foster care since I was eight.
I live with my foster carers and their own children, who are like a brother and sister to me.
I love my foster family because they helped me to be healthy. They moved me to a lovely, better school and I have proven I am clever and good at school work.
I feel proud of myself now and I have lots of friends.
My foster carers are friendly, kind, nice, reliable and responsible. They don’t shout or hit.
They do not make fun of people and never say anything bad about my family or why I cannot be at home. They have helped me a lot.
In the North West there is a shortage of 1,200 foster families.
My foster carers changed my life, and this Foster Care Fortnight (May 12 to 25 ) I would like to ask readers to consider opening up their homes to help children and young people like me.
To find out more about fostering with Action for Children please visit actionforchildren.org.uk
*This letter was written by a 16-year-old girl who is fostered by Action for Children. Her real name cannot be given.
Speak up about dementia
There are more than 2,000 good reasons why the people of Blackpool should get involved in Dementia Awareness Week (May 18 to 24).
That is how many people are estimated to be living in Blackpool with dementia and as this figure continues to grow, I would urge readers to heed this year’s Dementia Awareness Week theme –‘Don’t bottle it up’.
It encourages those with questions or concerns about dementia to open up and come to Alzheimer’s Society staff for information and support, as all too often people are too frightened to seek vital help.
We know that anyone who may have dementia or may have a loved one who has dementia could feel confused, scared or even ashamed.
We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time but it is important to talk to someone.
One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and that is why we all need to understand more about the disease.
Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge facing our community and it is vital we come together to tackle the disease which affects thousands of families across Blackpool.
While there is not yet a cure for dementia, many of the symptoms that can accompany the condition – such as anxiety – can be treated, and there is a whole range of support out there for people who are worried about their memory, which Alzheimer’s Society provides in the area.
To find out more about local services log on to www.alzheimers.org.uk/localinfo, and if you have any concerns about dementia, you can call Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline for confidential advice, information and support on 0300 222 11 22.
You can also email enquiries to email@example.com
Operations manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Blackpool