Letters - May 27, 2014

QUESTIONS REMAIN One reader wants to know whether the benefits of fracking are worth the risks
QUESTIONS REMAIN One reader wants to know whether the benefits of fracking are worth the risks
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I am writing in anticipation of the Government’s wish to enforce fracking all over the beautiful Wyre and Fylde countryside.

Perhaps we need to seriously consider the impact of many drilling sites, as once drilling begins, many more sites will follow.
Will the number of jobs it will provide offset the loss in tourism revenue?

Will we, as a highly respected tourism destination, be able to avoid/manage the negative media attention it is likely to receive as a drilling region, with increased congestion in and around the sites?
Can we accept the risk of a chemical spillage, although limited, and allow chemicals to be pumped into the ground, which may leak into surrounding rock and under-lying springs and rivers? Should we continue to use man-made chemicals in industry?

How have they affected our health (eg our DNA and our immune system over generations), and the health of the planet and wildlife?
Is the Government’s 
demand for the revenue fracking will provide commensurate to investing in green energy, which would provide little revenue, but which would give us a permanent assurance that we would always be able to receive sufficient heating in winter months at very little cost?
 Lastly, can I ask, do you ever wonder if the rain – one of the most precious gifts of all – will ever be clean enough for 
everyone to drink?

Full name supplied

St Annes


End problem

When is something going to be done about the blatant speeding along the 20mph section of Highfield Road?

At about 4.45pm on May 22, I went to cross the raised section between 
Tesco and the post office. I was walking fairly slowly with an elbow-type crutch when an east-bound car driven by a woman, certainly faster than 30mph, zipped past me.

She was completely 
oblivious to my shopping bag (marked Tesco) raised in consternation. 
I realise, of course, there’s not much you can do when numpties (that’s not the actual word I’m thinking of) get behind the steering wheel of a killing machine.

One of the problems of this recently re-laid road is the lack of marking on the raised sections but, if 
motorists were observing the speed limit, they would be more likely to notice them.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a car actually drive around someone on the section near B&Ms, crossing to the wrong side of the road to get past a pedestrian. Unbelievable.

Can this situation be 
another one of Jolly Jonesies’ Jeopardies? If not, I apologise profusely, but it appears to have all the hallmarks... don’t you think?

Keith Hallam

First Avenue,

Sea wall fall


I was sorry to hear of Mr Smedley’s injuries after falling from the sea 

However, he needs to 
accept he was behaving inappropriately and stop looking to blame the council.

By his own admission he was sitting on top of the sea wall.

The council are correct in saying his actions were 

What would Mr Smedley like the council to do, erect a large fence all the way along the coast?

It’s obvious there is a drop –it’s the sea wall, it’s the 
Promenade –surely he could see that before he decided 
to put himself in a risky 
 As for his comments on the danger to children, a responsible adult does not let their child walk, sit or stand on the sea wall.

I have raised five children in this town and I’m happy to say that none of them has ever fallen into the sea. They know how to behave.

I’m sorry that he has such terrible injuries, but he needs to take responsibility for his actions and stop looking for a scapegoat.

Patricia Dunlop

Full address supplied

Thanks to Gazette


We would like to thank The Gazette and everyone in Blackpool for supporting the Stroke Association’s Action on Stroke Month in May 2014.

Our Not Just a Funny Turn 
report revealed thousands of people are putting themselves at risk of a stroke by dismissing their passing symptoms as ‘just a funny turn’. 
 Although it’s one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of complex disability, far too many people don’t 
understand stroke or think it will happen to them.
With your support, more 
people are now aware of the warning signs of a 
mini-stroke (also known as a TIA or transient ischaemic attack).

By taking the right action when mini-strokes strike, we could all prevent around 10,000 strokes across the UK every year.

We’d also like to thank Legal & General for their generous support for Action on Stroke Month and the mini-stroke campaign. 
 To find out more, please visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth.

Chris Larkin

Regional Head of Operations
Stroke Association