Letters - May 6, 2014

Blackpool's Talbot Road bus station in the 1980s.
Blackpool's Talbot Road bus station in the 1980s.

Park for a pound

Help trade

Blackpool has perhaps the finest, yet arguably the most under-used, multi-storey car park in the region.

The recently refurbished Talbot Road car park should be booming, but instead I doubt it takes enough revenue to cover the cost of the electric bill.

Why is this car park struggling to attract new customers? It is dry, clean, well lit, secure with CCTV with fully accessible lifts.

It is simply too expensive.

Since the closure of the former Talbot Road Bus Station around a decade ago, this area of town has suffered less footfall and generally become less desirable.

Thankfully, with the new Sainsbury’s due to open in July, and the new council offices, this will help to boost the image of Talbot Road.

It is crucial before it is too late that this refurbished car park is placed back on the map as a destination hot spot for town centre parking.

It is my open and honest view that this multi-storey is potentially losing serious revenue.

Why not introduce a scheme to ‘Park For A Pound’ at the weekends?

Central London is packed at the weekends, and attracts a lot of visitors and shoppers from outer London and the home counties with free parking on a Sunday.

Blackpool could attract far greater numbers of weekend shoppers, should the council decide to reduce the parking rates.

The Talbot Road multi-storey is a perfect opportunity to boost town centre retail.

A greater foot fall will help improve the area tenfold and offer some scope for the many vacant retails units below the multi-storey of becoming let by well financed suitable operators.

Stephen Pierre

Abingdon Street

Blackpool

Port has lost out

Relief road

I am writing in response to Graham Jackson’s comments about the A585 relief road (Your Say, 
April 29).

How very true his words are.

Wyre Council is still living in the past.

It’s 2014 – man has walked on the moon.

What a waste of jobs, rates etc. Fleetwood docks is such a sad sight.

It should have Isle of Man and Irish boats etc in and out, not be sending the work up the M6.

Mr Armstrong

Cherry Tree Road

Blackpool

Tea party to fund nurses

Raise a cup

As a local Marie Curie nurse, I would like to invite everyone in Blackpool to hold a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care in June.

Whether it’s friends, family, neighbours or workmates, it’s always great to share a cuppa, afternoon tea or even a summer garden party.

Holding a Blooming Great Tea Party is the perfect way to do just that, as well as raise mich-meeded money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

All the money raised through the Blooming Great Tea Parties will allow Marie Curie nurses, including those like me, to continue to provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.

It is so important for people to be able to spend their final days in their place of choice, and, for most people, this means being at home surrounded by the people 
and things they care about most.

Marie Curie Cancer Care relies on the generous support of the local community to ensure more terminally ill people can receive this care at the time when they need it most.

To hold a Blooming Great Tea Party between June 20 and 29, and to receive a free fund-raising pack, call 0845 052 4184 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty.

Eileen Cardwell

Lancashire Marie Curie Nurse

Blackpool Airport safer

More flights

Great news that figures for passengers at Blackpool Airport are increasing (Gazette, May 2).

It is obvious there is more capacity available, and more new routes are becoming available from the terminal.

It was a brave move for Balfour Beatty to invest in what was, and is to some extent, a loss-making operation.

It is time investors realised the massive potential for the airport. However, I would like to offer a word of caution.

If the former Pontins site, which is adjacent to the airport, is to be sold for housing, then it would be the death knell for any future expansion of our airport.

With great motorway links there is real potential for Blackpool Airport becoming an extension of Manchester Airport.

Whenever I fly out of Manchester I look down on thousands of homes as the aircraft circles to gain height but can’t help thinking how much safer would it be to see aircraft taking off over the sea.

I feel this is a far safer option.

So, please don’t write off this great opportunity but look to the future and imagine the boost to local businesses when more flights are made in and out of Blackpool.

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