Letters - May 8, 2012

A roundabout in the play area of Stanah Country Park has been branded as dangerous by the parent of a young girl who fell off it and broke her arm  PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-5-2012

A roundabout in the play area of Stanah Country Park has been branded as dangerous by the parent of a young girl who fell off it and broke her arm PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-5-2012

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I FULLY agree with the Layton mum who is lodging a complaint with Wyre Council, concerning the roundabout on the children’s play area at Stanah (Gazette May 3). It is badly designed.

My husband and I took our two grandchildren to the play area last year, and they went on the roundabout in question.

After gathering some speed our grandson was literally thrown off and flew through the air, hitting the ground hard. He was quite shaken up by the experience and extremely fortunate not to have hurt himself, escaping with only a few bruises on his arm.

On closer scrutiny we all agreed that the roundabout was very dangerous. There is nothing for a child to hang on to whilst either sitting or lying on it, other than the edge!

Because of this inability to hang on to something, even a small amount of centrifugal force could easily cause the child to be thrown off.

We are amazed that the roundabout complies with safety standards, as claimed by Wyre Council.

These are not the only two incidents which have occurred. I know of another child who was also thrown off the roundabout and broke his arm.

I’m sure unless the problem is rectified there will be more.

This dangerous piece of “play” equipment may comply with safety standards in the eyes of the council, but under no circumstances would I allow a child in my care to use it.

MRS ANN THORNTON

Caldicot Way, Poulton

AS a taxi-driver, I use Lytham Road at Clifton regularly and welcome the reduction in the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph, which has just been introduced.

This stretch of road has seen a horrendous death toll over the years.

There was a recent report of a mother and baby being involved in an accident on this road (Gazette May 4).

Thankfully it was not too serious but without the reduction in the speed limit, if other traffic had been travelling more quickly, the consequences may have been far more severe.

Some people may complain about the reduction in the speed limit but I believe it will save lives.

PETER ROBERTS

Warton

I AM compiling a family tree which has taken me back to 1711 and I am now trying to fill in fuller details of more recent times by trying to find descendants of my great grandparents Daniel Macdonald and Janet McNab.

One of their sons had a hotel or boarding house in the Blackpool area about 1950.

I do not know which son so do not have his first name but if anyone recognises the names or thinks that they are descended from these families, or knows of their whereabouts, could you please contact me.

I can be emailed at colinmacd@talktalk.net or phone (01369) 701229.

Many thanks.

COLIN MACDONALD

Dunoon Argyll