View from north station
Is it a dump?
I must congratulate Coun Paul Galley for pointing out the state of Talbot Road linking the town hall to the North railway station.
Recently, my husband and I caught the train from Poulton to the North railway station and walked into Blackpool and I said the exact same thing.
Leaving the station and joining Talbot Road meant walking down a narrow walkway and the first sight to greet us was a young woman sitting cross legged on the path begging for money. We avoided walking over her and made our way to the junction of Topping Street.
Outside the club on the corner, the street was covered with cigarette ends and litter. It was only 6 0 clock so presumably this mess had been there since the previous night.
We continued to walk down Birley Street, to be greeted by three people having a very loud, aggressive argument with the usual choice of dreadful language, while customers in the local pub attempted to have a peaceful drink in the evening sunshine.
Making others aware of the look and state of Blackpool in certain areas is not ‘rude’ as stated by Coun Riding; it is not disrespectful to the local traders, as they have our utmost respect for continuing to trade in such adverse conditions.
It is only by pointing out these things that something may be done to improve matters. Anyone who denies the state of the streets obviously never walks around Blackpool centre.
Mrs S Duke,
Blackpool Old Road,
I would like to add my voice to that of Coun Galley and suggest that what he said in his “What a dump!” tweet regarding the Talbot Road area is only what a lot of people are thinking.
It is about time town hall chiefs and those in charge of the council started facing reality, instead of burying their heads in the sand, and accept that actually this area and others in the town need a radical clean up and fresh positive image.
They would garner much respect as a result.
If we want to encourage more huge investment, an example being the Mama Mia! 10-week season, we need to ensure the town is able to accommodate and cater for these events in a positive, clean and safe environment again.
NO TROUBLE AT THESE MILLS
Chance to view local icons at close quarters
National Mills Weekend, designated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, takes place this weekend Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12.
Wind and water mills across the country will be opening their doors to welcome visitors and give them a glimpse into the development of the historical process which made corn seeds digestible.
Here on the Fylde the three windmills open to the public will be Marsh Mill Thornton, Little Marton Blackpool and Lytham.
Each one distinctively different from the others.
To the north, in Cumbria, a selection of seven watermills, many grinding, will be proud to share this process with you.
To the south, in Cheshire, another seven will give you an insight into the milling of yesteryear.
Of these 14, quite a number have cafés serving tasty food using stone-ground wholemeal flour.
Further details can be found on the SPAB Mills Section website following the links to National Mills Weekend 2013.
North West Mills Group membership secretary
Blackpool’s smallest pub
Is it the Mitre or not?
The Mitre, now on a list of worthy buildings, is a smashing little pub but I think landlady Kerry Haddock is wrong in saying the West Street watering hole is Blackpool’s smallest pub . Surely that distinction goes to The Victoria, for some reason also known as Whittle Springs, on Talbot Road near the junction with Abingdon Street? Whichever one it turns out to be, the answer would make a great tie breaker in any local pub quiz.
Animal charity support
RSPCA says thanks
Thank you everyone who gave so generously to our collection of £445.09 at Tesco Metro, Cleveleys, April 29 to May 2, during National RSPCA Week. Also my gratitude goes to the Fylde branch volunteers for a successful event.
Mrs M Bijsterbosch
RSPCA Fylde branch secretary