Letters - November 21, 2011

File photo dated 07/10/08 of a man holding a cigarette while at the wheel of a car in London. Smoking in your car should be against the law, doctors have told the Government. The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling on ministers to bring in the 'bold and courageous' ban for reasons of health rather than road safety. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2011. Evidence suggests smoking in a closed vehicle exposes the occupants to large amounts of harmful chemicals, the doctors reported. Toxin levels can be 23 times higher than in a typical smoky bar, it is claimed, with children and the elderly said to be at particular risk. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
File photo dated 07/10/08 of a man holding a cigarette while at the wheel of a car in London. Smoking in your car should be against the law, doctors have told the Government. The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling on ministers to bring in the 'bold and courageous' ban for reasons of health rather than road safety. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2011. Evidence suggests smoking in a closed vehicle exposes the occupants to large amounts of harmful chemicals, the doctors reported. Toxin levels can be 23 times higher than in a typical smoky bar, it is claimed, with children and the elderly said to be at particular risk. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
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AT this moment there is a discussion going on about new planning guidelines and the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

I don’t care that smokers might be killing themselves, that’s their choice.

What I don’t want is them killing me because they are not in full control of their vehicle.

First they have to get the cigarette out of the packet, light it, then put both things where they got them from.

They could drop a lit cigarette in their lap or have ash blow into their eye, each of which could cause an accident.

I used to smoke but never while I was driving.

If I can be banned for using my phone or even eating a KitKat at the wheel, then so should cigarette smokers be.

ANNETTE SINCLAIR

King George Avenue

Blackpool

AT this moment there is a discussion going on about new planning guidelines and the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

If passed, this will have massive implications for Wyre.

For sustainable development, read onshore wind turbines.

We have been told Wyre will be expected to accommodate 12 per cent of Lancashire’s renewable energy generation.

This will equate to 45 turbines the size of that at Garstang, between the Bowland fells and the shores of Morcambe bay, or, if smaller turbines are installed, we will need many more of them.

This is a lose, lose situation for the countryside.

It goes without saying that this will completely alter the open aspect of the countryside in our area, giving it a “tunnel” effect as you drive between the massive turbine columns and the pylons required to connect them to the grid.

I understand the need to be independent when it comes to the supply of energy but are we prepared to make the sacrifices to the environment that the introduction of onshore wind will require?

COUN GORDON McCANN

Preesall

I FELT the need to write to express my disgust at the amount of dog dirt on the whole of Beach Road, Cleveleys.

I have come here on holiday for a few days and, every morning when I walked to get my newspaper, there was always a fresh load outside the hotel.

Do the local environmental health not police the area?

Why are dog owners not being responsible and picking up their dog mess? What are the opinions of residents?

After an evening out, it was literally dodge the dog dirt on the way home. Please Cleveleys, tidy and clean your streets of dog dirt if you want to keep attracting holiday makers.

AN UNHAPPY HOLIDAY MAKER

IS this the answer to the one million unemployed young people?

Why not send half their cheque for Jobseekers Allowance to their address and the other half to an OAP as part of their pension credit.

The only way a young person can cash the giro is to do, for example, a minimum of four hours work at the OAP’s address per week. The teenager would be restricted to jobs such as gardening, housework and cleaning so as not to be exploited.

They can only collect the second half of their cheque after being approved for their work by the OAP on pension credit.

BRIAN BENSON

Crawford Avenue

Blackpool

WE see for the second time in a few days that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes reference to there being no alternative to a “unified Europe”.

Her first mention was that peace in Europe could not be taken for granted.

Her latest assertive comments in the recent Christian Democrat Union party conference in Leipzig clearly show her intentions imply what can only be interpreted as a veiled threat to other member states of the E.U.

We vote in favour of the single currency, or else.

IDWAL WYN JONES

Thornton