IT says a lot about Coun Simon Blackburn that it was not until he had no car he became aware of what the rest of us have long known to be the truth about our home.
Suddenly he notices the centre of Blackpool after dark is a no-go area, that we have more than our fair share of free loaders, that our brilliant and long-suffering emergency services are so much better than we deserve and that you only have to step inland a few yards from the Golden Mile to discover the reality.
One wonders what the effect would be if the council spent more time and effort encouraging industries to relocate here and a lot less time and money on attractions and lights which benefit such a small proportion of Blackpool citizens.
I have two suggestions for his consideration.
Let the Illuminations and sea front attractions be paid for by those businesses that benefit from them, thereby recognising that, to the rest of us, they are a damned nuisance.
Provide the police with a cage in which to dump the drunks, druggies and trouble makers who bring so much trouble to the town.
Do not release them until and unless they agree either to pay a fixed penalty fine that reflects the cost of their behaviour or to carry out unpaid work to the same value by cleaning up the mess.
Finally, take a look at some south coast resorts such as Brighton and Bournemouth to see how they have managed to bring jobs into their towns by moving on from their pasts and accepting that their prime duty lies to their permanent tax-paying residents.
THANKYOU Coun Simon Blackburn for having the courage to speak the unpalatable truth about what is happening to Blackpool (Gazette November 3).
Reading what he has to say was in a way comforting as I had begun to think it was my own prejudice showing as I looked despairingly around our town.
On Friday I walked into Blackpool along South King Street.
Turning around towards the bus station I spotted a pretty Bull Terrier puppy and bent down to pat it.
Holding the lead was a man talking, or rather shouting at a woman who was yelling back. Neither of them noticed me. They were both drunk at 10.30am.
It crossed my mind that this scene was a perfect snapshot of life in Blackpool today.
Coun Blackburn is correct. The growing menace of absentee landlords is a serious problem.
Raikes Parade, where I live, with its many large houses, some of which have had a great deal of money spent to maintain them to a very high standard, used, like the rest of the Raikes Estate, to be the jewel in the crown of Blackpool town centre.
Now parts of it are dangerously close to resembling Skid Row.
How has this been allowed to happen?
I am all in favour of people buying houses and turning them into apartments (it is a perfectly legitimate business), but only if they are well cared for and the landlords act responsibly regarding the cleanliness of the buildings and the behaviour of the tenants.
Not landlords who just take the money and run!
Homes that are pleasant to live in give people dignity and a stake in the well being of the wider community.
Surely this is not an impossible dream.
WHATEVER happened to the animal loving nation, we were famous for being?
The poor defenceless animals at Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary in St Annes lost their lives in horrific conditions, all because two stupid drunken louts had nothing better to do one night (Gazette November 3).
Yet our justice system is going to let them out of prison in a shorter time.
Let me guess, I bet the judge hasn’t got any pets.
From a very disappointed animal lover.
HAVING attended the performance of South Pacific last night I felt bound to write my congratulations to all the cast, musicians, scenery technicians and directors for a wonderful evening.
I have been to see the productions for years and always come away from the Marine Hall at Fleetwood feeling happy, but this show was exceptional, in fact no weak point at all.
I have paid four times more for less entertainment.
Thank you and may you continue with the first class quality and sell out audiences.
AS a sandgrown ‘un and an avid Seasider for 65 years, Ollie’s departure is a resounding shock, yet inevitable.
Although distanced from the situation, as I now live in Canada, it appears to me that Ollie left for three reasons: job security; a significant wage increase; and the opportunity to extricate himself from the shackles of Mr Oyston.
Some Blackpool fans are clamouring for an explanation from Ollie but perhaps this is best left for Ollie’s memoirs at a later date.
It remains for us to thank Ollie for the resurrection of Blackpool football and for three glorious years.
Also, we have to extend our full support to his successor and to our team.