Letters - November 7, 2013

Residents and local businesses have raised concerns about the state of Cookson Street, particularly when it leads on to the Talbot Gateway development area.'Looking down Cookson Street, with its empty premises and massage parlours.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-10-2013

Residents and local businesses have raised concerns about the state of Cookson Street, particularly when it leads on to the Talbot Gateway development area.'Looking down Cookson Street, with its empty premises and massage parlours. PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-10-2013

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Cookson Street plans

No chance

Regarding the issues with Cookson Street (Gazette November 4), unfortunately over the decades Blackpool has not developed a true town centre and so there is not much chance of the run down areas in and around the centre being redeveloped.

There is no demand for land use for some of the following reasons.

For example there is no university.

In other town and city centres swathes of central areas have been, are being, and are planned to be, redeveloped for educational use.

In the centre of Bournemouth large new buildings are springing up as part of the university campus.

Bournemouth is also a holiday resort but has diversified.

Additional areas in the centre of Preston have been allocated for university use ready for the future.

Similar developments have been undertaken across the country in towns and cities similar in size to Blackpool, including resorts like Bournemouth and Brighton.

The town centre also lacks other educational establishments, eg a sixth form college and further education college.

There are no major employers in the town centre.

The council offices will add several hundred additional workers to the centre and has allowed for some old run down buildings to be demolished.

However, all other civil servant sites are located away from the town centre so not much chance of land in the town centre being developed for this purpose.

Smaller employers such as accountants, law firms, banks etc are relocating to edge of town sites so no need for redevelopment to cater for these businesses.

The police HQ is due to be relocated in the next few years but all fingers seem to be pointing away from the town centre so another opportunity for town centre redevelopment will be lost.

Our main hospital is already established away from the centre.

Some towns and cities have medical facilities in the centre and this has therefore allowed redevelopment of run down areas.

Blackpool can’t take advantage of this either.

The above all contributes to a relatively low proportion of the Fylde coast’s 300,000 residents needing or desiring to visit the town centre, which in turn leads to a less favourable retail offering. In addition the above all ensures there is little demand for housing in and around the centre, so not much chance of redevelopment for this purpose either.

So unless there is a massive turn around in economic fortunes and / or a huge change in local planning policy there is not much chance of areas like Cookson Street being redeveloped because there is little demand for land, something which is unusual in a town centre.

Mr P. Wright

(by email)


School stage talent

Get on film

Something rather sad is happening at some, though hopefully not all, schools across the Fylde.

Children are excitedly 
rehearsing for seasonal plays while hoping that their families will be there to support them.

Therein lies the problem. Families, these days, are often scattered far and wide meaning grandparents, aunts and uncles are not able to attend on the night.

It makes me so sad when watching videos of my grandchildren in plays of long ago, bloopers and all, knowing that future generations will miss out on these endearing moments because of the current climate of political correctness .

I know of one school which invites parents to opt out in writing if they do not wish their children to participate in any production which may be filmed.

In this event the school will film the play with any profits going to school funds.

It is so sad that relatives who live far away , or may be unable to attend because of illness or disability, have to miss out on these treasured events.

Those who turn out in often inclement weather, to sit on hard chairs for two hours, just to see their children’s efforts, are unlikely to pose a danger to other children.

Please headteachers, let us have a bit of commonsense.

Film these shows for families to keep and for posterity.

After all, among your pupils may be a future Shakespearean actor, pop star, or even a future cabinet minister .........on second thoughts.

Carol Ford

address supplied

Senior moments!

Cleaned out

Everyone needs a laugh – especially old aged pensioners with their senior moments.

This one concerns a man who needed to do his washing, but he had no soap powder so he went out and bought some Persil, and some milk.

He comes back, opens the soap drawer on the washing machine, lifts the bottle and pours the contents in.

But it wasn’t the Persil, it was the milk!

Talk about senior moments!

He’s only 50 so I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Margaret Crawford

Ashfield Road

Bispham