I trust we are not witnessing the start of another profile building campaign by Tim Ashton (Gazette, October 7).
He should be kept well away from any activities involving public monies, highways and in particular speed limits – particularly the latter.
It won’t have registered with him that there has been a five-fold drop in serious injury accidents in Blackpool (18.8 per cent) where his foolish 20mph scheme was not adopted when compared with Lancashire at 3.9 per cent.
Blackpool Council is spending £30m repairing its roads, whereas LCC allowed Ashton to spend £9m on 20mph signs which go largely ignored and allowed the road network to deteriorate.
Unfortunately, largely due to errors of judgement accidents will occur, but this is no justification for the introduction of average speed cameras.
He will be calling for the reintroduction of the red flag next.
J. H. Ashworth
Yobs attacked car
On Saturday, October 5 at tea time my granddaughter was driving along Preston Old Road, near Stanley School, when some young teenagers threw stones at her car which smashed the rear door window.
The child seat and car were full of glass.
Had her young daughter been with her she would have been badly hurt or killed even.
Perhaps some parents noticed their boys acting strange on Saturday teatime.
But I doubt they have a brain for that matter.
People beware, idiots are about.
Mrs M. Quinn
Preston New Road
Address needs of elderly
I read the comments by Paul Swithenbank (Letters, October 2) regarding care homes but he does not address some fundamental aspects of care.
My mother was in two ‘care’ homes, each of which passed the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.
They were understaffed, especially at night.
The food was of the microwave variety and there was no attempt to stimulate residents – except for a TV kept constantly switched on.
They had an ‘activities’ board for all to see but I never saw any of them take place.
Mind you I was a regular visitor, very unpopular with the owner, and eventually, because I raised these issues, my visiting hours were restricted.
Oh yes, there was lovely wallpaper and chandeliers but they don’t compensate for neglect, and real care, or indeed address the real needs of the elderly.
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Loss of business
Take a look
We were featured in The Gazette (October 4) regarding losing business due to demolition work at nearby Queens Park flats.
I agree with Coun Gillian Campbell when she says ‘the catchment area offered by having a business on Talbot Road is extremely large’ etc.
There is just one major flaw in that comment.
We chose the area because of this reason for our shop, but we didn’t realise that there wouldn’t be places for our customers to stop and park due to the high volume of office staff parking in the direct area around our shop.
However, we do get on well with these people.
They have lost parking spaces next to their offices because of the building work about to start on the Queens Park estate.
There is nowhere for customers, deliveries or anyone else to park in this area.
I have asked for someone to come and visit our shop from the council and have been ignored.
Unless you see the problems around here you will not understand the situation.
Paul Maynard MP has come and seen it for himself and he totally agreed with what we have told him.
I would like to see someone from Blackpool Council visit our shop and other businesses in the area.
Tracey Strangwick and Miss J. Bell
Thanks to joan
A big thank-you to Joan Morecambe for speaking out and bringing her own ray of sunshine to highlight the plight of the old ABC Theatre (Gazette October 2).
We must keep up the pressure on the council and so-called Civic Trust to make sure they do change their mind and come up with an exciting redevelopment that respects and reflects the history of the building and takes it forward to the future.
There has been too much needless destruction in the name of progress in this town. No more.