Letters - October 12, 2011

Andrew Turner, managing director of the Chorley Group is fed up of traffic building up in Blackpool Business Park at rush hour
Andrew Turner, managing director of the Chorley Group is fed up of traffic building up in Blackpool Business Park at rush hour
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IT’S no surprise we have traffic gridlock on Blackpool Business Park (Gazette, October 10).

Blackpool Council must be one of the few councils in the country with a department devoted to obstructing traffic.

Road humps, protruding pavements, bus stops in the carriageway, roundabouts that are too small to go round, a lack of traffic light filters, closing main roads for bike rides, coupled with a total lack of long-term planning – they’ve got the lot.

One reader makes the excellent suggestion of a road to Queensway. Has anyone asked Morrisons if an exit can be put at the quiet north west corner of their car park?

Has anyone asked the retail park owners if an entrance/exit can be put between Curry’s and Halfords? Has anyone done anything apart from make limp excuses?

Unfortunately with a track record of causing problems, the Traffic Obstruction Departments is hardly equipped for solving them.

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool

I HAVE written many times about this medieval-minded landlord bashing going on, in order to try and balance the viewpoint.

It’s clearly a case of the council and police covering up their own shortcomings, because any intelligent being knows that landlords cannot and should not be held responsible should any one of their tenants break the law.

The police force was introduced to patrol the streets day and night everywhere. The need for this is just as great today.

The council has not helped either by adopting a policy of paying tenants housing benefit. This has encouraged the irresponsible tenant to continue drinking away their rent money.

I know they were and probably still are, like the police, part of the problem.

My wife and I have particularly good tenants these days, but that is down to our efforts early on, despite the bad effects from the council and the indirect effects from lack of policing.

The landlords licence will ensure that fewer small business investors will come to Blackpool in the future.

After all, who will want to buy a business with greater costs, when like for like they can look elsewhere where the returns will be greater?

CHRIS WISEMAN

South Shore