Letters - October 28, 2014

Two-way street? Charlie Docherty in Coronation Street which the council wants to make two-way.  Pat Francioni says making the entire street two-way would be a disaster for pedestrians

Two-way street? Charlie Docherty in Coronation Street which the council wants to make two-way. Pat Francioni says making the entire street two-way would be a disaster for pedestrians

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Traffic nightmares getting too much

Traffic

Congestion will put people off visiting

Last Saturday afternoon I had reason to wait at the bottom of Adelaide Street for about half an hour.

During this time I watched an unending stream of cars come down Adelaide Street heading for the multi-storey shoppers car park.

Literally, they never stopped coming for a second and I have no doubt that this is repeated every Saturday, all day.

How can we expect Black-pool to thrive as a shopping centre when motorists have to go through this to shop here? Surely they will get fed up soon and head to Preston.

Surely it would help to open that small section of Coronation Street by a left turn from Albert Road at Debenham’s store?

How can our road management ‘experts’ be thinking of opening up all of Coronation Street to two-way traffic, with loading bays, thereby making the pavement about three foot wide in places, in one of the busiest tourist streets in town? Where exactly are the 
pedestrians supposed to walk safely?

As a motorist, I continually drive around clogged streets and roads in Blackpool.

There have been some minor improvements recently in the centre by opening up many of the streets in the original one-way sections, but there is still much to do.

Cookson Street to Talbot Road was flowing freely the other afternoon for the first time ever and then I noticed the ‘lights’ at the Hop Inn weren’t working. Say no more.

Plymouth Road roundabout worked a treat when the lights weren’t working recently, but they were still replaced. Blinkered thinking seems to be de rigueur for this current council.

Taxi drivers express good opinions and views all the time. They work these roads, they know what needs to be done. Why won’t the Council consult them instead of so-called traffic experts?

Pat Francioni

Newton Drive, Blackpool

Immigration

Sea change after success of UKIP

The Defence Secretary has said the country is being ‘swamped’ by immigrants.

This remarkable statement by a member of the Cabinet is yet another example of a sea change that has taken place over the past year with regards to immigration.

Less than a year ago anyone suggesting that immigration was having an adverse effect on certain sectors of our society would have been immediately accused of being racist, even if it was expressed in purely factual, non-offensive terms.

The fact that Thatcher and Blunkett had also warned the country of the dangers of excessive immigration was, of course, conveniently forgotten.

Today, politicians of all parties are vying with each other about the need to control immigration.

The head of Migration Watch, a highly-respected organisation that deals only in the facts about immigration statistics, has just been made a peer of the realm.

Yet not very long ago he was bitterly criticised on the BBC for even suggesting that too many immigrants might cause problems for our schools and social services.

The reason for this massive change is, of course, panic over the current surge in UKIP’s popularity. All major parties, of course, deny this.

What we are currently witnessing in this country is one of the most hypocritical turnarounds in recent political history.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close, Cleveleys

Tax

We will all have to pay for welfare

In response to this letter (Your Say, October 25), I am sure that Michael Antrobus is correct in his assumption that the reduction in Council Tax is a result of parliamentary legislation, it came into force when the Community Charge was replaced by the Council Tax.

The Labour group’s vote could be seen as an attempt to demonstrate how they would fill the local authority funding gap and perhaps reverse some of the cuts seen in recent years. If this is to be Labour Party national policy or if individual Labour councils would be allowed to implement this policy following the election of a Labour government next year, then this needs to be clearly stated before the polls open.

I must say that, in my opinion, in Wyre it would be a massive vote loser for them.

This does not let the other parties ‘off the hook’ however. There will come a time when no further cuts are possible and bills will have to rise. If the nation is to continue to support public services and a welfare state with its increasing challenges and expectations, then the nation, or, more likely, parts of the nation, will have to pay more than they do now.

John C Wright

Riversway, Poulton

Fracking

Political suicide to support practice

A very enlightening letter from Dr Rugman (Your Say, October 24).

But, and it’s a big one; who in Lancashre CC will take any notice? Will anyone in Cameron’s elitist gang bother, after all, this is the ‘desolate north west’?

I read in this paper that UKIP are pro-fracking. Given the many thousands of voters who have signed up to anti-fracking, surely this is electoral suicide for a wannabe political party. Raise this subject any-where in rural Fylde outside of Blackpool and the response is a vehement no to fracking. Cuadrilla has taken legal action against recent protesters, saying they are safeguarding the farmers’ livelihoods.

Is it not that which they are hell bent on ruining?

David Nicholls

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