Letters - October 5, 2012

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CONGRATULATIONS to The Gazette for highlighting an ongoing scenerio which blights our streets every night in the features on homelessness.

I volunteer in the soup kitchen at St Peter’s Church on Lytham Road, which operates every Tuesday and Sunday run entirely from donations.

We feed an average of 50 people each sitting and now winter is coming it will get even busier.

The donations mainly come from from St Cuthbert’s Church and St Peter’s, and we get donated bread and rolls by a wonderful bakery who give us all their spare goods.

The majority of the people who come are homeless but there are also the ones that do have a bed for the night, albeit a hostel or mate’s counch or bedsit, but who have nothing else.

Some people do have accomodation but cannot afford electric and cannot heat or use the cooking facilties. We regularly collect items for the service users and a big thing we collect is sleeping bags, old duvets and blankets. I also collect old winter coats and used socks (no holes), as these go down a treat.

People give to charities all the time and don’t know where the goods end up. At least if you give to the soup kitchen, the items would stay local and would be for people who really needed them.

Kate Raworth

THE trams are always full because of the obvious fact that people want to use them. They run late because of the amount of passengers that want to get on at each stop. Even when a full tram stops to let off two people, a hundred try to get on. Disabled people cannot get on because able bodied passengers block the doorways and disabled spaces and refuse to move even when asked the by the conductors. There are four doors in each side of the tram but passengers want to board through one door, even when asked by the conductors to use the other doors, then once inside don’t want to move away from the doors so making it harder for those still on the platform to get on. Trams get delayed and so each tram behind is delayed. Prepayment at platform machines wouldn’t work. Take a look a Manchester Metrolink where fare dodging is rife using this system. The tram crews try their utmost to run on time but they are in the business of carrying people and do so to the best of their ability.


IF Blackpool really is a cycling town then how can the transport planners justify what they have done in Caunce Street? First they squeeze motorists into narrower lanes on the busy one way section between Cookson Street and Grosvenor Street in order to create a cycle path going in the opposite direction. Now they put metal railings across that new path with the warning: Cycle lane not in use. Is this a permanent thing? In which case let’s have the car lanes restored to original widths.

TIM RIMMER, South Shore