War hero’s memorial
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Fylde coast war hero Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton, who must have been utterly sickened to discover the wanton destruction of a memorial in his honour (Gazette, September 7).
Sam, who died while on duty in Afghanistan earlier this year, was rightly honoured with a colourful living tribute in the shape of flowers in the very heart of Poulton.
He made the ultimate sacrifice by laying down his life for his country, yet feckless teenagers have now shown their total disrespect for decent values through their mindless vandalism in the Market Place.
What makes this action even more galling is that, as The Gazette picture showed, it was carried out just yards away from, and in full view of, Poulton Police Station.
We can only speculate whether this sort of terrible anti-social behaviour would have happened if Poulton still had the privilege of a proper police presence in that building rather than just a front desk “counter service” that is manned for fewer hours in a week than, say, an ice cream van on Blackpool seafront.
Ideas for a blighted street
I wholeheartedly agree that something must be done about the appalling conditions the shops, shopkeepers, landlords and the general public are having to endure on Lytham Road these days.
My husband and his brother once had busy offices and many staff above 242 Lytham Road in the late 1970s .
Unfortunately the trade they were in – wine trade – was suffering a bad spell and the wine shops were sold, the staff no longer needed.
The firm underwent a sea change many years later and my husband and younger son took it upon themselves to turn the offices into flats and to rent off the shops below individually.
The scheme worked for a few years as Lytham Road was still a respectable area.
My elder son gave up his job as a solicitor to join his brother and carry on the family business.
The flats are occupied , some of the shops are not.
Sadly my husband died 18 months ago , he had suffered with Alzheimers for many years. My two sons have carried on as best they could.
Now Lytham Road is no longer a place for traders to sell their wares or ply their trade. It is a ‘dump’ and, seemingly disregarded by Blackpool Council, is going from bad to worse.
People cannot afford the rents and landlords cannot afford to drop their rates.
So shop after shop closes and the ‘for sale or rent’ signs are all over the place. Lytham Road once buzzed with activity. It does so no longer. Help is desperately needed.
Dare one suggest the Lottery might step in here and restore Lytham Road all over again?
Regarding the state of Lytham Road, as a pensioner I would like to see a Portobello Road style market like they have in London.
There are hundreds of people with items they want to get rid of.
I don’t mean the commercial stalls you see on other markets, but a colourful market with ordinary people wanting to sell unwanted things or craft items they have made would revitalise the area.
Blackpool Council would make money out of hiring out the stalls and ,with more people visiting Lytham Road, it might also encourage new shopkeepers to take on those empty premises.
Protecting resort heritage
There appears to be a very positive and long overdue move forward to start respecting Blackpool’s unique heritage buildings and the surrounding areas they are in.
A move that the people of this town, and myself, have been fighting for some considerable time.
However, I would question the motives of Labour’s leader of the council, Simon Blackburn, in attempting to appear all concerned and engaged after so much public criticism in recent months at the seeming obsession for more council demolition and more useless dusty, barren car parks in the town centre.
You would think there were elections on the horizon!
The fates of the ABC and the Regent Cinema site also immediately spring to mind.
That the Civic Trust are suddenly also so gushing in praise for this protection area is also about time.
But where have they been in respect of these other historic town centre buildings?
New view from the Prom?
Build up high
As most big events centre around Blackpool Promenade perhaps plans could be submitted to build a new viewing point similar to the demolished bridge, or even a mini skyscraper – then we would have two world famous towers to look down from.