Letters - September 16, 2015

Embargoed to 0001 Friday August 16''A general view of the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, as anti fracking activists plan a weekend of demonstrations against the project.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 16, 2013. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Fracking. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Embargoed to 0001 Friday August 16''A general view of the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, as anti fracking activists plan a weekend of demonstrations against the project. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 16, 2013. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Fracking. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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FRACKING

It’s important to have regulations

In questioning United Utilities ability to cope with water pollution, Coun Paul Hayhurst (Gazette, September 8) chooses yet again to ignore the Government’s belief shale gas extraction can be conducted safely and that the UK has robust and rigorous regulation from an environmental and health and safety perspective to ensure that is the case.

Cuadrilla have stated they will work closely with regulators including the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). As exploration and drilling for shale gas expands, they would also welcome an increased regulatory framework for the industry.

In January, the Government announced new requirements to make sure the public can have real confidence – with the formal involvement of water companies in the consultation process. In addition the British Geological Survey has plans to carry out independent monitoring in areas of the UK that may see shale gas exploration.

Surely gives further reassurance to people that shale gas exploration can be done safely and securely.

It’s important to have robust and independent regulation for the emerging shale gas industry in the UK – it’s a crying shame Mr Hayhurst was not able to accept the expert opinion of his own County Council planning officers, who are confident the right systems are in place.

Steve Pye

NW Energy Taskforce Member

ENERGY

Political will needs to change tack

“Effective renewables are decades away”, according to Tony Raynor (Your Say, September 12), but where does he get this idea? The only thing standing in renewables’ path is not technology is not our engineering capability, but political will.

Local MP Paul Maynard is working for Amber Rudd in the Department for Energy & Climate Change, but he seems to have no financial knowledge and is so unprepared to be going to Paris for the vital COP21 talks in November.

George Osborne’s financial model is lacking, all he has achieved in six years is a microscopic 0.7 per cent growth from the out-of-date model of state handouts to big oil and gas corporations and the nuclear industry –uranium is a dirty fossil fuel you dig it out of the ground and the process is very carbon dirty. Renewables are win-win – four per cent growth delivers more jobs and better health out comes for all.

I repeat – all that’s standing in our way is political will and last century’s economics.

John Warnock

Armistead Estate

Fleetwood

EVENTS

Take a festival walk down memory lane

We are please to announce the first Vintage, Retro & Crafts (VCR) Festival Weekend on Saturday, September 19, from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, September 20, from 10am to 4pm, at The Regent, Church St, Blackpool FY1 3NY.

There is something for the whole family, and best of all its free admission on both days. Money raised on the weekend is for local charities.

Saturday will have children’s crafts throughout the day, children’s entertainers, a vintage hairstylist, vintage beautician, the chance to have a photoshoot in a classic car, a shabby chic demonstration and an open mic session int he vintage tearooms.

Meanwhile, Corky’s Charity Auction will be raising funds for Donna’s Dream House.

On the Sunday there will be a classic car show, music from Blackpool’s very own The Galleonaires, Tony Just and LeeAnn, a treasure trail, tombola and a raffle.

The Vintage tearoom will be serving morning coffees, afternoon teas and scones, homemade cakes and lots more to tempt your tastebuds at the cheapest prices around.

Items are still wanted for the charity auction as well as tombola and raffle prizes. If you are in a position to offer items we would be very grateful, all proceeds going to local charities. You can drop items off at the Regent, Church Streeet, Blackpool, FY1 3NY or ring Corky on 07864 854436 or Frank on 07931 913585

Frank Hilton

Grenfell Avenue

Blackpool

CHARITY

Give a hand to help stroke victims

Stroke is much closer than many people think: most of us aren’t aware it’s the world’s second biggest killer. It’s also one of the cruellest conditions I know – three-quarters of stroke survivors lose the use of one of their hands.

Everyday people have to re-learn to do the things they’ve always done, using their other hand.

The Stroke Association provides much-needed hope, inspiration, advice and support to thousands of people affected by stroke and their loved ones. That’s why I’m urging Gazette readers to ‘Give a Hand’ to conquer stroke.

Between October 26 and November 1, the charity is calling on people to complete an everyday activity with the hand they wouldn’t normally use to raise vital funds. How about challenging your friends and family to ‘other hand’ bowling, or turn one hand to baking a showstopper? Visit www.stroke.org.uk/giveahand to download or request a pack.

By giving a hand to the Stroke Association, you can help change the world for people affected by this devastating condition.

Mel Giedroyc

Stroke Association Ambassador