Letters - September 26, 2012

Blackpool councillor Peter Callow has highlighted an alleged problem with leaks in Hounds Hill shopping centre, which he says is both a hazard and does not give a good impression to visitors.'Peter prepares for the worst during a visit to the shopping centre.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'21-9-2012

Blackpool councillor Peter Callow has highlighted an alleged problem with leaks in Hounds Hill shopping centre, which he says is both a hazard and does not give a good impression to visitors.'Peter prepares for the worst during a visit to the shopping centre. PIC BY ROB LOCK'21-9-2012

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APART from complaining of roof leakages in Houndshill Centre (Gazette September 22), Coun Peter Callow may also like to look at other tourist areas we presume are under the council’s jurisdiction.

For one thing, the fountains in Cedar Square, St John’s and Stanley Park’s Italian Gardens are never working, also an embarrassment.

So-called refurbished areas are unkempt, namely Central Drive running by Ibbison Court, the green embankment opposite the National Coach office, the Promenade green areas looking more like marsh land and of course don’t forget the long suffering ‘non-
refurbished’ Lonsdale Road Coach Park.

A total 100 per cent embarrassment to all visitors unfortunate enough to see it.

So all councillors, why not venture out on foot away from Houndshill shopping centre and put things right in your own territory first before complaining about someone else’s inefficiencies.

CLIFFORD CHAMBERS

Ashton Road, Blackpool

BEING a tram driver, I am amazed on a daily basis by the antics of motorists and pedestrians alike around the tramway.

These antics range from running red lights at traffic crossings to senior citizens running for the tram up the middle of the track so that they can get on it, effectively stopping the driver from moving off.

I am not surprised that someone eventually drove on to the tramway, it is clearly marked.

I could list many more incidents as they occur on a daily basis.

Also passengers constantly complain about late running but this is only due to the popularity of the trams and the high volumes of passengers using them.

Blackpool now has a state of the art mass transit system that is available to all at a very reasonable fare cost.

(Name and 
address supplied)

WHILE I agree with what Chris Gannon had to say (Gazette, September 17), he left out a few details of importance such as the fact Dransfield Properties would build a new by-pass road, easing the present traffic congestion considerably; they would also create at least 200 more new, much needed, jobs.

Booths on the other hand would bring their existing staff with them and would not only create far fewer jobs, if any at all, but would add nothing new to the town.

People who shop at Booths now would continue to shop at the new Booths and pay their premium prices, while other shoppers would find new, cheaper, stores away from Poulton, creating a worse situation than at present.

I fear the whole thing has become political and the powers that be are losing sight of the fact that the majority of the shoppers in Poulton and surrounding areas want a supermarket where they can afford to go and do their weekly shop at affordable prices, and an Asda supermarket would afford them just that.

If you then also throw in an M&S store as well, the town would attract 
thousands of new customers. Surely this is what is wanted to stop Poulton going further backward.

If Booths are not prepared to get together with Dransfield Properties and discuss what is in the best interest of the local and surrounding populace then there is only one answer, that is to pass the plans of Dransfield Properties and let this town get its identity back as a top town for people to come and do the majority of their weekly shopping. Surely anyone with an ounce of intelligence on the council can see that this is the only democratic way to go.

JACK FORSHAW

Hambleton Country Park

Hambleton