Letters - August 27, 2016

We're being led into the unknown

Saturday, 27th August 2016, 10:00 am
Brexit... were in uncharted waters says P OConnor


Who knows what the future holds?

When leaders of the Leave campaign won victory for Brexit voters one by one they fell by the wayside.

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They had no detailed plan for Exit of the EU. There were urgent questions to be answered. Many Remainers are not all united behind Brexit it has not proved itself yet. Remainers still have opinions but not to become bitter about UK leaving the EU. People don’t want any nasty recession or more austerity cuts.

Some people voted Leave for stricter immigration controls. Many immigrants/migrants are vital to our economy but there has to be a limit. Our hospitals are dependent on immigrants. We can’t ignore the refugees.

There are people who just don’t like the EU. I keep reading business is booming since Brexit vote it has not reached Blackpool yet we can’t afford to cut the grass. There have been places like Blackpool left behind.

Places that have been denied the boom enjoyed by the big cities. Britain is too unequal. One can sympathise with people who voted to Leave the EU as they felt left out of Britain’s generally healthy economy and economic growth.

Globalisation does hurt people. However trade with China has lifted millions of people out of poverty and brought immense gains for Western consumers. British workers in industry have suffered high levels of import exposure of Chinese products. For example Blackburn, Northampton, and Port Talbot have been left vulnerable. Germany spends more on training and updating skills of workers and have a sophisticated apprenticeship. Britain should spend more on training workers and updating workers skills.

Th EU Referendum vote has given some people a licence to be rude and racist also to spout verbal abuse to strangers.

Who knows what the future holds as we are led into the UNKNOWN with Brexit and the Brexiteers. Or will we regret leaving the EU.

P O’Connor



Shock at theatre resignation

We were shocked and saddened to hear about the resignation of Roger McCann as Manager of Lowther Pavilion. During his short time in this role Roger’s contribution to the community has been invaluable.

Specifically, we wish to thank him for his enthusiastic support in working with us to bring “living with dementia” alive at the Pavilion.

He organised for his team to become Dementia Friends, and he worked with us to organise two hugely successful “dementia friendly” singalong events, which not only raised over £2000 for Alzheimer’s Society, but gave huge enjoyment to hundreds of people living with dementia who attended these Singalongs.

We know from listening to the positive feedback from these events, that many people in our community will be supportive in the future, of continuing the good work which Roger initiated in offering dementia friendly events over the past two years.

We are very pleased to say that following a meeting organised by Roger, Lowther Pavilion have confirmed their support to our events. The next one is scheduled for 24th November at 2pm, followed by a Bonanza Dementia Friendly event in May 2017.

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Group support for youth plan

We were shocked and saddened to hear about the resignatio Group support for youth plan

Action Garstang has recently closed and we had funds left in our bank account which had been donated by members of the public for our ‘fighting fund’ to help in our protest against the proposed development of the community centre.

The money was donated in cash and therefore we cannot return it as we don’t know who gave it.​

The remaining members of Action Garstang wanted to ensure the money would be used to benefit the young people of the town who are the ones who will be most disadvantaged by the loss of the community centre.

​We have therefore made donations​ of £350 to Garstang Children’s Festival, and £350 to Garstang Town Council.

The donation to Garstang Town Council is for them to use towards the youth club, providing it is back up and running before December 2017.

If the youth club does not re-form then we have asked that the council use the money for any youth project of their choosing in the town.

​Mary Randles

former chairman of Action Garstang


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In the face of deep cuts to social care funding, many disabled and older people are being denied the care and support they need to live independently and with dignity. As a result, everyday tasks that many of us take for granted such as washing, dressing and eating are now proving more and more difficult for thousands of people.

At Leonard Cheshire Disability, we are campaigning for better and fairer social care and would like to hear from your readers about their experiences of care, good or bad. Whether you have received social care yourself, or experienced it through a friend or family member, please get in touch. Together we can make a difference.

You can email us at [email protected] or write to Campaigns, Leonard Cheshire Disability, 66 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL. For more information visit www.leonardcheshire.org.

Emma McEwan

Campaigns Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability