Letters - December 15, 2014

Comedian John Bishop beign measured up for his waxwork at Madamme Tusauds
Comedian John Bishop beign measured up for his waxwork at Madamme Tusauds
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Unaffordable housing

Housing worries for our children

As a local resident of Wyre, I know I can’t be alone in worrying about our housing situation and where the next generation are going to live?

Surely, with an election around the corner, there needs to be more of a serious local debate about the homes we desperately need in our community.

The increasing need for affordable homes and big shortfall in supply means house prices are becoming out of reach of our pay packets.

Home ownership is at its lowest level since 1987 and renting from the private sector is eating up more and more of our hard earned salaries.

I am part of the “Yes to Homes” campaign, which is helping to create a lifeline for people who are renting, trying to get on the housing ladder, or stuck at home with only dreams of moving out.

We all need to be prepared to join in the local debate with our Wyre councillors to tackle this problem, and think about how we can get the right homes in the right places at prices that are affordable for everybody in the borough.

We need more local voices saying Yes to Homes so our community leaders take notice, and more importantly action, to deliver those homes.

Christopher Waker

Churchill close


Waxworks debut for star

Nice one Bish, but what about Hall?

Nice that Tussauds will soon be welcoming John Bishop to their collection of waxworks.

However, my question is when will they welcome back the Grand Hall with its figures from history?

Or the magnificent tableaux’s depicting scenes like the miracle of Bernadette? And what about the Chamber of Horrors?

You cannot have a waxworks without one, as any schoolboy will tell you!

I hate to pour cold water on Merlin’s efforts, but making the former Louis Tussauds celeb culture only has dumbed down a once great attraction.

Mr B J McCann

Prescot Place


Christmas concert

Carol service was a real festive treat

I had the pleasure of attending a Carol Service at All Hallows Church by Norbreck Primary Academy last Tuesday.

About 360 junior school children attended the service. All the children had walked there and back.

They all walked into the church in a very orderly fashion and their behaviour was exemplary.

The carol singing and readings were wonderful and a credit to the school and teachers.

Also the service led by Canon Cox was perfect for the occasion.

I just thought your readers would like to read something good about young children.

Alwyn Park

Goodwood Avenue


Postal Delivery

Hate to say I told you so, but...

Almost a year ago my letter concerning the Royal Mail planning to build a new delivery/collection office in Bispham, closing Abington Street was kindly published in The Gazette and I stated to MP Gordon Marsden that he was wasting his time because they would do it anyway regardless of any persuasion to consider the infirm, disabled and those of us without cars.

A year later, an article in The Gazette (December 11) reports the fact work has already begun for the building of the delivery office on Faraday Street Bispham, that will see the end of collections in Blackpool when Abington Street’s office has gone.

Royal Mail won’t compromise, they won’t negotiate because they made their minds up a year ago and don’t give a monkey’s hoot about people having to travel even further.

All they can be bothered to offer is a ‘re-delivery’ to the address on a more convenient day or deliver to a neighbour. We bow down in gratitude!

So, this is to state that I was right and they’re doing just whatever they want and stuff the public!

Thanks Royal Mail for considering your customers!

Clifford Chambers


Benefits Britain

Highlighting true face of claimants

The Gazette’s stories about the problems and hardships suffered by benefits claimants in Blackpool provided a much-needed alternative view to the one provided by the disgusting Benefits Britain television programme.

The Channel 5 show was “poverty porn” at its worst and the people taking part bore little resemblance to those like the single mother highlighted by The Gazette who was unable to work because she needed to be available 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week to care for her seriously ill toddler daughter.

This demonising of the most vulnerable people in society must stop.

Certainly there are no shortage of real scroungers, but don’t tar everyone with the same brush.

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