Letters - December 22, 2014

Stephen Pierre is hoping to launch a jazz festival in Blackpool
Stephen Pierre is hoping to launch a jazz festival in Blackpool
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Town used to be safe

Too soft

My brother who lives in Glasgow warned me a few weeks ago that a crowd of crooks were making their way to Blackpool.

I put it out of my mind, never thinking anything could happen to me.

How wrong I was.

In Sainsbury’s I’m standing next to a young Scottish lad.

We started to have a laugh and in the meantime I asked the cashier for £50 cashback.

I put it in my pocket, which was wrong, as this lad gave me a hug and stole the £50.

Why do the authorities give these robbers a place to live in Blackpool?

When I came to live here in the 1960s, it was the safest place.

You could walk from town at 3am from a nightclub on your own and you were never attacked or robbed.

Now you can be stabbed during the day.

Prison is also too soft, and I think it is time to get tougher and tell people if they don’t behave, get 
back to where you came from.

Margaret Crawford


Jazz festival for resort

Fight back

It’s fair to say some of Blackpool’s hard working and retired residents have become disillusioned with the lack of foresight and the way the town has fallen on hard times and become victim to ridicule from broadcasters and the
 national media in recent years.

The embarrassment and potential damage to the town’s reputation caused from the TV programme ‘Benefits By The Sea’ should if anything kick-start a positive fight back campaign.

Encouraging and supporting small private investment will help clean up the the town’s ‘unfriendly image’.

History tells us that during the Second World War ‘Blitz’ towns and cities were
 forced to join hands and
help rebuild communities.

Wartime style camaraderie is needed in Blackpool to move the town forward and attract a wider demographic.

I look forward to staging, producing and sponsoring The Blackpool Jazz and Blues festival in 2015.

I am pleased this weekend event has been welcomed by officials at Blackpool Council and will be supported by volunteers.

Rome was not built in a day but Blackpool was developed in a golden Victorian era .

Therefore promoting, heritage, arts and culture will attract the right kind of year-round visitors to the resort on an European level.

Stephen Pierre

(By email)

Gas boom is ‘shaky’


In the past decade the shale gas industry in America was hailed as the solution to energy security, with shale gas regarded as an important “bridge fuel “that would shift the US from coal.

However, emerging evidence shows that the US natural gas boom seems built on shaky numbers.

A recent study from researchers at the University of Austin, Texas, found the estimated volume of natural gas in four of the US’s largest shale fields – Marcellus, Haynesville, Fayetteville and Barnett – is likely to be vastly overstated.

The researchers spent three years analysing industry data, and forecasts from the Energy Information Administration (the data analysis branch of the Department of Energy) projects that production from those four major shale fields has peaked and will decline from 2020.

Additionally, studies have pointed to major ‘fugitive emissions’ from these natural gas fields.

A study last year found 12 per cent of the natural gas produced in Utah’s Basin escaped into the atmosphere; another study of the Los Angeles Basin found the percentage as high as 17 per cent.

Methane is a major concern as a greenhouse gas since it is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping solar radiation in the atmosphere over a period of 100 years.

Evidence is mounting therefore, calling into question the vision of natural gas as a clean and abundant fuel source of the future.

In addition, New York has joined other states in imposing a moratorium on fracking, as health risks are becoming more prevalent.

All this shows that evidence is mounting, calling into question the vision of natural gas as a clean, safe and abundant fuel source of the future.

I beg the question ‘Why does our government have faith in the industry and continues to deny the health risks’?

Marjorie Nye

Knowle Avenue


Ambulance plea


I hope people take heed of Dr Amanda Doyle’s warning only to call an ambulance when absolutely necessary (Gazette, December 19).

No-one wants to take chances with their health of course, but there are now many other ways of getting something checked out.

If ambulances are tied up with minor call-outs, it 
could lead to a tragic outcome for someone who is in real need of an emergency response.