Letters - May 12, 2015

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Dogs not the issue

In response to the article in The Gazette a few days ago, and to refute the councils who blame dogs on the beaches I’d like to make the following comments.

I understand folks’ concerns, but I don’t see how banning dogs can help the situation when research shows that it’s better to have dogs scampering up and down the beaches scaring the gulls.

This ban is just another knee jerk response based on ignorance rather than​ insight.

As an example, are horses, or come to think of it, donkeys, banned from the beaches ?

I’m pretty sure that one horse can leave more mess on the beach than 50 dogs, but is anyone concerned about that?

Banning dogs might seem like a good idea to the council – when you have a problem and you don’t know what to do about it, blame some other sucker for it!

Can a few dozen dogs running around on several miles of beach really put us at risk?

I’m not sure how many ounces of dog mess are deposited per mile of beach from Starr Gate to Fleetwood, but, knowing that no one is picking up after the seagulls, I’d bet that the gulls are wiping the floor (metaphorically speaking) with the dogs.

But, to be fair to the gulls I’d also bet it would take their combined efforts for a year to dump as much e-coli on to our beaches as the sewage overflow does in a day.

The problem isn’t dogs, it’s sewage run off that the councils have failed to cope with over the years, that and the seagulls, thousands of them, attracted to the food folks feed them, what they can steal off people, or the food waste spilling or dragged out of the bins that don’t get emptied often enough.

Check out the Good Beach Guide web site. There are 31 beaches reported on in the region.

Of them, 15 are “dog restricted”.

Could it be that by putting up posters we seem to be doing something, but achieving little or nothing.

Bob Norton

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Foolish protests

Recently I feel you have had a very one sided view of the unfortunate affairs going on at Bloomfield Road and in truth I believe the newspaper has helped keep the flames of discontent burning brighter than they should have been.

What if the Oyston family decided to sell to no one, but they did decide to close the club?

If they did, they would have a good hotel producing income, an exceptional function room and meeting rooms, their office accommodation is all fully let. Say they turned the pitch area into an all weather pitch and let it to one of these companies that run their five a side football leagues on them?

They would not then be in constant threat of the vile abuse the family have been subjected to. The minority might end up convincing the Oystons to close down the club for good.

If that becomes a reality, where would the fans find a suitable ground for their team and would they be entitled to use the name Blackpool FC?

Now that the manager Lee Clark has moved on, it would be a good time to let Karl Oyston see if he wants to get on with the job of rebuilding the club. He is a business man, and will see no profit in the club staying down.

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Seasiders’ anger

Humiliating decline

I was a fanatical supporter of Blackpool FC and went to Wembley with my dad for the 1948 Cup Final and for the great Matthews final of 1953.

I saw many of the great games and players. Now I have seen with dismay the humiliation and collapse under the current ownership.

All hail to the supporters who are campaigning as much as they can, especially after the latest provocation of the mysterious removal of the Mortensen statue. The sooner the Oystons depart the better.

Tony Uttley



Too many houses

In response to the proposal by Persimmon Homes and Jones Homes to build 519 houses on fields off Garstang Road East, I am writing to object as a longstanding resident of our beautiful and historic, little market town of Poulton.

I have lived in Derby Road and also Little Poulton Lane and both areas over the years have felt the negative outcomes of successive building developments.

Historically, our town developed to meet the demands of rural life and for quite some time this growth was managed to meet the needs of its population. However, as the 1960s came the infrastructure and road networks were not cohesive and this has led to the issues we face today.

We must take a strategic view to the planning and development of our town, before its too late. We have had the Little Poulton Gardens development, the proposed but objected development behind Little Poulton Lane and now this.

Poulton is gridlocked. Our roads are a disgrace now what will they be like once the 519 homes are built?

Where are 519 families going to find employment, out of town, more traffic, more rail travel, more congestion?

Our fine local schools are bursting. The land is close to the River Wyre flood plain, and our drains are under tremendous strain.

This development could be catastrophic for Poulton.

Paddy O’Byrne