Letters - May 15, 2015

Television presenter Richard Hammond who is an ambassador for The Children's Trust.
Television presenter Richard Hammond who is an ambassador for The Children's Trust.
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Land scarce

I am upset at reading Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary cannot renew its lease.

I hope the new landowner can lease them the land again instead of putting it up for sale for housing or to be built on. I don’t know if that is the landowner’s intentions.

But I know I would rather have horses and other animals there than buildings. Land is now getting scarcer.

I used to visit Easterleigh a few years ago and have adopted a few cats from the sanctuary.

It is such a fantastic place for rescued animals and does a fabulous job finding new homes for them.

I wish Easterleigh lots of luck and hope either their landlord has a change of heart or they raise enough money to move to a new site.

I know if I could afford the land, I would buy it and give it to them.

Dave Scarfe

Lindel Road



Close bonds

As the re-elected Conservative councillor for Clifton ward in Lytham, I would like to thank all the people in the ward for re-electing me for the third time.

I am looking forward to strengthening the close bonds with local people and will give my maximum attention and support to the people of the ward.

This victory for the Conservatives shows our policies remain the most appropriate for the people of Great Britain.

I would also like to congratulate Mark Menzies on his re-election to Parliament.

Coun Len Davies




I would like to invite readers to help me raise awareness of an upcoming campaign which is very close to my heart.

As part of Action for Brain Injury Week 2015 (May 18 to 24), The Children’s Trust - of which I am an ambassador - is running the #7Days7Ways campaign.

The idea is to do something during the week to help children who have brain injury; from spreading awareness through social media to taking on a fund-raising challenge.

My own experience of brain injury has been widely reported, but childhood brain injury is more common than you might think.

The causes include road accidents, falls or illnesses, and can often mean a loss of skills such as walking and talking.

Even a ‘mild’ injury from a bump on the head can have lasting effects such as memory problems, behavioural changes and fatigue.

The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for childhood brain injury, does a great job at supporting children and their families.

During my visits there I have witnessed the expertise and sheer dedication of highly-trained staff.

I have seen the incredible support given to families.

The charity also provides support through a vital online resource, the Brain Injury Hub, which offers practical support.

Please get involved in our campaign. By sharing #7Days7Ways on your Facebook and Twitter pages. You are helping raise awareness of a very important issue that can change a child’s life.

To find out more please visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/7days7ways

Richard Hammond

Television presenter

On behalf of The Children’s Trust



Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Blackpool 10K fun run.

The event raises much needed funds for Trinity Hospice, a cause that is close to a lot of our hearts.

It is fantastic to see serious runners and those just ‘giving it a go’ lining up together on the Promenade.

While I admire those people who are fit enough to complete the course in about 35 minutes or so, it is the ones for whom it is clearly a really tough challenge that I actually have the most praise for.

You can see as people cross the finish line just how much effort they have put into it.

It is a real achievement. I know some people complain as ever about the closing of the Promenade for the run, but to me the 10K is one of the best community events we have in Blackpool.

I hope even more people support it next year and help raise even more cash.





There are many reasons why Labour lost the election.

They include: the lack of a credible economic policy; a foolish tactic of attacking business; the constant harping on elitism; the unwillingness of Miliband to admit the previous Labour government had borrowed too much and overspent, and the public’s refusal to trust Labour’s ability to reduce the deficit.

One other thing needs attention and that is the inappropriate influence of the unions over Labour’s leadership selection process.

Currently, they pay the piper and then call the tune. It is time this undemocratic business was ended.

Dr Barry Clayton