I HAVE read with much interest about the £21m for a new police headquarters in Blackpool (Gazette February 9).
Smaller communities such as Cleveleys, St Annes, Poulton and Bispham – in fact everyone – need access to policing services, and to class this decision as part of the regeneration of Blackpool is questionable.
Why do they not split the £21m and keep open the stations that are set for closure?
This would bring peace of mind to the people who work, live and run a business within those areas.
Isn’t it bad enough to see a lack of beat bobbies walking the streets, which were a regular sight when I was a lad?
AM I alone in finding Chief Superintendent Richard Debicki’s enthusiasm for spending £21m on a new police headquarters misplaced?
Our police force has been run down, our local police stations are being closed.
There is no money for extra bobbies on the beat, yet £21m for a new building can be found.
I suggest the chief superintendent should have as his main priority an aim to reduce crime in Blackpool, and £21m spent on policing would go a long way to achieving that.
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IN today’s trend for e-mails, facebook, twitter and numerous websites, for someone like me, who still prefers a letter by snail mail, it is refreshing to read about Aaron Parfitt, only 12 years old, and building up a collection of replies from celebrities, including royalty (Gazette, February 13).
I have had penfriends since I was in my late teens, taking the advice of my English teacher during our last year in secondary school, when she told us we must continue our writing and reading.
Having taken her advice, I kept it up with regular penfriendships, writing to local and national newspapers readers pages, as well as a portfolio of poems, many published.
I dare say Aaron has access to a computer, and its abilities are serving him well in his corresponding quest and aim to be a writer or actor one day.
Whether we prefer e-mail, text messages or website communication, none of them beats receiving a letter through the post, and Aaron would be my English teacher’s star pupil!