Letters - 23-04-12

Photo Ian Robinson'The Cuadrilla Resourses site at Grange Hill, Singleton
Photo Ian Robinson'The Cuadrilla Resourses site at Grange Hill, Singleton
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IT is a fact that this country needs to examine and process all available forms of energy available to its citizens.

One of these forms of energy is the shale gas that the laws of chemistry and physics trapped in the ground beneath the Fylde.

The extraction of such gas, based on predicted figures, will be a vast source of benefit to this country in general and this local area in particular.

To enable a full understanding of the situation, the people of the Fylde will rely on many forms of media for their information, including The Gazette, and are entitled to receive a fair and balanced presentation of the facts.

Presentations so far have been anything but fair and balanced. They have been scaremongering tactics, and inaccurate.

For example, The Gazette’s front page story on April 17 opened with the words: “Controversial gas drilling is set to start up again – despite being responsible for dozens of earthquakes which rocked the Fylde coast last year”.

There were in fact two earthquakes, and these were so minor as not to appear in the British Geological Survey’s Significant British Earthquakes List.

On April 19, The Gazette carried reports of people saying that they are concerned that fluids and other contaminants will affect fish in their garden ponds.

This item was not factual news.

This country, and its citizens needs a supply of cheaper fuel because the wind and tidal applications are too expensive at present, and more nuclear stations will take too long to construct and come on line.

Where does The Gazette suggest we obtain our heat and light when the lights go out?

Please make sure that readers know the names and addresses of publishers, editorial staff and writers so that they know where to send the bills for the increased fuel costs when electricity and gas are no longer available at the flick of a switch.

Chris Welch


A WALK around Stanley Gardens is a breath of fresh air.

My wife and I decided to go into the park for the first time in years.

It’s easy to forget attractions when they’re on your doorstep – and we were delighted with what we saw.

The place is a vibrant activity-packed beautiful place to visit.

There’s plenty of sports going on for the children, a newly-expanded playground, and beautiful gardens for a more peaceful walk.

If this where our council tax is going, I’m delighted to be paying it.

We’ll certainly be getting our money’s worth from it from now on.


Devonshire Road


TITANIC by the Blackpool Operatic Players was utterly superb.

This group should be classed as professional – I’ve seen far worse after paying much more for so-called stars of the stage!

The sets were superb, the music wonderful and production out of this world. It was especially poignant, seeing them on stage at the time the ship sank all those years ago.

It’ll be a hard job topping this show with their next production – I can’t wait to see what it is.

Janine Crilly


WHY doesn’t the Government help out the tourist trade with a VAT cut, as suggested by The Gazette?

After seeing the Slash the VAT campaign, I’ve been reading up and it seems to me it’s a no-brainer.

France has successfully seen an increase to its Treasury after such a cut, as has Ireland.

Where’s the harm in having a trial area?

If it works, the Government will win, if not, it will win the admiration of all in the trade for showing such support.

James Broad

South Shore

ISN’T it time Blackpool lost the amusement arcades along its Promenade?

Imagine if they weren’t there, replaced by pavement cafes, boutiques and quality attractions.

Home computer game systems have negated the need for the arcades. People can play better quality games in their own living room without having to pump pound after pound into a dated machine.

I know they’ve been synonymous with Blackpool for years, with their bright lights, but perhaps now is the time for a change to go with the improvements on the other side of the Promenade.

It’s food for thought.

Carl Evans

North Shore