New road links to prevent gridlock
Yeadon way upgrade
I drove along the newly opened Yeadon Way on Saturday and thought ‘a job well done’.
The problem of the deteriorating road appeared last year and within six months the £3m works had commenced, completed on time and budget.
Quite right for this major link to the centre of Blackpool.
However, if you live in Lytham or St Annes where the only two through roads are becoming even more gridlocked, it is a different story.
There are several major house building project taking place at present at Pontins and the Premium Bonds sites so any problems today will be much magnified over the next couple of years.
There has never been a road improvement in Lytham and St Annes (Queensway was built so the runway could be extended in the 1950’).
The saga of the link road promised 10 years ago continues.
The culprit, of course is Lancashire County Council who will always find other projects to spend the money on.
I attended a public meeting about six years ago and the next step was compulsory purchase of the land, which I presume has not taken place.
At the very least the Moss Road could be opened as a one way road to give everyone some respite.
Look after our NHS
I listened to the debate featuring Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband on Channel Four.
David Cameron mentioned in answer to one of the questions asked, that to improve health care the Government has got rid of 20,000 bureaucrats and employed 9,000 doctors and 7,000 nurses.
This needed to be done but we need a lot more than that.
A good step forward but privatisation is still not the solution.
As the elections are approaching, promises will be made again but I hope whoever gets in, they avoid privatisation and reform a good and excellent NHS system .
Great british dog walk
May I express my most sincere thanks to the many local dog walkers who braved the cold bracing wind on Saturday to take part in the Great British Dog Walk on St Annes North Beach.
Lots of happy dogs wagging their tails enjoyed the event.
I am proud to have signed many dog owners to our free messaging service from Lytham St Annes Police ‘In The Know’ which will include ‘DogWatch’ soon.
The event was a huge success in creating awareness around dog safety and dog theft.
The local police work hard to engage with the community and I am proud to hold so many police surgeries locally.
If anyone would like to recieve free messages from the police you can sign up at www.stayintheknow.co.uk
I enjoyed meeting the dogs and their owners at this event, which more than 100 people took part in with their pets.
Our police community bus has never been so busy with wagging tails!
Thank you to organisers Mandi Ingham and Coun Cheryl Little . I will be at the event again next year with our police community bus.
Police Community Volunteer
Bancroft park vandalism
I was saddened to hear of the vandalism caused at Bancroft Park in Blackpool (Gazette, April 1).
This park is in one of Blackpool’s most deprived areas and is the only green space available for many children who live in that area to play in.
It is a shame this has happened just at the start of the Easter holidays when many youngsters would have been looking forward to playing outside.
Hopefully the culprits can be apprehended by the authorities and punished.
Especially at the moment, when there is so little public money for repairs, we can ill afford to have this kind of damage being caused.
Pub’s fundraising drive
We, at Greene King PLC have been raising money for Macmillan over the last year and are continuing to do so for the next two years in our quest to raise £1m.
I am running a charity event for this great cause on April 25 starting from 12pm at The Hop Inn on 2 King Street, Blackpool.
We are looking for donations for prizes in our raffles and tombola that we will be held on the day that will help us to raise our individual event target of £500.
If you or your company are able to donate any form of prizes we would be extremely grateful.
In return we are going to thank all businesses on our Facebook website, on our large projector screen and over the microphone throughout the day as appreciation.
The Hop Inn Blackpool