Letters - April 20, 2015

Whyndyke Farm, Blackpool.
Whyndyke Farm, Blackpool.
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So it’s come at last - I mean the application for planning permission for a massive new development on Whyndyke Farm (Gazette April 16).

They will probably use the Harbour entrance, off Preston New Road.

Since this junction was put in place I have seen traffic build up as far as Cherry Tree Road North and beyond.

And in the other direction, going towards Blackpool town centre, I have seen traffic backed up right round the M55 roundabout.

Preston New Road simply cannot take any more traffic.

If this permission is granted holiday resort traffic will just not be able to access Blackpool by that route.

Let’s think sensibly about how much traffic this development is going to generate.

It will be enormous, also this development is within a mile of a fracking site.

I am not against this development but it is paramount it is done as safely as possible and no corner cutting in the name of profit.

A junction from the M55 roundabout into Whyndyke Farm would be ideal and would avoid the need for more traffic on Preston New Road.

Incidentally I live in this area and have done for 30 years or more.

We, the people of this town of ours , must not let this development go forward until we are happy about it.

Bruce Allen

Hawkshead Terrace




I agree with Tom Walmsley (Your Say April 14) that Blackpool Airport is (or in my case was) a little gem compared to Manchester.

I have just returned from Alicante on a Jet2 flight which was originally booked from Blackpool.

The flight was fine but the Manchester experience was not.

When we got off the aircraft I thought we were walking to Blackpool it was that far to passport control.

When we got there we had to queue for about 20 minutes to get through control.

My wife did not have a chip in her passport (it was like being in a cattle market) so she could not use the fast track machines.

Then we had another long walk to the station and waited nearly an hour for a train back to Blackpool.

All together it took nearly three hours from landing to getting home to Blackpool .

From Blackpool Airport I was home about 45 minutes after landing.

I fly to Alicante quite a lot as we have family there and a return taxi would cost me £100 each time.

I can only hope that Blackpool is back as an international airport asap.




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Please can anyone help me find my half-brother (he could be my full brother but at this stage I’m not sure) who is believed to be alive and living in Blackpool.

His name is George R. Walton, but he is known as Bobby or Robert Walton.

His mother is Anne Doreen Docker also known as Walton.

I was born in 1961 and adopted at six weeks old and taken to live in Yorkshire with my adoptive parents, my birth name was Kathleen Docker.

I understand that my mother had two boys already when she had me. The boys names were John, who is now 58, and Bobby who will be about 56 years old.

I have been in touch with John who now lives in South Wales and despite him and Bobby growing up together, they have lost touch over the years.

John is adamant Bobby still lives in Blackpool and that he used to work for BNF L(British Nuclear Fuels).

I would love to see my birth family just to piece everything together.

I have tried many ways to find my family and feel that I am nearing the end of my journey.

If anyone can help, they can contact me on 07747465600 or via email at bev.taylor@kftra.net





My brother-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 15 years ago, and was my original inspiration for joining Parkinson’s UK.

Today is the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, and a new survey from Parkinson’s UK has revealed that an estimated 69,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public.

It’s unbearable to think of the suffering this can cause - it’s bad enough, for example, having a long-term, incurable condition which can cause you to slur your speech and be unsteady on your feet, without being mistaken by a member of the public for being drunk.

To combat this, we are urging people to become friendlier by pledging to do small acts of kindness such as smiling and being more patient.

In particular, we ask people not to make assumptions or jump to conclusions that can make an enormous difference to all of us - especially people with Parkinson’s.

For more information on Parkinson’s Awareness Week, visit upyourfriendly.com

Jane Asher


Parkinson’s UK