History was dug up
The opening of the Wetherspoon’s Elk pub in Poulton has raised an interesting point in history.
An exciting discovery in July 1970 gave Poulton international fame when an almost complete skeleton of a 12,000-year-old elk was found as foundations were being dug for a new house on Blackpool Old Road, Carleton.
What made the find so important was the discovery of hunting barbs embedded in the leg bones indicating human hunters had lived in this area around 10,000 BC. It was the earliest evidence then found for man living this far north, in the days when Britain was part of the continent of Europe and it would have been possible to walk from Poulton to the Ural Mountains in Russia.
The skeleton of the Carleton elk is displayed in the Harris Museum in Preston.
Can we have our elk back?It would be impracticable to have the original back but a plastic replica would be a good tourist attraction in Poulton Square.
Eyesore cleared up
At the Grange Park Community Partnership meeting on Wednesday, at the City Learning Centre, an issue was raised about the strip of land adjacent to the footpath that runs alongside Boundary School and at the rear of the church vestry.
This had become a dumping ground and was a dangerous eyesore.
The chairman of Boundary Governors Jenny Briscoe showed the site to Richard Scholes of Blackpool Coastal Housing, (reassurance plus), Tim Riley of Blackpool Council, and Coun Gillian Campbell.
It was cleared the next day. This prompt action by these different groups working together has shown the true value of the Grange Park Community Partnership.
We owe them a vote of thanks for their action to make the area safe for our children once again.
Chairman of Grange Park Community Partnership
Vice Chairman of Grange Park Community Partnership
Chairman of Boundary Governors
Concert arena for town?
Regarding the regeneration of Blackpool’s Central car park, maybe an indoor concert arena like Manchester Arena could be a good idea rather than a casino.
We have great motorway access, car parking in abundance and guest houses and hotels to suit all budgets.
There are also a great many other attractions to tempt concert goers to stay an extra day or night.
Plus it would be an all year round facility rather than seasonal.
If we can get big names here which we know we can, would this not be worth considering?
Not to mention all the jobs it would create.
Blue badge websites
The British Parking Association (BPA) is concerned some websites are charging fees of around £50 to process Blue Badge applications.
The Blue Badge is available to qualifying disabled people to allow them free or low cost parking and sometimes access to services and facilities.
Blue Badges can be applied for through a local authority or the gov.uk websites and the process is completely free of charge.
If eligible, Blue Badges cost a maximum of £10 in England, £20 in Scotland and £2 in Northern Ireland, but free in Wales.
It is absolutely right that people with mobility difficulties have access to a scheme of parking concessions.
The BPA works closely with all UK Governments and Disabled Motoring UK to allow genuine Blue Badge holders an improved service and provide local authorities the means to more effectively manage and enforce the scheme.
People should apply for their Blue Badge through official channels such as www.direct.gov.uk or contact their own local authority directly.
People should think twice before they use fee charging websites which are entirely unnecessary and seek to profit from disabled people.
Abuse, misuse and fraudulent use of the Blue Badges Scheme should become a thing of the past.
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
The British Parking Association
Sunday trading woes
One of the best things about Easter Sunday in my opinion is that all the shops were closed.
Am I the only one who yearns for the days when shops were closed every Sunday?
The roads were not clogged with traffic and Sunday was a day to relax, spend time with your family, and yes, go to church instead of the supermarket.
Surely we can survive for one day a week without all the shops being open.
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