Letters - April 22, 2015

The New Market in Waterloo Road - another casualty of the economy
The New Market in Waterloo Road - another casualty of the economy
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I’ve just made my first visit to the New Market on Waterloo Road­ in South Shore and it’s all a market should be.



I’ve just made my first visit to the New Market on Waterloo Road­ in South Shore and it’s all a market should be.

It caters for our dress, our food, our appearance, our hobbies, DIY, books etc ­ and seems generally self-contained in every way.

After too long a closure it now shines like a new pin, yet alongside new staff faces are a few we remember well.

It seemed to lack only one vital commodity – customers!

But, as I said to one stall­holder, who had been very friendly and accommodating, give it time­ it has only just opened and word will get around because believe me­ its just too good an emporium to miss!

Neil Kendall

Stamford Avenue

South Shore



I came to work and live on the Fylde coast around 25 years ago and I have seen a massive drop in businesses over these years.

Global and national recession has affected our economy too but it doesn’t mean at all that we should give up and sit back .

There is no quick fix for anything. Everyone including authorities, the business community, civil society and the rest have to play a vital role to bring our Fylde coast back in action again .

There are so many things that can be done to turn the local economy around.

First of all local councils have to look into the services which will help to attract more tourists in town.

Parking charges have to be reasonable to attract more tourists.

Keep the streets and beach and Promenade clean.

Areas like Dale Street, Foxhall Road, Lytham Road need revamping like is being done on Rigby Road .

Business rates especially need to be reviewed to attract small businesses to stay in business.

Efforts should be made to open Blackpool Airport like it used to be.

Local transport charges and fares should be made affordable so that tourists can commute across the Fylde coast not just central Blackpool .

We need more attractive activities for the families, not the night clubs and more drinking venues which puts families and pensioners off.

I think the business community should be in contact with local councils on a regular basis to express and convey their business concerns so that councils can help them to stay in business.


St Annes


Good cause

I was immensely proud to take part in the popular charity 5K Fun Run on our glorious promenade ‘Leg It For Lytham Life Boats’ on Sunday.

Fun runners of all ages and abilities were drenched in sunshine and motivation for this charity event supporting the excellent work of the Lytham St Annes RNLI carry out saving lives at sea!

Our esteemed town crier Colin Ballard set the runners off in good spirit from Lytham Life Boat House to St Annes Life Boat House along our beautiful stretch of Fylde coastline rich in wildlife and scenery.

With pride in my heart and sweat on my brow I completed the run in good time with thanks to the continued support from St Annes YMCA who have helped me achieve fitness whilst dropping four stone in weight!

St Annes Ymca supported the event .

Even the tide came in to greet us as if to say ‘congratulations!’

The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust of Freckleton added a nice twist of nostalgia to this worthwhile event with the touch of class provided by classic buses to transport the participants and supporters between the two life boat houses.

Such joy to travel on the classic bus along our glorious Promenade admiring the many floral gardens and splendid greens.

The event was rounded off with a tasty barbecue at the Lifeboat House followed by a pleasant walk into St Annes town centre admiring the sights and sounds of traditional seaside family fun in our garden town by the sea.

Such a pleasant day. Thank you to all who organised it and indeed took part.

I do hope that more and more people will support the excellent work of our Lifeboat crews.

Andrew Noble

Derbe Road

St Annes


Help drivers

During a visit to Preston recently, I noticed they have followed Blackpool’s example and introduced areas of shared space in the city centre.

However, I also noticed that as drivers approach the shared space area, there are signs to warn them of the change.

Here in Blackpool I have not noticed any signs telling people they are in a shared space.

I know no-one wants roads to be cluttered with signs, but many motorists are still unused to this kind of set up and perhaps need some guidance.

Perhaps then drivers would be more patient and not just charge through leaving pedestrians worried for their safety as they try to cross the road.

Is it something the council could consider?

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