Letters - April 24, 2014

Richard Bright, who lives near Stanley Park in Blackpool, is fed up with the 'mini depot' off South Park Drive where Blackpool Council are storing materials for the Project 30 work.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-4-2014
Richard Bright, who lives near Stanley Park in Blackpool, is fed up with the 'mini depot' off South Park Drive where Blackpool Council are storing materials for the Project 30 work. PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-4-2014
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Conservation area


Regarding the article about the storing of building materials outside the main entrances to Stanley Park (Gazette, April 17).

I do not consider Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, gave a satisfactory explanation why this building material for Project 30 is being stored here.

Has he not done his research?

This area of Stanley Park is a conservation area, not a dumping ground.

Find somewhere else Coun Jones.

Richard Bright


Abused in Cleveleys

No return

I am a driver with a disabled wife who has severe arthritis and cannot walk more than a few feet unaided.

Usually she uses a mobility scooter or wheelchair.

On a recent visit to Cleveleys, while on a week’s holiday in Blackpool, we parked, quite legally with a blue disability badge, on North Promenade.

We were parked on double yellow lines, which we are allowed to do with the blue badge, and had been there for about two and a half of our three hours permitted maximum stay.

We had done all our shopping and after spending over £100 in the local establishments were enjoying some fish and chips before moving on.

We were approached by a man who aggressively demanded to know what we were doing parking there.

I tried to explain to the gentleman, and I use the phrase in its broadest sense, that we were legally parked.

He replied abusively, referring to my wife as a cripple and telling us “ we don’t want you here” .

Well if “us cripples” aren’t wanted in Cleveleys then we will spend our money in other places which are more accommodating to people who are unfortunately disabled.

We will be telling anyone who will listen to avoid Cleveleys.

Kevin Stevenson

(By email)

MP is hard working


I must reply to David Slattery Christie’s very sarcastic letter insulting my MP Gordon Marsden and two Labour councillors who were campaigning recently in Whitegate Drive (Your Say April 17).

Firstly they were protesting against the post office being moved (non-political), and second it was to give people chance to meet their MP.

But as usual Mr Christie and his Tory cronies have to make a big issue of it.

In case it has slipped your attention Mr Christie, Gordon Marsden is a very hard working MP.

We also have a very hard working council, a council that is suffering from the totally unnecessary austerity measures brought in by the present government.

Hopefully by May 2015 Mr Cameron will be history.

P.S. Elliott

Palatine Road


End trams at Bispham

No pass

Being a Wyre resident, I fully agree with Colin Noble from Cleveleys (Your Say April 17).

Why should Blackpool trams be allowed to run on Wyre land when we are unable to use our bus passes in the same way as Blackpool residents?

If this is what you want, keep the trams on Blackpool land, and that means they should finish at Bispham.

Mrs Andrews and Mrs Knight

Ascot Road


Jump to fight heart disease

Sky dive

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging people of the North West to take on a unique challenge and join the fight for every heartbeat by taking part in some fund-raising with a difference.

The UK’s heart health charity is asking the people of the North West to become a BHF “Heart Flyer “ and take on a 10,000ft tandem skydive in aid of the fight against coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer.

The training and jump, which is completed on the same day, is available at 20 drop zone locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales, including Lancaster, in partnership with specialist parachute company provider, UK Skydive.

And, if you raise more than £400 in fund-raising, you will be able to jump for free.

You will be attached to a professional British Parachute Association Instructor as you jump out of the plane and free fall at around 120mph for 45-50 seconds.

Not only will it be the thrill of a lifetime, but you will be helping to fund essential heart research that will save lives.

Last year, our Heart Flyers raised over £100,000 to help us continue our life-saving work. This year, we want to smash this total. Coronary heart disease is responsible for around 10,000 deaths in the North West each year, that’s nearly 27 people every single day.

We are asking people of the North West to sign up today and help us eradicate this dreadful disease.

To find out more and to sign-up, visit www.bhf.org.uk/


Heart Flyers Team

British Heart Foundation