Letters - August 25, 2015

One reader is angered over the apparent unfairness over the way parking tickets are handed out
One reader is angered over the apparent unfairness over the way parking tickets are handed out
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FINED

Nurse ticketed but travellers not

While doing her job as a community nurse, visiting the sick and elderly, helping them with their daily medical needs, my daughter-in-law got a parking ticket.

She was unknowingly parked in a permit-only street in South Shore and didn’t notice any signs .

She wasn’t there for very long as she has many calls to make.

She now has to pay £35 before 14 days or £70 if it’s paid after 14 days.

She has already appealed but to be honest l don’t hold out much hope for her. The nurses don’t get signs to put in their cars to say they are on call like doctors do.

On the other side of the road on the Blackpool gateway car park, where you are clearly advised you need to pay to park, there were many travellers’ caravans parked for several days.

They were parked free of charge and six council rubbish lorries were seen on there clearing up after them. They have taken up valuable parking space over the weekend without paying and the council has had to go in and clear up after them at our expense ....something’s not right here!!!

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DEMENTIA

Take a walk for good mental health

Dementia research published in The Lancet this week suggests that ‘attention to optimum health early in life might benefit cognitive health late in life’.

Inactivity is a risk factor for dementia, yet walking to school or work is a simple way to build more activity into our everyday routines.

Walking is good for mental health as well as physical health, and making one small change to our day can have a huge impact on our lives. Living Streets organises the nationwide Walk to School and Walk to Work Weeks, as well as the well-established National Walking Month in May.

More advice, information and inspiration can be found at www.livingstreets.org.uk.

Tom Platt

Head of Research and Policy

Living Streets

THANKS

Jigsaw festival - a little piece of heaven

I was truly delighted to visit the popular Jigsaw Festival at United Reformed Church St Annes where an array of jigsaws of all varieties are on display for all to enjoy.

In it’s ninth year this remarkable display is a joyous event!.

I enjoyed refreshments in the “Missing Piece Cafe” before exploring the many craft, book, tombola and indeed other stalls in the church hall.

Thanks to the hard working organisers who clearly are truly dedicated. Before leaving I enjoyed a walk through the lovely wildlife garden in the church grounds where I found such tranquillity.

Andrew Noble

Police community volunteer St Annes

COURTS

Shame magistrate has resigned

I agree with Jacqui Morley ‘look at it this way’. Shame Bob Hutchinson magistrate has resigned.

He has 11 valuable years experience in the CJS. He is telling the public there is a sea of change in the way magistrates approach the sentencing of offenders.

I think Mr Hutchison’s concern is first not what the magistrates can do in the interests of the criminals. But what sentences they should pass in the interests of the public. The protection of the public is the magistrates first priority. Using common sense Mr Hutchinson is right to say some people wont be able to pay court costs. Especially people prosecuted for petty offences we read about in The Gazette will be unable to pay court costs, victims surcharges etc. They have social problems and have no money. Also when a young person is a first offender is charged with minor offences they should not be sent to prison.

Will the offenders continually put on bail be regularly monitored by probation and police?

As for merging magistrates courts across Lancashire will this make the CJS more effective or ineffective? What the public want to know will the changes to the CJS make them safer? I hope Mr Hutchinson has a re-think as we need people like him in the CJS?

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