Letters - December 1, 2015

memory lane april 28''then and now ''View of the Post Office on Abingdon Street in Blackpool.
memory lane april 28''then and now ''View of the Post Office on Abingdon Street in Blackpool.
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TOURISM

Council right to look at other hotel sites

I was really pleased to see in The Gazette today (November 30) that the council has decided not to take forward their plans for a new hotel on the old St John’s market site.

I’m sure the old Syndicate site will be considered because of its nearness to the Winter Gardens, and the fact the council already owns it.

However, I feel the old Post Office in Abingdon would be ideal for conversion to an hotel. It already has a small internal car park, would seem to be of a good size, is ideally placed and would be an ideal solution for an iconic building which is now not being used.

I know that is not owned by the council, but talks could take place with the Post Office regarding a reasonable priced sale or long-term rental.

This may already be under consideration, but I just wanted to ensure that it had not been forgotten.

Diana Holden

Local resident & Blackpool Heritage Champion

TECHNOLOGY

Greatest threat we humans have faced

Further to my letter on educated idiots (Your Say, November 18), I must stress that the computer and the mobile phones are remarkable media, it’s just that these electronic devices should not take over our world. We are the most important thing in this argument, not the internet, which should be used for what it is, that is a media we can use to enhance our lives not a media that takes over our lives, to put our trust in a service that is so flawed is not a sensible thing to do,

The banks think it’s the best thing since sliced bread, and a lot of other people think the same, but it is so easy to hack and change, we must learn to have another world alongside computers, because if we don’t and continue to put all our eggs in one basket we are going to get badly bitten.

In fact, I believe that there is nothing that can’t be hacked , anything invented by man can be beaten by man, just look at bank safes – so sophisticated but still being beaten, it’s unreal, but people are still beating them (fact).

It is a fact that the internet or any computer cannot teach hands-on skills. Great Britain has always been admired for the skills of their workmen and the quality of workmanship that is produced – do we want to lose that basic skill factor? We will if we put all our hopes on the internet and computers.

It is no good having a qualification if you cannot do the job, and dangerous to say the least. I myself served a six-year apprenticeship.

We must not lose these skills, but hands-on is nothing to do with computers and can’t be.

I personally think that computers are the greatest threat to human beings that has ever been invented given the trust factor of this media.

Bruce Allen

Hawkshead Terrace

Blackpool

HEALTH

Thanks to the lady who helped my mum

I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to an unknown young woman in Cleveleys who, on Wednesday, helped my 86-year-old mother.

My mother was taken ill in the street after visiting a friend, and the young woman took her to the Cleveleys Group Practice.

My mother had had a heart attack, and is now recovering well at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

My thanks to this lovely person, the staff at the surgery and the hospital for their kindness and professionalism.

Angela Buckley

via email

ECONOMY

The Chancellor is a butcher, not builder

The Chancellor has been forced into a spectacular climb-down on tax credits.

But by the end of the parliament, many working people will still suffer big losses because he is keeping planned cuts to universal credit.

Local government did not get the protection that it needs.

As funding cuts continue, Sure Start centres, local care homes, leisure centres and libraries are all in the firing line, particularly in poorer areas where the impact of phasing out central government grants will hit hardest and the new social care precept will have less benefit.

If the Chancellor really wants to battle for blue-collar Britain, he needs to recognise the importance of investment in public services, genuinely affordable housing, and a fairly shared recovery.

Without that commitment, he will still be remembered as the butcher and not the builder he says he wants to be.

Derek Barton

Trades Council

CRISIS

Downing plane makes no sense

I know my knowledge of world politics is woeful , but I have listened to all the reports of the Soviet warplane being downed, and I am confused.

The first report said two Turkish fighters had intercepted the plane in Turkish airspace and, after continued requests to leave, they had no option but to destroy it. The next report stated that the Russian was in Turkish space for only 17 seconds. How can that add up? Continued requests in 17 seconds?

Also, what did they suspect a single plane was going to do?

It hardly suggested an invasion, just the one plane?

I think I am happy it makes no sense to me, because if I did reason like politicians do, I would be as cracked as them.

Sometimes, you are better not knowing.

Allan Fazackerley

via email