I AM sure there are many other residents of Carleton who, like me, are disappointed by the proposal to introduce pay and display parking to the car park of the Castle Gardens Hotel (Gazette, December 12).
I was born, raised and still live within half a mile of the junction and am very aware of the history of the village and of the pub and its long-gone pleasure gardens. Way before my time the village held its own gala and procession.
But I can recall the very village community feel of my youth when we still had our own petrol station, butcher’s shop and even a post office!
Over the years Carleton has lost much of its identity and become a mere suburb of Poulton.
However over more recent times, and largely due to the efforts of a few local people, Carleton is clawing back an identity and presence of its own.
We all recognise times are hard and most especially for small businesses who struggle to compete with the large chain stores and credit should be given to the small independent businesses in Carleton village who provide essential facilities for the local community.
However it is not just the businesses of Carleton that need to be considered.
The village has grown in identity and presence through the development of local groups and community organisations.
The area in and around the Castle Gardens is, once again, developing as a hub for the community and local events and the Castle Gardens car park provides essential local car parking for community activities.
It is important this aspect is also considered and I hope the brewery, Mitchell and Butlers, bears in mind the value of having the pub as an integral cog in the community and the benefits (not just financial) to all.
THANK you so much for the recent publicity afforded to our naval society in Fleetwood.
What a good response I have had.
I have received 21 phone calls which included a donation of paintings plus a model ship.
We also got some new members and had people ringing up simply to find out more, or tell me about their wartime experiences.
What a great newspaper – reaching so many readers and putting our society on the map again.
I THANK the reader for acquainting me and I would think a lot more Blackpool FC supporters to the fact the council does run a concession scheme for car parking at the ground on match days.
This is news to me and I wonder how long it has been in place because I have never seen it advertised anywhere before.
This works out at £60 per season or £2.73 per game which is a much fairer price.
EARLIER in the year I had a hip replacement operation in Victoria Hospital.
I received excellent care from surgical and nursing staff, so a big thank-you to them.
The after-care services provided by physiotherapist, occupational therapist and health visitor were exceptional, and I was amazed to be provided with lots of aids to speed my recovery.
Our National Health Service is fantastic, so we must fight off attempts at privatisation and maintain our faith in our own Victoria Hospital.
THE message that cuts are not necessary needs to be spread.
And we need to highlight how Britain could be run differently to raise people’s consciousness and drive the Labour party away from sacking staff, cutting services and doing what they should be, defending services, staff and communities.
The national debt is 86 per cent of gross domestic product at present.
When the NHS was brought in by Labour it was 230 per cent and much of the last 100 years it has been over 100 per cent.
The various direct action campaigns most people support are feeding anger and demonstrating to people they can be a part of the process to expose and confront attacks on the welfare state.
The cuts are a class attack by the Government to undo all gains since 1945.
The trade unions, communities and the Labour movement must demand that councils, Labour or not, refuse to implement the cuts and instead put forward budgets in the interest of their constituents.
The big poll tax campaigns of the early 1990s were fine examples.
Collecting £120bn of avoided tax, banks paying the trillion bailout back, bring troops home, scrap Trident, the list goes on and on and on.
If this was achieved up and down the country it would transform the political situation and give hope to millions of unemployed, disabled, pensioners, low-paid staff, and all the others under constant attack.