Letters - December 16, 2015

Flooding in St Michaels. Photo: Lancashire Fire and Rescue
Flooding in St Michaels. Photo: Lancashire Fire and Rescue
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FLOODING

Floods expose waste of taxpayers’ cash

The recent floods in Lancashire and Cumbria, affecting some 100,000 properties, shows that billions of pounds of taxpayers’ hard-earned money should be spent here in the UK and not largely wasted by developing countries, who don’t ask for it, don’t want it, and ridicule the UK over it.

This country urgently requires proper flood defences, an issue which successive governments have failed to address with any urgency.

The UK only pays lip service to climate change policy, while 97 per cent of scientists at the recent Paris conference on climate change categorically stated that fossil fuel is to blame for global warming.

So, this government withdraws subsidies on renewables when we have 20,000 miles of powerful tidal coastline which should be harnessed, while giving onshore gas companies billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash in tax credits and incentives, and those same onshore rigs would spew out billions of tons of toxic fumes to the detriment to our health, and increasing the risk of severe flooding.

So what are our members of parliament, who are supposed to keep us safe doing about it?

You’ve guessed it!

Mr D Barker

Pine Crescent

Poulton

LANGUAGE

The Aussie influence is questionable

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mr Roy Edmonds for highlighting the grotesque abuses currently percolating into our once beautiful language (Your Say, Gazette, December 10).

He is correct in laying the blame at the feet of our neighbours and cousins across The Pond for most of the atrocities, but I feel our other friends the Aussies may have to share some of the accusations.

The hideous rising inflection at the ends of sentences (against which I heard Imelda Staunton and Stephen Fry rage vehemently recently) is a case in point and particularly irritating.

I imagine the likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen and The Brontes must be rotating in their respective graves.

Perhaps we should ask whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them, “Know what I mean, Sport?”

Phil Hatton

Retired English teacher and didactic pedant

Knutsford Road

Marton

DEVELOPMENT

There are many ways to boost economy

In response to Hon Alderman McCann’s rose-tinted spin regarding the Enterprise zone, I suggest he auditions for a role on Dr Who.

He must be living on another planet. He avoids the issue of the unaccountable and controllable planners who have and continue to overload the A585 and surrounding roads. Does he really expect lots of people who work away to suddenly come back and work on this site, reducing congestion? Get real.

The problems are HERE and NOW, but as former economy portfolio holder he must bear responsibility for the mess the urban core of Wyre is in.

The roads can no longer sustain large housing developments, a sentiment echoed by the senior engineer from LCC regarding the Stanah planning application: “It’s unsustainable.”

Yet Wyre planners envision literally thousands more houses to be built at the urban core. Strangely enough, there won’t be any impact on the Pilling/Knott End area, a place that has escaped the ravages of such dangerous and disorganised planning.

So to take this opportunity with both hands: He could call for the planners to go;. He could call for the spending of money on useless chalets to be spent on helping PWRS restore a train, thus adding value to the Hillhouse site through a reopened rail link; He could call for investment to reopen Fleetwood docks. A win-win-win situation for all.

But that’s too difficult for Mr McCann, as he can’t see such economic potential for the presence of a Wyre Planner created car park; albeit from the comfort of congestion free Over Wyre.

David Power

Fleetwood Road

Thornton

APPEALS

People come before pets at this time

May I reply through your letters column to your regular correspondent Josephine Harwood (Gazette, December 10) regarding pet donations.

I am not so sympathetic to animals who used to fend very well for themselves until humans took a hand.

At this present time, I feel that the poor souls who found their homes devastated by the flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire are far more deserving of our donations to the appeal fund set up by national newspapers.

I wish the lady in question spent her time urging donations for such causes as the local (St Michael’s) floods and Trinity Hospice and Brian House.

People come first.

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