Say no to tax rise
Ex-Labour councillor Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Crime Commissioner, suggests council taxpayers pay another two per cent towards the police precept in their council tax.
I say an emphatic ‘no’ to this. He is floating hypothetical details about funding and the number of PCSOs likely to lose their jobs just to squeeze extra money out of council tax-payers. He is scaremongering. Whenever there are economies to be made, be it the county or borough councils, the parish councils, the police or the fire service, council tax-payers are always drawn into the equation. Clive Grunshaw is saying it is only a small amount he is asking for, but when you consider all the other ‘small amounts’ that would arise when other precepts put their bids in for extra council tax, it suddenly becomes a large amount. Does he think the police could be considered a special case? This has been tried before with the police in Blackpool. It is quite a jump from being a Labour councillor to the exalted position of a Crime Commissioner. His salary is somewhere between £65,000 and £100,000. He has a deputy, assistants, plus 12 staff. Maybe he should look at his own empire-building for savings. It is interesting to note that Lancashire Police declined to comment about his proposals
Plan not acceptable I have read with interest articles on the Broughton bypass I am sure that most people would agree there is a need for a solution to the congestion problem caused around the Broughton roundabout and the village along the A6. However, the proposed solution by Lancashire County Council is ill thought out and likely to cause as many problems as it solves.
This is demonstrated by the fact that the proposals have been called in for an independent planning enquiry which starts on April 14, 2015.
However, LCC persists with its head in the sand attitude by commenting that the enquiry should not delay work starting.
It will if the independent planning enquiry cancels the scheme following the enquiry! Furthermore LCC representative Martin Galloway the Head of Network management exhibits muddled thinking in his own comments that “there are no indications of any air pollution hotspots in the vicinity of the primary school or church“ whilst also commenting “current levels of pollution on the A6 within the village of Broughton are above acceptable levels.”
His solution is to divert the traffic flow from the A6 to within a few feet of Broughton Primary School and Broughton Church.
Where does he assume the above acceptable levels of pollution will flow from the A6? Obviously with the traffic to Broughton Primary School and Church. This is not only in contravention of common sense but also against recently issued government guidelines.
Broughton Primary school is the oldest primary school in England dating back to 1590. The origins of St John Baptist Church Broughton can be dated back to the 12th Century and the church is one of the oldest working buildings in the UK with its tower dating back to 1533.
Surely we have a duty to future generations to preserve this heritage not to pollute it.
I encourage LCC to think again and take an open view of the Independent Enquiry starting next April.
Bus cuts plans
I’d be left isolated
The recent article in the Blackpool Gazette regarding proposed Lancashire County Council cuts to rural bus services is of huge concern. I am a pensioner living in Elswick who no longer drives and frankly cannot afford tyhe high cost of ordering taxis to go to medical appointments, take me shopping etc. Neither do I feel able to put upon relatives to run me here, there and everywhere. I note that the county council has said that, at this stage, the proposed cuts are just proposals. I, and many, many others in a similar position to me, I suspect, will hope that it gets no further than that. For people who live in villages like Elswick, or Knott End, or Preesall, having access to a car means you are not effectively cut off from towns, cities and other people. But for those, like me, who rely on the buses, the cuts being proposed will simply leave a lot of people lonely, isolated and trapped.
I hope LCC takes note and thinks again.
Bus cuts plans
Move will trap many
I am writing to express my disgust at proposals to remove a number of bus services which serve some of the Fylde coast’s most isolated villages. I do not live in one of these areas, but my grandparents do and rely heavily on these services to allow them to get out, attend the doctors. go shopping and so on. These proposals would leave them prisoners in their own homes.