I had 60-a-day habit
In your excellent article on smoke (Gazette February 18), one major point was omitted - namely willpower.
It matters not how much money is thrown at the problem, if an individual does not have the willpower to stop, then they won’t.
And they will use every excuse not to.
As a former 60-a-day addict, I used all the excuses there were before stopping in 2002.
Yes, it is hard but it can be done. If you want to quit, you will, but if you are half-hearted about it you won’t.
And the same goes for alcohol.
Car park is white elephant
I agree with the people who have written about the waste of taxpayers’ money on converting the old Devonshire Road Hospital site into a car park for council workers.
It is now a white elephant. The council keep telling us we have to cut back on services, for example on looking after the flower beds etc.
This council is good at spending other people’s money on things that could wait, or are a waste.
One instance of this is the no smoking signs in parks.
Every time I pass them I wonder what bright spark thought this idea up for a breezy corner of the coast like this.
I could go on about the waste of taxpayers’ money.
If I ran a business like the council runs things in this town, I would be bankrupt.
My cousin and I both have businesses on Talbot Road near to Devonshire Road car park.
Unfortunately , we have a lot of problems with office workers who work in offices 400 metres away from the car park but who cannot park on it because it is only for council workers.
They park outside our shops instead, from 9am to 5pm.
Why doesn’t the council let them use the car park?
Then maybe, just maybe, we would have parking for our customers because space would be freed up .
It is a car park so let them park on it !
School cookery lessons
I loved Robin Duke’s tongue in cheek remarks on past and modern schooling techniques (The Duke February 18).
It tickled me as I read his article quoting children being asked; select which of these ingredients is essential for boiling an egg? (a) an egg? (b) a potato? (c) a rump steak?
I remember my school days well and they were great, unfettered by barmy health and safety rules and other legislation apart from the absolute necessary.
Keep up the good work and I enjoy your art comments on Radio Lancashire every Friday lunchtime.
Terence R Wright
I am writing as a small business owner who has invested in the region of £20,000 in a former vacant retail outlet in Blackpool.
Is Topping Street the suitable location to house a pharmacy based methadone clinic? I honestly think where ever this satellite clinic is situated it will cause some level of controversy.
Nonetheless speaking as a Christian, it is vital those who suffer from serious class A drug addiction such as heroin are supported with detoxification programmes.
I also hope those individuals who are desperate to escape this lifestyle find the determination in the short term to beat their addiction.
Blackpool town centre desperately needs to attract greater private investment.
Equally the town’s clean up image is going to prove a cyclical problem if crowds of drug users are found congregating in an area which is a stones throw away from Blackpool North Railway Station.
First impressions of Blackpool need to mirror those desirable sights when you step off the train in Brighton and walk down to the seafront.
Brighton’s regeneration over the past 20 years is remarkable.
If the current and future aims are for Blackpool to experience some kind of retail and year round economic revolution, it is essential Talbot Road and surrounding streets receive further investment, whether private or public.
Private investment, and business longevity requires good old fashioned retail team work amongst supportive traders which is what we like to encourage on Topping Street.
This could be supported further by Blackpool Council offering affordable parking incentives in the Talbot multi storey to increase footfall and attract a wider demographic to improve this crucial area of town.
Many inland towns benefit from low cost parking at the weekends.