Letters - February 26, 2015

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America
Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America
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Don’t kowtow on fracking


Andrea Titterington’s letter (Your Say ,February 24)makes a whole lot of sense and I agree wholeheartedly with her comments.

There are many thousands of people who have signed the various petitions objecting to fracking and the untold damage it will do to our quality of life here in the Fylde.

Pro frackers talk about thousands of new jobs being created...doing what? They are unable to say.

Fracking is safe...how do we know? It has been banned in so many parts of the US 
because it has been proven to be unsafe. Despite all this, the coalition government seem hell bent on forcing fracking on the good people of Fylde. Our local MPs and county councillors were voted into office on the premise that they would look after the interests of us, their constituents.

If they now kowtow to the jackboot of Cameron and 
his gang of bullies at Westminster, they are not fit for purpose and totally unfit to represent us locally or in Parliament.

The answer is simple, if fracking gets the go-ahead, despite all our protests, come the May elections, vote them all into political oblivion.

They will have proven they are not looking after our interests, only those of central government.

I’m going for the Greens because of their backing of renewable scources of energy.

Shale evangelists take note, I am very much not alone.

David Nicholls

Elder Close


Travelling to top shows


I was interested to read the recent letter from Jacqui Veazey after her visit to the Manchester Opera House to see the 
musical Top Hat.

She clearly was thrilled with it and it was equally a top quality show in every sense.

All I would ask is why did 
Jacqui have to go to Manchester – why wasn’t Top Hat booked into our own Opera House, which I’m sure would have been equally as successful.

And mention of having to travel to see top shows, I haven’t seen any change of heart on the part of the rail companies and their frustrating timings of their direct London service.

This means it isn’t possible for Blackpudlians to travel to the capital, even to see a 
matinee of such as Miss 
Saigon, Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – and get back the same day.

Neil Kendall

Stamford Avenue

South Shore

Escalators annoy me


In response to Steve Canavan’s column (The Thing Is, February 19), I would like to say one of the things that annoys me most are people who step off escalators and remain standing in the same spot to look around, causing a pile-up behind.

The escalators should have sensors fitted, the same as the conveyor belt at the supermarket checkout, to prevent this from happening!

Malcolm Boyce
By email

Hidden gem at church


I’d like to pass on details of this hidden gem of an organ concert that happens every Tuesday morning at the United Reform Church, Marton, between 10am and 12 noon.

We have only just found it and for £2.50 it’s a wonderful two hours of non-stop entertainment. David Windle plays a variety of music to suit all tastes and if you have a favourite piece he’ll try and include that. The standard of musicianship has to be experienced to be believed.

And we were made very welcome.

Joyce and Duncan Bayley

Ascot Road


No need for second jobs

Paid enough

Every constituent has the right to expect their MP to devote all of their time to the needs of his/her constituents.

That is what they were elected to do.

With a salary of £65,000 plus more thousands in perks there should be no need to undertake additional paid 

However, a study in 2012 estimated that over 78 per cent of our members of parliament do paid work on a regular basis.

Clearly the work of a backbencher is nothing like as 
onerous as they claim.

After the disgraceful expenses scandal that shocked the country the reputation of M Ps, never high in the first place, fell even further.

New allegations of impropriety will cause their standing to plummet even more.

They have only themselves to blame.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close