Letters - January 13, 2015

Police base One reader would like to see the new Blackpool Police headquarters at the former Devonshire Road Hospital site
Police base One reader would like to see the new Blackpool Police headquarters at the former Devonshire Road Hospital site
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Police HQ could be at former hospital

Police headquarters

Use hospital site

The plans to relocate the Police HQ in an out of town location is, in my opinion, madness.

I totally agree that the current site has passed its sell by date and the very valuable land it sits on could be put to far better use, for tourism perhaps.

Even the Snow Dome project could be resurrected and what a wonderful attraction that would be for Blackpool.

In my opinion, the Police HQ should be on the edge of the town centre together with a courts complex.

The now empty Devonshire Road Hospital site lies deserted with just the odd vehicle parked there.

This site sits on a very strategic position with main arterial roads giving fast access to most parts of the town.

Sites such as this are very scarce and once lost will be irreplaceable so let’s hope Blackpool Council, the Home Office and the Police and Crime Commissioner get their acts together to provide a fit for purpose development.

Barry Birch

Poulton

Windmill Players

Wonderful times

A recent article in The Gazette brought back many wonderful memories to me because I was one of the first members of the Windmill Players in Thornton.

Mr Bradshaw was an inspired man and his wife was just as special to all new members.

In 1946, when I was 16, they both made me feel so welcome into their drama group.

I was in one of the first productions – Quiet Wedding, which was followed by Boyd’s Shop.

Bill Croker was always at hand to put us on the right track and his lovely wife never ceased to help with out make-up and script learning.

What a start I had with this fabulous group!

And all my life I have been grateful for the early lessons I leanred at that time.

The lecture hall was the testing ground for all Mr Bradhsaw’s productions and I shall be forever thankfull to the Windmill Playres who showed me how a life on the stage was the one for me!

So thank you Mr Hebden for the memories.

Dorothy Ingle

Thornton

Crime commissioner

No more taxes

I have just been reading in The Gazette that our police and crime commissioner wants to put our council tax up again by 6p to 15p per week. This after getting more last year. Reading this makes me very angry and upset. The fire brigade and NHS and others have to make do with what they are allowed so why not the police?

I do not know if he and his staff get their wages from police precepts.

If they do then they should do us a favour and retire. I am told no-one can sack a commissioner, but surley someone can.

D Benson

Wesham

Footballer questions

Disturbing furore

There are aspects of the furore surrounding Ched Evans attempts to play professional soccer again that are very disturbing.

Firstly, on legal advice, he has not yet fully apologised because to do so would be to admit he is guilty of a crime, which he denies. The apology he has issued has, therefore, to remain limited for the time being.

Secondly, he was convicted by a fair process, but was released on licence having served half his sentence. He is now entitled to resume his employment as a soccer player, pay taxes and resume his life.

We have no legal right to deny his rehabilitation.

Thirdly, as usual, politicians and minor celebrities have jumped at the chance to fan the flames of mob outrage.

I suggest that some of these who have sought to occupy the high moral ground should first examine their own behaviour.

Fourthly, we cannot allow justice to be dispensed on an arbitrary basis by an unthinking mob using Twitter, online petitions and celebrity whim.

Some of the comments by the anti-Evans campaigners have been vile and threatening. The police should investigate and charge offenders.

Fifthly, football is Evans’ job. If he is not permitted to resume it then we should ask the baying mob to draw up a list of those jobs that they consider are acceptable for each prisoner released on licence.

The fact that lawyers and doctors can be disbarred and struck off has nothing whatsoever to do with Evans.

Sixthly, some of those who attack Evans mistakenly believe they are helping the victim in this case. On the contrary, they weaken our core democratic values of which due process is the key that binds them together. Finally, we must cease using the ludicrous argument that Evans is a ‘role model’. Who looks to him or any footballer for moral guidance?

If Evans’ appeal succeeds an awful lot of people will have egg on their faces.

Dr Barry Clayton

Cleveleys

Musical treat

High school band

Well done young musicians from Montgomery High for raising money for the hospice. The well performed festive favourites were a joy to hear.

B Smith

Blackpool

Police headquarters

Use hospital site

The plans to relocate the Police HQ in an out of town location is, in my opinion, madness.

I totally agree that the current site has passed its sell by date and the very valuable land it sits on could be put to far better use, for tourism perhaps.

Even the Snow Dome project could be resurrected and what a wonderful attraction that would be for Blackpool.

In my opinion, the Police HQ should be on the edge of the town centre together with a courts complex.

The now empty Devonshire Road Hospital site lies deserted with just the odd vehicle parked there.

This site sits on a very strategic position with main arterial roads giving fast access to most parts of the town.

Sites such as this are very scarce and once lost will be irreplaceable so let’s hope Blackpool Council, the Home Office and the Police and Crime Commissioner get their acts together to provide a fit for purpose development.

Barry Birch

Poulton

Windmill Players

Wonderful times

A recent article in The Gazette brought back many wonderful memories to me because I was one of the first members of the Windmill Players in Thornton.

Mr Bradshaw was an inspired man and his wife was just as special to all new members.

In 1946, when I was 16, they both made me feel so welcome into their drama group.

I was in one of the first productions – Quiet Wedding, which was followed by Boyd’s Shop.

Bill Croker was always at hand to put us on the right track and his lovely wife never ceased to help with out make-up and script learning.

What a start I had with this fabulous group!

And all my life I have been grateful for the early lessons I leanred at that time.

The lecture hall was the testing ground for all Mr Bradhsaw’s productions and I shall be forever thankfull to the Windmill Playres who showed me how a life on the stage was the one for me!

So thank you Mr Hebden for the memories.

Dorothy Ingle

Thornton

Crime commissioner

No more taxes

I have just been reading in The Gazette that our police and crime commissioner wants to put our council tax up again by 6p to 15p per week. This after getting more last year. Reading this makes me very angry and upset. The fire brigade and NHS and others have to make do with what they are allowed so why not the police?

I do not know if he and his staff get their wages from police precepts.

If they do then they should do us a favour and retire. I am told no-one can sack a commissioner, but surley someone can.

D Benson

Wesham

Footballer questions

Disturbing furore

There are aspects of the furore surrounding Ched Evans attempts to play professional soccer again that are very disturbing.

Firstly, on legal advice, he has not yet fully apologised because to do so would be to admit he is guilty of a crime, which he denies. The apology he has issued has, therefore, to remain limited for the time being.

Secondly, he was convicted by a fair process, but was released on licence having served half his sentence. He is now entitled to resume his employment as a soccer player, pay taxes and resume his life.

We have no legal right to deny his rehabilitation.

Thirdly, as usual, politicians and minor celebrities have jumped at the chance to fan the flames of mob outrage.

I suggest that some of these who have sought to occupy the high moral ground should first examine their own behaviour.

Fourthly, we cannot allow justice to be dispensed on an arbitrary basis by an unthinking mob using Twitter, online petitions and celebrity whim.

Some of the comments by the anti-Evans campaigners have been vile and threatening. The police should investigate and charge offenders.

Fifthly, football is Evans’ job. If he is not permitted to resume it then we should ask the baying mob to draw up a list of those jobs that they consider are acceptable for each prisoner released on licence.

The fact that lawyers and doctors can be disbarred and struck off has nothing whatsoever to do with Evans.

Sixthly, some of those who attack Evans mistakenly believe they are helping the victim in this case. On the contrary, they weaken our core democratic values of which due process is the key that binds them together. Finally, we must cease using the ludicrous argument that Evans is a ‘role model’. Who looks to him or any footballer for moral guidance?

If Evans’ appeal succeeds an awful lot of people will have egg on their faces.

Dr Barry Clayton

Cleveleys

Musical treat

High school band

Well done young musicians from Montgomery High for raising money for the hospice. The well performed festive favourites were a joy to hear.

B Smith

Blackpool