Letters -January 27, 2014

Negotiating one of the crossing areas at Talbot Road, Blackpool.
Negotiating one of the crossing areas at Talbot Road, Blackpool.
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Concerns over junction

Answers sought

A report in The Gazette (January 20)told us of pedestrians blasting the crossing at the junction outside Wilkinsons.

It was heartening to know that Coun John Jones is quite willing to listen to people’s views.

In my view, blind and partially sighted people are being discriminated against in that a number of places in Blackpool are becoming no-go areas due to the danger of unsafe crossings.

As a guide-dog owner, I used to regularly travel to Blackpool from St Annes and get off the bus outside Iceland.

I could negotiate the area with no trouble at all.

Unfortunately, as the bus now stops at Wilkinsons, there is no safe place to cross Talbot Road, Topping Street or Dickson Road.

People like me are left in a vulnerable and very stressful position. Before the alterations, people crossed via pedestrian controlled traffic lights and to be honest - as yet - nobody at Blackpool’s road safety department has explained why this facility was replaced.

These alterations have certainly made the area less welcoming and have done the shops in Topping Street no favours at all.

Sometime ago I wrote to The Gazette to say as a client of local blind society N-Vision I was disappointed the society was not doing its utmost to oppose Blackpool Council creating road crossings that are extremely dangerous.

The chief executive of N-Vision, Mr Winkley, responded, saying many of the ideas put forward when Talbot Road was being changed, were overlooked.

May I say N-Vision clients are very appreciative of those who put the effort in to try to make the new development as safe as possible, but my main concern (which Mr Winkley has yet to answer) is N-Vision does not appear to be doing its utmost to oppose traffic/pedestrian crossings. Nor does it appear to have a set policy on shared spaces.

To find out what policies National organisations had, I contacted the RNIB, Guide Dogs, Action for Blind People and the National Federation for the Blind.

Although each had slightly different ways of operating, all were against the idea of towns creating more and more traffic/pedestrian shared areas.

The policy of Guide Dogs and Action for Blind was similar, in that they support blind people at a local level, where as the RNIB and the National Federation operated nationally.

Interestingly, the RNIB is currently organising a campaign against shared areas, at the same time the Federation has been working with the Ministry of Transport to produce a set of guide-lines, which are now up and running.

Jim Bithell

Lightburne Avenue

St Annes

Nolans defend standing

Waiting to the end

Regarding recent letters concerning myself and my family, we stood up at the END of the ballet at the Grand Theatre.

It’s called a standing ovation and we didn’t stand until then and trust me, all performers love it.

If readers care to check online they will see that the marvellous Russian Ballet expect it and also love to be cheered at the end of each solo. They hate noisy chatter and also the noise of sweets being passed around throughout, which was happening around us all night.

I also hate it when people stand up in front of me during a performance and at a football game.

Denise Nolan

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Where there’s a will...

Too old to donate?

I read a Gazette article recently about transplants.

I had thought about this on occasion but did nothing.

Last week I made my will and told the solicitor I wished to donate my corneas, to help someone to see.

He sneeringly said: “I doubt if they will want them at your age.”

It was hurtful and the interview did not go well. I am 78 and since then have seen a different solicitor.

Today I rang the organ donor people and told them what the first solicitor had said - no names mentioned.

They said his comments were “very cruel”.

They assured me there was no upper age limit on organs except for corneas and that limit is 80.

All organs are examined for suitability anyway.

So any readers thinking of organ donation, do it now. You will be welcomed.

It is strange for me to donate any organs as I don’t really believe in it.

I think everything has its natural lifespan, but I do want to help someone to see and appreciate the beauty of the world.

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