THE new Promenade looks superb, but the more we learn of its operation, including that of its first reported casualty, the more it looks like yet another transport department disaster.
It is based on a clearly flawed concept – shared space. Vehicles and pedestrians are not designed to share space, that is why we have always had roads and pavements and used fences, railings and bollards to keep the two apart.
If you mix a one-ton steel box travelling at 20mph with a soft tissue construction of one-fifteenth of that mass, travelling at one-tenth of that speed, and do not clearly delineate their respective territories, there’s a tragedy waiting to happen.
Do they not even remember St John’s Square? It didn’t work there and tens of thousands of pounds of our money was spent putting it right.
We shall shortly be switching on the Illuminations. Motorists from afar will be faced with unfamiliar surroundings, darkness, traffic congestion, flashing Illuminations, trams, excited passengers, other drivers, landaus and wandering pedestrians, unsure of where they should be. If that is not a recipe for disaster, I don’t know what is.
The council officers responsible have been warned by everyone from the Hackney carriage drivers to the Blind Society. When the first death occurs, it will be incumbent on them, not just to express regret and spend even more of our money, but to resign immediately.
WHAT self-congratulatory nonsense from John Donnellon, following the accident near to The Tower: “The new layout of the promenade is designed to slow the speed of vehicles through the area and the measures we put in place will have helped avoid a more serious accident.”
Is he serious?
Does he not see, that, were it not for the farcical system put in place by him and his team, this accident would never have happened. I suspect it will be the first of many, until someone finally has the sense to see this disaster for what it is.
I WOULD just like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who gave their time to make the summer fair at Eastpines Park the huge success it was on Saturday.
As secretary of The Friends of Eastpines Park Group, I am so proud, you are superb.
The fair allowed us to recruit two new members, raised lots of money for the new picnic table and, most of all, everyone from grandparents to the children of the area loved it.
I would also like to thank everyone who donated items to the raffle, as well as Norman’s Donkey’s, Blackpool Circus School, Park School Band and Joe’s bouncy castle slide. I will never forget seeing so many faces enjoying all the events. It was a lovely day. Thank you once again to everyone, we couldn’t have done it without you.
To join the group contact (01253) 826679 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s fun, free and it allows you to make a difference in improving our local community here in sunny Anchorsholme.
COUN PAUL GALLEY
I WENT with my family to see the Scream Theatre show on North Pier.
I had four great grandchildren performing in it and they were all great.
Little and big ones, the singing and dancing, what a performance. I’m sure all other parents thought so and enjoyed the delight on their faces receiving their medals. Everything turned out fine – the children carried on like little troopers.
GREAT NANNA TRUDIE
BEEN to see two great shows on the North Pier.
The Platters and their supporting acts were very good on Saturday, and The Last of The Big Bands was excellent on Sunday. Everyone was able to clap and sing along and have a great time.