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Letters - June 14, 2018

Cuadrillas drilling rig at Preston New Road
Cuadrillas drilling rig at Preston New Road
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It has recently come to light that there have been repeated FOI requests to Lancashire Constabulary, for a publication of a risk assessment or plan, in the event of an emergency evacuation at the Preston New Road fracking well site.

It has recently come to light that there have been repeated FOI requests to Lancashire Constabulary, for a publication of a risk assessment or plan, in the event of an emergency evacuation at the Preston New Road fracking well site.

So far, Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have failed to present a coordinated site specific emergency evacuation plan for Preston New Road. If there is such a plan, it has not been shared with schools and members of the surrounding community.

In the event of a gas explosion, which is certainly not out of the question (and we have seen many cases of this over in the US and Canada), an exclusion zone of a three-mile radius is required, involving the rapid evacuation of local residents and policing of traffic.

Not only is a comprehensive evacuation plan put in place in the UK fracking areas, as set out in the ‘Right To Know Act’ 1986, but it closely involves the local community and first responders and sets out procedures, natural gas emergency training and guidelines.

The fact that there is an absence of any information, let alone a detailed evacuation plan in regards to this very important public safety matter, is very worrying and certainly does not inspire confidence in the so-called Gold Standard Regulation frequently heralded by our government.

Sarah Crane

Heptonstall
W Yorkshire

FUNDRAISING

Thank you for helping Scouts

We had a very enjoyable and successful coffee morning in St Christopher’s Hall and raised just short of £400 for our fundraising for the scouts who are going to the world jamboree in the USA.

Scouts are also to visit other countries and this will help out with anything they are needing help with and help the joining up with other groups from different parts of the country, spreading the word about our magnificent Blackpool Scouting Association.

Summer tennis is also in full swing again. We are not yet back in Highfield Park, but with good weather the courts should be ready for us (in two more weeks) so I must thank South Shore Tennis Club for the last six weeks, finding room for us so we did not have to cancel.

We are hoping to start a younger group class, but we do need another voluntary coach.

With the help of the Lawn Tennis Association we have the funds to pay for anyone interested to go to earn their first coaching badge. This is only a couple of days training at a weekend and it takes place in Lancashire. Anyone keen please get in touch. Another sport in Blackpool, a dream come true. And we badly need someone to work with our coach Peter, who is doing a great job but needs someone to help out.

It is nearly five years now and our children are already starting to look like champions. They really enjoy being out in the fresh air and are very good at a sport that is really getting more popular - and not only for two weeks in the year!

Please come along, and see how the children enjoy themselves and become very good at another sport.

Coun Lily 
Henderson MBE

cllr.lily.Henderson@blackpool.gov.uk

POLITICS

Can a councillor for Marton contact me?

Has Marton ward got any active councillors?

Last week I had reason to contact both councillors and after a few times only got the answerphone each time, so I left my contact number and name for both councillors. Almost a week later I have not had a response from either.

I find this doubly annoying as only last week I read that Coun Debbie Coleman is not being re-selected in next year’s election.

She is an excellent councillor and a situation like the above would never have happened when she was in Marton ward.

Come on Simon Blackburn sort out your good councillors and keep them.

A Concerned 
Marton Resident

EXPIRY DATES

Will the poisoned mice still expire?

There is a lot in the press lately about ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates on items purchased with some supermarkets now saying they will stop the best before dates on certain items.

I write this because I have just put some rat and mouse poison down to rid myself of the little brutes (mice) and noticed that the container in which the poison came has what is termed an ‘expiry’ date.

I have to ask does this mean that the poison that is intended to kill said rodent may be harmful to them if I use it after the expiry date? I am in a confused state.

david Gibbs

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