Letters - June 16, 2015

Embargoed to 0001 Thursday September 25''PICTURE POSED MY MODEL ''File photo dated 15/03/2011 of a close-up view of a woman talking on a mobile phone as unwanted calls and automated recordings from PPI claim companies are Britons' top annoyance, with the average person receiving six of them a week, a survey has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 25, 2014. Some three-quarters of consumers (74%) ranked the problem above queue- jumpers, noisy neighbours and rude commuters, with 44% saying such calls raised their stress levels, the poll for BT found. The average Briton receives one unwanted call almost every day, with almost half of people (45%) not answering their landline during the day to avoid the problem. See PA story CONSUMER Nuisance. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Embargoed to 0001 Thursday September 25''PICTURE POSED MY MODEL ''File photo dated 15/03/2011 of a close-up view of a woman talking on a mobile phone as unwanted calls and automated recordings from PPI claim companies are Britons' top annoyance, with the average person receiving six of them a week, a survey has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 25, 2014. Some three-quarters of consumers (74%) ranked the problem above queue- jumpers, noisy neighbours and rude commuters, with 44% saying such calls raised their stress levels, the poll for BT found. The average Briton receives one unwanted call almost every day, with almost half of people (45%) not answering their landline during the day to avoid the problem. See PA story CONSUMER Nuisance. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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MOBILE MADNESS

What a pest

The ‘must-have amazing invention’ has, by numerous people who use them, become anti-social.

Not only are passengers on public transport subject to some mobile phone users shouting so everyone else can hear them (even listening to music on headphones doesn’t drown them out) but they’re also oblivious to others in the street as they bellow out to the person on the other end.

And texting is even worse because they are not watching where they’re going so we have to move!

A night at the theatre is marred too by users as screens light up during a performance causing a distraction for those around them.

So on a recent night at the Opera House to see ‘Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games’ I wish to applaud management for engaging ushers to act on mobile phone users by observing any lighting up and walking the aisle to where they were telling them to put it away.

It’s a sorry and sad person on a social night out who cannot for one evening switch their mobile phone OFF!

Clifford 
Chambers.

Blackpool

BEACH HUT WOE

Help catch vandals

I was very saddened to see that mindless vandals have attacked our marvellous award winning beach huts again.

After the beach huts supported our recent ‘Charity Zumbathon’ to help raise funds for two very worthy causes, I find this particularly sad as Stuart and Zoe Robertson are two of the kindest people I know and have brought thousands of pounds worth of business to our family resort.

So I ask that if anyone knows anything about this recent vandalism please “do the right thing” and contact local police on 101 quoting crime reference number: WA1507023 or alternatively, in complete confidence, anonymously call ‘CrimeStoppers’ on 0800 500 111.

Let’s put a stop to this moronic vandalism to our marvellous town.

Thank you once again to St Annes Beach Huts for being so generous in supplying our star raffle prize of a day at the beach huts for our charity zumbathon won by five-year-old Kayleigh Ross, and indeed the cash donation too!

Andrew Noble

Police Community Volunteer

URBAN WILDLIFE

Mattress nesting

I live in a terraced house with a back-yard, not much greenery around, just bricks and concrete.

Birds have been building their nests around us. You can see from the windows flying back and forth.

Its a busy time for birds. gulls, crows, pigeons, doves, sparrows, magpies etc all line up on the fences.

And the reason? Because someone has put out an old mattress on their property.

The birds have been taking the stuffing out of the mattress to build their nests. My husband said all the nests around here have been built from the mattress.

The birds will be sleeping in slumberland!

You can watch the gulls trying to lift the wheelie bin lids and peck at plastic bags to get food.

A lot of wildlife are coming more into towns because their habitat what they feed on and birds build their nests from are vanishing.

I read even when trees are cut down you remove the homes of birds, animals and plants.

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SHALE DEBATE

No moral case

Recent press reports, including from the mouth of Cuadrilla boss Francis Egan have tried to make the “moral” case for using our own gas rather than importing from states like Russia and Qatar. What hypocrisy!

Cuadrilla presumably are not wanting to talk too much about their funder and ex-chairman Lord Browne going off to head L1 Energy, owned by Russian billionaire, Mikhail Fridman. Nor the fact that their partners, Centrica, signed in November 2013 a £4.4bn gas import deal with Qatar.

In May, Centrica signed a new deal with Russia’s giant Gazprom to import ten times as much Russian gas as it does currently.

These oil and gas companies have no morals or scruples when it comes down to making money, it seems.

Cuadrilla are working hard to find arguments supporting their wish to frack the Fylde. But claims on moral grounds are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

V. Sutcliffe

St Annes

MPs’ PAY

Polio charity plea

As the CEO of national charity The British Polio Fellowship, I was delighted to read reports of MPs across the country may be donating their proposed pay rises to charity.

I hope when making such donations, MPs will consider charities such as The British Polio Fellowship, as for many smaller charities such as ourselves, even small donations make a massive difference.

The British Polio Fellowship is committed to supporting 120,000 people in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome and we hope those MPs declining a salary increase, will consider us.

Ted Hill MBE

CEO, British Polio Fellowship