Letters - June 24, 2015

Photo Neil Cross'Protesters outside the Fracking meeting at County Hall in Preston
Photo Neil Cross'Protesters outside the Fracking meeting at County Hall in Preston
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County council has to represent us

It was revealed some months ago that a comprehensive report into fracking, entitled Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts and produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), had been redacted, many paragraphs being deleted, including some relating to the negative impact fracking could have on property values.

It has only just been announced that this significant document must now be released in its complete and original form. However, it is unfortunate that it may not be made public until after Lancashire County Council make their crucial decision on the frack sites.

This decision will impact on the quality of life not just of local residents in Lancashire, but ultimately across massive swathes of the UK.

Our elected representatives must ensure that our best interests and our quality of life are protected, over and above commercial pressures and a Government intent on pushing the fracking process through.

Now we have support from the US, where fracking has created immense problems.

Administrators in New York State, who have banned fracking, are so concerned at our plight in the UK that they have written directly to councillors in Lancashire.

They say: “As elected officials, we share with Lancashire councillors a responsibility to protect our constituents, so we have written to show it is possible to stand up to this dirty and dangerous industry and ensure residents’ safety. We urge them to heed the growing evidence of problems with fracking and to turn down Cuadrilla’s applications”.

Forewarned should be forearmed. I, and many thousands of others, sincerely hope our representatives at Lancashire County Council heed all these warnings, share the same concern and vote to stop fracking for the good of our community, our county, and our country. Now.

J Bailie

via email


We can’t go back to the ‘bad old days’

I write regarding the ‘Ye-olde-Worlde Blackpool’ of Claire Smith (Fracking Battleground, Gazette, June 22).

Claire said: “I grew-up here in Blackpool during the “glory days.” It had such a buzz and an energy. But then we lost our neighbouring industries in potteries, manufacturing, the mills and coal mining.”

Well, glory days? Mills? I wonder Claire, did you ever talk to someone who actually worked in a mill?

My grandmother did in Preston and suffered low pay and terrible conditions, having one trip a year to Blackpool to go on a tram and have an ice cream, because that was all that could be afforded.

Did you ever speak to an actual miner? The miners’ home was created to give hard-working miners with weak lungs from terrible pit conditions some relief with the sea air. These are people who have worked hard, for very little under terrible conditions. The ‘glory days’ for hoteliers, maybe.

The old days of the mill and coal mining are over and have to stay that way because we have to look towards clean energy, it is not a choice but a necessity. A water turbine to produce energy in the Fylde as proposed, will also provide jobs, sustainable ones, where the workers don’t have to go a convalescent home to repair damaged health inflicted upon them by working in the fossil fuel industry. Fracking is archaic, It is 2015, Claire, time to wake up!

Gillian Wood


via email


Thanks to the person who helped

My wife and I own a B&B in Hornby Road, and recently we had relatives come to stay. One gentleman guest unfortunately has Alzheimers and after he and his wife had retired to bed he got up and “escaped”, going on an early hours walk of central Blackpool in only his pyjamas.

When the alarm was raised we all searched the streets, but we found him.He was unharmed, and from somewhere he had acquired a sweatshirt and a pair of slippers that were far too big for him. Some kind person had taken pity and provided him with some warm clothing and footwear. We were all so relieved to find him OK, but he had no idea where the clothing had come from.

So may I say on behalf of my family a big thank you to the kind person who helped that morning – the outcome could have been totally different.

David Thomas

Hornby Road


Outdated roads are the real culprit

I just felt I had to respond to these letters criticising people for parking on pavements.

Blackpool, like most other towns in the UK, has roads that were never meant for traffic.

Most places we drive we are threading the needle trying to get through small spaces. The roads off the main highway are a lot narrower, so cars have to park with one wheel on the pavement in order to allow for through traffic.

I have never seen a footpath totally blocked off by irresponsible parking. But if this problem is already relevent, then the obstructers need to pay a penalty.

A space should be left that is big enough for a mobility scooter to get through.

Tom Watson

Common Edge Road Blackpool