Letters - March 12, 2014

VIBRANT NIGHT OUT Committee member Coun Christian Cox says he believes the EMRO would have destroyed Blackpool's night-time economy
VIBRANT NIGHT OUT Committee member Coun Christian Cox says he believes the EMRO would have destroyed Blackpool's night-time economy
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Town is not dangerous


As a member of the Licensing Committee who did not take part in the hearing due to my work commitments, I feel I must correct some misconceptions I have seen, heard and read over the weeks since the EMRO (Early Morning Restriction Order) was unanimously rejected by the Licensing Committee.

The night-time economy is an essential part of Blackpool’s economy and tourist industry.

It brings money into the town, provides employment and provides business for many other sectors such as taxis, food and drink suppliers and accountants.

I would like to know how many of the people who have criticised the decision have actually been on a night out in Blackpool in the last 10 years?

People are too quick to judge Blackpool based on trash television like 999 What’s Your Emergency and not on actual facts or experiences.

As a younger resident, I regularly enjoy a night out in Blackpool and it is not a “dangerous” or “scary” place with drunks and hooligans populating the streets.

It is a vibrant and lively night out generally with a good police presence in my experience.

Yes there is trouble on the streets but not on the scale people are led to believe and no more so than any other town or city with a vibrant nightscene.

I am not convinced the EMRO would have done anything to remedy these issues, I feel it was looking for an easy answer.

I believe the EMRO would have destroyed Blackpool’s night-time economy and I am delighted it was unanimously thrown out.

I feel the alternative proposal of forming a positive working relationship between the licensed trade and the authorities is the way forward and I look forward to seeing what comes of this.

Coun Christian Cox

Squires Gate Ward

Body donation


I admire Mr Hepworth’s offer of his body for medical research (Gazette March 5).

I hope and note that the university is happy to accept his kind offer.

However my own experience of organ and body donation in 1987 was I felt somewhat lukewarm.

At the then age of 53, it was considered there was a limited use of my organs and the university appeared to be happy with their local donations.

I decided, therefore not to proceed with either of the donations as they appeared to be of limited worth.

I would point out that I am now an 80 year old who walks his dogs daily averaging 30 miles a week suffering only from hypertension.

David Salisbury

Bournemouth Road


Forget cheap gas


Something is seriously wrong with shale gas fracking when thousands of people form protest groups all over the country, with facts emerging from the USA, the European Commission, and scientists realising the dangers and permanent damage to our health and environment.

The French have banned fracking so two French companies Total and GDF want to frack in the UK.

Many councils have announced they will not be bribed including Cheshire East (George Osborne’s constituency).

As for cheap gas - forget it. We were promised cheap gas and oil from the North Sea which never materialised.

Lancashire County Council is a green authority and must protect its people by refusing permission for this insidious business.

Mr D. Barker

Pine Crescent


Police reputation


In a totalitarian state you do not ask a policeman what the time is; the police visit you at 4 am to tell you your time is up.

There the police are the enemy of the people, a part of the state’s oppressive armoury.

In a liberal western democracy the citizen relies on the police to maintain public order, deal with crime in an impartial way and treat everyone in a fair and unprejudiced manner.

Above all, there needs to be mutual trust between the police and the citizen.

If this is broken or sullied then society is edging towards a very dangerous and deep pit.

Sadly, in recent years this trust has been gradually chipped away as a result of a series of scandals involving the police of which the Hillsborough disaster, the Stephen Lawrence murder and ‘Plebgate’ are the most notorious examples; there are many more lesser examples.

A report based on an independent inquiry into potential corruption in the Metropolitan Police by Mark Ellison, QC, has now revealed a new and very disturbing catalogue of routine abuse of power by the police in order to protect not the public but themselves.

This revelation is all too familiar.

It tallies with a growing public feeling that there is a sizeable element within our police force that increasingly has come to regard self-preservation, economy of the truth and deceit as their right.

Dr Barry Clayton