Letters - March 19, 2014

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Talbot Road multi-storey


Are we, the general public on a different plain from council chiefs?

Despite parking charges in the refurbished ex-bus station multi-storey on Talbot Road being slashed to £4.50 for a mere four hours as opposed to £6.50, it is still expensive!

The multi-storey car park in the historical city of Lancaster doesn’t charge that much for four hours.

It’s basically common sense the cheaper the parking charges are, the longer visitors will stay to shop, eat, take part in our resort’s amenities and generally bring extra revenue for local businesses boosting the economy.

So why can’t our council see this?

Is there some sort of status separation that blinds those ‘on high’ so much they’re completely out of touch with their general public, minimum wages, effects of the recession, people’s affordability and how we have to think before we spend our hard earned surplus cash after bills have been paid?

Blackpool isn’t a historic city, it’s a seaside resort, created by its forefathers offering pleasure to people from all walks of life, and to forget for a while, every day life but not to be sent packing due to unaffordable charges and we’re led to believe the council want to attract more visitors.

Clifford Chambers

Ashton Road


* The former bus station multi -storey car park should be booming.

It’s a dry, well lit and secure space place to park.

In all honesty it is local people from the whole of the Fylde coast who should be encouraged to benefit from the use of this car park year round.

The potential revenue lost since it reopened last year is quite shocking.

The roller shutter closed during the day resembles a high security corporate building, and does not look like a short stay car park.

Combined with over ambitious pricing this £6m impressive regenerated building has had little chance to flourish.

Stephen Pierre

Abingdon Street


HMS Bulwark

Join us

Did you ever serve on board any of the light fleet carriers HMS Bulwark, HMS 
Albion or HMS Centaur?

Our association, the HMS Bulwark Albion Centaur Association, is open to anyone who served at any time on these ships.

This year’s major event will be at Sheerness and Chatham in November for centenary commemorations of the sinking of the 5th HMS Bulwark in the Medway in 1914.

For our AGM and social this year, we will be at the Royal Clifton Hotel and Spa in Southport on May 9 to 12.

We run a magazine, run events and also sponsor sea cadets.

Membership is £8 a year. Enquiries should be made to Leigh Easton, Glenmoray, Hayford Place, Cambusbarron, Stirling, FK7 9JX, email ngsfo@tiscali.co.uk or visit www.bulwarkassoc.co.uk

Leigh Easton

Membership Secretary


Health care strategy


I am writing to thank all of your readers who have taken the time to provide feedback on the first draft of our Health and Care Strategy 2030.

We really value the experiences and opinions of local people and are extremely grateful to those who have responded.

We are now using this feedback to inform how we further develop our plans to improve health and health services.

Our intention is to develop a final version of the strategy document for publication in April 2014, and this will be available on our website.

We will also write to all of those who contributed with an update including information about how the feedback from local people has made a difference.

Dr Tony Naughton

Clinical Chief Officer

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group

Clapping along at show


We went along to the Grand Theatre last Saturday to watch The Whittaker School of Dance and Drama production of The World At Your Feet.

Wow, what a show!

From the tiny tots, who were delightful, to the senior tap and ballet students, who were outstanding.

There must have been at least 160 plus students in the production.

The choreography, costumes and the sheer enthusiasm, not forgetting the talent, was exceptional.

Everyone in the audience was clapping along and tapping their feet with enjoyment.

Name and address supplied

Long term energy needs

Quick fix?

The Government acknowledges fracking is no more than a 40-year fix.

If, before it issued the first licence, it presented convincing plans to begin, right now, providing for our energy needs once the shale is sucked dry, I would support fracking.

My concern is not earth tremors or flaming taps; it’s my grandchildren.

Joe Paley

Osborne Road

St Annes