Proper parking strategy needed
With Blackpool Airport now becoming an enterprise zone, one thing I believe should be looked at is parking on the existing business park.
In the past it has been suggested that a car park for workers is created, but nothing has happened.
There were complaints about parking on the roads and yellow lines were put down.
Some were later removed to allow parking on some roads including Avroe Crescent.
But this picture illustrates how poorly planned this strategy is. It looks like some yellow lines have been put in, but they could not be completed due to the parked cars.
As a result there is parking on both sides of Avroe Crescent, close to the junction with Amy Johnson Way.
This makes it very dangerous for traffic using this junction.
It also illustrates just why highways chiefs need to sit down and consider a proper parking plan for the whole site.
If the enterprise zone does hopefully attract even more companies to this area, it will certainly be needed.
Name and address supplied
Caring for animals abroad
The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) is encouraging holidaymakers to do their homework before they go abroad to help working animals in the tourism industry.
Thousands of donkeys, horses, mules and camels transport holidaymakers on excursions every year, but despite their relentless hard work, many are poorly treated, neglected and beaten by their owners.
To help improve the welfare of these animals, their ‘Holiday Hooves’ guide gives tourists simple tips on how to choose only healthy and well cared for animals for excursions like donkey rides, horse and carriage tours and camel safaris.
The guide also provides information on how people can complain to national tourism boards if they are concerned about animals.
To get hold of your free Holiday Hooves guide call 0300 033 4999, visit www.spana.org/tourism or write to SPANA, 14 John Street, London, WC1 2EB.
This hardworking organisation has a membership and new members are always welcome.
Moor Park Avenue
Piers need attention
I agree with Robin Duke (The Duke March 25) something needs to be done with the piers, especially with the North Pier.
It is an absolute disgrace, the seats down the side of the pier are filthy, there are pigeon droppings and they are not fit to sit on.
The pier also needs a resurface. I do not know what tourists think.
I was there last summer and although it was a beautiful day there were very few people about.
Make election relevant
Too many young people do not see the relevance of politics to their present or their future lives.
What needs to happen is for politicians to work to find out what matters to young people.
Some local authorities have imaginative programmes with schools to involve young people in council debates.
Schools, understandably, may be reluctant to open their doors to politicians but there seems to me a case for them to invite candidates to meet sixth formers for an informed discussion.
At its heart politics is concerned with the sort of society that we want.
At present there is a scandal of too many unemployed young people, tuition fees that are outrageously high encouraging, indeed demanding, that young people live their lives in debt, and the impossibility for so many of ever being able to buy a house. Politics matters.
Generations fought to get the vote.
We are in danger of becoming an indifferent democracy that allows others to manage our lives.
Politics matters – and it ought to start with finding out what matters to young people and involving them in this sort of political debate.
Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University
High energy bills are a big problem for many people locally, especially at this time of year. 1.6 million children in the UK live in fuel poverty, and this winter one older person will die of cold every seven minutes.
Meanwhile the Big Six energy companies are making billions in profits and have failed to pass on recent cost-savings.
It’s clear that privatisation has been a disaster – yet our government is using our aid budget to promote this failed approach in countries like Nigeria, where the result has been higher prices, blackouts and job losses.
We can and should use aid money to improve people’s lives.
But this will only happen if it’s used in the right way.