Letters- May 13, 2014

FREE RUNNING One reader does not want to see the traffic lights re-introduced at the St Walburga's Road roundabout
FREE RUNNING One reader does not want to see the traffic lights re-introduced at the St Walburga's Road roundabout
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Ditch the lights

For years, I have thought those who made decisions concerning the roads in Blackpool either didn’t live in Blackpool or didn’t drive!

At last, someone has used common sense in relation to the roundabout at St Walburga’s Road.

It is amazing how removing probably more than 20 traffic lights has had such a positive affect upon free-moving traffic.

Think of all the fuel saved by motorists not having to wait for the lights to change – think of the electricity saved by not having to power the lights themselves – think of the savings by not having to service them. I could never understand why they were put there in the first place.

Please, please, please don’t put them back – let the free running roundabout remain.

As they say, don’t mend it when it is not broken.

Name and address 


Great War idea

Plant poppies

I would just like to say what a great idea it is to plant poppy seeds to mark the centenary of the First World War.

I see some of the Fylde parish councils and schools are taking part in the Royal British Legion initiative advertised on their website. If planted around June 1, they should be in bloom for August 4, the anniversary of the start of that terrible war.

J Nicholls


Speed matters

Observe the limit

In response to the web view expressed by Welsh Lady (Your Say, May 7), where she states “The bottom line is nobody is breaking the law – 30mph is the national speed limit. 20mph is only a recommended speed”. From this, it is clear that she has little knowledge of the Highway Code.

As I am sure the majority of readers will know, the National Speed Limit to which she refers is indicated by a white, circular sign with a diagonal black stripe, and – for a car – allows a maximum speed of 70mph on a dual carriageway, and 60mph on a single carriageway.

She is getting confused with rule 124 – “The presence of street lights generally means that there is a 30mph (48km/h) speed limit unless otherwise specified”.

Crucially, the last three words are what she is choosing to ignore – “unless otherwise specified”.

As the 20 mph areas all carry circular white signs with a red border – signs which give orders – the speed limit must be complied with. Failure to do so is an offence, and may lead to prosecution.

Phil Deegan

Mariners Close

Exhibition success

Holocaust voices

I should like to thank everyone who supported the exhibition of children’s art from Terezin at the Island Cinema in St Anne’s.

We have received some wonderful letters from visitors, especially as the exhibition was organised at short notice.

The Jewish Museum in Prague has given me permission to bring the exhibition back for the Lytham 1940’s Festival on 16 and 17 August.

I hope that anyone who missed the event will be able to view the children’s art work which tries to give a voice to the youngest victims of the Holocaust.

Brian Devlin

Children’s War Museum

Through the mill

No police station

I was rather bemused and disappointed after reading about the suggestion to use Lytham Windmill as a base during the summer months for the police as the “windmill is currently unoccupied for most of the year”.

The Windmill is open every year from Easter through to September, and has attracted more than 20,000 visitors per year over many years.

It is by far the most important landmark in Fylde, and the council and the heritage group has worked extremely hard over the years to develop a fantastic museum, spread over four floors, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

As far as I am aware, it is also the only tourist information office in Lytham.

The Windmill is open to the public Wednesday through to Sunday and open for groups and school parties on Mondays and Tuesdays.

It is featured on many local trade adverts and backdrops for commercial events, it is photographed by thousands of people... need I go on?

I am pleased we have a landmark of this kind. It is here for visitors and residents and we are proud of it.

By the way, there is no parking other than on the roads and car parks close by, but this is obvious, as it’s on the Green!

May I suggest that, if an unoccupied building in the heart of activities is wanted for the police, then re-open the underground toilets on the piazza in Lytham.

They are in the heart of the bars, restaurants, and shops, the only downside being you may have to spend a penny for the use.

Karen Donley