Recently Poulton was nominated in the Sunday Times as one of the most attractive places to live in Britain.
I have been a resident for 40 years and have seen Wyre Council transform Poulton from a pretty village into a mini Blackpool attracting stag and hen parties from all over Lancashire.
Wyre Council has been committed to approving every licensing application and Poulton is now overflowing with pubs, restaurants, late night bars and clubs.
The result of this is an influx of drinkers from all over Lancashire and this in turn has a number of consequences.
Fighting - I have seen brawls on the street in broad daylight and in the evening.
Drug abuse and dealing - I have witnessed people taking drugs in bars and pubs around Poulton and I have seen drug dealing on street corners at various times throughout the day.
Vandalism - shop windows have been smashed on many occasions meaning residents can’t walk their dogs because glass is scattered across streets.
Other anti-social behaviour - drunk people are seen urinating in the street during the day while families are out and about.
Residents’ gardens near the town centre also become littered with bottles, glass and the remnants of takeaway meals.
The answer is not more police on the streets or additional CCTV cameras, as that just adds to the cost of already high council tax bills that residents pay.
The answer is to close down a number of bars especially the late night ones.
With the exception of local teenagers earning a pittance to serve drinks or collect glasses, residents have not benefited from Wyre Council’s relentless approval of applications.
Within a quarter of a mile radius, there are five traditional pubs, one night club, five late night bars and a social club. Not forgetting 11 restaurants where drink is served!
When pressed by another resident about this situation a local councillor said Poulton was a ‘vibrant place’ to which the resident replied, ‘you mean violent not vibrant.’
Something drastic needs to be done and questions raised to the reasoning behind the council’s policy and a plan needed to reverse it.
GIVE CLUB SEVERE PENALTY
I was dismayed by the inept policing of the abandoned match at Blackpool, over two weeks ago.
There were enough stewards and police to prevent the continued occupation of the centre circle by the Blackpool fans.
After 20 minutes, the stewards could have formed a line and used gentle persuasion to move the 300 fans back to their seats.
A few dogs would certainly have had the desired effect, and the four mounted police outside the entrance to the away end would not have damaged that pitch!
Instead , the police were only intent on keeping the Huddersfild Town fans in place.
This shabby episode will have repercussions.
No football fan should enter the field of play, and the club’s inadequate stewarding should be punished by the FA.
Unless a severe fine , or better still, 10-point deduction is given to Blackpool, a precedent will be set that allows fans to stop a game whenever they choose, something the police failed to grasp when attempting to enforce the rule of law.
I and my fellow Huddersfield Town fans were ‘cheated’ .
CRACK DOWN ON BULLYING
I was walking through the park just off Bristol Avenue in Bispham, when I met two young girls, I knew from sight and they said ‘hello’ to me.
They told me they were still getting bullied every day and that this had been happening for over a year now.
They looked very upset when they were telling me the actions of these people who as everyone knows are just big cowards who have people to back them up.
I hope something can be done about this so that their days of bullying can come to an end.
ANNE FRANK EXHIBITION
Really pleased to read in The Gazette last week about the Anne Frank history display project at South Shore Academy.
It is 70 years since the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp death of Anne Frank which coincides with the end of the Second World War.
The pupils and teachers who researched and created this history display should step forward and take a bow.
Only a few years ago the former Palatine School was struggling with results and with the recognised challenges it faced as a local authority run school.
This successful history project demonstrates South Shore Academy has turned a corner and is positively educating young scholars of the future.