Letters - November 12, 2012

Flooding in Preesall.
Flooding in Preesall.
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MY mother finally returned to her home in Skippool Road a week or so ago after being flooded out at the end of August due to the unprecedented weather that month.

I would like to publicly thank firstly Coun Ramesh Gandhi who attended my mother’s house within an hour of it being flooded and worked hard on her behalf to ensure that measures were put in place so that her home did not flood again.

Secondly we were impressed by the superb efforts of Nick Robinson and his team from Fleetwood Fire Station who worked hard to pump the water out of my mother’s property, all the time being so thoughtful and helpful.

Lastly Paul Snape and the team at Lancashire County Council have undertaken a number of works in the road and pavement outside to hopefully prevent a recurrence.

A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone, including family, friends, church members and neighbours.



I AM not a member of any political party, I have no association with the police force and I do not know any of the candidates.

Having read the information available on the web at “Choose my PC”, I found it surprising that in the statements from the four candidates, only one of them gave any information indicating his qualifications and experience.

This is a major appointment with a huge budget, with wide ranging powers and where the decisions made will affect us all.

We need to know the appointee has the necessary abilities, qualifications and expertise for the tasks ahead.

All the candidates outline their aspirations, which are all very well, but having the expertise and the ability to carry them out is absolutely essential.

All of the candidates may have the business acumen and be well qualified for the post, but only one thought it necessary to give that information.

We should not need to know their ‘political’ affiliations, unless this is a political appointment.

The public have the right to expect adequate, relevant information before being asked to make such an important decision.



A FEMALE driver who joined the traffic in front of me at a mini roundabout the other evening had forgotten to turn on her lights.

I repeatedly flashed my headlamps to warn her of her oversight.

My reward, as I pulled up at traffic lights behind her, was a wound-down window and a vile greeting of several V signs from her extended hand which was holding a cigarette at the time.

Her car was still in darkness when she pulled away and turned off, so I hope she managed to get home without being stopped by the police for her foolishness.


IN response to your article, ‘Calls to limit betting shops’ (Gazette November 7), we were disappointed to read about concerns from Labour councillors on the number of betting shops in deprived areas in Blackpool.

Our members operate highly regulated and responsible businesses and do not take advantage of customers or target them in deprived areas.

Like any other retailer considering the opening of new shops they look at a range of factors including demand, footfall, rates and competitor presence.

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) believes the existing dual licensing regime requiring licences from the regulator as well as the local authority offers enough protection to local communities.

We do take our responsibilities towards protecting the young and vulnerable seriously, as was illustrated by the local council’s test purchasing exercise in the summer in Blackpool which showed 100 per cent compliance with age verification.

It is wrong to suggest people in deprived areas only gamble to chase the easiest way of making some money.

The vast majority of our customers enjoy spending their leisure time in our shops, which are part of the community, and they bet safely and responsibly.

And Blackpool’s bookies employ over 200 people in these areas and across the North West, over 5,000 jobs have been created by betting shops.

Bookmakers are also one of the largest employers of young people and women in the country.

We were pleased to note the article indicated the ABB had responded pro-actively to the council’s consultation and we would invite Councillors Jones and Wright to discuss any issues with us and our members locally.


Chief Executive


More than 250,000 tonnes of dog faeces is deposited each year on our parks and fields. At least 100,000 tonnes is just left there.

What we must do to help this is ban dogs from all parks and football fields.

I play for a local team and the referee has had to call off some of our matches which is so sad because we end up playing on the streets and getting ourselves in trouble.

There should be a total ban from going on these places and get us back on the fields and off the streets, it is so sad dogs get right of way and we have to suffer.

I think children should come first and not all this filth we have to pick up, it’s wrong.


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