Letters - October 13, 2015

The National Reassurance Policing Project taking place near Laycock Gate. Working in the clean-up operation are Barry Perkins and Peter Davidson (right) from Blackpool council's street cleansing division. / clearing litter
The National Reassurance Policing Project taking place near Laycock Gate. Working in the clean-up operation are Barry Perkins and Peter Davidson (right) from Blackpool council's street cleansing division. / clearing litter
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ENVIRONMENT

We need patrols 
to combat litter

Interesting to read that the council are prepared to spend £24.500 on a strategy to rid the streets of rubbish (Gazette, October 10).

Firstly, I doubt that the locals are dropping litter –who goes into Blackpool these days for a night on the prom?

Secondly, the comment made by another reader that Sunday morning was awash with litter on the promenade, I’m sure it was, and probably due to the fact that the litter bins scattered around were already full to capacity!

I’ve walked many a day on a Saturday afternoon along the prom and the bins are full.

You will never educate a drunk, after several pints and a chippy supper, to comply with the signs and bins already in place.

Council, wake up again, spend this money on extra patrols to clean up!

Kevin Hill

The Nook

Staining

ENVIRONMENT

Get offenders to do 
a prom litter pick

More dustbins would alleviate some of the problems of litter on the prom, as to a solution, would it not be possible to have supervised teams of prisoners from Kirkham open prison, and those offenders who are sentenced to do community work, to empty the dustbins, and sweep the promenade?

Say a 6am start, fresh air, exercise, back before breakfast,with a feeling that they have done something useful in creating a clean town that all can be proud of.

Jennifer Roberts

Norbreck Road

Blackpool

POLICING

Officers are needed on the front line

Whilst I support the Jobs Friends and Houses (JFH) scheme, what I do not agree with is the involvement of two qualified police officers (Gazette, October 10).

Surely these roles could be carried out by police staff, thus maintaining the police involvement?

Every day, you hear that there are not enough police on the streets, yet here we are using two such resources to carry out what is basically and office job.

They should be out on the streets doing the job they were trained for. How many more resources are being utilised in other such roles that we do not know about?

In these days of cutbacks, every resource should be carrying out “proper” police work, which was hopefully what their intention was when they initially joined.

Janet Hardy

via email

DEPRIVATION

Mr Maynard should support, not snipe

It was a curious statement from Paul Maynard, Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP to say that blaming the government for its cuts is a lazy argument (Resort failing to help poor, says MP, Gazette, October 9).

It seems he does not have a wider view of the overall problems that seaside towns face. As well as the cuts, seaside towns have faced economic challenges for years as a result of changes in tourism.

Mr Maynard fails to understand that studies of the 37 largest seaside towns in the country found they are, on average, more disadvantaged, due to lack of full-time work compared to the rest of the country.

Seaside towns share more common characteristics which present challenges. Disproportionate levels of an aging population, of worklessness, associated with seasonal trade, together with associated poor health and other low wage, low-skilled jobs all impact on the quality of life for residents.

If Mr Maynard had a wider knowledge of the range of problems facing local people affected by low wages, redundancies inflicted by loss of work through local government cuts, and the severe impact that transient populations have on the town’s resources, then perhaps he would be more supportive of our council.

Dealing with the impact on services that central government cuts have caused, in addition to the long-term issues, is problematic.

The impact on resources such as lower police numbers, welfare services, health and education rests on the shoulders of a council, trying to balance these services without the money to do so! Mr Maynard needs to stop criticising.

Roy Lewis

via email

ENTERTAINMENT

Tommy’s star is not dimmed by time

I was sorry to read in the Gazette that Mr David Riding was disappointed with The Glen Miller Story (Your Say, October 10).

As my husband and myself were going to the show that night, we were a little apprehensive. However, we needn’t have worried, as we thoroughly enjoyed every minute and thought it was a wonderful performance with a superb cast, including Tommy Steele.

I appreciate Tommy is playing a part much younger than himself, but this is live theatre, and there is such a thing as poetic licence. As opposed to watching TV or films, when seeing a live performance, part of the pleasure is in using one’s imagination a little. I was so engrossed in the show, enjoying the music and dancing, that the age of the performers was irrelevant.

Judging by the applause and cheers at the end of the performance, I think we were of the majority with this view.

Ann Fortt

Rathlyn Avenue

Layton