Letters - October 14, 2011

Blackpool Councillor 'Coun Norman Hardy
Blackpool Councillor 'Coun Norman Hardy
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COUN Norman Hardy said he believes an outdoor smoking ban cannot be enforced (The Gazette August 22), and that he cannot see how smoking in the open air can be detrimental to non-smokers.

Fylde Euro MP Paul Nuttall also criticised the whole idea and said he did not believe anyone, young or old, would be affected at all.

So, why has Blackpool Council now erected signs at the entrance to the Solaris Centre grounds stating you are entering a smoke free zone? (The Gazette October 11)

What we need is education on the effects of smoking, not heavy-handed rules from bureaucrats who want to dictate on every aspect of our lives.

These signs will certainly attract visitors’ attention – about half of whom I reckon are smokers.

Just don’t wait for their return in the future.


Gill Court,


THREE ugly signs have been put up in the Solaris saying “no smoking in these grounds” but why shouldn’t the elderly sit in the garden and smoke?

Why shouldn’t cafe customers sit in the fresh air and smoke with their coffee?

Stop wasting our money.

ALAN ACKROYD (non smoker)

New South Promenade,


THE news we are at an advanced stage in re-opening the Fleetwood railway line for commercial and freight use is very encouraging.

It was also encouraging to see Coun MacNaughton rightly rubbish the ill conceived attempts by the Poulton and Wyre Railway Society (PWRS) to seize the railway for their use (the Gazette, September 29).

PWRS must understand the value of the line in developing the local economy must take precedence over their ambitions to play heritage trains.

But if the railway (when opened) is to flourish, it needs a sustained demand. What better way to bring this about than restoring Fleetwood’s Isle of Man ferries?

I urge the council to immediately set up talks with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and the Manx government to do just that.

That means any suggestion a tram museum be placed at the site of the berths must be prevented; simply place it elsewhere.

Fleetwood’s only hope to resurrect former prosperity lies with a joint rail and ferry restoration and not £2m squandeed on a glorified shed replete with Blackpool Transport cast-offs on the site of the berths.

The said amount of money being spent on restoring a ferry/rail connection would surely yield far greater economic benefits than a tram museum.

Public interest, must take priority and only then could enthusiasts’ ambitions be allowed to come to the fore.


Windsor Terrace,