Blackpool could have future in aviation
Having read the editorials in the Gazette regarding Blackpool airport, I feel Coun Tony Williams made some very valid remarks.
I do not want to get political, but like many ordinary residents along the Fylde coast, I still feel very annoyed at the way Balfour Beatty and Blackpool Council have mismanaged the airport.
Coun Blackburn once said that “the people of Blackpool would not support the council to buy the airport due to the financial restraints being put on them by the Government”, however, they can borrow to pay for a five-star hotel.
Rob Green of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre economic development company was quoted as saying: “People have to understand we were not overrun with air operators queuing to come to Blackpool.”
Well, Mr Green, that is because they have never attended any route development markets that are regularly held across Europe.
I am in favour of the enterprise zone if it is to bring the jobs and skills as promised, but Blackpool airport has a future for all kinds of aviation if the right mix of routes are available. We are supposed to be Britain’s premier seaside resort, so routes from some UK and Irish airports would be popular.
Newquay, another small airport, has just scrapped its airport development fee and, guess what, Ryanair has announced it is to resume flights again.
I hope commercial aviation can resume on a larger scale, but I believe you have to firstly provide the infrastructure that an operational airport provides to bring outside investment and business to the area.
Only time will tell.
We have to stand up to school bullies
I witnessed a serious case of intimidation and harassment of a local schoolgirl this week, which reminded me of a witchcraft persecution.
A throng of girls and a boy were following and jeering another girl while she was pleading for them in vain to desist.
What is worse is that the teenage boy was filming her discomfiture, probably for later amusement.
I phoned the school in question and they confirmed the girl’s parents had contacted them to register a complaint of intimidation.
The incident happened at a busy bus stop in Bispham, and many drivers must have seen what was going on. It is up to responsible adults to intervene where necessary in cases such as this, not to walk on the other side of the road.
Most of us now know that childhood mental illness is reaching epidemic proportions. A child’s life can be severely impacted by peer bullying of this type, and create phobias of one sort or another.
We know Blackpool is a town severely impacted by recession, austerity and social deprivation. We have to point out that such behaviour is completely intolerable if we are not going to witness the same gang culture emerging that afflicts other deprived towns and cities in the UK.
We can’t wait for a vision in Blackpool
Regarding Paul Maynard’s response to my letter about his lack of understanding for the plight of the poor in Blackpool (Your Say, Gazette, October 17), I must correct his comments, as I have never been a candidate in Warbreck Ward.
I have been a councillor, and did my share of representing my local community. It concerns me, therefore, that he seeks to deride and scorn the Blackpool Council during this period of excessive cuts to the local economy imposed by his government.
Massive job losses have resulted, affecting council jobs, closing nurseries and cutting wages of staff. More welfare services must continue to be cut.
As an MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, he should be showing more support for the council and stand up for Blackpool’s poor.
It is sad that he does not tell David Cameron that to cut more grant funding from the seventh most deprived town in the country would be scandalous!
Instead, he voted for all the cuts to be implemented, including the bedroom tax and the working tax credits that will affect so many working people on low wages.
Mr Maynard, you must support your constituents and tell Cameron enough is enough. I have been a resident of this town for 50 years, so know only too well the problems. We cannot wait another 15years for his vision to materialise. The poor need help now.
Former County Councillor and Blackpool Councillor Roy Lewis
Lorries recycle litter on resort’s streets
If the tax payers in Blackpool are to assist in “Keeping Blackpool Tidy” is the Council going to keep its side of the bargain and ensure the overgrown weeds,shrubs which are apparent on every street in Blackpool are going to be addressed?
How can the tax payers in Blackpool show any pride in our streets when the council have no pride in tackling this problem?
For example, when the cycle path was built on Bloomfield Road, and the “traffic calming” trees and shrubs areas where put in situ, residents where told these areas would be maintained. Surprise surprise, they have not. They are overgrown with weeds and look an eyesore.
Going back to the general litter problem, the worst time for litter on our roads and paths is AFTER the recycling bins are emptied. I and other members of my neighbourhood have witnessed the recycling bags, with paper in, being emptied into the trucks,if any excess falls off the back of the truck,they are not picked up and put into the back of the van just left. What message does this send?