Letters - October 26, 2015

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POLICING

Children must learn they are here to help

The sheer volume of reported assaults on police officers is alarming (Gazette, October 21). People need to learn and understand from a young age that primarily the role of a police officer is to help people.

I can vividly remember on one occasion as a child being horrified at the thought of sitting in the back of a police car with two of my friends. We were caught by a policemen climbing over the wall of the former Co-op milk dairy on George Street. The memory of the policeman’s presence, the tone and fear of his threats to tell our parents has remained with me to this very day.

The very sad death of PC Dave Phillips, killed on duty a few weeks ago in Wallasey, was tragic. The public outrage and sympathy shown demonstrates we are fortunate to have a police force in our communities.

The officer in the street deserves the same kudos and respect as say a firefighter or member of the armed forces might receive from the public.

Unfortunately, you will find some bad practise, and evidence has shown that not all police activity is inherently good. The few ‘bad apples’ ruin it for the good guys.

Blackpool is a resort which inherits a lot of other town’s problems. This is a recognised strain on police. With the Government slashing the police budget by nearly £2billion over the forthcoming years, it means the police need all the support and recognition for their essential service to society.

Stephen Pierre

via email

POLICING

Officers shouldn’t have to face assault

Having been born and raised from early 1950s onwards, police in my native town’s community were to be feared, and God forbid an officer should ever turn up on our doorstep.

Assaulting a police officer just wasn’t thought of, and they knew our parents so if we were approached by an officer, it put the fear of God into us.

I recall being horrified as a kid when given a dressing down by our local policeman, when he found myself and a mate climbing on some scaffolding.

Times have changed and discipline gone right out the window, so even the police aren’t allowed to physically put us in our place, and yet they have to put up with assaults from members of the public (Gazette, October 21).

If an officer approached me I’d be mortified, to say the least, and being from the past generation where police firmly upheld the law, the fact that a spokesman states officers know what to expect and the risks involved shouldn’t include biting, kicking, spitting and a complete disrespect for our police and their quest to keep the public safe, especially when cut backs means less officers on our streets, making it so much harder for those remaining with crime increasing because of it.

Yes, they chose to do the job, but anyone disrespecting or assaulting them should remember that officers also have parents, husbands or wives, siblings or children, just like us and deserve to go home in one piece!

Clifford Chambers

Ashton Road

Blackpool

DEVELOPMENT

No easy solution to the urban sprawl

It seems that many people are confused about the meaning of greenbelt. It is a term that denotes an area of open land surrounding urban areas.

They have been placed there to restrict urban sprawl, to prevent towns merging and to try to encourage the recycling of derelict sites in urban areas.

However, there are also areas known as greenfield sites, these have no protection and are previously undeveloped sites, usually agricultural land.

Finally, brownfield sites may seem like the sensible option to build on, but are not always the favourite of the developer as the site can have possible contamination. Also it can be expensive and difficult in terms of demolition and existing foundations.

The EU has withdrawn its funding of urban regeneration schemes. That said, the choices of sites in the Local Plan are the cheapest for the developers.

Greenbelt and greenfield are eaten up at an alarming rate so developers can make the most profit from the land they buy.

The council promises jobs so they will build businesses on these sites. However, Lancashire is a focus for tourism. Walkers and sightseers flock into our countryside, and help our local farmers survive. By building on our fields, they could destroy our thriving tourist industry. This will expand our urban environment and with it comes numerous problems, pollution, congestion and, of course, crime.

Ms Janet Taylor

via email

ECONOMY

Bankers should face cuts in fair society

It’s just not fair. How about the government makes the cuts where they would have the biggest effect, ie corporate chiefs and bankers who got us all in this mess in the first place?

Jon Thurman

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ECONOMY

Money should go to hard-working folk

It is unacceptable that working people cannot earn enough to make ends meet without tax credits, particularly when the government seems happy to use taxpayers’ money to give business financial incentives. Are these incentives used to ensure employees are paid a decent wage, or simply to improve profits?

Lindsay May

via email