Letters - September 10, 2015

Caring for the elderly
Caring for the elderly
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Why are the over-80s being ignored?

When it comes to health checks why, I wonder, are octogenarians excluded?

The Gazette has recently announced (a) a health MOT check limited to 40-74, and (b) an advert by Cancer Research for a bi-annual test to spot bowel cancer, ages 60-74.

Add to this the well known Michael Parkinson TV ad offering health insurance – up to 70 plus – but below 80.

Is it further proof that the health watchdogs (and the NHS) are not concerned about the health of the over-70s because they are deemed to have (as the TV comedy states) One Foot In The Grave anyway?

Neil Kendall

Stamford Avenue

South Shore


Ambulance sirens pose a health risk

Why do ambulances have louder sirens than police cars? Must be at least 10 decibels, and unwary pedestrians have a near heart attack when, unseen, they approach from behind and fire up ten yards away. I am partially deaf, but they have given me a fright.

Recently, when this occurred again, a lady on a walking frame just yards away when surprised by the ambulance siren, froze and wobbled a little.

I grabbed her before she was ready to topple. I escorted her to her nearby home. Her daughter was worried the incident may have affected her recently fitted pacemaker.

I suggested she contact A & E and hope they don’t come full siren blaring.

Kevin Gooder

Clinton Avenue



Councillors can cut their allowances

The best way this council can start raising the £20m is to give back the pay rise they gave themselves earlier this year.

None of them deserve a pay rise because they do nothing for the general public that I can see.

Roads are in bad need of repair, the airport needs saving, and the sea defences need repairing.

Say no to some of these new hotel plans till later, and give the hotels we have in the resort a chance to pick up.

I think the amount each of the councillors gave themselves as a pay rise was a complete disgrace, and they should be ashamed of themselves when you have people and good businesses in this resort that money could of helped .

I hope all you councillors are proud of yourselves.

Philip Butterworth

via email


Tenants should be compensated too

I am a tenant in a house of multiple occupancy in Blackpool and am responsible for my own electricity through a payment card meter.

Whilst I agree with you that the compensation offered to homeowners is lacking, surely us, as non-home owners, who have had to use more electricity to boil water while the ban was in effect should also be compensated.

W Macleod

The Promenade



Keep informed on perils of meningitis

Meningitis Research Foundation is encouraging the public to take up new free meningitis vaccines for babies, teenagers and first time university students during Meningitis Awareness Week (September 14-20).

On September 1, the UK introduced the world’s first comprehensive vaccination programme for babies against meningococcal B (MenB) meningitis and septicaemia into the UK’s immunisation programme, while a meningococcal ACWY vaccination programme began in August for 14 to 18 year old schoolchildren and 19 to 25 year olds at university.

However, we wish to remind the public that not everyone is eligible for the vaccines, and some forms of the disease are not covered by them, so it is vital that people are still aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

For details about meningitis, septicaemia and vaccination, call MRF’s Freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344 or log on to www.meningitis.org

Christopher Head

Chief Executive, Meningitis Research Foundation


Support your local heritage group

The Friends of Little Marton Mill played host to a Windmill Night for the Blackpool Civic Trust, a visit that has meant so much to our friends group!

Being able to celebrate our Blue Plaque, made possible by Joan Humble, chairman of the Civic Trust and the council was the icing on our cake.

We’d like to give a big thank you from the Friends, for a great turn-out from Civic Trust members, who donned bob caps and took the tours to the top of the mill.

All our hard work and enthusiasm has at last paid off by the many visitors we get each month.

The mill is now focused on our Heritage Open Day on Sunday, September 13, bringing our industrial past alive with our new exhibits, and recreated machinery made possible by enthusiasts Geoff Pope and Bruce Allen.

We would like to encourage the public to take a turn around the Fylde’s three mills, Lytham, Marsh and Little Marton Mill on the heritage days as support for all the volunteers who work on promoting our surviving industrial past, for the future generations to enjoy.

Shirley Matthews

The Friends of the Little Marton Windmill