Letters - September 14, 2015

20mph School crossing sign in Burnley
20mph School crossing sign in Burnley
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TRANSPORT

Motorists have been persecuted enough

Just four weeks ago, I read in The Gazette that councils had wasted millions of pounds installing 20mph cameras that do not work.

Now, John Singleton’s article (Politically Correct, September 9) tells us that we have had residents working with the police to “trap drivers that exceed 20mph” in Weeton and Staining.

After these vigilantes have done their job, and the revenue from the fines have been collected, what is Coun Singleton going to do with the money? Are you FINALLY going to put a half-decent road surface down, or better still, are you going to do something about that death trap on the bend where The Plough is?

With the millions of cars on the road, and millions more to come, don’t you think that it would be a good idea to devise a plan that will speed up the traffic, instead of slowing it down to a dead stop?

The motorist is persecuted enough without having this faceless brigade peeping out from behind their net curtains.

But more than that, where is the conscience of these vigilantes?

E Holley

via email

FRACKING

Speaking up for the ‘silent majority’

I am growing tired of the continued anti-fracking correspondence published within your newspaper, and note that many of the same correspondents seem to write on a near daily basis.

There is a large percentage of the local population who are pro-fracking, but are a ‘silent majority’, who fear for the future of the local economy and just want an assurance that ‘the lights will not go out’ .

Many, like myself, have remained silent, probably because the anti-frackers have been very vocal and shown personal opposition to anyone who dares to speak up in favour of fracking. It is for that reason that I wish to retain my anonymity.

As the local economy has declined with the loss of jobs within Aegon Lytham, Axa Lytham, BAE Warton and the Department of Work and Pensions throughout the Fylde, we need new industries to come into the area, so young people have the opportunity to stay on the Fylde coast rather than move to cities for employment or become part of the jobless statistics.

Are we to remain dependent upon Russia for our energy and risk power shortages, or do we try the new energy source, with the guarantees of supplies delivered safely under the watchful eyes of the regulators?

At present Cuadrilla are seeking to explore two Fylde sites, but the company has been granted licences by the Government in other areas, outside of Lancashire. Can we not try to keep this economic advantage local and support this new enterprise – for other areas would gladly welcome Cuadrilla and others?

Name and address supplied

HEALTH

Thanks to those who helped my mum

I am writing in praise and support of Blackpool Victoria Hospital, especially ward 2, and the Trinity Hospice at Home care team.

Because of this excellent service my mother passed away at home, with her family around her. She died peacefully and happily after the doctor, Mr Jose Munez, from Victoria hospital, kindly broke the news she had but days to live because of aggressive cancer and explained the options.

Along with the wonderful Trinity Hospice at Home team, he made sure we were fully informed and helped us understand everything.

This is a pilot scheme with the hospice, and needs to be made permanent at whatever cost.

David Slattery-Christy

Whitegate Drive

Blackpool

ENTERTAINMENT

Our answer to the resort’s critics

I’m very grateful for the support shown for the return of The Blackpool Jazz and Blues Festival next year.

The Winter Gardens is one of the finest venues in the UK to stage a music festival, and I’m very fortunate to have secured the dates at this historic complex for next year.

The jazz and blues festival staged last month was a tremendous success. Our passionate endeavours meet the aims and aspirations of Blackpool’s plans to attract a wider demographic.

Because the seaside resort no longer benefits from a strong 18-week summer season, it is crucial that winter and early season events are encouraged to enhance year round tourism and spending.

I have been inundated with requests from musicians and singers who would like to be involved next year.

I’m particularly pleased with the support shown by the local media and Visit Blackpool.

Staging a jazz and blues festival in Blackpool certainly was an ambitious and risky ploy, but its success was down to voluntary support and collaboration from Blackpool Council offering reduced price parking for the festival.

Next year’s festival will remain a FREE public event with collection donations raised for Trinity Hospice our chosen beneficiary.

The resort has received far too much negative publicity in recent years and the jazz and blues festival is in some ways my ‘two-fingered’ salute to the broadcasters and media who have made an effort to ridicule, and damage the town’s image.

Stephen Pierre

Artistic Director

Blackpool Jazz and Blues Festival