Letters - September 29, 2015

The former Syndicate nightclub before its demolition ' could it become a celebrity-themed hotel?
The former Syndicate nightclub before its demolition ' could it become a celebrity-themed hotel?
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Council should use site for ‘star’ hotel

While I agree with Blackpool Council asking for help with cutting the annual budget, I am still puzzled by the following: why doesn’t the council run a feasibility study to find out why the public do not use the council-run Talbot Road car park to its maximum potential to make more money? Secondly why do they want to close a much-used car park in the same area to build a hotel?

As a visitor to Blackpool, I cannot imagine anyone wanting to stay in this part of town. Whereas they already own the old ABC/Syndicate site, which many agree would be an ideal place for a top quality hotel, close to theatres, the Winter Gardens, restaurants and shops.

Plus, with all the history of the site, they would be able to give the hotel developers lots of great ideas – themed floors, named after stars who appeared there, even suites named after some of the more famous stars and endless photos to fill each named floor, reception and, no doubt, a star-filled bar.

Somewhere, no doubt, that many visitors would want to stay, especially anyone who has visited or worked at this venue in the past.

If only the council would wake up and realise they are sitting on a goldmine with this site, and ensure the demolition work is carried out quicker than is happening at present.

We are told that the old materials etc are being recycled, but for the amount of time being taken, it must surely be costing far more in labour costs.

Listen to the public for once on this occasion; build your hotel where it makes sense and money – now that would be progress!

Karen Pennington



Browne tune is a green anthem

Regarding the letter from D Barker (Your Say, September 25), may I suggest that a number of anti-fracking groups might wish to adopt, as their anthem, the very powerful and prophetic song by Jackson Browne called Before The Deluge.

To paraphrase a line: “How the people who learned to forge the Earth’s beauty into power, were shocked by the magnitude of ‘her fury’ (earthquakes) in the final hour ... after the deluge!”

Ron Strickland

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Musical show was a dream of an outing

I was very disappointed to read Anna Cryer’s scathing review of Dreamboats and Miniskirts in The Gazette on Friday, September 25, as my husband, sister and myself had bought tickets for the matinee performance on Saturday.

I needn’t have worried – Dreamboats and Miniskirts is a great sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats. It was a good storyline – we’re not expecting an Agatha Christie type plot for this show, which was full of great singing, great music and some comedy.

All in all, a super way to spend a Saturday afternoon (or any other afternoon or evening!) in the beautiful Grand Theatre.

I hope you’ll print this to put the record straight!

Gill Clapham

Rockingham Road



We need crackdown on mobile phones

I have just walked from the Oxford Square to Tesco along Preston New Road, which took me around 30 minutes.

In the course of that short walk, I saw seven drivers using a mobile phone. I don’t know how many I missed, but I’m sure there were some.

What are the police doing all day to make it possible for this to be happening?

I’m sure that if I see that many in the short time I was out, then the police should see a lot more in a full shift on the road in a patrol car.

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We must protect vulnerable children

Of an estimated 12 million Syrians displaced by war, more than half are children, tens of thousands of whom will be fleeing alone. Their parents may have been killed or been separated from them. They may have lost their brothers and sisters or other family members. They have no one to turn to.

The UK’s decision to offer sanctuary to hundreds if not thousands of these children is right; it would be morally indefensible not to. We will then have a solemn responsibility to protect the fragile lives of these traumatised children while they remain in our country’s care.

Our Government should urgently prioritise specialist, tailored care required by the unique circumstances of refugee children. These children need, and deserve, a decent place to live with the right people and support in place for as long as they need it.

As a father of four, I find it difficult to think about the ordeal that these vulnerable children have, and will, live through. We owe it to them, their parents, and to ourselves to treat them as we would want our own children to be treated.

Our hope at Barnardo’s is that the people of the UK can support these children in a meaningful way, helping them to overcome their experiences escaping from war so they can imagine a safe future.

Javed Khan

Barnardo’s Chief Executive