Letters: 11/02/14

Frontierland Site Plans.
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Letters from this week’s Visitor.

Not more car parking please

Having seen the Opus plans for the Frontierland site, I really can’t see the point of what they’re proposing to build there.

Their proposal includes the following.

1) Retail units for big name fashion stores. Hasn’t Morecambe got enough empty shops already?

2) Three hundred and seventy six parking spaces close to seafront. Most of the central prom area is nothing but car parks full of empty space with people not visiting the empty shops.

3) Hotel with sweeping views of the bay. The prom has hotels and B&Bs all along it. Isn’t there plans to close and knock down the Broadway Hotel? Why knock one down only to build another?

4) Family pub facing on to Morecambe Bay. What is The Ranch House?

5) Restaurants with space for eating outside. Again, I think there are enough of these on the prom, some permanently closed ones, too.

6) Access for customers. Quite important for business.

7) Improved pedestrian and cycle links from the promenade to Morecambe Town Centre through the site. I’m not sure if Central Drive has reached maximum capacity yet. 8) Potential residential care home. What, another old folks home in Morecambe.

Come on, give us a tourist attraction in a seaside resort, I think it might just attract tourists.

Not some nondescript development that you can see in any other town in the UK.

Michael Broome

Levens

Full address supplied

Don’t rebuff the voters

There are approximately 1,600 cities and towns in England and only a select few make up the 92 clubs in the Football League, including the “fat cats” that pretend to be lovers of football in the Premier League.

Can you believe that a tiny place like Morecambe is one of this elite group? With the smallest budget in professional football you would expect the team to finish 24thto their big brothers like Bristol, population 430,000, and Northampton, population200,000 and take their place in a lower league.

That is not an option at the Globe Arena which is a fantastic facility and one that receives praise from every visiting team and where the hospitality is second to none. Many scouts and officials say they get better treatment at Morecambe than at Premier League clubs but that is not surprising when you consider the set-up at the club.

Jim Bentley and his management team plus players and staff work tirelessly to achieve success that I describe as staying in the league. His hands are tied to a great extent by his budget and just a few hundred more fans through the turnstiles would make a huge difference to the club lifting their average attendance of around 1,900 to perhaps 2,500.

The publicity that the town receives from this football membership cannot be quantified but local businesses undoubtedly benefit from the name of Morecambe being mentioned every Saturday on television.

Beware though the trapdoors of relegation that threaten to pull clubs down into the lower leagues where the figh t to regain league status is unrelenting and where budgets far in excess of Morecambe’s do not guarantee automatic promotion back to the promised land.

There are countless leagues in the football pyramid waiting to welcome with open arms teams that stumble through the trapdoor in any season and clubs like Stockport County, Barrow, Workington and Glossop North End are proof of that.

There must be many supporters who have got out of the habit of watching their team on a Saturday afternoon but why not give the club another chance and come down to the Globe and enjoy the game, food and hospitality and catch up with Jim and the players after the game in the bar – something else that is unique to Morecambe, players, management and directors.

Terry Ainsworth

Bolton-le-Sands

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Not enough things to do

I just wanted to write a short article on what I and many other people who live or visit Morecambe think of this rubbish town.

I personally think that the mayor or whoever is in charge of this town should start making a difference by making the town look better.

Even people from Lancaster don’t want to visit Morecambe. There is nothing to do in this town at all. No wonder there are drug users and alcoholics and young parents.

I’m a young parent myself and the reason to that being there’s nothing to do in Morecambe.

They should build new places for which people of all ages can get involved in.

Name and address supplied

Bonfire of our services

I am following Eric Pickles, David Morris and this Tory Government’s bonfire of local authorities financial settlements keenly.

Not a week goes by, where local residents and communities have to endure another assault on their public services due to this Government’s failure to act fairly or responsibly.

This week it is the devastating 40 per cent cut of over £300 million of our county council’s budget which is leaving the council with impossible choices between transport, social care, education and the environment. With this scale of cuts, there is nowhere to turn and now vital transport services are at risk.

I have been listening to residents like Anne, who tells me: “My pensioner friend at Warton will be trapped in her home. Like many people, she doesn’t have a car, has no family around her and cannot afford taxis. Of course, if people at Westminster could relate to any of this, it wouldn’t be happening.”

Anne is right and if Eric Pickles, David Cameron or any other of the millionaires in this Government actually had to catch buses late at night with no money for taxis, instead of having their chauffeur-driven cars at their beck and call, they would not have agreed to slashing millions from council budgets when ordinary people are already suffering with prices rising higher then wages.

I have met with County Coun John Fillis and other county councillors to share Anne’s and other residents’ stories. I am working with them to look into ways to help protect services wherever possible, whilst ensuring that the funding structures are sustainable.

The last Tory County Council administration let costs spiral out of control and we need to ensure that public money is not being used to subsidise the profits of private bus companies.

We are actively working together to look into quality partnerships and contracts as a way of promoting sustainable funding into the future.

I am fighting for an arrangement that protects the elderly and often the most isolated in our communities, not just the privileged elite.

Amina Lone

Labour Parliamentary 
candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale

Get your facts right

In response to Mr Hughes’s letter (The Visitor, January 28) I can only suggest this is not the first time he has not got his facts correct.

Morecambe Town Council has been engaged with the local community, the city council and also county council. He offers new ideas and then expects everybody else to both agree and tax payers to fund them without any discussion as to their viability.

He wants the accolades without doing the real work!

I recall the marina & the Olympiadathon. Much needed developments for Morecambe but have subsequently disappeared.

David Kerr

Chair of Morecambe Town Council

Not singing of an Inuit

I wish to protest most strongly about the mention of a vicar and a parochial church council in the Lawlessly Yours column on January 28.

Mr Lawless should get his facts right. I wasn’t singing a long narrative ballad about an Inuit lady called Ellen, it was a selection of rugby songs; and it was the choir not the PCC who guided me back to the vicarage.

Rev David L Heap

Vicar of St Christopher

Bare


Coming to my rescue

I would like to thank the two ladies and two nurses who came to my aid on Wednesday, January 29, near the Co-op on Westgate.

Doris Farr

Thonock Road

Morecambe

Cruelty-free cosmetics

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We are requesting the UK government makes good on its pledge to introduce a ban so sign our petition at www.crueltyfreeinternational.org and by writing to their local MP.

Michelle Thew

Chief executive 
Cruelty Free International