Taxi fare rises costing dear

Queen Victoria Centre, Morecambe
Queen Victoria Centre, Morecambe
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I am writing regarding the extremely high rise in taxi fares.

I have to travel frequently to Morecambe’s Victoria Hospital for treatment, eg: August 30, September 5, which sometimes involves having to go to Lancaster Infirmary for specialist treatment – equipment not available at Morecambe’s Queen Victoria.

Each time it is by taxi there and back. To Lancaster it was £10 each way. I dread the next visit because it’s now higher.

Another example is going just round the corner to Lancaster Road (Spar Shop). I was charged an extra 80p.

Being a pensioner it is hitting me hard and I am certain there are many people in similar circumstances who are disabled like me, for whatever reason, who have no choice but to use taxis.

I cannot walk far unfortunately.

I believe that highlighting this financial impact in The Visitor will make the council sit up and take note.

Winifred Tyson

Michael Place

Morecambe

Dangerous for North

I am appalled at David Morris’ support of Fracking (published August 16) which has been geared, by sections of the Government, towards the North.

It is a dangerous and ecologically unsound process which has no place in any part of Britain, let alone on our own Lancashire doorstep.

What the North needs is progression in industry and finance, and, locally the regeneration of Lancaster and Morecambe as towns with more shops and business lettings being filled.

Our moto of ‘beauty surrounds, health abounds’ does not include earth quakes or carcinogenic chemicals polluting our water.

Mr Morris has lost this household’s vote in future elections.

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Memorial flypast Flight did us to proud

Thank you to everyone who came along to Morecambe Promenade and Williamson Park to view the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypasts over the weekend of August 10/11. Despite the windy weather we all had an excellent view and the Flight did us proud.

The flypasts were arranged by Morecambe and Lancaster RAFA Branch to celebrate the Association’s 70th anniversary.

Another, almost forgotten, 70th anniversary being celebrated was that of a Wings for Victory flight and parade in and over Lancaster in May 1943 which resulted in 77 Squadron being re-named No. 77 Lancaster’s Own Squadron.

A selection of photographs of the occasion can be viewed on our branch website http://rafamorecambe andlancaster9.webnode.com/.

If anyone has any other photos of the event, especially the Dakota on the Saturday or the Lancaster over Lancaster on the Sunday, I’d be really grateful if they could email them to me at latinisaint1@tiscali.co.uk.

Jane Latin

Secretary

Morecambe and Lancaster RAF Association

Stick to Salt Ayre

I am very concerned as to how soon someone will be injured by the growing fast cyclists using the prom and weaving between leisure strollers, families and the aged.

Many of these riders are not pure cyclists but posers. You can tell the way they ride and the way their machines are set up as it were, straight from the showroom rack.

When I came to live my retirement in Morecambe I was pleased to see a cycle track at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

I have not in eight years seen it used, surely It would be a more suitable place to ride or for the posers is it not flat enough.

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Women were in the wrong

I read Mr Richardson’s letter with anger though not disbelief (Suspicions over snaps, Letters, August 13). Sadly, this sort of thing is not unusual these days, and I should like to give my commiserations to him. What a terrible experience.

Mr Richardson did nothing wrong, and certainly nothing illegal; but the women who accosted him could quite legitimately have been charged with assault.

At the local camera club we are told that under English law:

‘There are no restrictions on taking photographs in a public place or on photography of individuals, whether they are adults or minors;’

‘There is no right to privacy in a public place, although photographers are of course subject to the usual libel laws in the same way as other citizens and should observe them;’

‘Equipment or film may not be confiscated, or images deleted, by any person or officer unless a warrant for such action is issued. Any attempt to do so without a warrant is considered assault.’

If the women concerned did not wish their children to be seen in bathing costumes, then why had they put them on in a public place, where every passer-by was free to stop and look at them?

Mr Richardson was not hiding his actions. He was just a man with a camera who hardly seems to be a prime candidate for the awful crime of which he was accused. Children make excellent photographic subjects, especially when they are playing.

On the other hand, have the women concerned ever considered CCTV cameras? As they go about their daily lives have they even thought about who is watching and photographing them?

Images are being taken of everybody all the time, and not only in public places, but in private areas such as shopping centres.

Do they not worry about what happens to those images? Or who the people are who are manning the cameras?

If parents truly believe that we live in a world full of predatory adults and do not want their children to be photographed, perhaps the best thing they could do would be to keep them at home. But then that is where most child abuse occurs.

As a woman, I do not have quite the same problem. But I am still aware that I should be careful.

Mr Richardson was perhaps naïve to take images of children, but the women seem to have intimidated him in a way that caused him to fear physical harm. That cannot be right.

And to accuse someone in a public place of being a paedophile is surely slander. These women sound to have been spoiling for a fight. It is a pity they did not call the police, as they were definitely in the wrong.

I recently had to warn a visiting Hungarian acquaintance not to take photographs of children. When I explained to him that he might be accosted by angry adults thinking he was up to no good, he was astounded. Indeed, at first he thought I was joking.

Had this sort of attitude had applied over the years, then some of our great photographers, such as Martin Parr, would have been unable to bring to the world their wonderful, unstudied images.

Mr Richardson seems to have handled the situation well, remaining calm under extreme provocation.

But it is a sad world we live in, when an innocent man can be assaulted in a public place in this way.

Parents should remember that not every man with a camera is a paedophile.

Tina Harrup

Morecambe

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