The topics you’ve written to The Visitor this week about are: speeding cyclist, Frontierland, tourism plans, tidal energy, foodbank funding, accurate news reporting, tap water problems
Well, at last a councillor willing to speak up in defence of pedestrians against arrogant bike riders.
I would ask Sheila, one of our better councillors, to please take a look on Morecambe promenade.
It is nothing more than a race track for most of the cyclists using it.
There should be a dividing white line all along the prom defining where cyclists MUST stay and pedestrians kept safely away from it. (New Brighton have it).
Also there should be a speed limit for cyclists as there is in other cities.
I must point out that majority of cyclist (51 per cent) are careful, while others just give the V-sign to anyone remonstrating at them.
It is time now for cyclists to have compulsory hard hats, insurance and a Notre Dame-size bell fitted.
That’ll slow ‘em down.
Terry Howse, Lancaster
FRONTIERLAND: Scrpaing the bottom of the barrel
At last – some people in Morecambe have woken up to the fact the Opus North plans for the old Frontierland site are not as good as first thought.
Instead of M&S, Debenhams or J Lewis we get B&M Bargains. The sound you hear is the scraping of the bottom of the barrel. And does anyone think we will get TK Maxx’s top stuff or the cheap and nasty stuff if they come?
Couple this with a Premier Inn which will close most, if not all, the hotels in the West End, and the very popular and successful business model of the Ranch House pub rejected for yet another dreary pub-restaurant. Things are not looking as good are they?
When this increasingly embarrassing project is built may I suggest the charity shops on Albert Road for better quality? At least your money goes to a good cause.
For Morecambe to ever be taken seriously as a place to live, and very importantly to visit, we need something far better and inventive on the old Frontierland site. We also need far better quality companies than Opus North.
Unfortunately, some Morecambe people have realised this far too late.
N. Appleyard, Address supplied
RESORT FUTURE: Area missing out on ideas
I’m a local artist in the Morecambe area, but feel I should tell you about the problem the local area has with regards to a council that believes the city ends at the Greyhound Bridge.
As a resident, I believe I should inform you about a council that is still stuck to listening to people only of a senior age, as opposed to asking what all residents would like to see.
The council has dropped the ball and only believes in pumping money into Lancaster and not utilizing the abundance of young fresh ideas and creating a resort that could rival any. Hemingway even wrote about the view across Morecambe Bay, but the council is stuck in believing the only money is student money.
I have so many ideas that could put the whole resort on the map, from a stunning revolving restaurant that would utilize the view and enhance it, with below it a museum dedicated to comedy. The restaurant would be the only one of its kind in England.
A bridge to unite the bay with the Lakes that would have turbines which would create green energy, taking not only congestion but fumes away from the long route one has to take now. This would bring in more revenue and custom.
Extend a long promenade to the centre of the bay, make it big enough to have a full on music festival, again bringing in revenue and creating something unique and making a promenade updated and bring it into the 21st century.
I have many other ideas, too, that could only be a great thing for a resort that could be much more than a third rate resort only fit for drunks and drug addicts. I hope you publishing this letter ignites the council to contact me.
Steve Dunmore, Flat E, 19 Heysham Road, Heysham, Morecambe
TIDAL POWER: Helping keep the lights on
The debate around fracking continues in the letters to this newspaper, with the National Grid warning us that this winter there will be increasing likelihood of “blackout risk”, due to the fact the UK in 2015–2016 may not have the spare capacity of energy to “keep the lights on”.
Eight years ago the UK had 15 per cent spare capacity. We are told that this year there will be less than two per cent spare capacity to provide us with the energy needed in the event of a very cold winter.
The UK urgently needs a long term, clean, predictable source of homegrown energy at a time when faults, accidents and fires are increasingly being reported, often due to ageing technology at existing power plants in the UK.
Fracking is not a long term, clean, predictable source of energy.
Existing and new nuclear supply with its unresolved reactor designs and uncosted legacies of decommissioning and safe containment of waste is also not going to provide the UK with any sort of energy security in the short term.
Britain has the second highest tides in the world. Tidal energy has the capability to make a significant contribution to the energy needs of the UK, with the west coastline offering the greatest opportunity for the generation of energy via the tides.
The provision of an offshore tidal lagoon energy project can be achieved within a time frame of eight years. This is the record being achieved for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project led by the Tidal Lagoon Power UK Company. This project will be capable of producing clean, predictable, daily, homegrown energy for 120 years with no legacy of dirty waste.
Why are we waiting?
Mo Kelly, Architect, Lancaster resident
FOODBANK: Help to fund this vital van
I would like to congratulate Morecambe Bay Foodbank on its new van, which is desperately needed to continue the volunteers’ essential work; now it has the challenge of raising £150 per month to pay for it.
I am not wealthy, but I’m sure I won’t miss the £1 per month I am sending by standing order to Morecambe Bay Foodbank.
I can’t help wondering if there are another 149 people who would not notice £1 per month going out of their account?
I believe we have to look after each other because if we don’t then who will?
Name and address supplied
COLUMNIST: Facts get in the way
I must take exception to Nicola Adam’s ‘jabbering’ (Should courts have the power to edit history) in which she states ‘It makes the immediate news report one of the most accurate methods of recording history.’
After I had stopped laughing, I reflected on the many stories, local and national, at which I was present as a photographer.
Like many others who attended these events, I found it impossible to reconcile the published report with the events I had witnessed. (I am sure many readers will also have experienced this)
Too often the media reports on subjects of which it has little or no understanding of or colour reports with personal bias or interpretation, often skewing the report towards the inaccurate.
As a trained historian, news media is classed as a secondary source of information and requires to be a recent example.
In a piece I did for ‘Looking Back’ I stated the interior of the Midland Hotel was designed by Serge Chermayeff, but when published he was attributed as the designer of the hotel.
Finally, history has nothing to do with re-invention and everything to do with study of all known sources and drawing conclusions based upon those sources.
Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story is as applicable today as it ever was.
David Hodgson, 20 Hillcrest Court, West End Road, Morecambe
Water contamination: Is this just the start?
This outbreak of cryptos-poridiosis has to be very severe.
In the last war it was proved the water supply was safe, as it was impossible to get contaminants in sufficient numbers into the water to cause any problem to the inhabitants.
Is it possible the sewage system has been ruptured by work done at the fracking sites?
And is it just the start of a problem which will have to be faced by Lancashire’s residents?