Reader’s letters - Wednesday May 13, 2015

Councillors and fishermen need to sort out a sensible compromise says a correspondent. See letter

Councillors and fishermen need to sort out a sensible compromise says a correspondent. See letter

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Don’t let fishermen down

Long before there was a tourist industry in Morecambe, people made their living from the sea and continue to do so.

I remember growing up in the 60s and 70s when there was a fleet of small fishing boats off the end of the Central Pier.

Green Street slipway was full of dinghies to get the fishermen out to their boats and there was a thriving fishing industry that kept Morecambe Trawlers on Clarence Street in business.

Sadly those days are no more and the famous local fishing families of Woodhouse’s, Baxter’s and Willacy’s are not as prominent as they once were.

This makes it all the more important that Morecambe remembers its roots and helps support those few boats and fishermen that remain.

The recent news that a fisherman had his vehicle towed away by the police for causing an ‘obstruction’ is an example of our letting the remaining fishing community down.

I understand that whilst the vehicle was parked on a ‘hatched’ area, it was in no real sense causing an obstruction and there was plenty of room for the hovercraft or other emergency vehicles to pass.

No fisherman would put the lives of others on the sea at risk.

Let’s not forget that before there was an RNLI, it was local fishermen who would be rescuing others in peril on the Bay.

There must be a way for the RNLI and fishermen to co-exist?

Perhaps setting aside some space for vehicles used by fishermen on the slipway could be a solution (this would have to be without imposing an exorbitant cost of buying a permit).

I assume that the setting of the bylaw, that is partially to blame for the recent incident, falls to Lancaster City Council.

If so, then I call on council officials and local councillors to meet with the remaining fishermen to sort out a sensible compromise that enables them to park their vehicles on the slipway whilst still providing access to the RNLI.

I’m sure that with a bit of goodwill and commonsense that this can be resolved.

I hope we can keep a fishing industry on the Bay and that we can continue to enjoy Morecambe Bay shrimps for many years to come.

Colin Hartley, Heysham

Grateful for being elected

I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents of Middleforth Ward for their confidence in me and re-electing me to the borough council and also electing me to represent them at Penwortham Town Council, along with my fellow councillors Jim Patten and David Wooldridge.

Thanks also to the residents of Charnock for giving the Penwortham Labour Group a chance with two new faces, Elizabeth Mawson and Ian Watkinson.

In the whirlwind that is the election campaign, we all worked hard to get our message out.

I would like to thank past councillors for the good work they have done in the old Middleforth Ward, Jenny Hothersall and Sue Prynn.

I know they both had residents’ interests as their priority throughout their 
terms.

This election campaign, for me, comes with some sadness.

A week before the election, one of my friends, Chris Billington, passed away.

A vocal man and free thinker, he always managed to lift my spirits with his comments and quotes.

I would like to dedicate the campaign and my re-election/election to his memory, as well as the voters who voted for myself and all the other Labour candidates throughout Penwortham and South Ribble.

Again, many many thanks.

Coun Keith Martin, Middleforth Ward

Penwortham

Well done to Grasshoppers

Congratulations to the Grasshoppers Colts U-17 team on winning the Lancashire Cup.

Most of this team have been together for the last four years and have also won the Lancashire Cup at U-14, U-15 and U-16 level. Also this season they have won the Raging Bull League Bowl.

They have done very well and we enjoy supporting them at matches, especially at the Lancashire Cup where the result wasn’t decided until the final sudden death kick.

Thanks to all the coaches and everyone else involved.

Also we congratulate several other Grasshopper teams who have done well.

Chuffed Grandparents via email

Thank you for voting for me

As the dust settles after a long election campaign, the only thing left to do is to offer my heartfelt thanks to all those who put their faith in me to speak up for our community. We managed to achieve a 2.5 per cent swing to Labour in one of the safest Conservative seats and, more than that, I hope by eating into the Conservative majority we have firmly put the issues that matter to residents back on the agenda.

The next five years will bring big changes to the lives of residents and I can only hope that they will be for the better.

Once again, please accept my thanks and my warmest regards, and if there is anything I can do for residents in the coming five years, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Ben Whittingham, Former Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre and Preston North

We’ll do our best to serve you

We would like to thank the voters of Heysham North Ward for participating in the recent elections.

Whether or not we ourselves received your vote, we would like to thank you all for keeping the flame of democracy alight.

We hope your examples will encourage even more electors to vote in future elections. We both work closely together to address your needs and will do our very best to serve you over the next four years. You can email us or write to Morecambe Town Hall.

Coun Margaret Pattison and Coun Ron Sands, Mpattison@lancaster.gov.uk

Rsands@lancaster.gov.uk