Reader’s letters - Wednesday January 28, 2015

Anti-fracking protesters show their views
Anti-fracking protesters show their views
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Not good for local economy

To Lord Browne, chairman of Cuadrilla Holdings and director of Riverstone Energy in the Cayman Islands.

SIR – As entrepreneurs in the hospitality, catering, entertainment and tourism industries, we are excited about the potential indirect economic benefits from onshore energy industry in the North West.

We are so pleased to welcome fracking to be located within Blackpool. We want to give you as much land as we can.

Then you can locate your well pads as close as possible to our families, friends and customers, as we genuinely believe it will make it more attractive to visitors and new residents to choose us.

Ignore all those unfinished safety recommendations and your company’s inexperience, we don’t care. You’ve told us that there is gas under our homes and businesses, so come on in and take it!

We believe that the 30 workers on a well pad will make a massive difference to our occupancy and will enhance Blackpool as a “must visit” holiday destination.

Your lorry drivers with their enormous trucks, who will bring in thousands of tons of aggregate, and take away millions of gallons of fracking waste, will be welcome to park their trucks on our forecourts and they can even enjoy the Illuminations in their convoys of gigantic trucks.

Blackpool will even save on advertising, because your big bright drilling rig will be seen for miles.

We will cherish forever the permanent waste stores of fracking fluid that you will leave behind when you move on to your next exploitation project.

Thank you so much for thinking of us and for being a good, responsible neighbour. Bring it on!

Blackpool Entrepreneurs who Welcome Fracking sign up if you support this.

Why have we not seen such a letter like this? You decide?

Mr C Thompson, Higher Bartle

We must think of the future

I have heard and read so much about the fact that we should not allow fracking, that I thought I should give some support for it.

I can understand why some people are concerned, particularly those who live in the immediate area to the proposed sites.

But we must consider the future, and providing Cuadrilla and the authorities can add enough safeguards then we should go ahead as we cannot rely on overseas supplies, particularly from the Eastern block countries for much longer.

They have been fracking for gas in the USA for several years and I, for one, have heard very little against it.

On the contrary many are grateful for their reduction in energy costs.

It seems every time we need to move forward in this country there is always an outcry from a small number of objectors.

Name and address supplied

A contrast to selfless nurse

In the wake of the importance of free speech, I would like to fully exercise mine regarding a reference to Mick Gradwell (On The Case) regarding one Kate Hopkins (LEP January 8).

If ever the good old fashion term too many tweets make something sounding like a hat, it applies to this nasty, spiteful, common, unwashed women.

What a contrast that schoolyard bully Hopkins is to that wonderful Glaswegian nurse, who is so selfless, doing good for humanity in West Africa for no financial or material gain.

The actions of the nurse shows everything that is good, straight, true and proud about Scottish and British values while those petty tweets by Hopkins does the reverse.

Why the media and press give people like her airtime or column inches baffles me.

Stephen Ormerod, Preston

Praise for help from centre

I moved up to sunny Morecambe about 18 months ago from a little village 10 miles outside Preston

I had always liked sunny Morecambe and hoped to find work here, but this proved harder than I had first anticipated.

Not knowing the area that well I looked for help and there it was in the shape of Stanleys sitting majestically next to the garage on Stanley Road.

I ventured in nervously at first but I need not have worried a jot as I was greeted by the welcoming smile of the lovely Karen.

Karen invited me to go and meet the other staff and volunteers and I accepted her invitation gladly.

I was immediately again put at my ease by the ladies as their greetings still resonated in my ears and I felt safe and welcome. Since that first meeting I have made Stanleys my second home and although I am technically still a client I class each and every one of them as a friend.

They have allowed me to do a job search in a friendly environment and not the clinical, sterile and austere environment of some other places I have had the misfortune to visit.

If I need advice for anything I know they will try and help me as much as they can and if they do not have the answer they will try and point me in the right direction and support me every step of the way.

All the staff and volunteers are inspiring as they all have a tale to tell and in a variety of different ways have overcome their own personal battles and still want to help others less fortunate than themselves for which they should all be highly commended.

I know they are always looking for volunteers to help so if you have a few hours a week to spare and you think it’s the kind of thing you would like to get involved with then please give them a call.

Andy, full name and address supplied

Seeking soldier family tree help

I am looking for descendants of my grandfather’s family. He was born in Pimlico in 1884 and went into the 3rd East Lancs Regiment under age in 1901, at 17 years of age.

His parents were Stephen and Elizabeth Wilson and they lived at Giles Street in Clitheroe.

Any help your readers can give me will be much appreciated.

Maureen Woodward, lwoodward321@hotmail.co.uk