This week's mailbag includes a letter on development in Wyre from senior councillors, as well as missives on an imprisoned mum and Brexit
Plan is repeating mistakes of past
The Wyre Labour Group recognises the incredible amount of work that went into the production of Wyre’s Local Plan, and we thank Planning Officers for their efforts.
Unfortunately, 0fficers have been let down by the Conservative administration who haven’t provided the required direction.
It’s bad enough that the plan is eight years late, but the Conservative administration have allowed the borough’s employment, transport, and open space problems to be swept under the carpet.
With around 9,000 homes to be built during the 20-year plan period, we cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of previous decades, but by continuing to ignore infrastructure requirements, those mistakes are now about to be compounded.
With the thousands of jobs lost from Fleetwood Port, ICI, and Norcross still not replaced, and without additional employment to support the huge increase in population (mainly due to migration in), this really is a plan for increased commuting, bringing gridlock to our already congested roads.
The council has turned a blind eye to the deficient road infrastructure for too long, and the sticking plaster Mains Lane bypass plans provide little solace to residents in the urban west of the borough.
And with the road system at breaking point, you would have thought this was an ideal opportunity for the local plan to set out a vision for the reinstatement of the rail line from Fleetwood to Poulton. Inexcusably, it has failed to set out that vision.
A plan for housing is needed, but it must be a strategic plan that properly considers residents and their employment, transport, and open space requirements.
It’s hoped that on May 2, in the local council elections, there is an electoral backlash to this ineptitude, with residents across Wyre instead placing their faith in a forward-thinking and strategically-competent Labour administration who can then address decades of Conservative mismanagement.
Coun Rob Fail and Coun Emma Anderton
Leader and Deputy Leader of Wyre Group Of Labour councillors
Show support for mum in Iran jail
Mother’s Day is around the corner and many people are buying cards, planning visits, and generally making this a special day.
This Mother’s Day, we’re asking readers to spare a thought for one particular mother - Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker who’s already spent three years in an Iranian jail after a deeply unfair trial.
For three long years Nazanin has been separated from her young daughter Gabriella, who only gets to see her mother on short prison visits in Tehran.
Recently, the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the Government was giving Nazanin “diplomatic protection” status, meaning her case is now officially considered to be the cause of a formal dispute between our country and Iran.
This is welcome. It means the UK is taking her plight seriously and is committing itself to using all its international influence to gain her freedom.
Readers can show their support for Nazanin by adding their name to our petition – www.amnesty.org.uk/nazanin – to the Iranian authorities calling for her release.
Fylde Coast Amnesty International group
Why vote on the same thing?
I am an ardent Brexiteer, yet I can understand why Speaker Bercow did what he did. For you can’t keep raising the same matter week after week – most councils for instance have a six-month time gap before discussing an issue again.
If it means we leave with a no-deal Brexit, then so be it. Better than a £39bn so-called divorce bill.