ACCRINGTON McDonald’s reopens after £700k upgrade. The restaurant has taken on 15 extra staff with more jobs coming up at Christmas (website October 3).
Kara Easton: Take a leaf out of NZ McDonald’s. Bring back play areas. Let kids be kids. Jasmine Lawrence: It’s not about letting kids be kids.
Most children nowadays have tablets and electronics that run from the internet.
Technology is advancing and our children are born into a generation where it’s used on a day to day basis.
No, children shouldn’t be placed in front of a telly or a games console everyday all day, but if they don’t have access to any of the technology how are they going to keep up with schooling and everywhere else it’s being used?
We can’t stop the world from changing nor can we stop our children being brought up in a world of internet and gadgets. Bianca-Louise Bradley: We do not need activity centres attached to fast food places.
We have parks, play areas, fields, children also do P.E at school and play out at home.
The majority of parents give their children healthy nutritious meals as well as the ones they receive at school/ nursery, as long as food places like this are a treat and not a regular thing then there is nothing wrong with it. Carla Mclennan: Whitebirk McDonald’s been like this for ages. It keeps the kids amused and quiet too so parents can eat in peace. Karen Isherwood: These types of upgrades fill me with dread for society.
Kids using zero table manners, mouths open staring at a screen, not holding a conversation and smearing germs. Casee Malakian Leigh: For 700k you can get ipads.
Snazzy news seats. Another lane. For 2 million with the council you can get some paving stones. Tanya McShane: Sounds like it’s like the McDonald’s in Fuerteventura where you can order yourself xx Mark Smolinski: This McDs is one of the last in the area to be upgraded to welcome to the 21st century Accrington. Courtney Livesey: They’ve even upgraded the high chairs! Georgia Jordan: I don’t like the new high chairs. John Walmsley: Only to order then they merge back to one so still takes as long to get through. Jasmine Lawrence: The high chairs are well cute.
FILM to recall the golden age of cricket in Lancashire. Stars such as Sir Viv Richards and Sir Wes Hall talk about their time in Accrington (website October 2)
Michael Robert Taylor: Oh, happy the day long ago when I watched the then Wes Hall bowl for Accy against Rishton! Only yesterday, as I was shovelling snow on the Canadian Prairies, did I recall that amazing summer day, and how he treated us kids like we were his own! Nicolas Quinn: Recorded but not watched yet.
DESSERTS and milkshake bar could open in Accrington. American 1950s-style bar ‘Swirlz’ wants to open on Blackburn Road (website October 2)
K Alan Brunt: The whole town is in need of urgent regeneration with new shops. I went in the town centre three days ago and it was dead, loads of shops closed down, nothing for young people to do, nothing to attract anyone there.
Council needs to give their head a wobble. I say no to a milkshake bar and yes to more market stalls, more clothes, food, and boutique shops. It all looks run down and a mess. Neil Mooney: You contradict yourself, you want something for young people to do but don’t want a milkshake bar that kids will use. Liz Lancs: Kids have been bored for decades. This sounds like a fab idea, irrespective of whether it’s aimed at teens or adults. Lynn Murray: It doesn’t matter how many market stalls or shops there are if nobody comes to shop in them and they have to close down. Ken Moss: We’ve had this conversation before, the money to do weed spraying, grass cutting and leaf clearance has been slashed almost to nothing.
There used to be three weed sprays of the whole borough every year, now there isn’t even enough to do one full one.
HBC has subsidised it this year to the tune of £25,000 and that is just not sustainable.
LCC promised us the money back to restart next year and we’ve been offered around £7,000 which is nowhere near enough.
With £4.1m cuts to HBC by 2020 I will happily listen to any suggestions but so far there have been none. Before the inevitable comment, the money for the town centre is Heritage Lottery money, we don’t own the buildings to drop the rents and we don’t have the power to force Primark to open here.
The best way to improve Accrington is to support what is there, not run it down all over Facebook and keep people away. Alan Smithee: The road sweepers will keep the weeds down if you actually put detergent in them. It doesn’t take 25 grand; it doesn’t take specialist teams of contractors; everything that is needed you already have (and if you put detergent into the machines it will also clean the filthy flags so that you won’t need to spend two million quid replacing them (just to let them get like that in 12 months because you “haven’t got the money to keep them clean”). Paul Hewison: It’s an empty shop that is being filled with a new business, good luck to him!