Dog mess bad for vis­i­tors

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I AM a boy of seven years.

I love to scoot to school and the li­brary but find it im­pos­si­ble be­cause there is dog poo ev­ery­where.

I think it is bad for health rea­sons and for vis­i­tors that come to South­port.

Please could you ask your read­ers to please think of the en­vi­ron­ment and all the chil­dren in the area and please pick it up af­ter their dogs. Oliver South­port

TAXIS BEST AVOIDED

AS a free­lance rac­ing jour­nal­ist and a main contributor to The Grand Na­tional Guide, I shall be ad­vis­ing my read­er­ship to seek cheaper modes of trans­port (than taxis) to the Ain­tree Fes­ti­val over the three days, namely trains and buses, whilst trav­el­ling in the Sefton Bor­ough Coun­cil area.

Given the fact that most South­port taxi firms refuse to drop off or col­lect their pas­sen­gers any­where near the ac­tual race­course, makes a taxi jour­ney far from be­ing value and peo­ple should seek al­ter­na­tives.

In 2005, most South­port taxi firms cyn­i­cally in­creased their fares sub­stan­tially dur­ing the Merseyrail strike that co­in­cided with the three-day Grand Na­tional meet­ing.

That “cash­ing in” on other peo­ple’s mis­ery in­ci­dent has long been in the mem­ory of lo­cal res­i­dents and re­turn­ing Grand Na­tional vis­i­tors stay­ing in the area.

We/I ap­plaud Cen­tral Cabs stance on the mat­ter and should they keep to the stan­dard tar­iff them­selves dur­ing the en­tire 2017 Ain­tree Fes­ti­val, and not suc­cumb to the tar­iff 2 temp­ta­tion, then I am sure they will be get­ting ALL the South­port taxi­ing busi­ness to and from the race­course. Steven Mulling­ton

via email

CAR PARK NEEDED

THE only way to deal with the park­ing prob­lem in Cromer, and other roads near Hill­side Sta­tion, is for Merseyrail to pro­vide a car-park for the many com­muters and shop­pers, leav­ing their cars to take trains to Liver­pool and South­port.

About two years ago Merseyrail ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion to build houses on their land ad­join­ing the rail­way, and if Coun­cil­lor Bar­ton had lob­bied his fel­low coun­cil­lors then, and sug­gested a car park, we might have had a so­lu­tion. I hope it is not too late to re­con­sider that pro­posal. Ann Turn­bull via email

Kelly Bar­ton, who is reg­is­tered blind, com­plet­ing South­port parkrun at Hes­keth Park with guide run­ner Si­mon Tobin

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