Blossoming out

Jane Thompson at her new Flower Design premises.
Jane Thompson at her new Flower Design premises.
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A FLORIST who moved her award-winning business to Blackpool has hit out at parking restrictions around St Annes Square.

Jane Thompson and husband Jason founded Flower Design on Park Road in 1998.

Last month, the couple relocated to larger premises on Whitehills Business Park, with on-site parking and more space for the expanding business.

Jane, 46, said: “I’ve no axe to grind against St Annes. The town has served us well and I love the people here. But the parking restrictions, with M&S and Sainsbury’s opening and various shops closing, meant there were less people walking past.”

Punters can park for a maximum of one hour in the square and surrounding streets.

Jane said brides-to-be often travelled long distances to discuss wedding flowers, only to find they could not park.

“Pretty much every single person we ever spoke to got a parking ticket. You can’t have your hair done in an hour.

“You wish somebody who understands retail was on the council to oversee things.”

County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the council was organising a review of parking in Lytham, Ansdell and St Annes.

He said: “It’s something I’m very conscious of and concerned about. We want to make sure that people who want to trade can trade in the town.”

He added the council also planned a review of signs directing visitors to the town’s car parks.