Councillors get digging as £265,000 scheme starts

To highlight improvement work about to begin along Woodlands Road in Ansdell Fylde council officials posed outside Ansdell Institute in their work gear.'Pictured L-R: Councillor Richard Redcliffe, Council Leader David Eaves, and Councillor Ben Aitken.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-6-2013
To highlight improvement work about to begin along Woodlands Road in Ansdell Fylde council officials posed outside Ansdell Institute in their work gear.'Pictured L-R: Councillor Richard Redcliffe, Council Leader David Eaves, and Councillor Ben Aitken. PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-6-2013
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Ward councillors for a Fylde village helped out as a start was made on a £265,000 scheme to boost a high street.

Fylde Council’s leader, Coun David Eaves, as well Coun Richard Redcliffe and Coun Ben Aitken, donned hard hats and high-visibility jackets as work began in Ansdell on Monday to make improvements to the area.

Coun Eaves said: “Ansdell is a busy shopping area and a hub of community life but it has needed some investment in recent years.

“This scheme is a large investment and has been fully supported in consultation with residents and business owners.

“When complete, the works will result in significant practical and visual improvement. The more attractive an area is the more people will want to shop there – and that helps local businesses and jobs.

Funding for the project has come from the council, Lancashire County Council and money left over from the Open Golf Championship, earmarked for Ansdell.

The £265,000 scheme will include new street furniture, new trees, new streetlights, new paving and improvements to one of the boundary walls.

New parking will be introduced on Woodlands Road bridge from the Institute southwards.

Work is expected to end by late September, with the road remaining open to traffic throughout.