TRADERS on a St Annes street fear they are the forgotten part of the town centre as it shapes up for the arrival of the Open Golf in the summer.
The owners of businesses on St Andrew’s Road South have seen cash spent on revamping nearby thoroughfares such as Orchard Road and Wood Street and now want a slice of the regeneration action themselves.
“This will be the main walking route from St Annes station to the golf course and we feel it warrants a little sprucing up - the pavements in particular need some urgent attention,” said Paul Webster, who runs Green’s Bistro with his wife Anna.
“As well as ourselves, there are two other restaurants and three takeaways and also the only sports shop in the whole area. This will be a very busy road when the Open is on.”
Kathy Cunningham, who runs St Annes Sports with her husband Andrew, added: “We feel we have been forgotten. Visitors aren’t encouraged to come this far up the Crescent to us and a lot don’t know we are here.”
John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, sympathised with the traders.
“It is a neglected area but there is only so much money,” he said. “It would be nice to think such an important road could be part of the next phase of the improvements and we have been pressing Fylde Council for that to be the case.”
Paul Drinnan, Fylde Council’s head of regeneration and tourism, said: “It is certainly the intention to complete improvements to the town centre but we were badly hit by the loss of £600,000 from the North West Development Agency under Government cutbacks.
“We have managed to claw back quite a bit of that from other sources and have been working on as many sections of the town centre as possible.
“It is all down to available funding but we have around £30,000 to spend on the Pristine Place Programme and in conjunction with the business owners, St Andrew’s Road South might well be a good contender for that. They can contact us for further details.”