Help shape resort’s future

St Annes town centre
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Public-spirited St Annes residents and businesspeople are to be put into the driving seat of plans to ensure that the town expands as a thriving tourist resort.

They are being sought by St Annes Enterprise Partnership to form a series of working groups ahead of a £50,000 Whitehall bid to keep the town in demand with visitors.

Early plans involve recruiting knowledgeable residents to specific themed groups intended to tackle a wide range of topics,

Volunteers are asked to attend meetings at the Reception Room in St Annes Town Hall for a series of themed meetings, beginning next Wednesday, November 11, when the subjects covered will be: transport and access/community and safety (10am to noon); Hotels and accommodation (1 to 2.30pm); food and beverages (3 to 5pm).

A meeting to discuss maintenance and management/regeneration and environment will follow on Thursday betwene 2 and 5pm, while retail and business/events and activities will be covered on Wednesday, November 25 between 3.30 and 7.30pm.

Darrel Treece-Birch, who facilitates the Partnership on behalf of St Annes Town Council, said: “We want to put together an action plan which, if successful, could ultimately be worth far more than £50,000 for the town.

“There must be hundreds, if not more, citizens who have expertise in marketing and developing an area like St Annes.

“We would encourage them to attend any workshop that is applicable to them and then, hopefully, to join one of those theme groups either regularly or when they can.

“These project groups will be an ongoing commitment, so we would like dedicated and knowledgeable people who are willing to work for the town’s future.”

Paul Drinnan, regeneration manager for Fylde Council which is also involved in the Partnership, said: “We have a very educated and business-wise population in the area and their input will be extremely valuable.

This is a real opportunity for people to make a lasting contribution to their town, a contribution that will benefit generations in the decades to come.”

To get involved, or for further details, contact: Darrel Treece-Birch on (01253) 781124 or at tepo@stannesonthesea-tc.gov.uk or Paul Drinnan on (01253) 658434 or at paul.drinnan@fylde.gov.uk