BUILDING work on a new hotel in St Annes is set to get under way soon.
Scaffolding has now gone up around the commercial block, which includes Marks & Spencer and a number of other businesses and offices, on Clifton Road South, where a new Travelodge is to be constructed.
The new 61 bedroom development will be ready in good time for the 2012 Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham, which brings in at least 200,000 visitors to the area.
A Travelodge spokesman said this week that construction work was due to begin in the next couple of weeks.
He added: “The developer is hoping to hand over to Travelodge at the start of March, and that it will be opening at the end of March or the start of April. It is still on schedule.”
Planning permission for the hotel was granted in April and original indications from Travelodge were that the development would not be open until next August.
However that has now changed and both the company and council bosses are delighted the hotel will be open for Royal Lytham next year.
It is estimated there will be an £800,000 per annum spin-off to the local economy from the development once the hotel is trading.
The coming of the hotel will also bring an further boost to the local economy in terms of £61,000 worth of improvements to key areas in the immediate vicinity of the Travelodge site, which the landowners are funding as part of the planning permission granted by Fylde Borough Council.
Coun David Eaves, Leader of Fylde Borough Council, welcomed the start of the development.
He said: “If there’s work going to be commencing there, it looks like Travelodge are kicking off with what they are going to do.
“They received the necessary permission and the sooner the work is completed the better and hopefully it will be in place for the Open.”
John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, said: “They are going ahead with the prep work. At least they are getting ahead with it and it should be done for the golf.
“That’s good for everybody and I think it’s good for them as well because it will get them off to a flying start.
“I personally think it will be very good and do very well. It’s a modern way forward for hotels.”