Work begins for Open golf

Orchard Road improvements
Orchard Road improvements

WORK is teeing off on two Lytham and St Annes town centre improvement schemes as part of the countdown to hosting the 2012 Open Golf championships.

A £91,000 programme on Station Road, Lytham, started this week.

It will be followed next week by a £101,000 scheme for Orchard Road, St Annes.

Both schemes are designed to capitalise on the increased visitor numbers expected in the area next year, but will leave a legacy of improvements for residents.

The Station Road scheme, between Haven Road and Clifton Street, is funded by development money lodged by Booths supermarket with Fylde Council when the supermarket group built its Lytham store. The work, expected to last eight weeks, will include:

New streetlights. The columns will be in the decorative style already used elsewhere in Lytham centre and are designed to support banners and hanging baskets.

Resurfacing of pavements in brindle-coloured block paving to match paving on Clifton Street.

Block-paving resurfacing of forecourts in the vicinity of the junction between Station Road and Clifton Street.

Improvements for Orchard Road are being funded by Fylde Council and Lancashire County Council. The work, also expected to last eight weeks, includes: Road resurfacing; pavements and some forecourts to be resurfaced in York stone and buff-coloured block paving; new street furniture.

Coun Trevor Fiddler, cabinet member for planning and development, said: “We’re expecting between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors for the golf next year, so it is important that we put our best foot forward. Residents will gain from the visitors and also from the long-term improvements to the area.

“The Station Road scheme is of major importance in its own right as the new streetlights and paving will then match those in Lytham centre.”