TRAVELODGE is to open for business in St Annes in good time for next year’s Open Golf Championship after all – and with it will come an estimated £800,000 annual boost in revenue for local businesses.
Planning permission for the controversial 61-room hotel development was granted in April and original indications from Travelodge were that the hotel would not be open until August of next year – a month after the golf brings at least 200,000 visitors to the area.
But Fylde Council’s head of regeneration and tourism Paul Drinnan has confirmed this week that work on he development – set for the floors above the current Marks and Spencer Simply Food store - will begin as early as this August.
“With a fair wind, the new hotel will be open next February/March - all will be completed well ahead of the Open,” Mr Drinnan reported to this week’s meeting of St Annes Chamber of Trade.
“This will no doubt help businesses on Wood Street, as it is estimated that there will be an £800,000 per annum spin-off to the local economy from the development once the hotel is trading.”
A Travelodge spokesman said: “We are hopeful that our new hotel in Lytham St Annes will be open around March of next year. We are just awaiting the final details to be agreed with the council and will aim to be commencing on site soon.”
The coming of the hotel will also bring an further boost to the local ecomony 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.
More details in this week’s Express.