Street sprucing work to start

Pictures Martin Bostock'St Annes general view.'Town centre. / St Annes Square
Pictures Martin Bostock'St Annes general view.'Town centre. / St Annes Square
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Work is set to get under way in the spring on the next phase of improvements to St Annes town centre.

Park Road between St Annes Square and Wood Street had been earmarked as the next section to be spruced up in line with the upgrade - such as benching and lighting - given to Orchard Road, the west end of Wood Street and other parts of the town centre ahead of the 2012 Open Golf Championship.

St Andrew’s Road South and The Crescent are set to follow and the work will be funded from planning gain money resulting from the extensive development incorporating homes, a pub-restaurant and a Booths supermarket on the former Department of Work and Pensions site at Heyhouses Lane.

Under the planning agreement for the Heyhouses site, Fylde Council is able to allocate around £350,000 to the town centre. Business owners in Park Road have been contacted and the aim is to start the work in spring,” Paul Drinnan, Fylde Council’s head of regeneration told a meeting of St Annes Chamber of Trade.

“We want to improve other parts of the centre along the lines of Orchard Road and Wood Street and Park Road is set to cost around £80,000 and take five to six weeks to complete.

“After that, the intention is to move onto St Andrew’s Road South and The Crescent, where a major aim is new lighting columns, hopefully with the facility to accommodate hanging baskets.

“Planning gain money from several projects around the town is in the pipeline and we hope it will allow us to eventually complete improvements to the whole town centre.” John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, said: “This is great news for the town and we look forward to the work.”