£80k road revamp to start

Shops at Park Road, St Annes

Shops at Park Road, St Annes

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The first project in a series of major improvement works to town and village centres in Fylde is set to start with an £80,000 scheme.

Work is expected to start on Monday on a revamp of Park Road in St Annes.

Fylde Council which is funding the work will take steps to minimise disruption to traders while the work, expected to last until early summer, takes place.

Work started on Park Road some years ago and the latest £80,000 will pay for paving, street furniture, seating and tree-planting in a similar style to those on Orchard Road.

Paul Drinnan, Fylde Council’s regeneration manager, said: “A great deal of improvement work has previously taken place in the area but Park Road remains to be completed.

“The public consultation on the scheme showed widespread public support among the public and the traders.

“We will take every step possible to minimise disruption – such as doing one side of the street and then the other so that shops can remain open – but there will be workmen and machinery there.

“The street will look first-class once the work is completed.”

The project is one of several to set to start in towns and villages in the borough.

The cash is being provided in part thanks to section 106 agreements, or plan in gain monies, payments to the council agreed when housing developments have started in the borough.

A £130,000 project is planned for Lytham to enhance the link between the town’s historic Lytham Hall and the Green, while in Kirkham, the next phase of improvements to the town’s high street is expected to cost around £110,000, with the forecourts and footpaths being revamped.

Projects could start in the next six months.

Speaking earlier this year St Annes mayor Coun Ed Nash said the improvements would give a significant boost to the area.

He added: “The head of regeneration at Fylde Council, Paul Drinnan, has done a superb job and these plans will bring Park Road up to the same standard as Orchard Road and Garden Street.

“It is really the next stage of the process which first started 10 to 12 years ago.”