Anglers’ joy as car ban fight pays off

Anglers meet at Layton Community Centre to fight the ban on cars from Lower Walk which was over turned this week.

Anglers meet at Layton Community Centre to fight the ban on cars from Lower Walk which was over turned this week.

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ANGLERS are celebrating after a ban on cars from a section of North Shore promenade was lifted.

Fisherman have fought the decision to introduce a pedestrian zone on the most popular section of Lower Walk since it was made in 2009.

View of the Lower Walk near Gynn Square, Blackpool, scene of a Motorcycle accident. Michael Robinson seriously injured / view

View of the Lower Walk near Gynn Square, Blackpool, scene of a Motorcycle accident. Michael Robinson seriously injured / view

At the time Coun Maxine Callow, cabinet member for regeneration and tourism, said with more members of public using the area it would not be safe to allow cars where there could be an accident.

But anglers argued the ban was jeopardising one of the resort’s most popular spots.

This week deputy leader of the council Fred Jackson confirmed he had approved a scheme which would allow vehicles on to the walk with a permit.

He said: “We listened very carefully to what the anglers said and we believe that this is the correct step forward.

“I know the anglers are very keen on trying to encourage angling as a 365-day activity and believe it is something that could attract other anglers in Blackpool.”

Mark Silcock, chairman of the Blackpool and Fylde Sea Angling Association said he was delighted with the news.

He said: “This is big, it has been going on for two-and-a-half years and we have finally got something done.

“This is good for Blackpool, the town should be way ahead when it comes to angling not following behind.

“We will now look at ways to enhance this scheme with hotels and package weekends to put us at the forefront and a precedent to other areas.

“We are also looking at ways we could put money from the permit scheme towards Beach Patrol – there are various options we will look at but at the moment we are celebrating the decision.”

Mr Silcock said the decision would also improve the safety of anglers and protect the area from vandalism.

There will be a small charge for the permits which will allow vehicular access to part of lower walk.

Fisherman with disabilities will be charged a lower price.