Booths plans get go-ahead

An artist's impression of the new Booths store in Poulton. Below: George McCaffer.

An artist's impression of the new Booths store in Poulton. Below: George McCaffer.

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TRADERS have welcomed the news a town centre is to be redeveloped.

Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Teanlowe Centre, in Poulton, which will include a Booths store and cafe, were approved by Wyre Council’s planning committee last week.

George McCaffer

George McCaffer

The decision has united Poulton, with residents and traders saying the scheme “can only be a good thing” for the town”.

The plans are estimated to be worth around £20m.

Jackie Turnbull, owner of The Flower Barrow Ltd in the Teanlowe Centre, said: “We’re pleased they’ve been approved. It can only make Poulton better.”

Shoppers in the town on Saturday said they were delighted by the news.

Beverley Collins, of Preesall, added: “I think the people of Poulton appreciate this move.

“This might lift Poulton’s spirits, it has got a bit run down lately.”

Carol Woolley, chairman of Poulton Historical and Civic Society, said: “This development is pivotal to the regeneration of Poulton. It’s going to transform a very tired building into a site which will bring people into the town and help small businesses too.”

Traders agreed the development was a good thing for the market town.

George McCaffer, chairman of Poulton Traders Association, said: “Any new development in this town is welcomed. It’s very quiet at the moment in Poulton.”

Julie Baltazar, owner of Boo Shooz on Market Square, added: “Anything which can bring people in is a good thing, I think the whole town should benefit.”

Mrs Baltazar said she was reassured the supermarket would not mean direct competition for independent fashion retailers, but added she hoped the plans will not compromise parking in the area.

She added: “The main thing in Poulton is the parking now.”

Booths last week took over the lease of the Teanlowe Centre car park, accessible from Ball Street and Queensway, from Wyre Council which it proposes to landscape and add more lighting to.

The plans also include proposals for a new link road, running one-way from Hardhorn Road to Blackpool Old Road through the Hardhorn Road car park. But Wyre Council has said though the road proposal is in the plans, there is no requirement for it to be built.

Both Mr McCaffer and Mrs Baltazar said they hoped moves from Dransfields Properties to develop an Asda in Poulton would also be followed through to encourage competition in the town and give residents options.

Coun David Bannister, ward councillor for Tithebarn and a member of the planning committee, said: “I’m very pleased it was a unanimous decision, all the committee agreed with what Booths want to do. The main thing is to get more retail outlets into Poulton, I’m sure this will bring in more retailers.”

Highcross Coun Barry Birch, added: “We look forward to a bright future.”

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