Broad support for new homes plan

Mark Menzies MP (second from left) on a visit to  AXA Lytham and (below) Coun Tim Ashton.
Mark Menzies MP (second from left) on a visit to AXA Lytham and (below) Coun Tim Ashton.
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New homes could be built on a printing site in Lytham after plans were submitted to the council.

Fylde Council has received proposals to build 45 properties on Lytham’s AXA premises on West Cliffe once all 540 members of staff have been moved to offices on Ballam Road.

Coun Tim Ashton

Coun Tim Ashton

The site is the smaller of two in the town and was transformed from a sports centre into a printing plant in 2009.

A spokeswoman for AXA said: “We have now completed the consultation process for our site at West Cliffe.

“Most of our 540 staff are already located in our Ballam Road office and the others will join them either there, or at another location in the area in due course.”

Coun Tim Ashton, Fylde councillor for St John’s ward, said: “I’m heartened the jobs aren’t going to be lost and the people are still going to be in Lytham, which is great.

“It was a shame when the sports centre didn’t get the go ahead a few years ago, but times move on and it’s probably more efficient to move the staff to Ballam Road and probably the least intrusive move for the neighbours.

“I broadly support new houses there as long as they are the right type.”

Mark Bamforth, former councillor who runs Warton Street post office in Lytham, campaigned for the building to remain as a sports centre.

He said: “Whatever happens the jobs need to be safe there.”

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