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A POPULAR bar has put forward plans to extend its premises to include a rooftop terrace overlooking a busy town centre.

Under the proposals, The Grapevine would spend £30,000 to build a terrace, to accommodate a seating and smoking area, on the second floor of its premises in Market Place, Poulton.

Darren Woodcock, owner of Grapevine in Poulton

Darren Woodcock, owner of Grapevine in Poulton

Darren Woodcock, owner of the wine bar, said: “My idea is for people to be able to sit outside in the sunshine, if we ever get any, to eat and drink – it’ll be idyllic.”

The rooftop area would extend from the second floor cocktail bar above Poulton Insurance Brokers, overlooking Blackpool Old Road.

Plans are also in place to extend the first floor bar in November and to extend times for serving food in the bar during the day should the rooftop plans be approved.

Mr Woodcock said he hopes the planned extension and extended food hours would create more jobs, both front and back of house.

He added: “I would hope jobs will come up, maybe not on the scale of the Booths development, but a small increase.”

The plans have been submitted to Wyre Council as the former Residence nightclub reopened its doors as Uber and The Lemon Tree restaurant recently extended its premises.

Mr Woodcock, who has owned the bar with wife Abigail for nearly five years, said: “I would like to think we set the standard with our cocktail bars. And this will be something different for Poulton.

“People do come along and raise the bar so you’ve got to keep reinventing yourself.”

Coun Lesley McKay, ward councillor for Tithebarn, said investment in Poulton is always welcome.

She added: “I know people have had concerns about nightlife in Poulton but I think at the moment we’re heading towards a good balance of interest in both retail and nightlife.

“Anything where people are wanting to invest in the town means we’re going in the right direction.”