Demolition work begins

The gasometers on Blundell Street, which are due to be demolished to make way for a housing development.
The gasometers on Blundell Street, which are due to be demolished to make way for a housing development.

WORK starts today in preparation for a £50m housing development.

Clearance and decontamination of land between Blundell Street, Princess Street, Tyldesley Road and Rigby Road will see two redundant gas holders bulldozed to make way for up to 400 new homes.

Three car parks, on Rigby Road, Blundell Street and Sands Way, and Sands Way itself, will be closed from today.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing, said: “There is a lot of important preparation to be done before building can get underway to make the site fit for housing, due to part of the site being a former gas works.

“As a result we have appointed an experienced, Environment Agency-approved contractor to ensure work is done in an environmentally sensitive way.

“It is important for people to note that three car parks; Sands Way, Rigby Road and Blundell Street, are closing but there is so much alternative parking in the area we do not envisage any great problems.

“I am looking forward to watching progress as it develops.”

Blackpool Football Club has been informed of the closures which may affect fans on match days.

Fiona Martin, vice-chairman of Blackpool Supporters Association, said: “There are plenty of other car parks in the area, and on-street parking as well which fans will have to use.

“Unfortunately this is one of the downsides of having a stadium which is close to the town centre, although there are positives to that as well.”

The first phase of the £15m site preparation work funded by the council and being carried out by VHE Construction, is due to finish by September and the whole contract is due to be completed by Christmas.

Working hours are limited to 7.30am to 6pm weekdays and to Saturday mornings.

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