A ROW has broken out over plans to transform an eyesore building into a colourful mural.
The former Halifax bank, in Lytham, has been branded a “mess” – and a leading councillor has made a final desperate plea for that to change ahead of next month’s Open Golf.
The prime Clifton Street building has been boarded up since the business closed down last year, and Coun Sue Fazackerley wants to see Newcastle-based leaseholder Your Move respond to pressure to smarten the site up.
Coun Fazackerley, Fylde Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “Business and residents across Fylde are making great efforts to make the area look attractive – yet Your Move is doing nothing. It is on a prominent corner in the town centre and looks a real mess. The shop front is boarded up with brown chipboard.
“We’re trying to put our best foot forward for 200,000 expected golf visitors, but Your Move ignores our pleas.”
The council want Your Move – who lease the building from a landlord – to allow a mural to be painted on the shopfront to brighten it up ahead of the tournament.
Coun Fazackerley added: “Council staff have written to the company on numerous occasions without success.
“We even offered to paint the chipboard or get someone to paint a mural there. It is work which wouldn’t cost the company a penny.”
But Your Move – whose lease on the building runs out in January 2013 – has stressed it is keen to dispose of the building but has not been able to reach an agreement with the landlord.
And the firm fears relenting the council’s demands could hamper its effort to pass the lease on.
Karen Morgan, head of facilities at Your Move, said: “We fully appreciate the concerns of the council and want to secure disposal of the unit rather than prolong this matter further. We cannot, however, do this without the co-operation of the owner, who has rejected our offers of financial settlement and also proposals from parties interested in taking a new lease at the premises .
“Painting the boards will have little affect other than to prolong this matter and in fact the focus should be on agreeing terms with a new tenant. For this to happen, however, we require the owner’s cooperation.”