Gateway sends right message

Central Business District artist impression

Central Business District artist impression

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ONE of the biggest small company organisations in the country has backed Blackpool’s new Central Business District proposals.

Phase One of the £220m plan will see up to 1,000 Blackpool Council staff brought into a central block, alongside new private sector offices.

Talbot Road bus station will be completely refurbished and turned into a multi-storey car park with retail units below.

And in a few week’s time, the third application relating to phase one will be lodged which includes a giant supermarket, set to create more than 300 jobs.

Hugh Evans, policy director of the Chamber of Trade’s North and Western Lancashire division, said the move would attract more investment to the town.

He added: “This is a great boost for Blackpool.

“Positive news like this is just the sort of message potential investors need to hear.

“The fact that all parties involved are confident enough to proceed with the scheme should hopefully be enough to convince other investors to take a look at the other opportunities that Blackpool has to offer”.

Hundreds more construction jobs will be created over the 18-month projected build time and Blackpool Council is insisting

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard added: “We have been waiting a long while to see the centre of the town revived, so I welcome these proposals alongside the relocated employment, and hope the work is finished on time.”