THIS is the first look at a new vision for Poulton, earlier this month The Gazette revealed Dransfield Properties plans to regenerate the area around the Teanlowe Centre.
The project would include a new Market Hall with the town’s library on the first floor, a supermarket – believed to be Asda – and a relief road which would involve moving the current library and the creation of 200 jobs.
And the public got their first glimpse of the multi-million pound plans in the former Allitt’s Estate Agents on Blackpool Old Road.
Poulton resident Bill Waller said: “The design is in keeping with Poulton, it is a good design. It brings back memories of the Tithebarn which was on the site before it was pulled down.
“A choice of two supermarkets would be good and a link road taking traffic away from Chapel Street is a good thing.”
Stella Kamiya, a volunteer at Poulton Library, said: “Moving the library above the post office in the new Market Hall would give us more space but I’m not sure about it being on the first floor.
“Another supermarket would benefit the town, it would force competitive prices so we could all afford to shop in the town.”
Bosses from Dransfield Properties also confirmed the company had put a bid in for the Teanlowe Centre as part of its plans.
Andrew Malley, retail property director said: “We would love to own the Teanlowe, we have made an offer and we would have ambitions to refurbish it. A lick of paint isn’t good enough, whoever does get the site needs to do the job properly, no-one can come up short on this.
“It’s a unique opportunity. We’ve had positive comments from the public, many like the idea of a new Market Hall combining the post office, library, shops and a community space and cafe.
“There have been questions regarding traffic flow on Queensway but we invested in a traffic count in Poulton and Queensway can cope with a bit more traffic. We will listen to people’s concerns.”