Traders hit back at road’s ‘dump’ label

Traders have hit back at the way their street was portrayed on Twitter.
Traders have hit back at the way their street was portrayed on Twitter.
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Traders and town hall bosses have hit back after their town centre street was labelled “a dump” on Twitter.

Coun Paul Galley took to the social networking site to tell his hundreds of followers he thought Talbot Road was “a terrible advert for the town”.

His outburst was criticised by some as unhelpful for Blackpool with the summer season around the corner, and one trader believes the comments were unfair.

Phil Edwards, the manager of Molloy’s pub on Talbot Road, says he believes the area is kept clean and tidy.

He said: “From what I’ve seen it’s usually clear and pretty tidy and I haven’t seen any major issues.

“It’s a little unfair – he (Coun Galley) should be advertising the good parts of Blackpool, not putting it down.”

Charlotte Wilkinson, manager of Wilkinsons Florists on Talbot Road, is hopeful of improvements once the council’s Talbot Gateway project is complete.

She added: “The teams keep the roads clean and I can’t agree with what he (Coun Galley) has said.

“We are hoping once Talbot Gateway is finished it will filter down the road.

“We are looking for the positives.”

But John Conlon, of The Repository, on Talbot Road, said: “The area has got worse with all the shops and businesses nearby closing, especially since the Yates’ building went which was a figurehead in the street.”

Coun Sarah Riding, Talbot ward councillor for Blackpool Council said: “We could put 200 bins down there and people would still drop litter, but the teams are really responsive to cleaning and the whole area will be part of a new generation.

“It’s a really exciting time for Blackpool and that’s what we should be focusing on.”

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