Call to sort Blackpool eyesore

View of the Pontins site, showing where phase two of the Northern Trust Company's development would be built.
View of the Pontins site, showing where phase two of the Northern Trust Company's development would be built.
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CALLS were today made for urgent action to prevent Blackpool’s derelict Pontins site from deteriorating into an eyesore ahead of next year’s British Open Golf Championships.

Mayor of Fylde Coun Howard Henshaw fears the partly demolished site on Clifton Drive North will be a turn-off to visitors to Royal Lytham and St Annes.

He wants the land, at one of the gateways to St Annes, tidied up before the spotlight falls on the Fylde coast in July next year.

Coun Henshaw, whose ward also includes the site, said: “We are trying to make the area look better ahead of next year’s British Open and Lancashire County Council has created a special fund so we can do that.

“But it’s going to be a waste if this land at Pontins is allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore. A lot of people will be flying into Blackpool Airport and the first thing they will see is this terrible eyesore. There are broken windows and graffiti.

“This is one of only two gateways to St Annes, the other being Queensway, and it is only going to get worse and look more of a mess unless something is done.

“Half the old Pontins has been demolished, and I would like to see the whole site cleared and then tidied up.”

Developer Northern Trust has planning permission to build 73 homes on the former Pontins site and hopes to begin building work by the end of the year.

A spokesman for the Chorley-based developer said: “Northern Trust is working with the local authority to ensure regeneration of this important gateway site commences at the earliest opportunity.”

Fylde Council granted planning permission to the scheme despite objections from Blackpool Airport which claims the new housing development could have a detrimental impact on economic growth.

The site has been derelict since Pontins closed in 2009.