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South Shore shops in bloom

Couns David OHara, Tony Lee, Graham Cane and John Hones with John Sneap at Waterloo Road roundabout

Couns David OHara, Tony Lee, Graham Cane and John Hones with John Sneap at Waterloo Road roundabout

Four councillors have teamed up to help spruce up a key shopping area in South Shore.

The area around the roundabout at the junction of Lytham Road and Waterloo Road borders the Bloomfield ward, represented by John Jones and Graham Cain, and the Waterloo ward, represented by David O’Hara and Tony Lee.

And having spoken to local businesses, the four decided they wanted to help make a difference by donating £500 from their ward budgets to pay for planting work.

The planting has now been carried out and will be maintained by apprentice John Sneap working within Blackpool Council’s neighbourhood’s team.

Coun Jones said: “It’s made a real difference to the look of the place.”

Coun Cain said: “This is exactly the type of work that our ward budgets are for – making a difference to the local community and businesses.”

Coun O’Hara said: “It’s pleasing we’ve been able to work together to make this happen.

“The roundabout is looking really good.”

And Coun Lee, said: “What better way than to help the local community and local businesses by making the roundabout and the area surrounding the shops look better.”

Shop owners in South Shore have been battling to improve the area.

The council has helped fill some of the empty shops there with former stallholders from the New Market, which was forced to close earlier this year.

Susanne Johnson, from the haberdashery on Waterloo Road, said: “The council worked hard to support the market stall holders and most of them have opened shops on Waterloo Road and Bond Street, so they are still here for locals and tourists alike.

“The streets are so much better as a result.

“We’ve even got a new kiddies’ play place, which is proving very popular and another attraction for the area.”

 

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