Village centre set for £250,000 makeover

Coun David Eaves

Coun David Eaves

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A FYLDE village has been given the green light for a new look.

Work has started on plans to improve the centre of Ansdell.

Improvements in Woodlands Road between Ansdell Institute and Commonside include plans for new streetlights, new paving, new benches and the reinstatement of some garden walls.

The £250,000 scheme is largely funded by Fylde Council after a town centre survey highlighted the need for improvements.

Coun David Eaves, Fylde Council leader, said: “Lytham, St Annes and Kirkham have had a number of improvements over the years. The survey identified Ansdell as a main district centre that needed modernisation if it is to keep its appeal.

“It has been a number of years since it last had some investment. Nothing major is needed, but it does need some tender loving care.

“One thing that was identified was the need for better crossing points and also better management of parking to make it more pedestrian friendly.

“Woodlands Road contains the railway station, the Post Office, a supermarket and many shops. It is already a busy area that we want to improve for the future.”

When the plans are completed it is intended to mount an exhibition in the area. Plans will also be discussed with local traders.

When the improvements are finalised it is expected that work will start in early spring with an expected completion date of summer.