Headlands shaping up for the summer

Resurfacing work at Waterloo headland, Blackpool
Resurfacing work at Waterloo headland, Blackpool
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WORK has begun on a £1.5m resurfacing scheme for two of Blackpool’s seafront headlands.

The existing temporary tarmacadam surface on St Chad’s and Waterloo headlands is being ripped up and replaced with coloured concrete to match the rest of the new Promenade.

Landscaping and grassed areas will also be created as part of the scheme which is expected to take three months to complete.

Blackpool’s assistant director for tourism and economy Alan Cavill said: “The surface on these two headlands was always designed to be temporary.

“As the final phase of the Promenade works are completed in front of the Tower we’ve taken the opportunity to pave Waterloo and St Chad’s headlands with a more pleasing surface. This will make the areas look much more attractive and the brand new Promenade is completely finished and looking its best for the summer.”

The scheme is being externally funded using money from the original £100m for the sea defences, plus extra funding secured from the Department for Environment.

But some businesses have questioned the timing of the work which means more disruption on the Promenade.

Mark Yates, owner of Brooks Collectables on Waterloo Road, said: “I think the council could have phased the work better because all this disruption is very bad for trade.

“They could have at least made sure there was still some access to the beach.

“When it is finished, we will have a beautiful open space so I hope we get some amenities, such as toilets and tourist information, and that everything isn’t just concentrated in the town centre.”

President of StayBlackpool Claire Smith said: “It does need doing but that part of the Prom was clear and this is lengthening the disruption and it looks a mess.

“But it’s going to look better.”

Originally the headlands were earmarked for a £6.5m scheme including a skateboard park, BMX area, a cafe and events space but the development fell victim to funding cuts last year while a Lottery bid for £25m for the People’s Playground failed in 2007.