TRADERS have issued an SOS to residents asking them to come up with ideas to save South Shore.
Local businesses have organised a public meeting on Tuesday April 19 to look at ways to breathe life into the once thriving Bond Street area.
Two years ago, a one-way system was brought in, which hoteliers and business people say had a catastrophic effect on the number of people using local shops.
As visitor numbers fall, more businesses are being forced to close and traders say the number of shops on the street has dropped from 70 to around 25.
Now as Bond Street traders demand a meeting with town hall bosses, they say they want fresh ideas as to how the area can be saved.
George Davies from the Tutti Frutti Ice Cream shop on Bond Street said: “If we don’t act urgently to regenerate Bond Street, there will soon be no businesses here to save.
“We need ideas on what can be done, how can we smarten the streets, bring more people in and encourage new businesses to open here.
“People are worried sick about the future and we just aren’t getting the answers we need from bosses at Blackpool Council.
“We need to come together, residents and business people to think positively about what can be done to stop our area becoming a slum”.
The meeting will take place at Holy Trinity Church on Dean Street, South Shore, from 6pm.
Traders have started a poster and leaflet campaign and are urging as many local people as possible to attend.
They have requested a meeting with Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver and want to take ideas generated from the public meeting to him for consideration.
Patrick McPartling, from the Briardene Hotel, Osbourne Road, said: “We invited bosses from Blackpool Council to attend the public meeting but they declined, so we need to take ideas from it forward to them.
“This is a real call to arms for the people of South Shore.
“We need to stand together and think of ways we can save our livelihoods.”
For more information about the meeting call Patrick on (01253) 342388.