More of Blackpool’s traditional landaus look set to make way for novelty-style carriages.
The council has just licensed the resort’s seventh Cinderella carriage with other operators set to follow suit and invest in one of the alternative vehicles.
There was controversy when the first two made their debut in 2009, amid fears the novelty carriages were out of character with the traditional landaus.
Blackpool’s chairman of licensing Coun Adrian Hutton said; “We don’t want to lose all of the traditional carriages but we have to recognise the new style ones are very popular.
“There might come a time when we say no more, but it is very difficult to say no to another one.
“However each one has to be brought to the town hall to be looked at by the committee and we are making sure they are of a very good standard.”
There are 44 landaus in total licensed to operate in Blackpool.
Landau operator Colin Nicholls said he could understand why more owners were investing in the Cinderella carriages.
He said: “I have a traditional landau which was built in 1902 but I am also getting one of the pumpkins built, and I know other owners who are doing the same.
“The fact is that when it rains the traditional landaus have to put their hoods up, but people can still see out of the Cinderellas. I will keep my traditional landau for weddings etc, but you have to move with the times.”
The council’s public protection sub-committee has expressed concern about the increasing number of novelty carriages.
But councillors have been advised that limiting the numbers of certain style carriages could create a competitive advantage for some operators.
Therefore each application must be considered on its own merit.