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Residents’ fury over ‘eyesore’ at resort park

Richard Bright, who lives near Stanley Park in Blackpool, is fed up with the 'mini depot' off South Park Drive where Blackpool Council are storing materials for the Project 30 work.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
15-4-2014

Richard Bright, who lives near Stanley Park in Blackpool, is fed up with the 'mini depot' off South Park Drive where Blackpool Council are storing materials for the Project 30 work. PIC BY ROB LOCK 15-4-2014

Angry residents say building work has caused an eyesore at Blackpool’s flagship park.

An unsightly mound of asphalt and other builders’ materials is being stored at one of the main entrances to Stanley Park – and residents have had enough.

They are demanding to know when the materials will be removed as they feel it is spoiling the park for visitors.

The neighbours said the work area at the gate on South Park Drive has been fenced off for several months.

Richard Bright, who lives near the park but did not wish to reveal his address, said: “It’s such a mess.

“Last week I was walking past it and they were dropping a huge toilet block off.

“I couldn’t believe it. It’s looking a real mess for the Easter week.”

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, told The Gazette: “There are barriers and it’s denying people parking spaces.

“People used to use it as a place to park.

“It’s a lovely park but this is a real eyesore.

“The amount of building materials on the site has grown over the last couple of weeks.

“It can’t be giving people a good impression of the town.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said the park was being used as a storage area for the town’s £30m Project 30 scheme to repair more than 40 miles of roads.

The council started the project in 2011 and the contractor, Lafarge Tarmac, aims to have it finished by this summer.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “To prevent the Project 30 team mobilising in front of residents’ homes, restricting roads and causing any inconvenience to people, they have been based on a slip road by Stanley Park away from houses, within the trees.

“They now operate out of this small secure site for the whole of Blackpool.

“Project 30 is on the last haul and work is expected to finish in August this year.

“We are already seeing a difference in Blackpool’s roads and have received great feedback.”

He added: “I’d like to thank residents for their patience while the works are carried out.”

 

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