Lost transmission blamed on major building scheme

Blackpool hoteliers who say the construction work on the Talbot Gate has disrupted their TV signals. L-R Keith Jones,Lee Tolman, Steve Blanchard, Pete Stokes and Colin Jewell.

Blackpool hoteliers who say the construction work on the Talbot Gate has disrupted their TV signals. L-R Keith Jones,Lee Tolman, Steve Blanchard, Pete Stokes and Colin Jewell.

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Switch us back on - that is the plea from hoteliers who claim construction work has blocked their TV signals.

Businesses on Lord Street, Blackpool, have found their transmission disrupted ever since the steelwork for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket and council offices began taking shape as part of the new Central Business District near North Station.

Stephen Blanchard, from the Mardi Gras Hotel, said: “One minute we have a perfect signal, and the next there is nothing at all.

“It can last for five minutes, or for hours.

“But it’s not very good when you have to tell guests there is no TV.”

Colin Jewell, of The Brene Hotel, said: “We believe a lot of people in this area are suffering the same problem and we need to find out what is going on.”

Peter Stokes, of The Seacroft, has already spent £100 on a new aerial.

He said: “We had an engineer round who moved the aerial up higher, but why should we have to pay?”

Andy Barton, project manager for developers Muse, said they were aware of the issue.
He said: “I have ordered a TV reception survey which will be done as soon as possible.
“Once we get the results, and if there is a problem which we have caused, then we will put together a means of dealing with it.”

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