Open for business amid works chaos

Kim Safar and Adrian Blackmore of Winston's Bistro, Colette Newsham of Jeanette's Florist Jenna Durose of  Tesco Express and  'Sue Hirst from BM Bargains with the Highfield Road works.

Kim Safar and Adrian Blackmore of Winston's Bistro, Colette Newsham of Jeanette's Florist Jenna Durose of Tesco Express and 'Sue Hirst from BM Bargains with the Highfield Road works.

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A MAJOR revamp of a Blackpool street has been welcomed by local traders.

But they are desperate to get the message out that they remain open for business while the work is ongoing.

The resurfacing scheme on Highfield Road – part of the Project 30 work going on around the resort – is already well underway.

It has been planned in phases so the road has stayed open one-way between Abbey Road and Lytham Road and that all the businesses are able to trade open as normal.

Adrian Blackmore, of Winston’s Bistro, on Highfield Road, said: “The road really needs this resurfacing work doing as it is in desperate need of repair.

“Although there is some disruption at the moment, it will be much better when it’s completed.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said the council had paid attention to the concerns of traders when planning the work.

He added: “Highfield Road was a road which really needed resurfacing.

“For years it has had heavy traffic on it every day and was generally in a poor state. This work was much needed in the area.

“We have listened to the businesses and made sure we were able to both get the resurfacing completed properly and allow them to continue to trade normally at the same time.

“We thank them for their understanding and patience during these works and can assure them that the area will be even better once it is completed.”

Coun Christian Cox, ward councillor for Squires Gate, said traders were now happy with the work.

He added: “While businesses and residents are generally in favour of the work, and realise it is really necessary to keep Highfield Road moving, there were a few concerns about issues with parking and its effect on trade.

“I’m happy to say these have been listened to. The phased roadworks mean the road will remain open to traffic, and that the businesses can stay open and continue to trade.

“This work is going to take quite a long time, but will be worth the wait.”