Remnants of blaze-hit pier finally cleared up

Mike Simmons, also known as Joey Blower, in front of the fire-ravaged Fleetwood Pier which burnt down in 2008.

Mike Simmons, also known as Joey Blower, in front of the fire-ravaged Fleetwood Pier which burnt down in 2008.

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A Blackpool entertainer has tidied up a fire-ravaged pier site after council chiefs threatened enforcement action.

Joey Blower, whose real name is Mike Simmons, was told to clear up the site of the former Fleetwood Pier which was demolished after a huge blaze in September 2008.

Mr Simmons, who has a long-term lease on the site from owner Wyre Council, did clear up the site following demolition but there had been many complaints it was still looking a mess with twisted metal and rubble remaining.

But now the site, in a prime tourism area on Fleetwood’s much-loved seafront, has been transformed after Wyre worked with Mr Simmons to sort it out.

Wyre says it had the option of a legal enforcement to get Mr Simmons to tidy the site, but the council did not have to use it.

A Wyre Council spokeswoman added: “We have worked with the leaseholder to get the site tidied up – it’s been cleared and levelled and a fence has been put up along with signage, vastly improving its appearance.”

Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said: “I have had a number of representations on behalf of people in Fleetwood to get this site tidied up.

“The council did approach the site leaseholder on a number of occasions, but it was taking longer to rectify than hoped.

“Our enforcement officer spoke to the leaseholder and it has now reached a satisfactory conclusion.”

Despite repeated attempts to contact Mr Simmons, he was unavailable for comment.

Revised plans for a small hotel on the site, lodged with Wyre Council more than a year ago, are yet to go before planners.

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