‘Road plan will make pavement too narrow’

Safety fears: Charlie Docherty, chairman of the Central Holiday Area PACT, shows how narrow the pavement in Coronation Street could become when parking bay are built as part of a plan to make more roads two-way

Safety fears: Charlie Docherty, chairman of the Central Holiday Area PACT, shows how narrow the pavement in Coronation Street could become when parking bay are built as part of a plan to make more roads two-way

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Hoteliers fear plans to make a town centre road two-way will mean pavements are no longer wide enough to accommodate high levels of footfall.

Blackpool Council is currently consulting on proposals to make changes to Coronation Street between Hornby Road and Adelaide Street, and Hornby Road between Park Road and Coronation Street, which are currently one-way.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council

Highways chiefs believe the move would improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly access to the Hounds Hill shopping centre.

But there has been a mixed reaction to the proposals which would also see the introduction of new loading and parking bays on the west side of Coronation Street.

Kevin Jolliffe, of Birch House Hotel on Coronation Street, said: “We want the council to leave it as it is because if they put in parking bays it will make the pavement too narrow.

“We have parked a car to show how much space would be left, and you couldn’t get past on a mobility scooter.”

Charlie Docherty, chairman of the Central Holiday Area PACT (police and community together), said: “This is an area of high footfall so we need to keep the wide pavements, and no-one has asked for any changes to be made.

“All people would like is a left turn from Albert Road past Debenhams.”

Gail Smith of the Lanes Hotel on Coronation Street, said: “We need to know more detail, but I want to ensure that whatever happens, guests can still park for an hour to unload and that there is parking for our disabled guests, as at present.”

Marje Tracy, of The-Come-Ye-Inn guesthouse on Hornby Road said she would welcome Hornby Road becoming two-way.

She said: “I think it would be less confusing because at the moment you get a lot of people driving the wrong way.”

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways on Blackpool Council, said the proposals had come from the council’s consultative forum on roads.

He said: “We are trying to open up roads that have in the past been one-way to encourage people to go into town, park up and spend money.

“We want to help businesses, not hinder them.”

The council said the full cost of the scheme is not known, but installing parking bays would cost around £30,000.