Shopping area set for facelift

Highfield Road, South Shore, Blackpool
Highfield Road, South Shore, Blackpool
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A KEY shopping neighbourhood has been earmarked for a revamp following consultation.

Town hall chiefs are considering a scheme for Highfield Road in South Shore which would be carried out in conjunction with repairs to the carriageway.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport on Blackpool Council, said: “We’ve been consulting with residents and businesses on Highfield Road to see what changes could be made to improve accessibility to shops and amenities.

“This road is due to be resurfaced as part of Project 30 so we are going to use this opportunity to carry out other work in the area.

“Plans are currently being drawn up using the feedback from the consultation for myself and the ward councillors to consider.

“The consultation highlighted parking as a key area for improvement.”

Squires Gate councillor Christian Cox welcomed the proposals.

He said: “The carriageway will be fully resurfaced but there are wider plans to improve the overall environment around Highfield Road for shoppers and traders alike

“The main aims of the scheme are to improve the road surface and make the pavements safer especially for older residents who are particularly vulnerable to uneven pavement surfaces. There are also plans to widen the road making it easier for vehicles to pass especially large vehicles such as buses. More pedestrian crossings will be located along Highfield Road and there are considerations for a 20mph speed limit.”