Street revamp starts

To highlight improvement work about to begin along Woodlands Road in Ansdell Fylde council officials posed outside Ansdell Institute in their work gear. Pictured next to a JCB are L-R: Councillors Richard Redcliffe and Ben Aitken, and Council Leader David Eaves.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 24-6-2013

To highlight improvement work about to begin along Woodlands Road in Ansdell Fylde council officials posed outside Ansdell Institute in their work gear. Pictured next to a JCB are L-R: Councillors Richard Redcliffe and Ben Aitken, and Council Leader David Eaves. PIC BY ROB LOCK 24-6-2013

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Ward councillors for a Fylde village helped out as a start was made on a £265,000 scheme to revamp a high street.

Fylde Council’s leader, Coun David Eaves, as well as Coun Richard Redcliffe and Coun Ben Aitken, donned hard hats and high-visibility jackets as work began in Ansdell to make improvements to the area.

Coun Eaves said: “Ansdell is a busy shopping area and a hub of community life but it has needed some investment in recent years.

“This scheme is a large investment and has been fully supported in consultation with residents and business owners.

“When complete, the works will result in significant practical and visual improvement.

“The more attractive an area is the more people will want to shop there – and that helps local businesses and jobs.”

Work began on the scheme on Monday.

Funding for the project has come from Fylde Council and Lancashire County Council.

Other cash came from money left over from the Open Golf Championship, earmarked for Ansdell.

The £265,000 scheme will include new street furniture, new trees, new streetlights, new paving and improvements to one of the boundary walls.

New parking will be introduced on Woodlands Road bridge from the Institute southwards.

Work is expected to end by late September, with the road remaining open to traffic throughout.

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