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Buildings damaged as lorries squeeze by

Pypers Garage owner Vincent Unsworth at the property, on Bath Street, which has been damaged by lorries squeezing past

Pypers Garage owner Vincent Unsworth at the property, on Bath Street, which has been damaged by lorries squeezing past

Lorries driving along roads that are far too narrow for them are causing chaos on the streets of Blackpool, it has been claimed.

Residents and traders have today spoken out after a 20ft wagon clipped the corner of Pypers Garage, on Rawcliffe Street, bringing decorative brickwork on the building crashing down to the pavement.

But they say this incident is just the latest in a long line of problems caused by vehicles trying to squeeze down the narrow roads and called for them to avoid the area.

The road was blocked on Tuesday morning while firefighters made the scene safe and surveyors assessed the building.

But garage boss Vincent Unsworth said it is only a matter of time until it happens again – and he might not get off so lightly next time.

He added: “There is a problem with wagons here – we are always getting hit but this is the first time we’ve been got this badly.

“They have clipped the building quite a few times and we are always repairing the flashing and things like that.

“It is going to keep happening. About two years ago we had to put in an insurance claim against one of them.

“It is a hassle we don’t need.”

Michael McFarlane, who has lived on the corner of Bath Street and Rawcliffe Street for the last 10 years, said the on-going problem shows no sign of easing up.

The 65-year-old added: “This is the third time I can think of that this has happened in the last couple of years.

“We need to do something to stop the wagons. A bollard outside one of the shops got hit so many times it was taken away.

“If they take away the bollard outside my house then my building is going to be the next one hit. The wagons are using these roads several times a week.”

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