Road danger for two more years

Owner of Vogue club, Dave Wilcox on the cobbles.
Owner of Vogue club, Dave Wilcox on the cobbles.

A DANGEROUS cobbled road which club bosses claim has left revellers with broken legs and ankles may not be resurfaced for another two years.

That is despite County Hall chiefs telling The Gazette last July that work would be carried out in “future months”.

Bosses at Vogue nightclub in Back West Crescent, St Annes, say they had been complaining to Lancashire County Council about the uneven state of the old cobbles for years when, last year, it was finally given a temporary repair job.

But they say workers have never come back to complete the job – and the road is still uneven.

Today Dave Wilcox, 67, who owns the recently closed Vogue club, says he has been told the work will not now be done until at least 2015. He claims the state of the road may even have affected his business.

He said: “I’ve seen a girl break her leg along this road, and we’ve had several sprained and broken ankles as girls stumble over it on their high heels.

“I went over in flat shoes last week, and I’ve hurt my toe, back and shoulder.

“Each time I’ve told the council about it, and they’ve not listened.

“I called them a few weeks ago and they told me there wasn’t money in the budget to get it repaired this year, and there wasn’t likely to be any next year either.”

Mr Wilcox said he made the decision to close Vogue two weeks ago because of local competition, and planned a relaunch once the road had been resurfaced properly.

He added: “We were going to open with a new road to Vogue, but we don’t know what we’ll do now.

“When we were thinking of closing we asked some of the people in town why they weren’t coming in and they said it was partly because the road was an assault course.”

County hall bosses say resurfacing could be carried out in the future, just not this year.

Highways manager for Fylde, Sim Lane-Dixon, said: “We carried out some repair work on Back West Crescent following concerns raised by local residents.

“We cannot carry out a full resurfacing scheme in the current financial year.

“However, as promised, we will consider the road for possible resurfacing work in the future.”

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