Sign protest sparks vow

The sign left on a Blackpool roundabout by residents angry about the condition of the site.
The sign left on a Blackpool roundabout by residents angry about the condition of the site.
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Residents became so fed up with a Blackpool eyesore at a gateway into the resort, they left a clear message for the council for all to see.

A sign has been left on the roundabout at Parkinson Way, off Yeadon Way, which reads: “the lazy council have let this roundabout rust for 10 years but can paint double yellow lines!”.

Now residents are calling for cash set aside to redo street lighting and signs across the resort to be spent on revamping the roundabout in South Shore.

They worry the area gives a poor first impression to visitors arriving into the town via the Yeadon Way link road.

Nathan Hill, a North Shore resident who regularly uses the shops off Parkinson Way, said: “I’ve been concerned about that roundabout for quite some time, it’s an absolute eyesore.

“It’s one of the first impressions tourists and visitors get because it’s one of the main access routes – it’s not an image we want to portray.

“I appreciate there’s budget cuts but simple things like health and safety seem to have gone astray here.

“The cases and covers for the electrical cabling are rusted away and it’s exposed.”

Now Blackpool Council has promised to make cleaning up the site a priority.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The signs and lampposts on Parkinson Way roundabout form part of the PFI contract to replace all such equipment across the town.

“They will be replaced in the near future but in the meantime our streetscene team will be visiting the site immediately to carry out remedial work to clean up the site.

“This is an eyesore for that area of town and I have made it a priority to be cleaned up as soon as possible.”

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