£180,000 facelift in time for Open golf

Wood Street St Annes
Wood Street St Annes
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THE final part of a massive project to revamp the heart of St Annes has been given the go-ahead after councillors voted to splash the cash.

More than £180,000 will be spent bringing Wood Street up to scratch in time for next year’s Open Golf.

Fylde Council had taken the road out of its plans ahead of the prestigious tournament.

But, after receiving £1.375m from the controversial sale of Lytham’s Melton Grove, it has now decided to press ahead with the work.

And the decision has been welcomed by ward councillor Sue Fazackerely, who said: “It’s the last phase in the Square regeneration because Orchard Road has been done, Park Road has been done and the Square has been done.

“It’s finishing off the regeneration project in the heart of St Annes. I’m very pleased because that area has been designated the ‘cafe quarter’ of the town and there are a lot of nice restaurants and sandwich shops. An area like that needs to have a good street scene.

“It’s not just for the Open Golf – although we are looking to that – but forever and ever onwards.”

Thousands is being spent to get the Fylde ready for the Open Golf, and money has already been splashed on revamping neighbouring Orchard Road and Station Road, in Lytham.

A £28,000 project to create a “Boulevard of Nations” on Clifton Drive is also due to take place, while there will be improvements to Clifton Drive South as part of the £2.5m Travelodge development.

The £180,585 Wood Street project will be carried out in conjunction with Lancashire County Council and is due to begin in January.