Chief quizzed on trams, shops and child poverty

From the excitement of Blackpool’s multi-million pound transformation to the misery of child poverty in the town - and much in between - council chief Simon Blackburn was grilled on it all.

A photo of the scene posted by Assistant Chief Constable Terry Woods.

M6 closed following "serious injury collision" involving car and lorry

The M6 was closed this afternoon following a two-vehicle collision.
The Briardene Hotel, Cleveleys

Fylde coast hotel back on the market

The Briardene Hotel on Kelso Road in Cleveleys is back on the market as the current owners are looking to retire.

Labour's shadow business and energy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey speaking to campaigners at the Preston New Road fracking site

Labour "will ban fracking" says shadow energy secretary

Labour’s shadow business secretary has reaffirmed her party’s commitment to ban fracking as she visited the Fylde drill site.

The Swift Hound is set to close and could now be demolished, papers said

New £7m bingo hall plans are set for pub site in Blackpool

The Swift Hound pub could be demolished and replaced with a bingo hall and drive-through restaurant in a £6.8m project.
Kate Seed, left, with Shaun Clarke and Kelly O'Neil

Sandwich shop owner chooses to help environmental by joining ReFILL scheme

A sandwich shop owner in Blackpool said she knew she wanted to back the ReFILL campaign after reading about The Gazette’s war on plastic.

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Blackpool firm’s £6.75m scheme

A Blackpool building firm has won the £6.75m contract to revamp a top North West theatre and arts hub.

Alan Welsh, policy manager at the North and Western Lancashire Chamber

Quarterly survey’s good start

The year has started on an optimistic note according to a major county survey.

Blackpool Council leader, Coun Simon Blackburn, held a question and answer session with residents via Facebook.

Council chief quizzed on trams, shops and poverty via Facebook

Residents made the most of their chance to grill Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn via Facebook last night.

Aston Martin Vantage

First drive: Aston Martin Vantage

Could this really be the much-loved British brand's Porsche 911 beater? Rebecca Chaplin heads to Portugal to see if it lives up to the hype.
Speed limits are set for a reason

Half of drivers think speeding is acceptable, poll finds

Half of drivers (50%) think it is acceptable to break speed limits, new research suggests.

Blackpool North station

Here's what a Northern director had to say when confronted about yet 'another cancelled train'

A regional director at Northern Rail, which operates the trains running out of Blackpool, appeared to blame delays in the electrification work between the resort’s North station and Preston for trains being cancelled.
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Blackpool North station earlier this week

Rail minister blames delay on electrification work on bad weather and two specialist trains that broke down and CRASHED

Rail minister Jo Johnson said he was ‘disappointed’ with the delay on work, which was blamed on a ‘combination of bad weather and technical glitches’, including a breakdown on a specialist wiring train – with another wiring train involved in a road smash.
Temporary traffic lights were removed on Wednesday

Temporary traffic lights that caused chaos under Devonshire Road railway bridge axed as council claims they were there without permission

Temporary traffic lights under the railway bridge in Devonshire Road, North Shore, were removed on the orders of the council, which yesterday claimed they were put up without permission.
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Amanda and Nick Thompson prepare for the final piece to be placed in the creation of Icon at the Pleasure Beach, back in February

An iconic day in resort's history: Pleasure Beach sets date for first riders of new rollercoaster

Blackpool Pleasure Beach's new £16.25m rollercoaster Icon will open to the public on Friday, May 25 - in time for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Ms Gordon thought the supermarket had made a typo when she was charged 930.11 for the 11p banana. Photo credit: Bobbie Gordon/PA Wire

Shopper charged more than £930 for 11p banana

A leading supermarket has been forced to apologise after it charged a shopper more than £930 for just one banana.

6 beer gardens in the Fylde coast to enjoy during this week's 'mini heatwave'

With the arrival of some very welcome warm weather, you'll surely want to make the most if it.


Debenhams profits plunge nearly 85% after battering by Beast from the East

Debenhams saw its half-year profits plunge nearly 85% after extreme weather brought in by the Beast from the East gouged earnings.

Fylde Council leader Coun Susan Fazackerley

New patrol service introduced by Fylde Council for great outdoors

Five new jobs have been created with the introduction of a ranger and coastal patrol service by Fylde Council.

The work ongoing at Blackpool North train station

Anger over rail delays lead to calls for clarity as bosses slam 'unfounded' rumours

MPs called for clarity over the progress on the huge rail upgrade project linking the resort to Preston and beyond.
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