Court could be on way out of central site

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Blackpool’s courthouse could be set to relocate in a move which would further open up the Central Station site for potential leisure development.

The police station on Bonny Street is already earmarked for demolition once a new police station is built on the site of the former Progress House on Clifton Road in Marton.

Now a feasability study is underway to find a new location for the courts, councillors have been told.

Coun Mark Smith, cabinet member for business and economic development, told a meeting of Blackpool Council’s tourism, economy and resources committee: “We are looking at the relocation of the courts and there is a process around that.

“So watch this space, but it will be sooner rather than later.

“A feasability study is going on at the moment looking at what would be the best place for the courts.”

The relocation of the courthouse from the Central Station site would be the 
last piece of the jigsaw to free up a larger parcel of land which would be more 
attractive to potential developers.

Coun Smith added: “There are people showing an interest in that site and it is looking much more positive going forward.”

He was speaking in response to questions from Coun Maxine Callow.

She said: “Over the years we have all heard big ideas for that site and unfortunately they have fallen by the wayside.

“But now hopefully when the police station and magistrates courts move we will have a free space and will be in a better position to attract a developer.”

In the past the site has been earmarked for a super-casino and a snow-based indoor attraction, but neither scheme ever came to fruition.

Previous sites suggested for the law courts have included land on Talbot Road as part of the Talbot Gateway development, but that site is now home to the Sainsbury’s petrol station.