Making town centre safer

Coun Elaine Silverwood in Kirkham's Market Square.
Coun Elaine Silverwood in Kirkham's Market Square.
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A TOWN centre is being made safer thanks to two new schemes to stop people being tripped up by crooks and cracks.

Kirkham’s Market Square is having new pavements installed and councillors are also hoping to introduce no cold calling zones after a number of reports of distraction thefts in the area.

The pavements scheme comes after an investment by County Hall which has been match funded by Fylde Council.

The first phase is almost complete and has cost around £70,000.

Coun Liz Oades, who represents the town on Fylde Council, said it would take another two phases, at around the same cost each, to complete the project.

She said: “I am very pleased that after a number of years of going on about the pavements in Kirkham we have managed to get the county council to start replacing them.

“Unfortunately, this is going to take a couple of years.

“It’s to be welcomed that we’ve had this money, though it is nothing compared with what’s been spent on St Annes, Lytham and Ansdell. Really, we hope to see more money spent in Kirkham.”

Coun Oades said the town’s pavements were replaced around 15 years ago, but had since been dug up by cable companies and had become a trip hazard.

“I have been banging on about this for several years because the pavements are unsafe in parts,” she added.

Coun Elaine Silverwood, who also represents Kirham at Fylde, said: “There’s been a lot of hard work gone into this pavements scheme and they look fantastic. Everyone is commenting on how amazing it will look when the rest is done. This is a big thing for Kirkham.”

Coun Oades has also been in talks with Trading Standards to have no cold calling zones set up in parts of Kirkham.

It comes after reports in the town that scammers have been calling at elderly people’s homes pretending to be from the water board.

As the home owners have been at the door talking, another person enters the house from the back and steals what they can before they are caught.

Coun Oades said: “We have invited Trading Standards to a future council meeting where we will look into whether there are areas that would benefit from the scheme.”

Coun Silverwood added: “We are a community and we are proud of that. Kirkham is somewhere where we all pull together and that is coming through to the next generation as well.”

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