Tight-lipped over new shop owners

Booths' proposed new Poulton superstore
Booths' proposed new Poulton superstore
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REGENERATION bosses are remaining tight lipped on the new owners of a Fylde coast shopping centre.

Negotiations between the current owners of the Teanlowe Centre in Poulton and a prospective purchaser are at an advance stage.

But at a meeting last night Wyre councillor Barry Birch said he could not yet reveal who would be taking over the centre currently owned by the Co Operative group.

He said: “There has been significant interest from various investors including local and national developers and negotiations are now at an advanced stage.

“We are talking with companies who are keen to regenerate Poulton and we have been conscious that the right buyer is identified.”

Coun Birch also told members that following a public consultation period North West supermarket chain Booths is expected to submit a planning application in the next few months.

He said: “Their agents are currently collating the results of the consultation and a planning application is likely to be submitted soon.”

Plans to construct and improve the current Booths supermarket on the site of the existing store’s car park on Ball Street were displayed last month.

If approved the new store will have sales area of more than 20,000 sq ft and an additional 200 car parking spaces.

At the meeting held at the Civic Centre in Poulton, Wyre coun Roger Berry gave members an update on the air quality action plan for Chapel Street in Poulton.

He said: “The University of West England has completed a new report which concludes there is no evidence to suggest that nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the Chapel Street area are decreasing.”

Chapel Street was identified as having higher than normal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air last year.

The council is legally required to produce an Air Quality Action Plan showing how it intends to improve the local air quality in the future.

Investigations show the main cause to be traffic congestion.