Land at King Street, Blackpool Council, c. Google Earth

Blackpool Council has allocated £16m to parking provision. Credit: Google Earth

Blackpool Council snaps up town centre properties

According to a council report, the acquisition of the land at 12, 14, 16, and 18 King Street will allow the local authority to progress its town centre car parking strategy.

Blackpool Council has agreed on the purchase of the town centre properties for an undisclosed sum.

The site is currently occupied by Kingswood Business Supplies, however an agreement of vacant possession has been agreed with the current owners. This means that the properties will be cleared before they come into the council’s possession.

The purchase of the King Street site follows the council’s recognition of an increased need for town centre parking provision due to various redevelopment projects in the pipeline.

As a result of these projects, such as the extended Houndshill Shopping Centre and £300m Blackpool Central, the council allocated £16m to parking provision in 2019.

Work also started on another scheme down the road from the acquired properties on King Street in February. VINCI Building has begun construction on a 215,000 sq ft civil service head office there.

Elsewhere on King Street, Blackpool Council has submitted plans for a 700-space multistorey car park on the former Syndicate nightclub site.

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Yay more car parks

By Anonymous

Has anyone at Blackpool council ever read a book? More parking is not the answer to this town’s woes

By Anonymous

Not what Blackpool residents want car park at end of yeden way most times empty waste of tax payers money

By Derek

Blackpool does love a car park. The main problem to such plans is that the council can’t maintain anything and will probably become areas of crime and social problems. Still no signs of improvements to roads , pavements and green spaces.

By Paul.

No bus station in a town with 150,000 residents, but yet another car park.

By Anonymous

Extra parking is only creating work and wages for the car park builders. This is not the way to entice people and shoppers into the town. It needs a a thorough cleaning up of rubbishy shop fronts and friendly social areas safe for families.

By WFBroadley

It’s a pity they can’t do something about the eyesore on Bond Street and Waterloo Road the Hartes store .

By David

Underground parking and no ugly multi storey or surface parking should be the norm as it is in France and so more land free for parks or public spaces.or even apartments.

By Joan Smith

Blackpool have signed up for the green zone so how are they going to fill these carparks

By Anonymous

I’d agree with earlier comment ,with yeadon way being a total waste of time and money ,plus why not build some houses on there or something on this useless car park ,biggest in Europe aledgedly .

By mick harrison

Please Please can you invest 16million to South shore area this side of the Town never seems to get any investment hence so badly Run down. All the Glitz n Glamour is for Central area !!!

By Grandma

It’s about time they started putting money in for the residents of Blackpool instead of car parks. Central Drive, Waterloo Rd, Caunce Street Lytham Rd and many more areas need money spending on them it’s the dustbin of Britain filthy and dying through lack of money for the people who live here.

By Anonymous

It seems that the Car is King in this God-forsaken town!! Bus services have been cut (so more people take to their cars…), bus shelters are constantly vandalised (install security cameras??) and some pavements are trip hazards, especially for disabled people.

By Anonymous

It seems that the Borough Council have a very narrow view of how to develop the town as a whole and not just the centre. Yet another car park!! Words fail me. As some of the previous comments make a point, there is more to Blackpool than just the twon centre. Central Drive, Waterloo Rd, Caunce Street Lytham Rd have all been mentioned and quite rightly so.
Some years ago I recommended to the Borough COuncil they go and have a look at Liverpool One, a development with underground parking and which has transformed shopping on Merseyside. They’ve kept the streets but have made them all part of a traffic-free shopping mall. It’s brilliant. Why do we not have any imagination in the transformation of Blackpool? It’s out-of-date, narrow-minded and short on vision. Sack your planners and urban designers, employ a top quality consultant and get something exciting happening.

By Lance Fogg

Yet another car park. Here in France we only have underground car parks. Blackpool is in need of a real face lift like so many sea side towns in England.

By Anonymous

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