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A series of interventions are planned as well as several major projects. redit: Mark mc neill on Unsplash

Blackpool to adopt town centre action plan 

Improving public realm and exploring the possibility of expanding the Grundy Art Gallery are among the interventions and initiatives set out in a strategy aimed at sprucing up the coastal town. 

Blackpool Council’s executive will meet next week to sign off the five-year plan, which will guide the future direction of strategic development in the town centre, and support the development of future funding bids and business cases.   

Working with CBRE, the council has identified six areas for intervention. These are:

  • Public realm
  • Zoning and districts  
  • Community  
  • Events and meanwhile uses
  • Culture and entertainment  
  • Heritage 

Already, £1.5m from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund has been earmarked for improvements to signage, lighting, and streetscape. 

Much of the action plan focuses on continuing to support regeneration projects in the town, including Nikal’s £300m Blackpool Central, the ongoing regeneration of Talbot Gateway, which is being led by Muse Developments, and the expansion of Houndshill Shopping Centre. 

Other initiatives outlined in the action plan include exploring the possibility of expanding Grundy Art Gallery and Central Library on Queen Street and looking into “overarching regeneration requirements in the immediate vicinity”. 

In addition, the action plan sets out a plan to upgrade a series of “priority streets” including Bank Hey Street, Victoria Street, Church Street, Birley Street and Topping Street. 

Read a full list of the action plan initiatives.

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More should be done to North Promenade,
Gynn Square and the area upto Bispham is a disgrace

By Dave Smith

Locals need electronic card access ebike huts to secure cycles when in town. I would pay an annual fee towards this scheme.

By Ebikegum

So glad to hear that plans are in place to improve the Blackpool town centre.
As someone who was born and grew up in Blackpool please prioritise the area behind the town hall in front of the benefits office for daily cleaning programme. It’s where people wait for buses and it is soul destroying to see the loss of civic pride in the area especially behind the Town Hall which is a beautiful building. I suggest that the councillors walk around because it is obvious what is needed to bring a sense of pride back to the area. Clifton Street is another area that has become run down with a number of bus shelters which seem to be obsolete and in a poor state.

By Anonymous

How about getting the homeless off the streets thats more of a priority

By Anonymous

Considering the footfall in the town centre, especially through the summer months, there is an abysmal lack of public toilets in Blackpool.

By Alan Smith

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