Business leaders in Blackpool have sent an open letter to Boris Johnson, describing how tier 3 measures imposed ahead of the half-term break have had a devastating impact on its £1.6bn hospitality industry.
The council has lodged a bid for £50m from the Towns Fund to revitalise the town having already asked Government for £25m for nine town centre projects and received £8.6m from the Getting Building Fund to revamp Abingdon Street Market and extend Houndshill Shopping Centre.
Stanley Park Golf Club’s redevelopment, construction of a 40,000 sq ft factory in the airport enterprise zone, and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the £300m Blackpool Central leisure scheme, have been voted forward by the council.
The council aims to submit a bid to the £1bn Government fund and has outlined 11 schemes it would help fund, including the extension of Houndshill Shopping Centre and the redevelopment of the Old Post Office into a hotel.
The Skelmersdale-based contractor fell into administration owing £11m to creditors because of the impact of Covid-19 and a string of "problem jobs", most notably Primesite Developments’ £40m The Rise scheme, which left CPUK with £3m of debt.
Leader Paul Foster admitted “significant failings” in the council governance in recent years, including a flawed costing and tender process for Leyland’s £24m leisure centre, and promised to “put things right”.
Council leaders have agreed in principle to explore a combined authority for the county, to address issues such as transport and inward investment and give it greater clout in Whitehall funding decisions.