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New Fleetwood store set to open next month will see eyesore premises revamped

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A new business is to open up in Fleetwood’s biggest shop building which has been empty for almost six years and became the town centre’s biggest eyesore.


A new shop is to open at the former Store Twenty One premises in Fleetwood for the first time in almost six years

A new shop is to open at the former Store Twenty One premises in Fleetwood for the first time in almost six years

The Ex-Catalogue Discount Outlet operation is to open in the former Store Twenty One premises on Lord Street.

Businessman Gareth Robb, 32, intends to officially open the new store in late February and says the enterprise will create between 15 and 20 new jobs.

He says the enterprise has benefited from a Wyre Council regeneration grant of up to £25,000 and a further £15,000 will be spent by the business, with much of the money being used on internal and external regeneration work.

Mr Robb, who lived in Fleetwood for many years, said: “We are looking to open next month, after a few hold-ups.

“We will be stocking a wide range of ex-catalogue items, clothing, bedding, homeware and furniture.

“We are a small local company taking on such a big project and we hope it shows how committed we are to bringing this store back to life and investing in the local community.”

The company already has a similar store at Blackpool’s Hounds Hill Centre and a smaller one in Cleveleys, having previously opened a much smaller shop on Lord Street before the lease ran out.

Terry Rogers, chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport (Tram Sunday) had recently called for something to be done about the store, given its position in the heart of Fleetwood.

He said: “This is very welcome news and I wish them the best of luck.”

The building was once the jewel in the crown on Fleetwood’s high street before its decline, with the town’s cherished Marks and Spencer store based there until 1986.

Up until 2016 it had been home to a Store Twenty One homeware and gifts branch, and before that a Hitchens discount outlet.

But after Store Twenty One closed its condition continued to deteriorate, with a metal sign and later a window falling off the building, and then a cannabis farm being discovered there.

Mr Robb is leasing the premises from the owners, a faith charity based on Salford.

He said: “They have been very helpful and have done some repair work to the roof themselves.

“I hope customers will make good use of our shop when it opens, I think it’s good for Fleetwood town centre.”



Plans to reopen South Promenade go-karting track are thrown out by Blackpool Council

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A closed-down go-karting attraction on Blackpool Promenade will not be allowed to reopen after an application was refused by the town council.


The Karting 2000 Raceway will not be allowed to remain permanently on South Promenade, the Council has ruled

The Karting 2000 Raceway will not be allowed to remain permanently on South Promenade, the Council has ruled

The Karting 2000 Raceway, located near South Pier and the Sandcastle Waterpark, was previously given permission to operate for five years in 2015, but closed down in 2020 once the agreement ran its course.

A new application submitted to make the track a permanent attraction has now been thrown out, as changes to local flood maps mean the land now lies within a flood-risk zone.

Blackpool Civic Trust also objected to the proposal, which they argued was contrary to planning guidelines, as there is supposed to be no development west of the tram tracks.

The council’s heritage committee also objected. They said: “The site is next to the locally listed South Pier… The track and buildings affect the setting of the pier. There are also a number of other small structures to the north and south of the pier, such as ice cream kiosks and the larger Theatre D’Amour. Together they have a detrimental impact on its setting by blocking views of the sea and seashore to the north and south of the pier, to the extent that it can only be appreciated in glimpses between the various structures.

“If the original use was temporary this would be an ideal opportunity to reverse some of the harm to the setting by opening up views to the sea in this location.”

A statement submitted on behalf of the Pleasure Beach, meanwhile, said approval of the application would set an ‘unacceptable precedent for development on the Prom which should remain free from development beyond that which already lawfully exists’.



Run down Blackpool property full of potential is now up for auction

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Would you take on this property and give it a new lease of life?


Blackpool property in need of some TLC
Blackpool property in need of some TLC

Just streets away from Blackpool’s seafront is this unsuspecting property that could be the beginnings of a new venture.

Tucked away just off of the Promenade is the run down property, formerly a commercial unit but now, without any owner, the property is in need of quite a bit of work.

Along Clarendon Road, down a side street, is the two storey detached workshop unit, still filled with the evidence of its once thriving days.


The exterior of the building, whilst probably the most intact part of the property doesn’t fill onlookers with much hope for its future, but upon closer inspection, this small shed-like unit could be a real gem.

One of two office spaces inside this run down unit
One of two office spaces inside this run down unit

Currently on the bidding market, prices for this property start at £60,000 with the auction date scheduled for later this January.

Inside, the unit briefly comprises ground floor open plan workshop which is accessed via double doors – this is quite the selling point for the property and could make for a brilliant studio or an enhanced workshop space.

Up on the first floor, there is a great opportunity for office spaces for a smaller company with reasonably sized rooms and even a small kitchen space for those all important brew breaks.

Spacious workshop on the ground floors of the property
Spacious workshop on the ground floors of the property

From the work shop there is separate access to the first floor where the two offices, kitchen, store and toilets can be found.

Both office rooms have ample amounts of space for desks, chairs printers and storage furniture making it and ideal place to work.

The kitchen is big enough for two people to use at one time so again, for a smaller company in need of an office, this space is truly ideal.

Small kitchen space inside this unit
Small kitchen space inside this unit

While it may seem the obvious option to use the building as a work shop and office, there is still room for so much more.

The entire building could be converted into small flats, perfect for single individuals looking for a local place to live.

It could be used as a salon with each room ideal for beauty treatments- for £60,000 this could be an investor’s dream.

The auctions has been scheduled for January 20 at 12pm- more details can be found on the website.



The best cafes and coffee shops on the Fylde coast that everyone should try, according to TripAdvisor

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From ‘beautiful’ brunch spots to ‘lovely’ spots for a brew – there’s lots of hidden gems to explore


The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire
The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Whether you fancy a walk with your dog or a quick trip out to see the sea, the Fylde Coast is a beautiful place to be.

According to travellers on Tripadvisor, its also one of the best places to pop in to an independent cafe for a coffee or pot of tea – or even a bite to eat.

There are a lot of coffee shops on the Fylde coast, so much so, working out where to pick up your hot companion for your winter walk can be a little tricky.

One way to find out where’s good is to hear from people who have been there before, and travellers on Tripadvisor are there to do exactly that.

Here are the highest rated cafes on the Fylde Coast, including coffee spots from Fleetwood, Blackpool and Lytham St Annes.

Curiositea at 23

Curiositea at 23 is rated #6 of 449 restaurants in Blackpool and boasts a five-star rating following 200 reviews left by previous guests.

The Layton Road cafe serves breakfast, lunch and brunch and has only 13 reviews below ‘excellent’.

Curiositea cafe on Layton Road, Blackpool
Curiositea cafe on Layton Road, Blackpool (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Of its 187 ‘excellent’ reviews, those who have previously visited the cafe have said it is a ‘beautiful place’ with ‘great food’.

One guest named Donna wrote: “What an amazing coffee shop. Nothing was too much trouble for us. The lady who owns it had so much knowledge on gluten free as he dad has it and she took her time to tell us things which were gluten free(which was most of the menu) and even said she had different mayonnaise in the back.

“The portion sizes are huge and the homemade coleslaw is so fresh. The staff are so lovely and chatty and nothing was too much trouble for them. Honestly it is worth 10 and more. Do not come to this area without stopping in you will not be disappointed.”

Curiositea at 23 is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9am until 4pm.

The Lytham Kitchen

The Lytham Kitchen, in Lytham St Anne’s, is rated #6 of 115 restaurants in the area. It is rated 4.5 stars overall following 568 reviews left by previous guests on Tripadvisor.

422 of those reviews rate the Lytham Kitchen as ‘excellent’ with many praising the cafe for its varied menu.

Graham W said the cafe is ‘reliably good’ and wrote: “Always a great experience here – friendly staff, great service, and food always on form. Everything you’d want in a small cafe/restaurant.”

The Lytham Kitchen is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30am until 4:30pm. On sunday it is open from 10:30am.


Mojo in Bispham is rated #1 of two coffee and tea shops in Bispham. It has a five-star rating following 79 reviews from previous guests and is yet to receive a review below ‘very good’.

76 of its 79 reviews rate it as ‘excellent’ with many customers simply stopping by to pick up a coffee or a bite to eat.

One user described it as a ‘lovely little coffee shop’ and wrote: “My partner and I stopped off at this little gem on a recent day out in Blackpool. We ordered a couple of lattes and both agreed that these were delicious.

“The barista was very friendly and informative about the products. The drinks were great value and the added touch of a little Lotus biscuit on the side was very welcomed. We would 100% recommended this coffeeshop to anyone looking for a well made coffee and wanting to support local businesses.”

Mojo is a place ‘for coffee lovers’ and is open every dau from 9:30am. It closes at 4:30pm every day except Friday and Saturday, where it closes at 10pm.

Beach Cafe Fylde

Beach Cafe Fylde is rated #5 of 31 quick bites in Lytham St Anne’s. Prices range from £6 to £11, its veggie friendly and has gluten free options.

Situated on the South Promenade, its the ideal spot to pick up a hot drink on a coast walk.

Previous customers have said it is ‘worth a visit’ with others saying they serve a ‘great cuppa in safe environment’.

Carolyn B said it is an ‘excellent place’ and wrote: “Great food, spotlessly clean and we felt very safe. The scrambled egg was perfect and the toast was lovely, not just warmed up bread. To crown a lovely all day breakfast they serve Rooibos tea. 10/10 for that. We will be back.”

Beach Cafe Fylde is open every day from 9am until 5pm.


Katie’s in Fleetwood is rated as #1 for desserts in Fleetwood and has five-stars on Tripadvisor.

The cafe is in the Affinity Lancashire shopping centre (?) and is said to be ‘excellent’ by those who have visited before.

Katie's at Affinity retail park in Fleetwood, Lancashire
Katie’s at Affinity retail park in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

One customer reviewed the cafe last week and wrote: “Greeted by, polite well dressed staff who show you to a table. Lovely clean restaurant. Plenty of choice on the menu, I had the special, southern chicken on a ciabatta with salad and fries, dad had a full breakfast. Both severed in a timely manner and the food was delicious, both plates went back empty. Will definitely recommend and we will return.”

The cafe was established in 2018 and is open every day from 10am until 4:30pm. On Sunday it opens at 10:30am.

Compass cafe bar

Compass Cafe Bar of Birley Street in Blackpool is rated as #1 of 124 Quick Bites at the resort. It is rated five-stars overall following reviews from 235 customers on Tripadvisor.

215 of its 235 reviews rate it as ‘excellent’ with some guests branding Compass cafe bar as ‘the best’.

Helene D said: “Been here twice in a row for breakfast and it can’t be beaten on price, quality or friendliness of the team working here. They are lovely and welcoming the place is spotless and the food beautiful!”

Compass Cafe Bar is open every day from 9am until 4pm, on Saturday it closes at 5pm.

Carol and Jason’s The Eating House

The Eating House in Fleetwood is rated #2 of 53 restaurants in Fleetwood and boasts a five-star rating following 112 reviews.

The Adelaide Street cafe has been described as a ‘very homely and cosy little place to eat’ by previous customers.

The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire
The Eating House cafe in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Detlev M wrote: “5 out 5, very friendly family run eatery. We ordered a small all day breakfast and a coffee, and not only was the food lovely, but the portion was more than we expected. well worth it . lovely small place were you can eat relaxed.”

Carol and Jason’s The Eating House is closed on Monday, Sunday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday it is open from 8am until 3pm and promises a good breakfast.

Fresh Cafe

Fresh Cafe in Lytham St Anne’s is rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor with previous customers praising the ‘excellent cafe’.

Its dog-friendly and is highly thought of for its cakes and afternoon tea.

One user left a shining review in December and wrote: “Lovely cafe, great service & an excellent breakfast, great value and staff very welcoming pleasant and attentive. Used two days in a row as we were visiting family and they remembered the previous days order.

“Dogs welcome and they received a sausage each which helped keep them quiet. We will definitely be returning.”

Fresh cafe is open every day, except Monday and Sunday, from 10am until 4pm.

Ziggy’s Cafe Bar

Ziggy’s Cafe Bar in Cedar Square, Blackpool, has a five-star rating built up from 223 reviews from previous customers on Tripadvisor.

The cafe has been praised for its ‘great value’ and ‘amazing’ breakfast by many happy guests.

One user, lynnereay78, said they serve a ‘great breakfast with quality ingredients’.

They wrote: “Saw this place reviewed by a vlogger the macmaster and he rated this place as exceptional so we gave it a go, we ordered the breakfast special which as £12 for 2 people, it came with a very good quality sausage, 2 bacon, mushrooms, fried egg, beans in a separate pot, 2 toast and a tea or coffee.

“The food was delicious and hot, the service was fantastic and the place is spotlessly clean. We will definitely going back every visit to blackpool. Can’t recommend this place highly enough.”

Ziggy’s Cafe Bar is closed on Wednesday and Sunday, but it is open from 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Cafe Royal

Fleetwood’s Cafe Royal is also among the highest-rated cafes on the Fylde coast.

It has 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor following 345 reviews left by previous customers, 233 rate Cafe Royal as ‘excellent’.

Cafe Royal in Fleetwood, Lancashire
Cafe Royal in Fleetwood, Lancashire (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

One guest said Cafe Royal is ‘Fleetwoods best kept secret’ after visiting in October.

The user, Shay2589, wrote: “This was our first visit after being recommended by a freind and it definitely lived upto our expectations. We visited last Sunday and upon arrival we were made to feel really at ease (especially with all the do’s and dont’s at the moment).

“We were greeted by a bubbly staff member and asked to sanitise, fill the track and trace and wear our mask to the table until we were seated at the table which was being sanitised just as we walked in. We opted for the 3 course roast dinner and it was delicious, the beef was tender and tasty and the chips were the real deal – home cooked!!

“Service was superb, really well run under what we can only imagine must be difficult circumstances for them. Thankyou ladies we will definitely be back soon”

Others have said ‘you will not find better homemade chips’ than those at Cafe Royal.

Cafe Royal is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 5pm.

Bistro St Annes

Bistro St Annes of Orchard Road in Lytham St Annes has a five-star rating on Tripadvisor and is rated as #4 of 115 restaurants in the area.

Of its 218 reviews, 185 of them consider the cafe ‘excellent’ with many citing its ‘great’ and ‘tasty’ food.

One customer wrote: “We had two large breakfasts and a breakfast barm. Everything was excellent and served by lovely friendly staff. I would highly recommend this place. The tea was good too. The decor is nice with plenty of space between tables and the food is thoughtfully presented.”

Bistro St Annes is open from 10am until 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Number Five

Also in Blackpool’s Cedar Square is Number Five who have 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor.

Of its 349 customer reviews, only 18 rated it below ‘very good’ – 263 rated it as ‘excellent’.

The cafe is praised for its paninis, cakes, coffee and ‘pleasant atmosphere’ frequently in its reviews.

One customer said it is a ‘great cafe’ and added: “Stopped off here for Coffee & Cake. Great quick service, nice coffee, nice cake & good price. Is nicely situated with a view over the square.”

Number Five is open every day from 9:30am. It closes at 4:30pm from Monday to Wednesday, and at 5pm from Thursday to Sunday.

The Black Sheep Tea Room

The Black Sheep Tea Room in Lytham St Anne’s is rated 4.5 stars overall by previous guests on Tripadvisor.

123 of its 162 reviews rate it as ‘excellent’.

It is generally praised for its ‘lovely food and great service’ with other previous customers sharing its ‘amazing afternoon tea’.

One customer said: “I recently went with a girlfriend to the black sheep tearoom. We ordered an afternoon tea. The staff were fantastic Very friendly. The food was all so fresh and delicious, I will be back again very soon.”

The Clifton Street gem is open every day. It opens at 9:30am from Monday to Friday, but opens at 10am on Sunday.



Blackpool firm wins work on £10m city living project

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Blackpool building services engineering company, Ameon ended its calendar year with a £10m mechanical and electrical contract gain.

The Whitehills-based firm won the work at Latitude Purple, the Hub Group’s huge twin-tower residential development on Whitehall Road in Leeds city centre.

Appointed by main contractor, John Sisk and Son, Ameon will commence its 72-week phase of the contract on the development in November 2022 and will deploy up to 80 operatives at peak on the project.

It will involve design and installation of the services infrastructure serving 463 residential apartments and communal areas in the 17 and 21-storey towers and the single- storey podium deck, linking the taller structures.

The Latitude Purple scheme

The Latitude Purple scheme

Ameon contracts director, Rod Bunce said: “We’ve demonstrated our capabilities on many high-rise residential tower blocks, particularly in the development hotspots of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds in recent years; therefore I believe we’re a perfect fit for Latitude Purple, which will be a fantastic addition to the skyline of city centre Leeds.

“We’re also delighted to be working again with Sisk, with whom we have enjoyed excellent working relationships on previous projects and look forward to helping to bring Latitude Purple to life.”

Alan Rodger, managing director for UK North, John Sisk and Son, said: “I am delighted that we will be working with Ameon on this prestigious development for Hub Group, which will expand the city centre, and provide hundreds of quality homes for the local community.

“We have a brilliant working relationship with the company, forged on previous high-quality projects, and I am excited that we will get to strengthen that relationship further on Latitude Purple.”

Latitude Purple is the first of a raft of new contracts across the north for Ameon, with more in the pipeline for 2022.


Want to live greener in 2022? These Fylde coast eco-friendly shops can help

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Affordable zero-waste stores in Blackpool, Fleetwood and St Annes to help you reduce your carbon footprint


There’s been a boom in eco-shops in 2021, and it’s no surprise. People are more aware of their carbon footprint, and more of us are taking steps to reduce waste.

Six in ten Brits actively sought to reduce their use of single-use plastic in 2021, according to Statista research. More than half of us think that large supermarkets still aren’t doing enough to curb the amount of packaging.

These four Fylde coast shops can help you make 2022 the year to go green.

Blackpool’s ‘brightest season ever’ as businesses go ‘above and beyond’ to create winter to remember

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‘The buzz around town especially on the prom has been extremely positive’


Blackpool at night
Blackpool at night (Image: PA)

Blackpool residents are praising the resort following its ‘brightest season ever’ throughout the winter period.

For the 2021 Christmas period, Blackpool was crowned the cheapest Christmas attraction for families in the UK, with a study finding that the total cost for a family of four was only £37.

The seaside town hosted a variety of things to do including, ice skating, snowfalls, a projection show and magic forest, as well as the Star Flyer ride and Winter Gardens Wonderland – and those who live at the resort are celebrating the ‘best’ season as it passes.


Director of StayBlackpool, Ian White, told LancsLive: “As a Blackpool Hotelier and Director of the Hotel Association StayBlackpool, I am delighted at the way the extended season has brought so many people to town. The buzz around town especially on the prom has been extremely positive.

“It has been heartwarming to see and hear so much positive feedback on social media platforms and from StayBlackpool members. Blackpool Council and so many businesses have excelled during this period, going above and beyond at so many levels, creating a winter season to remember for all the right reasons.

“It is great to know the extended Illuminations and so much more will return during the winter 2022. Lots of positive lessons have been learned during a period of so much uncertainty and various challenges, giving the certainty this coming winter will be much bigger and better.”

Margaret Summers shared a post congratulating the resort to the Blackpool & Fylde COAST Past, Present and Future group on Facebook.

She wrote: “I feel I have to congratulate Blackpool my home for 73 years we have been walking the prom almost daily for the last 4 year but this year has been amazing with the new ride and all going on on the comedy carpet and else where In the town,

“The illuminations to us have shone the brightest ever all this has been a great thing for Blackpool we drove along the prom the other night it was so busy with family’s and others like the middle of summer let’s hope they all come back in the years to come so we’ll done Blackpool xx I love you xx”

The Star Flyer ride on Blackpool's sea front opposite the Tower
The Star Flyer ride on Blackpool’s sea front opposite the Tower

Brian Sherratt added: “Thats great we lived here for 36 years and we do the same all the time we walk the prom to town and back a lot and went down to have a look on new years eve called in C Fresh near the foxhall pub and had our tea it brilliant.”

Carol Mooney wrote: “I agree! It’s been wonderful seeing Blackpool so busy. The Christmas market and ride have been a great success. Blackpool gets a bad press but it has a lot of good points and I love it.”

The winter season at the resort saw the Christmas illuminations extended until January 3, with early indicators showing that the decision to extend the display was already paying off as early as December 7.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Wonderland also provided Bavarian-style Christmas markets as well as a Santa’s grotto, Ice-skating, snowfalls, a projection show and magic forest which were all free to access.

For the first time, Winter Gardens also hosted the Star Flyer – Europe’s largest travelling aerial ride – which saw those brave enough to get on it soar half the height of Blackpool Tower.



Year of the big kick-off at the enterprise zone

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With a new manager at the airport, plus new sports facilities and road changes, 2022 looks set to kick off in a special way for Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.


The £75m project which aims to create 5,000 jobs over its 25 year lifespan is progressing well despite being hampered by coronavirus issues and will see important changes in the coming year.

Construction is on schedule to complete the new sports changing facilities near the new pitches already in use on the eastern side of the 144 hectare site in spring and work will start then to add a new 3G floodlit pitch and rugby pitch with car parking.

The new sports facilities for the people of Blackpool will be put to good use, with the huge youth football competition aiming to attract 4,000 participants, The Blackpool Cup, due to be hosted at Common Edge Playing Fields at Easter and May bank holiday on April 16 to 17 and 30 April to May 1.

Conlon Construction has started work on the new sports facilities on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

Conlon Construction has started work on the new sports facilities on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

A planning application will be submitted in January for the new access road that will link Common Edge Road and Amy Johnson Way but stage one highways works will commence to improve access at Division Lane West.

And also in the next few weeks, carbon fibre specialist Multi-ply will officially open its new £8m, 400,000sq ft building which was completed in 2021 by Eric Wright Group, making the enterprise zone a centre for a crucial technology of the future.

The changes build on the progress made in 2021 when the zone was provisionally awarded a £7.5m share of Blackpool’s £39.5m Town Deal, to

help towards the cost of a new Eastern Gateway Access road and highways improvements that will result in better traffic flow around the site, provide better connectivity for Blackpool Business Park and will unlock commercial development land. School Lane and Common Edge Lane will also be

A CGI of how the new pavilion and changing rooms will look

A CGI of how the new pavilion and changing rooms will look

improved, which will ease traffic significantly in this area of town.

Staff at the airport started the year amid a lockdown offering PCR Covid tests at the airport and ongoing business support and the council worked to take back day to day control of the airport operations.

With a new manager due to be appointed in the next few weeks and after winning free business advice to help with the redevelopment of the airport with the Airport Development Advisory Fund, the plan is to secure new business, assess and identify viable routes, potential operators and partner airfields for the aviation operations o the zone.

In April Lancashire Energy HQ also brought home a double win at the 13th UK Nuclear Skills Awards, organised by NSAN, winning the Best Provider and Employer Collaboration Award for its Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship programme, and BENg (Hons) student, Kane Porter, won the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award.

The work heralds an important year ahead for the zone

The work heralds an important year ahead for the zone

Springs specialist Force Technology was winner of an internal trade award in September at the Northern Automotive Alliance Awards 2021 and Helispeed flew famous You Tuber Dan tDM to the resort to unveil his new waxwork at Madame Tussauds.

Conlon Contractors are the main contractors appointed on the sports facilities development and progress is on schedule and going well, with steelwork now up on site. The new facilities, designed by Preston architects Cassidy and Ashton are anticipated to be ready by late spring 2022.

Rob Green, Head of Enterprise Zones at Blackpool Council said: “We have been pleased with the pace of activity throughout 2021, highlighted by the new 40,000sq ft Multiply HQ on track for a spring occupation, and work is progressing well at the new changing rooms facility at Common Edge Road playing fields, which is on target for a spring opening.

“We are quietly confident that the pace of activity will accelerate in 2022 and we will see more development activity on site. We have a planning application for the highways works in the pipeline for a spring submission, and the infrastructure works around Division Lane West are due to start early in the New Year.

Coun Mark Smith and Rob Green  at Squires Gate

Coun Mark Smith and Rob Green at Squires Gate

“As we look forward to an exciting new year of development and progress, the EZ team at Blackpool Council would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents and EZ businesses for their ongoing support and patience whilst development work takes place.

“There will inevitably be further disruption as we continue to build out the EZ, unlocking new development plots and attracting further investment and employment to the area, but we will keep everyone up-to-date as work progresses and aim to minimise disruption wherever possible, as we look forward to greater economic growth and investment in our business parks.”

As well as the sports village, the zone will see progress on a new road system to open up more land for industry and jobs

As well as the sports village, the zone will see progress on a new road system to open up more land for industry and jobs

The handover of the MultiPly building at the zone

The handover of the MultiPly building at the zone

Blackpool’s family-run Hungarian restaurant where customers can’t get enough of authentic dishes

It has been rated one of the top places to visit in Blackpool


Hungarian's Restaurant, based on Topping Street, Blackpool has been rated number eight of 499 restaurants in Blackpool on TripAdvisor
Hungarian’s Restaurant, based on Topping Street, Blackpool has been rated number eight of 499 restaurants in Blackpool on TripAdvisor (Image: TripAdvisor)

A family-run Hungarian restaurant in Blackpool has been rated in the top 10 places to go to.

Hungarian’s Restaurant, based on Topping Street, Blackpool has been rated number eight of 499 restaurants in Blackpool on TripAdvisor.

It is described as: “A family-owned restaurant based in Central Blackpool, just of Topping Street upstairs. Warm and welcoming we offer a refreshing style of cafe culture to accommodate any occasion and a Contemporary Cuisine with Hungarian Specialities.

“Whether you are looking for a relaxing setting with your family, an early bird dinner to a fine dining experience, an event or a birthday party, we welcome you into our family restaurant.”

Of the 137 reviews, it has received five stars and people can’t get enough of the home cooked cuisine.

One customer said: “Fantastic home-cooked food with a high end feel to it. We tried almost everything on the menu and were not disappointed… the flavour and the level of care was amazing.

“And the service was nothing shy of five stars.

“Seriously recommend to give it a go either you know Hungarian food or even if you don’t like me.”

Another said: “Lovely restaurant with great food and service. We were visiting Blackpool for the weekend and wanted to try something different.

Family-run Hungarian restaurant in Blackpool where customers can't get enough of the authentic cuisine
Family-run Hungarian restaurant in Blackpool where customers can’t get enough of the authentic cuisine

“We were very impressed by the quality of the food and the Hungarian menu.

“We all tried different items from the menu and all were delicious and the lady who served us told us about the different dishes and recommended an excellent wine.

“We would highly recommend this restaurant. Thank you for a very nice evening.”

A third customer left the review: “What a find this was didn’t want the usual food served in the majority of restaurants in Blackpool and this was certainly different with Hungarian traditional food and drink. It’s obviously a family run business with a delightful hostess seeing to all your needs and helping you to decide which dishes to have.

“Apart from Goulash never had Hungarian food before and with plenty to choose from on the menu we needed a bit of friendly advice from the hostess. Whilst deciding tried a Hungarian beer, Borsodi, like a craft lager and the wine was a Bulls Blood Classic a really deep red with lots of dark fruits on the palate but not too dry.

“All the food is freshly prepared, so you have a small wait between courses, but they were worth the wait each one was excellent and generous portion sizes, so you don’t leave hungry. Roast potatoes were some of the best we have had in a long time. We really enjoyed our first try of Hungarian food and already talking about returning when we are next in Blackpool.”

You can view their menu online here.



Lancashire’s best places to shop local with gems across Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn, Lancaster and more

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If supporting your local butcher is one of your new years’ resolutions, here’s some hints of where to go


Kate Coop from Blackburn is the proud owner of Earth Evolution
Kate Coop from Blackburn is the proud owner of Earth Evolution (Image: Kate Coop)

There are endless things that could be on your list of New Years resolutions.

One such resolution could be to focus on shopping local. But figuring out where to go and how to support local traders can at first seem a bit overwhelming.

Lancashire is full of brilliant, highly-rated and much-appreciated local traders who will go above and beyond to fill your kitchen with meat, fruit and vegetables.

As well as these, there has been a rise of zero-waste stores throughout the county who aim to cut down on single-use plastics and provide a sustainable option for your groceries.

To make things a little bit easier, LancsLive has gone through some of the top local grocers and zero-waste stores by area to signpost where you might begin on your shop-local venture.

The three categories listed are butchers, fruit and veg stores and zero-waste shops which offer food and lifestyle options, like shower gel and washing up liquid.

Once you start, you’ll find shopping is far more rewarding when you’re supporting your locals.

Blackburn and Darwen

For eggs, Hens On The Hill Ltd of Elton Road in Blackburn offers a self-service egg vending machine.

Their website says the egg vending machine is ‘easy to use’ with instructions on it.

The vending machine takes both cash and contactless payment, and whilst it does give out change it won’t take £20 notes.

Noel Dunkerley said: “Congratulations to Hens on the Hill for getting it SO right! The eggs are gorgeous and beat the pants off anything you could buy in the shops. Well done HotH you passed the poach test with flying colors and finally, we the public can indulge in eggs as they should be fresh, healthy, and from happy hens”

In Darwen, Shelly’s Fresh Farm Produce on Market Street is ran by Shelly Brogan and sells a range of meat products and cheeses. It is rated as 5-stars by regular customers on Google with one writing: “The best butchers in Darwen.”

As well as Shelly’s, Blackburn with Darwen has plenty of opportunity to support your local butcher including Around Block Butchers shop of Chapel Street, Blackburn, and Tom Wood Artisan Butchers at The Mall in Blackburn.

When it comes to shopping zero-waste, Earth Evolution, a plastic free and zero waste shop based in Darwen town centre, opened this year with the mission to help Darwen residents shop more ethically.

Earth Evolution not only aims to cut down on single-use plastics, it also has dispensers with pasta, rice, lentils and seeds, and scoop tins for all kinds of sweets and all of the dry staples you can get. Just bring along your own container and get refilling.


Blackpool is spoilt for choice when it comes to buying local fruit and veg.

Brabins is a wholesale green grocer on Coronation Street. It is rated 4.5 stars by customers on Google with one writing: “Use this shop weekly, wouldn’t go anywhere else, friendly staff, and great prices!!”

Fresh & Fruity of Highfield Road is also there to meet your fruit and veg needs. One customer named Zoe Hall said: “I’m a new customer with nothing but praise for this local shop. Delivered a fab hamper of fresh produce last week and I visited the shop today for more of the same. Great quality and friendly service. Thankyou fresh n fruity.”

There are plenty of Butchers in Blackpool too, with the highest rated on Google being Choice Meats Catering Ltd. It first opened as a traditional butchers shop in 1989 and is rated five-star following 116 Google reviews.

Victoria Knowles said: “Beautiful meat.. fabulous customer care as always.. friendly and very attentive I also had a loyalty card and the butcher signed it all up so points make money off for future like a saving card for the year. I have shopped here for years always fabulous never go anywhere else.”

Blackpool Town Centre
Blackpool Town Centre (Image: GRAHAM YOUNG)

Spearmans Butchers on Central Drive is also worth raving about. One customer said the food sold at Spearmans ‘is in a class of its own’.

Marie Rooke said: “I found the ultimate shop to buy locally produced fresh pork pies the food this butchers sells is in a class of it’s own I would highly recommend them to anyone who has not been to try them you don’t only get amazing food but friendly staff too I will definitely be buying a lot more from them so a big thankyou from one happy customer.”

A new zero-waste shop has recently opened in Blackpool. Un-do can be found on Norbreck Road and offers eco-friendly alternatives to dried foods, herbs and spices, loose leaf tea, coffee, cleaning and laundry supplies, bathroom and kitchen supplies, hair and beauty products, sanitary care and pet supplies.


A good spot for fruit and veg up the Turf Moor is The Big Fruit Shop on Colne Road. It is a second generation family-run greengrocers with a large range of fresh produce, as well as herbs, spices and other cooking essentials.

Kath Domun said: “Shop here regularly. A family run business. Selling a good selection of fresh front and vegetables. Also a good selection of Asian vegetables, chilli’s, several varieties. Herbs and of course spices.”

For your meat, Heys Family Butchers is highly thought of according to their 37 Google reviews. In the shadows of Turf Moor on Lyndhurst Road, it has been serving customers for over 30 years. Owners, George and Lynne, bought the business in 1983 and according to their website have ‘not looked back’ since.

Simon Dickinson said: “Great family run business. Been going there for years. Fantastic produce and really friendly staff. I’ve moved away from the area now but whenever I’m in Burnley I always pick up a load of their Towneley Tasters sausages…amazing.”

When it comes to shopping zero-waste, Turtlebee in Huntley’s Country Stores, Whalley Road is a local place to go. Alongside foods and household refills, Turtlebee also stocks items that will help you lead a more plastic-free lifestyle – including shampoo and metal straws.


Shopping local for fruit and veg in Chorley can be found at Tyrers Fruit & Vegetables on New Market Street.

Karen Bennett said: “Excellent quality taste how fruit and veggies should taste reasonable prices love coming here for greengrocers items friendly staff.”

You can support your local butcher over at Browns the Butchers at Market Place. It has been serving Chorley with the finest meats since 1932.

Julie Knifton rated them five stars on Google and wrote: “Such a great local butcher. Award winning haggis and back pudding. A great variety of sausages. Always coming up with new products. Fantastic shop. Lovely staff”

Browns The Butchers, Chorley
Browns The Butchers, Chorley (Image: Browns The Butchers)

To shop zero-waste in Chorley, you’ll want to head to The Rail Weigh of Railway Road, Adlington.

The Rail Weigh describe themselves as ‘The Little Pink Shop With The Big Green Mission’ and is an eco-community shop for families with ‘a budget and busy lives’.

They stock plastic-free body care, cleaning and food refills, pet products, vegan foods, gifts, games, soaps and more inside.


For your fruit and veg grocery needs, R Bees Farm Shop of Sunny Bank, Hambleton, offers in-store shopping with daily fresh free range eggs, home grown potatoes and a variety of fruit and vegetables.

Kenneth Caldecott rated it five-stars on Google and wrote: “Excellent value for money, quality vegetables & free range eggs.”

For meat, Fuylde Butchers is obviously the hot spot. The local family butchers shop supplies the ‘best quality meats to the local community’ and can be found on Woodlands Road, Lytham Saint Annes.

If you’re looking for zero-waste shops, the closest is currently Un-do on Norbreck Road, Blackpool.


Local fruit and veg in Lancaster can be found at the Dalton Square market held every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm.

You can also head to George Speight and Sons on Queen Street who have been trading since 1889. Andrew Mackereth rated them five-stars on Google and wrote: “Great suppliers of fruit and vegetables. They have looked after us since lockdown. Their staff are real credit to them.”

For your Butchers needs, Gregory Williams Butchers in Marketgate Shopping Centre are a family business who have been trading in the city centre for three generations since 1942.

Simon Drake rated Gregory Williams Butchers five-stars on Google and wrote: “Absolutely top quality meat, pies and delicatessen. As a bacon lover, the home cured back bacon is super tasty and as for the home cured middle? Oh my words, it’s supplied rind on and takes me back to being a kid when mum would do a fry up on Saturday morning. Spot on.”

Inside Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street, Lancaster
Inside Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street, Lancaster

When it comes to zero-waste lifestyle products, Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street is a family-run business in a stunning Grade II listed Georgian house and sells a range of sustainable lifestyle products at your convenience.

For zero-waste food, Single Step Wholefoods is a wholefoods co-operative which originally opened as radical bookshop on King Street in Lancaster.

Now on Penny Street, Single Step, established in 1976, sells organic fruit and veg, cleaning and bodycare products, vegan groceries, loose wholefoods and gifts and cards.

Ribble Valley

For local fruit and veggies in the Ribble Valley, D Burney & Sons who have a fruit and veg stall on Clitheroe market.

One Yelp user left the business a five star review and wrote: “The most friendly guys on Clitheroe market. Great produce, if I still lived in Clitheroe I’d be down to the stall every week! Keep it up guys.”

For meat, Brendan Anderton Butchers of Higher College Farm, Lower Road, Hothersall was established in 1972 and serves high quality to meat to customers across the Ribble Valley.

For zero-waste shopping, Green Theory is a zero waste and ethical produce shop at Castle Gate, Clitheroe. Since opening their doors in 2019, Green Theory has expanded into a larger store and stocks refillable dried foods and cleaning products.

West Lancashire

Support your local fruit and veg traders over at Lancashire produce who can be found in the Market Hall at King Street, Southport.

West Lancs Butchers, of Witham Road, Skelmersdale are rated 4.7 stars on Google and pride themselves on ‘serving local, quality produce to a list of loyal restaurants and customers.’

Simon Evans rated them five-stars and wrote: “Great butchers, serving restaurants/trade and public – good cafe too. Prices good if you can buy in bulk – very good place for cheap, fresh bones for the dog.”

For your zero-waste fix, Bloom and Brew in Ormskirk opened this year serving independent coffee and stocking eco-friendly lifestyle products. They also have a food and liquids refillery and is single use plastic free.


Huntleys in Preston is the perfect place to find a load of local traders in one place. The Samlesbury farm shop has a traditional butchers, a delicatessen,a bakery, a fishmongers, Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop all on site.

Shopping zero-waste in Preston can take you to UCLan’s campus, after a new Zero Waste Area opened in its Union shop in 2019.

Despite being in the university, the store is open to the public and sells plastic free foods, liquids and eco-friendly household items.

Reilley’s Butcher of Longridge Road, Ribbleton, Preston is highly-rated by previous customers on Google. Reilley’s describe themselves as ‘Quality Meat at it’s best. ..supplying quality locally sourced meat, from local farmers’.

Ronnie Goodson wrote: “Great people to deal with. Their meat is excellent. While we been in lockdown they have delivered my meat, no matter what I ordered. Support your local butcher, you won’t be disappointed.”




Fylde coast hospitality trade hoping for better fortunes as 2022 dawns

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Uncertainty over the Covid situation meant a miserable end to 2021 for hospitality business operators – and left them hoping of a far better new year.


The Prime Minister’s decision to leave it to individuals to decide whether to partake in parties and meals rather than bring in official restrictions, left many restaurants, cafes and bars facing severely reduced attendances and consequently takings.

Veil Kirk, owner-chef of the Anatolia Sea View restaurant in St Annes, reckoned he was around 60 per cent down on usual taking for the key period up to Christmas and New Year – and feels the support package pledged by the Government will make little difference to what continues to be a very worrying situation.

“I’ve never known anything like it in 30 years in the business,” said Veli. “At least during lockdown we knew where we stood, furlough was in place and a big help in being able to keep staff and we could look forward to better times when the pandemic was over.

Veli Kirk in his St Annes restaurant

Veli Kirk in his St Annes restaurant

“But those brighter days are just a memory now as we faced cancellations and a drastic reduction in business in what is traditionally our busiest time of year.

“The Government support offered is welcome, but it will make little difference. Calculated on rateable value, the most we would get is £4,000 and that wouldn’t cover half a month’s wages.”

The new package of support for business announced by the Chancellor includes new one-off grants of up to £6,000 for eligible businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors, administered by local councils.

Coun Karen Buckley, leader of Fylde Council, said: “Fylde Council will be proud to provide crucial support to our local business owners.”



Blackpool Aldi store closes down days before New Year

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The South Shore supermarket will close its doors forever at the end of the day, with members of staff being relocated to other nearby Aldi stores.


Aldi confirmed the closure of the Waterloo Road shop in August, one month after claiming it had ‘no plans’ to shut it down.

Most of the stock has already been removed as customers carry out last-minute shops for essentials before closing time.

Aldi announced the closure of its Waterloo Road shop in August

Aldi announced the closure of its Waterloo Road shop in August

A spokesman for the supermarket giant said: “The site is no longer suitable for our long term requirements.”

Customers were directed to the Oxford Square branch in Marton, and the new branch on Holyoake Avenue, Bispham, which opened in September.

With the closure of the Waterloo Road store closing and the opening of the Bispham one, Aldi continued to operate eight stores across the Fylde coast.

Its Fleetwood branch, on Poulton Road, was temporarily closed down after Wyre Council gave the business permission to extend its property in March 2020. It reopened in July, with an expanded car park and new chiller cabinets, a seasonal section, customer toilets and baby changing facilities.



Food hall plans for former Poulton Police Station are withdrawn

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Ambitious plans to transform Poulton’s former police station into an artisan food hall have been withdrawn.


Artist's impression of plans to turn the former Poulton Police Station into an artisan food and drink venue, showing a plan of the street frontage by architects Stanton Andrews.

Artist’s impression of plans to turn the former Poulton Police Station into an artisan food and drink venue, showing a plan of the street frontage by architects Stanton Andrews.

The police station, on Market Place, closed in 2018 and after the site was bought by Choice Hotels in February 2019 the company announced plans to create Bobby’s Yard, offering top local, independent food and drink.

A public consultation was held to let people see the proposals in detail and a team was on hand to answer questions from the public.

After the application was finally lodged with Wyre planners in May this year, a spokesman for Choice Hotels said at that time: “Poulton is a place where we have been looking to invest for some time, however finding the right property was key.

Poulton Police Station closed in 2018

Poulton Police Station closed in 2018

“The former police station is an exciting site at the heart of Poulton’s town centre and will allow us to be fully immersed in the Poulton community.”

However, Wyre’s planning site has now listed the application as withdrawn.

Choice Hotels were approached for a comment on the latest developments but were not available for a statement.

There was a great deal of interest in the proposals in Poulton itself, where Market Place has seen a number of new food and drink developments.

Before Christmas, plans were lodged by EA Wallace Ltd to transform the former Santander bank into a new bar on the street.

In the ambitious plans by Choice Hotels, the existing police station building and its historic features were to be retained.

Business space for independent delis, cafes or food and beverage retailers would have been created at the front of the building with outdoor seating overlooking Market Square.

The entrance to the food hall would have been been through the prominent station archway and the remainder of the station was to be refurbished, while the external ancillary buildings at the rear of the station would be demolished to make way for a 120 cover dining courtyard, boasting several market stalls.

The plans were formulated by Stanton Andrews who designed the award-winning Bowland Food Hall at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe.



Blackpool beauty specialist sold to Dutch company

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A Blackpool healthcare and beauty products firm has been sold to a Dutch company.


Darwin Court-based Healthpoint was the subject of a £6.5m buy-out by investment company Maven Capital Partners in February 2017.

Now Maven has exited claiming 3.1 times return on its investment by selling the firm to Dayes BV of the Netherlands.

Founded in 1996, Healthpoint supplies healthcare and beauty products into the retail sector and has grown to become one of the largest UK suppliers of tertiary branded healthcare products.

For the year ending March 31, 2021, the firm saw turnover of £18.5m and pre-tax profit of £1.9m the former up by £0.4m and the latter by £0.2m.

The business has carved a niche within the rapidly expanding ‘value’ segment of the personal care and beauty market, developing affordable and quality alternatives to the market leading brands.

Healthpoint has also built up its own portfolio of branded products, such as ‘Derma V10’ and ‘Clear & Simple’ and are sold across a range of well known high street retailers including Home Bargains, Savers, Superdrug and Bodycare.

Maven completed the management buy-out of Healthpoint in 2017, funded through Maven’s co-investment network for professional clients ‘Maven Investor Partners’.

The investment enabled the business to fund further product development, launch several new product lines, and drive organic growth.

Amanda Parkinson, managing director at Healthpoint said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Ryan at Maven and private investor Robin Womersley.

“It has been reassuring to have supportive investors over the last five years assisting the business in it’s continuous growth, and we look forward to working with Dayes in the future”.

Ryan Bevington, Partner at Maven, said; “Since Maven’s investment, Healthpoint has established its reputation as a leading provider of tertiary branded products into UK retailers.

“It has been great to work with Amanda and her team over the last 5 years, who have delivered on their objective of expanding Healthpoint’s customer base and product range. We look forward to seeing them continue that growth under new ownership.”

KPMG advised the shareholders and vendor financial due diligence provided by Mazars. Clearwater International advised Dayes BV.



These were the scenes in Blackpool as shoppers hunt for bargains

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Blackpool shoppers hit the highstreet this week to take advantage of the post-Christmas sales that kicked off on Boxing Day.

Shoppers hunt for bargains in the post-Christmas sales in Blackpool.

With sales in full swing at shops across the resort, bargain hunters had plenty to choose from.

These were the scenes in Blackpool:

Glowing reviews for Blackpool pizzeria tucked behind seafront that used to be a church

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Pizza Grazie has transformed a former United Reformed church into a five-star rated restaurant that also does its bit for the community


Inside the pizzeria
Inside the pizzeria (Image: Facebook/Pizza Grazie)

An Italian pizzeria inside a former church in Blackpool has been getting rave review for its ‘delicious’ food and ‘welcoming’ service’.

Pizza Grazie on Bolton Street just yards from the seafront has became the neighbourhood restaurant everyone is talking about.

Alongside traditional Neopolitan-style pizza, there’s also extensive pasta, dessert, side, specials and vegan-only menus.

Then on top of the food, the restaurant, which is a registered charity and opens as a soup kitchen twice a week, has been commended for its support of the community, by also running a ‘pay it forward’ scheme for local homeless people.

Diners have taken to TripAdvisor and Facebook in their droves to shout about their positive experience at the eatery, which has transformed the former Alexandra United Reformed Church with colourful interior and exterior decor and lighting.

On TripAdvisor, it is ranked as number four out of 449 restaurants in the seaside town and has a five-star rating on Facebook, scoring highly on everything from cleanliness to value for money.

In their online review, Kimmy22222, described the food as “deliciously scrumptious” and the service “lovely and friendly”.

Neapolitan-style pizzas are prepared in an open over at Pizza Grazie
Neapolitan-style pizzas are prepared in an open over at Pizza Grazie (Image: TripAdvisor)

Also on TripAdvisor, reviewer Ashleigh86charles said they “absolutely loved it” and that “everything was delicious”

They added: “Love the ‘pay it forward’ idea as well and we were happy to contribute to such a great cause. Thanks for a great evening and we’ll be back again next time we’re in Blackpool!”

Over on Facebook, reviewer Louise Barton said: “Beautiful food and lovely guys running it so nice we went back the night after would 100% recommended, keep up the great work you do.”

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Kevin Grant was happy the restaurant was able to accommodate his last-minute booking for 15 people and all of their needs, and Zoe Hayes says the venue near South Shore is a “cracking find”.

Leanne Warburton also appreciated the “hidden gem” before adding in her review: “Beautiful food and fantastic service, made to feel very welcome. Thank you so much when we come back to Blackpool we will definitely be back”.

Pizza Grazie opens Thursday and Friday, 5pm to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday, midday to 9pm.



New Debenhams site tenant could be announced in new year

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Town hall chiefs remain hopeful of securing a new tenant for the former Debenhams store in the council-owned Houndshill Shopping Centre in Blackpool.


The 70,000 sq ft anchor unit has been empty since the high street chain closed all its stores in May 2021.

Council chiefs say talks have been ongoing with a prospective new tenant but remain tight-lipped over the name.

Alan Cavill, director of communication and regeneration at Blackpool Council, said: “We have a deal with a time frame in place that is agreeable to both parties.”

Blackpool's former Debenhams store

Blackpool’s former Debenhams store

He said it was hoped to complete the deal by the middle of January with an operator whose offer would be “mostly retail”, provided there were no last minute obstacles.

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservative group on the council, who has been pressing for answers about the future of the store, said: “It has been empty for a long time and it was the flagship store of the shopping mall, so I hope the council can find a good calibre operator to fill it.

“But it’s a big building and retail is in the dumps at the moment, so they will no doubt have had to put together a sweet deal for anyone.

“It is dragging on a bit and so I hope they can get a deal done as it’s important for the regeneration of Blackpool.”

The three-storey store opened in 2008 as part of a £30m extension to the Houndshill Centre.

The council bought the Houndshill for £47.6m in November 2019 as part of its long-term strategy to revitalise the town centre.

Work has now begun on the £20m second phase of the mall, on the former Tower Street car park, which will include a new Wilko store, a nine screen cinema and restaurants.



The One, Lytham, restaurant review – New addition to Lytham’s dining scene deserves success

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A pandemic rearing its head once more in the depth of winter is not the best time to be starting up in the hospitality trade.


But the latest operators to take over this venue in Lytham deserve to succeed and get through these tough times.

The One opened just a couple of months ago in premises formerly operated as Java for many years, but more recently as Zoto.

It is well-placed in Lytham’s main square where eateries jostle for attention, and after dark its well-lit frontage is a most agreeable sight.

The One in Lytham

The One in Lytham

Inside, the decor is sleek and modern, with a fashionable ‘green’ leafy wall an added feature.

We were immediately made to feel welcome by charming host Kiara who led us to our table and took our wine order.

A refreshing bottle of Sauvignon Blanc was a reasonable £22, while water was also brought to our table.

This being the festive season, we had opted for the Christmas menu with three courses offered for £22.90 per person.

The turkey dinner

The turkey dinner

My husband Clive first tucked into spiced parsnip and apple soup served with warm sourdough bread which hit the mark instantly on a cold night.

Meanwhile I went for a goats cheese starter with a twist provided by wild garlic mushrooms and a nut crumb which really brought out the flavour.

Steak, salmon and a butternut squash vegetarian dish were among the choices for mains, but we both opted for a traditional turkey course.

The servings arrived steaming hot, and artfully displayed – but without sacrificing taste for style.

Goats cheese and wild mushroom starter

Goats cheese and wild mushroom starter

There was plenty of turkey, and the meat was juicy, accompanied by roast potatoes, pigs in blanket, a delicious chestnut stuffing, gravy and a splash of cranberry sauce.

Parsnips, carrots and sprouts were cooked to perfection.

With our appetites sated, a break was needed before we tackled desserts but this gave us chance to enjoy the relaxed ambience of the bistro, which also operates as a bar.

We did not try them, but I am told the cocktails come highly recommended.

The bistro is also open during the day with its lunchtime menu proving popular.

When the weather gets a little warmer it will also be able to offer outdoor dining, and be part of Lytham’s burgeoning continental scene as folk enjoy a drink and food as they watch the world go by.

When our final course arrived, Clive rounded off his meal with a fine cheese board which I felt was excellent value.

Meanwhile I satisfied my sweet tooth with a helping of white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.

This is certainly a venue we will be returning to in order to try more of its fine cuisine.

Our total bill, with drinks, came to £67.



The winners of Blackpool’s best festive shop window displays are revealed

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A pair of Blackpool shops who were at one time ordered to take down their Christmas decorations, are winners in the town’s best festive window display competition.


Lingerie Lounge and Mankind based in the Stanley Buildings on Church Street, had got into hot water with Blackpool Council in November after fitting decorations to their shops.

The council was concerned that they might have damaged the listed building, but council bosses had a change of heart after the displays won widespread praise and they were allowed to stay.

Now both stores were among the winners in Blackpool Business Improvement District’s annual competition to encourage the festive spirit in the town centre and attract more business, with Lingerie Lounge coming out as the overall winner.

The Lingerie Lounge team is presented with its certificate for having the best festive windows in Blackpool

The Lingerie Lounge team is presented with its certificate for having the best festive windows in Blackpool

Blackpool BID board director Martin Heywood and the BID’s operations manager Ryan Skyrme walked around the town centre to judge this year’s competition on the evening of Friday, December 17.

After much deliberation and attention to detail, they chose to crown The Lingerie Lounge as best-dressed Christmas window winner of 2021.

Chrissy Thomas Griffin, owner of the Lingerie Lounge said: “We’re over the moon our window display has been chosen, particularly as there are so many brilliant displays in the town centre this Christmas.

“We love bringing extra festive cheer to the town with our window displays and always have a lot of fun creating them. We’ve had lots of lovely comments from people passing by and across social media.”

Neighbour Mankind was also praised in the competition

Neighbour Mankind was also praised in the competition

Several other entries received a commended certificate for their festive window displays including Mankind designerwear, Hermosa Boutique, Ocean Palace Restaurant and John Anthoney Hair.

Ryan Skyrme said, ‘We have been running the Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition for over 15 years now and the festive displays get bigger and better year after year.

“We’re very grateful to all the businesses and their staff who’ve taken the time to dress their windows, they certainly have added to the festive spirit around the town centre. Congratulations to our winner for their fantastic display.”

The Church Street shop was judged the most festive by Blackpool BID

The Church Street shop was judged the most festive by Blackpool BID

The Ocean Palace was also commended for its display

The Ocean Palace was also commended for its display

John Anthoney Hair was among the commended

John Anthoney Hair was among the commended

And Hermosa Boutique was another commended

And Hermosa Boutique was another commended

£1m obstacle to Blackpool’s new civil service hub

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A dental practice must be relocated to temporary premises at a cost of more than £1m before drilling can commence on a £100m new office block in Blackpool.


The King Street Dental Surgery will move into temporary accommodation until its new home is ready inside the nearby former Hop Inn pub, which is being converted as part of the overall scheme.

Council chiefs warn work on the new offices cannot be delayed due to risk of inflating the cost of construction.

A council report says “it is essential that the council has vacant possession of the existing King Street Dental Surgery so that 5-31 King Street can be demolished and the site cleared so that construction work can commence.”

Artist's impression of the King Street offices

Artist’s impression of the King Street offices

It was announced in November the council had signed a deal to transfer up to 3,000 civil servants from the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) into a seven storey office block to be built on King Street.

The report adds work to convert the former Hop Inn into a new dental surgery will not be done in time “to complete the necessary demolition of the existing buildings, site clearance and remediation works that will enable the main office construction works to start when planned.

“It is therefore necessary to relocate the King Street Dental Surgery from their existing premises into temporary accommodation whilst work to their new premises is completed.”

The surgery will occupy its temporary facility on a short term lease until work is completed at the former Hop Inn, with the cost to provide temporary accommodation for a minimum of 12 months being £1.15m which will come from the development budget.

Demolition to make way for the new office block is expected to start next April to enable construction to begin in May or June with completion in autumn 2024.

Around 2,700 staff will be transferred from Warbreck House in North Shore, and just over 300 from Ryscar House in Bispham.

The investment is part of the third phase of the Talbot Gateway project to rejuvenate the town centre.

The £100m cost of the offices includes £82m from council borrowing which will be recouped in rent throughout the 25-year lease, with the DWP putting the remainder of the money in.