“We are a small residential rural community and we do not want a holiday park next to our homes.”
Beryldene on New Hall Avenue
Plans for a holiday caravan site on Marton Moss have been given the go ahead despite objections from neighbours who fear the scheme will lead to late night noise.
Blackpool Council’s planning committee approved an application by David and Amanda Wrigley to use land at Beryldene on New Hall Avenue for 12 touring caravans, a washroom, parking and landscaping.
Seven objections had been received to the proposals with concerns also including the impact on drainage, wildlife and road safety.
Pete Langley, who addressed the committee online on behalf of objectors, said the land was surrounded by houses and residents were worried about noise from caravanners returning late at night from Blackpool
He added waste water might also harm wildlife and cause drainage problems.
Mr Langley said: “We are a small residential rural community and we do not want a holiday park next to our homes.”
Blackpool Civic Trust had also objected, saying the development was “out of character” for the conservation area and was ” potentially the first stage of a longer term more intense development”.
But Amanda Wrigley said management would be on site at all times to control potential disturbance and maintain a 10pm curfew.
She said there was already traffic generated in the area from existing businesses such as stables, and they had maintained drainage dykes to prevent any flood risk.
Committee member Coun Graham Baker said he felt the holiday caravan park was appropriate for the land, with a similar park already operating on New Hall Avenue.
He added: “I think a caravan site on the Moss during the summer months is better than over development.”
The application was approved with conditions included a site management plan to be agreed with the council.
Schemes which missed out on Future High Street Funding are expected to be included in the bid
The former Post Office on Abingdon Street
Blackpool will go ahead with a multi-million pound bid for funding from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up fund after councillors agreed to proposals.
The council can bid for up to £20m and must submit its proposals by June 18.
Schemes which missed out on Future High Street Funding are expected to be included in the bid.
These include potentially seeking cash to support the transformation of the former Abingdon Street Post Office into a boutique hotel, and for the regeneration of Central Drive.
But questions have been raised about the viability of converting the former Post Office to a hotel – when five years on from the proposals being first mooted, they have failed to find a commercial backer.
Hotelier Ian White, who is also a director of StayBlackpool, said: “We want to see the old Post Office building brought back to life, however month after month we hear the town has too many bed spaces so the suggestion makes no sense.
“The property developer keeps trying to change the planning application but the market has shown little or no interest, so why should the public purse bail the project out?”
He said public money should be sought to support smaller businesses in the town.
He said: “The focus must change, yes big new hotels bring in money, but when times get hard the companies can simply walk away.
“However, the little b&bs and other independent accommodation have the life savings of families invested in them as well as their hearts and souls.
“The owners are dedicated to their business, this town, and the guests’ experience, so when the going gets tough they cannot simply walk away.
“Targeted support for the little independents to improve facilities and reduce bed spaces will go far further, last far longer, support more people, give more great guest experiences and the money will in general stay in town.”
Coun Mark Smith, cabinet member for business, enterprise and job creation, told a meeting of the executive: “Every time we have an opportunity to bid for funding to improve Blackpool, we do.
“We try to maximise the benefits and outcomes of doing that. We have a tight timeframe and have to work hard to achieve the goals and dates set out.”
Anne tells how they supported each other through treatment and how she overcame the gruelling side-effects of chemotherapy to ring the hospital bell announcing that she was cancer-free
Anne and Linda Nolan have spoken about how being together made them stronger (Image: OK! MAGAZINE/LORNA ROACH)
Anne Nolan has praised her ‘chemo sister’ Linda for getting her through ‘nightmare’ treatment for cancer.
The siblings, who were both part of the famous Irish girl singing group The Nolans, have both been battling breast cancer after being diagnosed several years ago.
Linda, who lives in Blackpool, and Anne, 70, both began chemotherapy at Blackpool’s Victoria hospital in June last year after their cancers returned.
Due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, the sisters were prevented from being accompanied by other family members for support.
Linda had been fighting secondary breast cancer since 2017, and was told last March that she had incurable cancer that had spread to her liver.
LancsLive reported yesterday how the 62-year-old opened up about the devastating moment she learned her terminal cancer had spread during the pandemic.
In an second extract from their new book Linda & Anne: Stronger Together published in the Mirror, Anne tells how they supported each other through treatment and how she overcame the gruelling side-effects of chemotherapy to ring the hospital bell announcing that she was cancer-free.
When Maureen called to say Linda and I could have our chemotherapy treatment together, I cried with relief. We’ve shared every emotion – the highs and the lows – and we are stronger together because of it.
Two decades earlier when I had my chemo the first time, I could go out and do things. But because of the lockdowns and restrictions, I was having to shield.
If you get Covid, there is a higher chance you can die because of what the treatments have done to your immune system. It’s been like living in a nightmare really. It was horrendous.
I was joined by Linda in my second chemotherapy session. Having her with me helped a lot. She brought magazines in and we’d look at them together and natter.
She was two metres from me, but we could still hear each other speak, and it was nice having a loved one nearby.
She passed me sweets and she’d bring scones and we would swap food with each other like kids in school, depending on what our sisters Denise and Maureen had conjured up for our lunchboxes.
Linda and Anne Nolan
Linda was the one who labelled us the Chemo Sisters and I love that moniker.
She just made life much easier. Linda had similar side-effects, and we would talk our symptoms through, as well as our coping mechanisms, and it made me feel better knowing I wasn’t alone.
We chatted about day-to-day things too, be it some celebrity or what to watch on Netflix. But sometimes I would nod off. I’m sure I snored too.
The second chemo session was when catastrophe struck. I was sitting there, only about four or five minutes into the treatment, chatting and joking about things, when I started to get horrendous pain in my lower back and legs, and my heart was racing.
I thought, “My God, something’s happening.” And I shouted to the nurses, “HELP!”
My face felt on fire – it turned purple like a blueberry and within seconds a team was around me, taking the intravenous needle out then pumping other stuff into the cannula to counteract it.
Within a minute, the reaction started to go away and I was feeling normal.
When those scary incidents happen you worry about it happening again, and I nearly said no more treatment, but my oncologist put me on another drug.
However, I had a reaction again. This time it was worse. I noticed flashing lights in front of my eyes, and I shouted, “Reaction happening again!” My heart rate was racing then started to fall.
I wondered whether I was allergic to all chemotherapy, but my oncologist mixed a new prescription.
Side-effects of chemo aren’t pleasant and sometimes a sense of humour is required to get through it. My reactions included constipation and then I had diarrhoea really bad. Then I had constipation again. So, I was taking medication for that too. My poor intestines. It wasn’t an experience I’m in a hurry to repeat.
Incontinence is another lovely side effect that no amount of pelvic floor exercises will remedy. I had to concede and ask Maureen to pick up some Tena Ladies protective pads for me. The side-effects of chemo are not just losing your hair; they are lots of other squeamish things. On my third session, because I’d had two reactions, I started to get anxiety and racing thoughts of: “I can’t do this, it’s too much.” At the end of June I became gravely ill.
My temperature soared to 38.8 but I was freezing.
I had to put a big fluffy hooded dressing gown on. It was suspected I had sepsis and I was rushed into hospital.
The Nolan sisters pictured in 1974. L/R Anne (24), Denise (22), Maureen (20), Linda (15), Bernadette (14), Coleen (9)(Image: Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
The word ‘‘sepsis” filled me with dread and I knew time wasn’t on my side if I didn’t get treatment fast.
Sepsis, or blood poison-ing, is a life-threatening infection. My pulse rocketed and they struggled to bring it down. It was terrifying thinking I could have a heart attack any second and I wore a heart monitor for 24 hours. The worst part was wondering if I’d see my beautiful family again.
Due to Covid rules, even emergency patients weren’t allowed family to visit.
For nine days I lay on my own with just doctors and nurses for company, being treated for suspected sepsis with intravenous antibiotics, trying not to think what was to become of me and if I would ever walk out that hospital.
Everything felt bleak and I didn’t want to die alone. It was one of the most frightening moments of my life.
After what seemed an eternity – having blood tests every single day; my arm was so sore – they said there was no sign of infection in my blood, and they suspected the symptoms were caused by the severe side-effects of chemotherapy. And I think 50% of it was anxiety too. I burst into tears.
I had every bad side-effect chemo has the potential to cause. I got mouth ulcers and couldn’t taste anything.
Poor Maureen would bring food in and I’d want to be sick. I would lose my voice when I got tired. My eyesight and hearing deteriorated rapidly.
Linda & Anne Nolan: Stronger Together is set to be launched later this week
The worst aspect is the constant feeling of pins and needles in my feet and hands, which Linda also suffers.
I remember saying to my oncologist: “Bloody chemotherapy, it’s killing me!” He got upset and said indignantly: “It will not be the chemotherapy but the cancer that will kill you. Chemotherapy will save your life.”
That’s all you can pray for, that it does its job, which it’s done.
When it came time to ring the bell, I was thrilled. The bell is at the end of the ward. You ring it to demonstrate you’ve made it through your treatment. It was fantastic feeling that I had finished chemo but I really rang the bell hard for Linda and was doing it for her rather than for me.
Linda & Anne Nolan: Stronger Together is out now. Read Anne and Linda’s exclusive interview in new and OK! magazines.
There is also a series of digital commissions to create new work for the promenade, The Blackpool Tower and St John’s Square.
Blackpool Illuminations (Image: Getty Images)
Blackpool Illuminations will soon benefit from new installations after a successful funding bid.
The Arts Council has awarded £48k in national arts lottery award for an exciting new artists’ research and development programme.
This will lead to new works being created for the Blackpool Illuminations, Grundy Art Gallery and Lightpool Festival from 2021.
The programme includes working in collaboration with the Grundy Art Gallery and international artist Dr Chila Kumari Burman on a co-commission that will become part of the gallery’s contemporary light collection.
Ms Burman is celebrated for her radical feminist practice which examines representation, gender and cultural identity. She works across a wide range of mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film.
On working with Blackpool Illuminations and the Grundy, the artist said: ““I just can’t believe I’m going back to Blackpool after 40 years to see the lights again and I still can’t believe I’ll be exhibiting there. I’m lost for words!
““It’s gonna be a magical trip. I’ll make an astonishing dynamic piece.”
Paulette Brien, Curator at the Grundy added: “We are really looking forward to working with Chila this year. Her work is thoughtful yet playful, complex yet accessible and is characterised by a vibrancy that we know will excite and engage our audiences. “
Also as part of the programme, there will be an artist in residence at Lightworks, the bespoke factory and home of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations, and a series of digital commissions to create new work for the promenade, The Blackpool Tower and St John’s Square.
The new light installations created through this programme will be revealed during the Blackpool Illuminations season which runs from 3 September 2021 to 3 January 2022 and also Lightpool Festival which runs from 15-30 October 2021.
The Regent cinema has received a new stage, new screen and furnishings during lockdown
The Regent Cinema on Church Street in Blackpool (Image: Regent Cinema)
An independent cinema in Blackpool has managed to survive the coronavirus pandemic and is set to re-open its doors for its 100th year.
The Regent Cinema, located in the heart of the town centre on Church Street, first opened in 1921 and boasted 1092 seats and a retractable roof.
It was a popular cinema for decades before being used as a bingo hall in 1969.
In 2016 however the building was reclaimed and re-stored to become an independent cinema once again.
During one of its toughest times and longest spells closed due to coronavirus restrictions, the picture house has received a re-vamp including a new stage, new screen and some new dressings.
Renovation work carried out in 2016 when the building was reclaimed as an independent cinema(Image: The Regent Cinema)
Owner Richard Taylor told Lancs Live: “The pandemic has been tough and we don’t want to go through that again but we’ve come out the other side.
“All our staff are returning and we’ve been working hard on some refurbishments including a new stage that can be hired out, a brand new screen and some nice smaller furnishings like brand new curtains.”
The cinema wasn’t able to celebrate its 100th anniversary back in January due to being closed however in the summer, if the UK roadmap out of lockdown goes well, there will be a special occasion to mark the event.
The Regent’s antique’s centre was able to re-open however on Monday April 12 and on May 21 there will be a showing of the classic Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction, the first film screened when it was first re-claimed as an independent cinema.
Inside the Regent Cinema in Blackpool(Image: Regent Cinema, Blackpool)
Richard added: “It was a shame that we couldn’t celebrate the 100th anniversary properly however the stage will really mark a hundred years and if all goes well we can celebrate officially in the summer.
“We just want to welcome people back for now and let them know that though we have made some changes the character of the cinema still remains!”
To find out more about the re-opening of the Regent Cinema, please visit here.
Blockbusters including the new James Bond film No Time To Die, Top Gun: Maverick, Minions: Rise of the Gru and Fast & Furious 9 will be screened over the next 18 months
Vue Cinema at Capitol Centre London Way
Lancashire movie goers rejoice – Vue has announced its reopening cinemas this month as lockdown restrictions ease.
Vue is opening all of its 88 sites across the UK on May 17, the first day when the Government’s roadmap allows indoor venues to reopen in England.
This includes cinemas in Preston, Blackburn, Lancaster, Accrington, Cleveleys and Southport – with tickets available to pre-book now.
Screenings will include Peter Rabbit 2, The Unholy, The Conjuring Part II and Hey Duggee.
And film buffs starved of the big screen are in for a treat with three years’ worth of new releases coming to the big screen in the next 18 months.
These include the new James Bond film No Time To Die, which has been delayed on numerous occasions due to the lockdown, Top Gun: Maverick, Minions: Rise of the Gru and Fast & Furious 9.
Football fans will be delighted that Vue is screening both the Champions League and Europa League finals, while the long-awaited Sir Alex Ferguson documentary, Sir Alex: Never Give In, will also be available.
Cinema-goers will have to adhere to social distancing measures and Government guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Tanwir Hussain, General Manager of Vue Accrington, said: “In a year marked by restrictions on our daily lives, the importance of escapism has never been stronger.
“After the best part of a year at home, we know that families in Accrington and entertainment fans are craving safe out-of-home experiences like never before – cinema provides that unique experience of being able to truly immerse yourself in a great story.”
The building will also include a new underpass that will provide a bright, modern entrance into Blackpool North train station.
Contractors prepare the Blackpool site ready for the steel framework to be erected for the 4* Holiday Inn and Marco Pierre White restaurant. (Image: Business in Blackpool)
Work has started on a new hotel and restaurant complex in the heart of Blackpool as part of the next phase of Talbot Gateway Phase Two.
The new 4* Holiday Inn and Marco Pierre White restaurant is reportedly on schedule for a summer 2022 opening, with the next stage of construction now underway.
The building work will also include a new underpass that will provide a bright, modern entrance into Blackpool North train station.
For works to be carried out safely and on schedule, High Street will be closed from mid-May for approximately 26 weeks and diversions will be in place, so residents are being urged to please plan their journeys ahead of time.
Tramway contractors SISK, on behalf of Blackpool Council, are also back on site at Talbot Road to complete the new £23.4m tram link to Blackpool North train station.
The existing tramway will be further extended from the corner of Dickson/Talbot Road, through the construction site to a new North Station terminus.
Working alongside the hotel development contractors Robertson Group, SISK will be working within the site boundaries for approximately 26 weeks and a one way system will be in place for deliveries on and off site, managed from the existing Lord Street access, exiting via Queen Street onto Dickson Road.
Overhead electric lines and new signals are also due to be installed along Talbot Road from the terminus area to the Promenade. This work will be phased and will take place overnight, no daytime closures of Talbot Road are anticipated. It is expected the work will last for 4 weeks and will start in July. Confirmation of final details will be provided in the coming weeks.
The completed extension will mean more trams on the network and more frequent services.
The extension to the tramway will connect North Station to the Promenade giving a direct link to shops, hotels and leisure attractions and easier commuting for residents.
The new tramline will be cleaner, greener, quieter and more reliable.
The building will also include a new underpass that will provide a bright, modern entrance into Blackpool North train station.(Image: Business in Blackpool)
Councillor Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council said, “It’s great to see the construction of the new hotel, Marco Pierre White restaurant and underpass starting to take shape and we’re looking forward to seeing the steelwork go up, a significant next step in the build programme.
It’s come a long way since the demolition started back in September last year, despite the year we have had, which is a real testament to all those involved in this important regeneration project.
“We are aware that these works are inconvenient for people and we apologise in advance but the disruption will be worth it in the end.
“We’re also a step closer to the new tramway extension being finalised which will bring greater capacity, more frequent services and better connectivity around town, making travel for residents and for visitors much easier, as well as providing more jobs for local people.
“This whole development will play a significant part in the overall economic recovery of Blackpool and help us build back after COVID.
“I’m also pleased to be able to say that this work is already supporting 10 long term unemployed Blackpool residents through a partnership between Blackpool Council, Robertson’s and Blackpool and Fylde College”.
To support the local community throughout the project and to promote skilled training opportunities in Blackpool, main contractor Robertson’s Group has established a Sector Based Work Academy (SWAP) with Build Up Blackpool and Department of Work and Pensions. 10 long term unemployed residents will undertake five weeks of training leading to a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) over the coming months.
Blackpool and Fylde College have also agreed to run a virtual work experience for their T level students using the Robertson Tower City Project in June 21.
The tramway extension originally received £16.4m from the Lancashire Growth Deal.