Blackpool man arrested as murder investigation in Burnham continues

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Burnham murder investigation sees a man from Blackpool arrested

 

A man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder
A man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder (Image: GetReading)

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in an ongoing murder investigation after a death in Burnham.

Thames Valley Police yesterday (July 1) confirmed they have arrested a man from Blackpool on suspicion of murder and perverting the course of justice.

He remains in police custody following the arrest.

The arrest is the seventh in the investigation following the death of Beau Robinson, who died following an “altercation” in Wyndham Crescent, Burnham in Buckinghamshire on Sunday June 20.

Officers have already charged two men with murder – Daniel Hicks, aged 30, of no fixed abode and Martin Fleming, aged 20, of Bideford Spur, Slough.

They have been remanded in custody and will face trial on 7 February 2022 at Reading Crown Court.

Three men and one woman have also been arrested in the ongoing investigation – a 36-year-old man from Slough, a 32-year-old man from Maidenhead, a 28-year-old man of no fixed abode and a 37-year-old woman from Burnham – who have all been released under investigation.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach nominated for best theme park award and 12 others

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The theme park could soon be named the best theme park in the UK – but it’s up to the public to decide

 

A view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A view of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been nominated for more than a dozen awards, including best theme park of 2021.

The nominees of the the UK Theme Park Awards have been announced and the Blackpool based attraction is a strong contender in multiple categories.

Last year, the Pleasure Beach was pipped to Theme Park of the Year by Alton Towers in the first UK Theme Park Awards.

However, there is another shot at the gold this year, with the park featuring in several categories including best theme park, best theme park for families and best theme park for toddlers.

The Pleasure Beach has also been nominated for best classic coaster, with Steeplechase, the Big Dipper, the Grand National and the Big One all contenders.

There are 21 categories this year, including Theme Park of the Year, Best Customer Service and Best Value. New categories include Best Theme Park for Toddlers, Best Family Coaster, Best Classic Coaster and Best Live Entertainment.

The major competitors for the Blackpool Pleasure Beach include Alton Towers and Drayton Manor in Staffordshire, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, LEGOLAND Windsor in Berkshire and Paultons Park in Hampshire.

Other theme parks to receive nominations include Pleasurewood Hills in Suffolk, Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land in Yorkshire, Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, Adventure Island in Essex, Fantasy Island in Lincolnshire and Crealy in Devon.

The public vote will open on July 21 with the votes combined with those of the Expert Judges to generate the final results.

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Theme Park of the Year

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

Gulliver’s Valley

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park for Families (Large)

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor

Flamingo Land

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

Best Theme Park for Families (Small)

Adventure Island

Crealy

Diggerland

Fantasy Island

Flambards

Gulliver’s Theme Parks

Lightwater Valley

Oakwood Theme Park

Pleasurewood Hills

Twinlakes

Best Theme Park for Toddlers

Alton Towers (Cbeebies Land)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Nickelodeon Land)

Crealy

Drayton Manor (Thomas Land)

Drusillas Park (Hello Kitty Secret Garden)

Gulliver’s Theme Parks

LEGOLAND Windsor (DUPLO Valley)

Paultons Park (Peppa Pig World)

Pettits Animal Adventure Park

Sundown Adventureland

Best Theme Park for Thrills

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

Oakwood Theme Park

Thorpe Park

Best New Attraction

Al’s Auto Academy (Paultons Park)

Black Mirror Labyrinth (Thorpe Park)

Croc Drop (Chessington World of Adventures)

Cyclonator (Paultons Park)

Flight of the Sky Lion (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Gangsta Granny: The Ride (Alton Towers)

Grand Prix Racers (Gulliver’s Valley)

Spinning Racer (Fantasy Island)

Storm Chaser (Paultons Park)

The Retro Squad (Alton Towers)

Best Family Coaster

Accelerator (Drayton Manor)

Dragon’s Fury (Chessington World of Adventures)

Egg-Spress (Pleasurewood Hills)

Flight of the Pterosaur (Paultons Park)

Nickelodeon Streak (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Spinball Whizzer (Alton Towers)

The Dragon (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Treetops (Oakwood Theme Park)

Vampire (Chessington World of Adventures)

Wicker Man (Alton Towers)

Best Classic Coaster

Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Megafobia (Oakwood Theme Park)

Nemesis (Alton Towers)

Oblivion (Alton Towers)

Roller Coaster (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Scenic Railway (Dreamland Margate)

Steeplechase (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The Big One (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The Ultimate (Lightwater Valley)

Best Interactive Ride

Duel (Alton Towers)

Fire Academy (LEGOLAND Windsor)

LEGO City Driving School (LEGOLAND Windsor)

LEGO NINJAGO The Ride (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Sheriff’s Showdown (Drayton Manor)

SpongeBob’s Splash Bash (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Red Arrows Skyforce (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Rootin Tootin Target Trail (Pleasurewood Hills)

Tomb Blaster (Chessington World of Adventures)

Ziggy’s Blast Quest (The Milky Way Adventure Park)

Best Live Entertainment

ALIVE! Dinosaur Encounter (Paultons Park)

A Magical Pirate Adventure (Paultons Park)

Hot Ice (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Return to Skeleton Bay (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Pirates of Zanzibar (Flamingo Land)

Puppet Shows at the DUPLO Valley Theatre (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Sea Lion Splash (Pleasurewood Hills)

Sir Algenon’s Time Travelling Starship (Alton Towers)

Team Nick (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

The WIIILD Adventure Show (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Animal Experience

African Village (West Midland Safari & Leisure Park)

Drayton Manor Zoo (Drayton Manor)

Giraffe Feed (Chessington World of Adventures)

Lemurland (Drusillas Park)

Little Africa (Paultons Park)

Lorikeet Lagoon (Chessington World of Adventures)

Lost River Ride (Flamingo Land)

Tiger Rock (Chessington World of Adventures)

Trail of the Kings (Chessington World of Adventures)

ZUFARI: Ride into Africa (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Food & Drink

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Crealy

Drayton Manor

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park

Best Merchandise

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Crealy

Diggerland

Drayton Manor

Flamingo Land

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Thorpe Park

Best New Event

Adventure Cove Beach Party (Drayton Manor)

Coaster Cabana (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Fairground Frights (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Mardi Gras (Alton Towers)

Oktoberfest (Alton Towers)

Oktoberfest (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Oktoberfest (Thorpe Park)

ParkVibes (Thorpe Park)

Spring Beats (Oakwood Theme Park)

Wilderfest (Chessington World of Adventures)

Best Halloween Event

Brick or Treat (LEGOLAND Windsor)

Fairground Frights (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)

Fear Island (Fantasy Island)

Fright Fantastic (Adventure Island)

Fright Nights (Thorpe Park)

Happy Halloween (Paultons Park)

Howl’o’ween (Chessington World of Adventures)

Pleasurewood Chills (Pleasurewood Hills)

Scarefest (Alton Towers)

Xtreme Scream Park (Twinlakes)

Best Social Media Engagement

Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Pleasurewood Hills

Thorpe Park

Best Customer Service

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Chessington World of Adventures

Crealy

Drayton Manor

LEGOLAND Windsor

Paultons Park

Pleasurewood Hills

Sundown Adventureland

Thorpe Park

Best Value

Adventure Island

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Crealy

Diggerland

Drayton Manor

Fantasy Island

Flamingo Land

Lightwater Valley

Oakwood Theme Park

Paultons Park

Blogger of the Year

Coaster Bot

Coasters on the Coast

Cupcakes & Coasters

Diary of a RollerCoaster Girl

Ginger Freckled Girl

Lift Hills and Thrills

Parks, Scares & Glitter

Theme Park Guide

Theme Park Insanity

Thrill Nation

YouTuber of the Year

Coaster Bot

Coaster Crazy

CoasterGen

DigitalDan

ParkSpill

Pleasure Beach Experience

ScrewyLoops

TheJackSilkstone

Theme Park Worldwide

Top Thrill Tourists

Instagrammer of the Year

Attraction Source

Cupcakes & Coasters

First Drop Photography

Roller Coaster Rachel

Rollercoasting Daily

Skyline Coasters

Tatts & Coasters

Thrill Riders

Thrill Rides Photography

TPI Photography

Stay Close filming in Blackpool sees dramatic arrest and pointed guns

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Stay Close is the latest film or TV show to make Lancashire its home

Filming for Stay Close in Blackpool

Filming for Stay Close in Blackpool (Image: Ian Fairbrother)

TV crews filming the new Netflix show Stay Close shot a dramatic arrest scene in Blackpool.

Images show armed police on Blackpool beach as James Nesbitt strides confidently way after a successful arrest.

The criminal is seen with his hands above his head and later in handcuffs.

Ice cream man, Maurice Murray, who has vans on Blackpool Streets and caravan parks, said: “The ice cream van is smack bang in the middle of the action.

“The police chase ends at the side of the van with armed police and James Nesbitt jumping out of their vehicles and chasing the bad guy down the steps at the side of the van and onto the beach.”

Rumours began to circulate this week that something big was being filmed when TV crews were spotted filming at Seasiders Way car park with a sign stating it was shut until July 1.

They were then spotted at Bloomfield Road around 6pm which led locals to believe that the filming was in relation to a football friendly due to their proximity to Blackpool Football Club stadium.

Filming for major TV shows is much more common in Lancashire today than it once was. In addition to the Stay Close filming, we’ve recently seen Star Wars filming in Cleveleys, The Bay filming in Morecambe and Peaky Blinders over in Rossendale.

LancsLive has approached Netflix for comment.

 

False alarm as coastguard called to ‘unconscious person on beach’

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The coastguard searched between Central and North Pier

A false alarm with 'good intent'

A false alarm with ‘good intent’

The coastguard was called to reports of an unconscious person on the beach in Blackpool overnight.

HM Coastguard Lytham was called out at 2.30am this morning (July 1) after a member of the public believed they had seen an unconscious person on the beach.

A search was launched between Central Pier and North Pier but nothing was found and it was decided that the call had been a ‘false alarm with good intent’.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Lytham said: “We were called out at 2.29AM this morning to reports of an unconscious person on the beach between North and Central Pier.

“Ourselves and HM Coastguard Fleetwood arrived on scene and found the tide was up against the sea wall, a search was commenced between the piers then extended to Gynn Square. With nothing found it was determined this was a false alarm with good intent.

“In an emergency at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

 

Blackpool bar set for facelift as part of £7m project

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Cask & Tap in Topping Street is set to get a new shopfront

Cask and Tap bar in Blackpool will see its shopfront improved

Cask and Tap bar in Blackpool will see its shopfront improved

A bar in Blackpool is set to be given a facelift thanks to a £7m project to improve shopfronts.

The project to boost the image of some of Blackpool’s key roads to make streets more welcoming and shops more vibrant started back in January 2017.

Initial work started in Church Street with road resurfacing, improved pavements and crossings, new benches, bins and cycle parking.

The second stage of the Quality Corridors project involves working with local businesses to help them improve their shop fronts, making both their businesses and the town centre look more appealing.

The grant scheme will allow businesses in certain areas to bid for money to do the work, with more information on the bidding process to be revealed later in the year.

The aim of the Quality Corridors Project is to encourage the economic revitalisation of Blackpool town centre through a programme of highways, public realm and building improvement schemes.

The programme is jointly funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Blackpool Council and is administered by the council.

Plans have now been approved to install a new shopfront at the Cask & Tap in Topping Street as part of the project.

The existing UPVC sign will be replaced with a double glazed aluminium frontage with new windows to the first and second floors.

A council officer said in a report confirming the plans’ approval: “Socially, the site is a prominent location in the town centre and the redevelopment and enhancement of the shop front would provide a visually appealing frontage for members of the public.

“The installation of the new shop front would align with the council’s regeneration aims for the town centre and would be complimented by other similar renovation schemes on Topping Street.”

Controversial proposals to demolish Vintro Lounge building near Blackpool Winter Gardens back before planners

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Controversial plans to demolish buildings opposite the Winter Gardens are to be heard at next week, despite a new restaurant opening up at the site less than a month ago.

 

The proposals are to build a block of flats close to the entertainment complex in St John’s Square, Blackpool.

However the existing buildings, including the Vintro Lounge restaurant which opened on June 10, would be razed if plans are given the green light by officials.

Plans for the project were scaled back earlier this year after developers were told the original scheme was too high.

Proposals to demolish the recently opened Vintro Lounge building are being considered next weekProposals to demolish the recently opened Vintro Lounge building are being considered next week

Applicant Daniel Berko revised his proposals following talks with town hall planners who said build up to seven storeys tall was not appropriate for the area. New plans were submitted for up to five storeys of development.

If it gets the go ahead, the project will see the current three storey building anchored by Vintro Lounge bulldozed.

The Gazette contacted the restaurant and a member of staff was unaware of the plans to demolish the building.

The original scheme, which was lodged 12 months ago, had already reduced the size of the apartment block from a top height of nine storeys, to seven and proposed 29 flats.
Plans of how the building could look if plans are approved
Plans of how the building could look if plans are approved

But the revised application is for a three to five storey building on the corner of Church Street and Abingdon Street containing 19 flats, with shops, a restaurant and a betting shop on the ground floor.

The plans have been met with opposition in the resort.

Blackpool Civic Trust said it has continually called for the plans to be scrapped after they were first announced more than 18 months ago.

A spokesman for the trust said: “We submitted comments regarding a previous application for this location and our objections are all still relevant as the proposed site sits within the conservation area and if developed will impose too greatly on the St Johns Square conservation area by the height and density of building.

The original proposal for a seven storey building was scrappedThe original proposal for a seven storey building was scrapped

“Planning permission should be once again refused as it is totally out with the permitted developments in this location.”

Also in the officer’s report to the committee ahead of the meeting next week, an objection to the plans was listed from the occupier of 80-82 Church Street, which is used as the HIVE coffee shop and bistro.

The objection states that ‘the brutalist design and materials are not in keeping with the Winter Gardens’ and the proposed flats ‘may not be the answer to revitalise the town’ citing the ‘significant number’ of empty retail units with potential accommodation above them.

The objection also said that due to the area being pedestrianised, safety, parking and servicing the flats would be ‘difficult’ and that the development would have a ‘significant impact’ on the character of St Johns Square.

The future of the buildings will now go before town hall planners at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

The buses that have kept Blackpool moving for a century

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Today marks 100 years since the very first Blackpool Corporation bus service came into operation. With Blackpool Transport’s archivist Alan Greenhalgh, we look at the early days of the Blackpool buses

An example of an open-topped runabout bus which had a central canopy

An example of an open-topped runabout bus which had a central canopy

One hundred years ago today, the first bus service operated by Blackpool Corporation came into force between Cleveleys and Thornton Railway Station.

It was a 15 minute frequency with a 4d fare being charged for the full journey.

Two Tilling-Stevens petrol-electric single deck buses had been purchased, seating 20 people, and ran with front entrances to allow the fares to be collected by the driver.

Buses from the 1920sBuses from the 1920s

This was swiftly followed by an open top double deck bus in 1922 and the vehicles were kept in a building at Rossall.

The introduction of the service was Blackpool’s response to a proposal by the railway companies to construct a branch line from Thornton to Cleveleys and which was seen as a threat to the Corporation’s Fleetwood tramroad service.

The first bus service to operate within the Borough of Blackpool itself ran between Adelaide Place (near to the Tower) and Devonshire Road via Church Street and Caunce Street.

A further single deck Tilling-Stevens bus was purchased for this service.

One of the four open-topped Leyland Lions which ran a circular servicesOne of the four open-topped Leyland Lions which ran a circular services

That began on December 22, 1922.

The fare between the Promenade and Devonshire Road was 1½ d.

In January 1924, a tram replacement bus service was introduced between Talbot Road and the Gynn, while track work was taking place on Warbreck Road (now the northern section of Dickson Road).

The bus service proved to be popular and was retained once the tram track work had been completed.

A toastrack bus outside Stanley Park in the 1920sA toastrack bus outside Stanley Park in the 1920s

The service, which was slightly amended and ran between the Central Library and Warley Road, has existed in one form or another to the present day.

A further bus service between Adelaide Place and Forest Gate was introduced in 1924 and the Devonshire Road service was extended through Layton the following year.

By this time the bus fleet consisted of 19 front entrance single deck vehicles, mostly seating 28 people, and one open top double deck with a seating capacity of 50.

The following years saw a new batch of buses and the private bus operator William Smith’s Motor Service purchased, which operated services across the Fylde.

Blackpool buses parked up at the depo in the 1920sBlackpool buses parked up at the depo in the 1920s

Pleasure bus services were introduced a year later, coinciding with the opening of Stanley Park and in 1927, the first three-axle double deckers were added to the fleet. These, however, were less than satisfactory and were withdrawn in 1933.

Until 1932, the corporation department responsible for buses and trams also managed the electricity undertaking, which at that time was owned by the local authority.

But by then it was decided that the transport side needed a complete re-organisation and modernisation.

Charles Furness, who had been overall general manager since 1906 was to remain as Borough Electrical Engineer and a new transport manager appointed.

The new general manager, Walter Luff, became head of Blackpool Corporation Transport Department on 1st January 1933.

Luff produced a five-year plan to re-vitalise the transport department and is perhaps best known for his introduction of 116 centre entrance streamlined trams.

A 1930's busA 1930’s bus

The bus operation, which had never paid its way, received similar attention and a fleet of modern centre entrance buses, mostly double deck on Leyland chassis with either English Electric or Burlingham bodies, entered service from 1933 with fleet numbers 78 to 89.

As part of Walter Luff’s modernisation plan, the red livery of the buses and trams was replaced by green and cream.

Six open top single deck buses were purchased in 1935 for use as ‘runabouts’ on the Promenade to Stanley Park service.

These buses were most unusual in that they had a central canopy into which the destination indicators and bells were fitted, not unlike on the open ‘boat’ trams, gaining the nickname ‘gondolas’.

In 1935, licences were granted to both Blackpool and Lytham St Annes Corporations to operate a joint bus service between Blackpool and Lytham.

The route (number 11) ran from Adelaide Place to Halfway House via Central Drive and St Annes Road and then continued along Blackpool Road (which was closed when the runway at Blackpool Airport was extended during the war). Around this time Blackpool offered to purchase the Lytham St Annes branch but this was rejected and it was to be almost 60 years before Blackpool’s ambitions were finally realised.

*Next week we look at how the bus service has developed over the last few decades.

 

 

Blackpool truckers plead: ‘Don’t drive our jobs away’ after HGV firm faces move out of town

Blackpool truck drivers fear that up to 100 jobs could be lost to the town if their company is forced to move.

 

The drivers at Fox Brothers which has a site at Squires Gate Industrial Estate say they have been warned by bosses that the firm may have to shift its haulage side of the business out of the resort following failure to get retrospective planning permission for operations at the site.

The application to house 67 wagons there plus a workshop and concrete mixing centre was rejected by Blackpool Council early in June.

Neighbours from areas such as Oakwood Close had sent in 40 letters of objection to the plans and had complained about noise from a concrete crusher and other machinery and dust.

Drivers Jordan Dempsey and Keith Thirsk at the Fox Brothers' site.  The drivers there fear they will lose their jobs if the firm has to quit Blackpool aft5er losing a planning application to operate from its Squires Gate Industrial Estate siteDrivers Jordan Dempsey and Keith Thirsk at the Fox Brothers’ site. The drivers there fear they will lose their jobs if the firm has to quit Blackpool aft5er losing a planning application to operate from its Squires Gate Industrial Estate site

In making their recommendation for refusal, council planners said: “The adverse environmental and social impacts of the proposal are considered to outweigh the economic benefits.”

Now the drivers are worried that if the firm has to move away from the town, many of them will lose their jobs.

Spokesman Keith Thirsk, who has been an HGV driver there for seven years, said: “This is very worrying for all of us and is affecting our families too.

“The vast majority of the drivers will not be able to travel as they only have one car and their families need to use it. They cannot afford a second one.

The firm said it had made efforts to cut noise and dust, but neighbours complained to the councilThe firm said it had made efforts to cut noise and dust, but neighbours complained to the council

“Many of us are ex-soldiers and some of them need that support network. We have all had friends lost to post traumatic stress disorder and we need to stick together and support each other. It is like a family.

“If the firm has to move to Leyland that support network will be broken up. Fox Brothers has been in Blackpool for years and it would be a shame if it left.

“It would be a loss of 100 local jobs and there is a firm that comes in at weekends to clean the wagons that would go too.

“The company sponsors local football teams and does charity work in town and all that could be lost too.

Now concrete crushing machinery has been removed and the frim is considering its options on where to store its HGVs. The firm has another site at Leyland.Now concrete crushing machinery has been removed and the frim is considering its options on where to store its HGVs. The firm has another site at Leyland.

“I understand why people might have complained, but the company has made great efforts to reduce noise.

“We are normally finished at 5pm and it is other trucks from other firms visiting the industrial estate after that.

“The speed bumps do cause noise from the deliveries and we make sure we drive well below the speed limit of 20mph.

“The concrete crusher was removed from the site some time ago and so it is just the parking of trucks there. We don’t want the firm to have to leave Blackpool.”

A spokesman for Fox Brothers confirmed that the drivers were gathered together and warned that the firm may have to leave Blackpool if no solution could be found.

He said: “We are considering what our options are going forward. One of them would be moving to an area outside of Blackpool. We have started consultations with the employees to see what impact the various options would have on them, but no decisions have been made yet.”

He added that the firm, which employs 115, did not want to leave the area and that no decision on whether to appeal against the planning ruling had yet been made.

Fox Brothers was established in 1932 and specialises in the supply and haulage of aggregates, recycled materials, muck-shift, earthworks and civil engineering projects. It took on the Squires Gate site in 2019 as its fleet of vehicles grew.

It operates from two locations in Blackpool and has a sister site in Leyland. Its headquarters office is on the Whitehills Business Park.

The drivers have written to Blackpool South Conservative MP Scott Benton to ask for his support.

Mr Benton said: “Fox Brothers supports over 100 local people and it is vital that we keep these jobs in Blackpool, but the rights of residents also need to be respected too.

“I’m aware of the concerns of local residents with regards to the noise and dust created by the operations at the site and it was important that these were recognised and addressed as part of the planning process.

“I would urge the council to work constructively with Fox Brothers to try and reach a solution which is acceptable to residents and which allows the business to remain within Blackpool.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “Fox Brothers commenced this development at the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone without planning permission.

“Since that time both the Environment Agency and the Council have received a large number of complaints about the noise and dust from local residents and businesses.

“Council officers tried to work with Fox Brothers to reach a mutually acceptable solution but were unable to do so.

“As a result, and in light of over 40 objections formally lodged raising concerns in relation to environmental contamination, air pollution, extreme noise from a concrete crusher and other heavy machinery, and the noise of 60+ wagons starting up early in the morning, Blackpool Planning Committee refused Fox Bros application for retrospective planning permission.

“The adverse environmental and social impacts of their operation unfortunately outweighed the economic benefits to the Enterprise Zone. However, the council is willing to work with Fox Bros to keep this successful business trading on the Fylde Coast and help them to find an alternative suitable location for their business in order to secure and protect their employees jobs locally.”

“The Enterprise Zone has set out a 25 year masterplan to make Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone a premier business location in the North West and is regarded as an important strategic economic site for Lancashire that supports our key industry sectors.

Therefore it is crucial that new businesses moving onto the EZ seek the correct planning permission and that any conditions are adhered to before commencing works or occupying land.

“There is a dedicated EZ team that is available at Blackpool Council to help any business with their relocation process and can be contacted on 0808 164 4922.”

Blackpool confirm friendly with Premier League Burnley

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Blackpool have added a friendly against Burnley to their pre-season itinerary.

 

The Premier League club will visit Bloomfield Road on Tuesday, July 27, with a 7.45pm kick-off and ticket details will be confirmed in due course.

The match comes between away friendlies at Carlisle United on Saturday 24 and Morecambe on Saturday 31. The Clarets’ visit comes six days after Blackpool welcome Steven Gerrard’s Scottish champions Rangers.

Blackpool will welcome Rangers and Burnley to Bloomfield Road within a week of each otherBlackpool will welcome Rangers and Burnley to Bloomfield Road within a week of each other

The Seasiders’ pre-season programme begins at Southport a week on Saturday (July 10), though a Blackpool XI will visit non-league neighbours Squires Gate the previous evening.

On track to make Squires Gate station fully accessible

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Squires Gate rail station is set to have access for wheelchairs and prams for the first time

 

Fylde councillors have approved proposals to begin the process to compulsory purchase a piece of land to create a fully accessible platform.

The council says a step-free accessible route for passengers has been a long-term desire of both it and the South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership.

As part of the development of the adjacent former Pontins site by Persimmon Homes, a footpath at the end of New Road was installed up to the end of the land which Persimmon owns.

The current only access to Squires Gate stationThe current only access to Squires Gate station

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The Council made initial inquiries regarding the unregistered land in 2018 and identified a person who claimed ownership of the land.

The following year, the council agreed to purchase the land for £3,000 with fees of up to £2,000 plus VAT, provided that the claimed owner first register their ownership with the Land Registry.

Earlier this year, with no progress having been made in relation to the agreement of the sale from the assumed owner, Fylde’s legal team advised to start the process to obtain a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the land.

Fylde Council leader Coun Karen Buckley (right) with fellow ward councillors Coun Angela Jacques and Coun Delma Collins at the site of the intended access from the path into the station.Fylde Council leader Coun Karen Buckley (right) with fellow ward councillors Coun Angela Jacques and Coun Delma Collins at the site of the intended access from the path into the station.

The power to obtain the land compulsorily is in a section of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which covers land ‘required for a purpose which it is necessary to achieve in the interests of the proper planning of an area in which the land is situate’.

Coun Karen Buckley, the leafder of he council and chairman of its finance and democracy committee, which approved the move, said: “At present, the only way to access the station platform involves a steep flight of steps from the top of Squires Gate bridge.

“My fellow St Leonard’s Ward councillors and I have sought a solution to this for many years. The re-development of the Pontins site was an ideal opportunity and a path was accommodated from New Road to the station which would make it accessible on the flat.

“A tiny strip of land now stands in the way of completing the project hence the need to go down the route of compulsory purchase which is fully justified in my eyes owing to the public benefit.”

Barrie Russell, volunteer and member of the Friends of Squires Gate Railway Station, said: “We have been seeking a solution for many years because we constantly see families struggle to negotiate the 40-plus steps with heavy luggage, prams and cycles, but more importantly we have seen disabled people look down the steps with fear and sheer disappointment at not being able to use the station.

“Once level access is in place it will open up new opportunities for everyone, including residents of the new housing on the former Pontins site.

“My fellow volunteers and the Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association wholeheartedly support and welcome the actions being taken by Fylde Council to facilitate level access to the station.”

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