Temporary traffic lights to be in place on busy A585 north of Blackpool

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Motorists are being warned of changes to the £150m roadworks project on the A585 Fleetwood to Kirkham road.

 

Work is continuing to try to reduce traffic bottlenecks along the route with the main focus on the Skippool and Windy Harbour areas.

From Wednesday to Friday, temporary lights will be in place on Mains Lane at off peak times to allow workers to carry out trial hole testing.

Temporary two-way lights at off-peak times and narrow lanes will be put in pace from today on the eastbound carriageway at Garstang New Road.

Part of the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypassPart of the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass

Temporary lights are also in place at Singleton Hall and Barnfield Manor to allow utility works to take place there.

A Highways England spokesman said: “Please allow extra time for your journey, especially during peak hours.”

No further changes to the status quo are expected this week at the Skippool Bridge section of the road nor at the Windy Harbour junction.

At Skippool Roundabout, Amounderness Way eastbound is reduced to one lane and Mains Lane, eastbound is also one lane.

Garstang Road East has temporary lights to allow heavy vehicles to cross.

 

Summer staycation railway lines cleared in Blackpool and St Annes during rubbish blitz

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North West rail workers are busy cleaning up key tourist routes in Blackpool and St Annes ahead of the summer holidays.

 

Rail staff collected 16 bags of rubbish along the railway line from St Annes to Squires Gate in Blackpool over five nights in late May and early July.

Nigel McCann, North West railway planner for Network Rail said: “Litter is a big problem for the railway. It’s regularly reported to us by community rail groups, residents and politicians.

“Recognising passengers enjoy the convenience and views when travelling by rail to Blackpool for their holidays, we’ve used a hit squad to litter pick these key routes overnight, so we

Network Rail worker after litter pick around BlackpoolNetwork Rail worker after litter pick around Blackpool

don’t disrupt vital services in the day.

“But our message to fly tippers is: the railway is not a dumping ground for litter and costs taxpayers’ money to remove.”

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Coun Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We really do appreciate the efforts made by rail staff. Litter collection is vitally important in a seaside destination and particularly at

key arrival points such as car parks and railway stations.

“We hope that visitors will see the difference that has been made and will play their part by disposing of their own litter in a responsible way.”

The litter blitz was part of Network Rail’s efforts to support Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean 2021.

Blackpool mum thanks Preston Hospital staff by raising funds for sensory garden

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A Blackpool mum is helping to create a peaceful sensory garden at Royal Preston Hospital – as a thankyou to staff who saved her life.

Jess Cook in the sensory garden at Royal Preston Hospital

Jess Cook in the sensory garden at Royal Preston Hospital

Jess Cook, 22, of Fenton Road, Layton, nearly died following a Covid-linked stroke earlier this year and had to be put into an induced coma.

Nursing assistant Jess would normally be dedicating her time to looking after others at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Instead, she is still convalescing in Preston’s neurological rehabilitation unit, six months after falling seriously ill.

Jess Cook at Royal Preston Hospital earlier this year, with partner Jayson and son OscarJess Cook at Royal Preston Hospital earlier this year, with partner Jayson and son Oscar

But during her time in hospital, caring Jess has not let the time slip away – she set up a funding page to help raise money to develop the fledgling garden, so that other patients can benefit from it.

Jess promoted the funding page with some light-hearted hair and make-up sessions from her hospital bed, relayed to friends and relatives on her Facebook page.

Altogether Jess raised £1,000 and her campaign led to three garden centres donating items for the garden, close to the neurological rehab unit.

She said: “We’ve been able to get some lovely plants and other things already, thanks to people’s kindness.

“We also have bird-feeders and windchimes in the garden, it is really taking shape.

“Barton Grange a donated a voucher and B&Q offered us some soil for the garden and Dobbies gave us some flowers.”

Jess ‘ condition has continued to improve and she looks set to return home soon.

Her ordeal began after seemingly recovering from Covid over Christmas, when she fell ill at home on January 23 and experienced a terrifying loss of sensation in her arms.

Jess was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where she was diagnosed with suffering a spinal stroke, caused by a blood clot in her spine, itself a result of the coronavirus infection she thought she’d beaten.

After spending two weeks in an induced coma during which time she nearly died, Jess is now on the gradual road to recovery

Jess, who lives with partner Jayson Drake, 24, and their three year old son Oscar, added: “The staff at Preston have been unbelievable. They definitely saved my life.

“It was a really scary experience. I suffered a paralysis and they told me a lot of patients don’t recover from that.

“The staff here helped my body to work again through therapy, so helping raise funds for the garden was the least I can do.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer visiting Blackpool today

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Labour leader Keir Starmer will be in Blackpool today to kick off a summer on the road speaking to communities.

 

He will hold a series of meetings and events across the resort during a two day visit to launch Labour proposals including a £15bn children’s recovery plan.

During his visit he will be meeting youth groups and hospitality workers and taking part in a walkabout on the Promenade.

His proposals include breakfast clubs and small group tutoring to help children catch up, mental health support in schools and an extension of free school meals.

Keir Starmer is visiting Blackpool today (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)Keir Starmer is visiting Blackpool today (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr Starmer said: “I’ve got plans to create opportunities for everyone, and I’m looking forward to debating them with local people in Blackpool.

“I’ll be having robust conversations with people, particularly those who didn’t vote Labour at the last election.”

Labour lost the Blackpool South seat to Conservative Scott Benton at the 2019 General Election, with Paul Maynard retaining Blackpool North and Cleveleys for the Tories.

Labour proposals also include a jobs promise to ensure every young person away from work for six months is offered an education, training or employment opportunity, and a ‘Make, Buy and Sell More in Britain’ pledge to help bring the jobs of the future to towns like Blackpool.

Mr Starmer said: “For too long, politics has felt too remote from ordinary people’s lives and opinions.

“That’s why I’ve committed to spending a lot more time outside Westminster this summer, taking Labour’s offer on the road and direct to voters.”

He added: “So in Blackpool I’ll be putting forward Labour’s proposals to create real opportunities across Britain. Opportunities that everyone deserves and that help our country thrive. Whoever you are and wherever you live, you deserve every chance to get on in life.”

 

Staff Covid self-isolation numbers puts blue recycling bin collections on hold in Thornton

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Wyre Council has advised residents in Thornton on social media that their blue bins will not be collected today (Thursday July 15), due to “many staff having to self-isolate.”

 

The council told residents of 53 different streets that “many staff” from Veolia Environmental Services, which is contracted to collect recycling for the authority, were self-isolating.

It was hoped blue bins on missed streets could be collected on Saturday (July 17) instead – but this “may change as the week goes on.”

Households were advised to either put extra paper and cardboard out with the next collection, or take it to a recycling centre themselves.

Blue recycling bin collections have been affected by staff self-isolation numbers in Thornton today.Blue recycling bin collections have been affected by staff self-isolation numbers in Thornton today.

A spokesman for Wyre Council said: “Due to Covid-19 and many staff having to self-isolate, we apologise to customers in Thornton but your blue bin will not be collected today (Thursday July 15).

“We hope to collect bins from affected streets on Saturday July 17, but this may change as the week goes on. If we do no not manage to collect, additional card placed by your bin will be taken on the next collection or you can take it to the recycling centre.

“Your garden waste will be collected as normal. Please do not report this as a missed bin on our website. Our crews are aware of the addresses that are affected. We sincerely apologise for this disruption and inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

The following addresses are affected:

Ashdale Grove

Bearwood Way

Bentley Green

Blenheim Drive

Brades Avenue

Caernarfon Close

Cathrow Way

Chatsworth Close

Chequers Way

Chirk Drive

Connaught Drive

Criccieth Place

Dianne Road

Elmside Close

Estuary Gardens

Fieldhouse Avenue

Gravners Field

Greengate

Hargate Road

Harlech Grove

Hasbury Drive

Hatfield Close

Hillylaid Road

Hornsea Close

Hulme Avenue

Hurtsleigh Heights

Lawsons Road (1-149) – Brays Heys, Torentum court

Leslie Avenue

Lindley Croft

Norton Vale

Oakwood Close

Oxendale Road

Portland Close

Raikes Road

Redwood Gardens

Rhuddlan Gardens

Rover Road

Roscoe Avenue

Rosewood Close

Ruthin Drive

Sandwell Avenue

Southdown Close

Stanah Gardens

Stanah Road

Stuart Road

Suffolk Close

Tretower Way

Underbank road

Usk Avenue

Welburn Walk

Woodfield Road

Woodhouse Road

Woodley Avenue

Woman in her 70s hit by car in Blackpool

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A woman was taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Blackpool yesterday (July 15).

 

Police and paramedics were called to reports a woman had been hit by a car in Whitegate Drive shortly after 2pm.

Pictures from the scene show an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

The woman – aged in her 70s – was taken to hospital with a “shoulder injury”, a spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said.

Lancashire Police said they were unable to provide any more information about the incident.
A woman was taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Whitegate Drive. (Photo by Edward Calvey)
A woman was taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Whitegate Drive. (Photo by Edward Calvey)

Blackpool leaders demand tougher action to stop online racism

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Civic leaders in Blackpool have condemned racism against England footballers following the team’s defeat to Italy on Sunday.

Town hall leaders have called for tough action against online racists

Town hall leaders have called for tough action against online racists

Online abuse was suffered by players Marcus Rashford Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho and a mural of Marcus Rashford was defaced.

Calls have been made for the government and social media companies to do more to combat racism in the sport.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Lynn Williams warned there “is no place whatsoever for racism in any town, country, situation or circumstance.”

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams

In July last year the council unanimously agreed a notice of motion, put forward by Coun Williams to support the anti-racist aims of Black LIves Matter and other anti-racism campaigns.

Coun Williams said: “The young English football team have done us all proud over these last few weeks and in particular on Sunday night.

“What they did was offer us all hope, a sense of togetherness and demonstrated real grit and resilience right throughout the tournament.

“I’m sure many residents in Blackpool feel inspired by what they did and what they stand for – I know I do.

Deputy Mayor Coun Paula BurdessDeputy Mayor Coun Paula Burdess

“I’m proud to say that as a town we strive to celebrate and support each other, whether you live here or are visiting.

“We unequivocally stand together with the English team celebrating their achievements and condemning any form of racism or abuse.

“It is high time the Government acted against social media platforms, there must be an effective way to ban this abhorrent behaviour online and ensure those responsible are held accountable”.

Coun Paula Burdess, who was elected as Blackpool’s first black deputy mayor last year, branded the racism directed at the England players “deplorable and sadly predictable”.

She said: “It is frustrating to be having this conversation given the media attention to Gareth Southgate’s anti-racist stance throughout the tournament. Was nobody listening?

“Coming from Manchester, I understand football is never just a game; at its best it brings the supporters and players from diverse communities and countries closer together but at its worst can drive them apart.

“Through the tournament we saw football supporters do both.

“The prospect of winning the competition raised everyone’s hopes and bolstered national pride; and winning would be just the remedy we needed to compensate us for the seemingly never-ending isolation.

“I hoped they would win – everybody did. Then for most of us the disappointment of losing makes us look for something to blame.

“The majority of us could keep it rational and stick to the ‘thing’ that went wrong – in our critique of the game, the tactics, the set pieces, the penalties but there will always be a minority with a thuggish mentality who when the loss is too much to bear have to attack the ‘someone’ (always from the safety of their armchair and hiding behind a keyboard).

“These cowards feel no shame or reservation in personally attacking and threatening these players and their families with unfiltered vitriolic bile that they can easily publish on any social media platform that will have them.

“Marcus Rashford traced back one of the worst threats he received to a primary school teacher! At times like this you have to question the social (ir)responsibility of these platforms.

“On a positive note it is in moments like this that good sense prevails and people come together in solidarity, accepting ‘there is more that unites us, than divides us’ .

“They are determined to raise awareness, to challenge and repair the division that racist views and behaviours can cause in our communities and accept that we live in a diverse population and celebrate the richness it brings to our lives.”

The 1950s Blackpool crazy golf course in seafront sunken gardens which has been brought back to life

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The Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course is located in the seafront sunken gardens near Blackpool North Pier

The Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course in Blackpool has been re-vamped for golfers to test out their putting skills

The Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course in Blackpool has been re-vamped for golfers to test out their putting skills (Image: Art B&B, Blackpool)

The public are being invited to “test out their putting skills” on a derelict crazy golf course that has been brought back to life.

The Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course, located in the seafront sunken gardens near Blackpool North Pier, has been lovingly restored by hardworking community volunteers and given an injection of cash by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Now the tourism arm of Blackpool Council, I Love Blackpool, is inviting people to play a round or two with the profits going to Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels.

The charitable organisation runs a weekly outreach service for the homeless and provides an emergency night shelter.

The prices for Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course with profits going to Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels

The prices for Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course with profits going to Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels (Image: Art B&B, Blackpool)

Its volunteers prepared and restored its features over the last two years allowing the historic site to re-open.

The revamp was made possible with the help of a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund through the Blackpool Fulfilling Lives program.

Blackpool is one of 12 areas in England receiving Big Lottery funding to support people with multiple disadvantages as part of the national program.

This includes helping local people with a combination of issues such as homelessness, re-offending, problematic substance misuse, and mental ill health.

The course is just over the road from Art B&B Bar on the Promenade where visitors can also read about the history of Princess Parade and the sunken gardens dating back to 1776.

Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels will continue to maintain and manage the site.

Prices start at £3.00 per child going up to £5.00 per adult and £10.. for a family ticket.

To find out more, please visit Princess Parade Crazy Golf Course Facebook group here.