Teenager hospitalised with ‘serious injuries’ after being hit by car in Blackpool hit-and-run

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A 16-year-old girl was hit by a black car as she was crossing Queen’s Promenade, close to the junction of Red Bank Road, at around 10.30pm on August 21.

The vehicle, which police said may have been a Mercedes, then fled the scene in the direction of Cleveleys.

The girl was rushed to hospital where it was confirmed she had suffered a “serious break to her ankle” which required surgery.

PC Mark Rees, of Fleetwood Police, said: “This was a nasty collision which left a teenager with serious injuries, and enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what occurred and who was driving the car.

“An investigation has been underway since the incident but we are at a point where we need to ask the public for help.

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“Did you see all or part of this incident? Or were you in the area at around the same time and have CCTV or dashcam footage? If you do, please get in touch straight away.”

A teenager was hit by a black car as she was crossing Queen's Promenade, close to the junction of Red Bank Road. (Credit: Google)A teenager was hit by a black car as she was crossing Queen’s Promenade, close to the junction of Red Bank Road. (Credit: Google)

Anybody with information can contact police on 101, quoting log number 1647 of August 21.

You can also report it online at the Lancashire Police website by clicking HERE.

“We would also appeal to the driver, if he or she sees this appeal, to do the right thing and contact us,” PC Mark Rees added.

 

WonderHall’s £153,000 cash boost for Lytham Hall

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Lytham Hall will benefit from a cash boost of more than £150,000 thanks to the WonderHall Festival.

 

The new six-day event, presented by Lytham Festival bosses Cuffe and Taylor in the grounds of the Hall, and concluding today, has seen tens of thousands of people celebrate the return of live music to the Fylde coast.

A total of £153,184.78 has been raised by WonderHall, including included all ticket sales from the Sunday Picnic Proms concert headlined by Russell Watson.

The money will be used for the running of the Hall and estate as well as sums ringfenced for the continued restoration of the Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion.

The money was presented to the Hall by Cuffe and Taylor on stage at the Russell Watson concert

The money was presented to the Hall by Cuffe and Taylor on stage at the Russell Watson concert

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During the interval to his sellout WonderHall show, the people’s tenor Russell joined promoters Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor in presenting a cheque to Lytham Hall general manager Peter Anthony, assistant manager Paul Lomax and trustee Steve Williams.

Russell said: “It is very special to be part of something so important for this beautiful venue.

“Cuffe and Taylor have been incredibly generous with their donation to Lytham Hall and I feel honoured to be part of that.”

Russel Watson on stage at WonderHallRussel Watson on stage at WonderHall

Welcoming the cash injection Peter Anthony said: “The management team and trustees here at Lytham Hall are absolutely thrilled to receive this amazing donation from Cuffe and Taylor.

“WonderHall has been vital in bringing people back together. The entertainment industry has been hit so hard by the pandemic, so it has been great to see this parkland spring back into life.

“The feelgood factor and better mental wellbeing is what entertainment helps promote in abundance…which is the tonic everyone needs right now.

“Hats off to Cuffe and Taylor for bringing a collection of top artists together for this fabulous six-day event set in the stunning historic parkland of Lytham Hall.”

Crowds enjoy the Lytham Community Choir's performance at the WonderHall proms concert headlined by Russell WatsonCrowds enjoy the Lytham Community Choir’s performance at the WonderHall proms concert headlined by Russell Watson

The money is a major boost, helping with the continued restoration of the historic property and ensuring it can be enjoyed by future generations. Current projects on the priority list which the donation will help take a step closer include: the South prospect garden – there are plans to make this outstanding and return some of the plant collections that once existed as well as create an alfresco tea garden; the specialist interior decoration of some of the most significant rooms in the Georgian Hall; the introduction of a lily pond oxygenator; repairs of stones and brickwork to the listed buildings; redecoration and interpretation of John Talbot Clifton’s billiard room; supporting drainage improvement schemes; mprovements to the gardener’s cottage and gatehouses

Steve Williams said: “The management, staff and volunteers at Lytham Hall are a truly amazing team. This huge donation will make a significant difference to our ongoing efforts to turn Lytham Hall into one of the North West’s leading heritage attractions.

“Working alongside Cuffe and Taylor has been a pleasure and their input into our project has been remarkable, we cannot thank them enough.”

Peter Taylor added: “Everyone who knows Cuffe and Taylor knows just how much the town of Lytham and the whole of the Fylde coast means to us. Our business started here and enjoys so much support from the community so when you are given an opportunity to give something back to that community it is an absolute pleasure.

“Russell’s performance as part of WonderHall has been two years in the planning and to have finally got to the point where we can donate £153,000 to Lytham Hall is a moment our whole team is very proud of.

“Lytham Hall is a magnificent gemstone in the crown of the Fylde coast, it has been the most perfect setting for WonderHall and long may it continue to welcome visitors old and new.”

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Blackpool revellers face long walk home due to taxi driver shortage

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The issue has been blamed on drivers finding alternative jobs during the Covid pandemic

 

 

A general image of Blackpool by night

A general image of Blackpool by night (Image: Getty)

Blackpool party-goers are facing long walks home – after a shortage of taxi drivers has hit the resort’s famous night-time scene.

Reports say one operator which usually has 100 drivers on the roads after 8pm on a Saturday during the season, now only has 50.

Meanwhile long waits for cabs has led to outbreaks of public disorder in some of the town’s busiest late night areas.

Now council chiefs are introducing measures to make it easier for firms to recruit new drivers, while taxi marshalls have been employed to control queues in Queen Street.

The lack of cabbies has been blamed on drivers finding alternative jobs during the Covid pandemic and not returning to the industry.

Meanwhile potential new drivers faced costs of up to £800 to get their badge, which many cannot afford.

Dee Grant, a director of one of Blackpool’s biggest taxi firms C Cabs, said they had lost 200 out of the 500 drivers on their books before the pandemic.

She said: “All the companies have lost a lot of their night drivers during the pandemic.

“While there was still work for the day drivers, the night drivers have moved onto jobs with Amazon, Tesco and the like.

“On a Saturday night on Queen Street it’s like Beirut because people get angry if they can’t get a taxi and in Blackpool they’ve always been used to getting taxis easily.

“It’s also been difficult for out office staff getting abuse from people who are waiting.

“It’s a problem all over the country, not just in Blackpool.

“We’re now running a big recruitment drive to attract new drivers. and we’re offering a £300 bonus to new drivers who join us to drive evenings.”

Ian Wharmby, managing director of Black Tax, said their taxis had stopped going down Queen Street after one was attacked a few weeks ago and had a window smashed,

He said: “On Friday and Saturday nights if people are out late, they can’t get cabs and are having to walk home.

“A lot of drivers left last year because there was no work and they have other jobs and are not coming back.

“The drivers we have are working non-stop, so you can make some good money from it. ”

He added: “Some security has been put on Queen Street but we have stopped cabs going down there and are picking up at the library instead.”

Now all the taxi companies are calling on Blackpool Council to relax the rules for applying for a taxi licence so they can attract new drivers more easily.

John Cutler, managing director of Premier Cabs, said: “We need more consultation from the council with the trade on this.

“Recruitment is difficult at the moment, but it’s something affecting a lot of sectors including the hotels and clubs.”

The council has now agreed new drivers can apply for a one-year licence at a cost of £90, instead of needing a three year £250 licence.

It is also reviewing training requirements for new drivers which can cost up to £380.

A report by the licensing service says: “The pandemic situation has detrimentally impacted the taxi and private hire trade to the extent that trade is currently experiencing a significant reduction in the number of available licensed drivers.

“The two largest operators in the town are reporting difficulties in recruiting drivers and have also reported that evening driver resources are down 50 per cent on pre pandemic levels.

“One operator reported to the Licensing Services that typically weekend resources are significantly lower than pre pandemic levels.

“Of a fleet of 240 vehicles they were recently able to operate 120 vehicles during daytime operations (to 8pm) on a busy Saturday at the height of the summer holidays.

“The same operator reported that this number reduced to 50 drivers after 8pm. Their pre-pandemic expectation would have been to put at least 100 drivers on after 8pm on a Saturday night during the same period of the season.

“Another operator reported to Licensing that prior to the pandemic they operated 101 vehicles. Within the first three weeks of the pandemic this was reduced to 12. They are currently operating at a level of 67 vehicles.

“All representatives of the trade the Licensing Service has recently spoken to all state that they are struggling to recruit licensed drivers.

“In response to the current situation it is proposed that the council re-introduces a one year driver’s licence for new applicants at a cost of £90. ”

A council spokesperson said training requirements are also under review.

They added: “At the moment the requirement for the three day training course has been suspended while the wider policy review is under way.”

The council confirmed taxi marshalls are operating on Queen Street, Dickson Road and Market Street on Friday and Sat urday nights and would also be out this Sunday for the bank holiday weekend.

 

National Burger Day: These are the 10 best burger restaurants in and around Blackpool, according to Google reviews

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How better to celebrate National Burger Day with lunch or tea at one of Blackpool’s finest?

 

We had a search on Google to find the most highly rated establishments according to the search engine’s reviews.

Here’s 10 restaurants that managed to score 4.5 stars or more out of 5:

What’s your favourite burger bar in Blackpool? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Lancashire town named one of most popular places for second homes in UK

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Almost 7,000 people have searched for ‘Blackpool second homes’ since lockdown began

 

Searches for second homes has reached an all time high
Searches for second homes has reached an all time high (Image: PA Images)

Blackpool has been named amongst the most popular towns where people want to have a second-home in the UK.

According to research, carried out by Lakeshore Leisure Group, Blackpool is the thirteenth most desirable town for a second home in the country.

The study analysed the Google search history of over 100 UK cities since the beginning of the first national Covid lockdown, to find which coastal and rural locations were being searched for the most in relation to second-homes and holiday homes.

There was almost 6,790 Google searches made by the UK’s city dwellers for ‘Blackpool second homes’ since lockdown began

Overall, the research found that people are most interested in second home properties located in Salcombe, Falmouth and North Berwick.

Almost 20,000 searches were made on Google in relation to Salcombe properties.

A spokesperson for Lakeshore Leisure Group, said: “The combination of Brexit and the Covid pandemic has prompted city dwellers to find a way to regularly escape their urban homes and guarantee a much-needed holiday escape whilst international leisure travel remains so uncertain.

Firefighters free person from wreckage after collision in Blackpool today

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One casualty had to be freed by firefighters from a vehicle following a collision in Blackpool at lunchtime today.

Branstree Road, Blackpool.

Branstree Road, Blackpool.

A fire crew was called to the incident on Branstree Road in the resort at around 12;20pm.

The crash involved one vehicle and one person had to be released.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “One fire engine from Blackpool attended a road traffic collision on Branstree Road, Blackpool.

“The incident involved one vehicle. Firefighters used a hearth kit and stabilisation equipment at this incident.

“One casualty was conveyed to the hospital by North West Ambulance Service personnel. Crews were in attendance for one hour.”

It is not known at present how seriously injured the casualty is.

 

Iconic Blackpool hotel that’s under threat from the weather

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A section of the Grade II listed building’s ceiling collapsed earlier this year and repairs are needed

 

Imperial Hotel in Blackpool
Imperial Hotel in Blackpool

An iconic Blackpool hotel which suffered a ceiling collapse is set to be repaired after permission was granted to fix the listed building.

Structural engineers visited the Imperial Hotel in January after part of the ceiling at the Palm Court restaurant collapsed.

The hotel, which is Grade II listed, was built in 1866/1867 but the north extension which houses the restaurant was built later in 1904 when a ground floor, basement and three upper floors were added.

The ground floor and basement projects forward of the main façade, and currently contains the larger part of the hotel restaurant on the ground floor, with a swimming pool under, which forms part of the hotel leisure club.

Remedial works are now needed to be carried out at the hotel which has been “exposed to the full force of storms from the Irish Sea” resulting in damage to the reinforced joists.

The plans reveal that without the work the “integrity of the structure” is threatened by the strong winds and salt spray.

Documents submitted with the application state: “The Imperial Hotel has occupied its prominent but exposed position on the sea front for over 150 years, and during that time has weathered storms, gales, high winds, salt spray and other issues that have over time caused both specfic damage to roofs and the more exposed elements of the building, plus a general level of disruption and deterioration which has meant that maintenance is a constant and ongoing problem and necessity to maintain the standards and appearance expected in such a prominent hotel.

“These cracks then admit more water, and the process and the deterioration accelerate, to the extent that it threatens the integrity of the structure.”

The repairs will stabilise and seal the rusting steelwork by “pressure injecting and encapsulating the rusting filler joists with a chemical sealant”.

Blackpool Council has now approved the plans.

 

The Lancashire places doing afternoon tea that you absolutely must try

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This Afternoon Tea Week why not visit some of Lancashire best and quirkiest spots for afternoon tea.

 

Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats
Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats (Image: Joe Ferguson)

What says ‘Britain’ more than conversing with companions over cucumber sandwiches, jam and cream scones and of course, tea?

This week is Afternoon Tea Week, a celebration of the British tradition and the perfect excuse to catch up with loved ones and eat some cake.

Afternoon Tea Week runs from August 9 to 15 so now is the time to grab a friend or family member and find a local tea room – or steam train depending on your preference.

Lancashire is home to numerous tea rooms and cafes hidden amongst high streets and down cobbled roads, all serving up delicious afternoon teas.

Here are some of the places to enjoy afternoon tea in Lancashire.

Bon Bon’s Coffee Bar- Penwortham

Bon Bon's Penwortham serves delicious afternoon tea
Bon Bon’s Penwortham serves delicious afternoon tea

Rated five stars on TripAdvisor for their delicious food and service, Bon Bon’s Coffee Bar in Penwortham is very well regarded by customers.

A tower of sweet and savoury delights balance each other out for and a large pot of tea to boot.

Owd Barn at Bispham

Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats
Owd Barn at Bispham serving a tower of delicious treats (Image: Joe Ferguson)

A rustic-themed afternoon tea within a rustic barn makes for a cosy afternoon spent eating cakes and drinking tea.

Served on beautiful cake stands filled with a range of scones, jams, creams, cakes, tarts and traybakes and a mixture of savoury treats to enjoy.

With a beautiful location to enjoy on top of the delicious treats, the Owd Barn is a great place to discover this Afternoon Tea Week.

Bread and Butter- Penwortham

Bread and Butter tea room in Penwortham
Bread and Butter tea room in Penwortham

As the name suggests, this little Penwortham cafe specialises in tasty bakes.

It offers a three-tier traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings and more.

Each tier is filled with scones, tarts, profiteroles, sandwiches and soups all made to delight the taste buds.

You’ll be spoilt for choice on what to pick to eat first.

East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway Line
East Lancashire Railway Line (Image: The Press Association)

What better way to enjoy afternoon tea than while travelling through the scenic Lancashire countryside.

Aboard a steam train, passengers can enjoy a beautiful 90 minute steam train ride through the Irwell Valley whilst drinking fizz alongside a selection of sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes with unlimited tea and coffee.

An afternoon of refinery and sophistication is definitely on the cards aboard the Pullman-style carriages.

Beautiful Bake and Fabulous Cakes- Blackpool

A spectacular view of the Pleasure Beach
A spectacular view of the Pleasure Beach

Afternoon tea on the Promenade, there’s a treat.

Beautiful Bake and Fabulous Cakes makes scones, pavlova and cupcakes every morning and pairs them delicious sandwiches made with quality home roasted meat.

Sit on the outdoor decking and get a spectacular view of The Big One whilst enjoying some delicious afternoon tea at this unique location.

The Quirky Tea Room- Lytham

Afternoon tea served on mini picnic tables
Afternoon tea served on mini picnic tables

Quirky by name, quirky by nature. This afternoon tea is delivered on picnic benches, definitely quirky.

Delicious sweet and savoury picks to choose from including scones with cream, jam and fresh berries, mini cakes with delicious swirls of icing and scrumptious sandwiches to enjoy.

This tea room in Lytham is a brilliant little place to visit whilst visiting the coast and a great way to spend the afternoon with loved ones.

The Mill- Lostock Hall

The Mill at Lostock Hall serving a fantastic spread of sweet and savoury treats
The Mill at Lostock Hall serving a fantastic spread of sweet and savoury treats

For a tower of delectable delights served on beautiful stands, The Mill, within St Catherine’s Park provides a delicious afternoon tea.

Beautifully handmade cakes and traybakes each crafted to perfection so not only easy on the eyes but also the taste buds.

All profits raised here are given to St Catherine’s Hospice too.

 

Historic Blackpool pub’s £3.5m transformation is under way as Talbot Gateway steams ahead

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The Hop Inn in Blackpool is set for a new future costing millions of pounds

 

The former Hop Inn pub is being transformed in to a dentist
The former Hop Inn pub is being transformed in to a dentist

Work has started on converting part of the historic Hop Inn pub in Blackpool in to a dental surgery at a cost of £3.5m, with the historic frontage of the former watering hole retained.

The scheme is part of a bigger £100million investment to build a seven storey office block on land between East Topping Street, Cookson Street, King Street and Deansgate.

It is hoped to begin construction of the offices in March or April 2022 as part of the third phase of the Talbot Gateway masterplan.

The King Street dental practice is among buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the redevelopment and will be relocated to what was the Hop Inn; and what was The Veevers Arms Hotel before it was known as that.

Blackpool Council chiefs have appointed the Blackpool Local Education Partnership, set up to handle real estate, as its strategic partnership contractor to undertake the detailed design and construction required to convert the Hop Inn.

Arrangements are also being made to provide a temporary relocation site for the dental practice if necessary while work is underway.

A council report says: “In order to secure the Talbot Gateway phase three development it is imperative that the council has vacant possession of the land as detailed in the planning application.”

The Hop Inn's external features will be retained as part of wider plans to transform it into a dental surgery
The Hop Inn’s external features will be retained as part of wider plans to transform it into a dental surgery (Image: Cassidy + Ashton)

It adds the dental surgery “must be relocated in the next eight months in order to deliver the new office building in sufficient time to meet the prospective tenant’s lease expiry deadlines”.

The report says it “is anticipated that the work on the new office block will start in March /April 2022”.

It adds: “The total estimated cost to undertake the enabling work, detailed design and construction work required to convert part of the old Hop Inn into a dental surgery is £3.5m.”

Planning permission was granted in March for the conversion of the locally listed Hop Inn.

The front facade of the building in its three storey form will be retained as a focal point for the public realm areas between it and the new offices.

A two to three storey extension will be built on the back of the building, with other parts of the back of the former pub demolished to make way for a surface-level car park.

New hope for half-built £50m Blackpool housing scheme but some work could be ‘condemned’

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Work stalled on the Foxhall Village housing development in Blackpool when contractor Hollinwood Homes went into administration

 

Foxhall Village housing development
Photo: David Hurst Stan Mortensen Avenue, Foxhall Village, Blackpool.

The £50m stalled Foxhall Village housing development has now formally been put into the ownership of Blackpool Council after a year of wrangling with the administrators.

Work stopped in October 2019 when contractor Hollinwood Homes went into administration with just 193 of the planned 410 homes built.

Now the council, which is the landlord of the site, has agreed to work exclusively with Great Places Housing Group to find a way to kickstart the development after securing it from administrators Price Waterhouse Cooper earlier in August.

The exclusivity agreement will be in place for a year while the complexities of the site are unravelled which includes checking the quality of the work done on partially finished properties.

A council report says: “The complexities have meant that the administrator has exhausted the options to dispose and has agreed to surrender the leases, thereby returning control back to the council.”

The report warns the administration “has left an information vacuum meaning it has not been possible to secure technical information in relation to the work undertaken”.

This means there is some uncertainty over the “proven quality for work to recommence. ”

It could mean some of the work already done “being condemned or require further undertakings to provide the necessary satisfaction to support the progression of the scheme.”

Foxhall Village is considered a flaship regeneration project by the council which assembled the site with the help of a £2.7m government grant, with work beginning in 2014.

Failed guesthouses were demolished to make way for the estate on two parcels of land between Central Drive, Rigby Road and Tyldesley Road where roads are named after Blackpool FC’s famous 1953 FA Cup winning team.

Great Places Housing Association already owns 79 homes on the site and is committed to a further 40 homes in the stalled phase three.