‘Disgraceful’ Blackpool buildings having ‘knock on effect’ on business

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The owner of the Tube Station highlighted the safety issues as well as the effect on business


Rick Footman
Rick Footman

A shop owner who has run a business on Blackpool’s ‘street of shutters’ for over a decade has spoken out about the state of some of the buildings.

Rick Footman owns electrical supplies shop The Tube Station on Bond Street.

The stretch of road on South Shore has seen many businesses close over the years with some of the buildings left in a state of disrepair.

Last year the road was forced to close after the gable end of a three-storey building began to crumble.

The bricks of the former ‘All In One’ store at 45-47 began to shed onto the roof of the Mini-mart business next door.

Photographs shared on social media this week show the building in a poor state with roof joists all that remain of its non-existent rooftop.

The double-fronted property has three gaping holes making the interior visible from across the street.

The former gift store All In Ond on Bond Street, Blackpool continues to decay (Image: Google Street View)

Business owner Rick says he has highlighted these issues before but that not much has been done to address them.

He likened the situation to that of The Ambassador, which was torn down in November last year, and questioned why the same cannot be done with these buildings.

He told LancsLive: “It is having a knock on effect to businesses in the area as it has reduced parking in the street therefore increasing the possibility of customers going elsewhere.

“There are some great businesses in the area and it’s time the council pulled their finger out and helped us before the whole area is closed down.”

The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street and Waterloo Road
The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street and Waterloo Road (Image: LancsLive)

The former Woolworths store on the corner of Bond Street, which last saw life as a Hartes Homestore, was earmarked for demolition however it still remains standing.

Recently Waterloo Councillor, David O’ Hara, spoke of dealing with this building as a priority in order to work towards making the area a thriving shopping district.

The councillor stressed that he has also highlighted these buildings to Blackpool Council however the authority has already revealed that it is restricted at the current time due the buildings being under private ownership.

In a statement earlier this week, the authority said: “We are aware of the condition of the property and have taken action to fence off the area making it safe to the public. Communications are ongoing with the property owners to determine how best to resolve the situation.”

LancsLive has approached Blackpool Council for any further comment.