£1m fund to improve Blackpool town centre

A new £1m scheme has been launched by Blackpool Council, designed to improve the appearance of town centre properties.

Blackpool tower

The scheme, which is backed by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, aims to make the town centre more attractive to shoppers, residents and investors, part of a bigger programme of works to make Blackpool better.

Grants are available for up to 95 per cent  of the total cost of the works, which may include structural work, brick work, stone work, roofing, guttering, rendering and doors.

The eligible streets are Deansgate, Edward Street, Topping Street, Talbot Road (between the Promenade and Dickson Road) and Church Street (between Cookson Street and St John’s Square)

Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “This scheme is part of a wider regeneration project which aims to encourage the economic revitalisation of Blackpool town centre through a programme of highways, public realm and building improvement works.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for building owners or businesses to improve their properties at very little cost to themselves. I would encourage businesses in the designated area to get in touch and speak to a member of the team who can talk them through the application process.

“We have run similar schemes in the past and it is amazing to see what a difference exterior works can make to the whole appearance of a street or area.” The scheme will run until March 2020.