A new way of working together to tackle policing and anti-social behaviour issues has been agreed by Blackpool Council and Lancashire Police. It will see frontline services of both organisations work even closely together to deal with a wide range of issues. Environmental crime, housing enforcement, street drinking and begging are to be tackled more effectively as part of Blackpool town centre improvements.
The council’s community safety team, along with a range of other services, including public protection, security, civil enforcement, parks and cleansing services will become part of a wider, more inclusive, multi-disciplinary team working alongside and with the police, special constabulary and local policing teams.
New working practices will include the council being integrated more fully into the Police Tactical Tasking Group, joint planning of activities and campaigns, as well as combined training for staff. There are also plans to co-locate key departments from both organisations in the Municipal Building to support the process.
An operational steering group will be established as part of the new working partnership initiative. This will consist of the Lancashire Police Chief Inspector, Blackpool Council’s Director of Community and Environmental Services and its Head of Public Protection. A representative from Blackpool’s BID (Business Improvement District) will also join the group.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council Deputy Leader, said: “We already work very closely with the police at many levels. However, demands on the resources of both organisations continue to be extremely challenging.
“We’ve looked at many areas that provide opportunities for a more coordinated approach to deliver more robust and effective protection services at ground level to both residents and visitors.
“By adopting a ‘Team Blackpool’ approach which might also involve other private, public and voluntary partners we can create a more flexible service delivery to build safer communities.”
£1 million grant scheme for building and shop front repairs and Blackpool Town Centre improvements
In early 2018 Blackpool Council launched a £1 million scheme designed to improve the appearance of town centre properties.
The aim of the scheme is to help 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% of the total cost of the works, which may include structural work, brick work, stone work, roofing, guttering, rendering, doors etc.
The eligible streets are:
– Edward Street
– Topping Street
– Talbot Road (between the Promenade and Dickson Road)
– Church Street (between Cookson Street and St John’s Square, above)
Eligible properties will receive a letter from the Council in the coming days.
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’ve 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.”
Find out More
The scheme will run until March 2020. Up to £1 million in total is available. The work is funded by Blackpool Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Businesses in the eligible areas can find out how to apply for funding by visiting www.blackpool.gov.uk/PIF.
Other Blackpool Town Centre Improvements
Blackpool Town Centre Improvements – ‘Quality Corridors’
Published January 2017
A £7m project to give key roads around Blackpool town centre a major facelift started in January 2017.
The town centre quality corridors programme was funded by a £6.6m grant from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal and a £740,000 contribution by Blackpool Council. It has improved the look of entrance roads to the town centre.
The project is part of a wider plan to promote economic growth in the resort and secure Blackpool’s position as one of the county’s key economic hubs.
The quality corridors programme will work alongside other major improvements happening in the town. For example, the tram extension and next Central Business District construction phase. This will also upgrade important pedestrian links between bus, tram and rail services at Blackpool North railway station and town centre attractions.
Along with improvements to the roads and pavements, the quality corridors project will also work with local businesses to create a grant scheme to help improve the look of shop fronts on the entrance to the town centre.
Church Street Improvements
The first road to receive a facelift from the quality corridors project was Church Street, between Leopold Grove and Regent Road.
Junction of Leopold Grove and Church Street
The 12 week project included:
– resurfacing the highway,
– improving the quality of the pavements on either side,
– reducing clutter on the road
– providing a designated taxi rank
– and better seating for pedestrians
Church Street Blackpool, opp Leopold Grove
Other roads to be included in the project are Cookson Street, Dickson Road, Deansgate, Edward Street, Topping Street and Talbot Road.
Find out More
Have a look at the Live Blackpool website homepage for more of the latest updates.
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