Windfall to help Kirkham in regeneration bid

Good news: Coun Elaine Silverwood in Kirkham town centre

Good news: Coun Elaine Silverwood in Kirkham town centre

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TRADERS in Kirkham have welcomed the news of more funding to spruce up the town centre.

A total of £35,000 has been approved for repaving and street furtniture around Poulton Street, following a bid by business people and the town council for a Fylde Council’s High Street Innovation Fund grant.

The cash will be added to other Fylde Council and County Hall cash to revamp the town centre between Market Square and Town End.

Kirkham Coun Elaine Silverwood, of the Fylde Town Centres’ Forum, said: “It has taken 15 years to get an investment of this size and I’m thrilled and relieved that the money is on its way.

“We’ve split Poulton Street into six improvement zones. Each will receive new herringbone brick paving and improvements to signage and street furniture such as benches and planters.

“The first phase is now complete and we’re already seeing more investment interest from businesses there.

“The first contractors’ lorries turned up at Phase Two this week and funding is already in the bag for Phase Three. This latest cash award will mean we can start planning Phase Four between and including the row of shops at the bottom of Station Road and the junction of Mill Street and Poulton Street.

“This is a very innovative scheme to improve the town-centre environment for residents and for visitors – possibly the largest scheme that Kirkham has ever seen and certainly the biggest for generations.”

The total funding secured for the improvements now stands at £277,000. Fylde Council leader David Eaves said the cash would bring realbenefits for the town.