Lancashire residents shocked by bank closure plans

PLANS: Elaine Silverwood
PLANS: Elaine Silverwood
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The latest revamp of a Fylde high street is set to be rubber-stamped – but the town has been rocked by the announcement a major bank is set to close.

Fylde Council’s development management committee is set to meet on Thursday to discuss approving the next phase of upgrade work for Poulton Street in Kirkham.

The £85,000 plans are the third and fourth zones to be revamped in the town – part of a project to improve nine areas which started last year.

The latest scheme follows previous phases and includes the repaving of footways with an overlapping use of tiling.

It is hoped the work will start next month and be part of a Lancashire County Council project to upgrade the traffic signals at the junction of Poulton Street and Station Road.

But the high street revamp has suffered a blow after two councillors revealed the town’s HSBC Bank is set to close in November.

Coun Elaine Silverwood, who also owns SilverDell Book shop in Poulton Street,SAID residents had given a fantastic response to the high street revamp – but said she had been left shocked by the bank closure plans.

She added: “The look of the high street has improved dramatically from the pavements being refurbished.

“It makes the area look better and more attractive.

“But the HSBC is closing. I have spoken to the staff there and it’s very concerning when people may lose jobs or be relocated.”

A spokesman for HSBC was unavailable for comment.