Work is to start on the refurbishment of St Andrews Road South between The Crescent and Wood Street on the 16th October 2017.
The scheme at £170,000 is fully funded by developer contributions (Section 106) apart from a small additional contribution from LCC. The scheme, designed in house at Fylde Council, was approved by the Planning Committee in July 2017. The work should last between 6 and 8 weeks dependant on the weather.
This scheme represents yet another area of the town centre that will be significantly enhanced to compliment those areas that have been regenerated over a period spanning sixteen years, which commenced with the first phase of St Annes Square in 2000.
The scheme follows the same format as those to be found on Park Road/Orchard Road with the forecourts included as well as the pavements. The latter will be surfaced in York stone and the forecourts largely in block, although a form of rigid surface gravel which is considered to be an attractive finish will be used in the case of some of the forecourts. This is because there are projecting basements and there isn’t the depth to introduce block paving.
Also included within the scheme are street trees, decorative railings to replace the existing and 4 new lighting columns, the same style as those used on Wood Street which are bespoke to St. Annes.
Paul Drinnan, Head of Regeneration at Fylde Council said: ‘’The scheme is starting later than was originally projected but as private forecourts are included, it has been a complex matter of identifying all of the various property interests as well as reaching agreements with the owners to include their properties. It is pleasing to note however, that all of the property owners are fully supportive of the scheme which is aimed at enhancing the character and appearance of this street which has some quality businesses.’’
Fylde Council is working in partnership with Lancashire County Council which will be the main contractor for the works. Paul Drinnan added: ‘’In previous schemes the quality of the craftsmanship produced by the County Council’s construction team has been first class and we are confident that this will be the case here and when completed everyone will be happy with the outcome’’.