Mark Menzies MP: ‘High street must be protected’

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies says it is vital that Ansdell’s popular high street remains a vibrant shopping centre.

Mr Menzies was speaking after it was revealed Booths are set to open a new superstore as part of the redevelopment of the former civil service site on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes.

The area has planning permission for 250 homes, a 30,000ft sq retail unit and an 85 bed retirement and care home and has been bought by property developer Marcus Worthington Group.

As part of the plan, it is expected the busy Booths shop on Woodlands Road, Ansdell, will close its doors, with staff moving to the new store.

And while welcoming the new outlet, which could bring an extra 30 full time and 50 part time jobs to the area, Mr Menzies said it was imperative a new and appropriate supermarket of a similar calibre was found to fill the gap left in Ansdell.

He added: “While it is fantastic news such a well respected company as Booths is moving onto this flagship site in St Annes and bringing with it potentially dozens of new jobs, the last thing I would want is for that to be to the detriment of Ansdell.

“Woodlands Road is a brilliant high street for those living in the area. It has many shops ranging from small locally-owned stores to larger chains and continues to thrive. A well-used supermarket has been the lynchpin of that business community.

“It is essential that a new operator is found, not just for the convenience of the many local people who shop there, not all of who have easy access to a car, but also to ensure Woodlands Road remains a thriving shopping area where businesses can continue to grow.”

The news comes after it was revealed Ansdell Post Office, on Commonside, is to be refurbished.

It is one of 6,000 branches nationwide which will receive an overhaul as part of a modernisation of the service and will become one of the organisation’s new “main” style stores.

Mr Menzies added: “This shows that traders can still have confidence in the offering for shoppers in the Ansdell area.

“It is great to see the Post Office investing in this key branch as many people in Fylde still regularly use the wide number of services on offer at the counter.

“Hopefully, the new longer opening hours will mean the Post Office is even more convenient for those out shopping in Ansdell.”

 

- The Ansdell Post Office will close for refurbishment on Saturday June 22 and reopen on Friday June 28 with longer hours and an updated and modernised shop interior.

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