Blackpool Council has said that it will go ahead with a massive new investment scheme which will revitalise the local economy “beyond all recognition,” despite huge disruption caused by the Coronavirus lockdown.
Writing in Place North West, the authority’s Growth and Prosperity programme director Nick Gerrard said the council “remains fully committed to further investment and development,” saying that the present financial year would still be “pivotal” for a number of development sites throughout the town.
“During the lockdown the team has continued to work hard to keep momentum going in very challenging circumstances to ensure we hit the ground running when we come out of the current crisis,” he said, with respect to the £1bn redevelopment project over which he presides. “The Growth and Prosperity programme is about building long-term resilience, driving forward a wide range of improvements that aim to give visitors new reasons to visit the resort and residents a renewed pride in their town.”
Amongst the long list of new amenities slated as part of the regeneration scheme is the Sands Venue Resort Hotel, a £20m project set to see the town gain its first five-star accommodation, as well as the £26m addition of a brand new conference and exhibition centre at the Winter Gardens.