Blackpool light set for a huge upgrade – with dazzling new lighting features
Blackpool’s famous illuminations are ready for a huge upgrade – including dazzling new light features.
That’s thanks to a £ 13million boost.
The illuminations will also be extended through January as part of the first three programs which are expected to receive funding from the resort’s £ 39.5million Town Deal.
Council leaders have organized business cases for seven programs that are expected to receive a share of the funding, since the agreement was announced in October last year.
In addition to Town Deal’s £ 13.2million illuminations upgrade, including £ 4.5million, there are two other initial bids that cover plans for a Youth Hub receiving £ 500,000 from Town Deal. Town Deal, and an additional £ 7.5million going towards Blackpool Enterprise Zone infrastructure, LancsLive reports.
The projects have been evaluated and submitted to the Department for Leveling, Houses and Communities (formerly the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government), funding is expected to be allocated by the end of the year.
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A report outlining the Blackpool Illuminations submission says: “The overall objective of the project is to rejuvenate the Blackpool Illuminations as a means of attracting increasing numbers of visitors to the city in the fall and winter, and to extend the traditional season of Illuminations in two months, from the current season from September to November until January.
“This will be done by designing and creating a number of new central attractions over a five-year period and improving the lighting infrastructure and the provision of essential equipment needed to deliver the illuminations in an efficient and sustainable manner.
“This project will support Blackpool’s famous illuminations through modernization and innovation.
This year, the illuminations are extended until January for the first time in its history, after the extended display offered last year was reduced by the lockdown.
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The objective of the Blackpool Youth Hub is “to support young people in the city in accessing employment and training” by supporting the transition from school to employment.
It is hoped to provide a “one-stop-shop” for young job seekers aged 16-24 in a vacant downtown unit at the city council offices of Bickerstaffe House.
The project will run from April next year to September 2023, but it is hoped to start a pilot program sooner if an offer of £ 444,000 from the Community Renewal Fund is successful.
City funding of £ 7.5million is earmarked for the cost of £ 18million of new roads and infrastructure in the corporate area of Blackpool Airport.
The proposals include a new access point for traffic coming from the east of the site, with modifications to Common Edge Road.
This will improve the flow of traffic and open up additional development space for new businesses.
The remaining four projects in the town’s deal are £ 8million for the relocation of the Courts building to allow for later phases of Blackpool Central’s leisure development; £ 9m for the development of a city center multiversity; £ 5.5million for the Southern Quarter / Revoe Community Sports Village and £ 4.5million for the EDGE Incubator Business Center at Stanley Buildings on Church Street.
These are expected to be submitted to the government in November, with payment of the funds due in March.
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