Fleetwood traders slam town centre critics for their negativity

Fleetwood Lord Street Traders are angry at Scruffy Shops and the demise of the shops
Fleetwood Lord Street Traders are angry at Scruffy Shops and the demise of the shops

Fleetwood traders have hit out at criticism of the town centre and say the shopping district needs more support, not talking down.

Paul Haslam, proprietor of Northern Rags in Poulton Street says there is much going on behind the scenes to promote the town centre and says it is disappointing to hear fellow traders slam the port and giving it a negative name.

I completely disagree with what some traders are saying. They will never get anywhere being negative, it just pulls the town down

Mr Haslam

As reported recently in the Weekly News, some town centre business people feel the town is in danger of dying and are even considering moving out.

However Mr Haslam said he firmly believed a more positive vibe is needed to turn the port’s fortunes around.

He said: “I completely disagree with what some traders are saying. They will never get anywhere being negative, it just pulls the town down.

“There is so much going on to improve Fleetwood, their claims are unfounded and quite honestly untrue.”

Paul, who heralded the port’s Shop Local Scheme which has brought together 70 shops and businesses offering discounts to customers, says progress is being made.

“We are trying to encourage people to go shopping in their home town.

“I do feel like the tide is turning and the town is definitely on the up.

“What we need is some posititivity, some pride and that will make a big difference.”

Last week Wyre Council announced a £10,000 grant from Coastal Communities Fund which will go towards regenerating the town’s high street.

Coun Pete Murphy, Wyre Council’s planning and economic development officer said: “There are a lot of good things going on in Fleetwood.

“One aspect we are looking at is shutter murals.

“If everyone works together, we can brighten up street furniture and shop fronts.”