Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Borough Council
Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Borough Council

Fleetwood needs new job opportunities, better transport links and the town centre smartening up after the General Election if it is to prosper.

That is the opinion of some of Fleetwood’s leading traders and senior councillors, who put together a wish list of issues that need tackling by whoever comes to power after the big vote on May 7.

Coun Lorraine Beavers, Lancashire County Council

Coun Lorraine Beavers, Lancashire County Council

Coun Peter Gibson, Wyre leader during the last administration and standing again in the local elections, said: “I would like to see more jobs for Fleetwood and also the successful completion of the £40m improvements to the A585.

“The town needs a better road link to help local businesses which in turn means potential jobs.

“We also need a resolution of the NowCard row which means pensioners from outside Blackpool can no longer travel on the trams.

“If that is resolved , it would help both Fleetwood traders and pensioners in Wyre. I see this as something Lancashire Country Council needs to resolve because Wyre is not a transport authority.”

“There have been a lot of positive things in Fleetwood in the last few years and I hope we can build on that.

“The Fish Park is great news and means not only can the existing jobs be sustained, but hopefully a substantial number of jobs can be created.

“It will free up Associated British Ports’ docks site for mixed use development, which in turn will also bring jobs.

“Some people may say these will only be hospitality jobs but I thing we have got to encourage jobs full stop.

“It is important for Wyre to be a business-friendly council.”

Coun Lorraine Beavers, leader of the opposition during the last administration and also standing once again, said: “We need to see the creation of new jobs because there aren’t any in Fleetwood at the moment and that is a problem.

“One of things that encourages me is the plans for Wyre barrage scheme because that would bring jobs, sustainable energy and tourism to Fleetwood.

“I would like to see the Bedroom Tax scrapped and an end to the benefit sanctions which are hurting the most vulnerable people in Fleetwood – and across the country.

“With the NowCard issue, Wyre Council needs to come to the table and play its part in funding the concessions for its own residents.”

Derek Eaton, chairman of Fleetwood Chamber of Trade, said: “Fleetwood and the A585 need to be linked to the M55 but I suspect that will not happen for a long time.

“We need our rail link back as a matter of urgency.”

Another Fleetwood trader, Jackie Murray at Plush home and giftware on Lord Street, said: “There has been some good work on the seafront and park, but Fleetwood town centre needs regerenation. There are too many empty shops. The owners should be made to tidy them up.