Shops still facing road fear

Fleetwood Chamber of Trade chairman Coun Mike Sanderson
Fleetwood Chamber of Trade chairman Coun Mike Sanderson

CONCERNED traders in Fleetwood are hopeful of a decision soon on plans for a one-way system on one of the town’s main streets.

Retailers on North Albert Street are fearful they could be starved of passing trade if Lancashire County Council goes ahead with plans to stop cars entering the road from the north end.

The plan is to keep traffic moving in the same direction as the trams when the new supertram service begins.

But Fleetwood Chamber of Trade has protested that the move would block a major route into the town centre from the seafront – depriving shops at that end of town of vital visitors and revenue.

Chairman of the chamber, Coun Mike Sanderson (pictured), has spoken about the issue to county cabinet member for traffic management County Coun Tim Ashton and hopes to have another meeting soon.

Coun Sanderson said: “A second option is to keep the road as two-way traffic but with more restrictions on parking, which we could cope with.

“We don’t want people at that end of town suffering any more because of a one-way system.

“The fact is that they have suffered enough already because of the tramway works which have taken so long, three months longer than expected.

“We are trying to set up another meeting and I hope that will be soon, possibly this week.

“Coun Ashton is sympathetic because he is a businessman himself and he understands the situation traders are facing in Fleetwood.”

Coun Ashton said: “I certainly would not make a decision before meeting with the traders and I will be interested to see what they have to say.”