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Blackpool Town Deal

View of Blackpool and tower from the air.

A new era for a Better Blackpool 

We are delighted to share the news that Blackpool has formally signed the terms of its £39.5m Town Deal as we welcome a new era of partnership working with the Government.

Awarded from the Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund, the deal will provide a huge boost to the town’s regeneration and post-COVID economic recovery. 

It also opens the door for a wider conversation with Government about future ways to support and revitalise the town.

As one of the first seven out of 101 UK towns to secure funding, our ambition is to create a more attractive place to live, work and play, and to boost our local economy, leading to more jobs for local people.

We recently asked you what you would change here in Blackpool if you had the opportunity and your response to the survey was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who took part, all your comments were taken on board and a range of priority projects have been put forward that will help transform the town.

The Projects:

  • Relocation of the Blackpool Central Courts - a catalyst to the delivery of the Blackpool Central development project, destined to be the biggest single investment In Blackpool for more than a century. With £300m of private investment, Blackpool Central will deliver a new, year-round leisure facility on the former Central Station site, creating more than 1,000 jobs and attracting an additional 600,000 visitors per year.
  • Multiversity - A new world-class learning facility that aims to be the country’s first carbon-negative university centre. Based in the heart of the town centre, it will increase the range of local skills that are suited to the local employment needs, help over 1,000 new learners into education and gain qualifications, and improve the percentage of working-age population with qualifications.
  • Investment in infrastructure at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone - to increase development opportunities, improve access and advance both physical and digital connectivity. It will open up 15 hectares of land for development, deliver 32,000 sq m of new high-quality commercial floor space enabling around 12 new businesses to locate on the Enterprise Zone, creating up to 600 new jobs and creating 1.5km of new road access that will improve traffic flow around the site.
  • Revoe Community Sports Village – The project aims to transform the inner area of Blackpool through redevelopment of an abandoned site, a new community sports facility, new commercial floor space, development of local skills, and improved land and property.
  • The Edge - This proposed new incubation office space in Stanley Buildings will provide a centre of excellence for entrepreneurs and a focal point for nurturing growth of small businesses. The project will deliver high-quality, affordable commercial floor space in the town centre, provide infrastructure to support full fibre connectivity, and create the opportunity for closer collaboration with employers.
  • Blackpool Illuminations Modernisation – This project will renew and re-invigorate Britain’s biggest light show, as well as building on the successful Lightpool Festival. It will deliver upgraded electrical infrastructure to support town centre lighting, create new light-based features and art installations on the Promenade, created in conjunction with recognised artists. The five-year investment seeks to permanently extend the season to rejuvenate a tourism industry blighted by the pandemic.
  • Blackpool Youth Hub – This will provide a virtual and physical focal point for coordinated delivery of employability and skills provision for 16-24 year olds NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training), including those recently made redundant and unable to complete in-work vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. The project will deliver a renovated facility, engage with 500 employers and assist 500 new learners into education.

The Council and Town Board will now work with Government to demonstrate the feasibility, viability and value for money of the various projects with the ultimate goal of ensuring all Blackpool residents benefit from the investment. Over the next few months they will work with Government to get the projects shovel-ready for delivery so that work can begin as soon as investment is received.

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