Back in August this year, the council published plans which set out its intention to work with community groups and partners to develop a village quarter in Blackpool celebrating the resort’s LGBTQ+ heritage.
The plans aim to build on the existing concentration of gay-friendly bars, venues and guest houses in streets in the north of the town centre, including parts of Queen Street and Dickson Road.
There will be no label attached to the area, welcoming all with the mantra ‘be who you want to be’ and encouraging inclusivity and diversity at every level.
Today, the partnership is asking those with an interest in the area to take part in the survey and share their views.
The survey aims to find out views on the area, what is liked about it, what could be improved, views on investment and also topics like safety, security and health and wellbeing.
The LGBTQ+ community and businesses are very important to the economy. However, North Shore needs to be an inclusive area where everyone can ‘be who they want to be’. It is hoped all interests, ages and backgrounds will respond to the survey, so that the needs of everyone are fully understood.
After as many views as possible are gathered, they will be analysed and the responses will be used to develop a plan to improve the area for all and allow everyone, whether living or visiting the area, to feel that North Shore is a vibrant and inclusive area.
Cllr Lynn Williams Leader of the Council and ward councillor for Claremont said:
Tim Allan, chair of the North Shore Business Group said: